|Death: ||Mar. 7, 1897|
Born about 1844, William (or Will) was the second eldest son in the Donnelly family. Born with a clubfoot, William was a sickly child but a handsome man. He was seen as the leader of the Donnelly family and was responsible for undertakings such as the attempt at abducting Margaret Thompson, whom he loved. In the end, however, William married Nora Kennedy on Jan 28 1875 at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Lucan.
William was known for raising horses and he also became involved in the stagecoach business. He had run-ins with both James Carroll and Father John Connolly. Not one to back down, William also challenged various members of the Vigilance Committee.
When his brother John was shot at William's home the night of February 4, 1880, the murderers wrongly assumed they had killed William. Devastated by the loss of his relatives, William worked tirelessly to bring the murderers of his family to justice. He went on to become a constable in Glencoe.
William died in 1897.
William & Hanora had 4 children
James - July 15, 1877
Johannah - June 25, 1880
John William - June 30, 1883
Hanora - Sept. 7, 1887
James Donnelly (1816 - 1880)
Johannah Donnelly (1823 - 1880)
Hanora Kennedy Donnelly (1852 - 1937)
Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church Cemetery
Created by: Joan Donnelly
Record added: Mar 17, 2013
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