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Arthur C. DONNELL - from old book History of Bath [ME] & Environs 1894
Posted by: melissa1 (ID *****3873) Date: October 11, 2005 at 11:59:34
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Pgs.443 and 444 of the book cited in the subject line of this message has the following info on Arthur C. DONNELL.
Arthur C. DONNELL of San Francisco, belongs to a family that is the oldest in Bath [ME], coming originally from Scotland and locating at Yarmouth and York [ME], believed to be during the year of 1700.
(this possibly explains why my branch of the Donnell family's name was originally spelled DONALD in York, ME and why Senator Mark Hill Dunnell/Donnell also from York Co., ME claimed a Scottish lineage as well as I had posted to this site earlier).
Continuing on with the info from the book...
Of this branch was Nathaniel DONNELL the purchaser of a large protion of what is now the territory of Bath from the heirs of Robert GUTCH (GOOCH?).

Mr. Arthur Chatham DONNELL was born in Bath in 1853, comes down from this ancestor (Nathaniel), and his father was Arthur DONNELL who had been an alderman of Bath and his grandfather and great grandfather had served in the State Legislature. He was educated in the city schools, graduated from the high school and was a member of the Phi Rho Society, passed an examination for Harvard but on account of the death of his father went to California where he was engaged in civil engineering for six or seven years.
After this he entered into the insurance business and is now a partner in the firm of Okill, Donnell & Co., managers for the United States for a large English insurance company, for a New York insurance company and for the Employees Liability Assurance Corporation of London for the Pacific coast. In 1734 a kinsman of the original Nathaniel DONNELL resided where is now the mansion of Thomas W. Hyde. He died in 1761. The same house was afterwards occupied by another descendant, Capt. Benjamin DONNELL.

There is a sketch of the DONNELL homestead in 1734 which is probably much nicer than the original home looked, its a fairly typical saltbox style house.
Under this it says site of "Elmhurst" High St. 1894.
I have no idea what that means in relation to this illustration of the Donnell home unless that is the area where it once stood.?

Also in this book is a brief sketch of Joseph Toppan DONNELL who was born in Newburyport, MA in 1815 and with his father carried on the business of rope making. Joseph had a brother George DONNELL and they apparently came to Bath, ME and built the "rope-walk". ??
They had a company called G & J. T. DONNELL. When George died around 1880, the company name changed to J. T. DONNELL which continued until 1890 when the business name was again changed to Donnell Cordage Co.
It says Joseph was a very successful but conservative businessman and his company carried on in Bath for 47 years.
He died in July 1893.

Another sketch in this same book is of Charles R. DONNELL son of J. T. DONNELL (above) who was b. in Bath, ME in 1846. He graduated from high school in 1863 and immediately went into the rope-walk of G. & J.T. Donnell and learned the trade and business. In 1890 he was instrumental in forming the Donnell Cordage Co. and he was elected treasurer and general manager which position he now holds (in 1893).
He married in 1874 to Ella M. MOOERS and they have 2 children...daughter Florence E. and son Charles J. DONNELL.

I find the bit about Arthur C. DONNELL of great interest.
This is the 2nd time I've seen the Scottish link mentioned with a DONNELL and although I know there is some good info out there about the immigrant Henry DONNELL being from England, I now have to wonder if perhaps my Benjamin DONNELL whose children's names in the Buxton, York, ME church records are spelled DONALD, but due to the other families in the same church, who spelled their name Donnell and Dunnell, their names seem to have been changed to the more common spelling as well. This has made researching my branch particularly difficult.

The 1700 date for the appearance of this branch of the Donnell's in York Co., ME is of Great interest to me because Nathaniel DONNELL who m. Elizabeth TODD was born prob. in the Rowley, Essex, MA area and at some point moved to Georgetown, Lincoln, Maine (very near Bath).
His son Capt. Benjamin DONNELL transported people out of Georgetown, ME during the Rev. War. He commanded his own ship and resided for a while in York Co., ME (Buxton area).
He then moved to Georgetown, ME, probably after the death of his father in 1761. His father's will was probated in Georgetown, ME on Dec. 8, 1761 (Lincoln Co., ME probate records).

Also because my line from Nathaniel DONNELL who was from the Rowley area and came to Georgetown, ME and who is ~supposedly~ a son of Thomas Donnell who lived in Kittery, ME, I have noticed that in some online websites of Thomas DONNELL no son named Nathaniel is mentioned.

This could be why I've had such a difficult time trying to locate my own branch of the family. My gut instinct is and
has been that my family descends from a Scot POW or a Scotsman who came in the 1600's and settled in MA.

I am now beginning to believe that somehow over the ages these two lines (Donnell and DONALD) have been merged in a way that may take great lengths to untangle it.

If anyone can provide more solid evidence that Nathaniel DONNELL who m. Elizabeth TODD really was a son of Thomas DONNELL and Elizabeth WEARE, I would be most greatful.

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