Thomas DONOVAN and Sarah CURLEY
County Cork and County Clare to Renfrew County
January 8, 2004:
I have been researching the Donovan family tree for a couple of years and so
far have been able to trace and verify the existence of 131 descendants of
the original couple. Thomas Donovan and his wife Sarah Curley of Eganville, Ontario.
I have been unable at this point to find the exact names of Thomas' parents, the
names in the church record are blurred, his father's first name could be Richard,
Ronald or any other darn thing. His mother was Mary Garin. Thomas and his wife
Sarah were both born in Ireland. I am aware that Thomas had two brothers at
least and that they emigrated to Tennessee, USA, in the 1860s. Where? We think
around Grand Ol Opry country but we are not positive. We don't know their names either.
Thomas is listed as a shoemaker in the '62 census.
Are you interested in receiving a copy of the family tree?
1881 Census Place: Gratton, Renfrew South, Ontario, Canada
Source: FHL Film 1375870 NAC C-13234 Dist 113 SubDist E Page 69 Family 266
Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace
Thomas DONOVON M M 40 Irish Ireland
Occ: Shoemaker Religion: Catholic
Sarah DONOVON F M 40 Irish Ireland
Mary DONOVON F 17 Irish Ontario
Matthew DONOVON M 16 Irish Ontario
Occ: Shoemaker Religion: Catholic
John DONOVON M 12 Irish Ontario
Thomas DONOVON M 9 Irish Ontario
Margaret DONOVON F 6 Irish Ontario
October 18, 2004:
Here is an update on our Donovan Family Tree. It is the short list,
because beyond this point almost everyone is alive. I am still
trying to find the Donovans in Tennessee....but the Brennan,
Curley and Farrell cousins have pretty well all been found.
Ireland has proven to be a brick wall.
Ronald Donovan, b. Abt 1795 d. Abt 1845 Ireland
+ Mary Garin Ireland
2)Thomas Donovan 1840 Cork, d. Eganville 1896
+ Sarah Curley, b. 1841, County Clare Ireland, d. Eganville 1896
3) Matthew Donovan, b. Brudenell 1864, d. North Bay, May 9, 1952
+Sarah Durick b. Cobden 1865, d. North Bay, 1927
Ellen Donovan, Eulalie Donovan, Mary Donovan, Ann Donovan
3) Mary Donovan b. 17-05/1863 Eganville, m. George Harris Hough (Howe ?) Eganville 1884, d. Eganville, 1885
3) Rev John Patrick Donovan, b. 13/05/1865 Eganville, d. 10/10/1895 Pembroke
3) Thomas Ronald Donovan b. 24/03/1872 Eganville, d. Ottawa 1940
+ Mary Moylan b. 19/12/1866 Ottawa, d. Chelsea, Gatineau County, Quebec, 1952
4) Ronald Donovan, b. 1900 Ottawa, d. Guelph 1949
+ Elizabeth Voight, b. NY 1892, d. Old Chelsea, PQ 1955
4) Esther Donovan, b. 1897 Ottawa, d. 1970 Ogdensburg, NY, USA
+ Jack Sabourin, b. 1896 Rouses Pt NY, d.1987 Ogdensburg, NY
4) Bernice Donovan b. 1901 Ottawa d. Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1956
+ Frank Jobin b.1888 Winnipeg, d. Wpg 1945
4) Norbert Donovan, b. Ottawa 1902, d. Montreal 1956
+ Mary Duquet b. 1901 Richmond PQ, d. Montreal 1980
4) Edward Donovan, b. 1904 Ottawa, d. 1970 Ottawa
+ Kathleen Calcutt b. 1903 Ottawa, d. Ottawa 1972
After 1897 the only Donovan left in the Eganville area was Margaret
who remained as housekeeper for the Archbishop in Pembroke until
her retirement. She died at Marionhill.
... Joyce Donovan
September 23, 2005:
My name is Peter Connors and my grandmother was Esther Moylan, the sister of Mary
Moylan, who was married to Ronald Donovan.
I read your file dated 18 Oct 2004 on Bytown or Bust and am concerned about dates.
This is a photo of the Donovan tombstone in St Stephen's Church Cemetery in Old Chelsea, Quebec.
Photo Source: Scott Naylor's Grave Markers web site: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~snaylor/GatineauCounty/HullTownship/StStephen/000430.jpg
This is definitely the family plot as it is directly across from the Donovan / Voight
house in Old Chelsea. As a child I used to visit there and attended church in St Stephen's.
I don't know the source of your information but I assume the tombstone should be
accurate as their children would have entered their parents dates.
I would be grateful if you could advise which is correct and if you have any info on
the Moylan girls parents.
E-mail Joyce Donovan, Peter Connors and Al Lewis
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