Rosetta Willis Donshea, 1866 New York City, New York
Welcome to The Donshea Dunshea Dunshee Genealogy Page. In the
quest for my mysterious DONSHEA ancestors from Northern Ireland and
County Cork, I have corresponded with other researchers of DUNSHEA, DUNSHEE,
DUNSHIE, DUNSHEATH, DUNSEATH, DUNSEITH, and DUNSITH families. So I decided to
create a surname web page to help all of us. Here on this page you will find
queries, researcher links, and information about "strays" with the surnames we
are researching. Be sure to look under the different spellings for your
ancestors . . . and send in your query, too.
If you are a researcher of Donshea, Dunshea, Dunshee, Dunseath or
variously spelled families, let me know
and I will add your query, E-mail and genealogy page link. More families will
be added as they are discovered.
In his book Supplement to Irish Families published in 1964, Edward
"DUNSEATH ~ Variant forms of this name are DUNSHEATH, DUNSHEA, DUNSHEE,
and DUNSEITH. Older forms, as found for example in the Tyrone and Antrim
hearth money rolls (1664 and 1669) were DUNSITH and DUNSHEETHE. Since
it first appears in our records in the 17th century, it has been found
principally in Ulster, particularly in the Ballymena area, though a few
appear in the 18th century Cork marriage license bonds. One James DUNSAYER
acquired property at Mount Stewart, Co. Tyrone, under the Plantation of
Ulster, but as he also appears in the Ulster Inquisitions with the name
so spelt, DUNSAYER may not in fact be synonymous with DUNSAY."
DONSHEA, CONWAY. At last I found my ggg-grandfather Robert Donshea, a British merchant seaman b 9 May 1780 in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, Ireland, and his wife Margaret Conway. They arrived in New York City in 1832 with three sons: Isaac, James and Robert. If you could share any info or advice on finding more about this family, I would be most grateful. I am also interested in comparing DNA results with any other Dunshea / Dunshee / Donshee researchers. The Donshea name has also been spelled DUNSHAY on a census record, so perhaps it was pronounced that way. Thank you. I hope to hear from you. Karen Mohr, email@example.com
DONSHEE, DUNSHEE, McMURRICH,
McMURRAY. I am descended from the John DUNSHEE & Margaret McMURRICH/McMURRAY line, through Robert DUNSHEE & Eliza GITTINS, Margaret McMURRAY DUNSHEE & Edward PARKES. My Gt. Grandfather (the latter couple's son) was Job PARKES from Oldbury, who moved to Cheshire and married into a local farming family. Thanks for any info or advice. Norma McGee, firstname.lastname@example.org
DONSHEE, DUNSHEE, McMURRICH,
McMURRAY, McMURRICK. Seek info on family of John DONSHEE and Margaret
McMURRICH, McMURRAY, or MURRICK, of Dunbarton, Dumbarton, Scotland. Their
children are: Jane, bap 17 Jun 1811; Robert, bap 23 May 1813; Jean,
bap 15 Jun 1817; Helen, bap 21 Feb 1819; James, bap 3 Apr 1821; Margaret,
bap 24 Aug 1823; Alexander, bap 25 Mar 1827; and Grace Spencer DONSHEE,
20 Aug 1830 - all baptized at Dunbarton. Thanks for any info. Michael Treadwell, email@example.com
DONSHEA, WILLIS, PERRIN, DEANS.
James Harvey Donshea, b 25 Nov 1823 Ireland, arrived New York City
w/family 1830's, d 13 Dec 1876 NYC, bur Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn,
Kings Co., NY. James m/1 Mary ____, ch Sarah DONSHEA. Mary and Sarah bur
Green-Wood Cemetery. James m/2 Rosetta WILLIS of Westchester Co., NY,
dau/of James Harvey WILLIS and Margaret PERRIN. Ch of James and Rosetta:
Effie Deans DONSHEA, Jeanie Deans DONSHEA and James Harvey DONSHEA, Jr.
After James died 1876, Rose, her mother Margaret, Effie and Jeanie
moved to Buffalo, Erie Co., NY. James, Jr. died 1875 NYC. Please contact me
if you know anything about this family. Thanks. Karen Mohr, firstname.lastname@example.org DONSHEA, BUCKLEY, FISHER, HEWITT.
William "Isaac" DONSHEA & Katherine Ida BUCKLEY (she d 27 Aug 1906), lived
in New York City, had these known ch: (1) Ida K. DONSHEA b 1853 NYC, NY,
d 1857 NYC, bur 1857 Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY; (2) Isaac DONSHEA
b abt 1855, d 1857 NYC, bur 1857, Green-Wood Cemetery; (3) William Isaac
DONSHEA, Jr. b 1858, d 1931 NYC, bur 1931 Green-Wood Cemetery, m HEWITT; & (4)James
Edward DONSHEA m FISHER. Karen Mohr, email@example.com DONSHEA, HEWITT, DALE, LOVETT, CALLAGHAN.
William Isaac DONSHEA m 17 July 1888 Jennie "Jane" Maud HEWITT, dau/of
Horatio Jones HEWITT & Margaret Irene LOVETT. Ch of William and Jennie:
(1) Clement Horatio DONSHEA - artist, b 24 Dec 1891 Brooklyn,
NY, d 8 Jan 1970 Copake, Columbia Co., NY, bur 12 Jan 1970 Green-Wood
Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY, m & div Marion Gertrude CALLAGHAN; (2) Jane E.
DONSHEA m Cyril R. DALE; and (3) Frank Hewitt DONSHEA b abt 1894,
d 3 June 1954 White Plains Hospital, Scarsdale, NY, m May Dorothy _______,
lived in Scarsdale, ch Dorothy M. DONSHEA. Karen Mohr, firstname.lastname@example.org
DUNSHEA, FLEMING. All Dunshea
families in Australia and New Zealand are related, and are descended from
William DUNSHEA and Jane FLEMING. William was deported to Australia aboard the
Martha in 1818, after being convicted in County Antrim of the crime of
stealing two pigs. His wife and eldest son joined him in Sydney in 1825, and
five more children were born to the couple.
A so-called New Zealand branch of the family was founded by Samuel DUNSHEA,
youngest son of the couple, who married Clementina ALLEN in Dunedin in
1863. Almost all New Zealand Dunsheas are descended from them.
John William DUNSHEA of Queensland, a descendant of the eldest son of
William and Jane, left Australia and established a second New Zealand
group of Dunsheas, both descended from William DUNSHEA and Jane FLEMING.
Contact: Alison Dunshea, email@example.com (NEW ADDRESS 6/99).
NOTE: Alison DUNSHEA published a book about the DUNSHEA clan in Australia
& New Zealand: DUNSHEA ~ The Descendants of William Dunshea and Jane
Fleming. Please contact her directly for more information.
DUNSHEA, FLEMING - same as above.
My great-grandmother was Elizabeth Jane Dunshea, a descendant of Andrew,
the first child of William and Jane. Andrew and his mother arrived in the
colony from Cork, Ireland on 1 October 1828.
Initially the family was mainly settled in the Braidwood/Majors Creek
area (near Canberra) and engaged in mining. With the exception of Samuel
(see above query) the Dunsheas remained predominately in NSW. A small group
of the Dunshea clan are established in Victoria and Queensland.
I have been researching the family since c1984 and have accumulated
a great deal of information, including copies of many letters written in
the late 1890's.
I have had a professional researcher look for William and Jane's marriage
and origins in Ireland without success. There is a family legend that
William came from Scotland, but so far there is no evidence to support
this theory. I am presently having further research done in Ireland,
following up on some new leads.
Note that ALL the Dunsheas in Australia and New Zealand ARE related.
All descend from William and his six children. Their only daughter,
Elizabeth Jane, married a DENHAM. I would appreciate hearing from anyone
interested in the name DUNSHEA, DUNSHEE, DUNSHEATH or other variants, and
the name DENHAM. Colin Cunningham, CACunningham@uqconnect.net . See Colin's Dunsheas at Sharing Family History Information
DUNSHEA, FLEMING, McKENZIE.
My line is through John Charles DUNSHEA, the second son and third child
of William DUNSHEA and Jane FLEMING. John Charles' daughter, Jane DUNSHEA,
was my great-grandmother. Jane married John Robert McKENZIE as his second
wife. They were married and their first child was born in Goulburn, they
settled in Sydney. My Grandmother Brenda was the fifth of 8 children. John
Robert died in 1914; Jane lived for another 31 years, we think supported by her
children as her occupation is only ever described as being "domestic
duties." Jennifer Stitt, firstname.lastname@example.org
DUNSHEA, GARDNER?. Seeking info on fam
of William and Clara DUNSHEA and their three children: Mary C., Sophia and
Mary Ann DUNSHEA, who were included in 1850 Census of New York City, New York.
Rebecca GARDNER, age 10, of Ireland, also lived with them. Thanks. Karen Mohr,
DUNSEATH, DUNSHEATH, McCOOL. I am searching for any information about Samuel DUNSHEATH / DUNSEATH and Katie McCOOL who immigrated to Markham Township, Ontario, Canada about 1830. Samuel was born in 1783. We are not sure of the location of his birth possibly near Randalstown, Co. Antrim, Ireland. He was my great-grandfather. Thanks for any info or advice. Ken Key,
DUNSEITH, LEWIS, MCINTYRE. I am doing research on the DUNSEITH and LEWIS families of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and would be glad to hear from fellow researchers. I believe Thomas DUNSEITH, Sr. and Alexander LEWIS, Sr. built the Lewis and Clark boat that left Pittsburgh on 30 Aug 1803. Jane DUNSEITH, the granddaughter of Thomas DUNSEITH, married my gggrandfather Robert S. McINTYRE. His granddaughter married my grandfather John MYERS of Pittsburgh. All were riverboat people in Pittsburgh from 1780 to 1861. Thanks for any info or contacts. Larry Myers, Photo66666@aol.com
DUNSEATH, LACHER, MANNING,
SCHMECKENBASHAPS (?). Looking for anyone who may know anything about
Robert A. DUNSEATH who m Caroline SCHMECKENBASHAPS in the Borough of Manhattan, City of New York on
10 Apr 1912. I think Robert's parents were Samuel DUNSEATH and
Anna MANNING, and that he was born in Allegheny, PA. We are trying to find out
if Robert DUNSEATH was the birth father of my husband's father, George V.
LACHER. George, born 15 Feb 1914, was placed in a New York orphanage when he
was about 5 years old. He was adopted by Frank and Julia LACHER when he was
about 11-years-old. We have found out that George's real surname was DUNSEATH.
If anyone knows of either Robert A. DUNSEATH or Caroline, please let us know.
Thank you Mrs. L. L. Lacher, email@example.com
DUNSHAETH, DUNSHEATH, SCHEIDECKER.
An ancestor of mine, Albert Gustave SCHEIDECKER married a Marta Jeanne
DUNSHAETH in 1873 in Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY. Any information on this would
be appreciated. Constance Ross, firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret DUNSEITH. My great-grandmother was
Margaret Dunseith born in Antrim around 1803. I have been unable to trace her
birth or parents.....I have later history, but anxious to go back. Help would
be appreciated. Thank you. John McKellen, Matrild@aol.com
My husband's grandparents, David RAMSAY (1865-1950) and Frances DUNSEITH
(1861-1949), came from Stratford, Ontario to the Arden, Manitoba area in Canada
probably in the late 1800's. I would be interested in any info on
the Ontario connection and/or how that goes back to Ireland. David and
Frances had three children: William, Ethel and James Cecil DUNSEITH (1897-1974).
Marg Dunseith, email@example.com
DUNSHEE, PATTERSON. I am looking to find information on Betsey or Betsy Dunshee, presumably born around 1760 of Scotland. She married John Patterson also presumably of Scotland. They moved to the Lough Larne in County Antrim, Ireland possibly 15 Sept 1776 where they had at least three sons; John, Robert, and James.
All three sons ended up going to America. Robert took his mother, Betsey, with him to New York, where his brother James resided. Betsey stayed with James. On last account, Betsey was over 90 years old, but sometime prior to 1853, all trace of James and his mother were lost.
It is believed that Betsey's husband John Patterson died in Ireland at the age of 52, which explains why she went to America without him. I do not have a location or birthdates for either Betsey Dunshee or John Patterson.
I have found only 9 Dunshees that were born or baptised in Scotland between the years of 1720-1780. Every one was from the county Ayr. Thank you. Matt Patterson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DUNSHEE Family of England. Researching the DUNSHEE families of England, especially in the Sutton-Coldfield area. If you have DUNSHEE families in England, contact me for help. Keith Dunshee, email@example.com
DUNSHEE. Does anyone have
information on a Thomas or Hugh Dunshee who may have immigrated from No. Ireland around 1740? If so, please let me know. Clint Dunshee, firstname.lastname@example.org
DUNSHEE, ARMSTRONG, FERGUSON,
STEELE. John DUNSHEE and Sarah ARMSTRONG m 1765 Co. Armagh, Ireland.
They had two daughters: Nancy DUNSHEE m Robert STEELE 15 Oct 1802 Kortright,
Delaware Co., NY; and Jane DUNSHEE m James FERGUSON abt 1795 in NY.
Patti Schuknecht, email@example.com
DUNSHEE, PATTEN, OSBORN,
John DUNSHEE b 1 Feb 1751 poss Northern Ireland, "arrived in this
country 13 Aug. 1792" (New York Genealogy Quarterly, 1949; p. 165,
Bible record) m Elizabeth PATTEN 2 Nov 1775. Daughter Jane DUNSHEE
b 3 Jan 1777, m William RIDDLE. Daughter Elizabeth DUNSHEE m Ezkiel SMITH.
Son Samuel DUNSHEE m/1 Eunice OSBORN; m/2 Sophia V. KING. There
were several other children. Patti Schuknecht, firstname.lastname@example.org
DUNSHEE, McLONEY, FIFE, SNODGRASS.
Seek info on ancestors and family of Thomas DUNSHEE, b abt 1796, m Mary
McLONEY d/o John McLONEY and Nancy FIFE and granddaughter of William and
Jane FIFE of Fifeshire, Scotland. Ch of Thomas DUNSHEE and Mary McLONEY:
(1) Rebecca DUNSHEE b 26 May 1797; (2) Nancy DUNSHEE b 14 Apr 1801; (3)
William DUNSHEE b 12 Apr 1803; (4) John DUNSHEE b 26 Jul 1805; (5) Luke
DUNSHEE b 16 Nov 1807 Orange Co., NY or Washington Co., OH or Washington Co., PA,
m/1 Rebecca, m/2 Abigail MITCHEL(L), m/3 Mary A. SNODGRAS(S), d 31 Jul 1885
Keota, Keokuk Co., IA; (6) Margaret DUNSHEE b 26 Jul 1810, (7) James
DUNSHEE b 26 Jul 1813; (8) Thomas DUNSHEE b 3 Aug 1817; and (9) John
DUNSHEE b 10 Jul 1820. Gail Fairfield, Gfld62@aol.com
DUNSHEE, DUNSHA, MITCHELL.
Would like to connect with other researchers of DUNSHEE-MITCHELL lines.
I have data from a Mitchel Family Bible that says Abigail MITCHEL, b June 8
1815 (prob PA - poss Washington Co.) m Luke "DUNSHA" Knox Co., OH. A legal
notice placed by Silas MITCHEL(L), Executor of will of Jacob MITCHEL(L)
dec'd, on Jan 10th 1885, lists the following heirs among others: "Alfred
DUNSHEE who resides at Denver, CO, Franklin DUNSHEE, Luke DUNSHEE, Reno B.
DUNSHEE and Frank DUNSHEE who resides at Keota, Keokuk Co, IA."
Betsey Howes, email@example.com
Kenneth Holcomb DUNSHEE
Seeking info on the family and ancestors of Kenneth Holcomb DUNSHEE,
b 19 Oct 1900, d Sep 1964. He was a writer who lived in New York City,
New York. If you have any info, please contact
Jennifer Dunshee-Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for the parents of John DUNSHEE who was born in New Hampshire about
1790 and lived in Bristol, Addison County, Vermont. Married Alma PRIME in
Vermont. Possible father: Robert DUNSHEE. Any help appreciated.
Thanks. Gordon Burney, DBurney449@aol.com
DUNSHEE, TIBBETS, HAYES, HOBBS, WENTWORTH.
I am researching Alson O. DUNSHEE (b 1833, d 1891) and Margaret J. TIBBETS (b 1835, d
1891) in New Hampshire. Their children:
i. William A. DUNSHEE (b 9 Feb 1853) Charlestown, MA;
ii. Joseph Marion DUNSHEE (b 22 Apr 1854, d Jan-Apr 1882)
Charlestown, m Nettie;
iii. Harry Walter DUNSHEE (b 3 May 1857) Charlestown, MA m Pauline
(b 1863, Germany, d abt 1924);
iv. Albert Edward DUNSHEE (b 20 Oct 1860, d 1860);
v. Unknown DUNSHEE (b 27 Dec 1864).
Children of Harry and Pauline DUNSHEE:
1. Gustavius DUNSHEE (b 1885) S Boston, MA; m/1 Bessie Lois BORDEN
Canada) on 25 Oct 1911, divorced 11 Oct 1923.
M/2 Jessie H. (WENTWORTH) HOBBS, on 6 Sept 1924, Derry, NH.
Children of Gus and Bessie:
i. Harry A. DUNSHEE
ii. Pauline DUNSHEE
iii. Doris Mae DUNSHEE married Charles HAYES.
Any links to these people, especially relatives of Harry A. DUNSHEE,
please contact me, Susan Shaw, at Shaw1019@aol.com .
I am researching Ebenezer DUNSHEE, who was in Saratoga Co., New York in
the early 1800's. He married Eleanor HOLMES, daughter of John Mores (Mores)
HOLMES. They moved to Mendon in Western New York sometime before 1838.
They joined the Baptist church in Castile, Wyoming County, in 1838. I am
also seeking info on Eleanor's family, HOLMES. Please contact Lewis Holmes,
DUNSHEE, DUNSHE, SMITH, TURNER.
Looking for anyone researching the line of Thomas DUNSHE(E) and Hannah SMITH,
who supposedly married in Bristol, Vermont and had the following children: Mary,
Smith, John, Edward, William, Jesse, Nancy, and Eliza. Is the child William
the same William DUNSHEE who married Almeda TURNER 20 November 1815 at Bristol,
Addison County, Vermont? Please contact Rolene Eichman Kiesling, email@example.com , P.O. Box
215, Groveland, CA 95321-0215.
Do any of your Dunshie's connect to this family? My John DUNSHIE was b
11 Oct 1794 and d 22 Apr 1872, places unknown. He had a son John DUNSHIE who
was married to Prudence HODGE. They lived in Potter Co., Pennsylvania.
Thanks for any info. Sherry Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org