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James McDonald

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James D. McDonald
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I became interested in genealogy in the middle 1980s going through my parents' papers.

I have no truly famous American ancestors, but a couple of interesting immigrant ancestors with very long ancestor trails: Rev. Robert Rose of Virginia and William Ironmonger. One of my very few New England ancestors was William Freeborn, one of the founders of Rhode Island.

Wikitree itself also lists a long ancestor trail for my ancestor Frances Latham but while her father is quite secure, her earlier ancestry has numerous rather iffy connections, the most dubious of which I have documented on their pages.

Some of my ancestors arrived in America before the tardy folks on the Mayflower:

I have several interesting distant cousins such as James Madison Rose, defender of the Alamo, and Jesse Woodson James, famous outlaw.

I am a direct male line descendant of Somerled, progenitor of the Clan Donald, as proven by DNA testing, though I have no paper trail to him. I am the co-admin of the Clan Donald USA DNA project .


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  • James McDonald: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 225 markers, haplogroup R1a-L175-CLD23, FTDNA kit #private
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  • James McDonald: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup J1c2a2, FTDNA kit #private
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On 12 Apr 2018 at 14:25 GMT Shan (Ward) Dawson wrote:

Hi, I saw your post of the Macdonalds. I don't know much about the Clans, but you and I are are 11th cousins once removed through my Macdonald/Grant line. My Greats were Scott's, Campbell's, MacDonald, MacDougall's etc on my father's side. Just thought i would say hello. =)

On 20 Aug 2017 at 23:09 GMT Private (Hayes) Living wrote:

Hi James, I have just discovered we are 15th cousins once removed  :)

On 28 Oct 2016 at 21:07 GMT Veronica (Coat) Williams wrote:

Hello James

I was very excited to see that you are another COATE descendant who has had their autosomal DNA tested. Do you have a GEDmatch ID so we can compare results?


On 5 Apr 2016 at 15:47 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:

Hi James. I wrote the biography of James M. Rose, which of which you are PM. You gave me trusted access. Recently a new person edited this profile, added a source, thus botching my inline referencing. I have restored. I added the wikitree Military and Wars profile manager to help safe guard this type of profiles.

Will you go to privacy and click it to make it manager? I would appreciate it. In the other history of the family, I notice he added profiles, thus you might need to check them.

PS to the left is William Cox (one of your ancestors.) (also mine) Have you considered joining the Jamestown Colony subproject of US Southern Colonists project. ... ~mary

On 4 Apr 2016 at 22:11 GMT Jack Blair wrote:

Hello james.

I have Robert Maule in my family tree. His mother-in- law, Janet Ogston ( my gt x 13 grandmother) . He died at Panmure not in England. Following is what I have for his biography but there is a lot more including physical appearance and temprement in the Registrum. Robert could not read but was a great horseman, delighted in hawking & hunting and loved football. He made a football pitch on the Muir of Bathil. Played golf at Barry Links. He was Sheriff-depute at Retour of James Ogilvy of Cookston in 1522. Was wounded in 1527 by James at Barry during a poynd. In 1548 he was wounded by a culverin when taken by the English and held by them in the fort at Broughty. From there he was taken by ship to London and held for a year In the Tower. After release he returned to Panmure. He was expert in genealogies. He took ill after the death of his second wife, Isabel Arbuthnot and died two years later in the 63rd year of his life. He was latterly a confirmed and strong supporter of the Reformed Church of Scotland.

These facts were recorded with more detail by his grandson Robert maule, Commissary of St Andrews. Source: Registrum de Panmure

On 10 Nov 2015 at 19:30 GMT S (Hill) Willson wrote:

Hi James - re all the sons listed for Thomas Oliver-82, Great Migrations has twelve children listed for him. I haven't cross-checked all of them, but most seem to be listed there (albeit there are definitely duplicates shown). David, and William aren't in the source and there appear to be duplicate daughters needing merged as well. I added the source to Oliver-82

I managed to reduce the number of sons named Thomas substantially. More work still to do on the others.

On 14 Aug 2015 at 18:14 GMT Renee Malloy Esq wrote:

Thank you 17th Cousin 2x removed via my Tuttle, Burr, Warren line to King Edward III Plantagenet via John Gaunt. I appreciate your warning on the difficulty of proof re: Magna Carta badges. I am a Berkeley girl, born and raised. My grandmother Ella Tuttle, who helped raise me, graduated from Welleseley in 1904, as they weren't allowing women into MIT or Harvard. Maybe a DNA test would help with the Magna Carta validations? I am going to MA this fall to do some research though. Grateful for your contributions to our One Tree, Renee Malloy, JD

On 22 Jun 2015 at 05:28 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

Hi Doug,

My coleader of the Magna Carta project, John Schmeeckle sent me a note that you will be a great addition to the project.

So welcome to the Magna Carta project Doug, and congratulations on your new badge. It is getting late here so tomorrow I will send you more of an introduction to the project, but meanwhile please explore our Base Camp page, where we track our progress.

John says your ancestor, Rev. Robert Rose, can be proven as a descendant of a surety baron, and he is our expert on lineage.

Wonderful to have you join us!

On 13 Jun 2015 at 19:10 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:

I added James M Rose's categories, biography, references, and 2 of the bounties heirs received., etc He is connected now to the Alamo Defenders. I know you are proud of this relative.

On 4 Jun 2015 at 11:48 GMT Maria Maxwell wrote:

Hi Doug, Thanks for your message. Excellent and welcome! I've added the project badge to your profile. If you click on the badge it will take you to the full list of our wonderful members. Click on Scottish Clans Project will take you the first page of the project. Thanks for adding your name etc to the list of participants. You'll also find info on how to join the project google group.

See Clan MacDonald page and feel free to develop it further. You might also want to consider joining our DNA Project

Thanks again for joining and enjoy. Maria

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