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.
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 am often asked what do we do when we reach a brick wall in our Irish families about 1840/1850?
I have begun to explore a new option. (for me in anycase)
We know that many Irish people began their journey to America and elsewhere via Liverpool. Some of them stayed in Liverpool, at least for a time.
The 1851 Census for Liverpool (England), via ancestry, gives a total of 67,291 Irish born people living in Liverpool. The majority give no other birthplace but Ireland. However there are exceptions.
For example in Paul Street, Liverpool, James Brennan, born about 1796, is recorded as having been born in Mayo, Ireland. James was a lodger in the house of Thomas King born about 1824 in Clare, Ireland. Thomas King's wife Irene was also born in Clare. Ann & John Portill, also born in Clare and described as relatives of Thomas King are also resident in the household. Of the 10 people living in the household, only one was born in England. In fact there are many Irish families resident in the area.
I highly recommend a search for your missing family in the Liverpool Census of 1851 and 1861.
Whilst browsing the U. S Federal Census, I was interested to note a number of African American families with the surname Brannon or possible variants of the name. I tried to find 2 of the families in later Census and was unable to do so. A number of experts in African American Genealogy, have found that directly after Emancipation many families continued to use the names of the people who had enslaved them. However, over time, at least some of the families chose different names. In the absence of a search for death records, this may explain why I was unable to find those families.
It is interesting to note that the birth State that had the majority of African American people with the surname Brannon (or variants) was Virginia.
Born in Africa 1
Born in Alabama 121 men, wome and children with the surname Brannon/Brandon/Branine/Brannen/Brannan
Born in Arizona none
Born as Arkansas 24 men, women and children
Born in Colorado none
Born in South Carolina 80 men, women and children with the surnames as above
Born in North Carolina 146 men women and children with the surnames as above
Born in Dakota, North and South none
Born in Florida 33
Born in Georgia 192 men, women and children
Born in Illinois 12 men, women and children
Born in Indiana 2 man and child
Born in Iowa 2 man and boy
Born in Kentucky 58 men, women and children
Born in Louisiana 50 men, women and children
Born in Maine none
Born in Michigan 4
Born in Mississippi 87 men, women and children
Born in Missouri 11 men, women and children
Born in Montana none
Born in Nebraska 1 man
Born in Nevada none
Born in Ohio 13 men, women and children
Born in Oregon none
Born in Pennsylvania 5 men, women and children
Born in New York 13 men, women and children
Born in Tennessee 60
Born in Texas 23 men, women and children
Born in Virginia 363 men, women and children
Born in West Virginia 1 boy
Born in Wisconsin none
Born in Wyoming none
Source U. S. Federal Census ancestry.com
In the 1901 Census Thomas Brady (64) was living with his wife Catherine (60) and children , Lizzie (17) and James (13) in Clooncraff, Kilteevan.
Thomas Brady (27) of Cloontuskert married Catherine Brennan (19) of Kilteevan on January 16th 1865.
Their witnesses were James Fox and Catherine Murray and these names match on both the Church Marriage record and the Civil Marriage record transcribed by rootsireland.
In the Church record Thomas parents are recorded as Darby (a dimunitive of Jeremiah) and Catherine Brady.
Catherine's parents are recorded in the Church record as Patrick and Sarah Brennan.
But here is where the fun begins Catherine's father is recorded as Michael Brennan in the Civil Marriage record!
A search of Brennan records (and they are many) yielded only one Brennan married to a Sarah and that was Patrick Brennan who was married to Sarah Kileen/Killian c1834. Patrick and Sarah had a daughter Catherine baptised in 1844. Given this I am inclined to think that Catherine Brennan Brady's father was Patrick Brennan, the husband of Sarah Killian/Kileen.
Thomas Brady and Catherine Brennan had 10 children. All of the children are recorded as born in Clooncraff.
Eleanor Ann/ Ellen Ann 1878
Unlike many families at this time, all of the Brady children can be found in the Civil Registration Index.
By 1911, according to the Census, Thomas had died and Catherine was living with her youngest son James. The original record appears to have 10 written as the number of children born to Catherine and 8 as the number of living children but the numbers are very faint and are not recorded on the transcript.
Thomas Brady died in 1903. See below for link to Death Certificate. His son Michael is recorded as the informant. Catherine Brady died in 1918.
In 1921. James Brady of Clooncraff married Margaret Naughton of Lecarrow in Knockcroghery. Their witnesses were Patrick Brennan and Mary Ellen Mee.
Lucy Brannin shows up in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census living in the William E. Fathertone household in Forks of Elkhorn, Franklin, Kentucky. Lucy is described as a Black woman born circa 1788 in Kentucky. The only other Black person in the household is Kate Lewis, a 30 year old woman also born in Kentucky.
The 1860 Slave Schedules show Wm. E. Featherston of Franklin, Kentucky with 7 enslaved people, 3 Males aged 40, 19 and 1.5yrs. and 4 Females, aged 37, 10, 7 and 4yrs. The University of Kentucky Libraries website give the following population for Franklin County, Kentucky;
1860 Slave Schedule
In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census for the Featherston/Featherstone household of Forks of Elkhorn, Franklin; William has died and neither Lucy nor Kate are recorded.
U.S. Federal Census 1870 & 1880
U.S. Federal Slave Schedules 1860
Kentucky Death Records 1852-1963
Original records online at ancestry.com
University of Kentucky Libraries website
Copyright MBrennanKerry 2016
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...