William Joseph Donovan

Brief Life History of William Joseph

When William Joseph Donovan was born on 21 July 1879, in Mountain Top, Fairview Township, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, William Donovan, was 35 and his mother, Anna Talbot, was 28. He married Honora A. McCormick on 29 September 1909, in Ashley, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Fairview Township, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States for about 20 years. He died on 16 July 1951, in Ashley, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 71.

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Family Time Line

William Joseph Donovan
1879–1951
Honora A. McCormick
1882–1919
Marriage: 29 September 1909
Mary Elenora Donovan
1910–1998
Grace Antonia Donovan
1913–2002
Anne Claire Donovan
1914–2006
William L Donovan
1915–2011

Sources (10)

  • Willie Donovan in household of William Donovan, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William J Donovan, "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950"
  • William Joseph Donovan, "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942"

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

1898 · War with the Spanish

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: Irish Brendan, Finbarr, Aidan, Aileen, Brigid, Declan, Delma, Siobhan.

Irish (Cork): shortened 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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