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the edward brennan &
bridget burke family 

EDWARD BRENNAN (1833-1901) Son of William Brennan & Maggy McKenna

Edward was born in (Ballina ??) County Galway Ireland and emigrated to the United States some time in the 1840s. He was likely the brother of the John Brennan who eventually settled in Lakeville. Their respective death records list different fathers, however the mother is the same. It is not clear when Edward came to Minnesota or where he resided prior to his arrival but it appears he may have settled in Minnesota some time in the 1850s. In any event he and his wife moved to Lakeville Township. in Dakota County some time in the early 1870s.

Edward and Bridget were married in 1855 at the church of St. Paul in St. Paul Minnesota. Bridget is known to have been born in Kilglass (Collins) County Sligo in Ireland and she may have been related to the Thomas Burke who also settled in the area. She also appears to have had a sister by the name of Ann. Both Edward and Bridget are buried at the Highland cemetery. 


William ( 1859-1916 )  marr 1885 Mary Donlan (1853-1946)
Margaret (1857- 1926) buried Calvary Cemetary St. Paul Minnesota
Anthony (1862-1907) marr 1886 Margaret Donlon buried Calvary Cem. St. Paul
John (1863- ) (Graceville-Canada 1926)
Edward (1867- ) (Living in Seattle 1926)
Ellen (1869- ) (Living in St. Paul 1920)
Ann (1873- ) (Living in St. Paul 1920) 

Margaret, Ellen and Ann lived together in St. Paul where they worked as seamstresses.

WILLIAM BRENNAN ( 1859- 1916) Son of Edward Brennan & Bridget Burke

William Brennan and his wife moved to St. Paul where he was employed as an engineer with L.L. May & Co. They were residing at a 461 Lafond Ave in 1907. William also had a sister, Ellen,  who was residing at 3?3 Selby Ave at that time. 


William (1889- Bef 1910) 
George E. (1893-1910)
Leslie T. Brennan (1896-1958) Died in Stearns County
(Mary) Florence Brennan (1900-1973) ?? marr Richard Coughlin ( - 1972)
Howard Joseph Brennan (1902-1960) ?? marr Marguerite Carney

ANTHONY BRENNAN (1862-1907) Son of Edward Brennan & Bridget Burke
MARGARET DONLON (1863-1943) Dau. of Bartley Donlan & Bridget Brown 

(son) ? (1887- ) ?
Idelle/Idell A. "Ann" (1888- ) buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI
Edward Henry (1889- 1946) marr ?? Elizabeth Daufelt (1885- )
Robert (1894- )
Myron F. (1896- ) 
Monica (1901-1983) marr Louis A. Hetznecker bur Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI

Anthony was murdered in 1907 in a property dispute with one Michael Brennan and his father M. Nolan Brennan . M. Nolan Brennan had apparently received property from Anthony's father, Edward. Margaret apparently also had a brother named John Donlon who died in 1910 and is buried with Anthony & Margaret at Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul.  Son Edward is also buried at Calvary in St. Paul.

For more on this family  see Slater_Nash_Walsh_Doherty Family History
by William T. Slater.

This family file contains the research notes of Mr. Kevin Geraghty as of March 2006. Mr. Geraghty is researching the families and descendants of those buried at the Highland Cemetery. For more information or to contribute to Mr. Geraghty's research, please send him e-mail at kgerag at

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