I recently discovered a genetic cousin via Autosomal DNA testing whose Irish roots are in the name Gahan. My genetic cousin could be related to me on my maternal side but since we have to start somewhere I did a search of Brennan/Gahan marriages 1790-1863 on rootsireland.ie. (Civil Registration began in Ireland for Roman Catholics in 1864)
1790 Sept 19 Mooncoin Kilkenny John Gahan of Farrensarron Margaret Brennan of Farrensarron Wit. William Henebry & Richard Walsh & Thomas Dunphy
1792 Dec 11 Haggardstown, Co. Louth Thomas Brennan of Dundalk Ann McGahan of Priorlands Wit. Francis Richards & Jas Donely
1803 Jan 20 Killaveney, Co. Wicklow William Gahan Hester Brennan Wit. Francis Morton & John Gahan & Andrew Brennan
1824 Mar 2 Kilronan, Co. Roscommon James Guiheen Mary Brennan Wit. Thomas Guiheen & Celia Brennan
Note; since Celia is an uncommon name I searched for a Celia Brennan born in Kilronan. Found Celia born to Michael Brennan (could he be Mary Brennan's brother??) & Margaret Cooper 1840 Dec 28 ~~also Sara b 1835, Guy b 1837, Margaret b1847
1825 Feb 12 St. Canice's Co. Kilkenny Patrick Brennan Mary Gahan Wit. Nicholas Brennan & Nancy Ryan
1826 Nov 1 Clara, Co. Offaly Michael Brennan Jane Gahan
1834 Jan 23 Paulstown, Kilkenny James Brennan of Bornafea Elizabeth Gahan of Bornafea Wit. Martin Brennan & John Gahan
1836 Nov 1 Paulstown, Kilkenny James Brennan of Goresbridge Margaret Gahan of Goresbridge Wit. Lawrence Murphy & Anastasia Bowe
1840 Mar 3 Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford Nicholas Gahan Margaret Brennan Wit. James Stapleton & Mary Leary
1848 Sept 11 Portarlington, Co. Laois Michael Brennan Bridget Gahan Wit. George & Eliza McDonald
1851 May 3 Ballymena, Co. Antrim Joseph Brennan Catherine McGahan Wit. Elizabeth Diamond & Anne Cronan
1863 Feb 17 St. Mullins, Co. Carlow Michael Brennan Anne Gahan Wit. Andrew Hickey & Elizabeth Doyle
If you have Brennan Gahan in your family tree I would be most grateful for further information particularly if your Gahan family have Tipperary roots.
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Further information re Kilronan, Co. Roscommon
On Dec. 9th 1864 Prior Brannan of Company A, 70th, US Colored Troops married Arrinda Adams of Thomas County, Georgia, in Natchez, Mississippi.
Prior was aged 28, born c 1836 and Arrinda aged 24, born c1840. Prior was described in his marriage certificate as Black, son of a Black mother and a Black father. Arrinda was described as half White, her mother as three quarters White and her father as a quarter White.
Their witnesses were N S Hitchcock, Co. A, 70th, US Colored Troops & Phineas Mixer, Ordained Minister.
I found the following brief record but cannot ascertain if it belongs to the same man.
Mixer, Jr. , Phineas
BATTLE UNIT NAME:
33rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry
SOLDIER'S RANK IN:
SOLDIER'S RANK OUT:
M540 ROLL 52
I have also found Prior Brannan with another spelling of his name
United States Civil War Service Records of Union Colored Troops
Event TypeMilitary Service
Military Unit Note71st US Colored Infantry
After stenuous efforts I have been unable to find Prior & Arrinda after their marriage so I would be grateful if anyone can add to their life story and honour his service. Thank you.
US Freedman's Bureau Marriages
US Civil War Record of Union Colored Troops
National Park Service
In 1868, John Brannon of Nenagh Tipperary opened an account in the Freedman's Bank in Tallahassee, Florida. He named his brother Thomas of Nenagh, Tipperary, Ireland on his account.
Unfortunately he did not give any other information.
John Branon born c1830 Georgia, Race Mulatto
wife Louisa Brannon born c1835, Race Black
John born c1855
Isaac born c1858
Amilia born c1860
Mary born c1862
Elizabeth born c1865
John Brannon, Screven, Georgia 1870
This list includes variants of the surname
Nora, born Ireland c1842, husband? Thomas born Ireland c1839, son William born c1868 Georgia. Also resident in the household William O'Brien born Ireland c1804. Resident Augusta Ward 4, Richmond, Georgia
Cathr, born Ireland c1825, husband? James born Ireland c1820, children? James born c1862 & Mary Ellen born c1868, both in Georgia
Also resident in the household Peter Garrity & Jas Cullen born Ireland c1821 & c1822. Resident Savannah, Chatham, Georgia 1870
Esther, born c1836 Ireland, husband? John born Ireland c1832, children? John born c 1859 George born c1861 Cranford born c1864, all born Ireland Patsey born Georgia c1868. Resident Savannah, Chatham, Georgia 1870
Mary born c1830 Ireland, children? Bridget born Georgia c1850, Johanna born Georgia c1856. Also resident in the household Michael Tully & William Morris, born c1845 & c1844 respectively, both born in Ireland. Resident 1870 Savannah, Chatham, Georgia
Mary born Ireland c1825, husband Thos born Ireland c1823, sons Thos born c1867 Georgia, James born c1869 Georgia. resident 1870 Savannah, Chatham, Georgia
Bridget born Ireland c1838, husband? Michael born Ireland c1835. Also resident in the household Patrick Hall & William Marvin born c1847 Ireland & c1834 Georgia respectively. Resident 1870 Savannah, Division 21, Chatham, Georgia
Mary born c1840 Ireland. With Jessie Lee born c1848 New York. Resident Savannah, Chatham, Georgia
Source 1870 US Federal Census
Gaylord V Brennan was born in Illinois in 1922. He was the son of Louis G & Edna A Brennan. In 1930, the family were living in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. Both Louis George and Edna were born in Illinois. By 1940 Edna was widowed and she and Gaylord were lodging in the home of Herbert and Ada Cook in North Court Street, Rockford.
A Draft Registration Card for George Louis Brennan 1918 suggests that Louis/George used both his first names interchangeably at different times in his life. His wife is named Edna and he is recorded as self-employed with a peanut vending machine business. George is recorded as 5 foot 10 & one eight inches tall, of stout build with blue eyes and sandy hair.
Louis died on July 29, 1935 according to a transcription of the Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index 1916-1947. This record also tells us that Louis was born on Feb. 22 1880 in Shirland, Illinois. He was only 55 years at the time of his death.
This record of Louis' place of birth gives us a great clue for checking the 1880 US Federal Census, if he was born prior to the census. Imagine my delight when I found Louie aged 3 months living with his parents Martn & Marccella Brennan. Martin was born in Wisconsin and Marcella in New York. All 4 of their parents were born in Ireland!
The transcription of the Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index 1916-1947 came to my aid again giving me the death of Martin C Brennan (birthplace Footville, Wisconsin) on March 21 1933 in Rockford, Winnebago. Husband of Marsella. Martin's father was John Brennan and his mother Mary Cannon, both of whom were born in Ireland. Obituary & Gravestone for John Brennan www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=124285539
1930 US Federal Census familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X39C-HBL
1940 US Federal Census
1918 Draft Registration Card familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6D1-K6V
1880 US Federal Census familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MX23-Y99
1933 Death Record familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3L9-8WL
Special thanks to Paul Howes of www.howesfamilies.com who supplied me with this picture from Memorial Park on Old Moultrie Road in St Augustine, Florida and instigated this research.
Ian Eric Brennan was born May 17, 1918 the son of Alfred Eric and Jean Brennan, Farnborough, Kent. He was the younger of twin brothers at Dulwich College. He was in the Third XI and a prefect and having secured a Cutlers' Exhibition went abroad for a year. He studied German at Schwerin in Macklenburg with Herr Stroemer, with whom Mr. Macpherson had collaborated in certain school books. Returning from Germany in October 1936, he joined Messrs. Gellatly Hankey & Co., Ltd., Billiter Street, and after a year proceeded to their office in Hamburg, and later to Antwerp. On outbreak of war he returned to England at once and joined the R.A.F.V.R. He was awarded his wings in due course and commissioned on November 5, 1940. After further training he was posted to a Hurricane squadron in the Fighter Command, and met his death over the North Sea, eight miles east of the Shetlands, whilst on patrol, on March 1, 1941.
Research and picture contributed by Bob Cumberbatch, Guild of One Name Studies, UK
Pilot Officer Ian Eric (“Doggie”) BrennanPilot Officer Ian Eric Brennan of 3 Squadron RAF Volunteer Reserve was tragically killed whilst conducting dog fight training in his Hawker Hurricane on 1st March 1941. He was aged 22 years and 9 months when he was in collision with the Hurricane of Sgt Joyce.
P/O Ian Eric Brennan flying Hurricane V7069 was the senior pilot that day, and Sgt Joyce in P3255 was the pupil hoping to gain some fighter tactic experience. Out off the Sumburgh Head a number of maneuvers had been carried out and all seem to go OK when suddenly the two aircraft collided and unable to recover P/O Brennan’s Hurricane plunged into the sea. The other Hurricane, severely damaged and with its pilot Sgt Joyce badly shaken up managed to limp back to Sumburgh where he got down safely, alas his instructor P/O Brennan, aged 22 from Farnborough, Kent, was killed and his body never recovered.
His plane was recorded as crashing here: 59.916739, -1.166665
 London Gazette: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/35019/page/7128/data.pdf Issue 35019 Page 7128 20 December 1940: “16th Nov. 1940. (Seniority 5th Nov. 1940) 901413 Ian Eric Brennan (88229)
 BRENNAN Ian Eric of Mount Bank Farnborough Kent died on or since 1 March 1941 on war service Administration Llandudno 18 October  to Alfred Eric Brennan works manager. Effects £447 18s 2d. http://interactive.ancestry.com/1904/31874_222436-00584?pid=2281234&backurl=http://search.ancestry.com//cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc%3DGmI26%26_phstart%3DsuccessSource%26usePUBJs%3Dtrue%26gss%3Dangs-g%26new%3D1%26rank%3D1%26msT%3D1%26gsfn%3Dian%2520eric%26gsfn_x%3D0%26gsln%3Dbrennan%26gsln_x%3D0%26MSAV%3D1%26cpxt%3D1%26cp%3D11%26catbucket%3Dr%26uidh%3D5h3%26pcat%3DROOT_CATEGORY%26h%3D2281234%26db%3DUKProbateCal%26indiv%3D1%26ml_rpos%3D2&treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=GmI26&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true
 Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1530381/BRENNAN,%20IAN%20ERIC#carousel2 BRENNAN, Pilot Offr. IAN ERIC, 88229, RAF (VR) 3 Sqdn. 1st March, 1941, Age 22. Son of Alfred Eric and Jean Brennan, of Farnborough, Kent. Panel 31
The 1911 Census gives us a wonderful picture of my Gilleran great and great great grandparents.
My great grandparents, Michael Gilleran and Ellen Beirne and their five children were living with Michael's parents, John Gilleran and Anne Fox.
John Gilleran of Roadwalk and Anne Fox of Clooncraff (age 18) married in Roscommon RC Church in 1872. The Civil registration record gives only their fathers' names but the Church marriage record transcription (rootsireland) records the following;
Parents of John Gilleran, Patrick Gilleran and Mary Hanly
Parents of Anne Fox, Michael Fox and Margaret Brennan .
John Gilleran was baptised on Feb. 28 1845. His godparents were James Hambrogue and Margaret Brennan. (rootsireland) I have found baptisms for 6 siblings,
John Gilleran died in 1920, in the company of his daughter-in-law Ellen.
The 1911 Census gives Anne Fox Gilleran as the mother of 4 children. Baptism record transcripts give us;
Mary Ann born 1873
Michael born 1874
Mary Ann born 1875
Patrick born 1877.
Anne died in 1925 of old age (75 acc. to the Death Record) in the company of her daughter-in-law Ellen.
Ellen Beirne Gilleran was the daughter of Malachy Beirne of Ballyglass, Rahara, Co. Roscommon & Ann Donnelly.
In 1857, Griffith's Valuation records Malachi Byrne as a tenant of Robert H Gunning in Ballyglass, Rahara.
Malachy Byrne married Ann Donnelly in 1854 in Knockcroghery.
Ellen & Margaret her twin were born in 1873.
rootsireland Baptism and Marriage records
Civil Registration Records BMD
In 1920, Dave Branon and his wife Mamie were living in Fork, Lexington with their 2 year old daughter Viola. Both Dave and his wife could read and write though neither had attended school. Their home was rented and they both 'worked out' as farm labourers.
On June 16th, 1920, Dave and Mammie's lives were struck with immeasureable grief when their daughters Ethel and Edna died only 3 weeks after birth. There was no physician present at their deaths so there is no cause of death recorded. In their death certficates we discover that Mammie's name was Mary Martin and that she and Dave were born in Lexington County. Ethel and Edna were buried in St. Paul's Church on June 17th, 1920. The certificate does not identify if this was the Baptist Church or the Wesleyan Church.
By 1940, the family had grown to include Dave Junior age 20, Wade age 18, James T age 10, Martha age 8, Mayole age 6 and Swanee, Dave's wife, age 17.
1920 Census records ancestry.com original records
1940 Census records ancestry.com original records
South Carolina Death Records ancestry.com original certificates
In 1870, Bailes Brannon (30) and his wife Sopha (26) lived with their children Arch (7) and Milly (2) in Campobello, Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Bailes and Sopha could not read or write. Bailes was a farmer. All the family were born in South Carolina. Campobello is derived from Italian meaning beautiful field. In the same year, 1870, a white man named Augustus Brannon (26) is farming land in Campobello. And another named Clements Brannon. It is possible that Bailes and Sopha worked for the Brannon family prior to emancipation.
In 1880, Campobello had a population of 99 people.
The family of Bailes Brannon had grown by 1880 and included John A (Arch?) age 14, Ella (Milly?) age 11, Pinkney age 9, Mary age 7, Martha age 4 and mother-in-law Milly Brannon age 65. No-one in the family can read or write. Bailes and Sophia's parents were all born in South Carolina. Bailes and his son John A are described as farm labourers in this Census. The family were living in Spartanburg Township. Spartanburg is 22 miles from Campobello. In 1880, the town of Spartanburg had a population of 3,253. This must have been a huge change for the family, moving from a rural area into the county seat.
I don't know what happened to the family after 1880. Maybe they migrated North? A first search through the marriage and death records for the children did not yield any likely matches. Neither could I find a death record in South Carolina for Milly, Sophia or Bailes Brannon. If you have found this family I would love to hear from you.
Original Census Records 1870 & 1880 at ancestry.com
South Carolina Death Records originals at ancestry.com
Wikipedia for local history of Campobello and Spartanburg
I'm a Brennan with clear roots in Clawinch Island, Co. Longford (on the Shannon) Brennan Family Clawinch, Co. Longford and possibly in Kilteevan, Co. Roscommon. As a child my father's people told me that our family came from Kilkenny originally and that Cromwell threw us out. This story has intrigued me all my life and of late I have begun to collect information about Brennans the world over. If you have Brennans in your family, you are cordially invited to join me and maybe we will get to the root of this family story, or maybe not...