On April 21, 1824, Michael Donahoe, the patriarch of the Sauquoit Donahoe branch was born in County Carlow, the Parish of Clonmore in Ireland, to parents who are unknown to researchers. Sometime before October 1852, Michael arrived in the United States, settling in Litchfield, NY. On October 9, 1852, Michael married Ann Paul. According to a letter written by Justin Anthony Donahoe, dated June 4, 1996, their marriage certificate can be found in St. John’s Church in Utica, NY.
Ann Paul, who was born August 11, 1829, was an immigrant from Ireland and had a younger sister, Bridget who was born in March 1835 in Ireland and came to America when she was 20 years old. Bridget lived in Utica for two years until moving in with her sister and Michael Donahoe. After Ann passed away on July 23, 1880, Bridget remained in Michael and Ann’s home with her nephew, William, and acted as servant or housekeeper, depending on which Census record one reads.
Two years prior to her death, Bridget moved with William and his family to Sauquoit, NY. She was known as a good Christian women and a member of the old St. Patrick’s Church in Clayville, NY. On November 2, 1909, Bridget succumbed to a lingering illness and passed away at the home of William and Mary Ann Donahoe in Sauquoit, NY. She is buried in the Old Donahoe plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Clayville, NY. Michael and Ann had six children, five boys and one girl: Rev. John Francis, Julia Ann, Thomas P., Joseph Patrick, William Justin, and Edward James.