William Donovan

1784–1842 (Age 58)
Harford, Maryland, United States

The Life Summary of William

When William Donovan was born in 1784, in Harford, Maryland, United States, his father, Philip Donovan, was 35 and his mother, Hannah Mitchell Gilbert, was 35. He married Elizabeth Ross on 12 February 1806, in Mason, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. He died in 1842, in Springfield Township, Clark, Ohio, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, New Carlisle, Clark, Ohio, United States.

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William Donovan
Elizabeth Ross
Marriage: 12 February 1806
William M Donovan
Richard Donovan
Aquila Donovan
Eliza Donovan
Dulcina Ann Donovan
Catharine Emeline Sommerville Donavan
John Means Donovan
Mason C. M. Donovan
Thomas F. P. Donovan
Morris A. Donovan
Jacob H. Donovan
Clark James Donovan

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World Events (8)

1786 · Shays' Rebellion
Age 2
Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.
1787 · The Making of the U.S. Constitution.
Age 3
The Philadelphia Convention was intended to be the first meeting to establish the first system of government under the Articles of Confederation. From this Convention, the Constitution of the United States was made and then put into place making it one of the major events in all American History.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.
Age 16
While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

Irish (originally of County Limerick, later of Counties Cork and Kilkenny): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Donndubháin ‘descendant of Donndubhán’, a personal name composed of the elements donn ‘brown-haired man’ or ‘chieftain’ + dubh ‘black’ + the diminutive suffix -án.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Donovan, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • William Donovan, "Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979"
  • William Donovan, "Find A Grave Index"

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