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Maj William David Brennan

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Maj William David Brennan

Birth
Ottawa, Ottawa Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death 7 Mar 1881 (aged 41)
Malone, Franklin County, New York, USA
Burial Malone, Franklin County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 58202107 View Source

Civil War
Company D
142d NY Volunteers

Born in the province of Gloucester in Ontario, he immigrated to Malone at age 12. Teacher, attorney, legislator.
Married Laura C Smith in 1870. Children included Laura "Bessie" Elizabeth and William.An orphan, William David was the youngest child of William Frederick Brennan, an Irish emigrant and Miriam Snow Richardson, daughter of a Baptist minister born in Compton, Quebec. William had 3 sisters and a brother, all of whom emigrated to the U.S. upon reaching adulthood. William left Canada at the age of 12 to work as a water boy in Malone, NY for the railroad, where he attended Franklin Academy, then Middlebury College in VT before entering the U.S. Army as a Captain of of NY's 142nd regiment, Company A during the Civil War. Badly injured during the battle of Chapin's Farm in VA he lost a leg and was promoted to the rank of Major by brevet for his courage and bravery. Returning to NY, he married Laura Smith and admitted to the bar, serving as treasurer of Malone County, then as a NY state assemblyman. He had two children, William D. Brennan, Jr., and Laura. Malone chapter of the GAR named after him. He died in 1881 at the age of 41 and was interred in Morningside Cemetery, Section K, later joined by his wife and other members of her family.


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