Biography of Patrick Brennan
Inver Grove, Dakota County, MN Biographies

Patrick Brennan was born March 17th, 1806, in Ireland, and learned boot and shoe making. In 1836, came to America; was shipwrecked off the coast of Newfoundland, but finally reached Quebec, and proceeded direct to the United States. He made a brief stay in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and worked at his trade three years in Cincinnati. In 1843, visited St. Louis, next year at New Orleans, then returned to the former place, making his home there eleven years, eight years of the time being in government employ, in the arsenal at that city. In 1852, came to Minnesota, and made a claim of one hundred and sixty acres in Ramsey county then returned to St. Louis, and two years later to this state with his family. During the fall of 1854, he made a claim of one hundred and sixty acres, in Inver Grove township, where he has since lived. Married in Ireland, in 1834, to Ellen McGuire. By her he has had seventeen children, six of whom are living: Patrick J., Tomas M., Mary M., Catherine, Charles E. and Frank. Two sons were in the late war: Patrick enlisted in the Fifth Minnesota as orderly sergeant, and served through the whole war. John, his third son, enlisted in Company K, Eighth Minnesota, and was discharged in 1865, but died in 1870 from disease contracted during the service.

The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.

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