The immigrant ancestor of the Kerry O'Connell families is John G. O'Connell. He was born about 1829 in County Kerry but the exact place has not been found.
He first settled in Brown Township, Delaware, Ohio. He was married on 9 April 1861 at St. Mary's Church in Delaware to Mary Ann Pyle (or Piles). The first four children were born in Brown Township and baptized at St. Mary's. They were Mary Agnes, Ellen Theresa, John W. and Elizabeth.
By 1870, the family was living in Minnesota. They appear in the 1870 in Belle Plaine. By November of that year, they appear in the St. Thomas Church records. David Thomas was baptized 18 Nov 1870. Two more sons were born to them: Daniel and Sylvester. By 1875, they appeared in the state census in Derrynane Township.
|John G. O'Connell, Ellen O'Connell Ronayne, James Doherty & Mary Ronayne Doherty|
The three O'Connell sisters all married Ronaynes. Mary Agnes married James Ronayne. Ellen married Cornelius Ronayne. James and Cornelius were brothers. Elizabeth married Dennis Ronayne (he may have been a cousin to the brothers Ronayne).
John W. O'Connell married a Cork O'Connell. She was Catherine O'Connell, daughter of Michael O'Connell and Mary Slattery.
Daniel O'Connell never married.
David Thomas O'Connell married Margaret Doherty, daughter of James Doherty and Ann Heatherston.
Sylvester O'Connell married Margaret Murray who also has roots in St. Thomas.
John G. O'Connell had no siblings in the area. He may have had a brother, David, in Brown Township, Delaware, Ohio. Soon there may be DNA results to prove or disprove that! He did have relations in the area. In Belle Plaine, was Johanna O'Connell Kelleher. Johanna and her husband Martin Kelleher also lived in Brown Township, Delaware Ohio near David O'Connell before coming to Minnesota. David O'Connell was the godfather for Johanna's son Martin. David was also the godfather of John W. O'Connell, John G.'s son. Johanna's descendant, Agnes Bailey, said that Johanna and John G. were cousins. Johanna O'Connell Kelleher claimed to be "related to" Daniel O'Connell, the Liberator.
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Another relation in the St. Thomas area was Catherine Galvin O'Leary. Her husband was James O'Leary. They also lived in Derrynane Township. Information from Ann O'Connell Burns says that Catherine Galvin O'Leary's father was John G.'s uncle. His name was Maurice Galvin or Gallivan. He was from the Ballybunion area of County Kerry. Maurice and his family lived in St. Paul.