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Alexander McDonald (1817 - 1850)

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Alexander McDonald
Born in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Husband of — married in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Winnebago County, Illinois, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 May 2018 | Last significant change: 27 Dec 2018
22:04: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography for Alexander McDonald (1817-1850). [Thank Joelle for this | 1 thank-you received]
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Categories: Marion, sailed August, 1839 | Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois | Argyle, Illinois.


Alexander was an early resident of the Scottish Immigrant Settlement in Argyle, Illinois

Alexander was born in 1817 in Argyll, Scotland. He was the son of John McDonald and Mary Reid [1]

He married Margaret Howie in 1834 in Scotland. [2]

In 1839 they came to the United States on the Marion. [3]

They were among the first settlers at the Scottish Settlement in Arglyle Illinois. They both died before 1850 leaving five young boys who were split up among the families in the settlement.

William, the oldest, went to live with with James Picken, Alexander with William Harvey, Robert and John lived with their Uncle Robert Howie, James made his home with Hugh Reid, and Andrew, the youngest, with Andrew Giffen.

The farm was sold to William Ferguson and the house was used for a school for a time.


  1. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Alexander Macdonald, ; citing Southend, Argyllshire, Scotland, reference - 2:16BK768, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  2. "Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Alexander Mcdonald and Margaret Huie, 10 Jul 1834; citing Southend,Argyll,Scotland, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  3. Marion Passenger List

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