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