The first of this name we have any knowledge of is Owen Olwell. He was
born, lived and died in Ireland. He married a woman by the name of Ann Gilligan.
Owen and Ann had one child we know of, a son Thomas.
THOMAS P. OLWELL was born June 1865 in Ireland. He came to America
from Ireland on September 30, 1892. He married a 26 year old widow with two
children, ALICE CONNOLLY in about 1896. Alice
was daughter of MICHAEL CONNOLLY and MARGARET MARRON. She was born September 08,
1870 in NYC. Alice's first husband was William John Barnes, who died on
September 2, 1893.
Alice and Thomas had two children die young. Anna Kathlyn Olwell died in May of 1907
at seven years old. Their son Robert Olwell died in 1926 at 15 years of age.
The 1900 Census of Jersey City has the family living at an apartment building located
at 265 Baldwin Avenue. Thomas P. Olwell is listed as the head of the family age 34 years
and having been born June 1865. It also lists him as a native of Ireland, having been in
the U.S. for 10 years, arriving in 1890. His occupation is listed as a grocery clerk ,
currently employed. His both parents were from Ireland. Alice was listed as his wife, born
September 1870 - age 29. It also lists both her parents as being born in Ireland. The next
question box is of great interest to us. It asks how many years married and the first
number written in was 12 but it was changed to 4. So assuming this is correct, she was
married to Thomas Olwell for 4 years and married William Barnes 12 years prior - 1888.
This would seem possible as Alice and William Barnes first child was born 1889.
Lillian is listed next as a daughter born May 1897. Next listed were Marion Barnes and
Adele Barnes, listed as step-daughters. They were both listed as students. The birth
locations of all children, even three year old Lillian was New York. Alice was pregnant at
the time of this census, giving birth to Anna Kathlyn in September, so this census was
taken before this as she is not listed.
On July 12, 1916, Thomas P. Olwell died. His address at that time was 439 E. 142
Street. So the family, at moved from Jersey City to the Bronx sometime between June of
1900 and his date of death. At the time of her marriage (1914) , Marion Barnes was living
at 1138 Bryant Avenue.
Children of THOMAS OLWELL and ALICE CONNOLLY are:
|LILLIAN M.OLWELL, b. May 16, 1897, New York; d. September 1982, Bronx, NY.|
|ANNA KATHLYN OLWELL, b. September 1900; d. May 28, 1907.|
|FRANCIS X. OLWELL, b. April 24, 1904, New York; d. June 1972, Bronx, NY;
m. SARAH THOMPSON; b. September 15, 1907; d. January 1985.|
|VIVIAN A. OLWELL, b. June 28, 1903, New York; d. November 19, 1965, NY.|
|ROBERT OLWELL, b. 1911; d. August 22, 1926.|