With thanks to felllow XO volunteer Dick Contoy (Roscrea) for his help with information on Maggie.
Margaret known as Maggie Carroll was born in Fortwilliam, parish of Kilcolman, Co Offaly in 1872. Her family later moved to Roscrea and lived at both Monahincha and Benamore. She worked as a seamstress with Miss Duggan in Roscrea. She married Patrick Donovan, who was a Prison Officer in 1906. She was living in Belfast according to the 1911 census with Patrick and her son Michael. Patrick died in 1933. Maggie moved back to Roscrea at some stage and died there in 1936. She is buried in St Cronan's Church Graveyard in a grave on her own. Michael remained living in Belfast and married Catherine Mc Grath there in 1936. No further information re Michael or his family.
While working in Roscrea Maggie wrote several letters to her 1st cousin Maggie Tehan in St. Louis, U.S.A. In one letter dated 14th June 1896 she states " there is a terrible lot dying here at present and since Christmas there was very nearly 300 buried there was hardly any day there was not 2 or 3 funerals when you would see the shuts up in the town the people would hardly who the were up for he do be up every dy the do die in two or three day's sickness you would see a fine stout man walk about today andin two or three day you would see his funeral its the influenza the say but I think the doctor does not know what it is"
|Date of Birth||24th Apr 1872|
|Date of Death||31st Jul 1936|
|Associated Building (s)||St Ita's Church Coolderry, St.Cronin's R.C. Church Roscrea|
|Father (First Name/s and Surname)||Daniel Carroll|
|Mother (First Name/s and Maiden)||Margaret Leonard|
|Place & Date of Baptism||Coolderry Church date on register is 21st April 1872 but civil birth register has date of birth 24th April 1872|
|Number of Siblings||4|
|Names of Siblings||Julia b 14.1.1869 John b 11.1.1870 Mary Anneb 31.10.1873 Winnie b 9.12.1878|
|Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname)||Patrick Donovan|
|Place & Date of Marriage||Roscrea R.C. Church o 10.10.1906|
|Number of Children||1 - Could be more, only 1 known|
|First Child||Michael Donovan, born (possibly in Belfast) - baptised in Roscrea 19.11.1907|
|Occupation||Seamstress in Miss Duggan's,Roscrea|
|Place of Death||Odessa, Roscrea on 31.7.1936 Son Michael present at Death|