John Kilpatrick McDonald

5 January 1797–31 August 1874 (Age 77)
Donaghadee, County Down, Ireland

The Life Summary of John Kilpatrick

When John Kilpatrick McDonald was born on 5 January 1797, in Donaghadee, County Down, Ireland, his father, William McDonald, was 26 and his mother, Nancy Agnes Kilpatrick, was 27. He married Rachel Burke Taaffe in April 1823, in Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 31 August 1874, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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John Kilpatrick McDonald
Rachel Burke Taaffe
Marriage: April 1823
Elizabeth Taaffe McDonald
William Taaffe McDonald
William Taaffe McDonald
John Taaffe McDonald Sr.
Alexander Taaffe Mc Donald
Washington McDonald
James Kilpatrick McDonald
Jane Taaffe McDonald
Joseph Taaffe McDonald

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    April 1823Lurgan, Shankill, County Armagh, Ireland
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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    Battle of Antrim.
    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.
    Age 3
    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 22
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    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.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    John Kilpatrick McDonald Marriages to Sarah Johnson, Harriet Zelnore Marsden & Clara Marsden

    By Joan Cameron On February 1863, Sarah Johnson Marsden married Thomas Allsop; then divorced him on December 24th of that same year, also cancelling their endowment. Two days later she married John …

    Sources (45)

    • John Mc Donald, "United States Census, 1860"
    • John Mcdonald in entry for John Tafft Mcdonald, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1965"
    • John Mcdonald, "United States Census, 1870"

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