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James "The Black Donnellys" Donnelly
Birth: Mar. 7, 1816
Death: Feb. 4, 1880

Members of a mystery-shrouded family known as the 'Black Donnellys' and believed, in Canadian folklore, to have been been the source of 'bad luck' that befell the town of Lucan, Ontario. The family feuded with townfolk for 33 years before one fateful night when their homestead was burned to the ground, taking many members of the family with it. While no one was ever convicted in their murders, it is widely believed that there may have been a conspiracy of silence adhered to by the town members. To this day, it is said, that the residents of Lucan refuse to talk about the Black Donnellys and that all reference to the families has been removed from the library and town records. In fact, the gravestone for the family was replaced in 1964 to remove the word "murdered." 
 
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 Children:
  James Donnelly (1841 - 1877)*
  William Donnelly (1845 - 1897)*
  Michael Donnelly (1850 - 1879)*
  Robert Donnelly (1853 - 1911)*
  Jane Donnelly Curry (1856 - 1917)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church Cemetery
Lucan Biddulph
Middlesex County
Ontario, Canada
 
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Record added: Jul 09, 2000
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They know your family was a scape goat for other people and there is even a Donnelly museum in Lucan the ones responsable all died violent deaths
- deb
 Added: Mar. 16, 2015

- Bunny
 Added: Mar. 7, 2015

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 Added: Mar. 7, 2015
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