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Comment by Micki Boyer on July 20, 2009 at 9:59pm
Hi Liz (we also have Loveland's on my dad's side of the family, by the way.)

I can only guess that they might have been at least 20 when Benjamin Jr. was born in 1889. I really have no other information about them. Her last name was spelled both Cashel and Cashell on different documents, but Mate was her first name on everything I have.

Benjamin Henry Donahue was their son's name, born 1889 in Grand Rapids. I've got his draft registration, birth certificate and SSDI information, plus a couple census'. My grandmother was Maud N. Donahue on her birth certificate, but later was Margaret Agnes Donahue. After 1903, at least, Simon and Briget McNamara were their legal guardians and they went to the Tyrone school in Kent County, MI. The St. Johns Orphanage records showed that they were left at the orphanage in May 1895 and adopted out to two different families, the McCarthy's and the Chester's. Now, family lore says that she (at 3 years old, born July 1892) had a fit because a family adopted her without her brother, so they brought her back. I understood that they later came back and took both of them. But, these records indicate that another family was involved too. Then, other records show a third family (the McNamara's) were their "parents."

I remember them talking about the McNamaras, and I have photos of them, but have never heard of the Chester's or the McCarthy's, so don't know what role they played.

The orphanage also has the same parent names, but, again, no other information, middle names, or anything.

I have to put off any subscription to Ancestry for a while, but if there's enough information there, and the right Benjamin Donahues, I will at least do a one month subscription as soon as I can.

Comment by Liz Loveland on July 20, 2009 at 2:33pm
Hi Micki, Do you have any idea of an approximate birth date (no matter if it's ten years off) for them, or what name hers might have been other than Mate? I am finding many Benjamin Donahues on Ancestry, and no Mate Cashells.
Comment by Dennis N. Partridge on July 20, 2009 at 10:31am
Researching all Partridge's across Vermont. I can normally assist researcher's trying to make their Partridge connection, irregardless of line.

My own Partridge family comes from Springfield, Vermont. I am also personally researching the following Vermont families: Greenia, Grenier, and Rich.
Comment by Micki Boyer on July 19, 2009 at 7:03pm
Well, Jim, I don't suppose you know of any Cashell families (or Cashel), or Donahue families in your area. These folks have been impossible to track. They (Mate Cashell and Benjamin Donahue) moved from Vermont (no idea what town) to Grand Rapids Michigan. They married but I don't know where. Since both were born in Vermont, I suspect they married before they moved to MI. They had a son in 1889 and a daughter in 1892, and left both at an orphanage in 1895 for unknown reasons.

I can't trace them forward or backward, but only know of them through their children's birth certificates, marriage licenses, and other official documents.

Any suggestions where to begin researching online in Vermont? I'm on the far side of the country Nebraska & Colorado heading for California and Oregon), and can't afford Ancestry, so use Rootsweb (to no avail) Family Search at LDS, census records through HeritageQuestOnline (through the library), and am stuck.

Thanks for any pointers anyone can offer.
Comment by Jim Avery on July 19, 2009 at 6:49pm
Micki - Nope it is Windsor County Vermont. I worked for the Dept of Veterans Affairs. I left in May 2008 and moved to York Co PA I lived in a little town named Quechee.
Comment by Micki Boyer on July 19, 2009 at 5:17pm
Or is that Windsor County (not Windsor Colorado). I'm from Windsor Colorado. Sorry, I think I misunderstood your post as your name sounds very familiar, like someone I knew through the Chamber of Commerce.
Comment by Micki Boyer on July 19, 2009 at 5:15pm
What did you do in Windsor? How long ago did you live there? Do you know some of them were "uprooted" by the tornado last year? We moved from Windsor 2-1/2 years ago.
Comment by Jim Avery on July 19, 2009 at 3:10pm
Hi - No ancestors in Vermont, but I used to live in Windsor Co and volunteered on to photograph tombstones. I will be glad to check my pictures and see if any of your rellies are there.
Comment by Debra Burbank on July 19, 2009 at 2:47pm
Sorry Liz, I have no connection to Lucy and Levi Blood.
Comment by Liz Loveland on July 19, 2009 at 1:35pm
Hi Debra, Thank you for responding! Do they connect up at all with Lucy Blood (b. c1813 in Norwich), daughter of Levi Blood (b. c1784 in NH)?

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