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Posted by: Edward Donnell (ID *****4897) Date: December 15, 2005 at 21:03:17
In Reply to: Re: HENRY DONNELL YORK ME , NAME CLARIFICATION by Charles Wodicka of 687

If your talking about the Name of Waterhouse, I do not believe it is a direct line, But all Donnells in Maine previous to the 1800's are as far As I can Tell, go back to Henry Donnell (1608-1692). there are several Henrys in my direct line back to The original Henry in America. He was A Master fisherman from Barnstable England. My more current line starts back at William Henry Donnell (died 1877) maried to Anne Bowden (died 1921), one of there sons, Henry Walter donnell (1857-1886) was my GG grand father, his son Henry Walter Jr (1886-1958) was my G Grandfather, his son was Edward H Donnell (1912-1986)my grandfather, and then my father , Edward H Donnell,(1937-1996). It was with Henry walter sr (1886-1958), that my branched moved out of York maine, and to So Berwick maine, then IN 1943 to Farmington NH. Many other branches had many Donnell sons, and Biddeford and saco are not far away. I have been trying to find the Husband of My GGgrandfathers wife, Mary Etta, ore Etta , or some variation of that (Maiden name Wilber) b.1860, she left Great grandfather and his sister Winifred in the care of the Calvin Winn family of Cape Neddick maine, I believed she was raised by them for a time, and Her husband worked for them. It was told she re-married, and moved away, and was to send for the children, but never did.(thats the story anyways). so don't know isf waterman married a Donnell related to Me. Don't know if your interested but here is some hard researched, validated and pondered theories and facts over the past 19 yrs of my fa;mily researchof the origin of the Henry Donnell name in Maine: and my research in England tends to make one believe his name was Dunwell. He could not spell, and many names where spelt various ways, pending also on how it was pronouced to the writter of the name. for years in maine ( until the late 1800's) in the York area, it was mostly pronouced Dunnell, like tunnel, Donnell is a purly Irish name for the time periods above, and no one would be able to be a master fisherman in England, unless he was English born (not Irish or scottish). the Apprenticeship systrm (only way to become a skilled tradesmen in england in the 1500's-1800's) for fishermen was a complicated bath of a career, and national loyalty and birth where a major factor, no Donnells are living in Devon County (Where Barnstable is)in the 1600's, church records although record many dunwells, and Henry's name written in the books appears to be Dunwell (pronounced (dun-wuhl), so you can see the ease at whick this surname could be changed.
just thought I'd share this with you. good luck hunting. Ed Donnell III

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