Laurence/Lawrence Glennan/Glennon - My Great Grandfather - was baptised 15th February 1835 at Kildare parish County Kildare, Ireland, the son of John Glennan and Catherine Hackett. Parents were residing at Navantown.
Immigration: Laurence came to Australia with his parents and siblings in 1842, aboard the 'Anne Milne’. Anthony Glennan, wife Mary Downey and their family, were also aboard. A newspaper report dated 4th February 1882 suggests the families were related [see below] According to family information Laurence was known as 'Lance'
Margaret McDonald was born 10th August 1840 and baptised 16th August 1840 at St James Parish Cumberland [Roman Catholic] Her parents were Alexander McDonald and Jessie Christie of Sussex Street.
First Marriage: On 6th April 1858, he married his first wife, Margaret McDonald at Tea Tree Station, Rock Flat near Cooma.
Laurence and Margaret had the following children:
Male, born 1859, died 1859, Cooma
John Joseph Glennan, born 1860, Cooma. Married Sarah McDonald, Cooma 1882[ Ref 5368/1882] Insolvency sequestration 7th March 1883. Address at the time was 'near Cooma'. Occupation was labourer. Their children were: 23239/1883 GLENNAN MARGARET S J COOMA 26583/1886 GLENNAN MARY C COOMA 26664/1889 GLENNAN JANET I COOMA 11029/1891 GLENNAN GERTRUDE E COOMA 11414/1893 GLENNAN ELEANOR A COOMA 31567/1895 GLENNAN CEILIA A COOMA Died 1896 ref 9592 Cooma
Alexander Glennan, born 10th June, 1863, Cooma. Died 1891, Cooma. The NSW Police gazette of 1888 reports a warrant had been issued for Alexander Glennan aged 22 charged with assaulting Wilbraham Edwards Esq J.P Alexander was described as being 5 foot 6 or 7 inches tall, stout build, clean shaven, brown hair, white moleskin trousers, dark paget coat, elastic sided boots. Alexander was eventually charged with unlawfully obstructing W Edwards and arrested by Nimmitybell Police. He was fine 5 pounds costs or 2 months in gaol. He chose to pay the fine. Alexander died at home aged 25 years. Monara Mercury dated 27th October 1891 reported: DEATH. It is with regret we have to chronicle the death of Alexander Glennan, second son of Mr. Lawrence Glennan of Cooma, which sad event took place at his late residence, Cooma, on Sunday last. The deceased had been suffering from an abscess on the spine for the past 11 months, and was for about 10 months in Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, where the poor fellow had undergone no less than six operations. About a fortnight ago he left the hospital an incurable case, and lingered in great agony till Sunday last, when he passed over to the great majority. He was a single man, and was only 25 years of age. The funeral took place yesterday (Monday) after noon when a large number of relatives and friends attended. The remains were interred in the old cemetery.
James Anthony Glennan, born 10th December 1865, Cooma. Married Susannah McTavish, Cooma 1895. [Ref883/1895] Mentioned as a land claimant at 'Gladstone' QA 12th April 1879. Their children were: 11527/1897 GLENNAN LAWRENCE ALEXANDER DUNCAN Cooma 20503/1898 GLENNAN ARTHUR J COOMA 30795/1900 GLENNAN JOHN J COOMA. Died at Wagga hospital in 1923 ref 19759/1923 after an appendix operation - Trove 2359/1902 GLENNAN MARGARET S COOMA 2722/1905 GLENNAN CHARLES A Cooma 12572/1906 GLENNAN Florence L Died 1907 Cooma 1st February 1910 GLENNAN Clarence Dudley 26949/1911 GLENNAN RUSSELL Walter COOMA 7th July 1912 GLENNAN Ernest Sylvester 48766/1913 GLENNAN Morris E Died 1914 Cooma
Joseph Glennan, born 11th October, 1868, Cooma. Joseph aged 17 was charged wilfully and maliciously setting fire to a stack of hay, value 12 pounds the property of John Bartley [John may have been his cousin!] He was convicted of Arson on 1st April 1886 at Cooma. He served 18 months in prison. He is described as being 5 foot five inches tall, with light brown hair and gray eyes. His occupation was shepherd. Died 13th January 1899, Cooma.
Laurence Glennan [junior] born 2nd March, 1871, Cooma. Died 1947, Auburn . Never married.
Jessie Mary [Janette] Glennan, born 14th June 1873 Cooma. Married David Peters, Cooma, 1897 [Ref: 7488/1897] . Their Children were: 5759/1898 PETERS MARGARET NIMMITABEL. Died 1899. 15171/1900 PETERS MARY Margaret NIMITYBELLE 24693/1902 PETERS DAVID NIMMITABEL 35170/1904 PETERS FRANCIS Xavier NIMITYBELLE
Catherine Glennan, born 17th August,1875, Cooma. Died 1877, Cooma
Manaro Mercury dated 30th July 1873 reported the following: Law Courts. COOMA POLICE COURT. Monday, 28th July, 1873. Before the Police Magistrate. ASSAULT William Owers, James Owers, and Samuel Rankin appeared to answer a charge of having assaulted Lawrence Glennan at Cooma Creek on the 21st July. Defendants pleaded not guilty; they were defended by Mr. Lipscomb.
Lawrence Glennan whose face was battered and bruised, deposed: I am a farmer living at, Cooma Creek ; the information read before the Court is true ; the assault was committed on the 21st instant; I saw the defendants at my place ; the two Owers came to my place between 6 and 7 o'clock p.m. on that day; they came in and danced for some time in a room adjoining my place Mr. Lipscomb here suggested to Mr. Robin son, C.P.S., that he should get the names of those present; there were pre sent a man named James Byrne his wife, and family, James Griffin, and Thomas Bartley: these were all [To Mr. Lipscomb : Besides the members of my own family] ; Thomas Bartley and Byrne had some disagreement about dancing and they went outside to fight; I followed the two men who were disagreeing; I was talking to the two men, and had a hand on each one's shoulder ; James Owers, without saying one thing or other, struck me in the face with his fists, and I struck him; then his brother (Wm. Owers) struck me, and I struck him ; Samuel Rankin made a blow at me, striking me in the neck, after I struck the other men, and then all three ran away ; a little while after the three ran away, Samuel Rankin turned back and accused me of striking him ; Samuel Rankin said that I struck him, and I told him to be off: the whole three of them then cleared off the place, and they didn't come back for about three-quarters of an hour ; they came to the house and rapped at the door;. I asked "Who's there" one answered "it is me" I am sure the defendants were the parties; I asked him who he was ; one answered 'Owers;' James Owers opened the door; Thomas Bartley went out, and I followed him ; as I was going out of the door, I got a jab of a 10ft. rail in my face; after I got the jab of the rail in my face, the defendants ran away a short distance ; James Owers struck me with the rail ; I returned into my house and got a gun, and fired a shot in the direction of the defendants ; that is all that happened; the gun was loaded with shot. By Mr. Lipscnmb: I did not invite defendants to my place; no member of my family invited them; defendants came of their own accord ; James Griffin went away the first time; after defendants cleared away altogether, James Griffin came back to my place ; Bartley and I did not rush out when the rap came to the door, and one said ' Owers,' and then make use of the expression, ' Let us give it to them, the Orange b-;' it was after 10 o'clock when I was struck with the rail; it was a star light night ; I had no quarrel whatever with Thomas Bartley after defendants left my place; I complained to James Griffin when he returned about being struck; James Griffin wanted to wash the blood off my face ; there was only one blow struck with the rail ; up to that time, I never had the slightest quarrel with defendants, and I didn't know why they struck me
James Griffin deposed: I am in the employment of Mr. Balmain, surveyor ; I know complainant and the three defendants before the Court; I was in their company on the 21st July at Lawrence Glennan's house ; there was a dance, to which I was invited by complainant; about three hours after defendants and I arrived, there was a row originated between two men named Byrnes and Bartley ; both complainant and defendants interfered to quell the row ; there was a general squabble ; after the first row was quelled, I saw the three defendants, who had been away ; I returned with them in about an hour; I saw Lawrence Glennan and James Owers stand up to fight; when defendants knocked at the door the last time, I was leaning over a little fence a few feet from complainant's house ; defendants knocked at the door ; Glennan came out, and to the best of my knowledge, he said to James Owers, ' You are the man I have been looking for ; ' I saw James Owers strike complainant twice with his fist ; Glennan went into the house, and, immediately returned with a gun in his hand ; I never saw complainant struck with a rail ; the whole four of us ran away when complainant got the gun ; complainant fired the gun after me [To Mr. Lipscomb : I went back about three-quarters of an hour after this to complainant's house to return a meerschaum pipe] ; I saw complainant's eye bleeding ; when I came back, Glennan complained that he had been struck with a rail. To Mr. Lipscomb: I am quite positive that after James Owers knocked at the door he never struck Glennan with a rail ; it was a fair stand-up fight: his eye was getting black ; the marks I saw on Glennan's face I attribute to the blows he got from James Ower's fists. To complainant : I saw you trying to quell the row the first time; it was very dark ; I will not swear the fence is six yards from your door, I will swear Owers never hit you with a rail; it might have been done subsequently ; I was standing there the whole of the time. To the Bench : There was some grog at Glennan's place; we all partook of some; Bartley and Byrnes were the worse of liquor.
Thomas Bartley deposed: I am a Selector; residing at Cooma Creek ; I was at Lawrence Glennan's house by invitation of James Griffin on the night of Monday, the 21st July ; there was a dance at Mr. Glennan's; I met the plaintiff and three defendants at Glennan's house ; I saw a little of the row, not much; I was a little the worse of grog; I did not see complainant struck with a rail : I remember very little of any row. To complainant: I recollect Owers coming back the second time ; I do not remember the door being opened.
Mrs. Glennnn deposed : My name is Margaret Glennan ; I am the wife of Lawrence Glennan; I remember Monday night, the 21st July; there was a party at my place on that night; Thomas Bartley and a man named Byrnes were quarrelling about dancing; my husband went outside after Hartley and Byrnes to make peace between them ; I did not see my husband fighting that night, nor anyone striking him. To complainant : James Owers after leaving, returned and opened the door ; Thomas Bartley went towards the, door, and defendant came back ; I heard the noise of a rail striking the door; you came back bleeding ; they were calling you and Thomas Bartley ‘dirty Irish’. To the Bench : After he was : struck with a rail, my husband got the gun. Mr. Lipscomb said she did not see the blow struck. To Mr. Lipscomb: Mrs; Byrnes was at my house that night ; I spoke to Mrs. Byrnes after the row ; I did not tell Mrs. Byrnes that Thomas Bartley and my husband had a row and that Bartley chased my husband around the houses with an axe ; I did not tell anything of the kind.
The Bench decided to bear the cross case of ASSAULT. Lawrence Glennan was charged with having assaulted James Owers on the 21st July. Mr. Lipscomb conducted the case for the complainant. Defendant pleaded not guilty. James Owers deposed : I am a labourer residing near Cooma ; I recollect last Monday night, when I was at Lawrence Glennan's ; James Griffin, William Owers Samuel Rankin, Thomas Bartley and John Byrnes were there ; there was some bit of a dance ; Bartley and Byrnes had a quarrel, and went out to fight; we all went out; I tried to make peace between Byrnes and Bartley ; I was holding Thomas Bartley, when Glennan struck me ; I did not then return the blow ; I am certain Glennan struck me first; I assisted Griffin, my brother, and Rankin to take Byrnes home; the four of us returned ; Rankin was coming back for his hat; I knocked at the door ; Glennan asked who was there; I said ‘Owers’ Glennan then said ’Just the cur I have been looking for’; he came outside, and we had a scrimmage; he punched me, and I punched him ; I did not strike Lawrence Glennan with a rail! ; I swear positively, I never did. To the Bench : I did not see anyone else strike Glennan with a rail.
Samuel Rankin deposed : I know complainant and defendant; I was at Glennan's place when they were there on last Monday ; I recollect a row taking place between Byrnes and Bartley ; We all want out to see what was doing ; Owers caught hold of Bartley ; I went in and tried to make peace between them : we all took Byrnes home: I returned for my hat; the first time of all, there were some blows, but I do not know who struck first; James Owers knocked at the door, which was opened, and Gle nan and Bartley rushed out, and went after us; James Owers and Lawrence Glennan had a fight; Glennan got a gun and fired after us ; I was there the whole of the time that night, but never saw Owers striking Glennan with a rail. To the Bench: Glennan was not drunk but he was not very sober; there were a couple of rails lying about; they were not used in the fight. To defendant: I do not remember your striking me that night, nor do I remember being knocked down.
John Byrnes deposed : I am a brick maker in the employment of Mr. Wallace; I recollect being at Lawrence Glennen's house on last Monday night ; I had a row that night with Thomas Bartley; I went home with James Owers ; I was at Glennan's place next morning; Mrs. Glennan showed me some water with blood in it ; I said I saw more blood come out of a little finger ; Mrs. Glennan said her husband and Thomas Bartley had a row, she pulled Bartley off the top of her husband, and Bartley then chased Mrs. Glennan round the house with an axe ; Glennan said that Owers used a rail, which he showed me ; I saw the blond on the rail, which came out of James Griffin's horses nose ; I saw the horse rubbing his nose against the rail ; there were, a few hairs out of the horse's nose left on the rail. To defendant: There were only two rails there ; I was sober when I came to your place the next morning, the rail that your wife showed me I have referred to. Mr. Lippcomb said he would call no more evidence, but would leave the case with his Worship. It was a deeply laid scheme of Glennan against Owers. He believed if the case were dismissed, the police should prosecute both Glennan and his wife for perjury. He suggested that his Worship should dismiss both cases. The Bench: That is the very course, I intend to take. The cases were dismissed. Glennan applied for a copy of the depositions, with a view to appeal to the Quarter Sessions.
Death: Margaret died of consumption on 10th March 1876 at Cooma Creek. She was 35 years old. [ref 5691/1876].