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.
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...