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* McDonnell*

Updated October 27, 2010

My search for James Wilbert McDonnell
My search for a stolen identity.
In my great grandfathers words.
"The Nuns shipped me to Canada to work as a slave on a farm."

He was used, abused and denied his identity.
Both the Church and the British government worked to remove his past and hide his identity.
120 years later I feel robbed of my past and am working to fill in the blanks.
120 years later and 20 years of research on my side and it looks to me like someone is still trying to hide the past.

I believe I have now traced him to Yorkshire 1881, but still am hitting a deadend there. The challange continues.

Kelly McDonnell
Calgary, AB Canada

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  • McDonnell Callaghan Edmondston Anderson (1745 KB)
    My journey to find my roots. James Wilbert McDonnell (1884) robbed of a childhood in his own words "I was sent to Canada to work as a slave on a farm." JW and his sons worked with both the Purple gang and Al Capone. Son Frank was a Capone chauffeur and body guard staying with Capone at Rocky Point Son Jame Roy was a leg breaker. They left the US in the 30s fearing for their lives after a hit went wrong.

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