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|A Donlin Family History by Dan Jensen|
| Michael Patrick Donlin
and Bridget Carmody
1837 appears to be most likely because (1) Michael's obituary states that he was born in 1837, (2) the Donlin family Bible states that he was born in 1837, and (3) the 1870 Federal Census indicates that he was age 32 at the time.
1838 appears to be somewhat likely because (1) the certificate of his first marriage indicates that he was age 23 in January 1862, and (2) the 1885 Iowa State Census indicates that he was age 46 at the time.
The 1900 census indicates that Michael was born in September 1839, and that he was age 60 at the time.
If Michael did immigrate in autumn 1861, then it follows that he immigrated well after the Civil War began. This also suggests that Michael never lived anywhere in Massachusetts beside Springfield, because he would have been in America only about three months before he married Bridget Carmody, and also because the state of War would have required that he do something to support the Union when he arrived.
It is likely that Michael worked at the Springfield Armory as a night watchman, as mentioned in his obituary, from 1861 or 1862 to spring 1865. The obituary states that he held this job for three years. His marriage certificate states that he was a laborer (in January 1862), but he was in Springfield and it was wartime so it is somewhat likely that whatever his job was it was at the Armory. He may have chosen to move to Wisconsin once the War ended (May 1865), as his services may no longer have been needed by the Armory at that point in time.Bridget Carmody
When Bridget Carmody Donlin died at age 37 in the Spring of 1877, she left seven children under age 15. After 35 more years only one of those children would still be living. That was her youngest son Frank, who was a mere three years of age when Bridget died. Frank’s older brother Joseph was nine when their mother died, and Joseph had eight children to pass his stories down to, but Joseph’s oldest was only 19 when he died. Passing down family histories can be difficult under such circumstances.
The Carmody Migration, ca. 1847–1865
It is likely that Bridget’s parents John and Catherine Carmody emigrated with James Carmody, but we have yet to document their presence in America before 1857. At that time, they appear in Springfield.
James moved his family once more in 1854–5, this time to Lancaster, in Grant County, Wisconsin. By 1860, James Carmody’s nephew Thomas Carmody arrives in Lancaster from County Clare. James’ brother (and Tom’s father) Michael arrives in Boston from Broadford, County Clare at some undetermined time.
During the Civil War, John’s daughter Bridget marries
Mike Donlin from western Clare. By the end of the war, Mike and Bridget
have a family of their own, and they head off to Lancaster with Bridget’s
family to live near her Uncle James and Cousin Tom. Perhaps Michael and
his family moved from Massachusetts to Wisconsin at about the same time.
Michael married Delia H. Powers eight months after Bridget died. Delia was age 18 at the time, just three years older than Michael's son Jim.