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Jane (Gibson) Donahue (1841 - aft. 1910)

Jane [uncertain] (Jennie) "Janey" Donahue formerly Gibson aka Donahoe
Born in Dorrha, Tipperary, Irelandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 2 Jan 1867 in New York City, New York, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in New York, United Statesmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 23 Nov 2016
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Ireland Native
Jennie (Gibson) Donahue was born in Ireland.
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Jennie (Gibson) Donahue migrated from Ireland to USA.
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This profile is part of the Gibson Name Study.


Born Jan 1841 Upperchurch, Tipperary, Ireland

the daughter of Alice (Eliza, Elizabeth) Kennedy and John Gibson. She was baptized on February 1, 1841[1]. The sponsors were Benjamin Gibson and Ellen Gibson.

Jane "Jennie" Gibson ended up in New York City, New York, United States and married Patrick Donahue 2 Jan 1867. [2] They had nine children, six of them surviving; at this point, the following four seem certain: Kate Donahue, Mary M. Donahue, (Mary's marriage to George Noonan is memorialized on a certificate listing Jennie and Patrick as parents), [3] Alice Donahue, and James Donahue [4] have been located in United States census documents.

Jennie may appear on the 1870 census in New York, [5] with Patrick and a one-year-old child, Kate - there is also a birth record for Kate [6]. She is next seen on the 1905 New York State census, with Patrick and 4 children: John, James, Jane, and Alice; taken together with the 1910 and 1870 census, it does indicate six living children, mentioned as borne on the 1910 census, although Alice's birth year varies by 4 years.[7]

She was listed on the 1910 census, along with her husband, as having immigrated to NY in 1860, and having borne 9 children, 6 of them living at that time. Her husband Patrick was listed as naturalized on the same census.

Research Notes

See missing friends advert, by brother Patrick Gibson looking for Benjamin Gibson of Tipperary - could this be Jane's baptismal sponsor? Benjamin Gibson, Origin: Kilenaule, Tipperary, Ireland Arrival Place: Quebec Arrival Year: 1847 Last Known Location: Rochester, New York Publication Date: 6 Jan 1855 Relationship: Self.[8]


  1. "1 Feb 1841 Lorrha, Tipperary, Ireland; Transcription from, shared by Jeri Doherty Lunney. On tree of user drtmfmyers Theresa Ferracci"
  2. Certified copy of New York City Marriage Certificate (Cert No. 27); New York City Department of Records and Information Services, Municipal Archives
  3. "New York, New York, Marriage Index 1866-1937 [database on-line]. Jennie Gibson and Patrick Donahue as parents of bride Mary M. Donahue, Operations, Inc., 2014; Original data: Index to New York City Marriages, 1866-1937."
  4. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch Janie Donahue : accessed 2 April 2017, Janie Donahue in household of Patrick Donahue, Manhattan Ward 19, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 1046, sheet 3B, family 83, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1040; FHL microfilm
  5. "United States Census, 1870," New York: New York, New York City, (First enumeration), Ward 18, Election Districts, 11-24 Patrick Donahue, Jane Donahue and Kate Donahue, (NARA Series M593, Roll 1002), database with images, FamilySearch Census : 22 May 2014, New York > New York > image 2429 of 3122; citing NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. "New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962," database, FamilySearch Jane Gibson : 12 December 2014, Jane Gibson in entry for Kate Donahue, 09 Dec 1868; citing Manhattan, New York, New York, reference ; FHL microfilm 1,322,016.
  7. "New York State Census, 1905," database with images, FamilySearch Census : 22 September 2016, New York > Manhattan > image 23 of 31; county offices, New York.
  8., Searching for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in “The Boston Pilot," 1831-1920 ( Operations, Inc.)

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I haven't known how to validate all the census or arrival data. I am working with a triangulation group of 3 on a connection to Gibson ancestors 2 generations removed from Jennie who settled in Canada and Michigan. I know Jennie and her children Mary and Alice from family memories; the other children and details are not known to me. Happy to collaborate with others on this line.