I found this intersting reading.Capt. Benjamin Donnell is also my 6th grt. grandfather.His son, Samuel is my great, great, great grandfather.He married Sarah Whittemore in 1850.
I think this makes us "distant" cousins.
Have you done much research on the family other than this?
There is a reference in my aunts research to the first ancestor to settle (as far as she can find) in York, ME.He is Henry Donnell.Supposedly he married a Frances (Redding or Reding of York).The reference states that her last name was Gooch, daughter of John.However, John Gooch did not have a daughter named Frances.Do you have any other reference to this person?