John O'Donnell
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George Rankin
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Mary Ann Graham
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Daniel Morris O'Donnell
Jane Rankin
Maurice John O'Donnell


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Maurice John O'Donnell

  • Born: 1869, Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia 2
  • Married: 8 Apr 1892, Emmaville, New South Wales, Australia 1
  • Died: 1 Oct 1933, Emmaville, New South Wales, Australia 3

  Research Notes:

Electoral Rolls...

In 1930 Maurice John O'Donnell, storekeeper, and wife Margaret O'Donnell, were in Emmaville.


Maurice O'Donnell became a mine manager for his father.

Maurice managed the store in Emmaville from 1917 until his own health failed in 1829, due indirectly to the effects of malaria. The Glen Innes Examiner 3 October 1829 recorded the change. "Due to the deterioration of the health of Maurice O'Donnell, the store will be managed by A. D. O'Donnell. This makes 3 successive generations who have managed the store." A. D. O'Donnell was Maurice's son Arthur. He married and his mismanagement of the store nearly broke his father.

In the Glen Innes Examiner, March 9 1933, the following appeared. " Closing down sale Assigned Estate Sale of stock from White House Store. " Did the depression catch up? After Maurice's death in October 1933, the store was managed by Maurice's wife, Margaret and daughter Alma, ran the store until Alma's death in 1935. Thereafter it was run by Margaret and her daughter-in-law Hilda until 1950 when Margaret died. Edward and Hilda O'Donnell ran it for a while then sold it. 4


Will of Maurice John O'Donnell late of Emmaville - Storekeeper, written 16 Jan 1899, Admon 16 Feb 1934.

THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me MAURICE JOHN O'DONNELL of Emmaville in the Colony of New South Wales. AFTER payment of all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses I GIVE DEVISE and BEQUEATH unto my Wife MARGARET O'DONNELL all my worldly possessions and I HEREBY APPOINT DANIEL MAURICE O'DONNELL of Emmaville EXECUTOR of this my Will. IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 16th (sixteenth) day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and ninety nine. MAURICE JOHN O'DONNELL.
SIGNED by the said M.J. O'DONNELL the Testator and by him declared to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who in their presence at his requet and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses: EUGENE DUDLEY O'DONNELL — W.A. REED.
16th February, 1934 — On this date Letters of Administration (with the Will annexed) of the said deceased were granted to MARGARET O'DONNELL of Emmaville - the Widow of the said deceased, the sole beneficiary name in the said will - the executor therein having predeceased. TESTATOR died 1st October, 1933. ESTATE sworn at £361.9. 8 nett.
SURETIES — THOMAS BUDDY of Emmaville - Licensed Publican and JOHN HENRY TRUSCOTT of Emmaville - Storekeeper. 7

  Marriage Information:

Maurice married Margaret Reynolds, daughter of William George Reynolds and Elizabeth, on 8 Apr 1892 in Emmaville, New South Wales, Australia 1. (Margaret Reynolds was born about 1873 and died on 25 Feb 1950 in Emmaville, New South Wales, Australia 5 6.)


1 NSW Registry BDM (marriages), 3521/1892.

2 NSW Registry BDM (births), 18609/1869.

3 NSW Registry BDM (deaths), 22173/1933.

4 Research shared by Morrie Kerle and Gaye Cooke.

5 NSW Registry BDM (deaths), 6810/1950.

6 The Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 1 March 1950.

7 New South Wales Will Books, 1800-1952, no. 194169.

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