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Looking for O'CONNELL in South Africa

Query 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.

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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

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!

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.
Tieka Smith

by MicheleIngrid on 2014-12-28 17:24:41

Hi Dawn and Tiexie,

I was so happy to find out a little more about O'Connell lineage here in South Africa. I am a descendant of Geoffrey Edward Louw who had a grandmother called Bridgitte O'Connell. His forefathers were Louw's from Calvinia in the Cape and I am so interested to find out more about the Irish ancestry. My email address is michelegrobler@gmail.com My brother also has the names, Geoffrey Edward, and it must be from Dr. Geoffrey O'Connell then? Love to find out from you. Keep well! Michele Grobler

by Thys on 2017-02-12 06:58:37

I am MariƩ Claassen de Vries married to Thys de Vries. We have together with the help of Dawn Glass O'Connell and other family members compiled the Family Tree of the descendants of Dr. Geoffrey O'Connell and Elizabeth Ross. With the help of Irish Genealogists found some leads that our Dr. Geoffrey was possibly the brother of Sir. Maurice Charles O'Connell of New South Wales, Australia. Apparently he was born in Ballynabloun, St. Finian's Bay, Co. Kerry, Ireland. As proof we must find concrete evidence which means that we will have to either get a birth, marriage of death certificate. These only became available in Ireland about 1864 and this is where we are against a brick wall. Help would be greatly appreciated.

by Thys on 2017-02-12 07:13:37

It is MariƩ Claassen de Vries again. Wanted to ask if there are any Eagers out there that are in any way connected to the South African O'Connells through Dr. Geoffrey O'Connell and Elizabeth (Ross) O'Connell,please kindly contact me at thysdevries@gmail.com. We are interested to find out more about Elizabeth's second husband CHARLES EAGER.They had a daughter ELIZA BORN 19 DEC 1819 at Hillgrove, Ireland before the couple came to S.A after the death of Dr. Geoffrey. Eliza and Elizabeth her mother is buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery at George,S.A. Thank you and I hope to hear from the Eagers. Kind regards.

by Merleenid on 2022-01-12 09:45:07

I am a descendant of Charles Eagar and Elizabeth O'Connell. The surname is actually spelt EAGAR but in some places it is spelt EAGER. Although Michael, John and Ann O'Connell are not related to me by DNA, their descendants are related to me through their mother. My grandmother, Maria Magdalena (Mary Magdalen, Dolly) was very annoyed if people spelt the surname with an e instead of an a. The undertaker also got it wrong and the surname is spelt incorrectly on her tombstone in Alberton. He promised to correct it when my grandfather died but he died many years later and the undertaker was nowhere to be seen by that time.

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