Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

Abandoned families - Denny - Contents


The old Gaelic family is usually spelled "O'Donnell".
The standard spelling of the Baronets family, as in [Burkes Peerage], is "O'Donel".
I standardise them to this spelling.
However, the spelling "O'Donnell" is also found for the Baronets family, even in documents by the family itself. They are not consistent.

Extract from O'DONEL in [Burkes Peerage, 1881].

Hugh Roe O'Donnell.
King of Tyrconnell, 1461 to 1505.
He died 1505.

Male-line ancestor of:

Sir Richard Annesley O'Donel, 4th Baronet,
born 1808,
of Newport House, Newport, Co.Mayo.
See thepeerage and Wikitree.
He succ 1828.
His family inherited the Cathach of St. Columba (6th century AD manuscript). He donated it to the Royal Irish Academy in 1842.
He died 1878.
He had issue:

Richard Alexander O'Donel,
born 1834.
See thepeerage.
He mar 18 April 1860 to Penelope Jane Denny [bapt 13 November 1831, grand-dau of Arthur Blennerhassett of Blennerville].
See marriage settlement dated 17 Apr 1860.
See post-marriage settlement dated 28 Feb 1861.
Richard is listed after death as of Ballynahinch, Co.Down.
He died 7 July 1867, Achill, Co.Mayo.
(todo) See death of Richard Alexander O'Donel, [GROI], Newport, 1867, 3rd qr, age 33, vol 14 p 217.
Penelope is living 2 Holles St, Dublin, at admin of his estate 1867.
See her will (draft) dated 2 March 1868.
She fl 1885.
They had issue:

  1. Millicent Agnes O'Donel,
    born 1861.
    Spelt "Millicent Agnes" in mother's will. So think NOT Melicent Agnes.
    Her mother's will says she is the only child.
    She mar 1883 to Edwin Thomas [born 1852, from Raheir, Co.Mayo].
    He changed name to Edwin O'Donel.
    He died 1932, Newport House, age 80 yrs. See death cert from here.
    She died 1933, Newport, age 72 yrs. See death cert from here.
    They had issue:

    1. George O'Donel.
      He died without issue.
      KIA in WWI, 1915.

O'Donel papers

O'Donel papers. [PRO.NI] D2223/18/51.
Residuary accounts, schedule of properties, estate correspondence. Richard A. O'Donel. Property in Ballynahinch, Co.Down.


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