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  • ID: I115132
  • Name: Johanna Judith MCGEE
  • Sex: F
  • ALIA: Judy\Julie /Magee/
  • Birth: 22 SEP 1823 in Borrisokane, Co Tipperary, Ireland
  • Death: 4 FEB 1880 in Lucan, Biddulph Twp, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada
  • Burial: St Patricks RC Cemetery, Lucan, Biddulph Twp, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada
  • Reference Number: 115132
  • Note:
    Members of a mystery-shrouded family known as the 'Black Donnellys' and believed, in Canadian folklore, to have been been the source of 'bad luck' that befell the town of Lucan, Ontario. The family feuded with townfolk for 33 years before one fateful night when their homestead was burned to the ground, taking many members of the family with it. While no one was ever convicted in their murders, it is widely believed that there may have been a conspiracy of silence adhered to by the town members. To this day, it is said, that the residents of Lucan refuse to talk about the Black Donnellys and that all reference to the families has been removed from the library and town records. In fact, the gravestone for the family was replaced in 1964 to remove the word "murdered."

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    Johannah Magee was born in 1820 in Ireland. Johannah (also known as Judy, Judith, Julia, etc.) married James Donnelly in 1840 and gave birth to a son (James Jr.) in 1841. The couple then moved to Canada where they settled in Biddulph Township along the Roman Line. In total, the couple had eight children. A strong woman, she managed to hold onto the family farm while her husband James was away in prison for seven years. She encouraged the creation of a school on the Donnelly property. Johannah was killed in her home on February 4, 1880 by a mob. After the murder, newspapers characterized her as a severe woman, but others claimed she “was soft spoken and was a gentlewoman.”




    Marriage 1 James DONNELLY b: 7 MAR 1816 in Borrisokane, Co Tipperary, Ireland
    • Married: 8 NOV 1840 in Parish of Monegall and Barna, Kings Co, Ireland
    Children
    1. Has No Children James DONNELLY b: 8 DEC 1841 in Borrisokane, Co Tipperary, Ireland
    2. Has Children William DONNELLY b: SEP 1846 in Borrisokane, Co Tipperary, Ireland
    3. Has No Children John DONNELLY b: 16 SEP 1847 in Biddulph Twp, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada
    4. Has Children Patrick DONNELLY b: 15 APR 1849 in Biddulph Twp, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada
    5. Has Children Michael DONNELLY b: SEP 1850 in Biddulph Twp, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada
    6. Has Children Robert DONNELLY b: 9 NOV 1853 in Biddulph Twp, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada
    7. Has No Children Thomas DONNELLY b: 30 AUG 1854 in Biddulph Twp, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada
    8. Has Children Jane DONNELLY b: ABT. 1857 in Biddulph Twp, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada
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