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
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...