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Looking for O'CONNELL in South Africa

Journal by Dawnsky

In the early 1820's a large party of families came from Kerry, Ireland to South Africa. They consisted of the O'Connell family and Eagers, among others. There were two brothers, John who settled in Oudtshoorn and Michael who became a prominent merchant in George. Their mother Elizabeth O'Connell (nee Ross) who had been married to Dr. Geoffrey O'Connell lived with Michael and his sister Annie, in George.
We believe Dr. Geoffrey O'Connell died in Kerry around 1812 and he has become our brick wall.

Surnames: EAGER OCONNELL
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by Dawnsky Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2011-06-19 03:04:54

Dawnsky , from South Africa , has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jun 2011. is researching the following names: OCONNELL, EAGER, SCOTTFROMIRELAND.

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by tiexie2 on 2013-10-17 22:45:04

Dear Downsky, my name is Magdalena Smith, maiden name DE NYSSCHEN, and I was born in Oudtshoorn. My mother was the daughter of Jan O'Connell, his wife's name was Sara, and they lived on the farm BUFFELSDRIFT outside of Oudtshoorn. Is that were the O'Connell's lived you are looking for? John O'Connell was her great great grandfather, came from Ireland and started the first Catholic church on his farm BUFFELSDRIFT.He came from Ireland with his brother who worked in George. The farm was taken away from them when my mother was 6 year old. If I remember correctly , one of John O'Connel's brother's name was Charles. Pleasse let me know if this is what you are looking for. I have more info on this family of mine.

by Dawnsky on 2013-10-18 15:07:55

Hi,
I am very excited to hear from you as we do indeed share the same family line. I have been trying very long to find John O'Connell's father whose name was Dr. Geoffrey O'Connell and did not come with them to South Africa from Kerry. I too have a lot of information but it is disjointed and needs to take shape. Charles I believe, was the new husband of John's mother, Elizabeth Ross and his name was Charles Eager, also from Kerry. Would you be able to send what info you have and would you prefer to use my e-mail address? Also if you are in South Africa, could we discuss this over the phone?
Thank you so much for responding, together we could put things into place. I also know of quite a few of the family in South Africa from the same line as yourself. Please contact me soon!

Regards,
Dawn O'Connell

by tiexie2 on 2013-10-20 16:19:58

Hi Dawn.. thank you... i am just as excited to hear from you!!! please use my email as i am married and now living in America.
are you afrikaans speaking? my email is dontieka@att.net looking forward hearing from you soon.
Regards
Tieka Smith

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