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Descendants of Michael and Mary Dundon or Dineen O’Donnell

NOTE: Mary’s maiden name is Dundon not Dineen – On the back of the photo I have it says Dineen? A puzzle. The only other thought I have is Mary’s mother’s maiden name was Dineen? Her Death certificate and her daughter Alice’s death certificate both say Dundon.

1 Michael O’DONNELL b: September 1838 in Mulnamin Beg, Inishkeel Parish, County Donegal, Ireland d: October 22, 1892 in Brooklyn, New York
.. +Mary Ellen DUNDON b: April 1842 in Ireland d: Aft. 1910 in New York m: Abt. 1863 in Donegal, Ireland
… 2 Alice Mary O’DONNELL b: December 1869 in New York d: in New York
……. +Eli A. KILLEN b: September 1870
……… 3 Alice T. KILLEN b: October 1893
…………. +Frank P. BRADY b: 1892
…………… 4 Frank BRADY b: 1922
……… 3 Albert J. KILLEN b: November 1896
……… 3 Ethel M. KILLEN b: October 1898
…………. +Robert E. GRIEBE b: 1897
…………… 4 Robert E. GRIEBE, Jr b: 1927
… 2 James Joseph O’DONNELL b: July 17, 1881 in New York City, New York d: December 8, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York
……. +Mary HARRIGAN b: June 1880 in Brooklyn, New York d: January 28, 1914 in Brooklyn, New York m: Abt. 1900 in New York
……… 3 Edwin O’DONNELL b: 1905 in New York d: in New York
…………. +LOUISE
……… 3 Lester Aloyisius O’DONNELL b: August 30, 1908 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York d: March 2, 1992 in Yonkers, New York
…………. +Isabell M. CREEN b: October 5, 1906 in Brooklyn, New York d: October 1, 1938 in Queens County, New York m: 1923 in Brooklyn, New York
…………… 4 Teresa O’DONNELL b: June 23, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York
………………. +Alfred MODICA b: in Riverdale Bronx, New York m: September 7, 1947
…………… 4 Eugene Lester O’DONNELL b: November 9, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York d: February 24, 1961 in Los Angeles, California
………………. +Virginia Marilyn SAUNDERS b: July 13, 1928 in Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey m: Abt. 1950 in New York
…………… 4 Edwin Allen O’DONNELL b: June 10, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York  d. September 29, 2008 in Wayne, Nebraska
………………. +Bennie Bell Ann ARMSTRONG b: July 14, 1935 in Vinson, Oklahoma m: October 4, 1954 in Wichita, Kansas
…………… 4 Kenneth O’DONNELL b: June 18, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York
………………. +BETTY b: February 28, 1935 in Grenoch, Scotland d: October 28, 1984 in New York m: in New York
…………… 4 MaryAnn O’DONNELL b: July 19, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York
………………. +Timothy LACY b: in Yonkers, New York m: October 19, 1957 in New York
…………… 4 Robert George O’DONNELL b: January 1938 in Brooklyn, New York d: Abt. 2001 in Bronx, New York
………………. +Marilyn SWITKOW  b: in Georgia m: in Texas
…………… *2nd Wife of Robert George O’Donnell:
………………. +Susan DAILY b: 1949 in Yonkers, New York m: 1967 in Yonkers, New York
……… *2nd Wife of Lester Aloyisius O’Donnell:
…………. +Dorothy Mary SCHULTZ b: May 3, 1918 in New York City, New York d: January 20, 2006 in Yonkers, Winchester County, New York m: March 18, 1940 in New York City, New York
…………… 4 William O’DONNELL b: September 26, 1941 in New York
………………. +Gayle LANDRY
…………… *2nd Wife of William O’Donnell:
………………. +Marilyn POPE
…………… 4 Diane O’DONNELL b: 1943
………………. +James O’HANLON
…………… *2nd Husband of Diane O’Donnell:
………………. +Harald FRANK
…………… 4 Eileen J. O’DONNELL b: September 4, 1945 in New York City, New York
………………. +Russel D. PANOS b: in New York m: in New York
……… 3 James George O’DONNELL b: February 8, 1910 in Brooklyn, New York d: February 1969 in Brooklyn, New York
…………. +Isabelle CADIGAN b: 1911 in New York d: February 1989 in Brooklyn, New York
…………… 4 Unk O’DONNELL
……… 3 Leroy O’DONNELL b: January 23, 1914 in New York d: Aft. 1984 in New York
… *2nd Wife of James Joseph O’Donnell:
……. +Charlotte “Lottie” KERNER b: November 27, 1886 in Brooklyn, New York d: March 13, 1959 in New York m: 1923 in New York
……… 3 Charlotte Louise O’DONNELL b: January 20, 1927
…………… 4 Diane VASSALLO
………………. +CABALLERO
……… 3 Albert P. O’DONNELL b: 1929
……… 3 John “Jack” O’DONNELL b: 1931

Russ and Eileen — two kids, Donald Joseph born abt 1961 and Brianne born about 1983?

Donald’s wife Antoinette Barbagallo Panos
Donald’s children –
Peter M Panos
Andrew G Panos
Tracy Lynn Bemis

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Common Scents of Rural Life

Des KEEGAN writes: “Those of us born and reared in rural Ireland in the 40’s and 50’s and 60’s were privileged because we have a memory bank of smells and aromas and scents and associated images which our urbanised children will never experience. We had an intimate relationship with nature – with the land and plants and animals and people and our home-grown
food didn’t come packaged in plastic containers. For the fields were our playground and the crops and animals our economic lifeline and our neighbours our props and support, and our Top of the Pops was the song of the thrush and the blackbird, the cuckoo, skylark and robin.

Every house in rural Ireland had its own smell, recorded in the timbered ceilings and the wainscotted walls and preserved by the smoke of thousands of open fires. If it were possible to decipher these records, what a story they would tell, what a commentary it would be on the social and cultural history of every family through the generations …. The smell of home cured
bacon and boiled cabbage, of porridge and mashed potatoes, of smoked herrings on a Friday, of burning turf and spitting ash and whitethorn in the fireplace. They would relay the sounds of children laughing, and of sobbing mothers as yet another left for London or Birmingham or Boston, until eventually the sound of young people was no more, and the grandfather clock
tick-tocked in the corner. The walls and the ceilings would have recorded the waking of one generation as it moved on, making way for the next, until it too had to go. The smell of bottled stout and poitin would be there and lemonade for the children and Mick McQuaid plug tobacco being smoked in clay pipes, and the smell of wax candles competing with that of death. Keening
women and several decades of the rosary, the sorrowful mysteries and whispered praise for the departed, for we Irish never speak ill of the dead.

There would be sounds of merriment too. All night parties for returned Yanks, brothers or sisters or sons and daughters, welcome because they were relations but also because they brought a chance to rejoice and forget, if only for a week or two, that life betimes in rural Ireland could be hard. And, of course, the American dollars subsidised the whole affair. Step
dancing on the concrete or stone-flagged floor, the Walls of Limerick and the Siege of Ennis. By one side of the fire the accordion player sitting, his eyes-half closed to keep the smoke from a John Player or Sweet Afton or Woodbine at bay. In the other corner the fiddle player, his cap sideways on his head, and a glass of stout on the floor to keep him and his fingers lubricated. Songs with forty verses, sung with eyes fully closed, telling of rejected love or heroic deeds. And the rafters would have recorded the shouts of acclamation and indeed relief as the song finally came to an end, the last line not sung but spat out. The smell of frying bacon and eggs and
boxty would have provided an aromatic backdrop, for partying all night was a tough business.

Occasionally there would be a foreign smell, the smell of America, which was as near to America as some people ever got. The neighbours knew when a clothes parcel came from New York or Boston with flamboyant shirts for the children, a hat with a feather in it for the mother, and bright trousers or multicoloured Bermuda shorts for the father, unsuitable for public display
but ideal for bog or meadow. (Francie CLYNE, the local postman, hated parcels from America).

The musty smell of old photograph albums, of aunts and uncles and cousins, serious and formal, the husband sitting on a chair and his wife behind. There was a sadness too because some of these faces would never be seen again, the only record a browned and fading picture. The best clothes were stored away and preserved with camphor balls, only taken out, aired and worn
at weddings, funerals and when the station came to the house. Occasionally the camphor balls lost their potency and granny’s lace veil, woven from pure Irish linen, which she wore at her wedding, would be found to have disintegrated. …..

As the seasons went through their annual cycle, so too did the smells of nature change …

But the most evocative smell of all, newly baked bread, – perhaps because it represents that powerful alliance between nature and man, as it had done for thousands of years. The preparing of the soil in the springtime, the sowing of the seed and the nurturing of the seedling, nature providing moisture and heat, the crop ripening under an autumn sun, harvesting and milling, and
finally, the women in the kitchen. The perfect metaphor for life.”

Excerpts, “Leitrim Guardian” annual magazine (2004)

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Dundun/Dineen Family Name

According to some documents by Sean Briody, son of Steve Briody — great great grandson of Alice O’Donnell Kellem – Mary’s maiden name is Dundun. On a picture I have it is Dineen… I have yet to see or find the documents of which he speaks and he will not share them.

Our Mary Dineen married Michael O’Donnell, parents of James J. and Alice Faye. Mary is said to be from Limerick.

“O’Dinneen” The Dinneen surname is seldom found with the ‘O’prefix. It is a name of County Cork in Ireland.

The Dineens descend from the O’Duinnin sept of that county, and are anciently of the corca Laoidhe. The family served as poets and antiquarians to the McCarthy Mor and the Sullivans.

Dinan and Dynan are variant spellings in Co. Cork. Some of the clan adopted the English surname of Downing, a name of Cork and Kerry. O’Hart gives ‘O’Dinan or Downing as chiefs of Uaithne, now the barony of Owneybeg in Limerick.

At the turn of the last century Dineen and Dinneen were the two preferred spellings of the name, both of which were centered in Co. Cork. Earlier in the census of 1659, Dinane was a principal name of county Cork”.

Dinan/Dynan/Dinant are of Celtic origin. They are found in France (Brittany) in the 10th century in the city of Dinan and in Belgium toward the 11th/12th centuries, in the city of Dinant (once Deonan). The Dinand family of Belgium were in the La Rochelle area of France via a dutchwoman who came to France to trade.

The original name was Dinan/Dinant, but the “d” letter appeared in the name sometime around 1650. According to Phillipe, his ancestors are originally from Belgium, in the city of Neufchateau, and he has information back to 1630.

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O’Donnell Census Records and much more

I found Michael on the Castle Gardens website
Michael O’Donnell
Occupation Laborer
Age 25
Sex M
Literacy U
Arrived 1863-05-20
Origin Ireland
Port Liverpool
Last Residence
Destination USA
Plan Unknown
Ship Bridgewater
Passage Unknown
Mary O’Donnell
Occupation Wife
Age 23
Sex F
Literacy U
Arrived 1863-05-20
Origin Ireland
Port Liverpool
Last Residence
Destination USA
Plan Unknown
Ship Bridgewater
Passage Unknown

Other O’D’s on same ship
CATHERINE O’DONNELL Servant, Gentleman’s Servant 28 F 1863-05-20 England Bridgewater
ESSEY O’DONNELL Dressmaker 21 F 1863-05-20 Ireland Bridgewater
1870 Census– 9th Ward, City of Brooklyn, Kings County (July 26)
Page 172
Michael O’Donnell, 33- Laborer, born in Ireland (born 1837)
Mary O’Donnell, 30- Keeping Home, born in Ireland (born 1840)
Alice O’Donnell, 6 months, born in December in NY
Parents of Michael and Mary are of foreign birth.
Name: Michl Odonnell
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1837
Age in 1870: 33
Birthplace: Ireland
Home in 1870: Brooklyn Ward 9, Kings, New York
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Brooklyn
Roll: M593_950
Page: 258
Image: 519
Year: 1870

Irish to America, 1846-1865
O’Donnell, Michael Age : 25
O’Donnell, Mary Age : 23
Country of Origin : Ireland
Date of Arrival : May 20, 1863
Final Destination : USA
Port of Debarkation : New York
Ship’s Name : Bridgewater
Manifest ID Number : 901923
Port of Embarkation : Liverpool
Purpose for Travel : Staying in USA, but not a citizen of USA
Mode of Travel : Steerage
Name: Michael Odonnell
Arrival Date: 20 May 1863
Age: 25 4/12
Gender: Male
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
Destination: United States of America
Place of Origin: Ireland
Ship Name: Bridgewater
Port of Arrival: New York
Line: 34
Microfilm Roll: 228
List Number: 444
Manifest ID Number : 901923

Name: Mary Odonnell
Arrival Date: 20 May 1863
Age: 23 9/12 (It says 43 but is corrected on the ship to 23)
Gender: Female
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
Destination: United States of America
Place of Origin: Ireland
Ship Name: Bridgewater
Port of Arrival: New York
Line: 35
Microfilm Roll: 228
List Number: 444
Naturalization Record — 0354
Supreme Court, NY
Name: Michael O’Donnell
37 Whitehall St. (lower Manhatten)
Naturalization Date: 12 Oct 1868
Volume or Bundle 22
Former Nationality: Queen United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Record Number: 434
Witness: Hugh Killem, 27 Whitehall St. (daughter Alice married Eli Killem)
This could be Michael and Mary’s children before 5 of the seven children died. Actually Alice should be listed unless she was visiting family or unless Mary is Alice Mary? I was told her name was Alice May but on other census it says Alice F. so I am not sure. We just wonder where the other five children went??? Also, if they had one James who was born in 1870 and he died, would they also name a another son James who was born later?? Or did some of the children die before they left Ireland? They had no children on the boat with them.

M. O’DONNELL Self M Male W 41 IRE Boot And Shoe Maker IRE IRE

Mary O’DONNELL Wife M Female W 41 IRE Keeping House IRE IRE

Thos. O’DONNELL Son S Male W 17 IRE Telephone Office IRE IRE (1863)

Jas. O’DONNELL Son S Male W 10 NY IRE IRE (1870)

J. Mary O’DONNELL Dau S Female W 7 NY At Home IRE IRE

T. A. O’DONNELL Dau S Female W 3 NY At Home IRE IRE

Thos O’DONNELL Son S Male W 1M NY At Home IRE IRE
The 1900 census, Brooklyn, Ward 29, Ft Hamilton Ave in NY has the following

Eli A. Kellem, 29 yrs old, born Sept 1870 in NJ, Father born in NJ, mother
born in SC, occupation-pipe fitter

Alice F., wife, 28 yrs old, born Dec 1871 in NY, father born in Ireland,
mother born in Ireland, married for 8 yrs, had 8 children with 3 living

Alice F., daughter, age 6, born Oct 1893 in NY
Albert J., son, age 3, born Nov 1896 in NY
Ethel M., daughter, age 1, born Oct 1898

Mary E. (Dineen) O’Donnell, mother-in-law, age 58, born April 1842 in Ireland, father
born in Ireland, mother born in Ireland, widow, had 7 children with 2 living;
to the United States in 1863, in this county for 37 years.
WW1 Registration Card- I have a copy but it is hard to read
Serial #3790
James Joseph O’Donnell
Hamilton Ave, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY (Can’t read the street number)
Birthdate- July 17, 1881
Asbesto _____ _______ Can’t read the last two words
Place of Employment, Coffee Street, Brooklyn, Kings Cty
Nearest Relative- Mrs. E. A. Killam, Sister (would be Alice)
I can’t read her street address but it is Brooklyn, Kings Cty, NY
Has his signature
St John Cemetery – Mrs. Lottie O’Donnell, registered owner of Section 25, Range V, gravet site No. 025, is buried there.

James J. O’Donnell died on Dec 8, 1931 in a taxicab en route to the hospital. An autopsy had to be performed because he died unattended. Cause of death was Chronic Myocarditis. His occupation was listed as pipe closer. His parents were listed as Michael O’Donnell and Mary Dundeen. Information provided by Mrs. Lottie O’Donnell. He lived at 265 89th Street in Brooklyn at the time of his death. He was buried on Dec 12, 1931 at St John’s Cemetery.

James J. O’Donnell was born 7-17-1881 in Brooklyn NY. His parents were Michael and Mary E. Dineen O’Donnell. He married Mary Harrigan who died after the birth of her 4th son LeRoy- “Mary O’Donnell died on Jan 28, 1914 at 4:00 p.m. at 216 Hoyt Street, a tenement in Brooklyn”. Other sons were Lester, James and Edwin. He then married Charlotte Kerner and had three more children.

James died on Dec 8, 1931 in a taxicab en route to the hospital. James parents were both born in Ireland. No information was listed on Mary Harrigans parents but I found a census and wonder if it might be her. Charlotte Vasalo, daughter of James and Lottie
Federal Census 1910 Census Borough of Brooklyn, Kings Cty April 20, 1910
Name: James Odonnell
Age in 1910: 28
Estimated birth year: abt 1882
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1910: 5-Wd Brooklyn, Kings, New York
Race: White
Gender: Male
Series: T624
Roll: 956
Part: 1
Page: 91A
Year: 1910
This is an interesting neighborhood- lots of Irish mixed with Japanese and/or Chinese.
Family # 286 House Number 148 – Gold Street
James O’Donnell age 28 born NY, parents born Ireland/Eng – Asbesto Manufacturer, Factory (He had not been out of work in the last 12 months) Working on own account (not an employee or an employer – Can read & write, Rent Home
Mary age 28 married 6 years, 3 children, 3 living NY parents born NY
Edwin 5 NY
Lester A. 3 NY
James G. 1 year 3 month NY
They were living next door to the John F. Harrigan Family.
Married 6 years with 3 children.
1930 Federal Census, Kings County, Brooklyn, NY – Block C April 8, 1930
Line 8, 514, 66, 119
Value of home or rental – 60
Family does not live on a farm
James J. Head 49 Engineer, Plumbing (Employed)
Lottie- wife (has an H by wife – Wife-H) 43
Roy- Son – 18 (mother would be Mary Harrigan) Engineer Apprentice, Plumbing (Employed)
Lottie P.- Daughter 3 year and 2 months
Albert P.- Son 5 months
Jessie Creen – (Sister of Isabell) – Step-daughter 18 – Telephone Operator (Employed)
Radio- Yes
All who are old enough can read of write. None have been in school the past year.
Age at first marriage – 23 and 17 (this is a second marriage for both)
James lists that both his parents were born in Irish Free State
All the rest lists parents as born in NY including Charlotte.
James is not a veteran of the military
The neighborhood seemed to be a solid mix of Irish and German with a huge clan of Campbell’s next door.
Year: 1930; Census Place: Brooklyn, Kings, New York; Roll: 1509; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 1145; Image: 605.0.
Family # 285, House Number 148 Gold Street (Mary’s Family)
John F. Harrigan 52 NY,Widow- parents born Ireland/Eng Occupation- Tinsmith? Paint works (Working on own account – not an employee or an employer) Rents Home –
Anna F or T- 27 daughter NY parents born NY Unemployed (cares for family)
James A. 26 Son ” Laborer Paper Factory (# of weeks out of work during 1909- 8)
Joseph L. 24 Son ” Laborer Paint Worker ( ” 24)
John J. 22 ” ” Motorman Railroad ( ” 0_
William S. 20 ” ” Laborer Unitype? Co ( ” 10)
All can read and write

Mary O’Donnell died on Jan 28, 1914 (five days after Leroy was born) at 4:00 p.m. at 216 Hoyt Street, a tenement in Brooklyn, Death Certificate number 2674. An autopsy was performed and the cause of death was asphyxia due to gas poisoning. Details of medical examiner’s report not included. No personal information was provided or known to the county medical examiner. She was buried in a pauper’s grave at the County Farm on Feb 5, 1914 by the Dept. of Public Charities.

It is thought she died while giving birth to Leroy at the age of 33. She is buried in St. John’s Cemetary.
1870 Federal Census, Brooklyn, Ward 21
Location 337 and 317
Morris Harrigan 42 IR, parents IR Printer Real Estate 6000, Personal Estate 2000
Margaret 45 IR, parents IR
Mary A. 21 NY (all kids born in NY)
Margaret A. 18
James L. 16 School
Lester A. 14 School
Morris W. 12 School
Josephine E. 10 School
John F. 7
Albert C or G 3
Morris 85 (father)
Mary 63 (mother)
David Roach?? Apprentice Printer, PA, parents PA and IR
1880 Federal Census Brooklyn, Kings County

Age: 22
Estimated birth year:
Birthplace: New York
Occupation: Tin Smith
Relationship to head-of-household: Self
Home in 1880: Kings (Brooklyn), New York City-Greater, New York
Marital status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Spouse’s name: Kate HARRIGAN
Father’s birthplace: IRE
Mother’s birthplace: IRE
Image Source: Year: 1880; Census Place: Kings (Brooklyn), New York City-Greater, New York; Roll: T9_841; Family History Film: 1254841; Page: 288C; Enumeration District: 13; Image: 0055.
York Street
John Harrigan 22 Tin Smith Married born NY parents born Ireland
Kate Harrigan 21 Married born NY parents born Ireland

Live near O’Brian’s- sister Anna married John O’Brian
Thomas and Catharine 60 and 62 yrs and Bernard 34 who has consumption. Bernard born NY, parents Ireland. Live in same tenement as John and Kate Harrigan- Parents cannot read and write. John is a secretary.
1900 Federal Census, Brooklyn, Kings Cty, NY June 4
Name: John F Harrigan
Home in 1900: Brooklyn Ward 2, Kings, New York
Age: 40
Estimated birth year: 1860
Birthplace: New York
Race: White
Image source: Year: 1900; Census Place: Brooklyn Ward 2, Kings, New York; Roll: T623 1043; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 14.
York Street, # 95
John F. widow, 40 (Sept, 1859) born NY, parents born Ireland, Tinsmith
Mary 19, (June 1880) NY works, Feeder Band Packing??
Anna 17, (Nov 1882) at school
James 15, (July 1884) Electrician Work Leaner
Joseph 14 (May 1884) School
John 11 (Aug, 1888) School
William 9 (Sept. 1889) School
All can read and write
Federal Census 1910 Census Borough of Brooklyn, Kings Cty April 20, 1910
Family # 285, House Number 148 Gold Street (Mary’s Family)
John F. 52 NY,Widow- parents born Ireland/Eng Occupation- Tinsmith? Paint works (Working on own account – not an employee or an employer) Rents Home –
Anna F or T- 27 daughter NY parents born NY Unemployed (cares for family)
James A. 26 Son ” Laborer Paper Factory (# of weeks out of work during 1909- 8)
Joseph L. 24 Son ” Laborer Paint Worker ( ” 24)
John J. 22 ” ” Motorman Railroad ( ” 0_
William S. 20 ” ” Laborer Unitype? Co ( ” 10)
All can read and write
1920 Federal Census
Name: John F Harrigan
Age: 65 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1855
Birthplace: New York
Race: White
Home in 1920: Brooklyn, Kings, New York
Roll: T625_1150
Page: 11A
ED: 218
Image: 205

North Oxford Drive #149 Brooklyn, Kings County, 4th Assembly District,
John O’Brian Head 36 NY parents born England, Secretary for real estate
Anna 38, Wife NY
John F. 8
Vincent M. 7
John Harrigan- Father-in-law, Widow, Tinsmith for Paint Factory
William Harrigan 30 – brother in law Steveadore for Steamship Co
All can read and write
Doesn’t say whether they own or rent

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Letter from Isabell "Belle" Creen O’Donnell to her mother Charlotte Kerner Creen O’Donnell

Notes for reading: Belle’s half sister Lottie (Charlotte Louise O’Donnell) was 22 years younger than Belle and would have been about 11 when this was written. Belle was in the Catskills and her mother was in Brooklyn.

July 23, 1938
Dear Mother,

Received your letter and we were all glad to hear from you. I do hope things will work out so you get that pension soon. You certainly have had to wait and fight long enough for it. (referring to her husband James J. O’Donnell’s death in 1931).

This week has been pretty miserable up here. We have had 3 days of rain, more rain than we have had all season. I hope you don’t mind me making Lottie obey . She was made at me today because I would not let her wear her hat out in the rain. It would be distroyed and she would have no hate to go home in. She also has been wearing her good shoes steady up here. She won’t wear her sneakers. She says you said it was all right for her to wear her good shoes all the time. If it is, it is all right with me, I just wanted to let you know in case they get kicked out why.

I am going crazy with flies up here. A farmer pastures his cows not far from me for a few days and since then I am doing nothing but squirting flies around and still they come in swarms. That’s the country for you though.

This spiritualist I told you about opened a beautiful tea garden up here and when he died a man by the name of Barclay turned it into a dance place in fact its really like a night club. They have a bar and grill and swell orchestra. His wife Kay Barclay and I have become quite friendly. They close the place up here in Sept and have another they open during the winter in Fla (Florida).

The neighbors have been very nice about taking us for rides in their cars and all in all when it doesn’t rain there is always something to do up here. One of the neighbors are taking the children into town this afternoon to the movies and is calling for them when the show is over.

Lottie certainly ought to put on some weight she claims she gained 5 lbs but I don’t believe it. I make her drink 3 glasses of milk each day and they all get ovaltine going to bed each night. She like the milk up here and some times she drinks more even. I think you ought to have her tonsils out though as her ribs stick out just like Genes did before he got sick.

If any one is coming up to visit this way you ought to take the chance and come up. The ride would do you good. You are managing to get around I see, still and you are certainly having enough company which I certainly am glad of.

I hope Joe (possibly Joseph Creen, her brother) does something soon. I haven’t heard another word from them. It certainly was nice of Mae (Mae Kerner her aunt) to do what she did.

Well darling as everything is about the same – we’ll close. With Lots of Love, As Ever Belle

P.S. The baby is so fat you would never know him. He is going to be fat like Allen and he looks like Mary Ann. That spiritualists house you were asking me about is 11 rooms has two bath rooms steam heat and elec. It is on 11 acres of ground and also has two smaller houses on it, plenty of fruit trees etc. but I would never be contented sleeping in a haunted house.

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The Trouble With Finding Relations In Ireland – sigh!

1857 Griffith’s Valuation Inishkeel Parish

Heads of Households O’Donnell and Dineen

Michael O’Donnell and Mary Dinneen O’Donnell came to NYC in 1863. It is possible that the Michael listed as head of household is our Michael, but then again – hummm
The families with an ** are from Mulnamin Beg, the same as Michael (Ellen, Hugh, James, Marcus, Michael).

O’Donnell’s and Dineen’s in Inishkeel Parish–

O’Donnell, Arthur, Tullycleave More

O’Donnell, Bridget, Derryloaghan

O’Donnell, Bridget, Drumnalough

O’Donnell, Bridget, Straboy

O’Donnell, Catherine, Bellanamore

O’Donnell, Catherine, Cloghercor

O’Donnell, Charles, Coolvoy

O’Donnell, Charles, Derryness

O’Donnell, Charles, Lughveen

O’Donnell, Charles, Tullycleave More

O’Donnell, Connel, Stracashel

O’Donnell, Connell, Drumconcoose

O’Donnell, Connell, Meenamalragh

O’Donnell, Connell, Mully

O’Donnell, Connell, Straboy

O’Donnell, Connell, Tully More

O’Donnell, Cornelius, Bracky

O’Donnell, Daniel, Montymeane

O’Donnell, Daniel, Summy

O’Donnell, Denis, Meenmore East

O’Donnell, Dominick, Largnalarkan

O’Donnell, Edward, Ardun

O’Donnell, Edward, Shallogan More

O’Donnell, Ellen, Mulnamin Beg**

O’Donnell, Hugh, Bracky

O’Donnell, Hugh, Derryness

O’Donnell, Hugh, Drumboghill

O’Donnell, Hugh, Edenfinfreagh

O’Donnell, Hugh, Fintown

O’Donnell, Hugh, Loughnambraddan

O’Donnell, Hugh, Lughveen

O’Donnell, Hugh, Meenmore East

O’Donnell, Hugh, Mulnamin Beg**

O’Donnell, Hugh, Tullycleave More

O’Donnell, Ignatius, Drumnasillagh

O’Donnell, Ignatius, Town of Glenties/The Rock

O’Donnell, James, Coolvoy

O’Donnell, James, Currynanerriagh

O’Donnell, James, Lerginacarha

O’Donnell, James, Mulnamin Beg**

O’Donnell, James, Shallogan More

O’Donnell, James Jr., Drumnalough

O’Donnell, James Sr., Drumnalough

O’Donnell, Jeremiah, Bellanamore

O’Donnell, Jeremiah, Fintown

O’Donnell, Jeremiah, Meenmore East

O’Donnell, Jeremiah, Montymeane

O’Donnell, John, Adderwal

O’Donnell, John, Cleengort

O’Donnell, John, Cloghercor

O’Donnell, John, Drumboghill

O’Donnell, John, Drumnalough

O’Donnell, John, Kincrum

O’Donnell, John, Letterilly

O’Donnell, John, Lughveen

O’Donnell, John, Straboy

O’Donnell, John, Summy

O’Donnell, John, Town of Glenties/Main Street

O’Donnell, John (Shaun), Cloghercor

O’Donnell, Manus, Drumnaha

O’Donnell, Marcus, Mulnamin Beg**

O’Donnell, Michael, Mulnamin Beg**

O’Donnell, Nanno, Cleengort

O’Donnell, Neal, Coolvoy

O’Donnell, Neal, Loughnambraddan

O’Donnell, Neal Jr., Shallogan More

O’Donnell, Neal Sr., Shallogan More

O’Donnell, Neale, Town of Glenties/Main Street

O’Donnell, Owen, Drumboghill

O’Donnell, Patrick, Cleengort

O’Donnell, Patrick, Currynanerriagh

O’Donnell, Patrick, Derryloaghan

O’Donnell, Patrick, Gortnamucklagh

O’Donnell, Patrick, Mulmosog Or Altnagapple

O’Donnell, Patrick, Straboy

O’Donnell, Patrick, Town of Glenties/Main Street

O’Donnell, Patrick, Tully More

O’Donnell, Peter, Meenavally

O’Donnell, Robert, Clogher West

O’Donnell, Robert, Clooney

O’Donnell, Robert, Lackaghatermon

O’Donnell, Robert, Loughfad

O’Donnell, Roger, Loughnambraddan

O’Donnell, Roger, Shallogan More

O’Donnell, Shane, Straboy

Dinneens (Dineen)

Dinneen, Bridget, Strasallagh

Dinneen, John, Meenasrone South

Dinneen, Patrick, Meenasrone South

UTM : NA37
Geographical coordinates in decimal degrees (WGS84)
Latitude : 54.849
Longitude : -8.456

Geographical coordinates in degrees minutes seconds (WGS84)
Latitude : 54 50′ 56”
Longitude : -8 27′ 20”

Places near from Inishkeel
Boylagh bay – Clogher – Clooney – Clooney lough – Doon lough – Dunmore head – Gweebarra bay – Kilclooney – Kilclooney bridge – Kiltooris lough – Lough fad – Loughfad hill – Meenagrillagh hill – Meendooish hill – Naran –

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Clan O’Donnell – Ó Dómhnaill

Arms: The ancient armorial bearings of the O’Donnells are: Or issuing from sinister side of shield an arm dexter, sleeved azure, and cuffed argent, with hand proper grasping a passion cross gules.

Motto: “In hoc signo vinces” (under this sign you will conquer)

Variations: (English)O’Donnell, O’Donell, O’Donel, (Gaelic)Ó Dómhnaill, Ó Dónaill

Niall of the Nine Hostages (Nial Noai nGiallach) who reigned from 379- 405 AD and who is reputed to have brought St. Patrick to Ireland as a slave boy, had many sons. One of those, Conall, asserted his dominance over that territory which later became known as Tír Chonaill (approx. Co. Donegal minus Inishowen).

General Leopoldo O’Donnell

The O’Donnells, descendant from Conall, at first lived along the river Lennon but later established themselves in south Donegal. At the beginning of the 15th cent. they built a castle at Ballyshannon and about 50 years later moved to Donegal Town where they built Donegal Castle which was restored a few years ago.

The prominent role played by this royal family in their country’s history is well recorded but after their overthrow and the collapse of the old Gaelic system in 1602 (Battle of Kinsale) less is known about them.

The main family emigrated to the continent in 1607 where all died within a short time –the last dying in 1642.

Other branches of the family were moved to Connaught during the Cromwellian Plantations. About the middle of the 18th cent. some emigrated to Spain and Austria, in which countries they played an important role.

The most senior O’Donnell family today(according to the Chief Herald) is that of John O’Donel (deceased), Blackrock, Co. Dublin, namely, Fr. Hugh O.F.M., Nuala and Siobhan. Next in seniority is Leopoldo O’Donnell, Duke of Tetuan, Madrid. The next in line live in Austria, Gabriel, Count O’Donell von Tyrconnell.

Information provided by the O’Donnell Clan Association.

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