William Oscar McDonald

Brief Life History of William Oscar

When William Oscar McDonald was born on 29 June 1898, in Greene, Tennessee, United States, his father, James Franklin McDonald - SR, was 23 and his mother, Mary Bernice Kidwell, was 18. He married Mary Leota Rankin on 18 February 1923, in Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee, United States for about 15 years and Civil District 10, Greene, Tennessee, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1918. He died on 19 November 1956, in Mountain Home, Washington, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Artis Cemetery, Greene, North Carolina, United States.

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William Oscar McDonald
Mary Leota Rankin
Marriage: 18 February 1923
Glenn Hacker McDonald
Carroll Mcdonald

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  • Oscar Mcdonald in household of Frank Mcdonald, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William Oscar Mcdonald, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • William Oscar Mcdonald, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

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1900 · Gold for Cash!

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1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

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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