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James F. Donovan
Burial Date : 16 Aug 1949
Annie A. Donovan
Death Date : 28 Feb 1916

53 West Adam St.
United States

James F. Donovan (30) and Annie A. Donovan (27) married in Boston on 30 Sept 1907.  At the time of marriage James was living at 37 Story Street and Annie was at 607 Seventh Street.  He was described as a bookkeeper and Annie as a typewriter.

James was a son of John Donovan & Sarah Cull

James was born in Newton, MA on 26 Apr 1877
Annie was born on 14 Apr 1880 in Boston

Child of James F and Annie:

John J. (born c. 1914) 

Annie died on 28 Feb 1916 (View)

James later married Margaret Rita Walsh

Margaret Rita was born on 20 Sept 1901 to Peter McDonough & Mary Crowe in Malden, MA.  She was adopted as a young child by Nellie Walsh.
Margaret died on 8 Feb 1988 having lived at 58 Riverdale St. until her final illness.  She is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Boston.

Children of James & Margaret Rita were:-

James F. (born 11 Sept 1921) 

Anna Marie (born 24 June 1923) died 21 Nov 2007

Robert R. (born 5 Oct 1929) died 5 Sept 2011 

Margaret (born 1934) 

Dorothy (born 1936) 

Eleanor (born 1938) 

Edward (1941 - 1958) buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden

A post on Ancestry.com on 25 Aug 2001 included text "I too had relatives named Donovan that were from County Cork, Ireland. Some of mine were Michael Donovan married to Mary Lynch, they had a son (my Great Great Grandfather) John Donovan who married Sarah A. Cull. They had a son James F. Donovan, who married Margaret Rita Walsh. (James is my grandfather and he was born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1877."

(Note by Frank: This James would be a 1st cousin to Patrick, my grandfather.)

US Census 1930:

James appears to have remarried in the early 20's. Still living on West Adams Street, with a different house number.
1930 United States Federal Census about James F Donavan
Name: James F Donavan
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1877
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Race: White
Home in 1930: Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Map of Home: View map
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Margaret R Donavan
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Military Service:
Rent/home value:
Age at first marriage:
Parents' birthplace:
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Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
James F Donavan 53
Margaret R Donavan 27
John A Donavan 17
James F Donavan 8
Anna M Donavan 6
Robert R Donavan 0 [6/12]

West Adam Street house

Headstone to James F. Donovan and his parents John and Sarah in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  James was buried on 16 Aug 1949.  He and others are buried in Row 38 South, St John Avenue, graves 7 and 8 East.

Margaret Donovan, wife of James F. - another face of 4-sided inscribed stone

The names on the 4 sided headstone in HolyCross Cemetery read:-
Sarah Donovan May 1, 1933 Age 87
John Donovan Died Oct 9, 1898 Age 54 Yrs
Mary J. Donovan Jan 1876-1939
James F. Donovan April 26, 1877-Aug 16, 1949
Lena Donovan Died June 13, 1883 Age 4 Months, 8 Days
Elizabeth Donovan Aug 24, 1884- Age 9 Days
(Sadie) Sarah Donovan Aug 21, 1915
Edward M. Donovan 1941-1958
Margaret R. Donovan Feb 8, 1988

Holy Cross Cemetery

Margaret Rita

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