GEOFFREY O'Connell 1760

GEOFFREY O'Connell 1760

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Dr. Geoffrey O’Connell circa 1750 – 1760  died  circa  1813 – 1817

Places inhabited -  Hillgrove ( near Cahirciveen)

Caher / Waterville  -  Possible parishes

Married -  Elizabeth Ross circa  1803    -  1804.  Parents of Elizabeth Ross: Hugh and Sarah Cross from Kent.

Events – 3 children were born and baptised at Hillgrove.  Michael 1804, John 1811, Elizabeth Ann 1813


He had a medical practice in France during the Reign of Terror 1793, mistakenly captured and held in the Bastille but through the intervention of presumably , Count Charles O’Connell and Daniel O’Connell, he was released and returned to Hillgrove, Ireland to his family.  We as South African family presume that he was the brother of Honora O’Connell who was married to John Primrose who owned Hillgrove and was a land agent of Daniel O’Connell. Their son John Primrose and his wife Ricarda occupied the Hillgrove House from 1830 when he became bankrupt. (Photo of house attatched).   Old man Geoffrey O’Connell of Ballybrack Lodge, Waterville born 1728 d 1820 was possibly family, could be Dr. Geoffrey’s uncle. After DR. Geoffrey’s death  his widow remarried a Charles Eager, emigrated to South Africa circa 1819-1820.  We are in possesion of the death certificates of the 3 O’Connell children whereupon their place of their birth are given as Hillgrove,Kerry, Ireland and on the thombstone of his wife Elizabeth here in South Africa the inscription reads “the relict of Dr. Geoffrey O’Connell.

Dr. Geoffrey attended a wedding  at the house of James O’Connor (brother-in-law-of Mary O’Connell, Daniel’s wife) at Dame Street, Dublin on 23rd June 1802.  1792 sponsor at Baptism at St. Audeons, Dublin.  1801 sponsor at Baptism of FITZGIBBON in the St. Andrews Congregational, Dublin.

Marié de Vries  daughter of Margaret O’Connell descendant of Dr. Geoffrey O’Connell.


Additional Information
Date of Birth 1760 (circa)  
Date of Death 1817 (circa)  
Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname) Elizabeth Ross  
Place & Date of Marriage Circa 1803/1804  
Names of Children Michael 1804, Elizabeth 1811, Ann 1813  
Occupation Doctor of medicine  
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  • I have O'Connell ancestors from Valentia that are named John (1840) and Michael O'Connell (1843).  As naming traditions go, your O'Connells are worth an inquery.    Do you know if they had children? Did they immigrate? Do you have gedmatch kit for DNA comparisons?

    Thank you!

    Kevin O'Connell

    Monday 11th November 2019, 01:04AM
  • Thanks, Kevin for the enquiry. Sent you an e-mail to It is so great to be connected through

    bringing Irish descendants together.  Marié Claassen de Vries

    Marie de Vries

    Monday 11th November 2019, 08:05AM

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