Reuben Donelson

about 1766–13 June 1839 (Age 73)
Colrain, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Reuben

When Reuben Donelson was born about 1766, in Colrain, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Daniel Donelson, was 42 and his mother, Agnes Clark, was 34. He married Anna Dalrymple about 1790, in Petersham, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 13 June 1839, in Colrain, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Branch Cemetery, Colrain, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States.

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Family Time Line

Reuben Donelson
1766–1839
Anna Dalrymple
1773–1861
Marriage: about 1790
Obed Donelson
1791–
Daniel Donelson
1793–1857
Moses Donelson
1796–1819
Reuben Donelson
1799–1819
Diana Donelson
1802–1868
Anna Donelson
1804–1855
Antis R. Donelson
1806–1878
Ruel Donelson
1809–1852
Samuel Donelson
1812–1864
Esther Donelson
1814–

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
about 1790
Petersham, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
children

(10)

+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Daniel Donelson

    Male1724–1792Male

    Female1732–1816Female

siblings

(12)

+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1776

Age 10

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 10

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 20

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

Variant of Scottish Donaldson .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Reuben Danelson in entry for Daniel Danelson, "Massachusetts Town Deaths Index, ca. 1640-1961"
  • Ruben Donelson in entry for Anna Donelson, "Massachusetts Town Deaths Index, ca. 1640-1961"
  • Ruben Donelson in entry for Diana Donelson, "Massachusetts Town Deaths Index, ca. 1640-1961"

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