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I am looking for Rickard O'Donovan from Dunmanway.  This is the information I have been able to gather although I am not positive it is all absolute.  

He was born in 1802.

He married Ellen Murphy born about 1803 in Cork.

The had a son Michael Donovan  Birth 31 Oct 1840 in Dunmanway, Cork, Ireland

We believe he immigrated to the US in 1867.  One of more brothers (possibly Dennis and Patrick) and one sister may have immigrated with him.

He married Sarah Rowells in Waupun, Dodge, Wisconsin

They had 8 children

Death 08 Jul 1915 in Norton, Kansas, USA

Rickard would be my great-great-great grandfather

I appreciate any information or assistance in knowing where to look for information on this family.

Megan Banes


Saturday 4th July 2015, 03:20AM

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  • Megan: is a free irish government site which has records for the Diocese of Cork and Ross (including Dunmanway). There are also records for Kerry and Dublin city. I looked for a marriage record for the couple with no success. I also looked for the 1840 baptismal record for Michael, father Richard, and did not find the record. The closest was an 1835 record. The mother was Ellen Hurly.

    I also looked at the 1852 Griffiths Valuation head of household listing for Fanlobbus civil parish. There were three Richard Donovans listed

    Assuming the 1802 Richard was still alive, he could be one of the three. You will note a Richard in Keelaraheen which is likely the same townland on the baptismal record.


    Roger McDonnell

    Area - CORK & ROSS (RC) , Parish/Church/Congregation - DUNMANWAY

    Baptism of MICHAEL DONOVAN of KULARAHAN on 23 September 1835


    Further details in the record

    Sponsor 1DANIEL HURLYSponsor 2JOHANNAH DONOVANRecorded Parochial AreaDUNMANWAY

    About the record

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    Saturday 4th July 2015, 02:18PM