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Mary Agnes Henneberry Bresnan

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Mary Agnes with children:  Irene and Dorothy

Mary Agnes Henneberry:  Parents:  James & Elizabeth Henneberry
    born:  Jan 27, 1877 in Wilmington, IL;  died Aug. 3, 1942   buried in St. Isidore
    married Bernard H. Bresnan on Sept. 28, 1897 in Dalton City; Agnes was 25 & Bernard was 20.

Bernard H. Bresnan:
    born: August 3, 1872; died September 1, 1941 in Decatur, IL   buried in St. Isidore
    parents of Bernard:  John Bresnan and Catherine Conlin. 

1870 Census for Dora Township:  John Bresnan age 27 and Catherine age 24.   Also in 1870 Census for Dora Township, on adjacent farm.   Edward Bresnan age 55 and Mary age 56, both born in Ireland (parents of John).  Lucy age 15 and Edward age  14, both born in KY, and Ross age 16 born in Ireland.   Next farm:  Bryan Bresnan age 25, born in Ireland (brother of John).

1880 Census Moultrie County, Dora Township:  John Bresnan age 37 and Catherine age 32, both born in Ireland.  William age 9, Bernard age 7, John age 4.

Bernard Bresnan

Laverna and Helen

From:  Decatur Herald & Review:  Sept. 1941   Husband of Mary Agnes Henneberry, daughter of James & Elizabeth.
Bernard H. Bresnan, 69, Dies.
"Requiem high mass for Bernard H. "Bun" Bresnan, 69, retired farmer and horseman and earnest Democratic party worker, was celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday in St. Patrick's church in Decatur.  Burial was in St. Isidore's cemetery.  Mr. Bresnan, who lived in Decatur, had been in failing health for several years.  Sunday, his condition grew alarming and he entered St. Mary's hospital where he died at 9:15 a.m. Monday.
Keenly Interested in Horses.
Born in Dalton City, Aug.  3, 1872, a son of John and Catherine Bresnan, he developed a keen interest as a youth in horses and over livestock and during his many years as a farmer in the Dalton City neighborhood won a reputation as a keen judge of the values and marketing possibilities of livestock.  He bought great numbers of horses and mules for the Allied armies in the first World war.
In the 16 years that he lived in Decatur, much of time in semi-retirement, his fondness for horses remained.  Where there was a horse or mule sale, he usually could be found, and he always was ready for a trip to any Central Illinois race meeting that friends might suggest.   As an ardent Democrat, he aided in accomplishing a series of party victories in Macon county and was rewarded by appointment as a deputy game warden, a position he held until his health started to fail.
On Sept. 28, 1897,  he married Mary Agnes Henneberry.  He leaves his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Edward Cahill and Miss. Dorothy Bresnan of Decatur and Mrs. T. L. Sheehan of Dalton City; one son Bernard J. Bresnan of Decatur; two grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. G.W. Halliburton of Wichita Falls, Texas.

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Children of Agnes and Bernard


Laverna Bresnan:
    born:  July 23, 1899;  died Dec. 1981 in Decatur, IL   buried in St. Isidore
    married Edward Cahill:  Edward born Dec 4, 1899;   died Jan 1977 in Decatur, IL  buried in St. Isidore


Helen Kathryn Bresnan, b. March 09, 1902; d. January 09, 1917.


Dorothy Bresnan:
    born:  July 1, 1906;  died September 1986 in Decatur, IL
    married Arthur Burk:  Arthur born Dec 4, 1911 and died April 1968

    Decatur Herald & Review:  "Mrs. A. W. (Dorothy Bresnan) Burks, 80, of Decatur died 11:10 pm Sunday (Sept. 21, 1986) in Decatur Memorial Hospital.  Services will be 10 am Wednesday in St. Patrick Catholic Church with visitation 6 to 8 pm.  Tuesday in J. J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home with 7:30 pm prayer service.  Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery.  
    Mrs. Burks was born in Moultrie County, daughter of Bernard H. and Mary A. Bresnan.  She was a member of South Side Country Club, St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary, Decatur Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and St. Patrick Catholic Church.  She married A.W. Burks in 1946.  He was president of Burks Pump, Inc.  He died in 1968.  Surviving is her sister, Mrs. T.L. (Irene) Sheehan of Dalton City.  One brother and one sister preceded her in death."


Irene Bresnan:
    born:  Aug 25, 1907; died Jan 21, 1998 in Dalton City     buried in St. Isidore
    married Thomas L. Sheehan:  Thomas born June 8, 1906;  died Aug 1985  buried in St. Isidore


Bernard Bresnan
    born:  Jan. 12, 1911 in Dalton City; died May 13, 1973 in Portland, Oregon
    married Luella Christman on May 13, 1939 in Decatur, Illinois

David Margaret Emma
Lizzie Agnes Ambrose

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