J.W. and Lela (Sherman) Donalson

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Joseph Warren Donalson was my husbands grandfather, I am looking for any information about either person, especially when the died and which cemetery they buried in.  My late husband's father was Don Donalson, Joseph W. Donalson;s son, my husband was adopted by his step-father when he was 12 Barton), but reunited with Don when he as in his 20's, I would appreciate any information that you can give me, I helping my my husband's son with the Donalson Family Tree,   Thank you, Janice Barton at janicebarton20@yahoo.com





WikiTree profile: Lela Donaldson
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Texas, Birth Index

Evely Louise Donalson female

Birth 16 Sep 1930 Henderson, TX

father: Joseph Warren Donalson

mother: Ressia Lela Sherman


 Randal Lee Donaldson 

Male  2nd child

Birth 09 Jan 1927 Ben Wheeler, Van Zandt, TX

father: J W Donaldson 

Age  65  White Farmer  (b abt 1882)

Birthplace Attapalgus, GA  (?sp)

mother: Lela Sherman  2 living children

Age ? 23 or 25  can’t read 2nd digit

Birthplace  Anderson Co. TX


Mary Jo Donaldson  White female

birth 01 Dec 1925   Henderson County, TX

father J W Donaldson

mother Lela Sherman



Texas, Marriages

Groom J.W. Donalson

Bride Lela Shermon

Marriage  27 Aug 1925  Henderson Co., TX


United States Census, 1910  Justice Precinct 8, Henderson, TX

self  John N Sherman M 45y AR

wife  Etna Sherman F 38y TX

son  James Sherman M 16y TX

son  Earl Sherman M 11y TX

son  Olide Sherman M 8y TX

dau  Lela Sherman  F 5y TX

Texas Deaths

name: Lela Ressie Black

death  27 Jul 1972  Athens, Henderson, TX

Female  63 years  birth Sept. 21, 1908

marital status: Married

spouse's name: Albert P. Black

father   John  Weldon Sherman

mother  Etna  (Etna Pilinia Blackmon from other records)

Burial Malakoff City Cemetery, Malakoff, Henderson Co. TX


United States Census, 1940 Athens, Justice Precinct 1, Henderson, TX

head  Lela Donaldson  F 34  abt 1906 TX White Widow

dau  Mary Joe Donaldson F 14 TX

son  Christo Donaldson M 13 TX

dau  Louisa Donaldson F 9 TX

dau  Lehoma Donaldson F 6 TX




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Hello,  Did you ever get a response?  In your query you spell Donalson (no D) but it looks like Lela links to Donaldson...  Be sure to try Donaldson, Donelson and Donalson.

Absent getting lucky right off at WikiTree (it can happen) have you tried Find-A-Grave?

You can just search the entire country without knowing a place and sometimes, if you have an idea of place or dates, you can find links there either to Joseph W directly or Lela or Donald the son.  Do try the alternate spellings as a couple generations back that was not uncommon.  There are some Joseph W. and Lela with alternate spellings. Having an idea of a date range is a good starting point.

Keep in mind, not every grave is indexed and it changes.  I just found an elusive ancestor who got listed in September 2012 and I had searched for her in July 2012 on Find-A-Grave.  

I just added a batch of Donaldsons with more to go, but none with those names.
by Susie Parks G2G Rookie (200 points)
edited by Susie Parks

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