As yet I have found little information on the early years for John and Margaret in North Onslow. Margaret was a widow by the 1881 census and the head of the family was her son John. He is shown in the 1911 census as living at lot 16 range 8 so this may be the site of the original family homestead. Some of the information on his family has been found in the parish records for North Onslow and some has come to me from postings in various forums. John O'Donnell jr is known to have run a country store in the area.

Descendants of John O'Donnell and Margaret Jones

John O'Donnell was born in Ireland and died in 1864.

John married Margaret Jones.

Margaret was born in 1798 in Ireland and died on December 18th, 1882 in North Onslow. Her burial was on December 20th, 1882 in the RC Cemetery North Onslow. The burial attended by James O'Donnell and Mathew Curley .

First Generation

The children of this family are:-

1.Mary Jane O'Donnell was born in 1835 and died August 6th, 1917 in North Onslow. Her burial was on August 8th, 1917 in the RC Cemetery North Onslow. Her burial attended by Charles McNamara and John O'Donnell.

2.John O'Donnell was born in January 11th, 1836 and died January 11th, 1929 in North Onslow. His burial was on January 13th, 1929 in the RC Cemetery North Onslow, attended by John O'Donnell and Michael Allen. His occupation was listed as 'storekeeper' on his marriage record.

3.Thomas O'Donnell

4.Esther Ann O'Donnell was born on April 2, 1843

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Second Generation

1.Mary Jane O'Donnell married Michael McNamara.

The children and grandchildren of this family may be found under the Michael McNamara family on the main page.

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2. John O'Donnell married Sarah Theresa Curley on June 16th, 1871 in North Onslow. The ceremony was performed by Father Bartholomew Casey and witnessed by Michael Gaven and Ann Curley.

The children of this family are:-

1.Julia Maria O'Donnell was born on April 20th, 1872 in North Onslow and her baptism took place there on May 15th, 1872 conducted by Father Bartholomew Casey. Her godfather was Hugh O'Donnell and her godmother was Margaret Bennett. She died on June 1st, 1963 in Rhinelander Wisconsin.

2.John James O'Donnell was born Aug 11th, 1873 in North Onslow and his baptism took place there on August 26th, 1873 conducted by Father Bartholomew Casey. His godfather was Charles O'Donnell and his godmother was Ann Curley. He died in 1944.

3.Margaret Ann O'Donnell was born on September 23rd, 1875 in North Onslow and her baptism took place there in November 1875 conducted by Father Bartholomew Casey. Her godfather was Thomas Curley and her godmother was Margaret O'Donnell.

4.Mathew O'Donnell was born on June 20th, 1877 in North Onslow and his baptism took place there on June 28th, 1877 conducted by Father Coffey. His godfather was James O'Donnell and his godmother was Margaret O'Donnell.

5.Thomas Joseph O'Donnell was born in 1879

6.Denis Patrick O'Donnell was born on December 12th, 1879 in North Onslow and his baptism took place there on January 12th, 1880 conducted by Father McGuiness. His godfather was John O'Brien and his godmother was Ann Curley. Birth Notes: says father is Neil Doherty but I think this is wrong since mother is Sarah Curley.

7.Sarah Theresa O'Donnell was born 1880.

8.Hugh O'Donnell was born on October 1st, 1883 and his baptism took place on October 14th, 1883 in North Onslow. His godfather was John O'Brien and his godmother was Margaret Maloney. He died on September 23rd, 1911 and was buried in the RC Cemetery North Onslow on September 23rd 1911. The burial was witnessed by Patrick Farrell and John O'Brien.

9.Mary (Mae) Mildred O'Donnell was born in 1888.

10.Patrick John O'Donnell was born on October 15th, 1873 and died on October 15th, 1881. Death Notes: burial attended by John O'Donnell, Thomas McNamara and Michael McNamara.

11.Delia O'Donnell was born on January 7, 1892.

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3.Thomas O'Donnell married Bridget Moran on December 2nd, 1865 in North Onslow. The ceremony was performed by Father Bartholomew Casey and witnessed by John O'Donnell and Esther Ann O'Donnell.

The child of this family is:-

1.John Thomas O'Donnell was born September 27th, 1866 in North Onslow and his baptism took place there on October 7th, 1866 conducted by Father Bartholomew Casey. His godfather was Hugh O'Donnell and his godmother was Margaret Bennett.

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4. Esther Ann O'Donnell married Michael Gavin on Sept 29th, 1871 in North Onslow. The ceremony was performed by Father Bartholomew Casey and witnessed by James Gavin and Hannah Mealy.

The children of this family are:-

1.John Gavin was born on January 11, 1873 in North Onslow and his baptism took place there on February 7,1873. His godfather was John O'Donnell and his godmother was Mary Gavin.

2.Peter O'Donnell was born on August 15, 1874 in North Onslow and his baptism took place there on October 3, 1874. His godfather was James Gavin and his godmother was Margaret O'Donnell.

3.James Charles Gavin was born on June 14, 1876 in North Onslow and his baptism took place there on August 20, 1876. His godfather was Charles O'Donnell and his godmother was Mary O'Donnell.

4.Thomas Gavin was born on December 21, 1877 in North Onslow and his baptism took place there on January 27, 1878. His godfather was James Spellman and his godmother was Margaret Lejeune.

5.Michael Joseph Gavin was born on January 25, 1880 and he was baptised there on February 1, 1880. His godfather was James Bulger and his godmother was Mary Ann Morau.

6.William Richard Gavin was born on November 2, 1881 in North Onslow and his baptism took place there on December 4, 1881. His godfather was William Bell and his godmother was Mary Jane Ryan.

7.Mary Margaret Gavin was born on December 8, 1883 in North Onslow and her baptism took place there on January 1, 1884. Her godfather was Hugh Moyle and her godmother was Kate Allen.

8.Honora Ellina Gavin was born on September 28, 1886 in North Onslow and her baptism took place there on October 21, 1886. Her godfather was William Richards and her godmother was Mary Doyle.

9.Hugh Henry Gavin was born on September 9, 1888 in North Onslow and his baptism took place there on October 14, 1888. His godfather was Michael O'Malley and his godmother was Catherine O'Malley.

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Third Generation

Descendants of Michael McNamara and Mary Jane O'Donnell can be found on the main page under the Michael McNamara family.

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Descendants of John O'Donnell and Sarah Theresa Curley

Please note: At this time this is only a listing of the marriages. I will add the children as they become known to me.

1.Julia Maria O'Donnell married Patrick Caine on April 15th, 1895 in North Onslow in a religious ceremony conducted by Father Kiernan and witnessed by John James O'Donnell, Mary Kane (Cain).

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2.John O'Donnell married Cecilia McLaughlin.

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3.Margaret Ann O'Donnell married Nelson Bell.

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4.Sarah Theresa O'Donnell married Joseph Anthony Farrell on November 27th, 1912.

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5.Mary (Mae) Mildred O'Donnell married Andrew Percival Doherty on April 27th, 1921 in Ottawa Ontario St Mary's Rectory in a religious ceremony witnessed by Joseph Cain, Mrs. Joseph Cain.

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6.Delia O'Donnell married Francis Joseph Farrell on September 22nd, 1909 in North Onslow in a religious ceremony conducted by Father Kiernan and witnessed by Andrew Farrell, Mary O'Donnell.

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  • sources:
  • 1881 census LDS family search
  • 1901 census for Bristol Township National Archives
  • 1911 census for Bristol Township National Archives
  • With the assistance of Gavan Knox of Ottawa a descendant of Esther Ann O'Donnell
  • Drouin collection parish records for St. Bridgets parish North Onslow
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