Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Who is Beto O'Rourke, Robert O'Rourke running for President? Family, history, biography by Mary Cummins

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I originally wrote this when Beto O'Rourke was running for the Senate in Texas. Slight changes but the same biography and family history. 

Robert "Beto" Francis O'Rourke was born September 26, 1972 in El Paso, Texas. His parents are Pat Francis O'Rourke 1942-2001 and Melissa Martha Williams b. 1948. He has two younger sisters, Charlotte Jasper O'Rourke and Erin Brooks O'Rourke. Below is the pedigree view of Beto's family tree. Click it to see it larger. 

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Beto's father Pat Francis O'Rourke was a well known businessman, politician, lawyer and Judge in El Paso, Texas. From his obituary.

Robert Beto O'Rourke father Patrick Pat Francis O'Rourke, El Paso, Texas, biography  ancestry history DNA

"Political risk-taker died doing what he loved. By David Crowder, El Paso Times. Pat O'Rourke, a colorful El Paso politician, businessman and observer who lived life with passion and loved taking chances, was killed Tuesday morning riding the low-slung bicycle that was taking him across the country this time last year. A former county judge and commissioner, O'Rourke helped engineer the consolidation of the city and county tax offices and left office as the county's top Democratic official in 1986. Soon after, he switched parties to make an unsuccessful run for Congress as a Republican. He was 58; the father of one son, Robert "Beto" O'Rourke and two daughters, Charlotte and Erin; and husband to Melissa Williams O'Rourke, who runs the upscale Charlotte's furniture store on the city's West Side. Pat O'Rourke owned and managed the Ethan Allen furniture store on the West Side. A funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Patrick Cathedral, 1118 N. Mesa, after which O'Rourke will be buried at Memory Gardens of the Valley, 4900 McNutt, in Santa Teresa. Arrangements are by Martin Funeral Home West. "I just saw him two nights ago," Commissioner Dan Haggerty said. "You just kind of think that life is funny, life is fragile, and all of the things that people think are so important aren't really." Haggerty said what many others who knew O'Rourke might have thought on hearing the news that he died doing what he loved, pedaling a bicycle alone. "When he crossed the country, we followed the diary," Haggerty said, referring to the daily account O'Rourke posted on, an online magazine run by his son. "He was very deep. As much as many of us would like to say we knew him, we did not know him. I think he was a lot more of a man and a lot less of a politician than some of us would like to think."

Photo of Beto's mother Melissa O'Rourke. Melissa was married to Pat in March 6, 1971 in El Paso, Texas.

Robert "Beto" O'Rourke married Amy Hoover Sanders in 2005 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They have three children, Henry, Molly and Ulysses.

Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke, Amy Hoover Sanders, wedding marriage Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 24 2005, parents Pat O'Rourke, Melissa O'Rourke, William Sanders, Louann, El Paso, Texas

Beto's paternal grandparents are James Francis O'Rourke 1912 - 1966 and Mildred Rowene Jasper 1913 - 1967. From James Francis O'Rourke's obituary.

Beto O'Rourke's paternal grandfather John Francis O'Rourke El Paso Texas ancestry family history biography heritage

"O'ROURKE J. Frank O'Rourke, 54, life-lonq resident of El Paso, passed away Wednesday in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he was employed in the Public Relations Department of Reynolds Electric and Engineering Co., Inc. Survivors: wife, Mrs. Mildred O'Rourke, daughter, Mrs. Shirley Maveety, Las Cruces, New Mexico, son, Pat O'Rourke, California, brothers,. James L. O'Rourke, Garden Grove Calif., Raymond O'Rourke, El Paso. Rosary services will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday in Harding-Orr &; Mc Daniel Montana Ave. Chapel. Funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Rt. Rev. Msgr. H. D. Buchanan officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel. Pallbearers will be Donald P. Bandy, Bob Palm, R. C. Semole. Robert H. Cutler, O. D. Williams. and H. T. Etheridae."

From Mildred Jasper O'Rourke's obituary.

Mildred Rowene Jasper O'Rourke, Beto O'Rourke grandmother El Paso Texas family heritage DNA ancestry 

"O'ROURKE Mrs. Mildred J. O'Rourke, resident of Sutton Place, passed away Wednesday. She had been a resident of El Paso 29 years and was the widow of the late J. Frank O'Rourke. She was associated with Reynolds Electrical and Engineering Co.. Inc. Survivors, daughter, Mrs. Robert Maveety, Las Cruces, New Mexico; son, Pat F. O'Rourke, Los Angeles, Calif.; sisters, Mrs. Ruth Strawn, and Rita of Cimarron, Kans.; brothers, Ross Jasper, Rex Jasper, James Jasper, Fred Jasper, all of Cimarron, Kans., Beuford Jasper, Flo. 4 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday ,in the Harding-Orr &; McDaniel Montana Ave. Chapel, Rev. Konrod Kelley officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery."

Beto's maternal grandparents are Robert Lee Williams Jr. 1921 - 1976 and Charlotte Marguerite Brooks 1919 - 2003.

From Robert William's obituary.

Photo of Robert and Charlotte.

Robert Lee Williams Charlotte Brooks, Beto O'Rourke grandparents, El Paso Texas

"Robert Willliams Services Are Held. Funeral services for Robert Lee Williams Jr., who died yesterday, were to be held today at 1:30 p.m., at Harding-Orr and McDaniel Montana avenue chapel, with Rev. Ron Thomson officiating. Interment is in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Ysleta. Mr. Williams had been president of Charlotte's Furniture Co. Inc., and had been a member of St. Clement's Episcopal Church. He had been a resident of El Paso 28 years, and lived at 1054 Torrey Pines drive. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Charlotte B. Williams, El Paso; daughters Melissa O'Rourke, El Paso, and Patti Williams, McLean, Va.; a son, Robert Brooks Williams, El Paso; mother, Mrs. Eunice Williams, and sister, Martha Rhodes, of Picayune, Miss.; a brother, Wade Williams, New York City; grandson, Robert Francis O'Rourke. El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas."

From Charlotte's obituary. She remarried.

"KORTH. Charlotte Williams Korth, 82, passed away Tuesday morning at her home. Charlotte Brooks was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin and later moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she met her first husband Robert L. Williams. She and Robert moved to El Paso where they raised three children and started the furniture store that bears her name. She was known nationally as a leading interior designer and Charlotte's Furniture Store is still regarded as one of the premier furniture stores in the Southwest. In 1980 she married Fred Korth, former Secretary of the U.S. Navy. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert L. Williams and her second husband, Fred Korth; her sister Betty Miller, her brothers, Lewis, Edward and Robert Brooks and her son- in-law Pat F O'Rourke. She is survived by her children, Patricia Williams, Melissa O'Rourke and Brooks Williams; her grandchildren, Robert F. O'Rourke, Charlotte O'Rourke Pearson, Bonnie Williams and Erin O'Rourke, and her brother-in-law Dorr Miller. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2003 from 6 to 8 pm, with a rosary at 7 pm at Sunset Funeral Home-West located at 480 N Resler. A funeral mass will be held at 10 am, Friday, January 10, 2003 at St. Luke's Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens of the Valley. Donations can be mode to the El Paso Alzheimer's Association or the El Paso Museum of Art. El Paso Times, El Paso, Texas."

Beto's paternal great grandparents were James Francis O'Rourke 1879 - 1933, Anna Elizabeth Lloyd 1876 - 1963, Newton Marion Casper 1868 - 1939 and O'Nora Belle Dressler 1876 - 1965.

From James O'Rourke's obituary. He was born in Missouri.

James Francis O'Rourke, Beto O'Rourke's great grandparents family tree, ancestry heritage DNA

"O'ROURKE SERVICES SET FOR WEDNESDAY. Southern Pacific Conductor Lived in El Paso 15 Years. Funeral services for James Francis O'Rourke, 53, 1411 E. Nevada St., who died yesterday in a local hospital will be held at 9:30 a. m Wednesday in St. Patrick's cathedral. Burial will be in Evergreen. Fr. D. J. Kirgan will officiate. Rosary services will be held at 8 p. m. today in the Kaster & Maxon chapel with the Ladies of Charity in charge. Mr. O'Rourke was a Southern Pacific railroad conductor. He had lived in El Paso for the last 15 years. He is survived by his widow and three sons, James, Raymond and Frank O'Rourke, all of El Paso, and two sisters, Mrs. Frank Connolly, Enid, Okla., and Mrs. George Buck, Kansas City, Mo."

Anna Elizabeth was born 1876 in Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan, Wales. She married James Francis in 1906 in Kansas. She died 1963 in Orange County, California.

Newton Marion Jasper was born in Clinton, Missouri 1868 and died 1939 in Las Cruces. Per the 1930's census he was a foreman at a college dairy.

O'Nora Belle Dressler was born 1876 in Randolph County, Missouri and died 1965 in Montezuma, Kansas. From her obituary.

Photo of O'Nora on the left.

Beto O'Rourke family tree ancestry heritage El Paso Texas O'Nora Belle Dressler Jasper

"Mrs. O'Nora B. Jasper. Funeral for Mrs. O'Nora B. Jasper, 88 former Garden City resident, was Saturday at the Baptist Church in Lebo. Burial was in the Lebo Cemetery. She died last Thursday at the Bethel Home in Montzuma after a lengthy illness."

Beto's maternal great grandparents were Robert Lee Williams 1888 - 1946, Eunice "Ennie" Bird 1900-1991, Lewis C Brookes 1876 - 1960 and Marguerite M Peil 1890-1927.

Robert Williams was born and died in Georgia. He was an operator at a gasoline filling station in 1940 per the census.

Eunice Bird was born in Georgia 1900 and died in Mississippi 1991. She completed four years of college. She was a supervisor for the WPA in 1940. 1958 she was the supervisor for the Housing Authority of Savannah.

Lewis Centennial Brooks was born 1876 in Ohio and died 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Below is a photo of him.

Beto O'Rourke family tree, ancestry dna heritage, Lewis Centennial Brooks
From Lewis C Brook's obituary.

"Lewis Brooks, 83, Milwaukee died Sunday night in a Madison hospital. Among the survivors is a son, Lewis P., Sun Prairie. The body is at the Frautschi funeral home, 120 E. Wilson St."

"Lewis Brooks Rites. Funeral services for Lewis C Brooks, 83, Milwaukee, who died Sunday in a Madison hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Unitarian Meeting house, 900 University Bay Dr. Max D. Gaebler, minister, will officiate. Mr. Brooks was born in Lennox, Ia., and lived in Madison during the early 1940s. He was the organizer and president of the Sealshipt Oyster System until 1910. Mr. Brooks also organized and served as president of the Wisconsin National Fiber Container organization, Cudahy. He was a charter member of the University club of Milwaukee. Surviving are three sons, Lewis P., Sun Prairie; Edward H., Nashville, Tenn.; and Robert B., Cross Plains; two daughters, Mrs. James H. Carrier, Lincoln, Neb.; and Mrs. Robert L. Williams, El Paso, Tex.; and 15 -3 grandchildren. The Frautschi funeral home, 120 E. Wilson st., is in charge of arrangements."

Marguerite Peil Brooks was born 1890 in Wisconsin and died 1927 in Racine, Wisconsin. From her obituary.

"MRS. BROOKS, FORMER RACINE WOMAN, DIES. Mrs. Marguerite Brooks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo A. Peil of this city, and wife of Louis C. Brooks, Milwaukee, died in that city yesterday. She is survived by her husband, five children, a sister. Mrs. Walton H. Miller, this city and a brother. Edward Piel, Chicago, and her parents. Funeral services will be held at 11 o'clock Friday morning at Holy Rosary church. Milwaukee. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery, in this city, and will be private."

I will now only do Beto's second great grandfather and wife on the O'Rourke side. Bernard "Barney" O'Rourke was born 1830 in Glencar, County Leitrim, Ireland. He died 1896 in Nebraska. Below is his obituary.

"Barney O'Rourke, well known about here, and who owned a farm northeast of town, but who lived near Nebraska City, was last week returning from that city to his home, with another person, in a buggy, when, by the horses taking fright, or some other accident, they were thrown out. O'Rourke's collar-bone was broken, but it was thought that he was not otherwise hurt. However, he was undoubtedly injured internally, as he suddenly became worse, Friday, and died that evening. When the Rock Island road was being built through here, he operated a boarding car."

An article from 1892 about him.

"Bernard O'Rourke a former old and respected citizen of St. Joseph, but now of Talmage, Nebraska, made a very pleasant call at the Tribune office Wednesday on his way home from the Indian Nation, where he has been engaged all spring in the construction of a railroad. Mr. O'Rourke built and ran the Everett house on South Seventh street many years ago and looks as fresh today as he did then."

Barney's wife was Mary Anne McDermott born in Ohio 1848 and died in El Paso in 1923. From her obituaries.

"MRS. MARY A. O'ROURKE DIES WHILE VISITING HER SONS. Mary A. O’Rourke, 74 years old mother of J. F. and H. J. O’Rourke of El Paso, died Saturday at 1411 East Nevada Street. Mrs. O’Rourke arrived in El Paso last Monday from her home in Herington, Kan., for a visit with her sons. Besides her sons here, she is survived by two daughters in Herington, Mrs. Frank Connolly and Miss Alice O’­ Rourke; a son, B. J. O'Rourke, of Parsons. Kan., and a brother, P. J. McDermott of Liberal, Kansas. The body will be forwarded tonight to Harrington for burial by the J. J. Kaster & company."

"Mrs. Mary A. O'Rourke Dead. Mrs. O'Rourke is dead. This simple message, which passed from neighbor to neighbor and on through the town Saturday, brought a shade of sadness to the hearts of all who heard it, for this good woman who has lived among us for a number of years, had endeared herself to all by her simple kindnessm her consistent christian life, her charming personality and her cheeriness at all times. The children loved her, the young people enjoyed her the older friends trusted her and came for sympathy and understanding and her immediate family and friends adored her. Her passing leaves a place that cannot be filled, but her life among us leaves a pleasant memory of kindly service and unselfish devotion to family, friends and her religion, that is an inspiration to all and  will linger long after she has gone.  Mrs. O'Rourke left Herington about ten days ago to visit her brother at Liberal and two sons at El Paso, Texas, and was taken ill with pneumonia the second day of her visit there. Her daughter, Miss Alice went to her, arriving the day before her death and everything possible was done to save her for her family and friends but death claimed her on Saturday morning at eight forty-five. The body arrived in Herington Monday morning accompanied by her daughter and her two sons, H. J. and J. F. O'Rourke and their wives. The older son B. J. O'Rourke of Parsons and his son, Bernard, arrived Sunday afternoon, also Mrs. C. G. Stevenson of Pratt, Kansas, a niece. The brother, T. J. McDermott of Liberal. Kansas, was prevented from coming by sudden illness. Mrs. O'Rourke has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. F. P. Connolly for over five years and the funeral was from this home to St. John's Catholic church where a High Requiem mass was said with Father J. B. Glynn officiating. Prayers for the repose of her soul were offered by the ladies of the Altar society and the Knights of Columbus at the home Monday afternoon and evening. Interment was made at St. John's cemetery. Out of town relatives and friends were Mr. and Mrs. J. F. O'Rourke and Mr. and Mrs. H. J. O'Rourke of El Paso, Texas; B. J. and Bernard O'Rourk of Parsons, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Stevenson of Pratt, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Cole of Dalhart, Texas; Mrs. Jas. Gleason and Mr. and Mrs. J. P. McSteen of Kansas City, Missouri and Mrs. John Crowley of Pratt, Kansas. Mary Ann McDermott was born near Cleveland, Ohio, August 20th, 1848 and died at El Paso, Texas, January 27, 1923. She was married to Bernard O'Rourke at St. Joseph's cathedral, St. Joseph, Missouri, August 26, 1866. Nine children were born of this union, three of whom died in infancy and one son, Domino, died May 4, 1807, being killed while in railroad service. Mr. O'Rourke died at Talmage, Nebraska, August 26, 1896. The O'Rourke's lived at St. Joseph, Missouri, for many years coming west with the Rock Island Railroad as it built from that place. Mrs. O'Rourke leaves the following children: -  B. J. of Parsons, Kansas; ,J. F. and H. J. of El Paso, Texas; Miss. Alice and Mrs. F. P. Connolly of Herington, besides a brother, T. J. McDermott of Liberal, Kansas, and twelve grand children." Transcribed by Mary Cummins.

I may later post the maternal second great grandparents. For now the paternal side of the family is from Ireland, Wales, Kentucky, Missouri and Kansas. The maternal side of the family is from Georgia, Massachusetts, Canada and Wisconsin. The family history matches up perfectly with what Beto O'Rourke has said about his family tree. I've done the family trees and histories of other candidates and Beto is the only one who has been honest about his family history. Beto is a third generation Texan from El Paso.

Beto's wife Amy Hoover Sanders comes from an amazing family. They lived in Mexico and Texas. My family is from El Paso, Texas which is on the Mexican border. That's how my grandpa met my Nana. It was normal to go back and forth frequently over the border. Below is Amy's tree only to great grandparents. Amy's family is highly educated, successful and wealthy. They've been in Texas and Mexico for generations. One was a well known Texas Judge. They are from Germany and the US. They're also involved in a lot of philanthropy.

Amy Hoover Sanders, family tree, ancestry, heritage, Texas, Mexico, Germany

Someone wrote an article about my article. Very cool.

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