Fenelon and O'Neil families - County Carlow
Does anyone recognize this extended family?
One pair of my g-g-grandparents were William Doran and Mary Doyle.William Doran was born in Myshall, County Carlow April 13, 1806.He arrived in the United States about Jan. 11, 1832.He married Mary Doyle at Saint Mary's Cathedral in Halifax Nova Scotia on Feb. 4, 1833.She was also from Myshall.
William Doran was the son of Michael Doran and Bridget Neil of Co. Carlow.His wife was the daughter of Patrick Doyle and Elizabeth Skellan (Skelton?) of Co. Carlow.Also in the records of the diocese of Halifax is the marriage on Jan. 7, 1828, of Michael McLean, son of Patrick and Mary Neill, Parish Machel, Co. Carlow, to Catherine Doyle, daughter of Patrick Doyle and Elizabeth Skelton of the same place.
Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa in his Irish immigrant interviews mentions my g-g- grandmother, Mary (Doyle) Doran in the context of a visit to a boarding house kept by her nephew, Mr. P. O'Neal.
I've identified this man as Patrick O'Neil.His lengthy 1861 obituary in the Boston Pilot gives the information that "He was the youngest son of Mr. John O'Neill, of Croneruss, adjoining the village of Myshall, in the County of Carlow, Ireland, where the deceased was born, and spent the happy days of his childhood and youth, in the bosom of a large and very respectable family."He is buried in St. Augustine's Cem., South Boston.The gravestone lists "O'Neil, Henry, d. Sept. 4, 1822, aged 33, son of Henry; stone erected in memory of him by Elenor and Morgan O'Neil; also Patrick O'Neil, nephew of Henry, b. County Carlow, Ireland, d. --?--, aged 45; also John P. O'Neil."
James O'Neil died in 1867.His obituary, also in the Pilot, provides that he was "The son of the late John O'Neill of Cronruss, near Myshall, in the County Carlow, and his mother being one of the Dowlings of Ballinrush, he was connected by both sides with all the leading Catholic families in his native country. By the Dowlings he was related to the O'Connors, Doyles and Bretts, and the Dillons, Manwarings, and O'Briens, while the Fenelons — a most respectable family, — were his near relatives on his father's side."His death record gives his mothers name as Margaret O'Neil.