Help finding father for Thomas Francis Donahue Sr. b.12/23/1909 Rhode Island

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I have run into a road block for my wife's GGF Thomas Francis Donahue Sr. b 12/23/1909 to Grace Hackett and UNKNOWN Donahue (most-likely out of wedlock). I show him living with his mother in her parents home in the 1910 US Census (Rhode Island).

I have tried to search on Ancestry at the LDS FHC before with no luck.

Any help would be appreciated!


Jeff Danner
WikiTree profile: Thomas Donahue
in Genealogy Help by Jeff Danner G2G1 (1.2k points)

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Below is the death record of a Thomas Donaghue (Spelling)  who is married to a Grace Hockett.  So the spelling is different for both.

A second record is on the LDS site with the correct spelling of his name, but Grace's last name is still wrong.

He did die early.  Maybe someone can get access to the actual copy of the record to see if this might be his father.

Thomas L. Donaghue

Rhode Island, Deaths and Burials

Name: Thomas L. Donaghue

Gender:               Male

Death Date:        09 Apr 1911

Death Place:       Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island

Age:       23

Birth Date:          1888

Marital Status:   Married

Spouse's Name:               Grace Hockett

Father's Name:                 John Donaghen

Mother's Name:               Mary Loyden Donaghen

Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I09363-2 , System Origin: Rhode Island-EASy , GS Film number: 1906753 , Reference ID: p 283

"Rhode Island, Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 July 2015), Thomas L. Donaghue, 09 Apr 1911; citing Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island, reference p 283; FHL microfilm 1,906,753.
by Lawrence Cunningham G2G6 Mach 1 (10.5k points)
selected by Jeff Danner
Thanks for the help Lawrence!

I think it was a case of not seeing the forest for the trees.

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