Monday, January 4, 2016

1940's - Winifred Agnes O'Neill with Madeline Gertrude McDonald

March 25, 2016 this post has been updated to identify Madeline Gertrude McDonald

This photograph of Winifred Agnes O'Neill photographed with her daughter Madeline Gertrude McDonald was most likely taken in the 1940's. The location of the photograph is also unknown.

The photograph was included in the collection of her daughter-in-law Frances Philomena Selker. Frances married Winifred's son Loraine Anthony McDonald. There are only a handful of photographs that exist of Winifred so this was a most welcome surprise. To view the other photographs of Winifred visit The O'Neill Collection.

Michelle M. Murosky: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Winifred Agnes O'Neill with Unknown Woman
Winifred Agnes O'Neill (left) with her daughter Madeline Gertrude McDonald (right) 
The same unknown woman also appears in the center of this photograph:
Michelle M. Murosky: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Frances Philomena Selker, unknown, Winifred Agnes O'Neill
Left to Right: Frances Philomena Selker (wife of Loraine McDonald), 
Madeline Gertrude McDonald, Winifred Agnes O'Neill
Winifred was born September 3, 1874 the daughter of two Irish immigrants - Michael O'Neill and Ellen Cunningham. She married Robert Alphonsus McDonald on June 23, 1895 in Clarion, Clarion County Pennsylvania. Winifred died on April 1, 1950 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania at age 75. She was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. To view her tombstone visit this link.

From the Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Robert Alphonsus McDonald and Winifred Agnes O'Neill are my 2nd great grandparents. Madeline Gertrude McDonald is my 2nd great Aunt. She is the daughter of Robert Alphonsus McDonald and Winifred Agnes O'Neill. Her brother Loraine McDonald. Loraine McDonald is my great grandfather. His daughter Mary Eugenia McDonald is my paternal grandmother. Madeline Gertrude McDonald was identified by her nephew William Loraine McDonald. 

  1. 1880 United States Federal Census. Year: 1880; Census Place: Clarion, Clarion, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1117; Family History Film: 1255117; Page: 78C; Enumeration District: 065; Image: 0160. Record for Michael O'naill. Lines 35-39.
  2. "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 March 2015), 004068175 > image 140 of 693; county courthouses, Pennsylvania. Record for McDonald, Robert A. and Winnie O'Neil Or O'Neill. 
  3. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.  Record for Winniefred A Mc Donald.
  4. Find A Grave. Winnifrede A. O'Neill McDonald. Find A Grave Memorial# 107591643.

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