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Thomas James Donnelly
Birth: Dec. 18, 1900
Canastota
Madison County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 25, 1980
Cincinnati
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA

The son of Thomas John Donnelly and Norah Heffernan Donnelly, Thomas James Donnelly was born December 18, 1900 in Madison County, New York. He was the sixth of seven children. He graduated from Syracuse University. He was a salesman who moved from Madison County, New York to Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio when he married Cincinnati native, Clare Cecilia Meiners Donnelly, on October 12, 1929 at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in Cincinnati. Tom was based out of nearby Indianapolis, Indiana, and he and "Ceil" met through a co-worker of Tom's from Cincinnati who knew the Meiners family. Together they had five children: Mary Clare Donnelly Minges, Thomas J. Donnelly (Mary' twin who died in infancy), Anne ("Nancy") Roger Donnelly Riley, Thomas Meiners Donnelly, and Catherine Theresa Donnelly O'Fallon. Later in life he managed a Saint Vincent de Paul store on Bank Street in Cincinnati and took over the operation of the family's Sacred Heart Press from his father-in-law. Thomas loved having his grandchildren visit at his Wynnburne home in Green Hills. His grandson Tom Donnelly recalls staying over at his grandparents' home and falling asleep to the sounds of his grandparents saying the rosary. Thomas died of complications from emphysema and prostate cancer at age 79 on September 25, 1980 in Cincinnati. He is buried in the Meiners family plot in Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Cincinnati. His ancestry was Irish, and the Donnellys are descended from the powerful Irish clan of Ui Neill who claimed the High Kingship of Ireland from the 7th to the 11th century AD.

Thanks to his children and grandson Thomas C. Donnelly for so much of this information. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas John Donnelly (1849 - 1928)
  Norah Heffernan Donnelly (1861 - 1958)
 
 Spouse:
  Clare Cecilia Meiners Donnelly (1903 - 1990)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Clare Donnelly Minges (1930 - 2013)*
  Thomas J. Donnelly (1930 - 1930)*
  Anne Roger Donnelly Riley (1933 - 2012)*
  Thomas Meiners Donnelly (1934 - 1997)*
 
 Siblings:
  Nora Donnelly (1887 - 1901)*
  Catherine Donnelly (1892 - 1897)*
  Thomas James Donnelly (1900 - 1980)
  Dorothy Donnelly Heintz (1902 - 1970)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Cincinnati
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section 32, Lot 13, Grave 9
 
Created by: Sharlotte Donnelly
Record added: Dec 30, 2000
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Thomas James Donnelly
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