Sangamon County Circuit
Joseph H. Drennan
Joseph H Drennan was born on April 7, 1853
in Ball Township of Illinois. His parents’ names were Jackson
Drennan and Sarah Hurley. Joseph held the same name as his
paternal grandfather, who is reportedly the second white settler
in our area of Illinois.
Joseph attended Illinois College in
Jacksonville for one year before joining the farming community
in Illinois with much success. Drennan owned two hundred
and twenty acres of land at one time in our history and was
regarded as “well educated, liberal in his views, generous as
regards money matters, and always gentlemanly and genial . . .
popular with the entire community” (Portrait p 758).
Drennan married Miss Mattie E. Forbes on
November 27, 1871 at 18 years old. Their union resulted in
one daughter, Hattie F. Drennan. Joseph H. Drennan carried
on his prestigious and historically rich name with grace and
respect. “In politics he [was] a sound Democrat and is a
leader in his party in the section of the state” (Portrait
Excerpted from the book Portrait and Biographical Album of
Sangamon County 1891. Sangamon Valley Collection Lincoln
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