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the john brennan & 
bridget sheridan family 

JOHN J.  BRENNAN (1826-1908) Son of John Brennan & Margaret McKenna 
BRIDGET SHERIDAN (1827-1914) Dau.of  Thomas Sheridan & Bridget McCormick

John was born in County Galway and emigrated to the U.S. some time prior to 1851 when he married Bridget. Bridget was born in the town of Crossmolina, County Mayo, Ireland. Although the names of her parents are known, it is not certain whether or not they also emigrated to the U.S.  It is however known that she had brothers and a sister that also came over from Ireland.

After their marriage, John and Bridget settled in Lockport (Lewiston ?), New York until about 1855 when they came west to Minnesota. They settled in Lakeville Township in Dakota County. John appears to be the brother of Edward Brennan who also settled in the Lakeville area. Two of Edward's sons are listed as first cousins to William Brennan (below) who died in 1893.  John and Bridget are buried at the Highland Cemetery in Lakeville, Minnesota.


Thomas (1853- ) (Died prior to 1957 ??) 
William (1852-1893) marr 1877 Mary Rowan (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Mary Ann (1856-1925) marr 1875 John Garvey buried Calvary Cem. St.Paul MN 
John Edward (1858-1913) marr 1886 Mary A. Hickey buried All Saints Cem. Lakeville 
Elizabeth Jane (1860-1929) marr 1884 Michael Harkins buried St. Josephs Cem. Rosemount 
Agnes (1861-1927) marr 1892 Patrick Edward Gilmore buried St. Peters Cem. Credit River 
Michael (1864-1947) marr 1900 Mary Green buried All Saints Cem. Lakeville 
Catherine (1866-1956) marr 1898 John Harkins  (1858-1939) buried St. Josephs Rosemount

Catherine and John Harkins had one daughter, Gertrude Ann (1902-1986).

For Mary Ann's family, see the John Garvey and Mary Brennan Family page.

WILLIAM BRENNAN (1852-1893) Son of John Brennan & Bridget Sheridan 
MARY ROWAN (1857-Aft. 1920)?? Dau.of James Rowan & Bridget Cauley 

William was born in Lockport, New York and moved with his parents to a farm in Lakeville. He was married to Mary in 1877 at Ascension church in Hazelwood Minnesota. Little is known of him after his marriage. He apparently moved to St. Paul where he worked for the city as a street inspector. Some time after his death, Mary appears to have married John Brady and lived to St. Paul where she remained until her death. The following individuals were listed as William's first cousins: Judge T. P. Moran of Hastings, Anthony Wlliam Brennan and Mike Moran of St. Paul, John McHugh of Minneapolis, and Dennis Hagert of Faribault. 

JOHN EDWARD BRENNAN (1858-1913) Son of John Brennan & Bridget Sheridan 
MARY AGNES HICKEY (1863-1948) Dau of Michael Hickey & Margaret Murray


Patrick (1885 -1886) buried All Saints Cemetery, Lakeville
Mary Cecelia (1887-1973) Charles G. Kohls (1919) St. Josephs Cem. Rosemount 
Joseph Michael (1889-1962) marr (1921) Catherine Connelly  (1899-1942) marr Katherine J.
            Dolan  (1905-1985) buried All Saints Cem. Lakeville
John F. (1891-1968) marr (1964)  Bella Catherine Fuerst (1897-1984) bur All Saints Cem.
Grace (1893-1894) All Saints Cem. Lakeville 
William E. (1896-1978) marr 1919 Mary Ann Spieker (1895-1970) bur All Saints Cem.
Twin Boy (1900-1900) buried All Saints Cem. Lakeville 
Twin Girl (1900-1900) buried All Saints Cem. Lakeville 
Margaret (1898-1980) marr 1922 Thomas F. Ryan (1896-1973)
Gertrude Ann (1902-1987) marr 1931 Alexander Huberty (1899-1975)
Irene (1905-1946) marr 1934 Alfred N. Klotz (1905-1980) Calvary Cem. St. Cloud MN 

Mary and Charles Kohls farmed in Lakeville.  They had three children including Lorene M. (1919-1980) and Charles J. (1927-2000) who married Alyce A. Jore (1931-2005). Lorene is buried at St. Joseph's in Rosemount and Alyce Jore Kohls is buried at the Lebanon Cemetery in Apple Valley. Alyce's obituary said

"She was born May 2, 1931, in Warren to Dan and Mary (Sherack) Jore. She married Charles Kohls on June 7, 1952, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Little Canada.

"Alyce and Charles farmed on the site of the new Lebanon Cemetery in Apple Valley, and later in rural Farmington. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies included photography, painting and genealogy. She published a series of family histories and was also involved in the Lakeville seniors program.."
(ThisWeek Newspapers, 17 Mar 2005)

William E. and his wife, Mary Ann, were also farmers.  Mary Ann Speiker was the daughter of Robert Daniel Speiker and Margaret Clemens.  She and William had at least five children including a baby girl, born and died in 1920, and Eileen (1921-1930).  These children and their parents are buried at All Saints Cemetery in Lakeville. See Speiker by Ed Speiker for more on the William Brennan and Mary Spieker family.

ELIZABETH JANE BRENNAN (1860-1929) Dau of John Brennan & Bridget Sheridan 
(1857-1893/94) Parents unknown


Anna Elizabeth (1885-1966)
Mary Agnes (1887-1981) marr James E. Murray (1882-1947)
Elizabeth or Lillian (1889-1904)
Michael P. Harkins (1891-1900)

Mary Agnes and James Murray had at least four children:  Lillian Mary (1913-1994) who married McDonough, Elizabeth Lillie (1916-), and twins born in 1920.  One of the twins, Ilene (or Irene) Marguerite, died in 1920. In 1920, Elizabeth and daughter, Anna, were living in Lakeville Village while the the Murray family was living in Farmington.

AGNES B. BRENNAN (1861-1927) Dau of John Brennan & Bridget Sheridan 

Patrick was born in Ireland and came to the U.S. in the 1870's.  In 1900, Agnes and Patrick were living in Lakeville Township with daughters Agnes and Julia. Patrick was a grain buyer. Also in the household were three sons of Patrick from an earlier marriage:  John M. (1880-1952), Michael (1881-) and Edward (1881-1966).  John M. is buried at All Saint's Cemetery in Lakeville.


Agnes (1895-1983) marr Francis M. (Frank) Byrne (1890-1945)
Julia G. (1896-1989) marr Francis David Graves (1886-1961) (Ramsey County)
Grace (1900 -1901)

Three known children of daughter Agnes and Frank Byrne are Francis Leo (1918-1971), Raymond Felix (1921-1994) and John Thomas (1929-1978).  Francis Leo married Dorothy Bertha Eisenbacher (1917-2005).

Agnes and Patrick Gilmore are buried at All Saints Cemetery in Lakeville as are their children Agnes, Julia, and Grace, sons-in-law Frank Byrne and Francis Graves, and grandchildren Francis (and Dorothy), Raymond, and John Thomas Byrne.


MICHAEL BRENNAN (1864-1947) Son of John Brennan & Bridget Sheridan 
MARY GREEN (1872-1950) 

Michael was born in Lakeville Township, Dakota County and remained in the area until his marriage in 1900.  The following are the only known children from this marriage. 


Elizabeth Veronica (1901-1972) marr 1921 Albert Cherry (1900-1978) All Saints Cem.
John H. (1902-1964) marr 1914 Margaret Davidson (1913/14-1965) (Minneapolis)

Elizabeth and Albert Cherry had four children.  One child, Mary Jean, was living in Swift County Minnesota in the 1970s and contributed a family biography to Swift County Minnesota A Collection of Historical Sketches and Family Histories, 1979.  (This book is available through libraries or from the Swift County Historical Society, 2135 Minnesota Ave. #2 , Benson, MN 56215, 320-843-4467.)  Albert F. Cherry was the son of Lewis Cherry and Margaret Hassler.  Albert was a postal clerk and in the insurance business and he and Elizabeth raised their family in Lakeville, Minnesota.

Much more on this family is available at 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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