and his second wife
Mary Jane Hughes
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Mary Jane Gordon/Hughes My Great Grandmother - was born early December 1860, no
birth registration found although Mary Jane will later state she was born in Sydney. Margaret
Gordon, single woman aged 20 and infant Mary Jane aged 9 weeks were admitted to the
Sydney Benevolent Society on 12th February 1861 on the recommendation of Thomas Mak
(enna?) esq. The admissions register states that William Sweeney, jockey of Broulee, is the
father of Mary Jane. [SMH reports from 1860 report 'Billy' Sween(e)y riding for Mr Flanagan at
Moruya races. There is also a report of William Sweeney of Mullenderree, victim of an assault.
Research continues.] At the time of her marriage, Mary Jane is using the surname Hughes
and lists her parents as Williams Hughes and Margaret Gordon although William did not
marry Margaret until 1863. As Mary Jane is under-age, it is William Hughes who gives his
consent to the marriage.
Second Marriage: On 8th May 1877, 18 year old Mary Jane, spinster, married the 38 year old
widower Laurence Glennan in the Roman Catholic Church at Cooma. At the time of her
marriage, Mary Jane’s occupation is shown as ‘labourer’s daughter’. Laurence is recorded as a
farmer residing at Rose Farm. The officiating minister was Father Patrick Ryan. Witnesses were
Philip Kelly [husband of Laurence's sister Mary] and Rose Hayes [Laurence's sister]. Oral
history states that Mary Jane was living in the Glennan household looking after the children
either after Margaret's death or during her illness.
Laurence and Mary Jane had the following children:
Mary "May" Glennan, born 5th March 1878 baptised 26th March 1878, St Patrick's Cooma.
Godparents were Joseph Glennan [Laurence's brother] and his wife Mary. The Rector P
Slattery uses the Latin spelling of 'Maria' for both Mary, her mother Mary and her Godmother
Mary in the parish register. Although I have found her baptism in parish records, it seems that
Mary's birth was unregistered. No birth registration has been found. Married Robert A
O'Brien, Leichhardt, 1903.
William Glennan, born 1879, died 1896, Cooma. William died of Pneumonia. Ref 9595/1896
Margaret Ignatius "Reenie" Glennan, born 1880 Cooma. Margaret never married. Family
recollection says she managed a restaurant possibly in Sydney. She died on or about 7th
December 1914 [ref 17986/1914] Cause of death was from injuries received from falling from a
horse at Woodland Station, 11 miles from Denman. An autopsy and coroners inquest were
conducted. Buried 9th December 1914 in New Roman Catholic Cemetery Gore Hill, Section D
Plot 6, next to her father. Cumberland Argus reported: Young Woman Killed.
A young woman, Ethel Glennon, a late resident of Neutral Bay, who was on a visit to Woodlands, near Denman,
was out riding on Saturday afternoon with two other women. She was thrown from her horse and her neck was
broken. She was died instantly. At the inquiry a finding of accidental death was recorded.
SMH dated 16th December 1914: Mrs M. GLENNAN and FAMILY, of Lorraine, Ben Boyd Road, Neutral Bay
desire to return sincere THANKS to their many friends and relatives for Kind expressions of sympathy, letters,
telegrams and floral tributes and especially to the two nurses of Denman for their unfailing kindness during our
recent sad bereavement
Ann Glennan, born 9th September 1881 Cooma. Married 1) Owen Bollard, Cooma 29th
November 1899. Children of the marriage include Amelia M m born 1900, Cooma, Grace born
1906 died 1906 Cooma, Bedelia E died 1907 Cooma, Margaret A and Thomas J died 1908
Cooma [twins]. Owen died at Adaminaby on 11th June 1911. Married 2) George J Bilton
1912 at Mosman [ref 10486/1912] George died at Goulbourn in 1919. Married 3) Lance
Bathie, St Leonards 1920. Ann died at Parramatta on 3rd May 1967. She is buried at
Rookwood Cemetery, Catholic section with half brother Laurence Glennan.
Ada Glennan born 25th May 1883, Cooma Creek. Married Edward John Woodcroft, 1906
Cooma - My Grandparents.
Catherine J Glennan born 1887, Nimmitabel. Married Alfred "Don" Walker, St Leonards,
1916. Died 14th November 1971
Peter Francis Glennan born 1889, Cooma. Married Mona Andrews 1915, Balmain North.
Died Royal North Shore Hospital, North Sydney 28th October 1957. Buried 30th October
1957 at New Roman Catholic Cemetery Gore Hill Section D Plot 6 in the same grave as sister
Lavinia Bridget [Biddy] Glennan, born 1891, Nimmitabel. Married Thomas Francis [Frank]
McKeon, St Leonards, 17th March 1916. Died 29th September 1972 at Beralla.
May A Glennan born 1898, Cooma. Mary A Glennan, died 1899, Cooma ref 1254/1899 This is
not the same person as Mary above.
Grevilles 1872 Post Office Directory for Cooma shows Laurence as a farmer, residing at
Cooma Creek. 1903 Electoral Roll shows him as a labourer at Nimitybelle. By 1912, it appears
the family had moved to Sydney.
Laurence Glennan, old age pensioner and farmer, died on 21st March 1912 at 29 Ben Boyd
Road Neutral Bay. He was recorded as being 79 years old. Cause of death was carcinoma of the
stomach and asthenia [?] which is an archaic medical term meaning loss of energy or
strength. His illness lasted for 6 months. The informant was P.F Glennan of the same address,
probably son Peter Francis. Laurence was buried on 25th March at the New Roman Catholic
Cemetery at Gore Hill, Section D Plot 7.
The Manaro Mercury dated 1st April 1912 reported:
The death of Mr. Lawrence Glennan, at the age of 79 years, is reported to have taken place a few days ago at his
residence, Ben Boyd Road, Neutral Bay, Sydney. Deceased, who was a grazier in the Cooma district for many
years, left for Sydney a year or two ago. He arrived in New South Wales 73 years ago with his parents in the
ship Ann Millen. He was a native of County Kildare, Ireland. He married twice, his first wife being Margaret
McDonald, his family comprising six sons and four daughters. His second wife was Mary Hughes, the issue
being eight daughters and two sons. He leaves 30 grandchildren, and two great granddaughters. In the early
days he took up one of the first blocks of land under Torrens Title, on the Cooma Creek and was a farmer and
grazier. He was the first to introduce the merino sheep there. He will be remembered by the old inhabitants as of
a generous disposition, and it is said that no man ever left his door hungry.
Mary Jane Glennan died on 14th December 1940 at 10 Clarke Street, Lidcombe, Berala. She
is recorded as being 83 years old. [ref 23130/1940 reg under GLENNON]. Cause of death was
senility which is an old medical term meaning old age. Ann Bathie, of second avenue Lidcome,
daughter, was the informant. Mary Jane was buried with husband Laurence at the New
Roman Catholic Cemetery, Gore Hill on 16th December 1940 Section D Plot 7
Left: Family plot at Gore Hill cemetery. Laurence
and Mary Jane are buried together with daughter
Margaret and son Peter
Below Left: Headstone only mentions Margaret who
was accidentally killed in a riding accident.
Left: Laurence and Mary Jane with five of their
children. Son Peter Francis is possibly the child on
Lawrence's lap. Catherine is probably the child on
Mary Jane's lap. Family opinion is that Ada is the
smallest child standing and Margaret is the tallest
child and Ann in the middle. Photo kindly supplied
Below: Margaret Ignatius Glennan - photo kindly
supplied by Susan W.
a) NSW BDM online index b) NSW Shipping records c)
Death Certificate Laurence Glennan d) Death Certificate
Mary Jane Glennan e) Birth Certificate Ada Glennan f)
Marriage Certificate Laurence Glennan & Mary Jane
h] Birth Cert Mary Jane Gordon