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I am trying to find a birth location and parents for Annie Martin who was born in Donegal "2 November 1872" according to her death records in San Francisco, California in 1956.  On the record her father is "Unknown Martin" and her mother is "Unknown."  She first shows up in San Francisco about 1894.  

I found a birth registration for "Hannah" Martin, born 2 Nov 1867 in Fannett to Edward Martin and Susan Sweeny from Ballinalost.  I realize that the year is off, but according to US records "Annie" was 2 years older than her husband, and maybe shaved a few years off to bring her closer to appearing about his age.

Looking at a combination of Catholic parish records and civil registrations, it looks like Edward and Susan had:

  • John - b July 1851
  • Mary -b. Jan 1854 - I think she married James Friel 11 Dec 1887
  • Edward - b. 1856
  • Patrick - b. 1856, d. 1935, married Mary Cannon about 1900
  • Denis - b. Nov 1858
  • Daniel, b. 1865 - possibly married Bridget Carr 27 Jan 1895
  • Hannah (who I think might be my Annie) b. 1867
  • Susanna b 31 Jan 1871

From Civil records, I see Edward died 17 Dec 1870.  This ties with Susan being the informant for Susanna's 1871 birth.

Susan lived with her married son Patrick in 1901 and 1911.  She died 1 Dec 1912 in Fannett.

I'm trying to see if there might be any obituaries for Susan or any of her children (like maybe Patrick or Mary (Martin) Friel) which might mention a daughter/sister Annie in San Francisco.  Are there any extant obituaries from the Clondavaddog area?  And could there be a notation in a Clongavaddog parish register from about 1894-1896 which would have noted that Annie was married in San Francisco to Robert Powers.  I know some Catholic church registers do marginal notations for marriages occurring elsewhere.

Any other ideas how I might tie "my" Annie Martin Powers to the Hannah baptised in Clondavaddog in 1867?


Thanks for your help.

Mary Roddy



Monday 8th March 2021, 07:14PM

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    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 8th March 2021, 08:17PM
  • Hi mroddyn3 and welcome to Ireland Reaching Out.
    Thank you for submitting the query regarding Martin families from Fanad (in the Parish of Clondavaddog),

    I will have a look to see what family information I can find out for you and get back to you soon as I can.
    Kindest Regards

    Seamus Callaghan
    IRO Parish Liaison for Clondavaddog, Co Donegal.


    (P.S, Thank you, Roger McDonnell (Castlemore Roscommon) for alerting me of this query.)

    Clondavaddog Donegal, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 10th March 2021, 02:49PM
  • Hi mroddyn3. I have been checking out all available newspapers from about that time and unfortunately I was unable to find an obituaries for Susan martin or any of her children such as Patrick or Mary. I do know that in the US obituaries and notation in parish registers would be common place, however this would rarely be the case here in Donegal in the 1800s. I also have heard that sometimes church registers do marginal notations for marriages occurring elsewhere but it is something have yet to see in the Parish registers for Clonadavaddog.  

    1847-1870 Clondavaddog -   Massmount Register 1847- Start Page 

    1847-1870 Clondavaddog -   Massmount Register 1847- Start Page 

    1847-1870 Clonadavaddog - 

    The martin family that you are enquiring about has come up on as few family trees. In particular Patrick and Mary Martin's family. I even have Patrick in my own family tree due to him being married to Cannon . 

    I know the owners of these family trees, and just like myself they have had thier DNA done with Ancestry. If it is a case where you have also had you DNA done with ancestry, there is a good chance that connection will show up for that family or to at least other some families in Fanad (Parish of Clonadavaddog)  


    Clondavaddog Donegal, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 11th March 2021, 07:31PM