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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Daniel A. Brennan was born in Dauphin County, Penn., January15,1840, the fifth in the family of ten children born to Thomas and Ann (McAllister) Brennan, natives, respectively, of Counties Donegal and Antrim, Ireland, who came to the United States at the respective ages of thirty and fifteen years. Mr. Brennan was a day laborer until he came to Missouri, when he engaged in farming. He died in 1863 at the age of sixty-six years, and was one of the most substantial citizens of the county. Mrs. Ann Brennan died in 1873, aged sixty-six years. When an infant Daniel A. Brennan was taken to Louisiana by his parents, who moved to St. Louis in 1843, and the following year settled on the farm where our subject has since resided. He owns two tracts of land, of 144 and 274 acres respectively, on the Meramec River, well improved and stocked. February 15, 1863, he married Miss Ann Dunnigan, a native of Ireland, and a daughter of Michael and Elizabeth (Markey) Dunnigan, natives of County Louth, Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. Brennan are the parents of ten children, viz.: Mary, Thomas M., Annie, Elizabeth, Agnes, Daniel, James, Alice, Joseph, Pearl L. The parents are members of the Catholic Church. In political preference Mr. Brennan is Democratic. He has served as justice of the peace at different times ten years, and was elected chief register of the county immediately after the war. He was appointed postmaster at Catawissa in January, 1885, and established his present mercantile business in 1882. He was first associated with A. H. Daniel, whose interest was soon afterward purchased by Mr. Brennan, and his son Thomas M. Brennan admitted to the partnership. He served in the Missouri State militia during the late war; is a member of the A. O. U. W. and K. of P., and also of the “Franklin County Protective Association.” Besides these he belongs to the Catholic Knights of America and Order of Chosen Friends.

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