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Michael "Darky Mike" O'Donnell
(card #2)
 
1842-1910
(This is Darky Mike according to age in 1900 census)
Married (Sept. 24, 1863) Sarah Battersbee, 1841 -
 
Parish record of marriages, witnesses were Bernard O'Donnell & Anna Vaughy.
 
Could this possibly be Darky Mike & this the first wife that didn't like B.I.? The marriage witness was Bernard O'Donnell. He is around the right age to be Barney's brother. Yes - the age is right in 1900 census.
 
The 1860 census shows living in a household composed of Wm. Buckrum, 60, Hugh Boyle, 30, Patrick Boyle, 33, a Michael O'Donald, 19, laborer, born Ire..
 
In the 1870 census there is listed a Michael O'Donnell this age as living as a boarder in the home of John Dunlevy. He is called "shoemaker."
 
This is the same age as these 1860 & '70 listings. He could have married Sarah in '63, she left him before '70, & [he] married Nangog after '71.
 
This is the most probable place for -
Death record:
Michael O'Donnell, married, age 67, died St. J. Twp on May 19, '10 of Bright's disease.
Born Ire.; farmer; parents Anthony O'Donnell & Nora Gallagher.
- this makes it look like Darky Mike but he didn't marry Nangog until after 1871
 
Michael "Mike Mahane" O'Donnell
"Trail Rd. O'Donnells"
House #6
[Born] Mich.
Farmer
Married Mary McCormick - [born] Mich.
Child:
Grace Margaretta, July '01 (record)
 
This is from county birth records. It is probably the "Mike Mahane" of House #6, a son of Johnny Mahane on the Trail Rd.. (Is this the old man George & I took home from the tavern?)
 
Is this Mike Mahane? Probably
 
Nangog (Nancy) O'Donnell
Came sometime after 1879; she said it was '84.
P. 50, 91, 132
Married to "Darkey Mike"
Children:
Nora, 1879-1954 - a daughter who was born of an earlier marriage to the uncle of Mrs.
Doney Gallagher - (dates [from] stone) - this means Nangog came after 1879, the date of Nora's birth
Anthony (son by Darkey Mike)
 
She was a wailer.
 
What her maiden name was Maria doesn't know, but her first husband's name was Gallagher & he died in Ireland. She had known Darky Mike in Ireland. She came here a widow with one daughter.
She had been married to an uncle of Mrs. Doney Gallagher before she came to B.I. with her daughter (who married Peter Dominic). This [her daughter's marriage] was after Darky Mike was dead; Nonie was at the wedding.
Peter Dominic's dates are 1869-1958. This means Nangog must have come after 1869, as her daughter probably wasn't older than her [daughter's] husband.
 
According to information in 1900 census (Peter & Nora Gallagher), Nora was born in 1879, they emigrated in 1883, reached the U.S. in 1884.
[See original manuscript for family tree diagram of Nangog and Darkey Mike.]
 
Nora O'Donnell
(Susan?)
"Shugie" Susan, mother of Anthony, Michael, etc.. is only one old enough.
 
Died, Nora O'Donnell, b[orn] Aranmore, age 95, Feb. 20, 1893.
 
Owen H. O'Donnell
1848-1904
Aranmore
About 1862
This is the son of the widowed Hannah, who came with her 3 children about 1860.
Married (1874, on B.I.) Julia Malloy, 1853-1905 - the oldest child of Dan Malloy & Fannie
O'Donnell, born in N.Y.
Children:
Anthony, Oct. 1, 1876
Daniel, Feb. 12, 1878 (birth rec. Feb. 25, '78; father "sailor")
Nora Hannah, June 13, 1879 (birth rec., June 13, '79; father "school master")
John, Sept. 27, 1880
Frank, June 13, 1883
James, Dec. 24, 1884
Frances Mary, Feb. 6, 1886
Theresa, 1887 - born in Escanaba
Maria, 1890 - born in Escanaba
Lawrence, 1895 - born in Escanaba
 
"He was a school teacher and railroad man." (Maria)
 
Tony O'Don.'s notes:
"Owen O'Donnell was sheriff of Manitou Co.. His son Anthony was nicknamed "The Deputy."
 
Dec. 15, 1879 - bought from Anthony O'Donnell in Sec 15-38-10 (this was his stepfather).
Where did I get this? - I can't find it now.
 
Patrick O'Donnell?
[?] -1879
 
The whole west side of Sec 8 T38 R10 (the land just west of Bonners') belonged to a Patrick O'Donnell. In 1879 he evidently died, because in that year his heirs established ownership to the land by a patent under the Homestead Act.
 
Land office:
Oct. 3, 1872 - Patrick O'Donnell Hd. W 2NW 4 & W 2SW 4 Sec 8-38-10 160A $10 F.C. Jan. 9,
1879. Pat. by his heirs, Nov. 25, 1879.
 
Patrick O'Donnell?
[?] - 1891
Married Bridget ? , [?] - 1891
 
There is a stone with 2 names:
 
Bridget O'Donnell Patrick O'Donnell
died 1891 died 1891
 
No other information - this could be 2 children [who] died in an epidemic of some kind, but they usually put the age in such a case.
 
Peter O'Donnell
1859-Dec. 9, 1912, born Mich.
Anthony & Sophia's son
P. 90, 129
Married, 1894, Mary Maloney, 1870-1945; born Mich. - Agnes Maloney's "Aunt Mamie"
Children:
Sophia Mary, May 31, '96-1926 (stone); born in Manistee (birth record)
Edward Allen, June 25, '04
Tony
 
The above dates are from Charlevoix birth records. The gravestones say:
O'Donnell
Mary Ann Peter
  • 1859-1912
 
They must have been living in Manistee in '96 when Sopia was born, but the birth is recorded at Charlevoix.
 
The family bible confirms the birth date of Peter as Oct. 14, 1859, as does the census. Those birth records are most inaccurate. The doctor in giving them in evidently guessed at the father's age.
 
Death record:
Pete O'Donnell, married, age 53-1-13, died Sept. 23, '12 Dec. 7, '12, in St. J. Twp of
"carbuncle." Carpenter; parents Anthony & Sophia O'Donnell.
 
In 1904 he lists himself as "carpenter."1
 
Mamie seems to have taught about every school on the Island. She taught on the Dky. T. Rd. [and] at the Point.
 
Richard O'Donnell
He was mentioned in the Northern Island. Issue of Aug. 14, 1851 in their article on the death of Thomas Bennett. K. of St. James, p. 261.
He, along with James Hoy, is supposed to have attack[ed] the Mormon Samuel Graham as he was on the way to see Sheriff Granger. The article says the attack was unprovoked. Later, these two were supposed to be arrested along with the 2 Bennetts. When Constable Wm. Chambers tried to serve the warrants the fracas ensued in which Bennett was killed.
 
Pat says he never heard of a Richard O'Donnell.
 
Maria - "Old Richard" or "Old Richie" married to John Gillespie's sister Old Aggie. Lived where Mrs. Dillingham lives. This is house #56 & I have that for "Agnes Scott, widowed sister of Old John Gillespie."
 
The 1850 census lists a Richard O'Donnell, age 29, fisherman, born Ire.; can't R or write. He is living in the home of Patrick Sullivan at Cable's Bay. This is probably the one here in Mormon times.
 
Susan "Shugie" O'Donnell
1810 (1880 census - 1799) -
"Shu'gan" in Irish
Children:
Anthony, 1826 - ; married Sophia
John
Dan, 1838 - ; married Grace Gall.
Michael, 1845 - ; married Hannah & taught school
Francis, 1830 - ; married Ed Martin's widow, Gracie?
 
1860 census:
Susan O'Donald 50 widow born Ire.
Dan O'Donald 25 laborer born Ire.
Michael O'Donald 15 ----- born Ire.
 
Another entry in 1860 census:
Wm. Gallagher 24 cooper born Ire.
Cicly Boyl 30 -------------- born Ire.
Maw_____ Boyl 25 fisherman born Ire.
John Boyl 17 ---------------- born Ire.
Bridget Boyl 15 -------------- born Ire.
Susan O'Donald 50 widow born Ire.
 
These must be the boarders & the above her children. Is Cicly Boyl a domestic?
 
In [the] 1870 [census] she is living with sons Francis & Michael.
 
In the 1880 census she is living with Anthony & is listed as 81 years old - born 1799.
 
William O'Donnell
(3 rd Gen.)
1886 -
Frank's brother, Dan Barney's son.
Married Bridget Burns, 1894-1951
Children:
Rita (Jewel's wife)
Eleanor M., 1919-1927
Daniel, 1916-1952
 
Similar stones on one lot:
 
William Bridget
1886 - 1894-1951
 
 
Eleanor M. Daniel
1919-1927 1916-1952
 
O'Grady [Family]
There was an O'Grady family [who] lived at the Black Hills along with Cundy & Shamus.
 
John Oliver
1821-1901 (death record)
Born in Scotland
Married Mary, 1845 - ; à is this Angeline? No, according to the grandson in Charlevoix.
Oliver's Point is supposed to be named for her husband, who was a white man.
Children:
Joseph, 1870
Annie, 1872
Eliza, 1875
Mary, 1877
John, 1900
 
From an undated newspaper of Nonie's; it must have been in the '30s:
"John Oliver, son of the nationally-known manufacturing concern, quit his travels to settle here (B.I.). He married a squaw of the Ottawa tribe on Garden Island & was buried at St. James."
 
There was a Joseph Oliver living at the mouth of the Betsey River on the mainland around 1847. He had an Indian wife. His. of G. Trav. Region, p. 66.
 
(July 1975) I talked with Oliver's grandson, Jay Oliver of Charlevoix. The wife Mary was Marian, & her Indian name was Chawon (as near as I can get it). The maiden name was Chanoodin. In the '80 census it is spelled "Chenotii" (her brother _____2 was living with them. The Angeline is incorrect; Mr. Oliver thinks she may have been a sister. She was a devout Catholic, he was not. The marriage took place at his death bed, his last act taken out of consideration for her. The children did not go to school, but Oliver taught them to read & write themselves. Oliver is buried on Beaver in an unmarked grave, Jay said, in the "old cemetery," but he doesn't know which one. She was buried on Garden Island. This probably means that he was Protestant, for they would probably have been buried together if he were Catholic. As the Protestant church was built by the mill, this cemetery was probably started at that time & that is where he is in all probability. His name was John Joseph, but Jay knows him as John, so the man on Mack. in the '50 could have been the same man as the John of '80 & 1900.3 Only the wives are wrong age. The brother in So. Bend, Ind. (farm machinery) sent the family clothes, etc...
 
Death record:
John Oliver, married, white, age 80, died St. James, of old age, on Feb. 14, 1901. Born
Scotland; fisherman; father Andrew Oliver, mother not given.
 
O'Malley [multiple individuals]
There were four O'Malley men recorded on Mackinac in the census, and one woman, Mary O'Malley, wife of Jack McCann we know was there through the McCann family:
William, born in 1805 (or 1807); Charles, born 1807 (or 1814); & Tully, born 1825. Also Owen, born 1805 (or 1807).
Charles William was in the 1840 census & we know from other sources he was there in 1835; William, Tully, & Owen are in the 1850 census.
 
Charles - was subpoenaed in an investigation of charges against Schoolcraft, the Indian agent, in 1840. At that time he had a general store. He was State Representative for the district in 1846, '47, & '49. In 1850 he was a Justice of the Peace. He was unmarried in 1840 but in 1850 he was married to Bridget, born 1848, & Tully was living in their home. There were no children at that time.
 
Tully - he was Charles' brother, according to an article in "Motor News." In 1850 he was living in Charles' home & he was a sheriff & owned $6000 of real estate.
 
William - in 1850 he was on Mackinac with his wife Mary, age 33, & 5 children. He had been in Ireland in 1843 when son Martin was born, but was on Mackinac in 1848 when Sarah was born (Big Sal). In 1861 he went to Beaver Island & was still there in 1870 when he listed himself as Hotel Keeper, with real estate of $1000 & personal property of $2000. He was a citizen at this time. "Northern Michigan" says he was a general merchant & dealer in fish. By this time there were 3 more children. Later he moved to La Pointe, Lake Superior, where he lived until his death.
 
Owen - I only have in the 1850 census (I took none later on Mackinac). He was 18 45 at this time with wife Mary, age 35, & 3 children. The oldest of these was born in Maine, the next 2 in Canada, the youngest being 8. This means he was in Maine by 1835, and came to Michigan between 1842 & 1850.
 
Mary O'Malley & Jack McCann arrived in U.S. in 1852, according to the McCann family, & got to Mackinac in 1855 ("Northern Michigan").
 
Mary Maloney, 1830-1917 - wife of Patrick Maloney; her father (death rec.) was Michael O'Malley.
 
[See original manuscript for possible family trees for the O'Malleys, and a "possible connection with the Wisconsin O'Malleys."]
 
O'Malley [multiple individuals]
The O'Malleys were from Westport,4 according to Rachel Dunlevy, Big Sal's daughter.
 
The O'Malleys on Beaver & Mackinac:
  • William - wife Mariah - came to the Island about 1861 & had a store ("N. Mich."); these
must be the parents of Big Sal - yes.
2. Charles O'Malley - Justice of the Peace on Mackinac, 1850 & 1851 (K. of St. James).
Charles M. O'Malley - settled Mackinac in 1835 & had a store & entered politics & was
A leading member of the legislature ("To the Golden Door").
h these are probably the same man
3. Patrick O'Malley - son of William O'Malley; married Grace Rodgers in St. James, 1868
(parish records)
 
4. John O'Malley - son of William; Homesteaded land, 1863 - cancelled, 1877
 
5. Martin O'Malley - son of William; Homesteaded land, 1868 - cancelled, 1874
 
6. Tully O'Malley - living with Charles, 1850
 
Charles O'Malley
(card #1)
1814 - (census)
Charles O'Malley of Mackinac Island wrote to Gen. Winfield Scott, Feb. 5, 1848, enclosing "a letter of the deserter John Riley," then an American prisoner in Mexico City. "___ said Riley worked in my employ off & on for the space of 2 years. He was always at variance with anyone he had anything to do with."
O'Malley was hardly a man to condemn Riley's "variance" with others. An irascible Irishman, born in Co. Mayo, he had studied for the priesthood but settled in Mackinac in 1835 as a merchant & entered politics. A leading Democratic member of the Michigan legislature, he was known as "the Irish Dragon," a take off on Lever's Charles O'Malley, "The Irish Dragoon," after a quarrel with Henry Schoolcraft, the explorer & Indian lore scholar, who constituted himself the guardian of the Indian tradition in Michigan. To spite Schoolcraft, the angry O'Malley put through the legislature a bill changing the Indian names of five counties to Irish names after four counties in Ireland: Antrim, Clare, Rosecommon, & Wexford, and after the national hero Emmet, nearly breaking Schoolcraft's heart.
  • To the G. Door, Geo. Patton, p. 482
 
Charles O'Malley
(card #2)
"A sort of war existed between Strang & Mackinac & he was, as he claims, exasperatingly pursued by Charles O'Malley, once a member of the legislature, later a justice of the peace at Mackinac. O'Malley's antipathy to the Mormons at times overcame his discretion. To be a Mormon was in his eyes to be the worst of offenders.
Michael Dousman, quite celebrated, locally, for his alleged piloting of English troops to a landing at Mackinac during the War of 1812, became the richest man in all that region. He succeeded to the business of the American Fur Co. & thus exerted a wide influence.
Dousman had a suit in O'Malley's court, being defendant, & was silenced by the 'squire when his remarks became too personal. Not long after the dispute between them was renewed on Dousman's wharf. O'Malley, being worsted, returned to his office, assumed the chair of justice, & sentenced Dousman to prison for "contempt of court." Dousman's only redress, after several days of confinement, was to sue out a writ of habeas corpus.
In 1850, Strang was before Justice O'Malley, charged with driving a woman from B.I. by threats of personal chastisement. Strang claimed the woman was a prostitute. The witnesses were not distinct as to the use of threats, and Justice O'Malley recalled one ot inquire "if he understood Mr. Strang to mean that she should be chastised or rode on the black ram, if she did not leave the island?"
Strang objected to the question & O'Malley at once sentenced him to life imprisonment for contempt of court. Strang was taken to jail and the case proceeded, with the result that the Mormon king was sentenced to a year in jail for want of sureties in the sum of $10,000 to keep the peace.
It was this same O'Malley, who, being in the legislature & having a quarrel with Schoolcraft, took revenge on him by changing the Indian names of various counties in Michigan, to Irish designations, such as Roscommon, Clare, Emmet, & Antrim. It nearly broke Schoolcraft's heart & earned for O'Malley the designation of the "Irish Dragon" to distinguish him from Lever's hero, Charles O'Malley, "The Irish Dragoon."
- Michigan Pioneer & Historical Soc. Publications, Vol. XVIII, p. 6255
 
Charles O'Malley was educated for a priest but became a merchant on Mackinac. He was subpoened on behalf of the Indian tribes about Mackinac during the investigation of charges against Schoolcraft in 1840. At that time he had a general store & was described as "an honest, industrious man." He was State Representative 1846-7-9, & Clerk of Mackinac Co. in 1864.
- Ibid., p. 694 6
 
John O'Malley
[shares card with Martin O'Malley]
Son of William O'Malley (census), age 26 at this time -
 
Land office:
July 8, 1863 - John O'Malley Hd. W 2NW 4 & W 2SW 4 Sec 14-38-10, can. Sept. 3, 1877.
This is back from the beach at B. Sand B.. The lots on the beach went to Michael Gall. in
'64 & after the can. of O'Malley, Mike Burke got this land in '81.
 
A "John O Mala" is listed as Post Master Dec. 1, 1862 - Nov. 20, 1863 (William's oldest son).
 
Martin O'Malley
[shares card with John O'Malley]
Son of William O'Malley (census), age 26 at this time -
 
Land office:
Sept. 24, 1868 - Martin O'Malley Hd. NW 4 Sec 22-38-10 160A $10 can. June 13, 1874.
On W. side Ks. Hwy. just below Little Red School. This was hd. successfully by Owen
McCauley, Dominick Jr., & finally by Wm. Rickssger in 1901, F.C. 1908.
 
Patrick O'Malley
[Born] 1837 (1850 census) or 1839 (parish marriage record)
Ireland
Son of William
Married Grace Rodgers, 1853 -
Marriage Jan. 6, 1868:
Patrick O'Malley, 29, [born] Ire., fisherman - Grace Rodgers, 15
Her mother seems to have married Francis Gallagher in 1866.
 
William O'Malley
1805 (1850 census) [or] 1807 (1870 census)
[Co.] Mayo
About 1861 to B.I.
P. 73
Married Mariah Dirkin, 1818 - (census)
Children:
Sarah ("Big Sal"), 1849-1917 - born on Mackinac - married James Dunlevy
Patrick?
 
In 1850 there was a Justice Charles O'Malley (also in 1851) on Mackinac & the Sheriff of Mackinac was Tully O'Malley. They were concerned with proceedings in that year against Strang brought by Adams (see K. of St. J., p. 121; also p. 124).
"Northern Mich.", in article on James Dunlevy:
"Wm. O'Malley & sons were general merchants & dealers in fish on Mackinac Island & came to B.I. about 1861, continuing in the same line of business for several years. Later they removed to La Pointe, Lake Superior, & so continued as long as Mr. O'Malley lived." (All other sources - including 1870 census - say he kept a hotel.)
 
Mrs. Williams mentions Sarah O'Malley as a school-teacher, p. 201 (this is Big Sal I expect).
1 There was no federal census taken in 1904 (although there was a state census taken that year); this probably refers to the birth record for Edward.
2 This name is unclear, but may be Tom.
3 This is probably a reference to the census.
4 Westport: city in County Mayo, on the west coast of Ireland.
5 This transcription from the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society Historical Collections is literal, but omits some parts of the original text.
6 This page number does not appear to be correct.