Ellen JORDAN

Female 1837 - 1909


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  • Name  Ellen JORDAN  [1
    Born  28 Apr 1837  Co. Mayo, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Buried  Dec 1909  St. Andrews R.C. Cemetery, Brechin, Mara Twp. Ontario County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  23 Dec 1909  Brechin, Mara Twp., Ontario Co., Ontario, St. Andrew'sR.C Ch Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I7408  MANGAN
    Last Modified  27 Aug 2014 

    Family 1  Patrick MANGAN,   b. 25 Dec 1840, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1929, 129 Coldwater Rd., Orillia, Simcoe Co. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  18 Feb 1865  [2
    Children 
     1. Bridget Ellen MANGAN,   b. 13 Jan 1866, Mara Twp. Ontario Co. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 May 1955
     2. Peter MANGAN,   b. 25 Mar 1868, Mara Twp. Ontario Co. North, Ont. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1939
     3. Margaret MANGAN,   b. 28 May 1871, Mara Twp. Ontario Co. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1939, Chicago, Cook, Illinois,USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Sarah Catherine MANGAN,   b. 12 Sep 1873, Mara Twp. Ontario Co. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1937, Toronto, York Co. Ont. Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Patrick Joseph MANGAN,   b. 08 Aug 1876, Mara, Ontario, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Oct 1962, Providence Villa, Toronto, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F215  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Peter O'DONNELL,   b. 1830, Co. Mayo, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1864, Mara Twp, Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  08 Jan 1854  Ontario County, Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary O'DONNELL,   b. 16 Oct 1854, Mara Township, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1928, Brechin, Ont Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Anne O'DONNELL,   b. 21 Dec 1856, Mara Twp, Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1931, Saginaw, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Martin Joseph O'DONNELL,   b. 04 Jun 1858, Mara Twp, Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1945, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Catherine O'DONNELL,   b. 10 Mar 1860, Mara Twp, Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Jun 1947, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Celia O'DONNELL,   b. 23 Mar 1862, Mara Twp, Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1943
    Family ID  F2507  Group Sheet

  • Genealogical Notes 
    • excerpt from Rev. Edmund McCorkell's Family history, circa 1972, source www.ramarahistoryonline.net

      "...A big change in the O?Donnell -Jordan branch of the family took place in the year 1864. The head of the household, Peter O?Donnell, was fatally injured at a barn raising, and died soon after at the age of 34, leaving his wife, Ellen Jordan with 6 children, 5 girls and 1 boy. What was the widow to do? My Mother, the eldest child, had not yet reached her 11th birthday. If there was a school in the area, which I doubt, my Mother left it and got what work she could. It was probably a few years later than this date when she did domestic work for a family in Rochester, N.Y. How she got there and how long she remained I have never been able to find out. It may well have been that she had already fixed her gaze upon Joe McCorkell of the Brechin parish, who was exactly her age. If so, one can understand why she came back after such a short time that details of her Rochestor period have been completely forgotten. What we do know is that she did return and as a result our history was substantially altered.

      In the meantime Divine Providence intervened. Patrick Mangan (always referred to as Pat) married the O?Donnell widow with 6 children. It was a time of strong faith nourished by the trials of pioneer life, when men and women envisioned large families as blessings. They never completely forgot the passage in the Book of Psalms:

      Truly sons are a gift of God
      Indeed the sons of youth
      Are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.
      Oh the happiness of the man
      Who has filled his quiver with them (Psalm 126)

      Pat Mangan took over a family of 6 and went on to add 5 more. It was a happy as well as a fruitful marriage. I had the privilege of being at the bedside of the dying Ellen (Jordan) Mangan 40 years later. Touching indeed it was to see the sorrow of her grown up sons and daughters, and in particular to see the sorrow of her surviving husband. There was, nevertheless an undercurrent of joy too at the end. They knew that a great soul had gone to God.

      This was to be the scene after another 40 years. In the meantime Pat Mangan had his work to do. If a family have been bequeathed to him, the children had to be clothed, fed and trained in Christian living, and additional children also if God sent them. Indeed God did send them in due course to the number of 5. One, of them, named Patrick after his father, is of special interest to me. He was to be my godfather at baptism. The others were Bridget Ellen, Peter, Margaret and Sarah. ..."

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] OneWorldTree, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA;), Database online..
      Record for Patrick Mangan

    2. [S38] they came to mara.


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