Louisa Briehl Miller Ryan

1835 – 1926

Patrick Ryan

1833 - 1881

By: Roger Kemps ©


Individuals covered in this document are:

Louisa Briehl Miller Ryan

Oscar Miller

Pauline Julia Miller

Emily M. Miller

Albert J. Miller

Patrick Ryan

Mary Ryan

Kate Ryan

Louisa Ryan

Thomas Patrick Ryan

John W. Ryan

Julia Ryan


Louisa Briehl was born in Biedenkopf in the German State of Hesse Darmstadt (see Note 1) on December 22, 1835. Her father’s name was Henry Breihl. Louisa immigrated to the U.S. in 1854. Her first husband was George Miller, also from Germany. It is not clear if they came together from Germany or met on the ship or met in Missouri. They had four children:


·        Oscar Miller was born in 1857 in Missouri. In 1870, he was working as a clerk in an office. He shows up on the second enumeration of the 1880 US Census living at home on November 9, 1880 and working as an engineer. (He was not there during the first enumeration on June 7, 1880). See notes 3 & 4.


·        Pauline Julia Miller was born on May 11, 1860 while the family was in Memphis, Tennessee. She died in Los Angeles, California on October 23, 1943 and is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. For additional information, see Pauline Julia Miller O’Donnell Rutledge.


·        Emily M. (or Emma) Miller was born in St. Louis, Missouri on October 2, 1863. She was married for the first time, at age 16, to Mr. Shaft. Later, she married Mr. Brown. In 1924, she lived at 31 Dartford Avenue. About 1925, she married her third husband, Thomas Louis Fekete. For a while, she and Thomas lived on Signal Hill Blvd. in the Centerville Township of St. Clair County, Illinois (just south of East St. Louis). Thomas died on October 6, 1935 at the age of 79. Emily died on September 21, 1940 at the Congress Hotel in St. Louis. At the time, she had been living at 275 N. Union Blvd. She is entombed at Oak Grove Mausoleum.


·        Albert J. Miller was born in Missouri on May 6, 1864. He was living with the family in 1880 and he was working as a painter. He was married to May, who predeceased him (see her death certificate for additional details). Albert was working as a hotel clerk at the Linmar Hotel when he died on November 24, 1924. He is buried in Valhalla Cemetery, Section 12, Lot 61, Grave 5. See his death certificate for additional details.


George Miller died in the late 1860s.


Patrick Ryan was born in County Cork Ireland in 1833. He became a widower after having two children with his first wife. An old family Bible indicates that they were:


·        Mary Ryan, possibly born about 1851 or 1853.


·        Kate Ryan, possibly born about 1855.


Patrick and the children (the children may have been born in Missouri) traveled to the United States and settled in St. Louis. Patrick met and married Louisa in late 1870 or early 1871. Together, they had four more children:


·        Louisa Ryan was born in late 1871 and died from phthisis pulmonalis (TB) at the age of eight on March 7, 1880. She is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Section 001, Row 14, Lot 000L (see note 2).


·        Thomas Patrick Ryan was born on November 6, 1873. His WW1 Draft Registration, signed on September 12, 1918, listed his address as 2082 Greenleaf Avenue in Chicago (with his mother and sister Julia Ryan Kemps' family). He was medium height and build with brown eyes and gray hair. He was a salesman for the Pan. Am. Motors Co. located at 319 Citizen's Bank Bldg. in Decatur, Illinois. He listed his nearest relative as his mother. The 1930 Census found him living in a hotel at Sixth Avenue and Broadway in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was age 56, still single and working as a neon sign salesman. See note 4.


·        John W. Ryan was born in 1876. He was married and an insurance agent. He died on December 29, 1916 in the State Hospital in St. Francois County, Missouri. He is buried in Valhalla Cemetery, Section 12, Lot 61, Grave 1. See his death certificate for additional details.


·        Julia Ryan was born on March 28, 1879 at 2018 Orange Alley in St. Louis, Missouri. Julia married Luther James Kemps on October 15, 1902. She died in Los Angeles, California on April 6, 1960 and is buried in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery. For additional information, see Julia Ryan Kemps.


In 1880, the family was living at 2018 Orange Alley (between Lucas Avenue and Morgan) in St. Louis, Missouri. Patrick was a horse drawn streetcar operator/conductor with a uniform with brass buttons (see note 5). There was a winter storm, he did not have his overcoat and he died on December 5, 1881 from rheumatism of the heart. At that time, the family was living at 2207 Lucas Avenue. Patrick was 48 years old and is buried in Calvary Cemetery Section 001, Row 09, Lot 000N, on December 6, 1881 (see note 2).


In 1910, Louisa was living with her daughter, Pauline J. O'Donnell, see Pauline, above.



In 1918, she was living at 2082 Greenleaf Avenue in Chicago with her daughter, Julia Ryan Kemps and her family (Luther, (Clara) Louise and Samuel). She was no longer there in 1920.




The above pictures of Louisa Briehl Miller Ryan were taken about 1870, 1910 and 1925.


Louisa Briehl Miller Ryan died at the age of 90, on March 13, 1926. At that time, was living at 1375 Temple Place in St. Louis, Missouri. She is buried in Valhalla Cemetery, Section 12, Lot 61, Grave 6. See her death certificate for additional details.




1. For information on Biedenkopf, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biedenkopf. Hesse Darmstadt was one of the thirty nine states in the Germanic Confederation of States that existed in 1836. See German_Confederation_Map_1836.jpg.


2. For the source of Louisa Ryan (8 years old) and Patrick Ryan burial details, see:

http://search.stlcathcem.org/default.aspx  and search with the name and burial date provided.


3. Per the 1910 Census for Louisa & Pauline, this individual was still alive in 1910.


4. A thorough search, of the Missouri Digital Heritage Database of Deaths from 1910 - 1957, found that this individual did not die in Missouri.


5. For the history of St. Louis street cars, see: http://www.usgennet.org/usa/mo/county/stlouis/streetcar.htm



Reference Files:


1870_Mary_Kate_Ryan.pdf see lines 37 & 38 for a possibility

1870_Louisa_Miller_part_1.jpg see line 39

1870_Louisa_Miller_part_2.jpg see lines 1 - 3

1880_Patrick_Ryan.jpg see line 30

1880_Patrick_Ryan_2.jpg see line 35

1910_Louise_Ryan.jpg see lines 13 - 14

1930_Emily_Fekete.jpg see line 94

1930_Thomas_P_Ryan.jpg see line 65




Louisa_Ryan_Death_Register_3_7_1880.jpg see line 5



Julia Ryan_Birth_Registry_1879.jpg see right side, fifth from bottom

Patrick_Ryan_Death_Register_12_5_1881.jpg see line 18



German_Confederation_Map_1836.jpg  see the section 9 above the E in GERMANY



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