Henry B. McDonnell and Elizabeth J. Parker

Henry B.2 McDonnell (Bridget1 Blaney, DanielA) was born 23 October 1843 in St-Basile, Madawaska Co., New Brunswick, the son of Bridget Blaney and Hamilton McDonald. [1]

Henry was about 11 when his family moved to Ohio in 18, and about twenty-three when they moved to Austin, Cass Co. MO in 1866. There he found several outlets for his skills as a carpenter, contracting and building houses in the town, and working as an undertaker. On 28 May 1869, at the age of twenty-five, he married Elizabeth J. Parker in Butler in neighboring Bates Co. MO. [2] Lizzie was born c. 1846 in Ohio. Her father was from Pennsylvania; her mother born in Connecticut. Henry and Lizzie were living in Austin, Cass Co. MO in 1880, where his occupation was given as house carpenter. [3]

Henry and Lizzie had three daughters, and in 1885 the family moved to Garden City, a larger town in Cass County. There daughter Ada died in 1888 at the age of the age of 17. After her death the family moved again to Harrisonville, the county seat. There they remained until c. 1909, when Henry and Lizzie moved to Arizona hoping to improve Henry's failing health. [4] There they filed for a government claim and stayed just long enough to prove the claim. [5] The 1910 census showed them living in Wilcox, Cochise, Co. AZ, where Henry was working as a house carpenter and living on a farm which he held free of mortgage. [6] Soon after they returned to Harrisonville for a year, and then removed to Los Angeles. [7] It would seem that many Cass County families moved to Los Angeles, as Henry's obituary notes that a number of old friends from Missouri attended his funeral in California. Henry died of heart trouble in 1912 at the home of his daughter Iva, who was also living in Los Angeles. He was 68. Henry was buried in the Englewood Cemetery in California. [8]

Despite his baptism in the Catholic Church, Henry's obituary reported that he was not a member of any church. He frequently attended the Methodist church, however, with his wife and daughters. He was a member of Independent Order of Odd Fellows, joining in 1868, and in the Rebekahs. [9]

After Henry's death Lizzie ran a boarding house in Los Angeles. She died unexpectedly of apoplexy on 15 March 1917, five years after her husband's death. She was 71 years of age. She was buried with her husband in Engelwood Cemetery. [10]

Henry B. McDonnell and Elizabeth J. Parker had the following childen:

i. Ada L. McDonnell was born in Missouri on 14 January 1871 and died there on 15 December 1888. She was a student at Harrisonville High School at the time. She is buried in Reid Cemetery in Austin, where her tombstone reads "See the Lord Coming with Glory in His Wings, All Men Must Priase Him, Praise Ye The Lord."[11]
+ ii. Iva Lea McDonnell was born in February 1873 in Missouri. [12]
+ iii. Ora A. McDonnell was born in Missouri in July 1879. [13]

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