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the thomas & winnifred brennen family 

THOMAS BRENNAN (1814-1876) (Parents Unknown) 
WINNIFRED (McDONALD ) (1813-1893) (Parents Unknown) 

Thomas Brennan was a native of Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland. He appears to have been married in Ireland and came to this country in the late 1840s. He and his wife settled in Lowell , Massachusetts until about 1857 when he brought his family west to Hastings, Minnesota.  He took up farming in nearby Washington County.  By 1870, the family owned a farm in Welch Township, Goodhue County.


Thomas (1840-1922) Agnes Black ( ) buried St. Joseph's Miesville MN 
Ellen ( ) (No information available) 
James (1853-1930) (marr 1876) buried St. Joseph's Miesville MN 
Timothy ( ) Settled in Rice County, Minnesota

THOMAS BRENNAN (1838-1922) Son of Thomas Brennan & Winnifred ?? 
AGNES N. BLACK (1844-1929) (Parents Unknown) 


Edward (1864 - )
Thomas (1866 -} (Minneapolis 1929)
Daniel (1869 - 1939) marr Lillie F.??
Agnes Marie (1871 - 1944) marr Ludwig H. Hanson or Hansen buried Lakeside, Hastings
William (1871 - ) (Canada 1929)
Mary 1873 - 1960 buried Lakeside Cemetery, Hastings
Joseph (1874 - 1937) marr Elizabeth Savage  buried Lakeside Cemetery, Hastings
Alice (1878 - 1971)  married Joseph H. Wurst
Winnifred (1879 - ) only in 1880 - died bef. 1900?
Ann (1881 - ) died bef 1900?
Catherine (1881 - 1965) marr John D. Hennessy (Butte Montana 1929)
Patrick Francis (1884 - 1935) buried St. Joseph's Miesville
Elizabeth (1885 - ) marr L. J. Savage??
James Brennen (1887 - )

In 1900, Agnes Black Brennen indicated that she had 14 children with 12 living - Ann and Winnifred seem to have died before 1900.  Daughter Agnes was living in Minneapolis in 1929.

JAMES BRENNAN (1853-1930) Son of Thomas Brennan & Winnifred ?? 
MARY McDERMOTT (1855-1939) Dau. of Michael McDermott & Ann ?? 

James was born in Lowell , Massachussets in 1853 and came west with is parents in 1857. He was raised in Washington County, Minnesota. In 1876, he married Mary McDermott and moved to Welch Township in Goodhue County. See Biography of James Brennan, 1909.


Mary S. (1878-1957) buried St. Joseph's Miesville MN 
Anna W. (1879- ) marr Martin J. O'Shaughnessy
Theresa (1882- ) marr Thomas A. Byrnes
Helen L. (1884-1979) marr Hilarion D.  "Henry" Elder ( ) buried Guardian Angel's Hastings 
Jane (1886-1984 )  marr John Stansberry ( ) died California 1984
Lauretta R. (1889-1977) Liborious Frank Husting ( ) buried Guardian Angel's Hastings 
Seraphine M. (1892- 1977) Edward F. Elder ( ) (Bakersfield Cal.) 
Thomas M. (1894-1970) buried St. Joseph's Miesville MN 
Elizabeth Florence aka Florence E. (1898- 1994) buried St. Joseph's Miesville

In 1910, Anna , Martin and daughters, Catherine and Lenore, lived on Rondo Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In 1920, Helen and H. D. Elder were farming in Marshan, Dakota County. They had four children by 1920:  Lauretta and Mary, born in Minnesota, and Emmet and Irene, born in Californa.

For more on this family branch, see Claxton-Langwade updates by Chris Miasnik.

ALICE BRENNEN (1878 - 1971)  dau of  Thomas Brennen & Agnes Black
JOSEPH H. WURST (1880 - ) Parents unknown

Joseph was born in South Dakota (then Dakota Territory).  By 1920, the couple had two children and were living in Glasgow, Mountain County, Montana where Joseph managed a lumber company..


Herbert Wurst (1906 - 1950)
Beatrice Lauretta Wurst (1911 - 1932)

Herbert and Beatrice were born in North Dakota.  Alice and these children are buried at Lakeside Cemetery in Hastings, Minnesota.

This family file contains the research notes of Mr. Kevin Geraghty as of March 1999. 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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