William Henry Roll

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Philip John Lennon
The Professor and Newspaper Publisher

Spouse(s): Gertrude Hughes Owens
Family tree: Philip John Lennon 1839-1896

Phlilip John Lennon 

Philip John Lennon

St. Patrick's College, Maynooth

St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, Kildare, Ireland
Pontifical University

As was the custom in those days, the family saved to send their first son to study for the Roman Catholic priesthood. Philip John Lennon attended St. Patrick's College Maynooth, the national seminary for Ireland, and a Pontifical University, located in the village of Maynooth, 15 miles from Dublin, Ireland. The college and seminary are often referred to as Maynooth College. The college was officially established as the Royal College of St Patrick by an Act of Grattan’s Parliament in 1795.

He received a Master of Arts degree, from St. Patrick's, and was sent for graduate studies at Notre Dame, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He withdrew from his studies for the priesthood, and emigrated to the United States, where he taught mathematics, Latin, and Greek at Fordham City College in New York, and Rutgers in New Jersey. Later, he moved to Clifton, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and founded the Clifton Times newspaper, later called the Clifton Lansdowne Times. He also operated a printing business with his sons John Francis and Philip Henry.


Clifton and Lansdowne times. w. 1886-1897?
Cliftonian. w 1886-1887.
Delaware county graphic and Clifton Lansdowne times. w 1886-1909?

Source of the above transcription: Salisbury, Ruth. Pennsylvania Newspapers: A Bibliography and Union List. Pennsylvania Library Association, 1969, p.23.


Clifton-Lansdowne Times, Clifton Heights, Ind. Weekly, Saturday

Source for the above transcription: Cochran, Thomas B. Smull's Legislative Hand Book and Manual of the State of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1896, p. 823.


CLIFTON HEIGHTS, pop. 1,820; DELAWARE CO. (Ex.S.E.), pop. 74,683. 8 m. W. of Philadelphia. Phila., Wllm. & Balt R.R. (sta. name Clifton). Tel. Exp. Bank, Darby. Here are several cotton and woolen mills, also shoddy, yarn, and paper manufactures.

Clifton and Lansdowne Times, Saturday, Independent, 1886 4 22 x 28 1.00
PHILIP LENNON, Editor and Publisher.

Source for the transcription above: N.W. Ayer & Son's American Newspaper Annual, 1895, p. 658.



In 1886 the Clifton and Lansdowne Times was published from Clifton Heights. It was a four page, independent weekly that was issued each Saturday. In 1892 Phillip (sic) Lennon was the editor and publisher. The paper was discontinued before 1900.

Source for the transcription above: Palmer, Charles,. A history of Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg Pa.: National Historical Association, 1932. pp 200-201.

Philip John Lennon

Philip John Lennon

Gertrude H. Owens 1920

Gertrude Hughes Owens, 1920

Philip John Lennon and Gertrude Owens

Philip married Gertrude Owens, the daughter of John and Marion Hughes Owens of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Marion was a Roman Catholic and died giving birth to Gertrude.

Gertrude Owens attended a boarding school for young ladies. While attending, she met Philip John Lennon and married him. Her father did not approve. She became a Catholic. Philip's parents in Ireland sent a goose feather mattress as a wedding present, according to Irish custom.

Philip and Gertrude Lennon had children. One died young of diphtheria. Other children were John Francis, Minnie, Philip Henry, and Gertrude Cecilia. There may have been other children that died in infancy.