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Willis McDonald (1760 - 1840)

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Willis McDonald
Born in Raleigh, North Carolinamap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] in Columbia, South Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Lorman, Jefferson County, Mississippimap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Jun 2012
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Categories: Noland-165 Brick Walls | NSDAR Patriot Ancestors.


Willis McDonald was born January 10, 1760, near Raleigh, North Carolina. During the Revolution, he lived in Jefferson County, South Carolina. He moved to Georgia before moving to Mississippi.

Willis and his family lived in Burke County, Georgia and were members of McBean Baptist Church until 1799, when he got the idea to further explore the unknown.
~from Our McDonald Family, by Willie McDonald Arnesen[1]

Known children:

  • Thomas Owen McDonald born at Camden Dist, South Carolina on May 27, 1784 (m 2nd Mary Henderson)[2]
  • Sarah, born in Columbia, South Carolina on September 13, 1786 (m Asa Watkins)
  • Nancy, born in Chesterfield Cheraw Dist, South Carolina on April 10, 1788 (m Daniel Frisby)
  • Harriet, born in Augusta, Georgia on August 29, 1798 (m William Henson)
  • Wiley S. McDonald born at China Grove Plantation, Mississippi on September 20, 1804 (m 2nd Georgia Coleman)

Willis McDonald died in Lorman (Jefferson County), Mississippi on March 7, 1840. He's buried in Jefferson County, Mississippi, in China Grove Cemetery.

Research Notes

Brick Wall: Need information on his mother.


  1. posted to Genforum by Cecilia Gossman
  2. Thomas Owen McDonald listed as son of Willis by Sons of the American Revolution (search SAR database, Ancestor #P-246119):

    Private Willis McDonald, SC service:
    South Carolina Army private, served in militia in Brigade commanded by General Francis marion, 1780-1783.
    • born 10 Jun 1760
    • died 7 Mar 1840
    • Spouse: Dorsia Owens (Dortia Owen)
    • Buried: McDonald family (China Grove) Cemetery, Jefferson county, MS
  • DAR Records for Private Willis McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076388 and his father, Major Adam McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076274
    • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, ( : accessed July 6, 2015), "Record of Private Willis McDonald", Ancestor # A076388.
    • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, ( : accessed May 4, 2015), "Record of Major Adam McDonald", Ancestor # A076274.
  • Liz Shifflett, family knowledge and various documentation, including DAR applications of descendants.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Willis by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Willis:

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