Della was born Bridget Donnellan. She immigrated to the United States from Co. Galway, Ireland in 1904 at the age of 22. The name Della is a variance on Delia which is short for Bridelia, which in turn is a nickname for Bridget.
On 3 April 1918 Della married John P. Carlin, a Chicago Policeman, who had previously immigrated from Co. Meath, Ireland in 1897. The couple had two children, John P. Carlin (1919-1963) and James F. Carlin (1921-1993).
Della is buried in Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, Illinois, United States with her husband, John Carlin, their son, John Patrick Carlin and his second wife, and Della's sister Marie.
Della's parents were James Donnellan (1856-1938) and Sarah McGann (1857-1940) of Newcastle and Shoodaun Townships, Athenry, County Galway. Della's siblings, most of whom immigrated to the Cleveland, Ohio area in the United States, except Marie who went to Chicago, were:
Mary Donelan (1878-deceased), Thomas Donelan (1879-1951), Michael Donelan (1885-1965), John (1887-1949), Patrick Donelan (1889-1968), Margaret Donelan O'Connor (1891-1951), Sarah 'Agnes' Donelan (1893-1983), Marie Donelan (1894-1925), Honor 'Teresa' Donelan Fitzmaurice (1897-1990)
|Date of Birth||6th Mar 1882||VIEW SOURCE|
|Date of Death||21st Oct 1944||VIEW SOURCE|
|Father (First Name/s and Surname)||James Donelan, b. ca. 1858, Newcastle Td., Athenry, Galway, IE; d. 11 Dec 1938, Shoodaun Td, Athenry, Galway, IE; Buried in Cloonkeenkerrill Burial Ground AKA Gurteen Cemetery, Galway, IE. Married to Sarah McGann of Clough, Gurteen, Galway, IE.||VIEW SOURCE|
|Mother (First Name/s and Maiden)||Sarah McGann, b. ca. 1859, Clough, Gurteen, Galway, IE; d. 26 Aug 1940, Shoodaun Td, Athenry, Galway, IE; Buried in Cloonkeenkerrill Burial Ground AKA Gurteen Cemetery, Galway, IE. Married to James Donelan of Newcastle Td, Athenry, Galway, IE.||VIEW SOURCE|
|Number of Siblings||9|
|Names of Siblings||Mary (1878-deceased) , Thomas (1879-1951), Michael (1885-1965), John (1887-1949), Patrick (1889-1968), Margaret (1891-1951), Sarah 'Agnes' (1893-1983), Marie Donelan (1894-1925), Honor 'Teresa' (1897-1990)|
|Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname)||John Carlin, b. 10 June 1877, Rathmore, Athboy, Meath, IE; d.15 Jan 1944 Chicago, Cook Co., IL, USA; Buried in Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Hillside, Cook Co., IL, USA; Son of Patrick Carolan and Mary Clarken of Rathmore, Athboy, Meath, IE.||VIEW SOURCE|
|Place & Date of Marriage||Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA, date: 3 April 1918||VIEW SOURCE|
|Number of Children||2||VIEW SOURCE|
|Names of Children||John 'Jack' Patrick Carlin and James Francis Carlin||VIEW SOURCE|
|Place of Death||Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA,||VIEW SOURCE|