Doran clan research

There are undoubtably many Doran clans originating in Ireland. We try to sort through as many of these as we can, however our primary research is our Doran ancestry (line #1) and a distant cousin’s Doran ancestry (line #2).

Verified DNA Matches to Jacob “James” Doran (ca. 1725-1793) are lines 1 and 2.

Jacob is the latinized version for James often used by Roman Catholic clerics for the baptismal name. This Jacob Doran was forced by the government to emigrate to Colonial America for some minor infraction. His name was included in the list of Irish Prisoners and that source indicates he was expelled from Belfast. So he might have been born in Belfast or perhaps he was born elsewhere and was just living in Belfast at the time of his arrest. His life in America and his descendants lives are well documented elsewhere, so we will not attempt to recreate that story here.

Some sources for more information are: The History of Monroe County, West Virginia. The Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution. His probate record was originally published in “Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County” by Lyman Chalkley. Virginia’s Colonial Soldiers Bounty Land Warrants. These can be found on

Line 1. Bernard Doran (ca. 1798-?). Married to Ann “Nancy” Smythe. This is our line. Birthplace unknown. First child born in County Armagh and the rest in Belfast. Children Maria, Ellen, Ann, John, Hannah, Catherine, Bernard.

Line 2. Patrick James Doran (1824-1904). Married to Isabella (surname unknown). This is our cousin James Doran’s line. Patrick was born in County Down, worked in Belfast City as a tailor, retired in Ballysugah, Downpatrick, County Down, died in Belfast. Children include: Patrick Doran.

Line 3. Joseph Doran (1849-?). Married to Susan Maginnis. Lived in Belfast. Father’s name was Patrick Doran. Occupation Hackler.