Mary Catherine was the eldest daughter of Andrew Jennings [1793-1869], North Street, Newry, County Down, and his wife Mary Anne Clarke, daughter of Edward Clarke. She was baptised in Newry.
1826 July 22nd. Mary Catherine Jennings of Andrew and M. Anne. S. Peter Jennings and Eleanor Clarke.
Her baptismal sponsors were likely to have been an uncle, Peter Jennings, brother of her father Andrew, and an aunt, Eleanor Clarke, sister of her mother Mary Anne Clarke.
Mary Catherine died aged 38 in Dublin in 1864, presumably at 35 Goldsmith Street.
Deaths Jennings August 19, at Phibsboro’, Dublin, Mary Catherine, eldest daughter of Andrew Jennings Esq., Newry.
She is buried at Newry Old Chapel Catholic Cemetery. Plot Section- Old C Plot- 461. Her father had bought four graves after her death. The purchase is noted in the burial registers.
List of graves...1864 Sept. 4. Four graves for Mr. Andrew Jennings.
It’s possible that tuberculosis, so prevalent at that time, was a factor in the deaths that followed her death so closely. Her niece Ellen McDonald died in 1866. She is also buried in Newry. Her father Andrew died in 1869, her brother Charles died in Dublin a year later in 1870.
Distant relative Richard Jennings from Ironpool, Kilconly, County Galway, was to die at 3 Richmond Place North, Dublin in December 1870. His daughter, Harriet, and his son, Richard, both died at the same address in 1872. Harriet was 23, Richard was 22. Their mother, Mary St Clair Lyster, died in 1877.
Mary Catherine’s cousin Daniel Corley Jennings would lose two of his children in Clontarf, Dublin. Ellen Jennings died in 1878 aged 26, her brother John Bray Jennings in 1881 aged 27.