Mary Kavanaugh Brennan married to Thomas Brennan, parents of James Andrew Brennan.
Top Row left to right: Mamie Brennan, Margaret Brennan Cummings, Karl Brennan Bottom Row left to right: Eileen Cummings, Mary Kavanaugh Brennan Ann Marie Brennan. Mamie Brennan was the youngest child of Mary Kavanaugh Brennan and Thomas Brennan. It was the custom that the youngest daughter stay home to care for the parents. Mamie lived in the family home a few houses away from where dad was raised. At some point she became ill and needed surgery. She sold the house to pay for the surgery and then moved in with Margaret Brennan Cummings her sister. They lived in Greece and later Lyndonville. Margaret Brennan Cummings was a nurse. She had one child , Eileen, who died of appendicitis when she was about 12. Karl Brennan was dads younger brother, father of Tom and Joe Brennan. Eileen Cummings, daughter of Margaret Brennan Cummings. Mary Kavanaugh Brennan, wife of Thomas Brennan, mother of Jimmie Brennan, grandmother of John W Brennan. Anna Marie Brennan, daughter of Mike Brennan. She was a little younger than dad. Her father died around 1918. She moved in with Margaret who raised her. She married and raised 2 or 3 children.
Tommy Brennan was married to Mary Kavanaugh and were the parents of James Andrew Brennan, Jimmie. They were the grandparents of John W. brennan
This book covers information about the people who worked for the railroad between 1854 and 1964. Notes and pictures of the Brennan's are included.
Mary Josephine Schantz Brennan's First Communion. In her day children had to be 15 to receive this sacrament.
The births and deaths above were my grandmothers hand written notes. Below is the list typed.
Mary Josephine listed above married James Andrew Brennan
Mary Josephine Schantz Brennan Nov. 15, 1875-Jan. 5, 1961 Mother of John William 6-26-1903 : 2-7-1977 73 years Karl Brennan 12-24-1904 Helen Brennan 9-12-08
James Andrew Brennan April 1, 1874 : May 4, 1940
Death notice for my grandfather, James Andrew Brennan. He died of cancer.
James Andrew Brennan, the conductor in front of his train.
John William Brennan- June 26, 1903 - February 7, 1977: 73 years old
Dad's first shoes.
Dad, John W.Brennan with his Uncle Bill Schantz in front of the house where his dad was born in Avon, New York,
Dad and his father.
Dad's house in Avon, 81 Wadsworth Ave. This was a large house with four bedrooms. Inside the front door to the left was the piano room with heavy oak pocket doors. My grandmother had piano lessons as a child. To the right was the living room and beyond that the dining room with built in oak cupboards on the far wall that opened into the dining room and the pantry, There was a large kitchen, a mud room and a bedroom on this floor. A stairway to the second floor had a landing with a beautiful stained glass window. On the second floor were three bedrooms with large brass beds and a small unfinished room that was my grandmothers sewing room. There was a cellar door outside to the basement which had an earthen floor. There was a very large backyard.
Dad with his uncle Bill Schantz.
Dad and Do in front of the house where his father was born.
A friend, John and Karl.
Center right is a boy in a white shirt next to a horse drawing a buggy. The boy is John Brennan.
Karl and John Brennan
This is a letter written to Mary Brennan from my dad, her son. The Aunt Margaret Brennan Cummings was Jimmie Brennan's sister, my great aunt. She was a nurse and cared for Mrs. Cummings in her home until she died. She later married Mr Cummings. They had one child, Eileen, who died of appendicitis as a small child. Mamie Brennan, the youngest child in my grandfathers family stayed home to care for her parents and never married. This was a custom at the time. She later moved to Lyndonvile and lived with her sister Margaret. Lyndonville N. Y. Aug 16, 1912
Dear Mamma Aunt Margaret got your letter yesterday and we were all glad to know you got home safe. We were all lonesome without you. I'm having a good time. We went to the picnic yesterday and had a good time and a grand citchen supper. Mr Smythe took us in the automobile. We got home at eight o'clock and I slep until ten minutes after ten this morning. With lots of love to papa, Karl, Honey and yourself. I'm your little man John
Letter from Margaret to her sister-n-law Mary Brennan
Well Mary we are all very lonesome for you. Do not know what we would do if John was not with us. He is a very good boy and having a good time, sleeps fine. Yesterday morning until 9 a.m. this morning 10:10. He does not seem to be lonesome at all but is anxious to send his postals everyday. We are making great plans for tomorrow but John does not want to go home Sunday and I would dearly love to keep him for it will do him good as he does not play as hard here and he is no trouble for me, a regular little man so let him stay and send his medicines. He wants you to send a letter in his name. With lots of love to you all. Lovingly, Margaret
July 1913 John, 10 years; Karl 81/2 years; Helen 4 years, 9 months
John Brennan on the right. Eighth grade graduation.