Catherine Donnelly

Catherine Donnelly, the daughter of Charles Donnelly and Catherine, was born in Caneese, Ireland in 1844.  She married James McCann on June 9, 1867 in Moneymore RC Church, Lissan, District of Desertin (Moneymore), Union of Magherafelt, County Londonderry.  With her husband James, Catherine moved to England sometime between 1876 and 1883 since Arthur was born in County Derry, Ireland in 1876 (based on information from a ship’s manifest when he come to Philadelphia in 1908) and Patrick Joseph was born in Barrow-in-Furness, England.  She immigrated to Philadelphia, PA in 1908 from Liverpool, England after the death of her husband.

She sailed to America on the SS Haverford sailing from Liverpool England on May 20 1908, at age 60. She listed her last permanent address as Barrow – In – Furness and named her  Brother in Law Owen McCann from Ballyeglish Co. Derry as nearest relative.  She came with 2 grown children, Charles aged 30 (laborer) and Arthur aged 36 (laborer).  Based on the questions on the manifest, she paid her own passage and arrived with $60.  Charles had $50 and Arthur had $143.  They  came to join their relative (daughter and sister) Mary McCann who was living at 3 W. Fishers Lane in Olney, Philadelphia.  Mary immigrated 14 years earlier.  The immigration papers describe her as 4′ 11″ tall, fair complexion, gray hair and blue eyes, with no marks of identification.

With the exception of her son Patrick Joseph, all of her family predeceased her.  Her husband James, and several children died in Barrow-in-Furness.  The children who came to America with her also died before her. According to the 4/19/1910 census, she had 5 living children (from a  total of 11 born).  She could read and write and rented her home

She died on August 13, 1924 and is buried in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA.

Obituary – Public Record – Philadelphia (8/15/24)

MCCANN, – August 13.  CATHERINE, widow of James McCann.  Relatives and friends invited to funeral, Sat. 8:30 AM, late residence 4749 N. 3rd St. Solemn Mass of Requiem at Church of the Incarnation. 10AM. Int. Holy Sepulchre Cem.


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