Some of the older generation in my family are convinced that my great great grandfather Patrick Brennan of Clawinch Island, Co. Longford was born in the townland of Clooncraff, Kilteevan, Co. Roscommon. So in my search for clues I have zeroed in on the 1901 Census for Clooncraff.
The results are fascinating. Of the 14 distinct families listed in the 1901 Census only 3 do not have a Brennan as a parent!
Catherine Nolan Gillooley age 57, the widow of Patrick Gillooly is one exception. Patrick Gillooley of Carnbane appears to have married into the farm of Michael Nolan & Julia Tracy of Clooncraff, Catherine's parents in 1871. Indeed, Michael Nolan is listed as a tenant of Admiral George Crofton in Clooncraff in 1857.
John Gilleran, another exception, married Anne Fox in 1872. But just to make the research lively, Anne Fox was the daughter of Michael Fox and Margaret Brennan so there is still a Brennan connection. And I almost forgot to mention that John Gilleran is another of my great great grandfathers!
Thomas Brady & Catherine Brennan
Luke Brennan unmarried
Hugh Brennan (son of Michael Brennan) wife Ellen Farrell m1885
Edward Garrick widower, dec. wife Catherine Brennan d 9/Jul/1889
William Brennan, son of Hugh Brennan & Margaret Stanton, wife Maria Geraghty m1876 Knockcroghery
Mary A Gilleran Brennan widow of Thomas Brennan (son of Luke Brennan) m1867, Thomas Brennan d 14/Dec/1885, attended by John Gilleran, brother-in-law
Michael Brennan wife Anne Brennan as per bapt. of son James 1880
Patrick Brennan (son of Daniel Brennan), second wife Ellen/Eleanor Kain m1884, first wife Mary Brennan
Thomas Murray wife Bridget Connaughton
Bridget Tiernan Brennan widow of James Brennan (son of John Brennan) m1879, James Brennan d 2/Nov/1894, attended by wife Bridget
John Fox wife Catherine Brennan, (dau. of John Brennan) m 1868 Roscommon Church Record
Thomas Quigly wife Jane Brennan (dau. of John Brennan & Ursula Greely) m1876 Roscommon Civil Reg. District
The 1901 Census, Ireland, Clooncraff, DED Mote
Rootsireland and a special word of thanks to all the members of the Roscommon group who selflessly gave up their time to provide us with these records