Hello. Are you certain he died in the early 1880s?
The only Lawrence Brennan in the Stamford Advocate obituary index and the Stamford city directory around that period was the following:
27 Nov. 1891; page 1
The death of Lawrence Brennan, leader of St. John's band, took place Tuesday afternoon at his home on Glenbrook avenue, after an illness of about two months. The funeral will be held on Friday and the burial in Springdale. The deceased had for years been pleasantly associated with the band and he did more than any other man as leader to build up and maintain it. He was about 45 years of age.
04 Dec. 1891; page 1
The funeral of the late Lawrence Brennan was held Friday from St. John's R. C. church, a large number being present. From the church to the grave in Springdale, St. John's band of which the deceased was the popular leader, played a dirge and other selections suggestive of sorrow.
My note: He may have fibbed about his age and "burial in Springdale" would almost certainly mean in St. John's Cemetery which is in Darien, Connecticut. A request of the cemetery for an interment record may lead to information about his wife.
The Stamford City directory books available to me start in 1881/82 and there are no Brennans listed in that book. In that same directory from 1883 to 1891 there was only one Lawrence Brennan, a gardener, working and residing at "Elmwood" on Glenbrook Avenue. In 1890 there was a John Brennan, plumber, residing on Glenbrook Avenue, too. I see in the 1880 census that the Lawrence Brennan you are looking for was a gardener.
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