I am searching for any Donnellys that would have ancestors from Ballintubber Co Mayo. There were were about 20 or so Donnellys that I have been unable to track which must have left Ireland before the 1901 census.
Thomas Donnelly left County Mayo on board the ship the Canadian Glaskow with his wife and ended up in Elroy Wisconsin working for the railroad. He had 5 children, one of which is Patrick Donnelly of Elroy, WI married to Faye Kathleen Davis. He had 3 children, one of which is my father Michael Donnelly.
I am presently researching my family history and have a fair deal of information. My father, Philip, and his family came from the village of Springhill, Barrhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland. My Uncle Thomas (Tommy)Donnelly was the last member of the family, as far as I know, to stay in Barrhead. He was easily recognisable in and around the town by his artificial leg, long coat and hat. My Grandfather was James Donnelly who married Bridget McManus on 10th August 1906. My Great Grandfather was Thomas Donnelly who was married to Margaret Hart. My Great Great Grandfather was Henry Donnelly married to Helen Kerr and I believe they came from Ireland as did many families in search of work. Henry owned a butchers shop in Dovecothall, Barrhead and 2 of his sons, Thomas & James, worked there also. While my search takes me across the Irish Sea, I am still firmly focussed on the Barrhead area. What I am searching for now is any photographs, epecially of Henry Donnelly's butcher's shop, or any snippet of information related to my ancestory that may be lying in attics, basements and cellars. I know that my uncle had photographs and items of the family in his house as I saw them as a small boy. My Uncle and his wife have passed over and I have no knowledge of their whereabouts. Please remember that the slightest of information is very important to the research.
I am quite new to family research but I now seem to be digging stones. While there are a few pieces to investigate in Scotland, I leave the unturned stones for the moment maily through frustration.
My journey now takes me to Kilcronaghan, Londonderyy, Northern Ireland with 3 snippets of information.
Henry Donnelly (born 1818)married Helen Kerr(born 1810) were from Kilcronaghan, Londonderry. After their son Thomas (born 1851)was bornthey left Kilcronaghan and settled in Barrhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Henry was a flesher by trade. Henry Donnelly (born 1790) married Sarah Cain (born 1794)in Kilcronaghan in 1815 Henry Donnelly (born 1772) married Anne Wisener (born 1776) in Kilcronaghan in 1813 I'm a bit dubious about Henry (born 1772) being married in 1813 although I suppose it is possible. I take it Kilcronaghan is or was a parish and not a town. I have no information as to which town or dwelling they came from. Any ideas or information would be greatly appreciated. Thanking you for taking the time to read this message.Regards, Phil Donnelly
How nice to hear from you and what a pleasant surprise. We are actually cousins, whether it be step cousins or half cousins I'm not certain.
I wasn't told a great deal from my father and uncle Tommy who were the 2 children of James and Bridget McManus after their marriage. I knew of the other children from the first marriage of Bridget but only met one of them called Mary. I visited her in the hospital annexe that used to be in Craw Road in Paisley.
As usually happens I have been off and on with my family research but always return to it. You may already have done a great deal of research into your family history. I have research a moderate amount but if I can be of any assistance I would be pleased to share it with you. Having said that, apart from my father and and one of uncle Tommy (not your father), I don't have any other family photos. I have one photo I believe to be James Donnelly (Bridget's husband) but I am not sure. I have always wondered what Bridget looked like.
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Again, nice to hear from you and hope we can keep in touch.