John McDonald

Brief Life History of John

When John McDonald was born on 12 December 1833, in Crawfordsburn, County Down, Ireland, his father, James McDonald, was 31 and his mother, Sarah Ferguson, was 31. He married Mary Lucinda Cole on 16 December 1856, in Springville, Utah, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Springville, Utah, Utah, United States in 1860 and Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1870. He registered for military service in 1853. He died on 27 December 1910, in Heber City, Wasatch, Utah, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Heber City Cemetery, Heber City, Wasatch, Utah, United States.

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John McDonald
Mary Lucinda Cole
Marriage: 16 December 1856
Mary Ann McDonald
John Henry McDonald
Sarah Jane McDonald
Susannah Orilla McDonald
James Hugh McDonald
Joseph Smith McDonald
Andrew McDonald
Lydia Matilda Mc Donald
Dr. David Lorenzo McDonald
Emma Verona Mc Donald
Eva Lucinda McDonald
John William Mc Donald
Mc Donald

Sources (58)

  • James McDonald, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John Mcdonald, "United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941"
  • John Mcdonald, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"

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1854 · The Crimean War

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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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The Autobiography of William McDonald (as interpreted by Susan Rackley Foss) Note: I have a copy of the original autobiography, but took the liberty of correcting spelling and other errors to mak …

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