Denis O'Donovan Rossa
Death Date : 1847 /1848
Ellen (Nellie) O'Driscoll
Death Date : Not Available

Rosscarbery
Co. Cork
Ireland

 

Denis O'Donovan or Denis "Rossa" as he was also known, was born about 1790.  He was son of Jeremiah Donovan and Marie Donovan Báid

It was famine times in 1846 and 1847 and so in order to feed his family Denis took a job building roads under a famine relief scheme.  He died of famine fever in March 1847 while working on the road to Glandore.

Ellen (Nellie) born abt 1803 in Reenascreena, Rosscarbery.  She was a daughter of Cornelius O'Driscoll and Anna ní Laoghaire and the eldest of 11 children.
 
Denis and Ellen (15 yrs) married in 1818.  They were tenant farmers.
 
After Denis died in 1847, Nellie was evicted, which was not uncommon.  We see some dubious instances of people being sent to prison in Cork for even "suspicion of ..." as can be viewed by clicking our blog.
 
In 1848 her son, John, who was living in Philadelphia, sent money for his mother, his sister Catherine and brother Cornelius to go to America.
 
Their children (baptised in Rosscarbery / Lissevard R.C. Parish) were:-
 
John (b 18 Apr 1828).  Sponsors: James Donovan, Mary Dano
 
Jeremiah (b 4 Sept 1831).  Sponsors: Jer Shanahan and Margt Driscol (his grandaunt)
 
Cornelius (b 19 June 1834).  Sponsors: Danl Leary, Cath Driscoll
 
Mary (b 7 Dec 1837).  Sponsors: Denis Hease, Mary Donovan
 
Denis (b - date not found but may be between 1819 and 1837)
 
Julia (b - date not found but may be between 1819 and 1837)
 
Michael (b - date not found but may be between 1819 and 1837)
 
Catherine (b - date not found but may be between 1819 and 1837)
 
and one other child
 
 
 


 


 


 
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