Louisa Briehl Miller
1835 – 1926
1833 - 1881
By: Roger Kemps ©
covered in this document are:
Louisa Briehl Miller Ryan
Pauline Julia Miller
Emily M. Miller
Albert J. Miller
Thomas Patrick Ryan
John W. Ryan
Louisa Briehl was born in Biedenkopf in the German State of Hesse Darmstadt (see Note 1) on December
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
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.
Julia Miller was
born on May 11, 1860 while the family was in
Memphis, Tennessee. She died in Los Angeles, California on October
and is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. For additional
information, see Pauline Julia Miller O’Donnell
M. (or Emma) Miller was
born in St. Louis, Missouri on October
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
at the age of 79. Emily died on September 21, 1940 at the Congress Hotel
Louis. At the time, she had been living at 275 N. Union Blvd. She is entombed at Oak
J. Miller was
born in Missouri on May
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
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:
possibly born about 1851 or 1853.
possibly born about 1855.
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
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).
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.
W. Ryan was
born in 1876. He was married and an insurance agent. He died on December
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
born on March 28, 1879 at 2018 Orange Alley in
Missouri. Julia married Luther James Kemps on October
She died in Los Angeles, California on April
and is buried in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery. For additional
information, see Julia Ryan Kemps.
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
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
(see note 2).
1910, Louisa was living with her daughter, Pauline J. O'Donnell, see Pauline,
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.
Briehl Miller Ryan died at the age of 90, on March
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
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.
For the source of Louisa Ryan (8 years old) and Patrick Ryan burial details,
http://search.stlcathcem.org/default.aspx and search with the name and burial date
Per the 1910 Census for Louisa & Pauline, this individual was still alive
A thorough search, of the Missouri Digital Heritage Database of Deaths from
1910 - 1957, found that this individual did not die in Missouri.
For the history of St. Louis street cars, see: http://www.usgennet.org/usa/mo/county/stlouis/streetcar.htm
1870_Mary_Kate_Ryan.pdf see lines 37
& 38 for a possibility
see line 39
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
see line 5
see right side, fifth from bottom
see line 18
German_Confederation_Map_1836.jpg see the section 9 above the E in GERMANY
Outline Descendant Report of Louisa Briehl
Last updated 9/26/2009