Duncan McDonald

Duncan McDonald (1821 - 1885)

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Duncan McDonald
Born in Southend, Argyll and Bute, Scotlandmap
Husband of — married in Boone, Illinois United Statesmap
Died in Winnebago, Winnebago County, Illinois, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 17 May 2018
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Categories: Kintyre, Argyll | Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Argyle, Illinois | 1850 US Census, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois | 1870 US Census, Harlem Township, Winnebago, Illinois | Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, Argyle, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



Duncan was born in 1821. He was the son of John McDonald and Mary Reid. [1]

In 1850 he was living in the household of John Andrew. [2]

He married Isabella Ralston in 1857 [3]

He passed away in 1885.


David Josiah 1858–1909
John1860 - 1939
Mary 1866 - 1880
William 1869–1934
Martha 1873-1874


Rockford Daily Register, Wednesday, May 13, 1885

Duncan McDonald, an old settler of Harlem township, and a much-respected resident died at his farm home, about three miles north of Argyle, Monday evening. Mr. McDonald came to the Scotch settlement about 25 years ago, and by the sterling qualities of his make-up won and retained the respect and affection of the many who were among his acquaintances. Deceased was between 55 and 60 years of age, a farmer of that section and well off in this world's goods. He was a member of the Argyle Church and held in high esteem for his kindness, integrity, and charity.

Death was the result of a complication of diseases. The funeral occurred to-day, Dr. Sutherland conducting the services. Deceased leaves a wife and family of grown-up children.

Duncan farmed in Harlem Township, Illinois

1870 US Census

Harlem Township, Illinois [4]

Name: Duncan Mcdonald
Age in 1870: 44
Home in 1870: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois
Occupation: Farmer
Duncan Mcdonald M 44 Scotland
Isabel Mcdonald F 36 Scotland
David Mcdonald M 12 Illinois
John Mcdonald M 10 Illinois
Isabel Mcdonald F 7 Illinois
Mary Mcdonald F 4 Illinois
William Mcdonald M 1 Illinois

1880 US Census

Harlem Township, Illinois [5] Duncan Mc Donald Self M 55 Scotland Isabella Mc Donald Wife F 47 Scotland David Mc Donald Son M 22 Illinois, United States Isabella Mc Donald Daughter F 17 Illinois, United States William Mc Donald Son M 11 Illinois, United States Elizabeth Ralston Sister-in-law F 36 Scotland


  1. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTJS-H3P : 10 February 2018), Duncan Mcdonald, 18 Oct 1821; citing , reference 2:16BKHSC, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  2. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M854-L5Z : 12 April 2016), Duncan Mcdonald in household of John Andrew, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing family 39, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X25H-B8S : 6 November 2017), Duncan Mcdonal and Esabelle Ralston, 1857; citing Boone, Illinois, United States, county offices, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,914,104.
  4. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M64M-H2S : 12 April 2016), John Mcdonald in household of Duncan Mcdonald, Illinois, United States; citing p. 12, family 88, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,793.
  5. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MX2S-2GS : 14 August 2017), Duncan Mc Donald, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district ED 220, sheet 54A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0261; FHL microfilm 1,254,261.

See also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #53431412 Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 12 August 2018), memorial page for Duncan McDonald (18 Oct 1821–11 May 1885), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53431412, citing Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Amelia Crombie-Christy (contributor 46861625) .

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Monument for Duncan McDonald and Isabella Ralston
Monument for Duncan McDonald and Isabella Ralston

Detail of Monument for Duncan McDonald
Detail of Monument for Duncan McDonald


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