GREAT, GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER
Patrick McDonald Queenstown, Cork, Ireland County Mayo
Born 1802 – Died December 3, 1879 age 77 years
Parish of Mayo – Queens County Ireland
Buried St. Patrick’s #3 Cemetery Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Patrick had another brother but no one knows his name.
Sister was Kaleen no other information available.
GREAT, GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHER
Mary Ellen Brennan McDonald
Born 1808 Ireland Parish of Mayo – Queens County Ireland
Died Marcy 4, 1881 age 73 years
Patrick born 1802 died 1879 & Mary Ellen (Brennan) McDonald born 1808 died 1881. Immigrated from Queens County parish of Mayo, Ireland in 1826 and questionable 1828 as per reunion newspaper articles. While on board the ? ship, their 1st born son Patrick died at sea. The following were names of the living children: Alexander, Thomas, Michael, James, Jeremiah, John, William, Edward & one daughter Julia. They settled and raised a family in Pottsville and Schuylkill Co., PA.
Patrick McDonald had a brother Michael McDonald and a sister Sarah. The whereabouts of Sarah are unknown.
Coming to the United States in 1828 from Ireland where he was born in 1802 in the parish of Mays, Queens County, Patrick McDonald, the original head of the McDonald clan, has more than 500 descendents. Patrick McDonald and Mary Ellen Brennan married when she was 18 and he was 20. On board the ship (still trying to locate the name) which carried them to their new home, they endured their first sorrow. The oldest child, Patrick, became ill and died. As was the custom in those days, the child was buried at sea. Arriving in Pottsville, they occupied a log cabin near the spot where St. Patrick’s Church now stands. Here they opened a tavern known as the Traveler’s Rest. To this union were born nine surviving sons and one daughter. The family later moved from Mahantongo Street to East Mines Road. As the children grew older and married, many of them settled in the vicinity of East Inns and Mill Creek.
In addition to Patrick who died at sea, the following were names of the living children: Alexander, Thomas, Michael, James, Jeremiah, John, William, Edward, and one daughter, Julia.
1. Alexander fought in the Mexican War in 1846. Later, he became a policeman in Philadelphia. He married and had one child a daughter, Isabel.
2. James who married Margaret Lynch was the father of 18 children, thirteen of whom were reared to manhood and womanhood. James was a tailor by trade and resided at East Mines. He later moved to Kaska where he followed mining and was superintendent of the Kaska colliery. He died at Kaska, and a daughter still resides there, Mrs. Rose Russell.
The other living children are: Mrs. Bridget Boyle, Mrs. Frances Sharkey, James McDonald, Mrs. Elizabeth Wals, Mrs. Margaret Mack, Jeremiah of Middleport, and Thomas of Lower Mill Creek.
3. Thomas McDonald, son of Patrick, married Catherine Tierney, and they were parents of 19 children.
4. Michael was the father of nine. Somewhere along the line, Michael’s wife died, and he remarried. His new wife had four children: Florence, Edward, Charles, and Agnes.
5. John had three offspring’s.
6. William each had three offspring.
7. Julia, the only daughter, married William Ryan, and they were the parents of 12 children.
The Ryan family lived in Shenandoah.
8. Edward was unmarried.
9. Jeremiah married Jenny, Mary Ellen Brennan’s sister.
All of Patrick’s children have passed away, the last one being Michael who died a year ago in Pottsville. Three other sons were in the Civil War.
GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER MICHAEL MCDONALD
Michael McDonald; Patrick & Mary Ellen son First wife Mary Ann Cassidy died in childbirth. He then married Ellen Cassidy (niece of Mary Ann) McDonald. His second wife was 25 years his junior
John died in infancy
James died in infancy
Thomas died in infancy
Mary Ellen died 5 years old – Mary Ann’s child