North Street, Newry, County Down

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

Monday 28 March 2022

John Bray Jennings [1854 -1881]

John Bray Jennings was the sixth son of Daniel Corley Jennings and Johanna Bray and was born in Tuam, County Galway. He was baptised in Tuam Cathedral.

August 27th 1854. John Bray of Daniel Jennings and Johanna Bray. Sps Frederick Jennings and Letitia D.[1]

Letitia Jennings was John's aunt, who entered the Convent of Mercy in Newry in 1883.

Like his brothers Ignatius and Daniel, John attended the Killaloe Diocesan College in Ennis, County Clare. Like them, he also appears in the Honour List for 1866-1867.[2]

John went on to study medicine, like his brother Charles, and worked in Yorkshire.

Jennings, John Bray. 36 George St., Hull, Yorkshire. [Date of registration 1876, Mar. 222]. Lic. R. Coll. Surg. Irel, 1875. Lic. K. Q. Coll. Phys. Irel, 1877.[3]

He appears in the 1881 British Census.

John Bray Jennings, aged 26, b. Tormoor Babmay (!), Ireland. Surgeon Member Royal College of Surgery. 36 George St., Sculcoates, York, England. Unmarried. Head of Household. Harriet Dennison, Servant, Married.aged  65. b. Hull, Housekeeper. Thomas Dennison Servant. Married Aged 66. b. Hull. Assist. Housekeeper Dom.

Sadly John died at 6 Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin, the home of his parents Daniel and Johanna, in the early summer of 1881.

His Death Certificate states that John Bray Jennings, Bachelor, aged 26 years, Physician and Surgeon, died of phthisis (6 months certified), D.C. Jennings present at death, 6 Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin, registered May 25th 1881.[4]

He is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin., with his sister Ellie who died of tuberculosis in 1878.

John Bray Jennings, L.R.Q.C.P.I and L.R.C.S.I. d. 7th May 1881, aged 26.[5]

[1]  Baptisms Tuam Cathedral 1845- NLI Pos 4222

[2] Clare Journal, and Ennis Advertiser 29 July 1867

[3] The Medical Register, 1879

[4] GRO 1881 no. 155

[5] Glasnevin Cemetery. Dublin Section. Kf 14,15. No.168.

Friday 25 March 2022

Sophia Mary Jennings [18??-1947]

Sophia Mary Jennings was the daughter of Daniel Corley Jennings and Johanna Bray. She was named after her grandmother Sophia Corley.

She was born in County Waterford in 1857 according to the 1911 census records. This would make her a twin of Kate. However, as her sisters Kate and Mary never gave their correct ages to the Census enumerator we can guess that this birth date may also be incorrect! In the earlier 1901 Census she was 14 years younger and born in 1861!

Sophia married Arthur French Clanchy in St Mary’s Catholic Church, Donnybrook, in 1887. She was living then at 18 Morehampton Road with her parents Daniel and Johanna.  There was a marriage settlement.

They had 6 children.

1. Arthur Daniel Clanchy [1888-1918]

Clanchy - Aug 4, 1888, at 77 Waterloo Rd., the wife of Arthur French Clanchy, of a son.[1]

 He died in Rostrevor Sanatorium, Newry in 1918 aged 29. He was a doctor and a  Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps [R.A.M.C.]

2. Edward Henry Clanchy [1890-1975] was a twin of Helena Mary. He had a civilian role in Air Raid Precautions.  He died in Newcastle upon Tyne.

3. Helena Mary Clanchy [1890-] was a twin of Edward Henry. She married twice. (1) Edward Walter Strickland, a tea planter in Ceylon. They had three daughters, Barbara, Marjorie and Eileen. Edward Strickland died in 1921 aged 36.  She remarried  (2) Thomas George Stevens in 1932. He died in 1935.

4. Daniel John Clanchy [1892-].

Clanchy - October 10, at 77 Waterloo Road, Dublin, the wife of Arthur French Clanchy, of a son.[2]

5. Eva Maude Clanchy, known as Kitty [1894-1971]. She married Desmond Beamish in 1919.

6. Kathleen Clanchy [c. 1895 – 1971]

In 1912 Sophia was presented at Dublin Castle with her daughter Ena [Helena].

Mrs Arthur French Clanchy (presented by Mrs Owen-Lewis). Miss Ena Clanchy (presented by Mrs A. French Clanchy).[3]

Sophia’s husband Arthur French Clanchy died in 1925, aged 83.  

Sophia died in 1947 aged 90.

Clanchy [Dublin] - Aug 22, 1947, at 22 Pembroke Park, Dublin, Sophia M., widow of Arthur French Clanchy. R.I.P. Funeral [private] after 10.o'c. Mass in St. Mary's Church, Haddington Road, on Monday.[4]

Both are buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. An extended burial record can be obtained from the Dublin Cemeteries Trust.





[1] Freemans Journal, Mon, Aug 06, 1888

[2] Cork Constitution, 15 October 1892

[3] Dublin Daily Express 1 February 1912

[4] Irish Independent, Sat., Aug 23, 1947

Wednesday 16 March 2022

Daniel Jennings [1853-1915]

Daniel Jennings was born in Tuam, County Galway, the fifth son of Daniel Corley Jennings of Newry, County Down and Johanna Bray of Thurles, County Tipperary.

BIRTHS May 11th, in Tuam, the lady of D.C. Jennings Esq., Sub-Inspector, of a son.[1]

He was baptised in Tuam Cathedral on the 27th of May 1853.

Baptisms. Tuam Cathedral Register. 27th May 1853. Daniel of Dan Jennings and Johanna Bray. sp. (Andrew?) Jennings and Catharine Bray.[2]

He attended the Killaloe Diocesan College in Ennis and appears in the Honour List for the Year 1866-1867. His brothers Ignatius and John also appear here.[3]

In 1881 he married Ellen [Ellie] O’Sullivan, daughter of Mortimer O’Sullivan, in Tralee. The witnesses to the marriage were Timothy Collins and Patrick Collins. Mortimer O’Sullivan was a land agent and in charge of the beautiful Georgian house of West Cove. He did not own it.

Marriages. JENNINGS and O'SULLIVAN - April 18, 1881, at Tralee, by the Rev. J. Griffin, C.C., Daniel Jennings, National Bank, to Ellie, eldest daughter of the late Mortimer O'Sullivan, Esq., J.P. of West Cove, County Kerry.[4]

The civil record has not been found.

They had nine children.

In the 1901 Census the family can be found living on Main Street, Castleisland, County Kerry. Daniel is the Manager of the National Bank, aged 48. They now have six children, Annie Ethel [known as Ethel], Muriel, Eileen, Grace and Hilda. Daniel [also known as Donal], Mortimer and Ethel are not in the Census record.  Daniel and Mortimer were at school in St Brendan’s College, Killarney. Ethel was at the Loreto College, North Great George’s Street, Dublin. According to the Census record they were all born in Kanturk, County Cork, but in fact four of them were born in Tralee, County Kerry, Donal, Mortimer, Annie Ethel and John.[5]

By the time the 1911 Census was recorded the family are living in Bank Street, Thurles, County Tipperary. Daniel is again Manager of the National Bank, aged 56. They now have seven children at home, but the eldest Daniel, aged 29, is not with them. Neither is Mortimer, aged 28. A record of a 24 year old Daniel Jennings travelling to Boston in 1906 aged 24 on the S.S. CEDRIC may explain his absence.[6]

Mortimer is in the 1911 Census working as a bank clerk and living in Middleton, County Cork.

The two youngest were both boys, Charles Ferdinand, aged 12 and John [Jackie] Jennings aged 9.[7]


Eileen Jennings married George Killeen in 1915.  Hilda Jennings married Thomas Barry in 1916.  Ethel Jennings married Samuel Utting in 1923. Charles Ferdinand married Catherine Morrissey in 1938.


Daniel died on the 19th of June 1915 of apoplexy while still Manager of the National Bank in Thurles. The family were living on The Mall, Thurles. His sister-in-law Henrietta, wife of Ignatius Jennings, wrote in her Private Account Book, 1915 Dan Jennings died.[8] He was buried in Holy Cross Abbey, County Tipperary, with his Bray ancestors many of whom once lay within the ruined Abbey walls.  The inscription on the gravestone reads Daniel Jennings d. 19th June 1915 aged 61 years.[9]

It is believed that the grave was subsequently removed from the Abbey to the graveyard when Holy Cross Abbey was restored, but this remains to be confirmed. It is unclear if permission for the removal was sought or given.

Daniel’s wife Ellen died in 1940, aged 76.

JENNINGS Dec 8th, 1940, at her residence, 12 Herbert Ave., Merrion, Ellen, widow of the late Daniel C. Jennings, Manager National Bank, Thurles. Deeply regretted. Funeral (private) tomorrow (Tuesday) after 9 o’clock Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Peace, Merrion, to Dean’s Grange. R.I.P.[10]

Ellen is buried in Deansgrange Cemetery, County Dublin, with four of her children, Ethel Utting who died in 1953, Muriel who died in 1956, Grace Jennings who died in 1974, and John Joseph Jennings who died in 1982.[11]

Mortimer died in Lancashire in 1929 and is buried in St. Helen’s Cemetery. Eileen died in 1936 and is also buried in Deansgrange Cemetery. Daniel died in San Francisco in 1943.[12] Hilda died in 1951 and is buried in Drom Cemetery, Thurles, County Tipperary. Charles Ferdinand died in 1964 and is buried in Bunclody, County Wexford.






[1] Belfast Newsletter 18 May 1853

[2] NLI Pos 4222

[3] Clare Journal, and Ennis Advertiser 29 July 1867

[4] Freeman's Journal, Wed., April 20, 1881.

[5] 1901 Census

[6]  Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists Index, 1899-1940

[7] 1911 Census

[8] Henrietta E. Jennings Private Account Book.

[9] Inscription on gravestone in Holy Cross Abbey, County Tipperary, transcribed by NJ

[10] Irish Times Monday December 9th  1940

[11] Deansgrange Cemetery Plot: St. Mary/A/26

[12] California, Death Record Index, 1940-1997.