I found a Baptismal Certificate today and it gave me a lead I had been desparately looking for (and here is the part that gives me goose bumps - My mom, who recently passed away, couldn't remember much about her Irish
ancestors, just bits and pieces. She thought that her maternal grandparents once lived on Staten Island, but had no clue when or where. Well, here I am trying to find some important papers and I pull a folder and in the folder is the marriage certificate for mom's aunt, Jane Cecile DONEGAN. The certificate is itself in a little folder and hidden in the back of that little folder is Jane Cecile's Baptismal Certificate she got a few days before her marriage! It has the PARISH of her Baptism: St. Mary's in Port
Richmond, Staten Island!!! Thanks Mom!)
Here is the info on the certificate:
Baptismal Certificate - Church of St. Mary, Port Richmond, S.I. (Staten Island), N.Y.,
Name: Jane, child of John DONEGAN and Mary HURLEY, born Oct. 13, 1885 was Baptized Oct. 18, 1885 According to the Rite of the Roman Catholic Church by Rev. Joseph C. Campbell. Sponsors: P. Hayes and Maggie Hurley. As appears from the Baptismal Register of this Church, signed Joseph C. Campbell, Pastor; dated December 16, 1920 and there is an impressed seal.
Some additional info: John and Mary are said to have had a young son die while they lived in NY, so perhaps there is a young Donegan buried at St. Mary's Cemetery? Jane was the oldest child, we believe, and then they had some more children when they moved to DC. According to the 1900 US census for DC, John was b. in 1858 in DC, Mary was also b. in 1858, but in "Ireland" (and we also believe her family were from Co. Cork) John was a blacksmith and had a shop near st. Dominic's Cath. Church in SW DC. I know that John had at least 2 brothers: Jeremiah ("Jerry") DONEGAN, and Patrick DONEGAN. For Patrick:
2/8/1912 Patrick Donegan (age 39);
From the Evening Star (DC), 2/9/1912: "DONEGAN. Departed this life on February 8, 1912, at 5:30 p.m., PATRICK DONEGAN, beloved son of Michael and the late Ellen Donegan. Funeral will take place from his brotherís residence, 615 H street southwest, Saturday, February 10, at 8:30 a.m., thence to St. Dominicís Church, where requiem mass will be said for the repose of his soul. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery."
I believe this is John's grandmother:
"8/21/1885 Mary Donegan (age 86); From the Evening Star, 8/22/1885: "DONEGAN. After a short illness on Friday, August 21st, 1885, MARY DONEGAN, aged eighty-six years, native of County Cork, parish of Drenaguh (probably Drinagh Parish). Funeral from her late residence 613 K street southwest, Sunday, at three oíclock, thence to St. Dominicís church. Relatives and friends are invited to attend."
Thanks for any help, ideas, hunches, or leads anyone can provide!
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