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Matthew Francis Brennan
Birth: Dec. 25, 1848
Lackawanna County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 1916
DeWitt County
Illinois, USA

He is a son of Michael William Brennan (1820-1852)of Ireland and Kathryn (Delane or Delano) Brennan.

He married Dora Jane Emery (1864-1953) on 12 Oct 1879 in Watseka, Illinois.

Their children are:
1. William Elmer Brennan (1880-1956)
2. Lura May Brennan (1892-1955)
3. Golda Victoria Brennan (1883-1965)
4. Frederick Cleveland Brennan (1884-1965)
5. Harry Russell Brennan (1894-1940)
6. Ina Twila Brennan (1900-1983)
7. Irma Cerita Brennan (1903-1984)


Matthew Brennan Drops Dead on Sidewalk at Lane Last Friday

Another Soldier Called to His Reward

Matthew Brennan, an old and respected citizen of Lane, dropped dead on the sidewalk in front of the residence of Dr. Dean last Friday evening.

He had been to the public schools in that village an hour before and had acted as Santa Claus for the children. He became ill and went to his home across the street, where medicine was given him and he apparently recovered.

Then he started up town but was stricken in front of the Dr. Dean residence. Passersby carried him into the house but he gasped a few times and died.

The funeral services were held at Lane Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Frank M. Harry of Bloomington, being in charge. Interment was in Weldon cemetery. Those who bore the pall were: Abel Gray, Fred Woodward, Jerry M. Lane, Frank Woodward, George Pitcher and George Eaton. George Summers, an old comrade, carried the colors at half-mast. There were many beautiful floral offerings from the various relatives and friends.

Matthew Francis Brennan was born in Scranton, Penn., December 25, 1848 and died December 22, 1916. His parents died when he was but four years old, and he went to live with an aunt. He was a private soldier in Co. I, 104th regiment Pennsylvania Infantry; enlisting March 2, 1865, and serving until the close of the war.

In 1870 he came to Paxton IL and in 1879 was united in marriage to Dora J. Emery of Weldon, at Milford, Iroquois County, Illinois. In 1883 they moved to DeWitt county, occupying the same farm until 1914, when they retired and moved to Lane to spend their declining years.

During the revival held by Rev. Frank M. Harry in the White Pigeon schoolhouse in 1900 he was converted and joined the M. E. church, Weldon. He was a kind and loving husband and father, a good friend and neighbor. His greatest delight was to attend church and was happiest when surrounded by his family. He had a smile and a kind word for everyone.

He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, and the following named children: Lura Wantland, Goldie Parker, Fred, Harry and Willie, all residing near Lane; Ina and Erma at home. Two children died in infancy.


(Matthew was my great grand father- Max T )

Family links: 
  Dora Jane Emery Brennan (1864 - 1953)*
  William Elmer Brennan (1880 - 1956)*
  Lura May Brennan Wantland (1882 - 1955)*
  Golda Victoria Brennan Parker (1883 - 1965)*
  Frederick Cleveland Brennan (1884 - 1965)*
  Ina Twila Brennan Bennett (1900 - 1983)*
  Irma Cerita Brennan Roberts (1903 - 1984)*
*Calculated relationship
Nixon Township Cemetery
DeWitt County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Max Turpin
Record added: Jun 18, 2008
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Matthew Francis Brennan
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