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Daniel Born in 1842
White Hall, 1842-1845/48. Daniel McDonald was born in White Hall, Washington County, New York, in 1842. The U.S. flag had 26 stars, the most recent one being for Michigan. The President was John Tyler.
Daniel's parents were Daniel McDonald, a farmer, born in 1813 in Ireland or Scotland, and Eliza Young, born in 1816 in Ireland. Daniel McDonald was said in the 1850 and 1860 censuses to have been born in Ireland and in the 1870 and 1880 censuses to have been born in Scotland. Sometime before 1842, Daniel and Eliza were married and immigrated to Brooklyn.
The village of White Hall (now Whitehall) is located five miles west of the Vermont border at the south end of Lake Champlain and lies between Champlain and Lake George. In 1823, the Champlain Canal was completed to Whitehall. The Champlain Canal is a 60 miles canal that connects the south end of Lake Champlain to the Hudson River in New York. It was simultaneously constructed with the Erie Canal. See Champlain Canal map.
Daniel was their fourth child. When he was born, Daniel had a brother Robert born in 1938, a sister Irene born in 1840, and a sister Sarah born in 1841.
In 1845, Daniel's brother Edward was born.
Wisconsin, 1845/48-1872. Sometime between 1845 and 1848, they moved from White Hall, New York, to Wisconsin.
In 1848, Daniel's brother James was born.
In 1852, Daniel's sister Mary was born.
In the 1855 Wisconsin State census, a D. McDonald was living in Washington Township, Green County. In the 1860 census, Daniel was living with his family in Monticello, Washington Township, Green County. In the 1870 census, Daniel's family was living in Albany, Washington Township, Green County, without him.
Ellen Born in 1853
Baltimore, 1853-1855/57. Ellen Flannery was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on July 22, 1853. The U.S. flag had 31 stars, the most recent one being for California. The President was Millard Fillmore.
Ellen was baptized at St. Vincent de Paul Church at 120 Front Street on August 7, 1853. Her sponsors were John Flannery and Mary Duncan. The church was established 1841 and is still at 120 North Front Street.
Ellen's parents were James Flannery, a farmer, born in 1823 in Ireland, and Mary Murray, born in 1830 in Ireland. They were married in Castlebar, County Mayo, on Febraury 2, 1848. Ellen's sister Bridget was born in Castlebar and baptized on January 12, 1849.
Ellen's paternal grandparents were John Francis and Catherine Grady Flannery.
The family immigrated to Baltimore, Maryland, arriving there aboard the ship William Patten on May 10, 1852. Charles Theobald captained the full-rigged sailing ship that carried the family to America. The May 10, 1852, edition of the Baltimore Sun stated that the vessel had "experienced a continued succession of easterly gales since April 1st; had bulwarks, stove, bowsprit carried away, &c." The Good Friday storm would have occurred on April 9. One of the passengers on the voyage was Peter Doyle, age 8, who would become a close friend of Walt Whitman.
The 1855 Baltimore directory shows James Flannery, a laborer, living at 170 Columbia. Records of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad show James Flannery working in the Rd. Way Department in 1855 for $1 a day.
Ellen's brother Patrick was born in Baltimore on February 12, 1855. He was baptized at St. Peter the Apostle Church at Hollins and Poppleton Streets on February 18. His sponsors were Patrick and Mary Flannery. The church, 1.6 miles west of St. Vincent de Paul Church, was established in 1843 and is still there.
Wisconsin, 1855/57-1872. Sometime between 1855 and 1857, the Flannerys moved from Maryland to Leyden Post Office, Porter Township, Rock County. In the 1860 census, the Flannerys were living on a farm in Leyden Post Office.
Ellen's sister Catherine was born in 1857.
Ellen's sister Ann was born in 1859.
Ellen's brother John was born in 1861.
Ellen's brother James was born in 1863.
Ellen's brother Martin was born in 1865.
Ellen's brother Edward was born in 1862.
Sometime between 1850 and 1870, Ellen's family moved about 35 miles west from Leyden Post Office, Porter Township, Rock County to Adams Township, Green County. In the 1870 census, the Flannerys were living on a farm in Adams Township. Ellen's parents, James and Mary, were listed as unable to read or write.
Daniel and Ellen Marry in 1871, Have 4 Children
Daniel McDonald and Ellen Flannery were married in Adams, Green County, Wisconsin, on March 26, 1871. Daniel was listed in the marriage record as a farmer living in Washington Township, Green County.
Sometime between 1870 and 1880, Daniel's parents and his brother James moved from their farm in Washington Township, Green County, Wisconsin, to a farm in Coon, Buena Vista County, Iowa. Also during that period, Daniel's brother Edward and his family moved from the farm in Washington Township to a farm in Silver Lake, Palo Alto County, Iowa.
Wisconsin, 1871-1880/90. In 1872, Daniel and Ellen had their first child, Lillian, who was called Lilly.
In 1875, Daniel and Ellen had their second child, John.
In 1877, Daniel and Ellen had their third child, Katie.
In the 1880 census, Daniel and Ellen and their three children were living in Adams Township, Green County. This is the same township where Ellen and the Flannery family lived in the 1870 census.
Sometime between 1880 and 1885, Daniel and Ellen moved to Browntown, Cadiz Township, Green County, Wisconsin.
On May 12, 1885, Daniel and Ellen had their fourth and last child, Charlotte Mae, who was called Lottie. Lottie McDonald was born in Browntown.
Sometime between 1880 and 1900, Daniel's parents, Daniel and Eliza McDonald, died.
Sometime between 1885 and 1893, Daniel McDonald died. His last child Lottie was born in 1885. Daniel's age at death would have been 43 to 51.
Green County, 1885/1893-1893. Ellen was between age 33 and 41 when Daniel died.
In 1891, Ellen's daughter Lillian married Edward G. Sands in Milwaukee.
David Powell and Ellen Married in 1893
On June 12, 1893, David Powell, a harness dealer, and Ellen McDonald Flannery were married in Cadiz, Wisconsin. By the time of the 1900 census, however, he had died or they were separated.
David Powell Dies
Sometime between 1893 and 1900, David Powell died.
Ellen Widowed Again
Green County, 1893/1900-1937. Ellen was between age 40 and 47 when David Powell died or they were otherwise separated.
Sometime between before 1900, Ellen's daughter Lillian married Charles Hill. We do not know what happended to Lillian's first husband, Edward G. Sands. Charles Hill was born in Germany. Lillian and Charles' only child Christine, who was called Teen, was born in 1903 in Illinois. In the 1910 census, Lillian and Charles were living on the Near West Side of Chicago at 2427 W. Fulton Street. This was in St. Malachy's parish. Charles was listed as a carriage driver. St. Malachy was an Irish Catholic parish located at 2248 West Washington Boulevard. It opened in 1882.
On August 6, 1899, Ellen's son John McDonald married Martha Parmer, They had a child, Ellen, on April 20, 1900.
Sometime between 1885 and 1900, certain McDonald and Flannery families moved to a farm in Jordan Township, Green County. The farm was owned by Ellen's father James Flannery and her two brothers, James and Patrick. The 1900 census shows four households with a total of 24 people on this farm.
Ellen's son John McDonald and his wife Martha had three more children: Mary, Katie, and Dennis. John's wife Martha died sometime before 1910.
Sometime between 1900 and 1907, Lottie, age 15 to 22, moved from Jordan Township, Green County, Wisconsin, to Chicago. She probably lived somewhere on the Near West Side, because that is where her older sister Lillian lived. On January 23, 1907, Lottie, 21, married James M. Kenny, 37, in Green County. James was a clerk in the Railway Mail Service. He was living with his family before they were married, only a few blocks away from Lillian. Lottie and James lived at 1004 W. Lake Street (2350 W. Lake Street after 1909). Lottie and James' only child, Henrietta Margaret Mary Kenny, who was called Bunny, was born on New Year's Eve, December 31, 1907.
In the 1910 census, Ellen was still living with her son John's family on a farm on Dill Road, near Browntown Road, in Jordan Township.
In the 1910 census, Ellen's mother Mary Flannery, 80, widow, farm owner, born in Ireland, was living in Wiota Township, Lafayette County, Wisconsin. She was living with her son, Edward Flannery, 42, single, farmer. Wiota Township is 12 miles west northwest of Browntown, Green County, Wisconsin.
In 1934, Ellen's home was destroyed by fire, and she and her son John moved from the farm to Monroe, where John's daughter Katie lived.
In 1935, Ellen's son John McDonald died.
In April 1937, Ellen sustained a head injury when she fell on a downtown street and struck a piece of pipe protruding from a truck. In May 1937, she moved to Chicago, where she lived with her daughter Lottie.
According to Ellen's granddaughter, Teen, one of Ellen's favorite things was tea and pie for breakfast.
Ellen Dies in 1937 at Age 83
On June 13, 1937, Ellen Flannery McDonald Powell died at the home of her daughter Charlotte in Chicago. Ellen was age 83. She was buried next to her parents in Calvary Cemetery in Argyle, Lafayette County, Wisconsin. She had moved to her daughter's home about six weeks before her death.
Argyle Atlas, June 24, 1937
Daniel and Ellen: 4 children, 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren
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