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Friday, August 17, 2012

My life: William Brennan

One of the treasures my aunt has sent me was a photocopy of a page from a journal written by my 2nd great grandfather William Maurice Brennan.  It has been a mission of mine to find his parents and locate the family homeland in County Galloway, Ireland.  This page has given me a few more clues to places to look for research. 

Washington Ind Oct. 7th 1918

William Morris Brennan first saw the light of day in the City of Nashville Tenn. In the year of Our Lord 1860 born of Irish parents.  Fathers name John Brennan Mothers name Bridget Gerahty Brennan they were both born in the County of Gollway Ireland.  Our family consisted of two boys and one girl. My brother Tim was born in the City of Baltimore Md. in the year 1858 William was born in the City of Nashville Tenn in the year 1860 and Sister Mary was born in the City of Madison Ind. in the year of Our Lord 1862.  Our Mother died in 1862 and was buried at North Madison Ind.  After our mothers death the two boys were sent to the orphante home at Highland Vincennes Ind and sister was sent to the Orphants home for the girls with the Sisters of Providence at Vincennes Ind.  We never saw our father after that.  But we heard from our Uncle TH Brennan in Kansas City Mo. that he was killed while working for the Kansas City Ft. Scott and Gulf R.R. in Kansas City Mo in 1875.  When brother Tim was ten years of age at the orphants home he was placed out.  Was sent to Uncle John McGovern on a farm about 5 miles south of Loogootee Ind and about half a mile from Whitfield Church.  In the year 1872 I followed brother Tim to the McGovern farm where we both remained until Aunt Ellens Death in the year 1879.  After her death Our home was broken up.  Tim went to Chicago Ill to seek his Fortune while I went to an ajoining farm and worked for Michel Doweny one year this was 1880.

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