Have you reviewed the WPA Graves Registration list of Jackson County? There
are many Donovans on Page 53. My copy of this list is from the Iowa Gen
Society in Des Moines but I am sure there is a copy at the Jackson County Gen
Society in Maquoketa.
IF the Con 1844 to 4-29-1905; St Patricks cem., N. Garry Owen is your
Cornelius that you say died in 1906 there appear to be several possibilities
of finding Cornelius' parents. There is a Dennis b. abt 1802; Jane (Mrs C)
b. abt 1812; Johannah b. 1806; and a Richard b. abt 1815.
I have just come to my CENSUS - senses that is ! ! ! Took a quick look at
an 1850 census copy from Iowa Gen Soc. publication (it contained many errors
so they never completed it). I think this would be your family ----Check a
real 1850 census for the correct data. Also I would check the 1856 Jackson
County State Census for additional data... but here is what I have at hand:
DUNNAVAN, Butler Twp, Page 490: Charley, 50, m, Ireland, farmer; Jane, 30,
f, Ireland; Johanna, 12, f, New Brunswick; Daniel, 10,m, TN; Jeremiah, 8, m,
IA; CORNELIUS, 6 [DLE note: His age matches with the Cornelius b. 1844 d.
1905]; Patrick, 3,m, IA; Mary, 1, f, IA
There is a Richard Dunnivan on Page 491 in Butler Twp. with a Cornelius aged
1 and several more children.
If you obtain the WPA listing and the 1850 and 1856 censuses, you should be
able to sort out the various Donovan families. Hope you can use the above
information. Let me know if you need further help.
Duane L. Edwards, Sr.
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PS: I am a NORTH Dakota native. My dad was born in Jackson County in 1879.