The John Donahue and Susan Gorman Family of South Bend, Indiana: An Analysis of this Irish Family's Origins in Ireland and Journey to Mishawaka and then South Bend Indiana in South Bend St. Joseph Church Records, Census and other Resources

John Donahue and Susan Gorman appear to arrive in Indiana sometime on or before 1853. Ellen, age 7 was listed as their first child born in Indiana in the 1860 St Joseph County Indiana (Mishawaka Fourth Ward) Census. John Appears as Head of Household in the St Joseph Church, East South Bend Lowell Census in 1874, the family is noted in the 1876 and 1880 St Joseph Church Census Census compilations, as well as the South Bend Census records from 1860 through at least 1880. Their children's marriages and subsequent children's baptisms appear in the St Joseph Church records as well. Susannah, wife of John appears to die in December 1890 at the age of 75 according to a St Joseph Church Burial Record. I have yet to find one on John.

The objective of this compilation is to try to establish the earliest possible evidence of this family in the United States through all available resources.

This will most definitely be a work in progress and all findings I speculate on would have to be proven for accuracy with Ireland and U.S. marriage records, church baptismal records and death records among other genealogical resources. Please use this information with that caveat in mind so that nothing is assumed and no stones are left unturned to assure it's your family and the connection is accurate. Please contact me if you feel that you are descended from this family or another South Bend, Indiana Irish Family so that we can share information, see if there were common migration trails followed and delve further back into their origins in Ireland!

Other Observations: There is a list of lot owners in the Cedar Grove Cemetery Microfilm 1637531 item 3 that indicates that the "Donahue family" owns lot number 146 in Section B. I'm not certain this is this particular Donahue family's specific lot but it would be worth checking on to rule it out! there is also a Donahue/Lahey plot 163 listed in this section. There was a Sacred Heart baptismal record for a Margarita Donohue daughter of Joseph Donoghum and Anna Tirfey? born on July 22, 1862 baptized on August 5 of the same year with Joannes Donohue and Maria Egan sponsors. This could be relation to the Donohue family listed below. There was also a Sacred Heart baptismal record on Feb 30, 1865 for a Sara Joanna, daughter of Joseph Donoghue and Anna Farley. A Cedar Grove Cemetery Record for L.W. McGann (I believe a funeral home) has an entry for a Donahue Vault ($45.00) on September 21 1921 or 1922 that may be connected to this family (microfilm 1637531). On another page under L W McGann was an entry for the Donohue family on November 8, 1921? for G and Dig (Grave and Dig?- microfilm 1637531). There is a burial record for a Wm Donohue from October 10, 1910 who died on October 7 at the age of 25 who may or may not be related to this family(microfilm 1617235). Cedar Grove Cemetery Microfiom 1637531 shows payments made by Donohue per McGann Funeral Home on November 23, 1919 ($5.00). There is a confirmation record for a Melita Mary Donahue who may or may not be a descendent of this family (1913 microfilm 1617236 item 2).

Census, Church or other Record Date Born, Baptized, Married Father/ Husband Mother/ Wife Child/ Other Occupation; Misc.
1860 US Census for St Joseph County, Indiana Mishawaka Fourth Ward, June 23, 1860 ennumerated Donohue, John, age 40 born in Ireland Donohue, Susanna, age 38 born in Ireland Donohue, Mary A, 18 born in Ireland John is a Day Laborer
" " " " Donohue, Barnet, age 16 born in Ireland  
" " " " Donohue, John, age 13 born in Ireland  
" " " " Donohue, Ellen, age 7 born in Indiana  
" " " " Donohue, Patrick, age 7 born in Indiana  
" " " " Donohue, Alice, age 5 born in Indiana  
" " " " Donohue, Joseph, age 1 born in Indiana  
1870 US Census for City of South Bend, Portage Township, 4th Ward, St Joseph County Indiana July 11,1870 ennumerated Donahough, John, 55 born in Ireland Donahough, Susan, 40 yr born in Ireland Donahough, John, 21 born in New York John (Sr) works as a Laborer, Susan Keeping Home and John (Jr) works in Wagon Sh--?
" " " " Donahough, Ellen, 17 born in Indiana at home
" " " " Donahough, Patrick, 17 born in Indiana Laborer
" " " " Donahough, Alice, 14 born in Indiana in School
" " " " Donahough, Joseph, 9 born in Indiana in School
St Joseph Church 1874 Census for City of Lowell, East South Bend Heads of Family 1874 Donnehoe, Jno      
St Joseph Church, South Bend, Indiana 1876 Census 1876 Donnehoe, Jno, age 58 Donnehoe, Susan, age 50 Donnehoe, Jno age 28  
" " " " Donnehoe, Ellen, age 25?  
" " " " Donnehoe, Patrick, age 23  
" " " " Donnehoe, Alice, age 19  
" " " " Donnehoe, Joseph, age 13  
St Joseph Church, South Bend, Indiana 1880 Census 1880 Donahue, John, age 70 Gorman, Susanna, age 55 Donahue, Johnnis?, age 30  
" " " " Donahue, Patrick, age 27  
" " " " Donahue, Ellen, age 27  
" " " " Donahue, Alice age 23  
" " " " Donahue, Joseph age 18  
1880 US Census for City of South Bend, 4th Ward, St Joseph County Indiana; residence at 54 Neelis? St June 11, 1880 Ennumerated Donnaho, John, 66 born in Ireland; parents born in Ireland Donnaho, Susan, 60 yr old wife born in Ireland; parents born in Ireland Donnaho, John Jr 30 yr old son born in Ireland; parents born in Ireland John Sr. is without an occupation, Son John is in Cabinet Making
" " " " Donnaho, Patrick, 27 yr old son born in Indiana, parents born in Ireland Patrick works in a Paper Mill
" " " " Donnaho, Joseph, 18 yr old son born in Indiana Works in a Sewing M Factory? (this is likely Singer)
" " " " Donnaho, Ellen, 27 yr old Daughter born in Indiana, parents in Ireland Works in a Paper Mill
" " " " Donnaho, Alice, 29? yr old daughter born in Indiana, parents born in Ireland Works in a Paper Mill
St Joseph Church, South Bend, Indiana Burial Records December 13, 1890   Donohue, Susannah's burial;   She died at the age of 75? (microfim 1617235)
St Joseph Church South Bend Indiana Burial Records (likely burrial record for Patrick son of John and Susan) January 7, 1922 birth and January 18, 1922 Burial Donahu, Patrick of Mishawaka, IN     Patarick died at age 69; He was born in Mishawaka, IN and was buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery at Notre Dame. Microfilm 1617236 item 4