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Isabella (Ralston) McDonald (1832 - 1921)

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Isabella McDonald formerly Ralston
Born in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Boone, Illinois United Statesmap
Died in Argyle, Winnebago County, Illinois, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 17 May 2018
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Categories: Kintyre, Argyll | Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Charlotte Harrison, Sailed July 1850 | Argyle, Illinois | 1920 US Census, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois | Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, Argyle, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



Isabella was born in 1832. She was the daughter of John Ralston and Isobell Greenlees[1]

She came to the US in 1850. [2]

She married Duncan McDonald in 1857. [3]

She passed away in 1921.


David Josiah 1858–1909
John 1860–1939
Mary 1866–1880
William 1869–1934
Martha 1873–1874


Rockford Morning Star, Wednesday, May 18, 1921 MRS. I. R. M'DONALD ENTERS REST AFTER EIGHTY-EIGHT YEARS

ARGYLE, Ill., May 17 - Mrs. Isabelle Ralston McDonald, a resident of this section for over seventy years and greatly beloved for her helpful and useful life, answered the summons to a better land this morning at 5 o'clock at her farm home, two miles north of Argyle. She injured her hip in a fall several months ago and the burden of her 88 years made her recovery impossible.

Deceased was born in Argyleshire, Scotland, Dec. 14, 1832, and came to America and direct to Argyle in the summer of 1850. Her marriage to Duncan McDonald took place Feb. 24, 1957. Mr. McDonald died May 11, 1885, and three of the six children born to this union have passed on, David, Mary and Martha. The children surviving are John, residing north of Roscoe, and William and Isabelle C. McDonald, living at home. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs Jane Ralston, of Roscoe, and Miss Elizabeth Ralston, who made her home with the deceased.

She joined the Presbyterian church in Scotland and became a member of the Willow Creek church on coming to this country. She radiated hope and cheer to those who were weary and heavy laden and made the world better for the many deeds of kindness she bestowed on those in suffering and need. None knew her but to hold her in the highest esteem. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the late residence. the Rev. Edgar W. Smith officiating. Interment will be made in the Argyle Cemetery.

1920 US Census

Harlem Township [4]

Name: Isabelle Mcdonald
Age: 87
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1920: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois
  • William Mcdonald Head M 50 Illinois
  • Martha Mcdonald Wife F 44 Illinois
  • Isebelle R Mcdonald Daughter F 22 Illinois
  • John D Mcdonald Son M 19 Illinois
  • Martha A Mcdonald Daughter F 9 Illinois
  • Isebelle Mcdonald Mother F 87 Scotland
  • Isebelle C Mcdonald Sister F 56 Illinois
  • Elizebeth Ralston F 76 Scotland


  1. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Isabella Ralston, 13 Dec 1832; citing , reference 2:16BL473, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  2. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), Isabella Ralston, 1850; citing NARA microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .
  3. "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 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, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 December 2018), Isebelle Mcdonald in household of William Mcdonald, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing ED 164, sheet 7A, line 42, family 147, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 416; FHL microfilm 1,820,416.

See also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #187424281 Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 19 August 2018), memorial page for Isabelle Ralston McDonald (14 Dec 1832–18 May 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 187424281, citing Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Dean McMakin (contributor 46804161) .

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


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