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Thomas Christian Donnelly & Sharlotte Neely DONNELLY FAMILY

Updated December 31, 2012

Sharlotte Kathleen Bridgette Neely Donnelly
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Albrecht (OH & Germany--Prussia)
Beckmann (KY & Germany--Hannover, Lower Saxony)
Bell (GA & SC)
Bell (AL)
Cartrette (Carolinas)
Cone (GA, Carolinas, & Scotland)
Dardis (IN, NY & Ireland--Dublin)
Donnelly (KY, OH, IN, NY, NJ, & Ireland--Dublin)
Downs (PA, VA, NC, & GA)
Dugan (NY & Ireland--Tipperary)
Edwards (NC)
Estermann (OH & Germany)
Fidalus (OH & Germany--Prussia)
Glisson (GA & Carolinas)
Heffernan (Hefron) (NY & Ireland--Tipperary)
Hendricks (Hendrix) (GA)
Hoffmann (Huffmann) (KY & Germany--Bavaria)
James (OH)
King (Carolinas)
Kreke (OH & Germany--Hannover, Lower Saxony)
McClelland (McLenon, McLeod, McLindon) (GA, SC, & Scotland)
Meiners (OH & Germany--Prussia, Hannover, Lower Saxony)
Myatt (Miott) (GA, SC, Ireland)
Neely (Neeley, Nealy, Nealey) (GA, Carolinas, & Ireland)
Pate (Pait) (GA & Scotland)
Phillips (NC)
Prince (SC)
Reisenbeck (OH & Germany)
Sarvis (Chavis) (SC)
Schmidt (OH & Germany--Bavaria)
Schneider (KY & Germany--Wuerttenburg)
Simon (Siemon) (KY & Germany--Hanover, Lower Saxony)
Stauber (KY, OH, & Germany--Bavaria)
Strickland (GA, Carolinas, & England--Westmorland)
Winn (Wynn) (NJ & Ireland--Dublin)

Tom's father's family--Irish & German--(Thomas Meiners Donnelly, Cincinnati, OH, 1934-1997) are the DONNELLYS (Thomas James Donnelly, Canastota, NY, 1900-1980) & MEINERS (Clare Cecilia Meiners, Cincinnati, OH, 1903-1990), & his mother's--German--(Mary Margaret Stauber, Newport, KY, (1934-2000) are the STAUBERS (John Christian Stauber, Cincinnati, OH, 1889-1935) & SIEMONS (Anna Christine Simon, Camp Springs, KY, 1897-1994). Tom's family from both Germany (Bavaria, Hanover, & Prussia) and Ireland got to America in the mid-19th century. The Heffernans, from Tipperary, are descended from Eneas Heffernan (16th century), a Knight of Saint John of Jerusalem. The Donnellys, from Dublin, are descended from the Irish clan of Ui Neill who claimed the High Kingship of Ireland from the 7th to the 11th century AD.

Sharlotte's father's family--Irish, French, English, & Native American--(Joseph Bowden Neely, Jr., Savannah, GA, 1923-1974) are the NEELYS (Joseph Bowden Neely, Sr., Allsbrook, SC, 1888-1928) & KINGS (Nettie Donnie King, the Carolinas, 1892-1958), & her mother's--Scots-Irish, Scots, Welsh, English, German, & Native American--(Kathleen Bell, Savannah, GA, 1922-2005) are the BELLS (Marvin Barnard Bell, Clyde, GA, 1897-1940) & McCLELLANDS (Nevada McClelland, Ivahhoe, GA, 1894-1985). Sharlotte's family from both France and the British Isles (Wales, Scotland, & England) mostly arrived in the 17th century, many coming through Jamestown, VA. Some of those early English ancestors (Bells, Martins, Sarvis, & Stricklands) intermarried with the Lumbee Indians' ancestors. DNA testing of Sharlotte reveals her to be a little less than 1/8 Native American. Her German ancestors arrived from the Rheinpflaz in the 18th century, as did those from Ireland. Ancestors include veterans of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Confederacy, & World War II.

Family Photos

  • St. John's Catholic Church in Newark, NJ (18 KB)
    This is Saint John's Roman Catholic Church in Newark, New Jersey where Thomas John Donnelly (1849-1928), the son of Michael Donnelly and Honora ("Norah") Winn Donnelly, was baptised in 1849.
  • Neely's Indian Motorcycle Shop (273 KB)
    Joseph Bowden Neely, Sr. (1888-1928) (far right) with son, Joseph Bowden Neely, Jr. (1923-1974) about 1927 at 223 Liberty Street in Savannah, Georgia.
  • Bernard Estermann & Catherin Reisenbeck Estermann (116 KB)
    H. Bernard Estermann (1833-1893) and Maria Catherin Reisenbeck Estermann (1836-1910) about 1880 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. These are two of Bridgette Donnelly's 32 great-great-great-grandparents.
  • McClelland Sisters (116 KB)
    The McClelland sisters, from left to right: Clyde McClelland Moore (1896-1959), Mae McClelland Burnsed (1901-1960), Grace McClelland Clark (1902-1967), Nevada McClelland Bell (1894-1985), and Edna McClelland Floyd (1905-?). These are Bridgette's great-grandmother (Nevada Bell) and great-great-aunts about 1950.
  • Hermann Heinrich Meiners & Elizabeth Kreke Meiners (98 KB)
    Hermann Heinrich Meiners (1821-1904) and Elizabeth Kreke Meiners (1845-1922) about 1880 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. These are two of Bridgette Donnelly's 32 great-great-great-grandparents.
  • Bell Sisters at Church (248 KB)
    A Sunday school class at Calvary Baptist Temple in Savannah, Georgia about 1945. Lois Bell Myatt (1926- ) is top row, far left, and Kathleen Bell Neely (1922-2005) is bottom row, far right.
  • Sisters Lois Bell Myatt & Kathleen Bell Neely (49 KB)
    Sisters Edna Lois Bell Myatt (1926- ) and Manie Kathleen Bell Neely (1922-2005) about 1930 in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. They are Bridgette Donnelly's great-aunt and maternal grandmother.
  • Our Riddle Road House's Out Buildings, about 1910 (108 KB)
    Our Riddle Road house's out buildings about 1910, including a carriage house, chicken coop, stable, and gardens.
  • Our High School (49 KB)
    The Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bridgette Donnelly's high school, Class of 2005. Bridgette began at the private, Catholic school in 2001.
  • Brothers Robert & Joe Neely & Cousin Helen King (129 KB)
    Brothers James Robert Neely, Sr. (1927-2007), on left, and Joseph Bowden Neely, Jr. (1923-1974), on right, and their first cousin Helen Chappell King Greene, about 1930 in Saint Paul's, Robeson County, North Carolina. These are Bridgette Donnelly's great-uncle, first cousin twice removed, and maternal grandfather.
  • Donnelly Siblings (153 KB)
    Donnelly siblings Mary Donnelly Minges, Thomas Meiners Donnelly (1934-1997), Nancy Donnelly Riley, and Katie Donnelly O'Fallon at family reunion in 1996 in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Bridgette Donnelly Through the Years (93 KB)
    Bridgette Donnelly in 1990 (age 3), 1993 (age 6), 1996 (age 9), 1999 (age 12), and 2002 (age 15).
  • Elizabeth Kreke Meiners and Children (118 KB)
    Elizabeth Kreke Meiners (1845-1922), seated, and eight of her nine children: left to right, William G. Meiners (1872-1932), Rose E. Meiners Helmers (1884-1958), John Meiners (1870-1929), Gertrude Meiners Uhl (1891-1949), Joseph Peter Meiners (1882-1946), Agnes Meiners Schinner (1877-1953), George Gerard Meiners (1875-1954), and Leo Meiners (1887-1952). Not shown: Bernard Meiners (1879-1908). Photo taken about 1915. Elizabeth Kreke Meiners was one of Bridgette Donnelly's 32 great-great-great-grandparents. She was the third wife of Hermann Heinrich Meiners (1821-1904). The first wife was Carolyn (maiden name unknown) Meiners (1825-1847), and the second was Agnes Kramer Meiners (1822-1868). There were no children by his first wife and four by his second: Edmund B. Meiners (1852-1919), Herman Meiners (1854-1919), Mary Meiners Burdick (1857-1933), and Henry G. Meiners (1863-1933).
  • Tom, Bridgette, & Sharlotte (Neely) Donnelly (29 KB)
    Thomas Christian Donnelly (1956-), Mary Kathleen Bridgette Donnelly (1987-), and Sharlotte Kathleen Neely Donnelly (1948-) with horses in the Grand Teton Mountains near Jackson, Wyoming in 1993.
  • Edna Josephine Downs Bell & Flower Garden (114 KB)
    Sharlotte's Great-Grandma Bell, Edna Josephine Downs Bell (1880-1959), in her flower garden about 1955 in Liberty County, Georgia.
  • Matrilineal Clan of Katrine (mtDNA haplogroup K) (1 KB)
    Quinn Donnelly, Bridgette Donnelly, Sharlotte Neely Donnelly, Kathleen Bell Neely, Nevada McClelland Bell, Manie Glisson McClelland, Pollie Strickland Glisson, Delilah Futch Strickland, Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) Fuchs, all their siblings, and on back through a direct female line, are all of the matrilineal clan of “Katrine” (mtDNA haplogroup K). DNA matriline testing reveals that is the same matrilineal clan the 5,000-year-old “Ice Man” found in the Alps is from. Katrine was one of seven women from whom almost everyone of European ancestry is descended. Katrine lived about 15,000 years ago on the southern slopes of the Alps in northern Italy near present-day Venice. Her people were hunters who lived on ibex and chamois and supplemented their diet with roots and small mammals. About 10% of people of European ancestry are descended from Katrine. Bridgette’s father, Thomas Christian Donnelly, his mother Mary Stauber Donnelly, Christine Simon Stauber, Apollonia Hoffmann Seimon, Maria Schneider Hoffmann, all their siblings, and on back through a direct female line, are all of the clan of "Ursula" (mtDNA haplogroup U). Ursula lived about 45,000 years ago in what is now northern Greece near present-day Delphi. Ursula hunted with sophisticated stone tools. Her clan displaced the Neanderthal humans. Some of the earliest cave art was done by the clan of Ursula. About 11% of people of European ancestry are descended from Ursula. Bridgette's maternal grandfather Joseph Bowden Neely, Jr., his mother Nettie King Neely Riley, Margret Edwards King, Jane Phillips Edwards, all their siblings, and on back through a direct female line, are all of the clan of "Helena" (mtDNA haplogroup H) who lived 20,000 years ago in the Dordogne region of southwest France near the present city of Perpignan on the Mediterranean, gathering oysters and hunting. Helena also includes Bridgette's paternal grandfather Thomas Meiners Donnelly.
  • Stauber Siblings (262 KB)
    Christine Simon Stauber (1897-1994), top, second from left, and her six children: top row, left to right: Jeannette Stauber Heileman, Mom, Christian Stauber, and Ida Stauber Jacobs, and bottom row, left to right: Ruth Stauber Elsbernd, Lee Stauber, and Mary Stauber Donnelly.
  • McClelland Family (42 KB)
    The family of William Madison McClelland (1869-1935) and Manie Veranda Glisson McClelland (1865-1945) in Bulloch County, Georgia, about 1915.
  • Thomas M. Donnelly's 1st Communion (213 KB)
    Thomas Meiners Donnelly at his 1st Communion in 1942 at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Tom & Mary (Stauber) Donnelly & the last 2 Kids (115 KB)
    Mary Margaret Stauber Donnelly (1934-2000), Molly Marie Donnelly Simmins (1974-), Kelly Marie Donnelly (1977-), and Thomas Meiners Donnelly (1934-1997) at home in Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Kentucky, in 1988.
  • Our College (56 KB)
    Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky, Bridgette Donnelly's college, Class of 2008. Bridgette began at NKU in 2005. She majored in history, minored in philosophy and Native American studies, and had a concentration in anthropology. She graduated summa cum laude.
  • Sharlotte's Native American Heritage (47 KB)
    Sharlotte's Native American heritage is slightly less than 1/8, is Lumbee, and comes from both her maternal grandparents, through Bell and Strickland lines. She also has some Carolina Native American ancestry through her paternal grandfather, through the Sarvis line.
  • Bridgette Donnelly & Kathleen Bell Neely (120 KB)
    Mary Kathleen Bridgette Donnelly (1987-) and her maternal grandmother Manie Kathleen Bell Neely (1922-2005), Christmas 1999, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.
  • Quinn Donnelly (227 KB)
    Mary Kathleen Quinn Donnelly at age 4 in 2008. Quinn is the daughter of Mary Kathleen Bridgette Elisabeth Donnelly.
  • Joseph E. Neely and Sharlotte Ada Sarvis Neely (50 KB)
    Joseph E. Neely (born 1862) and Sharlotte Ada Sarvis Neely (born 1853), two of Bridgette Donnelly's 16 great-great-grandparents, from Allsbrook, Bayboro, Horry County, North Carolina, about 1900.
  • Bulloch County, Georgia Days, Early 20th Century (464 KB)
    The Family of William Madison McClelland (1869-1935) and Manie Veranda Glisson McClelland (1865-1945) in Bulloch County, Georgia near Stilson, along the Ogeechee River, in the early 20th century. Clockwise: William & Manie & their son Harry, the McClelland & Burnsed cousins (left to right, seated: Leon McClelland & Alice Burnsed, standing: Lonnie Patrick, Clyde McClelland Moore, Elmer Burnsed, & Nevada McClelland Bell), a family get-together (William is on the far right), and Nevada McClelland Bell & Harry McClelland.
  • Meiners Siblings (34 KB)
    Brother and sister, Paul John Meiners (1908-1981) and Clare Cecilia "Ceil" Meiners Donnelly (1903-1990), about 1980
  • Glisson Siblings (202 KB)
    Sister and Brother, Manie Veranda Glisson McClelland (1865-1945) and Rowan Glisson (1857-?), of Bulloch County, Georgia.
  • Marvin Bell on His Motorcycle (241 KB)
    Marvin Barnard Bell (1897-1940) on his motorcycle about 1925 in Savannah, Georgia.
  • Sacred Heart Press & Donnelly Family (490 KB)
    Kelly Donnelly is shown operating the Donnelly family's Sacred Heart Press, a family enterprise for four generations, in the 8/3/2000 Fort Thomas Recorder newspaper.
  • Lonnie King's Grave (185 KB)
    Lonnie O. King's (1885-1931) grave at Sandy Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Raeford, Hoke County, North Carolina.
  • Ada Catherine Neely Young (21 KB)
    Ada Catherine Neely Young (1892-1988), the daughter of Joseph E. Neely and Sharlotte Ada Sarvis Neely, probably around 1940.
  • Ruth Beatrice Neely Rogers (8 KB)
    Ruth Beatrice Neely Rogers (1894-1978), the daughter of Joseph E. Neely and Sharlotte Ada Sarvis Neely, probably around 1940.
  • McClelland Siblings (319 KB)
    Sisters and Brother, Clyde McClelland Moore (1896-1959), Nevada McClelland Bell (1894-1985), Grace McClelland Clark (1902-1967), Mae McClelland Burnsed (1901-1960), and Pernell McClelland (1892-1952)of Bulloch County, Georgia.
  • Family of Ruth Neely Rogers (16 KB)
    The family of Ruth Neely Rogers: from left to right: Bea, Ruth, Jack (father), Buddy, and Ruth Neely Rogers (mother), Wilmington, North Carolina, about 1940 (not shown: Texie).
  • King Siblings (158 KB)
    Brother and sister Lonnie King (1885-1931) and Nettie King Neely Riley (1892-1958) in Saint Paul's, Robeson County, North Carolina about 1930.
  • Heffernan Home in Ireland (111 KB)
    This is the home in Tipperary, Ireland of Thomas Heffernan and Ellen Dugan Heffernan. Nora Heffernan Donnelly was born in this house in 1861. In the middle is Mary Donnelly Minges, a granddaughter of Nora Heffernan Donnelly, with the present residents of the home.
  • Clark Montessori Team, 2000 (141 KB)
    Our basketball family: the Clark Montessori Junior High Girls' Basketball Team of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1999-2000 American Division Champions of the Queen City Conference. Front row: Jackie Meatchem & Caryn Slade. Middle row: Jonisha Bradley, Jeannetta Jackson, & Dynasty Stokes. Back row: Brittany Metz, Imani Rogers, Patrice Smoot, Bridgette Donnelly (co-captain), Juanisha Gibson (co-captain), & Erin Beamon.
  • Newlyweds Manie Glisson and William M. McClelland (27 KB)
    Newlyweds Manie Veranda Glisson McClelland and William Madison McClelland, about 1890, Bulloch County, Georgia. These are two of Bridgette Donnelly's 16 great-great-grandparents.
  • Donnelly Cousins (128 KB)
    All 25 grandchildren (Donnellys, Mingeses, Rileys, and O'Fallons) of Clare Cecilia Meiners Donnelly (1903-1990) and Thomas James Donnelly (1900-1980) in 1990 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. These are all 24 of Bridgette Donnelly's dad's 1st cousins on his father's side.
  • Chatham County, Georgia Days, 1950s (298 KB)
    The Family of Joseph Bowden Neely, Jr. (1923-1974) & Kathleen Bell Neely (1922-2005) of Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. Clockwise: Kathleen Neely & Sharlotte, Kathleen & Joe at home on Texas Avenue, Joe Neely & Sharlotte, and Sharlotte Neely & Red the dog, & center: Sharlotte in 2nd grade.
  • Emmitt Thomas Downs (60 KB)
    Emmitt Thomas Downs (1833-1912), husband of Edna Josephine Pate Downs (1840-1913), about 1900 in Bryan County, Georgia. Emmitt was a Confederate veteran. This is one of Bridgette Donnelly's 32 great-great-great-grandparents.
  • Chatham County, Georgia Days, 1930s: The Bells (505 KB)
    The Family of Marvin Barnard Bell (1897-1940) and Nevada McClelland Bell (1894-1985). Top row: Kathleen & Nevada Bell in Forsyth Park, Kathleen Bell Neely (1922-2005) with Nevada McClelland Bell & Lois Bell Myatt (1926- ), Middle row: Lois & Kathleen Bell, Bell family home, Bottom row: 3 photos of Kathleen Bell.
  • Edna Josephine Pate Downs (58 KB)
    Edna Josephine Pate Downs (1840-1913), wife of Confederate veteran Emmitt Thomas Downs (1833-1912), from Bryan County, Georgia. This is one of Bridgette Donnelly's 32 great-great-great-grandparents.
  • Stauber Mom and Siblings (120 KB)
    Anna Christine Simon Stauber (1897-1994), seated, on her 85th birthday with her six children, from left to right, Ruth Stauber Elsbernd, Jeannette Stauber Heileman, Ida Stauber Jacobs, Christian Stauber, Lee Stauber, and Mary Stauber Donnelly, 1992, Fort Thomas, Kentucky.
  • Chatham County, Georgia Days, 1930's: The Neelys (476 KB)
    The Family of Joseph Bowden Neely, Sr. (1888-1928) and Nettie Donnie King Neely Riley (1892-1958). Robbie & Joe Neely in Forsyth Park, Joe Neely & friends in Indian dress (Joe is in the middle), Anderson Elementary School in Savannah (Joe is in the front row, sixth from the right)
  • Neely Graves (455 KB)
    These are the Neely graves at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah. They include Joseph Bowden Neely, Jr. (1923-1974) and Manie Kathleen Bell Neely (1922-2005), as well as Joe's parents Joseph Bowden Neely, Sr. (1888-1928) and Nettie Donnie King Neely Riley (1892-1958).
  • Ida M. Albrecht Stauber and Family (11 KB)
    Ida M. Albrecht Stauber (1866-1917)(upper right) with her daughter Josephine Stauber Thiemann (1887-1958) and grandsons Harry and Wilbur Thiemann in Cincinnati, Ohio, about 1910. Ida Stauber is one of Bridgette Donnelly's 16 great-great grandparents.
  • Neely Cousins (66 KB)
    All 3 of the grandchildren of Joseph Bowden Neely, Sr. (1888-1928) and Nettie Donnie King Neely Riley (1892-1958): Michael Neely, Sharlotte Neely Donnelly, & James Robert Neely, in 1957 in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. These are all 2 of the 1st cousins of Bridgette Donnelly's mom.
  • Thomas Heffernan (178 KB)
    Thomas Heffernan's (1815-1864) grave at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Cazenovia, Madison County, New York.
  • Siblings Mary Stauber Donnelly & Lee Stauber (187 KB)
    Siblings Mary Margaret Stauber Donnelly (1934-2000) and Leo William Stauber (1931- ) at play about 1936 in Newport, Kentucky.
  • McClelland Cousins (319 KB)
    All four of the children of sisters Clyde McClelland Moore (1896-1959) and Nevada McClelland Bell (1894-1985): Ernestine Moore Marsh, Kathleen Bell Neely, Whiteford S. Moore, Jr., & Lois Bell Myatt.
  • The Donnellys in the 1960s (308 KB)
    The Family of Thomas Meiners Donnelly (1934-1997) and Mary Margaret Stauber Donnelly (1934-2000)of Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Kentucky in the 1960s. Nancy & Tommy Donnelly at prayers at home on Cary Avenue in Cincinnati, Tommy Donnelly on a pony on Cincinnati's Iliff Avenue, Tommy & Kevin & Nancy & Kathy Donnelly with their mom in a Fort Thomas park, Tommy in the living room of West Villa Place home in Fort Thomas.
  • Donnelly and Dardis Graves (65 KB)
    The graves of the Donnelly and Dardis family are located in St. James Cemetery in Cazenovia, Madison County, New York, including Norah Heffernan Donnelly (1861-1958) and Thomas John Donnelly (1849-1928).
  • Neely Family Crest (11 KB)
    The Neely family crest has the motto in Gaelic, "Lamh Dearg Eirin," or "Red Hand of Ireland." Legend has it that in sailing to Ireland from Spain, it was decided that the first to touch Irish soil would be king. So the Neely (Neeley, Nealy, Nealey, Neily, Neiley, O'Neil, O'Neal, McNeely, MacNeely, McNeeley, MacNeeley, McNealy, MacNealy, McNealey, MacNealey, McNeily, MacNeily, etc.) who would be king cut off his left hand and threw the bloody hand onto shore in order to be first and king. In Gaelic "Neely" means "Courage," and "Donnelly" means "Dark Courage."
  • Donnelly Family Reunion 2000 (17 KB)
    The Donnelly Family Reunion for the year 2000 was held in Mount Airy Forest in Cincinnati, Ohio. Most of the descendants of Thomas J. Donnelly and Cecilia Meiners Donnelly attended.
  • Tom's Celtic Heritage (131 KB)
    Y-chromosome DNA testing of Tom reveals him in his patriline to be Celtic.
  • Patrilineal Clan of Oisin (Y-chromosome clade R1b) (130 KB)
    Bridgette Donnelly, Thomas Christian Donnelly, Thomas M. Donnelly, Thomas James Donnelly, Thomas John Donnelly, Michael Donnelly, all their siblings, and on back through a direct male line, are all of the patrilineal clan of “Oisin” (pronounced “O-sheen”) (Y-chromosome clade R1b). Oisin lived about 40,000 years ago in the Celtic area of Western Europe. Oisin was one of about seventeen men alive at that time from whom all people alive today are descended. Going back farther in time, Oisin’s ancestor is Y-chromosome Adam from Africa who lived about 80,000 years ago. All modern humans today are descended from Y-chromosome Adam.
  • Lonnie King Family (195 KB)
    Lonnie O. King (1885-1931), Mary Margaret Chappell King (1896-1977), and their daughter, Helen Chappell King Greene, in Saint Paul's, Robeson County, North Carolina, about 1930. Lonnie and Nettie King were brother and sister. This is the family of Bridgette Donnelly's great-great-uncle.
  • Saint Thomas First Communion (598 KB)
    Tommy Donnelly's (1956- ) (back row, fourth from left) First Communion at Saint Thomas Roman Catholic Church, Fort Thomas, Kentucky.
  • Bell Family Graves at Little Creek (116 KB)
    These are the graves of Edna Josephine Downs Bell (1880-1959) and David Clayton Bell (1875-1924). Clayton Bell's parents, James Daniel Bell (1828-1885) and Mary Hendrix Bell (1835-1908) are also buried in the Little Creek Cemetery in Bryan County, Georgia.
  • Joseph Bowden Neely, Sr. & Jr. & Nettie King Neely (235 KB)
    Joseph Bowden Neely, Sr. (1888-1928) and Nettie Donnie King Neely Riley (1892-1958) and their son Joe, Jr. (1923-1974) about 1925 in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. These are two of Bridgette Donnelly's 8 great-grandparents.
  • Tommy Donnelly on the "Uncle Al Show" (640 KB)
    Tommy Donnelly (1956- ) (toward middle, standing) in 1959 with Uncle Al & Captain Wendy on Cincinnati, Ohio TV's "Uncle Al Show."
  • Downs Family Graves (46 KB)
    These are the graves of Emmitt Thomas Downs (1833-1912) and Edna Josephine Pate Downs (1840-1913) in the Little Creek Cemetery in Bryan County, Georgia.
  • Marvin Barnard Bell & Nevada McClelland Bell (252 KB)
    Marvin Barnard Bell (1897-1940) and Nevada McClelland Bell (1894-1985) in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia about 1930. These are two of Bridgette Donnelly's 8 great-grandparents.
  • Madison County, New York Days, 1920s:The Donnellys (855 KB)
    Thomas John Donnelly (1849-1928), railroad conductor from Canastota, New York, about 1927.
  • Pleasant Meadow Cemetery (69 KB)
    Pleasant Meadow Cemetery in Horry County, South Carolina is the probable resting place of Joseph E. Neely (born 1862) and Sharlotte Ada Sarvis Neely (born 1853).
  • Kathleen Bell Neely & Joseph Bowden Neely, Jr. (239 KB)
    Kathleen Bell Neely (1922-2005) & Joseph Bowden Neely, Jr. (1923-1974) in Champaigne, Illinois, shortly after their marriage in 1943 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. Joe was a World War II veteran. These are Bridgette Donnelly's maternal grandparents.
  • Our Family (487 KB)
    These are three generations of Bridgette Donnelly's family. Front row: Sharlotte Kathleen Neely Donnelly (Mom), Mary Kathleen Bridgette Donnelly, & Lois Bell Myatt (Great-aunt, Maternal Grandmother's Sister). Middle row: Kathleen Bell Neely (Maternal Grandmother) & Mary Margaret Stauber Donnelly (Paternal Grandmother). Back row: Thomas Christian Donnelly (Dad) & Thomas Meiners Donnelly (Paternal Grandfather). Joseph Bowden Neely, Jr. (Maternal Grandfather) died before Bridgette's birth.
  • Upper Black Creek Primitive Baptist Cemetery (138 KB)
    This is the Upper Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Bulloch County, Georgia which is the probable resting place of Joseph Glisson (1832-1875) and Mary ("Pollie") Ann Strickland Glisson (1833-1890).
  • Joe, Sharlotte, & Kathleen (Bell) Neely (28 KB)
    Joseph Bowden Neely, Jr. (1923-1974), Sharlotte Kathleen Neely (Donnelly) (1948-), and M. Kathleen Bell Neely (1922-2005) about 1950 at the beach at Tybee Island, Chatham County, Georgia. This is Bridgette Donnelly's mom's family.
  • Our Church (178 KB)
    This is Saint Monica-Saint George Roman Catholic Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1998. Tom, Bridgette, & Sharlotte Donnelly are just to the left of middle in about the tenth row. (Sharlotte is in blue in the center aisle, and Bridgette and Tom are to her left.)
  • Minges Family at Donnelly Reunion (21 KB)
    James Minges and Mary Donnelly Minges, five of their six children (except Tim in China), and children-in-law at the Donnelly Family Reunion 2000.
  • Tom & Mary (Stauber) Donnelly & the 1st 6 Kids (88 KB)
    Thomas Meiners Donnelly (1934-1997) and Mary Stauber Donnelly (1934-2000) and their first six children: Tommy, Nancy, Kevin, Kathy, Patty, and Mary Jude about 1965 in Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Kentucky. Not pictured: Molly & Kelly. This is Bridgette Donnelly's dad's family.
  • Riley Family at Donnelly Reunion (20 KB)
    Thomas Riley and Nancy Donnelly Riley, seven of their nine children (except Tom in Massachusetts and Brigid who passed away in 1992), and children-in-law at the Donnelly Family Reunion 2000.
  • Donnelly Celtic Royalty (1097 KB)
    Tom Donnelly is a probable descendant of Niall of the Nine Hostages, High King of Ireland.
  • Mary Clare Donnelly Minges Family (63 KB)
    Mary Clare Donnelly Minges (1930-) and James Minges and all six of their children and spouses and eight of their grandchildren, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2000.
  • Donnelly Graves (164 KB)
    These are the Donnelly graves at Saint Joseph's Cemetery in Wilder, KY. They include Thomas Meiners Donnelly (1934-1997) and Mary Margaret Stauber Donnelly (1934-2000).
  • Joseph Bowden Neely, Jr. in Indian Outfit (68 KB)
    Joseph Bowden Neely, Jr. (1923-1974), pictured in the middle, in Indian costume about 1927.
  • Donnelly Family at Donnelly Reunion (18 KB)
    The eight children and children-in-law of Thomas M. Donnelly (1934-1997) and Mary Stauber Donnelly (1934-2000) at the Donnelly Family Reunion 2000. Back row: Nancy Donnelly Maushart (holding drawing of her husband Don Maushart), Kevin Donnelly, Tom Donnelly (holding photo of their parents), Patty Donnelly Kues, Molly Donnelly Simmins, Kelly Donnelly, Mary Jude Donnelly Gruenschlaeger, and Kathy Donnelly Smith. Front row: Jacklyn Young Donnelly, Sharlotte Neely Donnelly, Joe Kues, Corey Simmins, Steve Gruenschlaeger, and Jeff Smith.
  • Bell Graves at Old Fellowship (95 KB)
    These are the Bell graves at Old Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery in Bulloch County, GA. They include Marvin Barnard Bell (1897-1940) and Nevada McClelland Bell (1894-1985).
  • Eddie and Lois Myatt (161 KB)
    Edward Clifton Myatt, Jr. (1914-2000) and Edna Lois Bell Myatt (1926-) about 1952 on Broughton Street in downtown Savannah, Georgia.
  • Donnelly Cousins 2000 (34 KB)
    All 23 of the grandchildren of Thomas M. Donnelly (1934-1997) and Mary Stauber Donnelly (1934-2000) at the Donnelly Family Reunion 2000.
  • Clark Montessori Team, 2001 (26 KB)
    Our basketball family: the Clark Montessori Junior High Girls' Basketball Team of Cincinnati, Ohio, 2000-2001: Bridgette Donnelly (#12), Mia Berman (#3), Caryn Slade (#4), Zayvonie James (#11), Imani Rogers (#15), Tiffany Latham (#20), Christina Morgan (#21), Juanisha Gibson (#23), Patrice Smoot (#24), and Brittani Slade (#25).
  • Thomas James Donnelly & Cecilia Meiners Donnelly (262 KB)
    Thomas James Donnelly (1900-1980) and Clare Cecilia Meiners Donnelly (1903-1990) about 1950 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. These are two of Bridgette Donnelly's 8 great-grandparents.
  • Christian Stauber & Christine Simon Stauber (225 KB)
    John Christian Stauber (1889-1935) and Anna Christine Simon Stauber (1897-1994) in 1920 in Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky. These are two of Bridgette Donnelly's 8 great-grandparents.
  • Thomas Meiners Donnelly & Mary Stauber Donnelly (249 KB)
    Thomas Meiners Donnelly (1934-1997) and Mary Margaret Stauber Donnelly (1935-2000) in 1955 in Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky. These are Bridgette Donnelly's paternal grandparents.
  • Siemon Graves (81 KB)
    These are the Siemon graves at St. Joseph Cemetery in Camp Springs, KY. They include A. Wilhelmina Beckmann Siemon (1826-1906) and J. Heinrich Siemon (1829-1900).
  • Tom & Mary (Stauber) Donnelly & their 8 Children (267 KB)
    Tom and Mary (Stauber) Donnelly (seated) and their 8 children, from left to right: Mary Jude Donnelly Gruenschlaeger (#6), Kelly Marie Donnelly (#8), Ann ("Nancy") Mary Donnelly Maushart (#2), Thomas Christian Donnelly (#1), Molly Marie Donnelly Simmins (#7), Patricia Mary Donnelly Kues (#5), Kevin Roger Donnelly (#3), & Kathleen Mary Donnelly Smith (#4). This is Bridgette Donnelly's dad's family.
  • Hoffmann Graves (25 KB)
    These are the Hoffmann graves at St. Joseph Cemetery in Wilder, KY. They include Maria Ann Schneider Hoffmann (1843-1907) and Leonhardt Hoffmann (1836-1916).
  • William M. McClelland & Manie Glisson McClelland (63 KB)
    William Madison McClelland (1869-1935)and Manie Veranda Glisson McClelland (1865-1945) about 1920 in Bulloch County, Georgia. These are two of Bridgette Donnelly's 16 great-great-grandparents.
  • Henry George Simon & Apollonia Hoffmann Simon (319 KB)
    Henry George Simon (1871-1929) and Apollonia Hoffmann Simon (1875-1943) about 1895 in Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky. These are two of Bridgette Donnelly's 16 great-great-grandparents.
  • Simon Graves (188 KB)
    These are the Simon graves at St. Joseph Cemetery in Wilder, KY. They include Henry George Simon (1871-1929) and Apollonia ("Loney") Hoffmann Simon (1875-1943).
  • Mary Ann ("Pollie") Strickland Glisson (77 KB)
    Mary Ann ("Pollie") Strickland Glisson (1833-1890), wife of Joseph Glisson (1832-about 1875), in Bulloch County, Georgia, about 1885. This is one of Bridgette Donnelly's 32 great-great-great-grandparents.
  • J. Heinrich Seimon & A. Wilhelmina Beckmann Seimon (485 KB)
    J. Heinrich Seimon (1829-1900) and A. Wilhelmina Beckmann Seimon (1826-1906) about 1860 in Campbell County, Kentucky. These are two of Bridgette Donnelly's 32 great-great-great-grandparents.
  • Stauber Graves at St. Joseph (21 KB)
    These are the Stauber graves at St. Joseph Cemetery in Wilder, KY. They include Anna Christine Simon Stauber (1897-1994) and John Christian Stauber (1889-1935).
  • Edna ("Eddie") Josephine Downs Bell (120 KB)
    Edna ("Eddie") Josephine Downs Bell (1880-1959), wife of David Clayton Bell (1875-1924), about 1910 in Bryan County, Georgia. This is one of Bridgette Donnelly's 16 great-great-grandparents.
  • Leonhardt Hoffmann & Maria Ann Schneider Hoffmann (215 KB)
    Leonhardt Hoffmann (1836-1916) and Maria Ann Schneider Hoffmann (1843-1907) about 1865 in Campbell County, Kentucky. These are two of Bridgette Donnelly's 32 great-great-great-grandparents. Leonhardt Hoffmann, his father, and three of his four siblings immigrated from Germany to America. One sister, Katharina Hoffmann Kaltwasser, and her descendants remained behind in Germany.
  • McClelland Graves (120 KB)
    These are the McClelland graves at Old Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery in Bulloch County, GA. They include William Henry McClelland (1844-1909), Mahitable ("Hattie) Cone McClelland (1837-1909), William Madison McClelland (1869-1935), and Manie Veranda Glisson McClelland (1865-1945).
  • Our Elementary School (10 KB)
    Bridgette Donnelly graduated from The New School, a private Montessori school in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1999. She began as a preschool student in 1990 and went through sixth grade in 1999. Bridgette's daughter, Quinn Donnelly, began as a preschool student at The New School in 2007.
  • Thomas John Donnelly & Norah Heffernan Donnelly (122 KB)
    Thomas John Donnelly (1849-1928) and Norah Heffernan Donnelly (1861-1958) about 1890 in Madison County, New York. These are two of Bridgette Donnelly's 16 great-great-grandparents.
  • Donnelly Family Crest (512 KB)
    The Donnellys are descended from the High Kings of Ireland who ruled from the 7th to the 11th century AD. There are at least five different family crests associated with the Donnelly name. Most Donnelly family crests show two red lions holding a red hand. The crest that has been passed down for centuries among our Donnellys shows three silver lillies (fleurs-de-lis) on a shield of black with the Latin motto, "Fortiter et Fideliter," or, in English, "Courageously and Loyally." The black of the shield symbolizes constancy and faithfulness, and the silver of the lillies represents peace and sincerity. The fleur-de-lis symbols represent the Virgin Mary and the Irish Donnellys' sympathies with the Catholic rulers of France and Scotland. So, in addition to representing the Christian Trinity, the three lillies may represent the Catholic Celts of Ireland, Scotland, and France. In the Gaelic language of Ireland, "Donnelly" means "Dark Courage." "Neely" means "Courage."
  • Stauber Graves in Cincinnati (146 KB)
    These are the graves of husband and wife, Christian Stauber, Sr. (1863-1891) buried in St. Mary's and Ida M. Albrecht Stauber Haglage (1866-1917) buried at Vine Street Hill Cemetery, both cemeteries in Cincinnati.
  • Clara Estermann Meiners & George Gerard Meiners (116 KB)
    Clara Estermann Meiners (1876-1963) and George Gerard Meiners (1875-1954) about 1945 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. These are two of Bridgette Donnelly's 16 great-great-grandparents.
  • Donnelly and Meiners Graves (183 KB)
    These are the graves in old St. Joseph Cemetery in Cincinnati of Thomas James Donnelly (1900-1980), Clare Cecilia Meiners Donnelly (1903-1990), George Gerard Meiners (1875-1954), and Clara Estermann Meiners (1876-1963).
  • Betty and Robbie Neely (41 KB)
    Betty Douglas Neely (1927-2003) and James Robert Neely, Sr. (1927-2007) about 1945 with "Robbie's" stepfather, Harry Riley, in Savannah, Georgia.
  • Our Riddle Road House in 1899 (395 KB)
    Julius and Anna Jacobs, the first owners of our home, and their children in 1899. The house was built in 1896.
  • Our Home: Cat's Cradle (44 KB)
    Cat’s Cradle is a Victorian Queen Anne, a popular architectural style from about 1870 to 1910, built in 1896 in the University Heights area of Cincinnati, Ohio. Records at the Cincinnati Historical Society Library at the Museum Center at Union Terminal indicate that Cat’s Cradle is on the City of Cincinnati's inventory of architecturally historic homes (for its Venetian Palladian columns on the front windows). Another noteworthy architectural feature is the cupola/turret portion of the front porch. Preceded by the Jacobs family who built the house and the Flaherty family, the Donnellys are only the third family ever to occupy the house, having moved there in 1987. The property used to include out buildings, including a carriage house, barn, and chicken coop.
  • Donnellys in the Vatican (362 KB)
    Three generations of Donnellys in 1999 in Saint Peter's at the Vatican--Bridgette, Mary, and Tom.
  • Ellen Dugan Heffernan (103 KB)
    Ellen Dugan Heffernan was born about 1824 in Holy Cross, Tipperary, Ireland. In 1844 she married Thomas Heffernan, and in 1863 they and their children came to America, settling in central New York state. Her husband died within months of his arrival. Ellen lived until about 1907. She is one of Bridgette Donnelly's 32 great-great-great-grandparents.
  • George Gerard Meiners (60 KB)
    George Gerard Meiners (1875-1954), one of Bridgette Donnelly's 16 great-great-grandparents, in 1944. It was George Gerard Meiners who began the family enterprise of making Sacred Heart badges, many carried by American Catholic soldiers into battle during World War II and later wars. From him the manufacture passed to his son-in-law, Thomas James Donnelly (1900-1980), then his grandson, Thomas Meiners Donnelly (1934-1997), and then to his Donnelly great-grandchildren, especially Thomas Christian Donnelly (1956-) and Mary Jude Donnelly Gruenschlaeger (1964-). In 1999 Thomas Christian Donnelly and his mother, Mary Stauber Donnelly (1934-2000), presented one of the badges to Pope John Paul II via his Swiss Guards at the Vatican.
  • Heffernan Siblings (297 KB)
    Six of the children of Ellen Dugan (1824-1907) and Thomas Heffernan (1815-1864) about 1919 at a family reunion at Daniel Heffernan's home in Fabius, NY. From left to right are: Catherine ("Kate") Heffernan Sheahan (1852-?) of Fabius, NY; Timothy Heffernan (1847-1921) of Syracuse, NY; Patrick Heffernan (1848-1920) of Cazenovia, NY; Edward Heffernan (1859-1938) of Cazenovia & Fabius, NY; John Heffernan (1850-1920) of Syracuse, NY; and Norah Heffernan Donnelly (1861-1958) of Canastota, NY.
  • Cone Ancestral Home (64 KB)
    This is the home of Aaron Cone (1766-1835), son of Revolutionary War hero William Henry Cone (1750-1815), on Mud Road in Bulloch County, Georgia.
  • Louis Hoffman Family (30 KB)
    Louis Hoffman (1862-1938) was the son of Leonhardt Hoffman (1836-1916) and Maria Ann Schneider Hoffman (1843-1907) and the brother of Apollonia Hoffman Simon (1875-1943). From left to right are Louis Hoffman's wife, Katherine ("Kate") Rittinger Hoffman (1860-1931), son Henry Hoffman, and daughter Kate Hoffman in the early 1900s on Ann Street in Newport, Kentucky. These three people are Bridgette Donnelly's great, great, great aunt and first cousins three times removed.
 

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