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In regards to gunpowder explosions in Delaware in the 19th and early 20th centuries, I am looking for information on the following individual (s):


William Allison

James Patrick Donohue

John Torrey


Allison died in the 1818 explosion that killed another 34 men, after having worked only about 6 months in the powder yards.


Donohue may have started working in the mills at the age of 14 in 1840 and died in 1870 at age 44. He was married to Margaret Devine. He may have come over with his brothers Hugh, William and Patrick. According to one source, the first generations of Donahues spelled their names as Donohoe.  James had sisters named Sarah and Mary. James arrived at Port of Boston, 5.17.47 on the ship Diana out of Liverpool. His townland was listed as Lisdillon.


Torrey was killed in the same explosion as Allison and had been working in the mills for about the same length of time. His townland was Glenderowen.


Tuesday 20th March 2018, 08:30PM

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