Donohue Family Page

aliceI have been researching the Donohue family for over 20 years but have only had a little success.  I knew from my father that his mother's maiden name was Alice Donohue and that the family were of Irish descent and Roman Catholic.  Alice died when my father was just 4 years old so I don't think he ever really knew that much about her or her family.

Alice Donoghue          Top of page

Alice Maud O'DONOHUE
was born on 22nd April 1880 at 19 Union Buildings in Cardiff. My first thoughts were that Union Buildings meant that she was born in the workhouse but apparantly Union Buildings stood where the Morgan Arcade now stands and was where some of the earliest Irish immigrants to Cardiff made their homes. Alice was the daughter of William O'DONOHUE and Catherine MURPHY.

In 1903 Alice was working as a cleaner for the Cardiff Grain company in Collingdon Road when a fire broke out. Alice had a narrow escape from the burning building.

On 12th March 1904 Alice DONOGHUE married Arthur David Alexander DEANS in St David's Cathedral, Cardiff. Alice was 22 years old and of no known occupation but her father's occupation is given as labourer. She was living at 22 Rodney Street, Cardiff (where St David's Centre now stands).The witnesses to the marriage were P. Britt (Alice's brother-in-law, Patrick, married to her sister Mary) and K. Deans (Arthur's sister Catherine known as Kitty).

Shortly after the marriage, on 30th April 1904 their daughter Catherine (Kitty) was born in Port Talbot, Glamorgan. Alice and Arthur had four more children: Violet Mary Jane, Lily May, Eileen were born in Cardiff and appear on the 1911 census living at 8 Helen Street and Arthur is working as a Railway Servant.  William Bernard (known as Bernard) was born in 1914.

In 1913 Arthur had joined the Army.  For most of his service career he was stationed near Milford Haven and Pembroke Dock guarding the defence emplacements.  It is likely that Alice and the children remained in Cardiff during this time and on Arthur's service documents she is given as NOK living at 8 Helen Street. Arthur had initially enlisted in the Army for a period of 4 years but of course WWI intervened and Arthur remained with his unit until after the war. He was granted a medical discharge early in 1919 but before this could take place Alice succumbed to the terrible "flu" epidemic that was sweeping the country and died, at 8 Helen Street, Cardiff, on 29th October 1918 from acute pneumonia.

William Donoghue & Family          Top of page

Because of the various ways DONOGHUE has been spelled by enumerators or recorders I have some difficulty in verifying the research into this family. I have come across  Donaghue, Donoghue, O'Donohue, Donahue, and Donough.  As can be seen above Alice's birth certificate states O'Donohue and her marriage cerificate Donoghue.  The birth certificate for David John shows the family still living at 19 Union Buildings, William is a labourer but the name is spelled as Donohue.

We know Alice's father to be William O'Donohue (Donoghue) and her mother to be Catherine Murphy. We also know from these certificates that they had lived in Union Buildings and Rodney Street in Cardiff. The 1901 census shows the family at 33 Tredegar Street.  It tells us that William is 62 years old, a labourer and born in Cork, Ireland.  Catherine is 61 and comes from Tipperary, Ireland. The children listed are William, Charles, David John and Alice Maud. The name is spelled as Donough

Go back 10 years to 1891 and the family are listed at 34 Tredegar Street, Cardiff.  William and Catherine's ages are listed as 53 and 51 respectively and both are born in Ireland, William's occupation is given as labourer.  Children named as William(1872), Mary(1873), Charles(1877), Ellen (1878-1893), Alice M(1880) and David John(1884), all born in Cardiff.  The name is spelled as Donohue.

I haven't been able to positively identify the family on the 1881 census.  There is a family called MacDonald living at thehouse in Tredegar Street and they do have a daughter named "Allis" born in 1880.  Perhaps the family went back to Ireland for a time or just got missed off the 1881 census but I really wish I could find them on this census to positively tie them into the family I find on the 1871 census.

In 1871 the family of a William and Catherine Donohue are living at 12 Herbert Street with their children: Johanna (1861), Catherine (1863), Jeremiah (1865), Cornelius (1867) and Margaret(1869). William is described as a general labourer and it just gives the birthplace for him and Catherine as Ireland. Their age range is correct from what we know from the later census, William 34 and Catherine 32.

There is a marriage record for William Donohue and Catherine Murphy in Cardiff in 1860 and they can be found together in 1861 census living in Millicent Street.  It states that William is 27 and a labourer and Catherine is age 22 both born in Ireland.  There is an entry for a Catherine Murphy in the 1851 census.

I have done searches on all the children listed to William and Catherine in each census, trying to positively tie them all together as the same family but have no conclusive evidence yet. Given the approx birth years of William and Catherine as stated on the census forms they would likely be married around 1860 and likely to have a large family with births spanning 20 years or more.  The other unusual thing is that there are very few grandchilden attributed to William and Catherine. I only know of the four children born to Alice and her husband Arthur and there I am puzzled as to the reason their daughter Kitty was born in Port Talbot.

Children of Willliam & Catherine          Top of page

Johanna - 1861.  There is a birth registration for a Joanne Donoue in Cardiff in 1961 and an entry in a school register for a Johanna Donoughue in 1873.  She was admitted to  St Patrick's Catholic School, Grangetown on 31.3.1873, her father's name was a labourer living in Rosemary Street.  Johanna was aged 8 years and 9 months on admission. of the two entries for a Johanna Donoghue in the 1881 census one is the daughter of Thoams Donohue, the other was a charwoman whose birthplace was given as Ireland.  In 1883 a Johanna Donoghue married Edward Morrisey but a look on the 1891 census tells us that this Johanna was born in Monmouthshire.

Catherine - 1863:  There is a birth registration for a Catherine Donoghue in Cardiff in 1863 and a death registration for a Catherine Donoghue aged 18 years in Cardiff in 1882.

Jeremiah - 1865: There is a birth registration for a Jeremiah Donoghue in Cardiff in 1865 and a registration of death in 1929. Jeremiah married Bridget Coleman in Cardiff in 1886, Bridget was considerably older than Jeremiah and there were no children from this marriage.  There are census entries for the couple living at 10 Pendoylan Street in 1891, 6 Tyndall Street in 1901 and still at Tyndall Street in  1911.

Cornelius - 1867:  There is a birth registration for a Cornelius O'Donohue in 1867 and a death in 1914. Cornelius seems to be the black sheep of the family!  In 1888 he was involved in an affray and charged with stealing a coat. He was sentenced to 18 calendar months hard labour.  Later a petition was sent to the Home secretary  because it was felt the sentence was too harsh.  In 1891 he is a dock labourer boarding at 23 Havelock St, he gets involved with a charge of embezzlement at a cinema in Newport. embezzlement He married in 1896. In 1898 he was fined £10 and costs for illicitly trading in beer (shebeening). In 1901 he was sentenced to 5 months imprisonment - 2 months for assault and 3 months for his immoral course of life (living on prostitution). In 1906 he was remanded in custody for unlawfully attempting, by means of false pretences to obtain the sum of £1 15s 6d from the Great Western Railway Company.  He was sent to trial on the 13th April, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 1 month hard labour. In 1911 he is boarding with the Shanly family at Eisteddfod Street and working as a nightwatchman at a skating rink. Cornelius died in 1914.

Margaret 1869:  There is a birth registration for Margaret Donoghue in Cardiffin 1869. In 1892 Margaret married James Brennan in Cardiff in 1892.  There were no children from this marriage.  In 1911 Margaret and James are living in Pellet Street. Margaret appears to have been a bit light fingered and was sent to prison on two occassions for stealing clothing. Margaret died in1944 in Cardiff.

William - 1872: There is a birth registration for William Donoghue in Cardiff in 1872.  William never married and died in Cardiff in 1941.  In 1911 he is living with his sister Mary (Mary Lindsay) in Springfield Place, Canton.

Mary Donoghue - 1873: There is a birth registration for Mary Donoghue in Cardiff in 1873. Mary was married three times but there were no children from any of the marriages.  Mary married Patrick Britt in 1895 in Cardiff. I cannot find them on the 1901 census but Patrick Britt signs his name as a witness to at the marriage of Alice Donoghue to Arthur Deans in 1904. Patrick died in Cardiff in 1908.  Mary next married George Samuel Lindsay in Cardiff in 1910. The 1911 census records Mary at Springfield Place, canton as married but George is not on the census.  Mary's brother William is living with her at the time. It is not known where George was the night of the census, perhaps he was a amriner or in the army and may have died overseas as no death record can be found for him in Cardiff.  Mary married for the third time in 1925, this time to John M. Hausey. Mary died in cardiff in 1943.

Charles Donohue - 1877:  There is a birth record for Charles Donohue in Cardiff in 1877. In 1898 Charles takes part in a prize fight againstDick Murphy.  The following year (1899) Charles was charged with disorderly conduct and using obscene language at Rhymney Railway Station. The fight lasted for 3/4 hour with Murphy winning in the 9th round. Charles joined the army, he attested for the RMRC on 5th May 1904.  On the attestation papers he names two addresses, he states that he was residing in Rodney Street and in the previous twelvemonth he had also resided at GlebeStreet, Penarth.  He states that he was a plumber by trade and had been an apprentice and a date of 11th November 1903 and his previous employer was S R Williams of Cardiff. Charles' father is named as William of 1 Rodney Street, off Bute Terrace, Cardiff. He was declared fit for the Militia at Monmouth on 9th May 1904. Unfortunately Charles didn't last long in the army, he was discharged on 16th June 1906 on conviction of a felony.  His character while in the military is stated as good. In 1907 Charles and another man were fined for unlawful gaming at Cowbridge Races. Charles died in Cardiff in 1913.

Ellen Donohue: There is a birth recorded for Ellen Donoghue in Cardiff in 1878 and a death in 1893.

Alice Donoghue: go to Alice Donohue

David John Donohue: There is a birth recorded for David John Donohue in 1884 in Cardiff. It is known that David left Cardiff and settled elsewhere, I believe in Scotland. I can  remember meeting an Uncle David John Donohue when I was quite young at Barry Island. Uncle David John Donohue had returned to Cardiff for a family visit.  There is a record for David John O'Donoghue marrying Ellen Lynch at St Andrew Edinburgh in 1907.  Electoral Rolls for Edinburgh show a David and Ellen O'Donoghue living at 11 Downfield Place, Edinburgh from 1945 through to 1965.  I cannot find a death record for David John but Ellen O'Donoghue died in 1968 aged 92 years the death recorded in the Haymarket District of Edinburgh.  As far as I know there were no children from this marriage.

Gallery          Top of page

aliceDad Alice with, Catherine (Kitty), Violet, Lily, Eileen and William (Bernard) alice1  A photoshopped version.  The occasion was William Bernard's Baptism. Alice2 Alice as a young girl
catherine Catherine Donoghue davidjohn
 Uncle David John O'Donoghue.   (c) P. Newman
CatherineAlice Catherine with Alice (seated) Children unknown.
UnionBuildings Union Buildings, Cardiff, where Alice was born. (Photograph courtesy of Kim Judd)