This blog post is part of the Donohoo Descendancy ProjectPatrick Donohoo and his wife Sarah (Thornbury) Donohoo had nine children.


Patrick Donohoo was born in Ireland around 1786 [1]. His future wife, Sarah Thornbury, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in the same year [2]. By 1806, Patrick had immigrated to Baltimore, and there met and married Sarah Thornbury on 22 February 1806 in the St. Peter’s Catholic Church [3]. Their marriage was announced in the Baltimore American Newspaper [4].

In March of 1807, the couple welcomed their first child, a son they baptized Francis Thomas Donohoo [5]. In May 1809, the family grew again, this time welcoming a daughter, Mary Magdalen [6]. The second son, Michael, arrived in 1811 [7], followed by John in September 1814 [8]. A fifth child and second daughter, Rosanna Margaret joined the family in August of 1816 [9].


During their years in Baltimore, the family lived in various residences in Baltimore while Patrick supported them by cordwaining (i.e. shoemaking). In 1810, Patrick’s address is 64 Pratt St. [10]. By 1812, the family lives at N. Paca St WP [11]. In 1814, their address is Saratoga near Charles [12].

Shortly after their fifth child was born, the family moved to Bardstown, Kentucky, a move of about 600 miles. Their purpose for the move is unknown, but there existed strong ties between the St. Peter’s Church in Baltimore and the starting up of the St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Bardstown at that time. Perhaps the Catholic church had an influence on their move in some way [13].

Four more children joined the Donohoo family in Bardstown, beginning with Catherine in 1818 [14], Sarah Ann in 1827 [15], Elizabeth in 1830 [16] and finally John W in 1836 [17]. Patrick continued his cordwaining business in Bardstown [18]. By 1830, the older Donohoo children began marrying and having children of their own [19].

The family experienced hardship as well, beginning in the early 1830s with the death of their third son, John. Their last son, born in 1836, was named after his brother: John W [20]. In 1839, their daughter Margaret was widowed after only six months of marriage [21]. In 1847, their daughter Catherine was left a widow with four small sons [22]. In 1849, their daughter Sarah Ann was also widowed and moved back to her parents home with two small daughters [23]. In early 1852, their daughter Elizabeth died at the age of only twenty one of Asiatic cholera [24].

In January of 1853, Sarah (Thornbury) Donohoo died of erysipelas which progressed to a psoas abscess [25]. She was 67 years old and died just weeks before she and Patrick would have celebrated their 47th marriage anniversary.

Patrick continued to live with his daughters Mary, Margaret Frilling and Sarah Ann Bishop, son John W, and granddaughters Sudie and Mary A Bishop [26]. In 1856, the family experienced another terrible tragedy when a fire caught either in the back alley behind their home, or in the chimney of their home. The wind spread the fire so quickly that nothing could be saved, and it spread to many, many more dwellings, including the home of Catherine Donohoo Turner, daughter of Patrick, widow and mother of four young boys [27].

By 1860, Patrick, aged 74, three daughters and two granddaughters resided together in Bardstown, supporting themselves with shoemaking and seamstressing [28]. John W. enlisted in the military and was training at the Cumberland Garrison [29]. By 1865, the three daughters and grandaughters had moved to St. Louis [30]. Patrick likely died between 1860 when he appears in the census, and 1865 when his daughters have moved away from Bardstown [31].

Research Notes and Sources:
Map: 
Baltimore, Maryland 1848Appletons’ Hand-Book of American Travel. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1869. Accessed online 18 September 2014 at the Library of the University of Texas (http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historic_us_cities.html). Annotations added.
[1] Several sources indicate Patrick was born in Ireland, including the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Censuses:

Patrick Donohoo, U.S. Federal Census, Year: 1850; Census Place: District 2, Nelson, Kentucky; Roll: M432_215; Page: 386A; Image: 229. Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Patrick Donohoo, U.S. Federal Census, Year: 1860; Census Place: District 1, Nelson, Kentucky; Roll: M653_389; Page: 189; Image: 189; Family History Library Film: 803389. Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
[2] Sara Thornburg, 1786. Catholic Church records (Baltimore, Maryland), 1793-1920. Catholic Church. Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Baltimore, Maryland). Catholic Church. St. Peter’s (Baltimore, Maryland). Baltimore, Maryland: Filmed by the Maryland State Archives, 1977. St. Peter’s baptisms, 1782-1801A [SCM 1510-1, Special Collections 2707].
[3] Baltimore County, Maryland marriage licenses, 1777-1851, Baltimore County (Maryland). Clerk of the Circuit Court. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1949. Microfilm of originals at Hall of Records, Annapolis. Marriage licenses 1777-1832. Family History Library.
United States & Canada Film 13693.
[4] Barnes, Robert. Marriages and Deaths from Baltimore Newspapers, 1796-1816. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1978. Family History Library, US & Canada Book, US/CAN 975.26 V2b. Page 92.
[5] Fras Thos Donohoo, 1807, page 284. Catholic Church records (Baltimore, Maryland), 1793-1920. Catholic Church. Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Baltimore, Maryland). Catholic Church. St. Peter’s (Baltimore, Maryland). Baltimore, Maryland: Filmed by the Maryland State Archives, 1977. St. Peter’s baptisms, 1801-1811B [SCM 1510-1, Special Collections 2707].
[6] Mary Magdl Donoho, 1809, page 374. Catholic Church records (Baltimore, Maryland), 1793-1920. Catholic Church. Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Baltimore, Maryland). Catholic Church. St. Peter’s (Baltimore, Maryland). Baltimore, Maryland: Filmed by the Maryland State Archives, 1977. St. Peter’s baptisms, 1801-1811B [SCM 1510-1, Special Collections 2707].
[7] M. Donohoo, age 38. 1850 United States Federal Census Citation Details: Year: 1850; Census Place: District 1, Nelson, Kentucky; Roll: M432_215; Page: 277A; Image: 12.

M. Donohoo, age 48. U.S. Federal Census Year: 1860; Census Place: District 1, Nelson, Kentucky; Roll: M653_389; Page: 179; Image: 179; Family History Library Film: 803389. Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

Michael Donohoo, age 59. U.S. Federal Census Year: 1870; Census Place: Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky; Roll: M593_491; Page: 73B; Image: 150; Family History Library Film: 545990. Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

Michael Donohoo, age 65 at death in 1876. Nelson County, Kentucky, death records : 1852 thru 1857, 1859, 1861, 1874 thru 1878, 1904, 1907. by Frances Terry Ingmire. St. Louis, Missouri : F.T. Ingmire, c1983. Kentucky vital records. Series 3; v. 90. Family History Library 976.9495 V2ing United States & Canada Book. Page 96.
[8] John Donohoo, register C, page 174. Catholic Church records (Baltimore, Maryland), 1793-1920. Catholic Church. Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Baltimore, Maryland). Catholic Church. St. Peter’s (Baltimore, Maryland). Baltimore, Maryland: Filmed by the Maryland State Archives, 1977. St. Peter’s baptisms, 1812-1826 [MDHR M1511-5-6]. Family History Library, US & Canada B1 Access Services, Film 2209348 Items 1-2.
[9] Rosanna Margaret Donohoo, register C, page 295. Catholic Church records (Baltimore, Maryland), 1793-1920. Catholic Church. Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Baltimore, Maryland). Catholic Church. St. Peter’s (Baltimore, Maryland). Baltimore, Maryland: Filmed by the Maryland State Archives, 1977. St. Peter’s baptisms, 1812-1826 [MDHR M1511-5-6]. Family History Library, US & Canada B1 Access Services, Film 2209348 Items 1-2.
[10] Donahoe, Patrick, page 62. The Baltimore Directory for 1810. Author: Mullin, John; Stafford, Cornelius William; Fry, William, 1777-1855 Volume: 1810 Publisher: Baltimore, Printed for the Editor by Warner & Hanna Language: English Call number: E B197D Digitizing sponsor: Duke University Libraries Book contributor: Duke University Libraries Collection: duke_libraries; americana Notes: Pages before p.11 are missing. Accessed at

Archive.org (https://archive.org/details/baltimoredirecto1810mull): 23 November 2014.

[11] Donahue, Patrick. Page 24. Fry’s Baltimore Directory for the Year 1812. Author: Fry, William, 1777-1855 Volume: 1812 Publisher: Baltimore: : Printed by B.W. Sower, & Co. for the publisher. Language: English Call number: E B197D Digitizing sponsor: Duke University Libraries Book contributor: Duke University Libraries Collection: duke_libraries; americana. Accessed 23 November 2014 at Archive.org (https://archive.org/details/frysbaltimoredir1812fryw).
[12] Donohoo, Patrick. Page 72. Lakin, James. The Baltimore Directory and Register, for 1814-1815. Baltimore, J.C. O’Reilly, 1814. Accessed at
MDHistory.net (http://mdhistory.net/msa_sc5923/msa_sc5923_1_1/pdf/msa_sc5923_1_1_bwocr.pdf): 23 November 2014.
[13] Margaret was born and baptized in Baltimore in 1816. Patrick Donohoo does not appear in the 1816 Baltimore Directory. Catherine was born about 1818 in Bardstown, Kentucky. This leaves a window from 1816 to 1818 for the family to migrate.
The Donohoo family was one of many Catholic families that moved to Bardstown from Baltimore during the same time period. This time period was also when the Archdiocese of Baltimore was sending bishops and priests to open up the Archdiocese of Bardstown and building the St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown.
[14] Cath Turner, age 39. U.S. Federal Census 1860. Kentucky, Nelson County, District No. 1, Bardstown PO, Dwelling 510, Family 486.
Catherine Turner, age 52. U.S.  Federal Census 1870.  Kentucky, Nelson County, Bardstown, Page 7 ‎(72)‎, Dwelling 42, Family 48.
[15] Sarah Ann’s records give a range of birth years from 1822-1828. At the time of her marriage in 1844, no consent of her father is recorded on any document, suggesting she was of the age of 21 or older, thus suggesting a birth year of 1823 or earlier.
[16] Elizabeth Donohoo, age 20. U.S. Federal Census Year: 1850; Census Place: District 2, Nelson, Kentucky; Roll: M432_215; Page: 386A; Image: 229. Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
[17] J.W. Donohoo, age 14. U.S. Federal Census Year: 1850; Census Place: District 2, Nelson, Kentucky; Roll: M432_215; Page: 386A; Image: 229. Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
[18] Patrick Donohoo. Nelson County, Kentucky newspaper abstracts : September 1807 – September 1890. compiled by Carolyn Wimp ; indexed by Judy Nacke. Vine Grove, Kentucky : Ancestral Trails Historical Society, c2001. Family History Library 976.9495 B38. Abstracts from fourteen different Nelson County newspapers from 1807-1894. Includes index. page 30-31, Saturday, January 12, 1833. Bardstown Herald. “Town Directory 1833”, pages 30-31.
[19] Francis T. Donohoo and Rebecca Wheatley. “Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-17927-4248-43?cc=1804888: accessed 21 Nov 2014),004705521> image 169 of 530; Madison County Courthouse, Richmond.
[20] See “Another Son, a Tick Mark and a Recycled Name: John Donohoo.” Finlayfamily.org blog: (http://finlayfamily.org/?p=291).
[21] “Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V653-Z1Z : accessed 18 December 2014), John Theodore Frilling and Margaret Donohoo, 14 May 1839; citing p. , Nelson, Kentucky, United States, Madison County Courthouse, Richmond; FHL microfilm 9,668.
 “Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954,” index and images, FamilySearch
 (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V5ZF-PV2 : accessed 18 December 2014), John T
Frilling and Marg Donohoo, ; citing p. , Nelson, Kentucky, United States, Madison County Courthouse, Richmond; FHL microfilm 481,506.

“Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V65Q-6JV : accessed 18 December 2014), John T Frilling and Margt Donohoo, 14 May 1839; citing p. , Nelson, Kentucky, United States, Madison County Courthouse, Richmond; FHL microfilm 481,488.                                                                                                   

Nelson County, Kentucky cemeteries. Schroeder, Margaret Johnson, Nelson County Genealogy Roundtable (Bardstown, Kentucky). Bardstown, Kentucky : Nelson County Genealogy Roundtable, c1985-. v. 4. Central section including Bardstown and St. Joseph cemeteries. Family History Library 976.9495 V3n.

[22] “The Daniel Boone Connection & The Search for the Parents of Harvey Turner.” Francis E. Mudd, III. KentuckyAncestors.org (kentuckyancestors.org

/the-daniel-boone-connection/): accessed 3 October 2014.

[23] Sarah Ann Bishop, widow. U.S. Federal Census Year: 1850; Census Place: District 2, Nelson, Kentucky; Roll: M432_215; Page: 386A; Image: 229. Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
[24] Elizabeth Donohoo. Page 1. Nelson County, Kentucky, death records : 1852 thru 1857, 1859, 1861, 1874 thru 1878, 1904, 1907. by Frances Terry Ingmire. St. Louis, Missouri : F.T. Ingmire, c1983. Kentucky vital records. Series 3; v. 90. Family History Library 976.9495 V2ing United States & Canada Book.
Miss E.J. Donohoo. Page 49. Nelson County, Kentucky newspaper abstracts : September 1807 – September 1890. compiled by Carolyn Wimp ; indexed by Judy Nacke. Vine Grove, Kentucky : Ancestral Trails Historical Society, c2001. Family History Library

976.9495 B38. Abstracts from fourteen different Nelson County newspapers from 1807-1894. Includes index.

Miss Elizabeth Donohoo. Page 95. Nelson County, Kentucky cemeteries. Schroeder, Margaret Johnson, Nelson County Genealogy Roundtable (Bardstown, Kentucky). Bardstown, Kentucky : Nelson County Genealogy Roundtable, c1985-. v. 1. Northeastern section — v. 2. South Western section including the Abbey of Gethsemani — v. 3. Northwestern section including Nazareth & St. Thomas — v. 4. Central section including Bardstown and St. Joseph cemeteries. Family History Library 976.9495 V3n.
[25] Donohoo. Ancestry.com. Kentucky, Death Records, 1852-1953 ‎[database on-line]‎. Provo, UT, USA:Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Kentucky. Kentucky Birth, Marriage and Death Records – Microfilm ‎(1852-1910)‎. Microfilm rolls #994027-994058. Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky.
Image 3 of Bardstown herald (Bardstown, Ky. : 1851), January 20, 1853. Held by University of Kentucky. Accessed at Kentucky Digital Library (http://kdl.kyvl.org) on 23 December 2014.
Donohoo. Nelson County, Kentucky, death records : 1852 thru 1857, 1859, 1861, 1874 thru 1878, 1904, 1907. by Frances Terry Ingmire. St. Louis, Missouri : F.T. Ingmire, c1983. Kentucky vital records. Series 3; v. 90. Family History Library 976.9495 V2ing United States & Canada Book.
[26] P. Donohoo household. U.S. Federal Census Year: 1850; Census Place: District 2, Nelson, Kentucky; Roll: M432_215; Page: 386A; Image: 229. Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
[27] “Great Fire in Bardstown.” Louisville weekly courier (Jefferson County, KY), April 19, 1856. Digital Image Source: Kentucky Digital Library, http://

nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt74j09w1c29/data/mets.xml Accessed 23 December 2014.

Historic Nelson County, its towns and people. Sarah Borders Smith. Bardstown, Kentucky : GBA/Delmar, 1983. vi, 488 p. : ill. Updated ed. of 2 works previously published as: Historic Bardstown, Nelson County, 1968: and Historic Nelson County, 1971. Family History Library 976.9495 H2. Page 342-343.
“Immense Conflagration.” Lebanon Post (Lebanon, KY) 16 April 1856. Digital Image Source: Kentucky Digital Library, http://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt72v6986q2x/data/mets.xml  Accessed December 2014.
“Terrible Conflagration— Bardstown, Ky.. in Ruins!” Chicago Times (Chicago, IL) 24 April 1856. Digital Image Source: GenealogyBank.com. Accessed December 2014.
The Fire at Bardstown.” Daily Louisville Democrat (Jefferson County, KY) 17 April 1856. Digital Image Source: Kentucky Digital Library, http://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt7np55dcm1z/data/mets.xml. Accessed December 2014.
“The Fire at Bardstown.” Lebanon Post (Lebanon, KY) 23 April 1856. Digital Image Source: Kentucky Digital Library, http://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt72fq9q2t9j/data/mets.xml  Accessed December 2014.

 

 

 


 

 

[28] P. Donohoo household. U.S. Census. Year: 1860; Census Place: District 1, Nelson, Kentucky; Roll: M653_389; Page: 189; Image: 189; Family History Library Film: 803389. Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
[29] John W. Donohoo. “United States Census, 1860,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MXPC-34J: accessed 25 December 2014), John W Donohoo, East Ward Carlisle, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States; from “1860 U.S. Federal Census – Population,” Fold3.com; citing p. 66, household ID 557, NARA microfilm publication M653, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 805,101.
John W. Donohoo. “United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRQH-GFY: accessed 25 December 2014), John W Donohoo, 02 May 1860; citing p. 283, volume 54, Louisville, , Kentucky, United States, NARA microfilm publication M233, roll 27, NARA microfilm publication M233, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 350,333.
[30] Sarah Bishop, widow William C. Fold3 Publication Title: City Directories for St. Louis, Missouri State: Missouri City: St. Louis Short Description: Locate residents, organizations, and businesses in St. Louis within its city directories, 1863-1923. Year: 1865 Full Name: Birney, T Surname: Birney Given Name: T Publisher: Richard Edwards Page Number: 229; and Page 345
[31] A death record has not been found to date in any county, church or cemetery record. The time period of Patrick’s death occurred when that area of Kentucky was heavily entrenched in Civil War battles. It is not surprising that the records are patchy during this time of upheaval. The three daughters would not likely have moved from the area until theor father, whom they had lived with for decades had passed away.