Sunday, November 29, 2009
Mary (?) McAleese, first wife of Daniel MacDonnell, was born in Ireland. She had at least three daughters with her first husband, ? McAleese. They had:
Mary born about 1826 in Antrim, Ireland who married Harry McLachlan, half-brother of John who married half-sister, Annie.
Isabella born about 1831 in Ireland married James Welsh
? daughter who married McIver and had daughter living with Mary in 1851 census
Harry McLachlan was a solicitor in Scotland and they had an interesting family. One son was a priest and the youngest daughter, Margaret, became a nun known as Dame Laurentia, Abbess of Stanbroke Abbey and confidant of George Bernard Shaw.
John McLachlan was born about 1806 in Scotland. He married an unknown French lady; they had two sons, William and Henry (Harry – see McAleese). His second wife was Jean Thallon, known as the “terrible old Protestant”. They had George, Jeremiah, Jean, John (husband of Annie MacDonnell) and Thomas.
John McDonald was born around 1791 in Kilmonivaig, Inverness, Scotland. His mother’s name was Isabella (she’s in the 1841 census). He married Mary McLean August 19 1817 in Kilmallie, Argyll, Scotland. They had:
Margaret was born around 1823
Angusina was born around 1824
Mary Isabella (our gr-gr-grandmother) was born September 4 1825 in Fort William, Inverness, Scotland
Alexina was born about 1829
Ann was born about 1832 – she became a music teacher
Jean was born about 1834
Angus was born about 1836
Ann was in the 1880 census with her sister Mary. I think Angus could have been the A R McDonald living with Daniel MacDonnell in the same census.
John McDonald was a merchant in Fort William. He died before the 1841 census where Mary is listed as widow.
Mary Isabella married Dr Daniel MacDonnell (see MacDonnell). She died in Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut about 1887 (based on city directories)and is buried in St Peter’s Cemetery in the McLachlan plot.