Category Archives: Brennan

Thomas BRENNAN

Thomas BRENNAN was born in about 1863 in Sunderland, Durham, the son of Peter and Ann (née WRIGHTSON).

On the 1871 Census, Thomas was living at 37 High Southwick with his parents, older sisters Margaret, Maria and Ann, and younger brothers Robert and Peter.

By 1881, Thomas’s father has died, and Ann, Thomas, Robert and Peter have moved to 11 Double Row in Hylton, Durham.

Thomas married Georgi(a)na HARRISON in Gateshead in 1884.

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Janet CONWAY

Janet was born on 7th May 1891 at 16 Lamb Street, Glasgow, to Robert and Annie (née McGunnigal).

I believe that by 1911 she was living south of the border. Having been unable to trace a Janet Conway of the right age either side of the border, there is a Glasgow-born Jenny Conway of roughly the right age listed on the English 1911 in Huddersfield working as a nurse in an asylum.

Janet, who had already fallen pregnant with a baby girl, married David Harrison BRENNAN in Darlington in the first quarter of 1916; and they went on to have another 3 daughters, among them my paternal grandmother.

David Harrison BRENNAN

David was one of my great-grandfathers. He was born on 30 July 1892 and baptised three and a half weeks later in Gateshead, Durham, to Thomas and Georgiana (née Harrison).

At the time the 1901 census was taken, overnight between March 31/April 1, the 8 year old David was living in Gateshead with his parents and siblings – Thomas W (14), Sarah A (10), William S (5), Robert (3) and 2yo John.

By 1911 (the census having been taken on Sunday 2 April), the family had moved to 11 Oakland Gardens, Harrowgate, and had been enlarged by another 3 children – George aged 8, 6 year old Georgina and Violet (3).

David signed up to join the British Army in October 1915, enlisting in the Royal Engineers – he again gave his home address as 11 Oakland Gardens.

Shortly after joining up, he married Janet Conway, who had already fallen pregnant with their eldest daughter! The marriage was registered in Darlington in the first quarter of 1916; and they went on to have another 3 daughters, among them my paternal grandmother. David died in 1981 in Sheffield, almost 3 weeks after his 89th birthday.