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John Joseph "Jack" Donovan
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Birth: 1844
New Brunswick, Canada
Death: Sep. 25, 1892
Denver
Denver County
Colorado, USA

One of Col. Forsyth's Scouts at the Battle of Beecher's Island in eastern Colorado Territory in September of 1868. He, with Scout Allison J. Pliley, excaped the island and crossed the prairie to Fort Wallace, Kansas to bring back a relief party.

When arriving at the fort he found only a handful of men, the rest having left earlier with Col. H. C. Bankhead, they having been alerted to Forsyth's predicament, by Scouts S. E. "Jack" Stilwell and Pierre Trudeau, who had escaped from the Island the first night.

Donovan then recruited several civilians and started back for the Island. In route, he located Col. Louis H. Carpenter, and the 10th Cavalry on the plains, and together, made the historic ride, bring relief to the besieged Scouts at Beecher Island.

For this and other actions of the same time period, Col. Carpenter was awarded a Medal of Honor.

Later, the Scouts, and surviving widows, including Mrs. Donovan, were awarded a military pension, under a special act of Congress.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Patrick Donovan (1801 - 1877)
  Julia Coughlan Donovan (1817 - 1890)
 
 Spouse:
  Margaret Cecilia Burke Donovan (1843 - 1929)
 
 Children:
  Mary U. Donovan Kitt (1874 - 1968)*
  John Vincent Donovan (1877 - 1918)*
  Alice Stella Donovan (1878 - 1907)*
  Stephen Alyyisious Donovan (1880 - 1949)*
  Leo Joseph Donovan (1882 - 1936)*
  Bernard Stanislaus Donovan (1885 - 1962)*
  Cecila Margaret Donovan Hagus (1887 - 1936)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Donovan Barr (1842 - 1919)*
  Annie Donovan (1843 - 1867)*
  John Joseph Donovan (1844 - 1892)
  Jeremiah Donovan (1847 - 1871)*
  Patrick Henry Donovan (1850 - 1916)*
  Ellen Donovan Levy (1858 - 1938)*
  James Joseph Donovan (1863 - 1915)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Wheat Ridge
Jefferson County
Colorado, USA
 
Created by: Old History Buff
Record added: May 02, 2006
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- Randy Eutsler
 Added: Nov. 10, 2008
A true man among men.
-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 24, 2006
 
 
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