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William Nelson Donnell of IL.
Posted by: Thomas McBryde (ID *****3604) Date: July 23, 2005 at 07:16:39
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Hello Ron Johnson:
Looking at your posting on World Connect I saw you questions about Donnells in IL. I tried to reply to you but E-mail was no longer working. I am trying this method to see if you are still interested and wonder if we could make contact?
I am posting one generation of your line. I have this line back to Thomas Donnell Sr b abt 1714 in Ireland and came to PA in about 1728. Thomas is only one of three brothers that came together, followed by a nephew abt. a decade later. From mid 1700s to mid 1800s this group migrated largely as a group and there were multiple cousin marriage. Thus if you tie to one it seem that you kin to all of them. I have between 5-6000 individuals in these Donnells. My wife’s mother was a Donnell the descended for the oldest brother William Donnell Sr.
If you care to trade data on this line let me know.
Thomas J. McBryde
Austin TX

Here is one generation of your line.
1. William Nelson DONNELL was born on 1 Nov 1821 in Bond Co, IL. He died on 8 Nov 1895 in Bond Co, IL. !Data from "Portrait and Biographical Record of Montgomery and Bond Counties Illinois" by Chapman Bros. 1892. William M Donnell, who for many years was connected with the agricultural interests of this community, has the honor of being a native of Bond Co. William N Donnell was educated in Hillsboro Academy, and afterward engaged in teaching school for two terms.
He took a trip to North Carolina on horseback, some eight hundred miles, Henry Clay speak for two hours in Raleigh N C. William N Donnell was a farmer until 1875 when he moved to Greenville, Bond Co IL.

1850 Bond Co IL census
William28 IL farmer
Letica24 IL
Beulha2 IL
Mary E 6/12 IL

William and Letitia had seven children

William Nelson DONNELL and Letitia Jane WHITE were married on 1 Apr 1847 in Bond Co, IL. Letitia Jane WHITE (daughter of Samuel WHITE and Cynthia) was born in 1826 in Greenville, Bond Co, IL. William Nelson DONNELL and Letitia Jane WHITE had the following children:

       +2       i.       Delia DONNELL.
       3       ii.       Beula Ann DONNELL was born about 1849.
       4       iii.       Mary E DONNELL was born about 1850.
       5       iv.       Samuel H DONNELL was born.
       6       v.       Ellen W DONNELL was born.
       +7       vi.       William Robert DONNELL (born on 21 Nov 1855).

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