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Michael Brennan

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Michael Brennan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1779
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 10th October, 1855
Age: 76 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Irish rebel
Convicted at: Ireland, Wexford
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Anne 1
Departure date: 26th June, 1800
Arrival date: 26th January, 1801
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 7 other convicts


Primary source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/convicts.htm Freeman’s Journal; Tuesday 30 July 1799 page 3, column 2
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D Wong on 19th July, 2014 wrote:

Michael and brother Moses Brennan were captured as Rebels in 1800.
In 1801 and soon after their arrival, Michael leased a farm on the Cooks River and Moses became an overseer in the dockyards.

In 1803 Michael settled down with Elizabeth Smith who arrived in Sydney on 14 December, 1801 as a prisoner on the ‘Nile’. They had 4 children: Peter, born in 1805, Michael Jnr, born in 1806, Mary, born in 1808 and Patrick, who was born in 1811.

1811: TOL
31/1/1813: CP

Michael received, from Governor Macquarie, a land grant of fifty acres at Appin on 8 October 1816.  This land was next to his brother’s land and both of their families shared a house together.

On April 19, 1825 Michael and Elizabeth were married and their witnesses were his brother Moses and his wife Mary. It was quite common in those times to live together until a Catholic Priest was available to perform a wedding ceremony.
Elizabeth died in 1842 as did brother Moses.

On October 13, 1855, the following notice appeared in the Sydney Herald:
At his residence, Appin, on the 10th instant, Mr. Michael Brennan, after a short and painful illness, in the 76th year of his age, father of Peter Brennan, Pyrmont.
He was buried at St Bedes in Appin.

John was buried next to his brother Moses.

Andrew Jones on 22nd July, 2014 wrote:

Michael Brennan is My 4x great grandfather, through his son Patrick and his granddaughter Elizabeth Catherine Brennan. Andrew Jones Blue Mountains

Robin Sharkey on 29th March, 2016 wrote:

Michael Brennan and his brother Moses could not have been captured as rebels in 1800 since they had already been tried at the Wexford Assizes in the summer of 1799. These were occupied with the trials of many people for crimes committed during the taking of Wexford in the 1798 uprising - a gentleman named William Cooper for administering a treasonable oath who was acquitted however as having been found to have done this “along with many other humane acts, to save the lives of Protestants.”
Another gent named Edward Hay was acquitted of having held a command among the rebels as he was found to have been forced to do it.
Felix Fardy was found guilty of several murders and of being involved in setting fire to the barn at Scullaboge where 230 Protestants perished. Then the Brennans, together with John Murphy were found guilty of murder:

Freeman’s Journal; Tuesday 30 July 1799 page 3, column 2 (2nd last paragraph from bottom)
“Ended on Saturday last [i.e.27th July 1799]. The following persons were tried before the Hon. Baron Smith.
... Moses Brennan. Michael Brennan, and John Murphy were found guilty of several murders.
A number of persons, being rebels and charged with murder, put off their trials.”

Brad Turner on 17th March, 2020 wrote:

In the State Prisoners Petition dated Feb 18, 1799 Michael is listed as 18 years of age (making year of birth approx 1781).  His mother Mary Brennan, the petitioner, also states that Michael is her only remaining son and she is a poor widower looking after 5 orphan grandchildren and has been reduced to begging for sustenance.  Raising some questions as to wether Moses was Michaels brother.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 19th July, 2014 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/convicts.htm (prev. ), firstname: Michael, surname: Brennan, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1779, date of death: 10th October, 1855, gender: m, occupat

Robin Sharkey on 29th March, 2016 made the following changes:

source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/convicts.htm Freeman’s Journal; Tuesday 30 July 1799 page 3, column 2 (prev. http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/convicts.htm)

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