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Mary "Mollie" Massie was born in Savannah, Missouri, on 7 July 1854.  She was the daughter of John Colin and Tabitha Purnell Gresham.  Both parents were born in Kentucky.  She married John S. O’Brian on 4 January 1882 in Washington County.  Mollie’s father was a merchant in Fayetteville from 1860-1870, died in 1891, and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Fayetteville.  Mollie had two brothers who were physicians; Fredrick O. Massey was a medical doctor and practiced in Huntsville, Madison County, Arkansas, 1880-1900, and her brother James B. Massie practiced in Harris County, Texas.  Her brother John Jr. was an undertaker in Fayetteville.