April, Good to hear from you.I always wonder if more information helps or just muddies the water more. Truly, you may be right on any of the theories.
One question, do you have the record of the Marriage of Cornelius to Elizabeth Hodges? I do not have that.It might help some with the puzzle.
One other reference, just to add more mud to the water:
Reference: NEW WORLD IMMIGRANTS (A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists and Associated Data from Periodical Literature) Edited by Michael Tepper, Volume 3, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc (1980) page 301, Heading "Irish of Essex Co., Mass."
Other persons mentioned in the Essex County court records were:
"Crobar Dunnavan"- 1678. Could this be our elusive ancestor Cornelius?
Also, I am doing a DNA test and joining a group study.The group has a number of Irish members and perhaps that may clear up some of our questions.Hear is a link to the study: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Donovan/default.aspxhttp://www.familytreedna.com/public/Donovan/default.aspx
Click on the Y-DNA results tab to see the previous results.