Anna Maria Jennings was a twin, and the second daughter of Charles Jennings [abt 1818 – 1855] of Monaghan Street, Newry, and his wife Sophia Corley, daughter of Patrick Corley of Clones, County Monaghan. She, and her twin sister Kate Sophia, were named after their grandmothers. Anna Maria was called after her maternal grandmother Mary Ann Connolly [abt 1780-1830].
She was a sponsor at her sister Ellen’s baptism in Newry in 1834 together with her younger brother Andrew John.
Feb 19 1834 Ellen of Charles Jennings and Sophia Corley sp. Andrew John Jennings and Ann Maria Jennings £0.10.0
Anna Maria joined the order of the Poor Sisters of Saint Clare in 8, High Street, Newry, in 1843. She became Sister Mary John Jennings.
RECEPTION OF A NUN. -- Last week, Miss, Jennings, daughter of Charles Jennings. Esq., received the habit of the noviciate of the order of St. Clare, in the Newry Convent.
Her reception into the convent was noted in a number of newspapers:
22 February 1843 - Galway Vindicator, and Connaught Advertiser - Galway,
24 February 1843 - Banner of Ulster - Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland
25 February 1843 - Weekly Freeman's Journal - Dublin, Dublin,
25 February 1843 - Dublin Weekly Nation - Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Her aunts Jane, Letitia and Mary Corley were already members of the order.
Anna Maria died in the convent in Newry in 1892. A search of the archives of the Order of St Clare in Harold’s Cross, Dublin, when this becomes possible again, will almost certainly confirm that she is buried there. Her twin sister, Kate Sophia, died a spinster on the 29th of August 1900 at 10 Denmark Street Great, Dublin.