Rent Roll of Tenants 1748, Drimoleague, West Cork. Estate of Robert Sandford, Agent James Harris, Boulteen, Bandon.
Morgan Donovan is one of the O’Donovans, Mountpelier (Douglas, Cork) acquired through Ronayne marriage who converted to the Church of Ireland some of whose descendants became ‘The O’Donovan’ though disputed among other branches. This branch of the O’Donovans originated in Union Hall. On the death without issue of Lieutenant General O’Donovan of Bawnlahan (Myross) early 19th century the Chieftainship passed to this branch i.e. the tithe “The O’Donovan’. In the 19th century there was a marriage between the Ronaynes and Evans of Caheragh, both are buried in old Caheragh graveyard. Possibly the magistrate:
Morgan Donovan, 1733, possibly Ronayne’s Grove, Great Island, Cobh, widow Mary died 1770.
He holds Lisangle in Caheragh. One of the families there were the Evans one of whom Rachel married 1805 James Crowley, probably from Ballyourane, an Apothecary in North St., Skibbereen and a brother of ‘Dr’ Jerry Crowley also an Apothecary of North St.
The Tonsons are descendants of Sir Richard Hull of Leamcon Manor, Schull. later they lived outside Fermoy.
Tim Donovan may be relative of Timothy O’Donovan, Magistrate, of O’Donovan’s Cove, Durrus who is buried in the old Caheragh churchyard.
The Kingstons became one of the most numerous families in the area with Church of Ireland, Methodist and Catholic branches.