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Re: Donnell / Dunnell's of York Co., Maine any Indian blood in these lines?
Posted by: Edward Donnell (ID *****4897) Date: April 10, 2003 at 22:44:02
In Reply to: Donnell / Dunnell's of York Co., Maine any Indian blood in these lines? by melissa1 of 686

are you a decendent of Henry Donnell of barnstable england who settled in York area in the 1630"S? If so his oldest son Benjamin had a son, william who was takedn by indians. and It's funny you ask, because for about 50 yrs my family has tried to verify that my gg grand father was married to an indian, or half indian named mary wilbur. I have alot of info on the speculation and the whys, but no proof. here a a few speculations and observations.
My g grandfather henry walter donnell (1886-1958) had pitch black hair, along with his sister winnie. henry 3 boys (one my grandfather) all had indian facial features, such as high forehead, very black hair, darkish skin and people often said they looked like they had walked off the reservation. they where told there grand mother wa an indian, ther grandfather who drowned in 1886 at at 29, was a lobsterman, and lumberjack, married an indian from along the penobscot river where he logged, and he wa maried in wells, the only family member to marry not in York, when he died, his children where left with the calvin winn family, who had a farm that henry donnell worked at part time, and marietta wilbur lived prior to ther marriage in 1884. after his drowning , she left the children with the winns and never returned. Other Donnells disowned them, and they where not treated well by ther other donnells in the york area, except by there grandmother, ann donnell (spruce annie). who walked many miles to visit them, and later my grandfather, up until her death in 1922. Donnells in the York area would insist that my great grandfather and his 3 boys where not related to them., my dad in the 1960's tried to find things out, but was told the same, that the Donnells in York wher not related to the Donnells in so berwick. But in 1988, I found the tombstone of my great grand father in the back yard of the Donnell homestead on the ridge rd in york, russell donnell( died in 1989) lived across the street from it and showed me to it. He said he never knew who he was, and I talked to his mother Anette, who just reselntly passed away, and she said she had always wondered who he was. My grandfather said it was beczuse his grandmother was an indian, and thats why the others did not like them, it was a real issue back them to him and his brothers. Also I cannot find out any info on Mary wilbur, she appears in 1870 at the winns on the census as age 6, and her name is marietta webber, but then in 1884 she is mary etta wilbur, and disapears in 1889. on the marrieage licence in wells she list no parents, and says she was from lewiston, lewiston had many indians along the rivers at that time, and lumberjacks did marry many of them. her name is spelt different every time I come across it, and her birth date changes from 1860 to 1864, but it could be speculation, she could have been part indian, an orphan? (1870 census says "border") at age 6? there is much more, but I'm very tired now. thanks for reading, I do have more on william, if interested .

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