Friday, February 1, 2013

Whats going on this week...

The passed few weeks I have benn working on the Hovey's and connecting families in Northumberland Co, New Brunswick. 

I hope that will at some point fix their issues so I can update the One Big Circle site with all the great new information.  (3 1/2 weeks, 4 e-mails, no response)

I am a Hovey descendant but I descended from James Hovey b. 1650, brother of John, the ancestor of the group in New Brunswick. Our common ancestor would be Daniel Hovey, 1618 and Abigail Andrews, abt 1621.

Patrick O'Donnell b abt. 1797 in County Limerick, Ireland arrived in New Brunswick in August of 1820 per the 1851 Census record and was a Lumberman and Farmer. His wife Lydia Woods Susannah Price was born in abt. 1808 in Ludlow, New Brunswick, she was the daughter of Capt. John Price (a 3rd Price family) and Mary Hovey (a descendant of Edmund Price and Jane Webb).

Date July 1 1823
County York
Place Fredericton
Newspaper: The New Brunswick Royal Gazette

m. 26th inst., Patrick O'DONNELL / Lydia Woods eldest d/o Capt. John PRICE, all of Ludlow, North Co.

I have looked over the information available and found some issues with the death dates of the two people above. 

Census information found in 1871 shows wife Lydia, a widow, living with her children and no listing for Patrick could be found.  I believe that the death dates are either swapped or wrong.  

1851 New Brunswick, Canada Census
Patrick O'Donnell age 53                 abt 1798/99  
Lydia O'Donnell age 43                    abt 1708/09

1861 New Brunswick, Canada Census  
Patrick O'Donnell age   64               abt 1797  
Lydia O'Donnell age    54                 abt 1807

1871 New Brunswick, Canada Census
Lydia O'Donnell age     63                abt 1808   

If Lydia died in 1870 as grave shows at age 66, that would have her born in 1804 but if it is Patrick that died in 1870 his age 74 that would be 1796.  Lydia on the other hand if died 1880 at age 66 would have been born 1814.

Confused? So am I but that is what genealogy is all about.  

I am also looking for any descendants of Patrick O'donnell, Jr b 1834 and his wife Gracia Ann Lyons.  Mainly information on their daughters Leona and Charlotte.


Patrick and Lydia had 11 known children, all but one married and had children, creating a large O'Donnell line in New Brunswick.  Although I am almost done with the group I know I am missing some of the current families.  Feel free to contact me and add, correct or help with the above date issue.

Take Care,



  1. Hi, I just found your blog. I'm also descended of the Andrews family. My Mom was born in Ipswich, and she has a huge family tree going straight back to the early 1600s in Ipswich and Chebacco Parish (Essex). They didn't go far, did they?

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