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Researching Mary Jane Donald DOB 1974 in Wales

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Cheryl Report 6 Sep 2012 19:31

Mary Jane is the sister of my g.grandfather - John Thomas Donald. Mary J was born in Llanidloes Montgomeryshire. In 1891 I have found her on a census in Aberdare as a visitor in the Harris household. In 1899 she had a son called Elias John Edward Donald. I have found his baptism record for Twynyrodyn Wenvoe - no father is named.

Elias continues to show up on the 1901 and 1911 census at Twynyrodyn, where he is living with his grandparents, John and Margaret Donald but Mary Jane has disappeared. Family rumour is that she married and went on to have another family but left Elias to be brought up by his grandparents. (I have all info up to death on Elias)

I found a marriage for a Mary Jane Donald in 1901 in Cardiff to Arthur Hill but that Mary Jane was Scottish (found on a 1911 census).

If anyone has any search tips or info on Mary jane I would be really grateful. And thanks all for the help you gave me for Rosina Donald/ Hill/Morgan


AnnCardiff Report 6 Sep 2012 19:34

not a good idea to make another posting - research will get repeated - stick with the original and delete this is my advice


Cheryl Report 6 Sep 2012 19:39

Oh sorry! Didn't realise I had posted about Mary Jane on this site. Have i put it on another message board? I'm still getting used to how this site works.


AnnCardiff Report 6 Sep 2012 19:43

well it's all the same family isn't it


MarieCeleste Report 6 Sep 2012 19:55

There is mention of John Thomas Donald on Cheryl's thread about Rosina Morgan

There wasn't really any research on there that would be duplicated.

Cheryl - on your Ancestry tree you have her birth as 9 Feb 1876, why do you now say 1874? What was the source of 1876. (Nice photos!)


Cheryl Report 6 Sep 2012 21:04

Oh sorry...been updating tree so much today that I have lost track of which dates belong to who. The date on my ancestry tree is correct - 1976


Cheryl Report 6 Sep 2012 21:09

I've had some info on Mary Jane from my cousin who is a direct decendant from Mary Jane. Unfortunately she doesn't have any info on Mary Jane re- marriage-just family rumours


Cheryl Report 7 Sep 2012 00:07

Just noticed I said 1976!!! I meant 1876 - too much researching today-time to call it a night

Mike *

Mike * Report 7 Sep 2012 00:35

There another marriage for M J Donald in 1901

Marriages Dec 1901
DONALD Mary Jane - Pontypool 11a 245


rootgatherer Report 7 Sep 2012 10:56

Marriages Dec 1901

BENNETT Albert Pontypool 11a 245
DONALD Mary Jane Pontypool 11a 245
Lane Alfred Pontypool 11a 245
Lewis Lily Pontypool 11a 245

This looks like the above couple in 1911 - so that Mary Jane is too young to be yours.

Name: Mary J Lane
Age in 1911: 25
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1886
Relation to Head: Wife
Gender: Female
Birth Place: Fredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales
Civil parish: Llanhilleth
County/Island: Monmouthshire
Country: Wales
Street Address: 46 Meadow Street Lanhilleth Mon
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 9
Estimated Marriage Year: 1902
Registration district: Pontypool
Registration District Number: 586
Sub-registration district: Llanhilleth
ED, institution, or vessel: 04
Household schedule number: 107
Piece: 31893
Household Members: Name Age
Alfred Lane 26
Mary J Lane 25
Lories Lane 5
James Alfred Lane 2


Cheryl Report 7 Sep 2012 11:16

Just had a look at the 1911 census for Alfred Lane...Mary Jane 10 years too young :-(

I think she must have married in 1901 though - otherwise I should be able to find her on the 1901 census as Mary Jane DONALD.

Found my grandmothers old address book, so looking through there for names that might give a lead...fingers crossed

Mike *

Mike * Report 7 Sep 2012 20:53

There's always a chance she may simply be living with someone and is entered in 1901 under his name


Cheryl Report 8 Sep 2012 14:08

Oh I hadn't thought about that! That will make her almost impossible to trace won't it?


JohnDoe Report 25 Feb 2013 08:15

Again in this same post I find similair names.
Please contact me as we can share information about Donald / Hill family lineage...


MarieCeleste Report 25 Feb 2013 09:07

Daniel, as mentioned following your post on Cheryl's other thread you can contact her rather than waiting for her to chance across your post here.