Winslow family genealogy

Of New Brunswick

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In 1886 there lived in Woodstock, Carleton County, New Brunswick, a Mrs. Winslow, neé O’Donnell, of whose ancestors we have ascertained the following few particulars, which may prove interesting to members of her family:

1. James Watters[1] O’Donnell, a native of the co. Waterford, mar. Mary Anne Maconchy, of the North of Ireland (it is thought of Belfast), and went to America about the year 1804 or 1805, when their eldest son was an infant of two years old. This James was an officer in the “Duke of York’s” (Irish) Regiment, which was stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1805; in St. John’s, New Brunswick, in 1808; and in Annapolis, Nova Scotia, in 1809, where he and his wife died within a year of each other—the husband dying first.

They left two sons, the youngest of whom (Mrs. Winslow’s father) was but eight years old at the time of his mother’s death. A few days after her death, the regiment was disbanded. The elder son, Luke O’Donnell, went to Trinidad, West Indies, where he died of yellow fever, unmarried; the younger son was kindly cared for, and brought up by Judge De Wolfe, until he (the said younger son) was a young man, when he settled in Amherst, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, where he lived up to his death, in 1883. He left three children:

  1. William De Wolfe O’Donnell, of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  2. Mrs. Bostwick, of St. John’s, New Brunswick.
  3. Mrs. John C. Winslow, of Woodstock, Carleton County, New Brunswick.

All three living in 1886.


[1] Watters: As the surname Waters or Watters is (see Note “Waters,” p. 446, Vol. I.) one of the anglicised forms of the Irish which was the name of an ancient Irish family located in North Decies, in Munster, now known as the county Waterford; we are inclined to think that this James belonged to the O’Donnell family of Munster, and was a member of the county Clare O’Donnells.—See the Notes at foot of pp. 643 and 644, Vol. I.

One of the surgeons in the same Regiment was Daniel Coghlan, who was a nephew or cousin of this James Watters O’Donnell. Surgeon Coghlan married a Miss Grant, of Halifax, Nova Scotia. After leaving the army, he lived in Amherst for several years, and there practised as physician; he afterwards removed to Newfoundland and there died.