North Street, Newry, County Down

North Street, Newry, County Down
North Street, Newry, County Down

Thursday, 28 October 2021

Catherine [Kate] Jennings [1857-1942]

Catherine was the second daughter of Daniel Jennings and Johanna Bray. She was baptised in Tramore, County Waterford, on the 10th of June 1857. 

Catherine, Daniel Jennings and Johanna Bray

The family always called her Kate. One of her nieces described her as a big person with big bones.

Catherine is found in both the 1901 and 1911 Censuses[1] as Kate Jennings. In 1901 her age is recorded as 35, [surely she should be 44?] and she is living with her mother Johanna and her younger sister Mary in Waterloo Place, Dublin. The income of all three is given as ‘dividends’. In the 1911 Census her age is now recorded as 48, having aged thirteen years instead of ten since the 1901 Census, [shouldn’t she be 54?]. She is still living in 23 Waterloo Place, Pembroke West, Dublin, with her sister Mary. Johanna Bray Jennings, the widow of Daniel Jennings, and mother of Mary and Kate, is no longer living at 23 Waterloo Place. She died in 1908. Living with Kate and Mary is a medical student, Arthur Daniel Clanchy, their nephew and son of their younger sister Sophia. Arthur died in Newry, in 1918, of tuberculosis. He had served in the Royal Army Medical Corps. In his will he left £602. £200 he gave to ‘the best little girl I ever met, Miss M. Drummond.’ The residue of the property he left ‘to my darling mother. What a pal she has always been to me.[2] Aunts Kate and Mary must have been greatly saddened by his death. They had lost two older siblings to tuberculosis, Ellie, and John Bray Jennings, who was also a doctor.

Subsequently Kate and her sister Mary lived in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin.

 Kate died on the 15th November, the Hospice, Harold’s Cross, Dublin, of sarcoma of the pelvis and heart failure. She was eighty years old. She is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.[3]





[1] NAI Census Records

[2] Hull Daily Mail, 1 July 1918.

[3] Glasnevin Cemetery KF 14

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Ellen Sophie Mary Jennings [1851-1878]

Ellen Sophie Mary Jennings was the eldest daughter of Daniel Corley Jennings [1818-1896] and his wife Johanna Bray. She was baptised in Tuam, County Galway, in 1851. The family called her Ellie.

Ellie died of pulmonary consumption (tuberculosis) at 6 Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin, on the 4th of August 1878. She was 26 years old. She had been ill for six months.

JENNINGS, Ellie M Miss "dau of Constable"; Clontarf DUB IRL; Cork Examiner (COR IRL); 1878-8-7.[1]

She is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Plot KF14.


[1] Irelandoldnews

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Lt.-Col. Charles Borromeo Jennings [1848-1926]

Charles Borromeo Jennings was born in Thurles, County Tipperary, in 1846, and was the eldest son of Daniel Jennings and Johanna Bray. He was baptised in Thurles on the 11th of November 1846 and called after his grandfather Charles Jennings, of Newry, County Down. He was also called after St. Charles Borromeo.

St. Charles Borromeo, Italian San Carlo Borromeo, (born October 2, 1538, Arona, duchy of Milan—died November 3, 1584, Milan; canonized 1610; feast day November 4), cardinal and archbishop who was one of the most important figures of the Counter-Reformation in Italy. He is the patron saint of bishops, cardinals, seminarians, and spiritual leaders.[1]

Charles attended Tramore School Waterford and from there went on to study at the Catholic University, Dublin.

Catholic University... Classical Burses... Charles B. Jennings, Tramore School, Waterford, 15l.[2]

He took his medical degrees in 1867 and subsequently joined the British Army.

 Jennings, Charles Boromeo, Staff Assistant Surgeon, Army, (Date of registration, 1868, Feb 1.] Lic. R. Coll. Surg. Irel., 1867. Lic. K. Q. Coll. Phys., Ireland, 1868.[3]

Charles married Annabelle Mary Agnes Caldbeck, the widow of William Francis Cope Caldbeck, on January 8th 1877.

JENNINGS and CALDBECK - Jan 8, at St. Patrick's Monkstown, Charles B. Jennings, Esq., Army Medical Department, son of D. C. Jennings, Esq., R.I.C., to Annabelle Mary Agnes, widow of William Francis Caldbeck, Esq., and daughter of the late Samuel Hugo, Esq., Guernsey.[4]

Charles and Annabelle had three children.

  1. Charles Ernest Hugo Bray Jennings [1877-]
  2. Violet Jennings [1882 South Africa - 1962] Married 1) Leonard Hacking 2) Frederick Bowring.
  3. Kathleen Jennings [1883-1912] married Henry Lindemere. They had one daughter Beryl Kathleen M. [1911-1984] and a son Henry Lindemere.

Annabelle had three children from her previous marriage,

  1. William Francis Cope Caldbeck. [1867-1895].
  2. Francis Curran Caldbeck. Not Married. [1871 – 1955].
  3. Florence Anna Mary Caldbeck [1870 – 1956] married P.W. Stafford.

Charles retired from the Army in 1893. In the 1901 Census Charles and Annabelle [Anastasia] lived in a house on South Hill Avenue, Blackrock, County Dublin. Ernest, Violet and Kathleen were living with them, also Francis Caldbeck, Annabelle’s son and stepson of Charles. By 1911 they were living at 6 Ulva Road Putney S W, Wandsworth, London & Surrey, England. Charles was retired and there were no children living with them. Annabelle appears as Anastasia in both Irish and British Census Records.

In an unidentified news cutting it was reported that the degree of LL.D. (hon. causa) was conferred on Charles Jennings by the N.U.I. in 1915.

In 1915 The Senate of the newly founded National University of Ireland awarded honorary doctorate degrees on persons who had attended the Catholic University of Ireland for conscientious reasons, but the Catholic University did not have the authority to award degrees.

In a list of the recipients of the honorary degrees the only name which appears is that of Lt-Col. John B Jennings. It’s possible that there might be some confusion between Charles and his younger brother John Bray Jennings [1854-1881] who also studied medicine and who died young.

Lieut.-Col. C. B. Jennings, late R.A.M.C., died at Fernleigh, The Hill, Monkstown, County Dublin, on the 30th of May 1826, aged 80. He is buried in Deansgrange Burial Ground, Blackrock, County Dublin, Ireland, Plot: North/F2/7. There is no one else in the plot.

His wife, Anastasia, died at the Southampton Hotel, Surbiton, Surrey, on the 6th of May 1928. She left a will.



[2] Freemans' Journal, Wed., November 26, 1862

[3] The Medical Register, 1879

[4] Freemans’ Journal, Tue Jan 9, 1877

Saturday, 6 February 2021

Charles Jennings [1811-1873], 2 Mill Street, Newry, County Down.



Charles Jennings was the second son of Daniel Jennings, Mill Street, Newry, and his wife Bridget. He was a spirit dealer at 2 Mill Street. Crossle places him tentatively in the next generation but we know from Daniel's will that he is his son and brother of Patrick, Anne and Bridget.

He and his sister Bridget were witnesses of the marriage of Anne Jennings and James Verdon.

9 Jan 1832 James Verdon and Anne Jennings wtns Charles Jennings and Biddy Jennings.[1]

Two years later he and Bridget were sponsors at the baptism of Eliza, daughter of James and Anne.

14 September 1834 Eliz of Ja~ Verden? and Jane Jennings sp. Chars Jennings and Bridget Jennings. 30.10.0[2]

He was still in Mill Street in 1836. Charles Jennings, 2 Mill Street, Newry.[3]

But by 1844 30th Oct, 1844. Thomas Morrin?? commences baking business at 2 Mill St... lately ... by Chas Jennings.

And subsequently, in 1847 27th March 1847 2 Mill St. to be sold.

Who was Mary who died in Mill Street? Mary Jennings, Mill Street, Newry.1840.[4] Was she a relative of Francis Jennings who had premises at no.31? Or a sister of Daniel Jennings?  Or wife of Charles?

What happened to Charles?  Did he emigrate? No marriage or death record has been found for Charles. He does not appear to have left any descendants.


[1] Newry Parish Records. Marriages. NLI Pos 5502

[2] Newry Parish Records. Baptisms. NLI Pos 5502

[3]1836 British Parliamentary Papers. www.

[4] Catholic Church Records, Newry, Funerals, 1840, p. 33. 05502/05

Sunday, 31 January 2021

Bridget Jennings [1807-1865] and Daniel McCartan, Newry, County Down.

Bridget Jennings [1807-1865] was the daughter of Daniel Jennings [1765-1830], of Mill Street, Newry, and his wife Bridget.

She married Daniel McCartan in Newry in 1841. There is some suggestion that Daniel had spent time in Canada teaching before returning to Newry but this has not been confirmed.

MARRIAGES. On the 17th inst, in Newry, Daniel M'Cartin, Esq., to Miss Bridget

Jennings, both of that town.[1]

They had four children:

1. Daniel [1841-] born Newry, County Down.

2. Bridget [1842-1926] born Newry, County Down. Baptised in Clonallen, sponsors John Cavanagh and Catherine O’Hagan.

3 .John Charles [1850-1926] possibly born in Wisconsin.

4. Mary [1850-1872] possibly born in Wisconsin.

The family emigrated to the United States and settled in Dekorra, Wisconsin. It is probably necessary here to quote quite extensively from the official history of Dekorra in order to do justice to its origins:

Dekorra was first used by Native American Indians who entered the region and began using the rich water and land resources for travel and as a living place. Several major Indian trails arrive at Dekorra. The Prairie du Chien to Four Lakes (now Madison) to Portage to Green Bay Trail and the Port Washington to Wisconsin River Trail intersect near the old village of Dekorra.

The “portage” lies eight miles to the north of Dekorra. With only a mile and a half to walk, one could travel down the Fox River to Green Bay and out the St. Lawrence River. Going down the Wisconsin River, one could travel all the way down the great Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico and up the Missouri River to Yellowstone. This area near the “portage” has for years been a strategic meeting and gathering point for much of the mid-America continent.

In 1729, Joseph DeCaris, a French fur trader, came to Wisconsin. That year, he married Glory of the Morning, a sister of a Ho-Chunk (called by whites Winnebago) Chief. (Hopenka, Glory of the Morning, later became Chief herself.) Their descendants were the beginning of the Dekorra family, many of whom became Ho-Chunk chiefs with many village sites. This is the source of the names for Dekorra Village and Town of Dekorra. The first land entered in Columbia County land claims was the Town of Dekorra by trader Wallace Rowan (for whom the Rowan Creek was named).

 In 1837, Lafayette Hill settled in what was named Kentucky City. A “paper plat” was drawn up but never officially accepted. Here, Hill built his first inn which served as the political center of the area until Dekorra Village was platted over the same area and developed in 1843. Dekorra grew as an active pioneering village and included several businesses. The census of 1847 records 201 white residents.

The Dekorra Village plat in 1847 had a 1000-foot wharf for commercial river traffic used as a log raft landing and for exporting farm produce. Loggers of Wisconsin’s Pinery sent their logs by river raft for construction of homesteads…

A ferry that transported people, animals, and crops across the Wisconsin River to Caledonia was located at the east end of the village. The Village of Dekorra had two blacksmith shops, a general store, a post office, a local school, a shoe and tailor store, a wagon making business, three inns for travelers, and several residences. A quarter mile east of the Village, a grist mill operated and Wisconsin settlers traveled up to fifty miles to the mill to grind their grains…

Immigrants came from France, Scotland, England, Germany, and Norway to occupy and work the land which was later named Town of Dekorra, Columbia County in 1848. Other villages were platted: Inch, 1846, Oshaukuta 1848, Hartman 1857, Pauquette 1837 (changed to Poynette in 1851)… The earliest churches were Inch Methodist, founded in 1856, and Dekorra Lutheran founded in 1869. The names of the early settlers and families are recorded on the tombstones in six area cemeteries. Nine one-room schools were located throughout the Town.

The military road (Prairie du Chien/Portage/Green Bay) was constructed through Dekorra leading to the establishments of stagecoach inns at Inch, Oshaukuta, and on the Rowan Creek. These inns flourished until the railroad arrived in the 1870”s.[2]

Daniel McCartan died in an accident in 1864. His wife Bridget died in 1865. Both are buried in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Portage, Columbia County, Wisconsin, together with their children, Bridget and John Charles, their daughter-in-law Harriet Hagan and their grandson John C. McCartan and his wife Anna Ryan.[3]

Their great grandson, also John C. McCartan, who fought in the US Army in World War II, is buried here too.

There were to be two more generations bearing the name of John C. McCartan.


[1]Freeman’s Journal 22nd January 1841



Monday, 25 January 2021

Anne Jennings [1807-] and James Verdon [1800-1880], Newry, County Down.

Anne Jennings was the daughter of Daniel Jennings [1765-1830] of Mill Street, Newry, County Down, and his wife Bridget.

She married James Verdon [1800-1880] of Market Street, Newry on the 9th of January 1832. He is believed to be the son of Michael Verdon, apothecary, also of Market Street, Newry.

9 Jan 1832 James Verdon? and Anne Jennings wtns Charles Jennings and Biddy Jennings.[1]

They had six children.

1. Anne (Nancy) [1833-]

2. Elizabeth [1834-]

3. Rose [1839-]

4.Mary [1840 -]

5.Charlotte [1842 - ]

6.Louisa [abt. 1844 - ]

James is found as Dr. James Verdon, Market Street, Newry, in the Valuation Office Books in 1835. However by 1844 the premises on Market Street were no longer occupied by James.


For such Term as may be agreed on.

THAT old established HOUSE in MARKET-STREET,

NEWRY, lately occupied by Dr JAMES

VERDON, with all SHOP FIXTURES necessary for

A Medical Establishment.


12th January 1844.[2]

The family emigrated to the United States as conditions in Newry deteriorated due to the Famine. They do not appear to have travelled through New York as no record of their arrival can be traced at Ellis Island. James and Ann are found in the 1850 US Census records in Warren, Somerset County, New Jersey. By March 28th 1849 James had acquired land, as is evidenced by a notice posted in the Plainfield Gazette, and reposted over several subsequent months, warning people not to trespass on his property:

…we do hereby forbid all persons crossing or hunting on our lands, with dog or gun; or cattle, or in search of nuts, or fruit, without special permission; under the penalty of the law.[3]

Five of their daughters are living with them in Plainfield. Only Mary is missing from the Census record. James is listed as a farmer, and subsequently as a Commissioner of Deeds in 1870.

James died on the 13th of May 1880. In the US Census of 1880, Anne appears as a widow in North Plainfield. Three of her daughters are living with her, Rosa, Louisa and Ann, and a granddaughter Mary Larkin.


[1] Newry Parish Records. Marriages. NLI Pos 5502

[2] Newry Telegraph 13 January 1844

[3] Plainfield Gazette, March 28th 1849

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Joseph Daniel Jennings [1848-1930], Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth.

Joseph Daniel Jennings was born in Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth in 1848. He was the youngest son of Patrick Jennings and Anne Coleman. He was baptised on the 31st of May 1848 and given Daniel as his second name after his older brother Daniel who had died the previous year aged 17.His baptismal sponsors were J Coleman and A Jennings. A Jennings may have been his eldest sister Anne.

He married Frances Josephine [Fanny] Murphy [1873 - ] in 1901. She was twenty four years younger than him.  They had six children, and lived at Seatown Place, Dundalk.

Joseph John Jennings [1903-]

Anne M. Jennings [1904-]

Frances Josephine Jennings [1905-]

Patrick Daniel Jennings [1907-]

Peter Charles Jennings [1908-]

Joseph Brian Jennings [1910-]. Also known as Brendan Joseph, he was called to the bar in 1937.

A holograph letter (a holograph is a document written entirely in the handwriting of the person whose signature it bears) dated the 3rd of May 1927, from Charles Hurson, Casa Nova, Jerusalem (Palestine), to (Hagan), asking to renew the medal Pro ecclesia et Pontifice belonging to Joseph D. Jennings, Dundalk, appears in the Papers of John Hagan in the Irish College, Rome.[1]

The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Latin: For Church and Pope) medal is an award of the Roman Catholic Church. It is also known as the "Cross of Honour". The medal was established by Leo XIII on July 17, 1888, to commemorate his golden sacerdotal jubilee and was originally bestowed on those men and women who had aided and promoted the jubilee, and by other means assisted in making the jubilee and the Vatican Exposition successful.

It is currently given for distinguished service to the church by lay people and clergy. It is the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Pope.[2]

I have not been able to confirm if Joseph received the medal in question, or why it might have been bestowed upon him.

Joseph Daniel Jennings died in 1930.




[1] Papers of John Hagan, Irish College Rome(1904-1930)

[2] Wikipedia


Sunday, 3 January 2021

Patrick Coleman Jennings [1845-1921], Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth.

Patrick Coleman Jennings was born in Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth. He was the fourth son of Patrick Jennings and Anne Coleman. He was baptised on the 11th of May 1845, called Patrick after his father. His baptismal sponsors were Daniel Jennings and Mary Coleman. Mary Coleman may have been his aunt. His second name, Coleman, was his mother’s maiden name. This was possibly the first time  a maternal surname is recorded being used as a proper name in the Jennings family, though it became more common later  - Ignatius Ronayne Bray Jennings[b. 1850], for example, Charles Blake Jennings, and so on.

On the 15th of July 1871 a dramatic news item appeared in the Dundalk Herald. It opened as follows:

About five o’clock on Monday evening it became known in town that a man died quite suddenly in Messrs. Jennings timber yard, Francis-street; but when in a short time it became rumoured that the man had met with foul play – in fact had been set upon by Messrs. Jennings’ employes, and beaten in such a manner as to cause death – so ran the tongue of rumour considerable excitement was the result, and numbers hastened to Messrs. Jennings’ establishment, to learn the truth.

There then followed a long and detailed account of the incident. An open verdict was returned:

We find that James Carroll, died suddenly in a yard in Francis Street, Dundalk, on the evening of Monday 10th July 1871, from congestion of the blood vessels of the head and brain, causing compression of the latter, but there is not sufficiency of evidence before us to show how caused.

George Garstin was however re-arrested and released on bail.

Patrick and his brother Joseph carried on the family business in Dundalk after their father’s death in 1873, as P. Jennings and Co.[1], and Patrick continued to live in 5 Francis Street, possibly with his unmarried sister Julia. He held licenses for a variety of dogs over many years, including a white fox terrier, a red water spaniel, a brindle bull terrier and a black collie.[2]

Patrick’s name appears four times in the Petty Sessions Courts between 1873 and 1875. Three times he was a defendant charged with being in possession of light or unjust weights. On the fourth occasion, in May 1875, he was again the defendant in a more serious case brought by the Town Commissioners of Dundalk and was charged that ‘no proper Privy or Ash pit is provided for the use of the persons in occupation of or using said house, Quay and premises whereby said premises and said existing nuisance have become and are injurious to Public Health and that the said nuisance is caused by the Act or Default of you the said Owner and Occupier of said premises.’ The premises in question was situated in Quay Street.[3]

In 1888 Patrick Jennings was vice chairman in the Harbour Commissioners Office, Quay Street, Dundalk.[4] At that time Patrick Jennings and Co, Francis Street, Dundalk, were Ironmongers and Hardware-men, Timber and Slate Merchants and had iron and steam sawmills.[5]

In 1909 he was on the council of the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce.[6]

Patrick Coleman Jennings died on the 5th January 1921 at 5 Francis Street, Dundalk. He was a bachelor, 75 years old, and described as a Timber Merchant in the death register.  His brother Joseph Daniel of Seatown Place, Haggardstown, was present at his death as he had been present at their sister Julia’s death three years earlier. Patrick died of senile decay and syncope.


























[1] Crossle, NAI

[2] Ireland Dog Licence Registers

[3]  Ireland, Petty Sessions Court Registers

[4] Slater’s Directory 1888

[5]  ibid

[6] Tempest’s Jubilee Annual 1909