I am trying to find information on my great grandfather, Thomas O'Donnell, born 1874. He was married in 1891 to Ellen Curran and had eleven children. I have found some information on him and discovered that he quite often went by the surname Byrne, especially on his prison records. I would love to know why this might have been. I think their household was somewhat tempestuous as I have found several prison records confirming this! My greatgrandmother, Ellen, was shot during the Easter Rising in 1922, along with her son William aged 16. This took place in Long Lane. My nan, Elizabeth, moved to Wales with her sister Mary around 1911 just after the census of that year and then London around about 1917/1918. Thomas spent some time in Carrick Workhouse Hospital about 1911 and after the death of his wife and son seemed to migrate to London where there are records for him living at St. Pancras Workhouse with his youngest children, Christine and Michael. Thomas' father was also Thomas and I have found a family wherein the Head is Thomas and wife Margaret Fahey, however there isn't a son Thomas listed in the electoral register so it may be the wrong family. On several of the children's baptism records there were two sponsors/witness with the surname Byrne, Elizabeth and Michael. I wondered if they were relations
I started looking into this for my mum but have come to a kind of an impass when it comes to Thomas.