Hi Mary (Donegan) Martin,
See the email thread below that will interest you.
Hi Mary Ellen,
Your message is a very nice surprise! My interest in researching family history is always something I want to pursue, but just don't have time for. The records I have are from the Census of 1900 and they show the family of Jeremiah (b. Dec. 1859 in Ireland) and Ellen Donegan (b. May, 1860 in Ireland) lived at 159 Pacific Street, Paterson, NJ. The records listed their children as follows, all born in New Jersey:
John April, 1885
Jeremiah May, 1887
James May, 1887
Johanna July, 1891
Mary May, 1893
Thomas Dec, 1894
Michael Mar, 1896
Patrick April, 1897
The day I came home with this list, I showed it to my father, James Joseph Donegan, Jr. He added in the name of his father, James Joseph Donegan, born Nov., 1889, who was obviously overlooked. So you and I are not first cousins, but certainly related.
You would also be interested to know that the Census also listed a James (b. Jan., 1827) and Margaret Donegan (b. March, 1831), both Irish born, for the same address. In addition to Jeremiah they had two daughters, Margaret (b. Sept., 1871) and Hannah (b. May, 1878) also Irish born.
I don't have the maiden names of the wives. My father said the family was from Dublin, and that his great-grandfather was a clipper ship captain.
Yes, we can exchange information, and my address is listed below. Thanks again!
Are you still researching? Who was your grandfather? Jeremiah was also my great-grandfather. His son, James Henry (b. May 1887 and twin of Jeremiah Jr.) was my grandfather. That means that we are either cousins or cousins-once-removed, depending on who your grandfather was. I would be very interested in hearing from you. Perhaps we could exchange info. Maybe each of us has some info the other hasn't found yet. I'm particularly interested, at this point, in learning where in Ireland they came from and the maiden names of James' and Jeremiah's wives. I also found another cousin, Elaine, another of James Henry's grandchildren. Her father was his son, Wilbur. Please e-mail me back. I'm not just intetersted in "my" line. I'd like to find out as much as I can about the other branches of the family, too. After all, what good is a tree with one branch? And besides, I'd like to get to know (a little, at least) my more distant relatives.
Mary Ellen Donegan
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