This is a picture of Chris at Grand Canyon South Rim in April of 1996.
The Watchtower is in the background.
Christine Ann BRENNAN was born 27 Sept 1946 in Plattsburgh, Clinton co, NY; the daughter of Clarence and Elizabeth (SPELLMAN) BRENNAN. She grew up in Dannemora and Chazy Lake, NY., and attended Dannemora Grades and High School. She graduated from Dannemora High School in 1964, and attended State University NY at Potsdam for 4 years and then taught High School English in Peru, Clinton co, NY, from 1968 till 1974. She married 09 Aug 1969 Roger Jon BIGELOW in Dannemora (Home town of both). Roger worked for U.S. Customs in Champlain, NY from Apr 1972 to May 1974, and then transferred to Toronto, Ont CA. Chris and child Jeff came along to Toronto to keep him out of trouble. The family lived in Rexdale, a suburb of Toronto, for 2 years and then transferred to their present address in Massena, St. Lawrence co, NY. Rod retired on Sept 3, 1999, with over 31 years in Government service.
William James BRENNAN, was born 12 Nov 1871 in Nashville, Clinton, NY, the youngest of at least 6 children. He was the son of Michael Martin BRENNAN and Lady Mary FITZGERALD. He died in Dannemora, NY in 1925. His wife Elizabeth Jane HAYES was born 12 May 1877, the daughter of Michael and Bridget (GALLAGHER) HAYES, and died 19 Dec 1960. Elizabeth was the Democratic Chairwoman for Clinton County in the mid 1920's, as was her brother chairman John HAYES. In 1924 she entertained Eleanor Roosevelt for tea.
Children of William and Elizabeth (HAYES) BRENNAN:
i. Michael Joseph, b 29 Sept 1900, d
ii. Francis, b 25 Feb 1902 Dannemora; d 1931/3?;
iii. William Harold, b 19 Apr 1904 Dannemora; was a priest and later monsignor in the Catholic Church, his later parish was in Malone, NY
iv. Mary Thrissa, b 04 Feb1906 Dannemora; d ____ ; m Michael Collins.
v. Clarence Anthony, b 5 May 1907 in Dannemora, Clinton co, NY; d 2 Nov 1997 Plattsburgh, NY; m 21 Apr 1941 Elizabeth (Betty) SPELLMAN in Elizabethtown, NY; Only one child Christine Ann;
vi. John Thomas, b 23 July 1908 Dannemora; residence Virginia and Florida
vii. William James (Bill), b 1910; lived next door to Clarence, Betty, and Christine on North Emmons Street, Dannemora; died 1996 in Florida
viii. Eileen, b 1914; d _ Feb 2003; resided in Whitehall, NY until 2001; unmarried
ix. Donald, b 1918; died 1996; m Dorothy Ayotte; resided in the old Brennan homestead of Dannemora, built by William James BRENNAN; wintered in Myrtle Beach.
Below: Three views of old homestead of Martin Brennan, before it was torn down.
I was going through my bookmarks from 2 years ago, and I found the link
to the Brennan family pages on your site, but they are no longer there....
is there a new location for them?
Thank you. Sandra Muys
Monica (Brennan) Emery, the daughter of William James (Bill) Brennan, is now doing research on Brennan family. You can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Mary Kay Mahoney and I read with great interest the genealogy information on your website. It seems that I have been researching your wife's Brennan line as well. My g-g-grandmother was Catherine Brennan Mahoney, sister of Martin Brennen. Martin (father of William James Brennan) was born about 1828 in Kilkenny, Ireland. He was the second child of Michael and Alice Brennan (see below) both born in Ireland approximately 1795-1805. Martin (whom I've never before heard referred to as Michael Martin!) had eight siblings. Patrick, Martin, Catherine and Nicholas were born in Ireland and the family immigrated sometime around 1835, probably through Canada. They were living in Clinton County by 1840. Mary, Bridget, John and Ellen were born in Beekmantown. I have a map showing where they lived--on a farm just to the west of Beekmantown. I have traced all siblings but John and Ellen. Michael died between 1850-1860. Alice died between 1860-1870. I assume they are buried somewhere in Clinton County.
Your wife is related to more people than she realizes. Those Brennans were a fertile (and generally long-lived) clan! Patrick married Ellen Casey and raised about 10-12 children in Ellenburg Corners. Martin, as you know, married Mary Fitzgerald and had seven children, Michael b. 1858, Patrick, Mary, John William b. 1874, Martin and Lizzie. In 1870 I found them in Schuyler Falls. By 1880 it appears Martin had died and his widow, Mary, had moved to Saranac. Catherine, my g-g-grandmother, married Jeremiah Mahoney. They lived first in Beekmantown, then Saranac for many years. They had 12 children. Eventually the entire Mahoney family moved to Saginaw County, Michigan where their sons were lumberman, two eventually owning a mill and one becoming mayor of Onaway. All 12 children were living at Catherine and Jeremiah's 50th wedding anniversary. I have a photograph of the occasion. Catherine lived to about 85 and is buried in Stephenson, Michigan in the upper penninsula. Catherine has many, many descendants. I have her obituary and even photos of their farm in Saranac.
Nicholas moved to Moriah, Essex County. He married a woman named Bridget and had 8 children. He was still alive at age 73 in Port Henry in 1910. Mary married Andrew Collins and also moved to Moriah. They had 8 children. Bridget married Alexander Brady and lived in Malone, Franklin County. They had 8 children. I lose track of John in Moriah in 1860. I don't know who Ellen married, possibly a Leonard.
I know that I am related to your wife's Brennan line because I have an old newspaper clipping in a family genealogy file that shows the Brennan family from Chazy Lake at a Brennan family reunion! My father, Mike Mahoney, who died in 1987 knew that Catherine had a large family in upstate NY. Back in the 70s we even took a family vacation to the Dannamora/Saranac area. I wish I'd paid more attention to my father at the time--I'd have saved myself a lot of research.
Do you have any additional information on the Brennan's? I am in search of Alice Brennan's maiden name. One source said it may have been Medill/Madole/McDowel/McDole but I have no confirmation of this. I also have no idea where they're from in Ireland....other than County Kilkenny. I was delighted to see your photograph of Martin and Mary's homestead as well as the photograph of William and Elizabeth.
I live in Chicago and have quite a few genealogy lines running through
Clinton County...Behans, Hooleys, Ryans. I think I'm part of that whole
"Nashville" melting pot. I would love to share information with you.
I hope your e-mail address is current. If you can't get back through
to me by responding to this e-mail, I can also be reached at email@example.com.
I look forward to hearing from my long-lost Brennan kin!!
New info 01/28/05
Thomas Hughes born in IRE on Dublin Road, Killkenny. Married Mary Disney. Child, Alice Hughes (b December 23, 1865-d November 26, 1917). Married William Edward Brennan (b May 27 1884-d May 30, 1934) on November 27, 1895 at St. Mary's Assumption Church.