Donald W. McDonald

Brief Life History of Donald W.

When Donald W. McDonald was born in 1745, in Scotland, his father, Roderick McDonald, was 40 and his mother, Annabella McDonald, was 35. He married Fanny Francis MacDonald about 1767, in Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He died in 1824, in Richmond, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 79.

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Donald W. McDonald
Fanny Francis MacDonald
Marriage: about 1767
Donald W. McDonald
Daniel McDonald
Archibald McDonald
Malcolm McDonald
Nancy McDonald
Margaret McDaniel

Sources (3)

  • 1790 United States Federal Census
  • NEWSOME, A.R., editor. "Records of Emigrants from England and Scotland to North Carolina, 1774-1775." In The North Carolina Historical Review, vol. 11:1 (Jan. 1934), pp. 39-54; vol. 11:2 (Apr. 1934), pp. 129-143.
  • North Carolina, U.S., Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890

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Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.


North Carolina is the 12th state.

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

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.

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