When Jane Donaldson was born on 28 March 1794, in Jefferson, Kentucky, United States, her father, Robert Donaldson, was 33 and her mother, Martha Elisabeth Cox, was 26. She married Adam A Shake on 29 August 1816, in Jefferson, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 4 daughters. She died on 15 December 1844, at the age of 50.
Scottish: patronymic from Donald , generally representing an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dhomhnaill (see McDonald ).