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
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...