Descendants of 'unknown' MCDONALD (to contribute information, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com)

Second Generation


2. Mary MCDONALD ('unknown' ) was born about 1820 in probably Knocklonogad area, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. She died on 24 Oct 1894 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. She was buried in Drumphea Cemetery, Co. Carlow.

It is thought the McDonald family may have come from the Knocklonogad area in Garryhill, Co. Carlow. Note: In some older references to Knocklonogad, its parish is given as Sliguff rather than Garryhill.  

While the baptismal records of some of her children show Mary's surname as McDonnell, it is almost certain it was actually McDonald or MacDonald as her son Michael was given a middle name of McDonald. Note also Knocklonogad is sometimes spelled as Knocklonegad and Knocklonagad.

According to her death record Mary died of 'Hemiplegia (5 days)'. Hemiplegia typically follows a stroke. Her son Patrick was present at death.

Both the McDonald and MacDonnell surnames are very common and are widely distributed throughout Ireland. They are separate surnames but they share the same origin, coming from the the Scottish or Irish personal name "Domhnall", meaning "world mighty". However, true MacDonalds are descendants of the powerful Scottish clan of the same name. The Scottish MacDonalds' involvement in Ireland started in the thirteenth century when they first arrived as gallowglasses or mercenaries. Such was their success that they were employed in virtually every local war, spreading and settling throughout the country over the following centuries. Their main connection, however, remained with Ulster. A secondary influx into that province of settlers bearing the MacDonald name occurred in the eighteenth century, when the Highland clearances caused great forced migration from Scotland. There was also a native Irish McDonnell family in Ulster who were rulers of Fermanagh before they were displaced. They then settled in the north of adjoining Co. Monaghan and remain numerous in the area. Another McDonnell family arose in the old kingdom of Thomond in the Clare/Limerick area.

Mary married John William MURPHY, son of William J. MURPHY and Mary MURPHY, about 1845. John was born in 1811 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. He died on 25 Nov 1887 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow.

John farmed in Knocklonogad. According to his death record, John died of "senile decay (1 year)". His son Patrick was present at death.

According to the marriage record of his son Michael, John was a solicitor, but this appears not to have been the case. Michael himself was a solicitor.

They had the following children.

+ 4 M i William John MURPHY was born in 1846. He died on 12 Feb 1932.
  5 M ii
Thomas MURPHY was born about 26 Oct 1847 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. He was christened on 26 Oct 1847 in Myshall, Co. Carlow. He died on 16 Apr 1883 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow.

Sponsors at Thomas's christening were Patrick MacDonald and Margaret Connors.

Thomas, who never married, farmed in Knocklonogad. He was only 35 years of age when he died. His death record gives the cause of death as "Inflammation of bowels, 2 days" and "peritonitis, 22 hours". His brother Michael was the informant.
  6 M iii
Patrick MURPHY was born about 11 Mar 1849 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. He was christened on 11 Mar 1849 in Myshall, Co. Carlow. He died on 14 Oct 1936 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow.

Sponsors at Patrick's baptism were Laurence MacDonnell and Mary Nolan.

Patrick never married. The 1911 census appears to show Patrick, aged 62 and living in Knocklonogad with his unmarried sister Brigid aged 59 and unmarried brother John aged 51. Given the similarity in ages between the three siblings from the census and our Patrick above and his sister Bridget and brother John who were aged about 61, 57 and 51 respectively, it is likely that both sets of siblings are the same.

Patrick died aged 87 of "senile decay", according to his death record.
+ 7 M iv James MURPHY was born about 2 Mar 1851. He died after 3 Sep 1910.
  8 F v
Bridget MURPHY was born about 16 Jan 1853 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. She was christened on 16 Jan 1853 in Myshall, Co. Carlow. She died on 28 Jul 1926 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. She was buried on 30 Jul 1926 in Drumphea Cemetery, Garryhill, Co. Carlow.

Sponsors at Bridget's christening were Thomas MacDonnell and Joanne MacDonnell.

We know that Bridget never married and it appears that she lived in Knocklonogad with her unmarried brothers Patrick and John. Please see the notes above on Bridget's older brother Patrick for details.

Bridget, who farmed in Knocklonogad, died of heart failure aged 73. The informant on her death record is a Loughlin Doyle of Knocklonogad, who is described as a nephew of Bridget's. However, we are unaware of any sister of Bridget's who was married to a Mr. Doyle. Bridget did have a nephew named Loughlin Ryan who lived near Knocklonogad so perhaps the death record should have read Loughlin Ryan.
+ 9 M vi Michael McDonald MURPHY was born about 1855. He died before 2 Apr 1932.
+ 10 F vii Mary MURPHY was born about 29 Mar 1857. She died on 2 Apr 1932.
  11 M viii
John MURPHY was born about 28 Aug 1859 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. He was christened on 28 Aug 1859 in Myshall, Co. Carlow. He died on 27 May 1929 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow.

Sponsors at John's christening were Patrick Young and Mary Young.

According to family sources John was disabled. I wonder if his disability was the result of the accident he had when he was about six years old when he got caught in an agricultural machine. His eldest brother, William, managed to release him but lost a hand in the process.

John, a farmer, never married. He died aged 69 of "acute parenchymatous nephritis, 15 months" and "cardiac failure", according to his death certificate. The informant on the certificate was Patrick Ryan of Garryhill, a nephew.
  12 F ix
Margaret MURPHY was born about 1 Mar 1862 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. She was christened on 1 Mar 1862 in Myshall, Co. Carlow.

Sponsors at Margaret's baptism were Hugh Curran and Anne MacDonald.

Margaret entered the convent, becoming Sr. Cyril. The 1911 census of England has a 49-year-old Marguerite (sic) Murphy from Knocklonogad listed as an "assistant" and "help to Mother Superior to carry on school". The school in question was Catholic and located at 20 Fore St., Kingsbridge in Devon. The Mother Superior and the other six assistants at the school were all French and the boarders were a mix of French and British. Marguerite's age and place of birth leads me to believe that Marguerite is our Margaret above, with her first name given in its French form.

Note: I was unable to find Margaret/Marguerite in the 1901 censuses of Ireland or England.

3. Laurence MCDONALD (caution: not verified) ('unknown' ) was born about 1824 in probably Knocklonogad area, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. He died in between 1876 and 1886 in probably Ireland.

My husband, Joe Gordon, has been DNA-matched by Ancestry with a descendant of a Laurence's. If the DNA match is through the McDonald family (which it appears to be), the type of match indicates that Laurence may have been a brother of Joe's great-great-grandmother Mary McDonald. However Laurence and Mary may also have been first cousins. For now I am positioning Laurence as Mary's brother and have added a caution.

Laurence was a farm steward. I see on a couple of public family trees on the Ancestry website that Laurence died in 1885 in Ireland but I have been unable to locate a death record for him.

Laurence married Margaret FOLEY about 1857. Margaret was born about 1836 in Co. Wexford. She died in 1900 in Chicago.

All of Margaret and Laurence's 13 chldren who survived to adulthood settled in the United States. Mary herself emigrated in May 1886 with five of her children: Bridget, William, Hannah, David and Tess. It appears Laurence had died by then.

They had the following children.

  13 M i
Thomas MCDONALD was born about 1857 in possibly Chilcomb, New Ross, Co. Kilkenny. He died in 1890 in Chicago.

Thomas was only about 33 years old when he died, His widow, Bridget, later remarried.
       
Thomas married Bridget HAYDEN. Bridget was born in 1867 in Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow. She died in 1928 in Chicago.
  14 F ii
Bridget MCDONALD was born in 1859 in possibly Chilcomb, New Ross, Co. Kilkenny. She died in 1936 in Chicago.
  15 F iii
Margaret MCDONALD was born in 1860 in possibly Chilcomb, New Ross, Co. Kilkenny. She died in 1935 in Chicago.
       
Margaret married John KAVANAGH. John was born in 1858 in Ireland. He died in 1922 in Chicago.
  16 M iv
James MCDONALD was born in Jan 1862 in Chilcomb, New Ross, Co. Kilkenny. He died on 18 May 1885 in Hancock, Michigan.

James died at the age of 23.
  17 M v
Patrick Joseph (P.J.) MCDONALD was born in 1863 in Chilcomb, New Ross, Co. Kilkenny. He died in 1941 in Los Angeles.
       
Patrick married Caroline (Carrie) Louise MANN. Caroline was born in 1864 in Ohio. She died in 1951 in Los Angeles.
+ 18 F vi Mary Ann MCDONALD was born on 4 Nov 1864. She died on 28 Jul 1923.
  19 M vii
Laurence Thomas MCDONALD was born in 1866 in Chilcomb, New Ross, Co. Kilkenny. He died in 1937 in California.
  20 F viii
Johanna (Annie) MCDONALD was born in 1867 in Chilcomb, New Ross, Co. Kilkenny. She died in 1885 in Chicago.

Annie died at the age of 17.
  21 M ix
John William (William) MCDONALD was born in 1869 in Chilcomb, New Ross, Co. Kilkenny. He died in 1906 in Chicago.
  22 M x
David MCDONALD was born on 3 Apr 1870 in Chilcomb, New Ross, Co. Kilkenny. He died on 10 Oct 1872 in Chilcomb, New Ross, Co. Kilkenny.

David died at the age of two (cause unknown, not specified on death record).
  23 F xi
Johanna (Hannah) MCDONALD was born in 1871 in Chilcomb, New Ross, Co. Kilkenny. She died about 1959 in Chicago.
  24 M xii
David Laurence MCDONALD was born on 5 Jun 1874 in Chilcomb, New Ross, Co. Kilkenny. He died on 3 Jul 1930 in Rochester, Minnesota.

David became a priest.
  25 F xiii
Ellen Teresa (Tess) MCDONALD was born in 1876 in Chilcomb, New Ross, Co. Kilkenny. She died in 1965 in Chicago.

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