When James Blythe McDonald was born on 15 June 1844, in Cherokee, North Carolina, United States, his father, Jonathan Andrew McDonald, was 28 and his mother, Harriet M Davidson, was 23. He married Elizabeth Micheal Nichols on 15 September 1868, in Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Murphy, Cherokee, North Carolina, United States in 1860 and Garrett, Douglas, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 29 February 1912, in Atwood, Douglas, Illinois, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Piatt, Illinois, United States.
Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Domhnaill ‘son of Domhnall’, a name derived from the Celtic elements domno- ‘world’ + val- ‘might, rule’. Donald is an Anglicized form (via Latin) of this personal name used in Scotland, though the surname is also widespread in Ireland. The name is equivalent to Irish McDonnell and McConnell , and to Manx Cannell .
History: This is the name of the largest and most disparate of the Scottish clans (Clan Donald), associated in particular with the Hebrides and claiming descent from Domhnall mac Raghnaill mac Somhairle, who lived in the late 12th century. From that time until 1493 the head of the clan was known as Lord (or King) of the Isles. The reigns of the Lords of the Isles were always stormy, often in conflict with the kings of Scotland, and peppered with disasters. After a series of defeats in the 1480s, Eoin Mac Dhomhnaill a Ìle (John Macdonald of Islay, Earl of Ross and Lord of the Isles) forfeited his lands, his power, and his title as Lord of the Isles in 1493 to King James IV of Scotland. By then, a branch of the family had settled in the Antrim Glens in Ireland and members moved between the southern Hebrides and Ireland throughout the 16th century.