- Final Statement of Timothy Donnely (sic) signed Captain James M. Bell, Commanding Company, at Fort Abercrombie, 17 December 1876.
- DUE SOLDIER
- For retained pay under act of May 15, 1872 … $16.84
- For clothing not drawn in kind … $21.25
- Proceeds of sale of effects [May 2, 1877] … $2.08
- DUE UNITED STATES
- For tobacco … $1.71
- This statement does not take into account basic pay due for the period May 1 to June 25, 1876.
- Note: States that Donnelly was born in ‘Dallington,’ England.
His mother applied for a pension on 17 March 1877 (230468) but it was abandoned (Military Register, p. 111).
- Federal Census – Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts (1 June 1880)
John Donnelly, 53, Works on Wire, b. Ireland; Ann Donnelly, 48, his Wife, b. Ireland. Children: John, 19, Works on Wire, b. England; Michael, 17, Works of Wire, b. England; Patrick, 15, Works on Wire, b. England; Elizabeth, 13, b. England; Peter, 11, b. England; Margaret, 9, b. Massachusetts; Thomas, 7, b. Massachusetts; Mary, 5, b. Massachusetts; Kate, 3, b. Massachusetts.
Federal Census – Wire Village Road, Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts (1 June 1900)
Ann Donnelly, 63 (b. January 1837) Widow: Children: Patrick, 36, Foreman in Wire Works, b. England; Peter, 32, Drawer in Wire Works, b. England; Margaret, 29, b. Massachusetts; Thomas, 27, Farmer, b. Massachusetts; Kate, 23, Compositor, b. Massachusetts. Eight of John and Ann Donnelly’s eleven children were living at the time of the census.
As can be seen on the impressive headstone in the Catholic Cemetery, Spencer (see below) John Donnelly, Sr., (son of Patrick Donnelly & Mary Connolly) died of cancer on 22 April 1893; Mary Jane died in 1858; Timothy was killed 25 June 1876; and Michael died of renal tuberculosis on 30 March 1900. Ann Donnelly died in 1902 (no record found).
Donnelly Road, off Main Street, Spencer, is named in honour of this Anglo-Irish-American family.
Clearly his place of birth and age on enlistment are incorrect. See full biography below.