John Brennan


John Brennan, now retired, though for many years a representative and prosperous farmer of Paint Creek township, owns eighty acres of valuable land on section 34. He was born in County Carlow, Ireland, in December, 1841, and is a son of Thomas and Mary (McDonald) Brennan, also natives of the Emerald isle. John Brennan spent his early life in his native country and as a young man emigrated to the United States with his parents. He settled first in Wisconsin where he engaged in various occupations, spending a great deal of time in railroading, and in 1861 he enlisted from that state for service in the Civil war. He spent four years as a member of Company D, Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, reenlisting at the expiration of is first term as a member of the same company and regiment. He was with the Army of the Potomac and took part in all engagements in which his regiment participated, these including some of the most important and hotly contested battles of the Civil War. He was on the field at Gettysburg and attended the fiftieth anniversary of that engagement.

After the close of the hostilities Mr. Brennan returned to Wisconsin and there remained until 1873, when he came to Allamakee county, Iowa, purchasing his present farm. This was at that time slightly improved, the buildings being all of logs, and through the passing years he steadily carried forward the work of development, erecting a modern residence and excellent barns and outbuildings. Of late years he has rented his land and lives in retirement, his leisure and active, honorable and useful life.

At Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, July 12, 1867, Mr. Brennan was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Johnson, a native of Ireland and a daughter of Robert and Catherine (Chogren) Johnson. Mr and Mrs Brennan have one daughter, Mary, who is now the wife of M.J. Hart, of Waterville. They are devout members of the Roman Catholic church and Mr. Brennan is a democrat in his political beliefs, taking an active and intelligent interest in community affairs without being an office seeker. He is widely known in Paint Creek township, where he had resided for forty years, and his substantial characteristics have gained for him the warm regard and unqualified trust of his fellow citizens.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Cathy Joynt-Labath

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