Andrew Jennings, Iron Merchant, was born in Newry, County Down, the son of Andrew Jennings and Catherine O’Toole of North Street. On the 10th of October 1825 in Loughinisland he married Mary Anne Clarke, the second daughter of the late Edward Clarke. They had six children, Mary Catherine, Edward, Andrew, Charles, Ellen and Elizabeth.
In 1835 Andrew Jennings was listed as a bankrupt in Perry’s Bankrupt Gazette.
In the Belfast Street Directory of 1861 he is listed among the Town Commissioners of Newry... Andrew Jennings. Distributor of Stamps - Andrew Jennings, North St. Traders... Jennings, Andrew, iron merchant, North Street.
Stamp Distributor for Newry District and County Down - The Dundalk Examiner announces the appointment of a successor to the late Mr. Williams, in the person of "Mr. Andrew Jennings, of Newry, who" it was added, "from his fellow townsmen, is well qualified for the situation, and whose appointment would give general satisaction thoughout the town and neighbourhood." We have much pleasure in echoing the sentiments of our contemporary. New Telegraph. (The Belfast News-letter, Friday, Feb., 10, 1860. Issue 13611)
Andrew Jennings died on the 12th of April 1869 aged 76 and is buried in St Mary's Catholic graveyard, Newry. He left a will, the executor was Mary Anne Jennings his widow.
Letters of administration of the personal estate of Andrew Jennings, late of Newry, county Down, ironmonger, who died 12 April 1869 at same place were granted at the Principal Registry 9 September 1869 to May Anne Jennings of Newry, the widow of said deceased. Effects under eight hundred pounds. (Old Families of Newry and District...edited by R. S. J. Clarke, Belfast, 1998).
There is an inscription on the slate headstone in St. Mary's graveyard, Newry :
Erected by Andrew Jennings of Newry in memory of his daughter Mary Catherine who departed this life on 19th August 1864, also Ellen McDonald who departed this life on the 16th February 1866, Andrew Jennings departed this life on the 12th April 1869 aged 76. Requiescant in pace.
His wife Mary Anne moved to Dublin and lived there with her daughter Elizabeth.
Death. Jennings, June 7, at 35 Goldsmith-street, Dublin, Mary Anne, relict of Andrew Jennings, Newry. (Freeman's Journal, Thur., June 8, 1876).
She is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery with her son Charles Clarke Jennings who had died in 1870.