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Elizabeth Norris Donnelly
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Birth: Oct., 1846
Kilkeel
County Down, Northern Ireland
Death: Jul. 12, 1914
San Bernardino County
California, USA

Born the youngest child of Charles (William?) Norris and Helen Hannay reportedly in the coastal fishing village of Kilkeel, County Down, Ireland.

Although a precise time frame is unknown, a young Elizabeth emigrated from Ireland into Canada along with her father and other Norris family members (including two older brothers, Robert & Joseph Norris, and one older sister, Jane Norris)... probably during the mass exodus of Irish citizens which occured between 1845 & 1855 in response to the Potato Famine. Regretably, no evidence has been found that suggests her mother, Helen Hannay Norris, was with the family at the time that they initially settled in Kingston within the Province of Ontario.

The marriage of Elizabeth Norris and David Donnelly is found in the Marriage Register of Ontario:

Marriage Regis Vol 17, Pg 021 David DONELLY, 40, engineer, Ireland, Kingston, s/o Robert DONELLY & Ann ROBINSON, married Elizabeth NORRIS, 25, Ireland, blank, d/o Charles NORRIS & Helen HANNAY, witn: Robert TOWERS & Robert DONELLY, 23 January 1871

This marriage was blessed with six children ... five of whom survived into adulthood. They were:

Ann (or Mary Ann) Donnelly (1871 - 1873? ... reported to have succumbed to pneumonia at the age of one or two)

Thomas Donnelly (1874-1949)

Ellen Hannah "Nellie" Donnelly (1876 - 1902)

David Charles Donnelly (1879-1963)

Annie Elizabeth Donnelly Frost (1882-1946)
... FaG #20880421

Mary Josephine Donnelly Frost (1885-1910)

Elizabeth Norris Donnelly was unexpectedly widowed in 1886 when her husband was killed in a tragic work related accident. Undaunted by the loss, she gathered her children and followed a dream which she and her husband had planned to emigrate to California. The trip began in 1887, when Captain John Donnelly, a cousin to her deceased husband, bundled the Donnelly family into a large, three seated sleigh crossed Lake Ontario, which was frozen over, into the United States to connect to the railroad at Watertown, New York. The Donnelly family then traveled by train from Watertown to Buffalo, New York, and then on to Chicago, Illinois, where they paused for a brief visit with brother, Joseph Norris, his wife, Mary, and their children (which included Charley, age 9 & Joseph, age 6). Then the family traveled on by train to California where they eventually settled in Etiwanda within the Cucamonga Township of San Bernadino County.

Prior to her death in 1914, Elizabeth and family appear in both the U S Census of 1900 and the U S Census of 1910 as farmers ... presumably being citrus growers.


Note: The manager of the FaG memorial for Annie Donnelly Frost is, herself, deceased; and a transfer of management has been requested; but no action has yet been taken by the FaG administrator.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles William Norris (1796 - 1872)
 
 Spouse:
  David Donnelly (1831 - 1886)
 
 Children:
  Thomas Donnelly (1874 - 1949)*
  Ellen Hannah Donnelly (1876 - 1902)*
  David Charles Donnelly (1879 - 1963)*
  Mary Josephine Donnelly Frost (1885 - 1910)*
 
 Siblings:
  Robert George Norris (1841 - 1919)*
  Joseph Norris (1842 - 1927)*
  Jane Norris Lashford (1843 - 1923)*
  Elizabeth Norris Donnelly (1846 - 1914)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Mother
 
Note: Stone marker shows dob 1845 ; but other evidence suggests dob may actually have been 1846.
 
Burial:
Bellevue Memorial Park
Ontario
San Bernardino County
California, USA
Plot: I-015-05
 
Maintained by: C Wilson
Originally Created by: Lola Lowe
Record added: Aug 10, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20878480
Elizabeth <i>Norris</i> Donnelly
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'To Live In The Hearts We Leave Behind Is Not To Die'
- C Wilson
 Added: Sep. 7, 2011
 
 
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