When Katherine Donlon visited her father’s birthplace [Aughaloughin] in 1914, Margaret Donlon was born [June 29,1914]. When she was baptized on July 1st, her sponsors were Patrick Farrell and Catherine Donlon [the visitor from America]. Margaret was my father’s younger sister. [Margaret’s father, James and Catherine were first cousins – Margaret’s paternal grandfather Edward and Catherine’s father John were brothers].
The fact that Aunt Peg’s godmother was a relative from America was told to me by Peter Donlon [my Uncle and Peg’s brother] during one of my first visits to Ireland [summer 1975?]. Peter remembered that Katherine was a school teacher and a homesteader from Medina, North Dakota, and that her brother was the Postmaster. This “oral history” was news to me – I had never heard of this branch of the family. Over a period of many years I pieced together more of the history, including the fact that Catherine was born in Braidwood, Illinois in 1875, and that the family moved to Iowa in the early 1880’s – her brother P.H. Donlon was a Postmaster, but not in North Dakota. He was Postmaster in Emmetsburg, Iowa [and later served in the Iowa State Legislature]. Katherine was, in fact, a school teacher in Medina ND [and her sister Margaret was the principal of the school there], but the rest of the family was based in the Emmetsburg area, including her father’s brother, Timothy Donlon [never married].
When we were in Lanesborough in August 2004 we visited St. Mary’s rectory and saw the actual record book of baptisms from that era – and obtained this certificate from Fr. Garvey which confirms that Aunt Peg’s god-mother was Katherine [or Catherine]. The diocese is Ardagh and the parish is Rathcline, Lanesboro.