mar 7 Feb 1831 [Shanagolden RC par records]
to Mary Nolan
Marriage wit by Michael McMahon and Rev. Daniel McCoy.
[Cussen, 1962] says he was "a big tall man, well over 6 ft" and she was "a small little woman, at the most 4 ft high". Daniel's father Old Dan Donovan was shocked when he saw how small she was. "She's small", he said to her father James Nolan (who died 1833). Nolan replied: "She is, but I'll put the money on her head and that will make her big enough."
[Cussen, 1962] says Nolan gave her "a fortune of £3000 or £4000" but it is hard to believe it could have been that much.
They lived Lisgordan,
near Shanagolden, Co.Limerick.
She was so small, she used a set of steps to climb up into the bed.
"Daniel Donovan" is listed at Lisgordan in [Tithe Survey, 1833]. He is holding 31 acres of titheable land and 1 acre of untitheable land.
He was a Poor Law Guardian for the Union of Newcastle West (Union formed 1838).
Listed at Lisgordan at son's bapt 1844.
In 1845 he leased Grouse Lodge, Co.Limerick, containing 28 acres, and 10 acres of bog.
He is listed in [Griffiths Valuation] as leasing 62 acres at Lisgordan from the Earl of Clare. He also held 4 acres in Ballyegny Beg (just E of Lisgordan, see map) and rented out several houses.
By lease dated 5 July 1856 he leased 40 acres at Knockbweeheen ("Knockboyheen"), Kilcolman par, from 3rd Earl of Clare.
By lease dated 7 July 1856 he leased 40 acres at Lisgordan and Ballyegny from 3rd Earl of Clare.
In 1858 he became owner of Grouse Lodge.
In 1858 he purchased 88 acre farm at Ballymaceery from the Earl of Cork.
His will dated 1 Mar 1873.
He died 15 Feb 1876, Lisgordan, age 77 yrs. See death in [GROI]. Listed as "farmer".
See admin of will, proved 17 Mar 1876, in [NAI]. From here.
Mary died 20 Apr 1882, age 76 yrs [mass card].
Daniel and Mary had issue:
Daniel Donovan listed at Lisgordan in [Tithe Survey, 1833].
This was meant to be the mother of an O'Donovan who was Chief of Police in Durban, South Africa.
But written on it is "Mrs. C. Patlansny; nee B.V.M.; 3. 1910" (apparently March 1910).
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