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Brennan (#46907880)
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Bio Photo I'm a member of the Brennan clan of Berkeley, CA.

My great-great-grandfather Edward James Brennan was born near Dornoch in Holland Township, Grey County, Ontario, to Patrick and Mary Ann (Jordan) Brennan from near Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, Ireland.

His older brother James and his cousin Margaret Roach moved to California in the 1860s. In 1871 another brother, John, arrived in California, and Edward joined them in 1873. In June 1878, his widowed sister Catherine Craig had taken the R. Knott house in Berkeley and was furnishing it for boarders. By 1886 a younger sister, Elizabeth, had arrived in California and married Evan Gill.

Four siblings remained in Dornoch. The eldest child, Maggie, married George Kohler in in about 1855 and died in 1870. Thomas Brennan, the second eldest son, remained in Dornoch until after his parents' death, at which time he and wife and large family removed to Manitoba. Michael, the next son, married Margaret Patton and died young. Mary, Ed's twin sister, married James Kerley in May 1877; they had no children.

Great great grandfather Brennan's siblings and Brennan, Jordan, Roach, Sullivan, and Priel cousins have scattered through (at least) California, Montana, Nebraska, Manitoba, Illinois, New York, and Washington.

On my mother's side, the surnames include: BRENNAN, REHKER, DEMPSEY, OLBERDING, CURTIS, BIERMAN, JORDAN, TEAGUE, ROACH, MCAVOY,DUNNIGAN. Related family names are O'MARA, SULLIVAN, CREMMEN, KOHLER, CRAIG, GILL, KEENAN, MCCARTNEY, KEYES, MALONE, MULDOON, VASEY, SMYTH, COFFEY, BOYLE, PRIEL, MCGRATH. Some of these are from the Grey County area of Ontario; others are from California, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Manitoba.

On my father's side, the surnames include: HOYT, SULLIVAN, ROBERTSON, GOOGE, CLARK, SANTERFEIT, WALKER, STEWART. Related names are FINCH, LEE, BANKSTON, SELZ, BRIGGS, BOYKIN, PONCHER. These are mostly from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina.
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Geo Clinton
Margaretha Huelshorst
Thanks for the contribution to my memorial for Margaretha. I also added it to the one for her husband. Geo
Added by Geo Clinton on Jan 25, 2015 3:41 PM
Bev Dowson
RE: Roach
Perfect !!
Added by Bev Dowson on Jan 15, 2015 4:53 PM
Bev Dowson
I see you might be researching the Roach name. I have just added some to Uxbridge cemetery. If it helps... Bev
Added by Bev Dowson on Jan 15, 2015 4:27 PM
Tom Glowacki
RE: McClure plot photos
FYI there is no marker for Nellie in the plot.

Added by Tom Glowacki on Dec 23, 2014 4:20 PM
Cemetery Hopper
John Vincent Brennan
Would you like me to transfer John Vincent Brennan to you? I am no relation. I just fill photo requests for that cemetery and take the whole row while I'm there. Let me know. Cemetery Hopper
Added by Cemetery Hopper on Dec 20, 2014 1:44 PM
Adrien Zilber
I meant to refer to Margaret McClure as the daughter of John & Melinda. Margaret is definitely my ancestor but I haven't been able to connect Melinda to my line.

Lucy Suzanne Johnson - me
Lucy Ethel Duckworth - mother
Betty Jean Spencer - grandmother
Lillian Gladys Sanders - great grandmother
Lucy Ethel McClure - great, great grandmother
Margeret E & Charley Elias McClure - ggg grandparents
??Melinda Patterson & John McClure??

Added by Adrien Zilber on Dec 19, 2014 1:26 PM
Adrien Zilber
Melinda McClure

You mentioned in the memorial for John McClure that Melinda McClure (maiden name?) who married Charley Elias McClure (these are my 3rd great grandparents). Do you have any source for that claim? She is not listed on the Gilroy 1880 census as one of their children (she would've been 3 years old). Any help you can give will be much appreciated; I've been trying to find her in our tree for ages. We have a portrait that family tradition says is Melinda McClure but I can't connect her to my McClures.

Lucy Suzanne Johnson (me)
Lucy Ethel Duckworth (my mother)
Betty Jean Spencer
Lucy Ethel McClure
Margaret E (?) & Charley Elias McClure

Happy Holidays!
Adrien Zilber (fka Lucy Suzanne)
Added by Adrien Zilber on Dec 19, 2014 1:17 PM
Brenda A. Darbyshire
Orange Hill
I have never been to that cemetery so I do not know. I was merely posting some of the older as well as Civil War soldiers that we have in our library.
Added by Brenda A. Darbyshire on Nov 30, 2014 3:23 AM
Anna Jane Smith Googe
Thanks for the transfer. I will take good care of her. Faye
Added by Faye on Nov 12, 2014 10:56 AM
99697716 /Anna Jane Smith Googe
Hi Mr. Brennan, Anna Jane Smith was my gr gr grandfathers sister. I am trying to place all of his siblings. I see that you have copied a paragraph out of W. P. Ward's History of Coffee County in her bio. She was married to Dr. James Allison Googe. According to that book they had 3 sons. A 4th one is linked to Dr. Googe. Was he from Dr. Googe's first marriage? I added a memorial for Walter Googe and linked him to his parents. He and his mother are buried at Oak Grove Methodist Church Cemetery. There is no mention of where Dr. Googe is buried. None of the 3 Googe's buried there are photographed. I live in Coffee County and can go check it out. If you have any pictures or more info that you would share with me, I would appreciate it. My email is
Thank you, Faye Smith Sinclair
Added by Faye on Nov 11, 2014 4:30 PM
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