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DONNELL family info from York Co., ME VR's
Posted by: melissa1 (ID *****3873) Date: April 09, 2004 at 14:43:22
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Samuel Donnell, Jr. and wife Abigail TAPPAN had children:
Joseph Tappan DONNELL born 1780
George, b.1782
Oliver b. 1785
Samuel b. Dec. 29, 1788
Elizabeth b. 1792
Benjamin DONNELL b. Dec. 1795
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Benjamin DONNELL of York and Mehitable HUTCHINS of York marriage intent filed March 2, 1746 in York, ME.
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Benjamin DONNELL and his wife Mary HARMON both of York, children:
Deborah (spelled Donnill in the old records) DONNELL b. May 1705
Darcos (prob. Dorcas) Donnell b. Sept. 1706 died at age 7 yrs.
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Henry DONNEL (Donnell) and wife Elizabeth daughter of Peter WELLS of Portsmouth (NH), had children born in York, Maine:
Elizabeth b. 1710/11
John b. c?
Benjamin born Jan. 17, 1718/19 (my 6th grt. grandfather)
Mary b. Nov. 1722
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Benjamin DONNELL and Sarah KINGSBURY both of York intend marriage Jan. 10, 1740 (My 6th grt. grandparents)
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Benjamin DONNELL and his wife Sarah daughter of John KINGSBURY (deceased) both of York, Maine- children born-
Sarah DONNELL b. 1741
Benjamin b. 1743
Mary b. 1745
John b. 1746/47
Nathaniel b. ?
Elizabeth b. ? (c1752....my 5th grt. grandmother m. James MOODY in Buxton, York Co., ME in Jan. 1774)
Hannah b. ?
Abigail and Lucy (twins) born July 7, 1753
Moses b. May 25, 1757
and Lydia DONNELL b. Jan. 20, 1760
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It might be that Henry DONNELL born c1690 is the son of Joseph DONNELL and Ruth REDDING, and Henry married Eliza WELLS in 1717 York Co., Maine. Eliza WEllS Parents were Peter WELLS and Mary SAVAGE.
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Other DONNELL info -
Benjamin DONNELL of Narragansett (now called Buxton, York Co., ME) married Elizabeth HODGDON of Gorham, (Cumberland Co.,) Maine on Nov. 1, 1755 (from the Falmouth, Cumberland Co., ME VR's - now Portland).

Sabbattus, ME VR's (used to be called Webster, ME)
Mrs. Rebecca DONNELL wife of Benjamin Donnell died Jan. 15, 1859 at age 72 years. (so born c1787)
posted by the Town Clerk at that time.

Kingsbury DONNELL and his wife Mary had children born:
Benjamin Franklin DONNELL on July 30, 1852 and another date says March 11, 1854. ???

William DONNELL and wife Elizabeth E. born in Webster - Frederic L. DONNELL Nov. 30, 1852.
That's all from the Sabbattus VR's.
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From the First Church of Wells, York Co., Maine

William son of Joseph and ? DONNELL baptized Sept. 1, 1796

John, James and Benjamin, sons of James and Abigail DONNELL baptized on Sept. 1, 1796.
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Benjamin DONNELL of Georgetown, Lincoln Co., Maine, Mariner, purchased "all the land on and about Casco Bay & Kennebec River" for 2 lbs. - dated Sept. 12, 1771.
Purchased from Josiah Whittemore of Charlestown, MA.
This was not recorded however until March of 1781 Lincoln Co., ME Deeds.

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Other Misc. DONNELL's from the IGI records on the LDS, some with VR's cited and some that just say "Patron Sheets" which means that possibly its all just hearsay!

James DONNELL born April 11, 1704 York, York Co., ME son of Henry Donnell and Alice WELLS (perhaps Eliza WELLS was also called Alice?). James married Mary SAYWARD on Jan. 29, 1729.

James DONNELL m. Mary SAYWARD on Jan. 29, 1730 York, ME (the year changed on this one)

James DONNELL born 1731 York, York, ME son of James DONNELL and Mary SAYWARD married Hannah BENNETT on March 17, 1760 and he died in 1767.

another one says the following
James DONNELL born Jan. 2, 1735 York, York Co., ME son of James DONNELL and Mary SAYWARD married Hannah DONNELL on June 10, 1764. He died 1784. (so was he married twice within 4 years and born 4 years earlier or 4 years later??)
These records on the LDS are all so inconsistent.


James G. DONNELL and wife Julia JONES of Kennebec Co., ME had the following children which are all recorded in the Gardiner VR's.
George Everett DONNELL b. June 30, 1839
Martha b. April 7, 1834
Matilda b. Dec. 22, 1832
Julia b. May 22, 1829
James Edwin b. Jan. 8, 1837
Frances Jane DONNELL b. June 10, 1831

James G. DONNELL married Julia JONES on Oct. 21, 1827 in Gardiner, Kennebec Co., Maine -per the VR's of that town.

James DONNELL born Oct. 24, 1765 York, York Co., Maine son of Joseph DONNELL and Mariam SIMPSON.

James DONNELL born c1767 of Biddeford, York Co., Maine married Abigail VAUGHAN. (not proven)

James DONNELL born c1767 of Wells, York Co., ME married Abigail HUBBARD on April 5, 1792, he died March 4, 1836 (no source cited).


Samuel DONNELL born 1645 York, ME married Alice CHADBOURNE 1680 York, ME, he died March 9, 1717 York, ME.

Samual DONNELL, Jr. born Jan. 11, 1681 York, ME son of Samual Donnell and Alice Chadbourne.
Samual DONNELL, Jr. married Elizabeth PREBLE in 1738 York, Maine.


William DONNELL born 1683 York, ME died Dec. 18, 1684 son of Samuel DONNELL and Alice CHADBOURNE.

James DONNELL born April 11, 1704 York, ME son of Samuel Donnell and Alice Chadbourne.

A lineage line that may apply to some of these men is as follows:
Henry 1 DONNELL, Samuel 2 DONNELL, Col. Nathaniel 3 DONNELL, Samuel 4 Donnell (who m. Eliza. Preble) and Joseph 5 Donnell who married Miriam SIMPSON.

A very interesting story about Samuel DONNELL and Alice CHADBOURNE's son William DONNELL b. 1683 York, York Co., Maine states that he was captured by the Penobscot Indians when he was only 7 years old and taken to Canada and was never returned. Some time later in his years William was coming through York and some members of his family spotted him and tried to get him to return to his family but he refused to leave his Indian family that had essentially raised him to adulthood. William took on the name "ORONO" and became the blue-eyed Chief of the Penobscot nation.
This information came from an article in the Maine Historical Society Quarterly vol. 32 of 1992.

Samuel 3 Donnell, William's father was a son of Thomas 2 DONNELL and Elizabeth WEARE > son of Henry 1 Donnell and Frances GOOCH.
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From the First Parish Cemetery in York, Maine:
Willie DONNELL b. 1866 d. 1941
Lydia A. DONNELL b. 1863 d. 1951

From the Packard Cemetery in Falmouth, Cumberland Co., ME
Arzelia DONNELL son of Benjamin and Charlotte DONNELL died at age 2 months old Nov. 2, 1838

Benjamin DONNELL died March 10, 1865 at age 56 years 6 months old. (born c1809)

Charlotte L. DONNELL wife of the above Benjamin, died Dec. 18, 1845 at age 25 years.

infant DONNELL son of Benj. & Charlotte died July 1840

Joshua P. DONNELL died June 21, 1839 at age 25 years

Joshua P. DONNELL son of Benj. & Charlotte died at age 14 months on Aug. 21, 1842

Octavia L. DONNELL born 1825 died Aug. 25, 1901 wife of Benjamin DONNELL (must have been his 2nd wife after his 1st wife Charlotte died in 1845).
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Maine Rev. War Land Grant Applicants:

Jotham DONNELL of York Co., ME
Obadiah DONNELL of York Co., Maine
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Kittery, York Co., Maine VR's
Rufus DONNELL married Lucy MOODY of York, York Co., Maine on July 8, 1814.
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That's all the VR's I have found for now. I know this all out of order but hopefully someone will find something from this that will be helpful to them.
Good Luck in your searchings.






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