Helen McLaughlin (1832-1922)

Helen McLaughlin and her twin brother, John, were among the nine children of Molly Quigley and William McLaughlin Sr.

Helen McLaughlin is identified in "This History of the McLaughlin Family" as Mary Ellen McLaughlin, which likely is a mistake because that would have given her parents, Anna Quigley and William McLaughlin Sr., two daughters named Mary. It is possible she was named Ellen, though her name appears more often as Helen.

"This History of the McLaughlin Family" also says she and husband Timothy Donohue (1833-1913) and lived in Schenectady. That is not correct, though their son, Timothy E. Donohue, left his native Skaneateles and settled in Schenectady, where he worked for General Electric. In keeping with the It's-a-Small-World-After-All theme of this family project, Timothy E. Donohue was married to Margaret Major, a daughter of Charles J. and Margaret (Mallon) Major.

Helen McLaughlin Donohue and her husband remained in Skaneateles. Their other three children were sons, John P. (or T.) Donohue, who settled in Fulton, and Robert D. Donohue, who moved to New York City, and daughter, Anna, who remained in Skaneateles and lived with her parents, though she later moved to Utica. A few years after her husband's death (obituary below), Helen McLaughlin Donohue moved to Schenectady and lived with her son, Timothy.

Helen McLaughlin Donohue died in Schenectady on January 31, 1922, about 10 weeks before the death of her twin brother, John McLaughlin (1832-1922).

In 1915 Skaneateles staged an elaborate Old Home Week celebration. Among the activities was an Oldest Resident Contest. An article in the Syracuse Post-Standard (Friday, August 20, 1915) mentioned Mrs. Timothy Donohue, who thought she had resided continuously in Skaneateles longer than any other person — 61 years.

However, contest judges found other residents who had been there longer. The winner was Mortimer Newell, born in Skaneateles in 1832 and who claimed he was never absent from the town more than 20 days at a stretch.

Auburn Citizen, August 13, 1913
Timothy Donohue, 80, sexton of St. Mary's Cemetery at Skaneateles for 35 years, died yesterday afternoon at his home at Skaneateles. He was born in Ireland and went to Skaneateles 60 years ago.

He was sexton at St. Mary's Church for many years and when, the cemetery was opened in 1869 he was appointed sexton and held the position until his retirement from all active work. Besides his widow, Mrs. Helen McLaughlin Donohue, he leaves a daughter, Miss Anna Donohue of Skaneateles. three sons Timothy E. of Schenectady, John T. of Fulton and Robert D., of New York City.

Descendants of Helen McLaughlin and Timothy Donohue:
1. Anna Irene Donohue (1865-1939)

Auburn Citizen Advertiser, April 9, 1939
Miss Anna Irene Donohue of 923 Sunset Avenue, Utica, died Wednesday in a Utica hospital after an illness of several months. She was 75 years old. Miss Donohue was born at Skaneateles, a daughter of the late Timothy and Helen McLaughlin Donohue. She lived in that village until a year and a half ago, when she moved to Utica.

Surviving are three brothers, Timothy E. Donohue of Schenectady, John T. Donohue of Fulton and Robert D. Donohue of New York City, and several nieces and nephews, including Charles and Miss Helen Donohue, with whom she lived.

Funeral services will be Monday in St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Skaneateles.

2. Timothy E. Donohue (1868-1953) married Margaret Major (1870-1944). Children:

Margaret E. Donohue (1900-1976), Schenectady

Raymond Donohue (1904-1958). was a detective with the Schenectady police department.

3. William Donohue (1871-1881)
4. John T. Donohue (1873- ) lived in Fulton.
5. Robert D. Donohue (1878- ) graduated from Cornell University and was a lawyer in New York City. His wife, Mary Geoghegan Donohue, died in 1919. After the death of their mother, the four children of Mary and Robert D. Donahue spent much of their young lives in Skaneateles with their aunt, Anna Donohue. Those four children:

Robert Donohue Jr. (1909-1939) married Blanche Wing (1905-1993) in 1935 in Utica, where Donohue was associated with a funeral home. Prior to her marriage Blanche Wing taught school in Boonville. She was an elementary school teacher for 40 years with the Syracuse City School District. They had one son:

Robert Donohue III married Priscilla Joan Van Alstine of Victory, NY. They had four children:

Lisa Donohue m. Kit Laird of Natchez, Mississippi. They live in Cut Off, Louisiana and have four children:
Tiffany Laird
Kara Laird
Matthew Laird
Caleb Laird
Robert D. Donohue IV m. Virginia "Ginger" Weaver of Vicksburg, Mississippi. They have two children:
Robert Daniel Donohue V
Virginia Leigh Donohue
Christopher Brendan Donohue m. Carla J. ??. They live in Vicksvburg; she has two children from a previous marriage:
Kayleigh Thorpe
Timothy Thorpe
Valerie Donohue m. Nathan Coventon of Oklahoma. They live in a suburb of Dallas and have three sons:
Austin Coventon
Noah Coventon
Cal Coventon

Charles Donohue lived in Los Angeles in 1939; in 1967 he was in Phoenix, AZ.

Joseph Donohue lived in New York City in 1939, apparently died before 1967.

Helen Donohue (1910-1967)

Marcellus Observer, February 23, 1967
The funeral for Miss Helen Donohue, 56, of Woodside, Long Island, a former Skaneateles resident, was held Saturday, February 18, at St. Theresa Church, Woodside. Spring burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Skaneateles, when a committal service will be held.

Miss Donohue, a native of New York and daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Donohue, died Wednesday, February 15, at the Hospital of St. Rose, New York City, after a long illness.

Her father was a Skaneateles native, graduate of the Skaneateles High School Class of 1897, and after the death of her mother, she came to live with an aunt, the late Miss Anna Donohue of Austin Street. She later returned to New York and was employed as a telephone operator. She was a communicant of St. Theresa Church.

She is survived by a brother, Charles Donohue of Phoenix, Arizona; a nephew, Robert Donohue of Chicago, Illinois, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Blanche Wing Donohue of Syracuse.