|Birth: ||Nov. 13, 1827|
|Death: ||Feb. 5, 1907|
JOHN DONNELLY, one of the prominent citizens and a leading farmer of Middlesex township.
The paternal side of his ancestry is Irish, but his father, William Donnelly, was born in Silver Spring township, Cumberland county. He settled on a farm which is now the property of his son Washington, and died there in 1863.
John was instructed in the primary elements of his education in the subscription schools in Silver Spring
township, but family circumstances made it necessary for him to begin supporting himself while still a small boy.
There is always plenty of work in a farming community for a small boy who is honest and industrious, and he first recived forty cents a day. Later he learned the tanning business with Joseph Shrum, of Carlisle, and was connected with that industry for ten years. After his marriage he lived at New Kingstown and worked at his trade with John Clendennin. He then built himself a residence, the first one erected at what is now know as Donnellytown, were he lived until 1878, at that time buying his present place from the heirs of his gandfather Brownawell; this has been the family home ever since.
In 1878 John Donnelly was elected justice of the peace, an office he has held with efficiency and dignity for twenty-five consecutive years, giving great satisfaction and disposing of an immense amount of business. In politics he has been a lifelong Democrate.
On 3 May 1853 he was married at the First Presbyterian Church, Carlisle, Pa. by Rev. C.P.Wing to Miss Sarah Seaton Gregg, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Bradley) Gregg, of Carlisle. Sarah died 20 February 1903, survived by her bereaved husband and the following children:
Clara (Mrs John Mater), of Harrisburg and Charles J. of Cumberland county, who married Jennie Haymaker.
Death of An Aged Citizen.
Carlisle, Feb. 7. - Mr. John Donnelly died at his home in Middlesex township, near Sterrett's Gap, Tuesday evening, aged 80 years. He is survived by the following children: Charles J., of North Middleton township; Mrs. John Mater, Steelton, and Emma in Steelton. Mr. Donnelly was a resident of Middlesex Township all of his life. For many years he filled the office of justice of the peace and for a number of years was constable.
He is also survived by two brothers in the West; Washington Donnelly, of Middlesex township, and Mrs. Samuel Spangler of Silver Spring township.
The funeral will be held from the residence of his son, Charles J. Donnelly, who resides near Basin Hill, one mile north of Carlisle, on Friday afternoon.
Harrisburg Daily Independent (Harrisburg, PA), Thursday, February 7, 1907; pg. 9
William Donnelly (1801 - 1863)
Ann Mary Brownawell Donnelly (1804 - 1888)
Sarah S Gregg Donnelly (1834 - 1903)*
Clara Elizabeth Donnelly Mater (1854 - 1936)*
Emma Mary Donnelly McCreary (1856 - 1934)*
Charles J Donnelly (1860 - 1934)*
John Donnelly (1827 - 1907)
Henry A. Donnelly (1830 - 1883)*
George Washington Donnelly (1834 - 1919)*
Anna Amanda Donnelly Burgett (1844 - 1902)*
Plot: South section
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Record added: Nov 29, 2011
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