Dunne Family of Ballaghduff

Michael DunneThe Michael Dunne & Catherine Martin Family

Married 16 Jun 1889 at the Newbridge Catholic Chapel in Mount Bellew, Michael Dunne (b. abt 1864; d. 5 Jun 1942) and Catherine Martin (aka Martyn) of Rushestown (b. 28 Dec 1866; d. 25 Nov 1944) were farmers in Ballaghduff, where about 17 families clustered in two settlements on land owned by the D'Arcys. In 1901 [1], the family lived in a "2nd Class" dwelling: stone walls, thatched roof, 3 rooms, 3 windows in the front, where they raised nine children. Their 3 outbuildings consisted of a stable, a cow house, and a barn.

Catherine Martin DunneBetween 1901 and 1911, they succeeded in acquiring a second farm down the hill in Cooloo (near Moylough), which Catherine and her son John ran. (Read more about the family land>>>)

Photos: Michael with his horse and trap, above. Catherine, right.

Download: Full Family Tree with Subsequent Generations
6-page .pdf file (revised 23 May 2012) The Dunnes had 9 children, 33 grandchildren, 130 great-grandchildren, and (so far) 170 great-great grandchildren. (I don't keep track beyond that generation.) 342+ descendants since their first child Ellen was born in 1890.

Download: Of Brilliance & Belonging: A History of the Price & Dunne Family
19-page .pdf file (25 January 2010)



All born in Ballaghduff, Parish of Kilkerrin, Shankhill DED, District of Glennamaddy, Tiaquin Barony, County Galway, Ireland

Ellen (aka Helen, Auntie) Dunne Price

B. 12 Apr 1890. D. 19 Feb 1967, in St Louis MO

1901 census: was staying with her grandfather John Martin in Rushestown [1]

Emigrated: At age 17, 10-17 April 1907 on RMS Carmania (from Queenstown), with her uncle Michael Martin and destined for the residence of their cousin Thomas Dunne on 2206 S. 12th St, St Louis MO. She had $25 (equivalent to about $500 in 2008 dollars) . 8 other residents of Kilkerrin were also on board, destined for other cities. She later sponsored her sister Bridget and (most likely) her sisters Margaret and Katie.

M. Ernest Price [1910 census he was still living with parents, so marriage 1910 or 1911]

1930 Census: 5143 Cote Brilliante, with husband and son William E (age 17). With them was also living her brother Patrick J Dunne (see below).

1940 Same home, with husband Ern. At age 51 Ernest was not working; during 1939 he had not worked at all. Auntie was working as a waitress in "private homes"; during 1939, she worked 30 weeks and earned $600. Their son Bill (age 28) worked as a clerk in a grocery store; in 1939 he worked 28 weeks and earned $455.


William E "Sonny"

B. 8 Jul 1912. D. 26 Jul 1962 of cancer. M. Florence Mogen, whose family also lived on Cote Brilliante. They had one child: Mary Frances. All deceased.

John Dunne

B. 22 Aug 1891; D. 25 Aug 1972, in Ireland

M. Julia Fleming (b. abt 1902; d. 20 Oct 1950)

1911 Census: at the Cooloo house. John worked the farm at Cooloo (Parish of Moylough).


Patrick "Patsy" Dunne

Emigrated to London, England. Remained a bachelor. Deceased.

Michael "Mick" Dunne

Wife: Noreen. Children: Siobhan, Maura, Aine, Evelyn, Sinead, Michell, Deirdre, Aisling. Mick assumed the work of the farm at Cooloo. Residence: Parish of Moylough, Galway

Catherine "Kitty" Dunne Monaghan

Husband: Jack Monahan. Children: Cora, Kay, Padraic, John, Una, Michael, Noel, Ann, Christine. Residence: Parish of Moylough, Galway. Deceased.

Julie Dunne Furnival

Husband: Steve Furnival. Children: Michael, Kathie, Jonathon. Emigrated to England; residence: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Carmel Dunne Ghee

Husband: Mick Ghee. Children: Robert, Tony. Residence: Longford, County Longford

Mary Dunne

Died in her teens.

Sean Dunne

Died in his teens.

Dunne family members

Photo above: Back row: Martin Stephens, Kitty Kilmartin, Michael Dunne, Katie and Peter Collins. Front row: Lil Collins, Mick Dunne, Paddy Collins, Paddy Kilmartin. In Ireland about 1952 [from Paddy and Josephine Collins].

Michael Dunne

B. 1 Dec 1892. D. 13 Nov 1984, in Ireland. Unmarried, no children. Worked the farm at Ballaghduff.

Bridget Agnes Dunne Price

Bridget DunneB. 11 Apr 1894. D. 9 May 1978 in St Louis MO

1901 census: was staying with her grandfather John Martin in Rushestown [1]. Also listed with her family in Ballaghduff... go figure.

1911 census: at the Cooloo house, home alone with her two brothers John and Patrick.

Emigrated to US on RMS Carmania Arrival Date: 23 Apr 1914 Port of Departure: Queenstown, Ireland Port of Arrival: Boston, Massachusetts. She was sponsored by her sister Ellen. (see Bridget's passage)

1920 census shows her living at 5291 Westminster Place with George and Gertrude Whitelaw, a young couple with a 2-year-old son Charles. She worked as a domestic along with 2 other young women. (Census taken 21 Jan 1920.)

M. Walter Price, 1920 (prior to birth of son Jack in Dec 1920).

1930 5642 Theodosia Ave, living with Walter and first three children: John (9), Walter (7), and William (5). Also living with them was a cousin John Coughlin (age 30), who had emigrated from the "Irish Free State" in 1928 and was working as a carpenter.

See also Bridget takes charge.

1940 Living in same home, with Walt and the five children John (19), Walter (17), William (15), Joseph (9), and Mary Ellen (4). Walt was working on his own as a carpenter at this time. In 1939, he reported that he had not worked any weeks at all. Bridget worked as a cook in a women's club; in 1939, she worked 12 weeks for $60. Jack was doing general office work for a manufacturing company; in 1932 he worked 52 weeks for a total of $600.

PHOTO: about 1915, click on photo for enlarged PDF version


John Michael "Jack" Price

B. 30 Dec 1920. Wife: Loraine Cronin (deceased). Children: Kathleen, Jacqueline, Judy, Michael, Linda. Residence: St Louis MO. D. 3 Oct 1995. Military

Walter Thomas "Curly" Price

B. 19 April 1922. Wife: Kathleen Barrett. Married: 14 Jun 1947. Children: Susan, Thomas, Ellen, Kathleen. Residence: St Louis MO. Deceased 22 Sept 2005. Military

William "Bill" Price

B. 1925 Wife: Teresa Tevlin (b. 1925, deceased). Married: 3 Jun 1944. Children: Ann, Mary Beth, Bill, Sharon, Patricia, Jim, Collen. Residence: St. Louis, MO. D. 20 Jan 2002. Military

Joseph Patrick "Pat" Price

B. May,1931. Wife: Mary Ann Levvintre (b. 1931). Children: Patrick, Michael, Dennis, Tim, Dan, Amy. Residence: St. Louis MO. Military

Mary Ellen Price Groark

B. 27 Nov 1935. Husband: Thomas Groark (deceased). Children: Tom, Jim, Bridget, Kevin, Jack. Residence: St. Louis MO

Mary Dunne Stephens

B. 28 Apr 1896. D. 7 April 1981, in Ireland

M. James "Jimmy" Stephens, who died 18 Feb 1964.

Stephens Family

PHOTO: "Here's the masterpiece.  I figure he's about 50 yrs old anyway.  Front from L to R. Jack Daly, Jimmy Stephens & Paddy Stephens. On the cart, Mary Stephens (Paddy's wife), Julia McKee and John Stephens. The ass looks like he is ready to travel.  How about those patches on my dad's pants? Love, Vera" [from Vera Stephens Whelan]


Noreen Stephens Divilly

Husband: Patrick Divilly. Children: Doreen, Cathan, John Seamus, Kate, Philip. Residence: Parish of Kilkerrin, Galway.

Vera Stephens Whelan

Husband: Tom Whelan. Children: Ann, Kathy, Noreen, Therese, Margaret, Terrence. Emigrated to USA in 1939; worked for Minnie Wooten Johnson on Portland Place till 1948; residence in St Louis MO. Deceased.

Mary Stephens Barry

Husband: John Barry. Children: Maureen, John, Joan, Patricia, Bridget. Emigrated to USA; residence in St Louis MO

Mike Stephens

Wife: Julie. Children: Mary Margaret, Mickey, Coley, Julie, Madonna. Emigrated to USA; residence in Chicago IL. Deceased

Jack Stephens

Wife: Bridie. Children: James, Mary Ellen, Dennis, Jack, Kevin. Emigrated to USA; residence in Chicago IL. Deceased

Margaret Mary "Grett" Stephens Stephens

Husband: John Stephens. Children: Ann, Mary. Deceased

Martin Stephens

Wife: Philomena. Children: Ronan, Ferghal, Ivor, Barret, Jarlate. Residence: Ireland. Deceased.

Philomena Stephens Kelly

Husband: John Joe Kelly. Children: Martina, John, Ann Marie, Seamus. Residence: Parish of Kilkerrin, Galway. Deceased

Ellen Stephens McLoughlin

Husband: Patrick McLoughlin. Children: Ann, Patrick, Margaret, Paul, Eugene, Michael, Caitriona

Lizzie Dunne Kilmartin

Lizzie DunneB. 14 Jul 1898. D. Sept 1939 (registered at Ballinasloe), in Ireland [PHOTO: Lizzie in the early 1920s, courtesy of Maura Stephens Arnold.]

M. Martin Kilmartin

About 1922, when Kitty and Paddy were toddlers, Lizzie became pregnant. At the time of her delivery, a problem arose. Her sister Katie hired a car and drove her to a hospital in Dublin. Through their cousin Fr. Tom Hanley, they petitioned the Church to allow her to have a C-section. The Church (a bishop, I assume) declared she must have a natural childbirth, no matter what the consequences. As a result the baby was lost and Lizzie was paralyzed from the waist down for the remaining 16 years of her life. She was able to direct the household from her bed, making the children use mirrors to show her their chores were done. Michael Dunne arranged for Vera Stephens, then Gretta Stephens to live with them to help out. Lizzie's husband, remembered as a very lovable man, could not cope with the situation and faded from the family. He died in Birmingham, England, where he had made his home. [Source: Kitty Kilmartin Stephens, Paddy Collins, Maureen Collins, Carmel Ghee, Maura Arnold]


Kitty Kilmartin Stephens

Husband: Peter Stephens. Child: Maura. Residence: Parish of Kilkerrin, Galway

Paddy Kilmartin

Remained a bachelor. Worked the farm in Ballaghduff. Deceased. (See photo at bottom of page)

Outside Daly House Ballaghduff ca 1940


Patrick J Dunne

Pat Dunne, about 1927B. 12 Feb 1900. D. 2 May 1975 in St Louis MO

1911 census: at house in Cooloo

Emigrated: to St Louis, Missouri USA on the SS President Roosevelt, 4-11 May 1928, with his first cousin John Coughlin. On the ship's manifest he is described as 5'10" with fair hair and complexion and blue eyes. [Search process story]

Married: Mary Bauer (a widow, born in Roscommon, Ireland 11 Apr 1911), 7 Apr 1951. She died Dec 1973 (buried on 24 Dec.)

Children: none

1930 Census: living with his sister Ellen/Helen ("Auntie") (above) and unemployed

1940. Still living with Auntie. He was working as a laborer for Laclede Gas; in 1939, he worked 52 weeks and earned $1245.

1942 Army Enlistment Record. Served as a Private within the Warrant Officers. Civil occupation categorized as "Semiskilled linemen and serviceman, telegraph, telephone, and power."

1950 Marriage Record: 5428 Vernon Ave, St. Louis MO

Dunne siblingsPhotos:

(1) Pat Dunne, about 1927

(2) Siblings Pat Dunne, Katie Collins, Helen Price, Mary Stephens, in Ireland, late 1950s [from Maureen Collins]. Click on photo for enlarged PDF version

Margaret Dunne Hession

B. 23 Apr 1902. D. 13 Jun 1982, Chicago IL

Emigrated: 1927 to St. Louis, MO. According to the Collins family, their mother Katie Collins was planning to emigrate but a family crisis diverted her and Maggie used her ticket, possibly traveling under her name.

I found a letter written in my mother's hand to herself at 25 Portland Place St. Louis, Mo., dated 31 oct. 1927. "Margaret Dunne - Left home on Tuesday morning the 9th August 1927. And sailed from Queenstown on the S.S. Munchen on the 11th of August 1927. Landed in New York on Friday, 19th of August, took the train on Friday evening at 6 o'clock and landed in St. Louis on Saturday evening at 5 P.M. 20 August 1927. Signed Margaret Dunne, Cooloo Moylough." [from Jack Hession]

Maggie Hession - Wedding Day 19341930 census: Working as a maid for Minnie Johnson on 25 Portland Place, St Louis MO, with her sister Katie.

M. 23 Nov 1934, St Louis MO, to William Hession (b. 6 Jul 1906; d. 26 Dec 1977) Bill Hession was the nephew of Patrick Hession (Ballyglunin, Abbey Knock Moy, Co Galway), married to Nora Stephens, sister of James Stephens, who married Margaret's sister Mary.

1940 Census. Living at 270 W. 78th St, Chicago IL with her husband Bill and two sons William (3) and John (2). Her brother-in-law John Hession (32) lived with them. Bill Hession worked as a policeman with a packing company, fully employed during the 52 weeks of 1939.

Maggie became a naturalized US citizen on 4 Mar 1943.

Photo: Margaret Dunne on her wedding day [from Katie Hession]


William "Bill" Hession

Wife: Joan. Children: Nancy, William, Katie, Daniel. Residence: Chicago IL

John "Jack" Hession

Wife: Mary Ann. Children: Jenny, Colleen, Kathleen, John. Residence: Chicago IL

Catherine "Katie" Dunne Collins

Katie Dunne CollinsB. 1905. D. 29 Aug 1993 in Ireland.

Emigrated to the US in 1923 (per 1930 census), but chose to return to Ireland in 1930.

1930 U.S. census: Working as a maid for Minnie Johnson on 25 Portland Place, St Louis MO, with her sister Margaret.

M. Peter Collins D. 1979 (son of Patrick Collins [d. 1924] and Bridget Collins [d. 1932])

Photos: Above, Katie Collins in St. Louis, Missouri, and, below, in St. Augustine, Florida, ready for golf, in the 1920s. [from Maureen Collins]

Katie Dunne in FloridaChildren

Norah Collins Gilligan

Husband: Frank. Children: Martin, Caitriona. Residence: Ireland

Theresa Collins Davis

Husband: Joe Davis. Children: Mary Ellen, Kathy, Ann, Patrick. Emigrated to USA; residence in Virginia.

Maureen Collins

Emigrated to England, returned to Ireland. Residence: Mountbellew, Galway.

Lill Collins

Residence: Dublin

Bernie Collins

Wife: Pauline Keating. Children: Mark, Neil, Gillian, David, ...? Residence: Dublin. Deceased

Michael Collins

Wife: Eileen. Children: Helen, Aidan, Caroline, Enda, Michael, Stephanie, Lisa. Residence: Parish of Kilkerrin, Galway.

Paddy Collins

Wife: Josephine. Children: Peter, Edward, Michael, Patrick, Declan, Brian, Maria, Seamus, Kieren. Residence: Parish of Kilkerrin, Galway.

Daly photo

PHOTO: Residents of Ballaghduff, about 1940
BACK ROW FROM LEFT; Larry Daly; Dooley's wife; Bridget Stephens Curley (sister of Peter Stephens who married Kitty Kilmartin); Paddy Kilmartin (Lizzie Dunne Kilmartin's son)
FRONT ROW FROM LEFT; Paddy Collins (Katie Dunne Collins' son); Noreen Stephens [now Divilly] (Mary Dunne Stephens' daughter); Jimmy Daly (STILL ALIVE); unknown; Arthur Daly (STILL ALIVE). Photo courtesy of Lawrie Harding, Sept 2007

12.17.06 (rev 10.21.09, 6/24/13)


[1] 1901 Census of Ireland. Records everyone at a specific residence, whether permanent or just visiting.