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My McDonald Connection

I'm descended from Willis McDonald. This page was created to hold my notes about his father & grandfather - initially, to store copies of WikiTree profiles before editing.[1] It is currently very much a work in progress. ~ Liz Shifflett, 16 February 2022

Proven -> ? Lineage

me -> mom -> Grandmother Elizabeth (b 1896) -> AFW (b 1856) -> Hamilton Watkins ->

Asa Watkins & Sarah McDonald ->

Willis McDonald (born c1760, m Dortia Owen) -> ?
Adam McDonald (born c1740) -> ?
Donald/Daniel McDonald (1755 will) probably not

We're solid from me to Asa Watkins, but additional sources for his wife's ancestry are needed. Asa married Willis McDonald's daughter (Sallie or Nancy).[2]

Asa and Willis connections...
  • Asa Watkins is mentioned in Willis's will, as is daughter Sallie Watkins.
  • Both Willis McDonald and "Asy" Watkins were listed in the 1816 "heads of families" census for Jefferson County, Mississippi.[3]
  • Asa's tombstone shows his birth/death dates (1777-1840) and that he was "of Georgia".[4] Watkins family records show he was born in Burke County, Georgia. Willis's DAR record shows his birth/death dates (1760-1840) and that he was born in North Carolina. His biography notes that he lived in 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[5]
    • In 1799, certificate was for "Willis McDANIEL [the McDonald book has the name entered as McDONALD, (McDANIEL)] has been an inhabitant of this State for some years and has behaved himself as a good citizen,..."[5]
    • The 1799 certificate from the church named his wife: "Whereas brother WILLIS McDONALD and his wife DORTIA McDONALD, being members in fellowship in the Baptist Church at McBean". This was signed by Jacob Tarver, Pastor, who was also one of those who signed the previous certificate.[5]
  • Both Willis McDonald and Asa Watkins were among those who "represented the north central division" of Jefferson County, Mississippi (along with John Bolls and Kinsman Divine). The same page that has that information (writings of Capt. John Watkins, recollecting the early days of Jefferson County) mentions Daniel Frisby among a group of men in 1813 that included Kinsman Divine and Asa Watkins (as well as Thompson B. Shaw, Robert B. Farley, and Henry Ledbetter). Willis's DAR record lists the husband of his daughter Nancy as Daniel Frisby and his daughter Sarah/Sally as Asa Watkins.[6]
Willis -> Adam... based on DAR records for Adam and Willis McDonald, which show them as father and son, but the record for Adam is flagged by the DAR: "Future applicants must complete", meaning the connection to Willis is in doubt or the service of Adam needs better proof than previously used (or both).[7] See the profile for Adam for details on whether or not Willis was son of that Adam (born in Williamsburg) or to another Adam in a different branch. There's some confusion of multiple Adams and Donald/Daniels.
Adam -> Daniel McDonald based on Daniel's will (#Daniel of SC - 1755 will).

Families

One of the challenges of colonial families is connecting facts to the correct person of that name. The following sections look at families by will and other sources that name multiple family members.

Daniel of SC - 1755 will

"Will of Daniel McDonald of Williamsburg [SC] was dated 18 March 1755 and proved 31 March 1756, naming wife Mary and children Adam, Archibald, Daniel, James, and John. His four daughters were Ann Conner, Mary Lesesne, Sarah and Susannah"[8]
  • Daniel McDonald of Williamsburg, SC, died between 18 March 1755 and 31 March 1756; will proved in... Charleston?[8]
  • Mary (?) McDonald, named in his 1755 will[8]
  • Adam McDonald, son of Daniel, named in his 1755 will[8]
  • Archibald McDonald, son of Daniel, named in his 1755 will[8]
  • Daniel McDonald, son of Daniel, named in his 1755 will[8] - not convinced this is the right Daniel for son Daniel of this will: McDonald-545 Daniel McDonald (1723-1797), married Rebecca Middleton in GA in 1745.
  • James McDonald, son of Daniel, named in his 1755 will[8]
  • John McDonald, son of Daniel, named in his 1755 will[8]
  • Ann (McDonald) Conner, daughter of Daniel, named in his 1755 will[8]
  • Mary (McDonald) Lesesne, daughter of Daniel, named in his 1755 will[8]
  • Sarah McDonald, daughter of Daniel, named in his 1755 will[8]
  • Susannah McDonald, daughter of Daniel, named in his 1755 will[8]
Apparent WikiTree profiles as of 23 Feb. 2022
  • McDonald-528 - Donald Daniel McDonald (1700-abt.1755) - has the will in text but not sure the attached profiles are for the Daniel with the 1755 will. The profile might be conflated.
  • wife Mary ... two profiles attached (in a proposed merge) - not sure either is the Mary of the will
    • McDonald-502 Mary Elizabeth McDonald (1696-abt.1755) - born PA, died SC in 1755, or (in text) born/married in Scotland, died 1784
      • McDonald-545 Daniel McDonald (1723-1797), married Rebecca Middleton in GA in 1745 - not convinced this is the right Daniel for son Daniel of this will.
      • McDonald-2258 Adam McDonald (abt.1740-abt.1777) another Adam with Rev. War service died December 1778 - either the profile is conflated or 1777 death is wrong. Sue (who sent the info about the will) has son Adam born 1742/die Dec. 1778, elected Capt & promoted to Major, 1st SC - so this profiles is probably the son Adam named in the will (or, if conflated, the died 1778 Adam is probably the son named in the will)
    • Lewis-16649 Mary Elizabeth (Lewis) McDonald (1696-abt.1755) - born PA, m 4 Jun 1723 in SC; died Craven
Nothing in profile to support currently attached parents or previously attached parents:
No other children attached.

Elizabeth (Tharpe) - 1852/54 pension application

Elizabeth McDonald, resident of Jackson County, Georgia, applied for a pension in 1852 in Hall County, Georgia, based on her late husband's service when she was 97 years old (putting her birth year as 1755). She also gave testimony on 14 February 1854 (at age 99, still of Jackson County) She also applied for bounty land at age 100, on 14 April 1855. Information included in the pension file:[9]
  • Daniel McDonald (who had received a pension), died November 1835 in Talbot County, GA[9]
    • Locations: born in VA or NC; during the war, he lived near Ninety Six, SC; after the war, he "returned home to Abbeville District [SC] where we resided until [November 1808] when we removed to Clark County [GA]"; they moved to Jackson County, GA in 1816, then to Talbot County in 1835, where he died in November 1835 (Elizabeth moved back to Jackson County in January 1836)[9]
    • Military service from Elizabeth's testimony: private, SC Militia; Continental Line - served under Captains Maxwell & Anderson, "and have heard him speak of serving under a Col. Hunter" (see more in the pension application, including battles)[9]
  • Elizabeth Tharpe (maiden name), married Daniel McDonald in February 1782 in Abbeville District, South Carolina by a Baptist minister named Thomas.[9]
Children (from the 1754 testimony):[9]
  1. Sarah McDonald, born 25 January 1783, married William Yarborough, living in McMinn County, Tennessee[9]
  2. Absolem McDonald, born about the 12th of August 1784, "died about Eighteen years since" (my interpretation=1836)[9]
  3. Daniel McDonald, born 6 September 1786[9]
  4. Amy McDonald, born 29 April 1789, married "one J. Bridges and is now living in Murray County", Georgia[9]
  5. Eli McDonald (son), born 17 December 1791; died aged 3[9]
  6. John McDonald, born 28 February 1794 (unless a leap year? "last day of February"), "living a short time since in Russel [sic: Russell] County state of Alabama[9]
  7. Alexander McDonald "who now reside[s] in Jackson County", Georgia[9]
  8. William McDonald "who now reside[s] in Jackson County", Georgia[9]
  9. Basheba McDonald "who now resides in [undeciphered] County", Georgia - she was living in Hall County in 1838: On 1 July 1838 Basheba Roberts, 48, of Hall County GA stated that she was born to Daniel and Elizabeth McDonald in Abbeville District SC and married Hardin Roberts of Hall County. She stated that her father’s surname was sometimes written "McDaniel."[9]
Elizabeth & Daniel both signed with a mark.[9]
1 Sep 1853, "Margaret Cavender [pension application W6903] aged about 103 years a resident of Cherokee County in the state aforesaid who being duly sworn according to Law, doth on her oath declare that she moved to South Carolina Edgefield District with her fathers family in the time of the Revolutionary war, that she then became acquainted with Daniel McDonald andElizabeth Tharpe.... That McDaniel lived in Abbeville District a few miles from where her fathers family resided, that the said Daniel McDaniel..." Margaret's father was George Cox; her husband William Cavender. They were with the NC Militia.[9]
WikiTree Profiles (as of 23 February 2022):
no other children attached

William - 1808 will

William McDonald's will is dated September 8, 1808. He mentions his sons, William Nelson, Thomas Edwin, and Archibald Courterier; his daughters, Martha Harriette Grenerager Davis, Mary Esther Charlotte McDonald, Susannah Emily Ann McDonald, Catherine Laura Singleton McDonald, Eliza Maria Cantey McDonald, and Louisa Margaret Augusta McDonald. Executors, son, William Nelson McDonald; son-in-law, John G. Davis. Witnesses: Charles Lesesne, Thomas S. Cantey, and Margaret A. Lesesne. Appraisers, John Keels, Janey Cantey, and Charles F. Lesesne." ~ History of Williamsburg County.[10]
  • William Nelson McDonald[10]
  • Thomas Edwin McDonald[10]
  • Archibald Courterier McDonald[10]
  • Martha Harriette Grenerager Davis[10]
  • Mary Esther Charlotte McDonald[10]
  • Susannah Emily Ann McDonald[10]
  • Catherine Laura Singleton McDonald[10]
  • Eliza Maria Cantey McDonald[10]
  • Louisa Margaret Augusta McDonald[10]
Executors,
  • son, William Nelson McDonald[10]
  • son-in-law, John G. Davis[10]
Witnesses:
  • Charles Lesesne[10]
  • Thomas S. Cantey[10]
  • Margaret A. Lesesne[10]
Appraisers,

John of NC - 1813 will

John McDaniel, in his will proved Feb. 1813 in Chatham Co., NC, left his 100-acre plantation on Cane Creek to his wife Mary.[11]

Carolina Patriots

Sometimes service associations help identify which McDonald might be associated with another family. This section looks to give information about those associations.

A list of Carolina patriots who were captains[12] include
Captain First Unit Served In
As a Captain
From To Notes Battles/Skirmishes
at This Rank
Why in table
Brown, James Kingstree Regiment 1780 1782 A Captain under Col. Archibald McDonald 1780-1782. Lieut. James Brown signed 1st certificate
Chesnut, John Camden District Regiment 1779 1781 From Kershaw District. Resigned as Paymaster of SC 3rd Regiment in Feb. 1779. Reenlisted as Captain of Militia under Lt. Col. John Marshall. POW at Fall of Charleston. Afterwards, in Kershaw Regiment under Col. James Postell. Siege of Charleston 1780.Willis's Captain (per DAR)
Conner, Edward Georgetown District Regiment 1781 1782 Earlier a Corporal. 1781, a Captain under Lt. Col. Livingston (?). From what is now Horry County.1755 will - daughter Ann Conner[13]
Davis, RansomKershaw Regiment1780 1781A Captain of Militia in Marion's Brigade under Col. James Postell. Ransom rings a bell
Horry, Daniel SC 2nd Regiment 1775 1775 Late 1775, a Lt. Col. In Craven County Regiment (on source says June 1776). Then, a Lt. Col. In Georgetown District Regiment. Feb 1779, Colonel/commander of SC Light Dragoons (State Troops) for 16 Months. Mentioned in notes for James McDaniel & McDonald
Killingsworth, JacobCamden District Regiment 1781 1782 A Lieutenant and a Captain under Col. Thomas Taylor.See f/n[14]
Lesesne, Francis Kingstree Regiment1780 1781 from Williamsburg District. POW at the Fall of Charleston. A Captain under Col. Archibald McDonald.Siege of Charleston 1780.1755 will - daughter Mary Lesesne
Lesesne, Thomas SC 2nd Regiment 1776 1781 Was a Lieutenant. 9/16/1776, promoted to Captain. Resigned on 8/13/1779. Also a Captain in Kingstree Regiment after the Fall of Charleston, dates unknown. 1755 will - daughter Mary Lesesne
McDaniel, Archibald Lower Craven County Regiment 1776 1779 Captain of the Little River District Company. Enlisted in SC 2nd Regiment 7/1/1779, apparently a Captain. Fort Moultrie, Siege of Charleston 1780McDaniel
McDaniel, James SC Light Dragoons 1779 1780 A Captain under Maj. James Maham and Col. Daniel Horry. This man is probably the same man as James McDonald below. McDaniel
McDonald, Adam SC 1st Regiment 1775 1776 Promoted to Major 9/16/1776. He was killed in 1777. McDonald, Adam
McDonald, Archibald Lower Craven County Regiment 1778 1779 A Captain and a Major under Col. Hugh Giles. Before the Fall of Charleston, established his own regiment and elected Colonel. McDonald
McDonald, James SC 2nd Regiment 1775 1777 6/17/1775, a Captain under Col. William Moultrie. Resigned on 6/3/1777. 1779, a Captain under Col. Daniel Horry in the SC Light Dragoons. Fort Moultrie.McDonald
McDonald, MiddletonFairfield Regiment A Captain under Col. Joseph Kershaw. Dates unknown. McDonald
Whitaker, Willis Camden District Regiment 1780 1782 From Kershaw District. A Captain under Maj. Robert Lyle. POW at the Fall of Charleston. Later, a Captain of Light Dragoons in Sumter's Brigade. Siege of Charleston 1780.looking for source of "Willis"

I'm not convinced that the Donald represented by the profile attached to the profile of Adam is actually the father of that Adam, or that the Adam of that profile (McDonald-2258), which is attached as the father of Willis, is the father of Willis. as the profiles are currently, and currently attached, as of 18 February 2022.

For example, DAR says Major Adam McDonald died in 1777, in battle.

Information provided by Sue (who also provided the abstract of Daniel's 1755 will that names a son Adam), describes an Adam who died in 1778:

"Adam McDonald was born about 1742 in Craven County ( Williamsburgh) SC and died in St. Stephen's Parish, SC by December 1778. He was a member of the first Provincial Congress held at Charles Town in SC on 11 January 1775. He represented Prince Frederick's Parish."[15] He was elected Captain of the 1st regiment on June 11, 1775.[16] On September 17, 1776, Captain Adam McDonald was appointed Major of the First Regiment of Infantry.[17]
"Thursday Dec. 31, 1778 'At his seat in St. Stephan's parish, Major Adam MacDonald; a gentleman whose public character was that of the virtuous citizen and gallant soldier....He married Izabella Fitch by Rev. Skane of Prince Fredrick's Parrish on Oct. 15, 1762, They had twin daughters Fanny Finch McDonald, who died. And Anne-Belllah born December 22, 1763".[18]

You would think the obituary would mention Willis born c1760 if this Adam were his father. And if this Adam, of Williamsburgh, was not Willis's father, then the Daniel with the 1755 will is not his grandfather.

Sue's information, compared to information posted to GenForum by Cecilia Gossman boils down to

  • Adam m Ann McDonald, with a son Willis born in North Carolina.
  • Adam m Izabellah Fitch, with no son Willis found in records, is of Williamsburgh, SC.

"My" Adam is the one born in North Carolina...

From GenForum: "The tradition has been current, so far as we can trace, the family of WILLIS McDONALD, that he was a descendant of the CLAN McDONALD of Glencoe, Argyllshire , Scotland. This clan were the victims of the tragic "MASSACRE OF GLENCOE". The remnant of the clan immigrated to America, settling first in the BARBADOS ISLANDS, and subsequently removing to the mainland. WILLIS McDONALD, son of ADAM and ANN McDONALD, was born near RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, January 10, 1760. He married DORTIA OWEN, the daughter of JAMES WILLIAM and JANE WYNN OWEN. Dortia was born in CAMDEN, SOUTH CAROLINA, about 1765. Her parents were born in VIRGINIA and were of WELSH descent."

Buckholtz

Found a Noland - McDonald [tenuous] connection! (My McDonald ancestors are on my Mom's side, not my Dad's). Nancy Killian was mother of Pierce Noland's wife, Elizabeth Galtney (my lineal ancestors). Abraham (m Nancy) and Abel (m Victoria) are brothers.
Victoria's brother Napoleon B. Batchelor married Ellen D. Noland, daughter of Pierce & Elizabeth (Galtney) Noland.
I've created the profile for Jacob (father of Abel & Abraham).
Carolana.com information
  • Journal of the General Assembly of Souther Carolina, March 1776: shows "Justices for George-Town District", including Abr Buckholts & three McDonalds (Archd, Adam, James); Daniel and Elias Horry are also listed (page 17); Archibald McDonald is listed as being a member of the 1775-76 General Assembly representing Prince Frederick's Parish with Daniel and Thomas Horry & three others (page 75).
  • Captain Jacob Buckholts, Georgetown District Regiment (1775-1780) - known privates include John Booth and Peter Buckholtz (and Loftus R. Munnerlyn, who is aslo listed as a known sergeant, and who mentions Jacob in his pension application, #S18136).
DAR
  • Abraham Buckholtz - flags on his DAR record (#A016498) - but born 1729, Germany apparently ok, although the flags question wife, children, and death info
    • son Abraham H Buckholtz, m Victoria Caroline Batchelor
    • son Jacob Buckholtz, m Adeline Blocker
  • Jacob Buckholts - #A016499 (referenced in the flag on Abraham's record)
    • son Abel H Buckholtz, m Victoria Caroline Batchelor

Willis McDonald

Willis McDonald (1760-1840) Categories: Noland-165 Brick Walls & NSDAR Patriot Ancestors

Biography

Betsy Ross Flag
... ... is an American Patriot (see sources below)
Willis McDonald was born January 10, 1760[19] in North Carolina.[20][21]
At the time of the Revolution, he was living in South Carolina, and he served as a Private with the South Carolina Militia, under Captain Chestnut.[21] He was at the siege of Charleston with the troops under General Moultrie, where he was "taken prisoner by the British - released on parole - and, at the end of two years, exchanged. He afterwards served under Gen. Marion until the close of the war".[22]
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."[23]
Children[24]
  • Thomas Owen McDonald (m Mary Henderson),[21] born at Camden Dist, South Carolina on May 27, 1784[25][26]
  • Sarah McDonald (m Asa Watkins),[21] born in Columbia, South Carolina on September 13, 1786
  • Nancy McDonald (m Daniel Frisby),[21] born in Chesterfield Cheraw Dist, South Carolina on April 10, 1788
  • Harriet McDonald (m William Henson),[21] born in Augusta, Georgia on August 29, 1798
  • Wiley S. McDonald (m Georgia Coleman),[21] born at China Grove Plantation, Mississippi on September 20, 1804[27]
Willis McDonald, Esq. died at his residence[22] in Lorman, Jefferson County, Mississippi[20] on March 7, 1840.[19] He was buried in the McDonald family's China Grove Cemetery in Jefferson County.[25]
His obituary in the Rodney Telegraph, 14 March 1840, said his "children, grand and great grand children, number seventy-nine", noting that he had married 57 years ago and had been a resident of Jefferson County for 39 years. (The obituary did not name his widow.)[22]

Research Notes

Brick Wall: Need information on his mother.

Father: Long held to be Major Adam McDonald (died 1777), that is now in question. The DAR record for Major Adam McDonald (Patriot Ancestor #A076274) that lists Willis as son is flagged by the DAR: "Future applicants must complete", meaning the connection to Willis is in doubt or the service of Adam needs better proof than previously used, or both. (The service of Willis was confirmed in the 1990s, meeting the DAR's more stringent requirements than were previously in place.)</ref>

Locations: Wake County, North Carolina was formed from Cumberland, Johnston, & Orange Counties in 1770.[28] His DAR record has his birth in Johnston County,[21] his memorial has Raleigh, Wake County,[20] and Watkins family records have "near Raleigh".[29]

His DAR record says his residence at the time of his service in South Carolina was probably the Camden District.[21]

Military Service: His obituary says he "entered the service of his native State (South Carolina) at the age of sixteen", which equates to 1776, since the obituary also says he was 80 years old (therefore born 1760), and served under General Moultrie until he was captured at the siege of Charleston,[22] along with 3370 other patriots.[30]

Willis's DAR record says that he was in the militia under Captain Chesnut,[21] which would be John Chestnut. He was from the Kershaw District and captain of the Camden District Regiment (1779-1781); "POW at Fall of Charleston" (1780).[31]

The history of the "Camden District Regiment of Militia" lists the dates of known battles/skirmises from February 1775, when it was established, through May 25, 1782 (Saltketchers). The only McDonald or McDaniel listed is a Patrict McDonald (in the section where Privates are listed),[32] but Willis McDonald is listed as a Private under Captain Chestnut on the page listing Chesnut's known Privates.[33]

Will: Sources listed for FamilySearch Pedigree File entry for Sarah McDonald include an 1839 will for Willis McDonald, citing "Probate Book B page 522 Chancery Clerk, Jefferson County, Mississippi", noting "Willis mentions daughter, Nancy, married to Watkins."

Sources

sources heading/references /
Daughters of the American Revolution
... ... ... is a DAR Patriot Ancestor, A076388.
Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Liz and others.

Donald McDonald

Donald McDonald (1700-1755)

Biography

Donald McDonald was born in Scotland about 1700.[citation needed]
Warning: Additional details about Willis McDonald's father Adam, and who his father is, are needed. It may be a different Adam than previously thought (which would mean this profile has the wrong death information, which is based on Daniel McDonald's will [which names Adam]; it's why the profile still has "Donald" as given name). ~ Noland-165 19:28, 1 November 2018 (UTC)

Leads

See the profile for Adam for details on whether or not Willis was son of that Adam (born in Williamsburg) or to another Adam in a different branch. DAR records show that Adam’s son was Willis, but it may be that there was some confusion of multiple Adams and Donald/Daniels. See also the profile for Willis McDonald.

The following will is probably that of the person represented by the profile McDonald-7133, for Daniel McDonald (d 1756):

"The will of Daniel McDonald of Williamsburg [SC] was dated 18 March 1755 and proved 31 March 1756, John McDonald qualified as Executor, and Mary McDonald qualified as Executrix. In his will Daniel named his five sons: Adam, Archibald, Daniel, James, and John. His four daughters were Ann Conner, Mary Lesesne, Sarah and Susannah."[34]

Additional information from Sue (via private e-mail to Liz Shifflett, October 2016):

Adam McDonald was born about 1742 in Craven County (Williamsburgh) SC and died in St. Stephen's Parish, SC by December 1778. He was a member of the first Provincial Congress held at Charles Town in SC on 11 January 1775. He represented Prince Frederick's Parish." see page 38 "SC Colonial Soldiers and Patriots, compiled by Leonardo Andrea. He was elected Captain of the 1st regiment on June 11, 1775. see page 46 of The State Records of SC 1775-1776. On September 17, 1776, Captain Adam McDonald was appointed Major of the First Regiment of Infantry. see page 204 of SC in the Revolution 1775-1780 by Edward McCready.
The Historical Magazine Vol 17, Page 152 Death notices from SC. "Thursday Dec. 31, 1778 'At his seat in St. Stephan's parish, Major Adam MacDonald; a gentleman whose public character was that of the virtuous citizen and gallant soldier....He married Izabella Fitch by Rev. Skane of Prince Fredrick's Parrish on Oct. 15, 1762, They had twin daughters Fanny Finch McDonald, who died. And Anne-Belllah born December 22, 1763,"

Other McDonald notes:

Not sure why this person was listed as an "Other McDonald".... Sources from the profile for Donald MacDonell (1761 - 1834):
Other McDonalds from the changes details (for a merged profile of son Adam).

Sources - references tag moved to bottom of this page (under Footnotes)

  • Ancestry sources for profile McDonald-528, created through the import of Sheppard_Duncan_Bickham_Stroud.ged on 01 February 2011:
    • Ancestry Family Tree
    • 1700 birth in Scotland,Ancestry in VA Ancestry (citing submitter code, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Yates Publishing). Original data . . . extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases.


Comment

As of 15 February 2022, only one worth recording, posted to Donald's profile by me, 2 November 2019:

see McWillie-4, who's said to have been Donald Macdonnell of Ireland. Ran across him while developing the profile for McWillie-1 in conjunction with another WikiTree member - and we "share 6ggfather Donald McDonald b 1700 aka John McWillie of Scotland"... seems a generation off though (McWillie-4 is b c1720, d 1808, in Ireland).

See page 12, which shows John McWillie's tombstone inscription "died January 18, 1804, Age 88." (at Frogdoo, County Armagh, Ireland)

Daniel/Donald Post-cleanup

Daniel/Donald's merged profile, post-cleanup.

Biography

Donald McDonald was born in Barra, Inverness-shire, Scotland in 1700 and married Mary McDonald in Inverness Burgh, Inverness-shire. He died in 1755 at Williamsburg, Williamsburg, South Carolina.[35]

Name

Daniel McDonald[36]

Marriage

Daniel McDonald and Mary Lewis married 4 June 1723, South Carolina, United States[36]

Children

sons
daughters

Will

"The will of Daniel McDonald of Williamsburg [SC] was dated 18 March 1755 and proved 31 March 1756, John McDonald qualified as Executor, and Mary McDonald qualified as Executrix. In his will Daniel named his five sons: Adam, Archibald, Daniel, James, and John. His four daughters were Ann Conner, Mary Lesesne, Sarah and Susannah."[38]

Research Notes

Different parents? The profile McDonald-528 for Donald McDonald (1700-1755) as originally created had parents John and McKenzie (Unknown) MacDonald.[35][39]

Son Adam: The profile attached (as of 15 February 2022) for son Adam is Adam McDonald (abt.1740-abt.1777) & may or may not be the right son for this Daniel/Donald and may or may not be the father of Willis McDonald (1760-1840). The DAR records for Adam and Willis McDonald are shown as father and son, but the record for Adam is flagged by the DAR: "Future applicants must complete", meaning the connection to Willis is in doubt or the service of Adam needs better proof than previously used (or both).[40] See the profile for Adam for details on whether or not Willis was son of that Adam (born in Williamsburg) or to another Adam in a different branch. There's some confusion of multiple Adams and Donald/Daniels.

Another branch? The following bulleted entries were included as "See also"s in hidden text:

  • McDaniel-1785: Daniel m Sarah; he was born 1690, died Bertie County, NC in 1734.
  • McDaniel-2883: son of above; Daniel b 1720 in Bertie County, died 1768 in Edgecombe County.
  • McDonald-2257: Willis (son of Adam) was born in Raleigh, NC in 1760. Adam was born ... 1740? - A different Adam than the one born/died SC, 1740-1777 (McDonald-2258)?

Sources

  1. See changes for Donald, father of Adam, prior to a merge & after cleanup post-merge & Adam's, post-merge.
  2. Watkins family records have her as Sarah but FamilySearch says that Willis's 1839 will "mentions daughter, Nancy, married to Watkins"<-- wrong! found the will! See Willis's profile (the PID for Sarah includes a link to Ancestry as the source for this).
  3. http://www.natchezbelle.org/sw/1816-jefferson.htm
  4. Photograph of tombstone by Ernest Rucker.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 posted to Genforum by Cecilia Gossman
  6. http://www.natchezbelle.org/sw/panic.htm
  7. See the DAR Records for Private Willis McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076388 and Major Adam McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076274. The service of Willis was confirmed in the 1990s, meeting the DAR's more stringent requirements than were previously in place.
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue via private e-mail to Liz Shifflett, October 2016)
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 9.14 9.15 9.16 Pension application of Elizabeth (Tharp) McDonald, widow of Daniel McDonald, #W7422 (pdf), transcribed by C. Leon Harris, posted by Southern Campaigns American Revolution Pension Statements and Rosters, accessed 23 February 2022.
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 10.16 10.17 Abstract of William's 1808 will provided by Cecilia Gossman, in this GenForum post, citing History of Williamsburg County (accessed 23 Feb. 2022).
  11. A WikiTree image references John McDaniel's will, proved 1813 (Chatham Co., NC Will Book A, page 229), and the sale of the plantation on Cain (Cane) Creek by his widow Mary to Thomas Stout of Orange County (Chatham Co. Deed Book T, page 147).
  12. The American Revolution in South Carolina: "The Captains" (accessed 18 February 2022).
  13. See also DAR #A076291 for Archibald McDonald, m (1) Margaret Nielson/Nelson, (2) Martha Richardson, daughter Susannah married Adam Conner/Connor.
    • Note: DAR flag on record for Archibald McDonald (#A076291): Lineage issues for Archibald and William McDonald, A076380, and father-in-law Richard Richardson, Sr., A095666. There is no evidence that Patriot had a 1st wife named Margaret.
  14. Possible connections - see following page in 1850 census (this page, I think from W.S. McDonald (this record), has June Killingsworth b SC; Mary Killingsworth m Jones, John Killingsworth, son of Sarah Holmes, born Johnston, NC. See also Freeman Killingsworth, DAR #A131184, of Johnston.
  15. From Sue: "see page 38 SC Colonial Soldiers and Patriots, compiled by Leonardo Andrea."
  16. From Sue: "see page 46 of The State Records of SC 1775-1776."
  17. From Sue: "see page 204 of SC in the Revolution 1775-1780 by Edward McCready."
  18. From Sue: The Historical Magazine Vol 17, Page 152 Death notices from SC.
  19. 19.0 19.1 From picture of his tombstone, posted to his FindAGrave memorial by Ernest Rucker, 10 March 2010 (accessed 18 February 2022).
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Find A Grave: Memorial #48520757 for Willis S. McDonald (accessed 18 February 2022).
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.6 21.7 21.8 21.9 DAR Record for Private Willis McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076388 (accessed 18 February 2022).
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 From the newspaper clipping of his obituary added to his FindAGrave memorial in December 2020 by Suzanne Grace Gossman Tanenbaum, who maintains the memorial (accessed 16 February 2022).
  23. From Our McDonald Family, by Willie McDonald Arnesen, posted to Genforum by Cecilia Gossman
  24. He probably had many more children than those listed here. Only children with a descendant who joined the DAR are included in a patriot ancestor's record. His will would likely include more children.
  25. 25.0 25.1 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
  26. Willis's DAR record does not indicate that Mary was his son Thomas's second wife, but this entry had "(m 2nd Mary Henderson)".
  27. Willis's DAR record does not indicate that Georgia was his son Wiley's second wife, but this entry had "(m 2nd Georgia Coleman)".
  28. North Carolina County Formation Maps (accessed 18 February 2022).
  29. Watkins family records, in the possession of Liz Shifflett (including DAR applications of descendants).
  30. The American Revolution in South Carolina: Siege of Charleston (accessed 18 February 2022).
  31. The American Revolution in South Carolina: "The Captains" (accessed 18 February 2022).
  32. The American Revolution in South Carolina: South Carolina Militia, Camden District Regiment (accessed 18 February 2022).
  33. The American Revolution in South Carolina: Capt. John Chesnut (accessed 18 February 2022).
  34. Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue via private e-mail to Liz Shifflett, October 2016)
  35. 35.0 35.1 From McDonald-528 (see this change detail), citing
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 South Carolina Marriages, 1641-1965 Author: Hunting For Bears, comp. Publication: Ancestry.com Operations Inc APID: 1,7840::248213 & APID: 1,7840::269961
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 37.5 37.6 37.7 37.8 Named in Daniel McDonald's 1755 will (abstract above).
  38. Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue via private e-mail to Liz Shifflett, October 2016)
  39. The profiles attached at the time McDonald-528 was created - MacDonald-313 & UNKNOWN-29112 - as of 16 February 2022 are not the right timeframe to be parents of the McDonald born in 1700. John's profile has a son Donald born 1800 attached (MacDonald-367).
  40. See the DAR Records for Private Willis McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076388 and Major Adam McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076274. The service of Willis was confirmed in the 1990s, meeting the DAR's more stringent requirements than were previously in place.

Acknowledgements

  • McDonald-7133 was created by Katharine Mounger through the import of Mounger and Davis Ancestry.ged on Jun 9, 2015.
  • Profile created by Lance Nobert through the import of Nobert Family Tree.ged on Mar 3, 2019.
  • McDonald-528, created through the import of Sheppard_Duncan_Bickham_Stroud.ged on 01 February 2011


Adam's Bio, post-merge

Adam McDonald (abt.1740-abt.1777)

Category:NSDAR Patriot Ancestors & Category: Noland-165 Brick Walls

Caution

There may be two McDonald or McDaniel families who have been muddled together as one. See Research Notes, Parents, Locations, and Wife and Children (sections below).

Biography

Adam McDonald was born about 1742 in Craven County (Williamsburgh), South Carolina.[41] He was named as son in Daniel McDonald's will:[42]
"The will of Daniel McDonald of Williamsburg was dated 18 March 1755 and proved 31 March 1756, John McDonald qualified as Executor, and Mary McDonald qualified as Executrix. In his will Daniel named his five sons: Adam, Archibald, Daniel, James, and John. His four daughters were Ann Conner, Mary Lesesne, Sarah and Susannah."[43]
On January 10, 1760, Adam's son Willis was born in North Carolina (also a revolutionary war soldier, Willis was a private with service in South Carolina).[44][45]
Adam was married to Izabella Fitch by Rev. Skane of Prince Fredrick's Parrish on Oct. 15, 1762. They had twin daughters: Fanny Finch McDonald (who died) and Anne-Belllah born December 22, 1763."[41][46]
"Adam MacDonald was a member of the first Provincial Congress held at Charles Town in SC on 11 January 1775. He represented Prince Frederick's Parish."[47][41]
Adam McDonald was killed in 1777 while serving as major in Marion's command.[48]
Adam, of St. Stephen's Parish, South Carolina, had died by December 1778.[49][41]
SC Death Notice: "Thursday Dec. 31, 1778 'At his seat in St. Stephan's parish, Major Adam MacDonald; a gentleman whose public character was that of the virtuous citizen and gallant soldier.... [husband of Izabella.]"[46]

Timeline

  • Born in South Carolina about 1740[citation needed] or 1742[41]
  • Married (1) _____ before 1760[45]
  • Son Willis McDonald born Jan. 10, 1760 in North Carolina[45]
  • Married (2) Izabella Fitch on Oct. 15, 1762, Prince Fredrick's Parish[46]
  • Daughters Fanny Finch and Anne-Bellah McDonald born Dec. 22, 1763[46]
  • Member of Provincial Congress held at Charleston in January 1775[50]
  • Elected Captain of the 1st regiment on June 11, 1775[51]
  • Captain Adam McDonald was appointed Major of the First Regiment of Infantry on September 17, 1776[52]
  • Died before 1779 (SC Death Notices, "Thursday Dec. 31, 1778 . . .")[46]

Research Notes

Family records had that Adam was a Colonel in a SC regiment during the Revolution. DAR records show Adam (d 1777) was a Major/Captain in North Carolina, but the record is flagged as possibly containing errors. Family records also show that sometimes McDaniel was given as surname (son of Daniel).
Could there be two Adam McDonalds? One the father of Willis, who was born in 1760, and one who married Izabella in 1762. If so, whose father was Daniel, who left a 1755 will recorded in Charleston, South Carolina on 31 March 1756?
See this GenForum post by Bob Martin, Feb. 28, 2010 (includes much of the info Sue provided, but with fewer source notes). It also has a USGenWeb query which asks about the Ireland/Scotland origin with dates.

Parents

Known: Daniel's 1755 will names a son Adam and wife Mary.
Currently attached as parents:
Daniel McDonald (McDonald-528) and Mary McDonald (McDonald-502)
Detached as parents April 15, 2017:
Daniel McDonald (McDonald-7132) and Mary Lewis (Lewis-16649)
Probably not mother: Lewis-16649, attached as mother of
McDonald-7132 (Adam), born/died in SC (1742-1777) m Anne (unknown); attached as father of Cecilia (McDonald) Carter see comment postponing proposed merge with [McDonald-2258]
Possible profiles for Adam's father:
  • Donald McDonald (McDonald-528), born c1700 in Scotland, died 1755, SC
  • Daniel McDonald (McDonald-7132),
  • Daniel McDonald (McDonald-7133), born/died in SC (1700-1756), attached as husband of Mary Lewis (married 4 Jun 1723 in South Carolina) and
Profile of (possibly) father's mother:
  • Isobel Macdonald (Stewart-16577), born 1680 in Scotland, died 1742
Possible descendants:
  • McDonald-5417 (Cecilia), born 1765 GA; died 1840 MS; m Carter before 1792 (attached profiles=first child b GA, 1792) in rejected merge with Cecilia (McDonald-1523, dau. of other Adam), who married Thomas Carter in VA

Locations

See WikiTree's Carolina project
See History of County Formations in North Carolina 1664-1965
See maps of Royal Colony Counties and Parishes: 1729; 1740; 1760
St. Stephen's parish was formed in 1754 from Prince Frederick's parish
Daniel
  • immigrated from the north of Ireland
  • "of Williamsburgh", in will filed at Charleston, South Carolina
Adam
  • Williamsburgh Township, Craven County, South Carolina (birth)
  • Prince Frederick's parish (1734), South Carolina (reference in 1762 marriage/1775 congress)
  • identified as a Scotsman or man of Scottish ancestry[50]
  • St. Stephen's parish (1754), South Carolina (reference in 1778 death)
  • North Carolina ("Major, d 1777" DAR)
Willis
  • Johnston County, North Carolina (location of 1760 birth)
  • "Camden Dist-Prob", South Carolina (Residence, DAR)
Children of brother Daniel
  • Lancaster County, South Carolina
  • Craven County, South Carolina (Archibald)
  • Camden, South Carolina . . . more
    • brother married Waynesborow, Georgia
See also Wikipedia's article on Williamsburg, "named after William of Orange, [it] was one of eleven townships ordered by King George II in 1730 meant to develop the 'back country' of the Carolina Province. The township was a part of Craven County.... Williamsburg Township then included most of the present Pee Dee region...and was located in front of the Black River."

Wife and Children

Adam m Ann McDonald, with a son Willis.
From GenForum: "The tradition has been current, so far as we can trace, the family of WILLIS McDONALD, that he was a descendant of the CLAN McDONALD of Glencoe, Argyllshire , Scotland. This clan were the victims of the tragic "MASSACRE OF GLENCOE". The remnant of the clan immigrated to America, settling first in the BARBADOS ISLANDS, and subsequently removing to the mainland. WILLIS McDONALD, son of ADAM and ANN McDONALD, was born near RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, January 10, 1760. He married DORTIA OWEN, the daughter of JAMES WILLIAM and JANE WYNN OWEN. Dortia was born in CAMDEN, SOUTH CAROLINA, about 1765. Her parents were born in VIRGINIA and were of WELSH descent."
Adam m Izabellah Fitch, with no son Willis found in records.
From Sue Watson (via e-mail to Liz Shifflett April 19, 2017): Adam McDonald (c. 1742-1778) married Izabellah Fitch (c.1744-1767) Children were Fanny Fitch McDonald, a twin ( 1763-1771); Anabella who married a English officer Yarborough first, no issue. 2ond husband was William R. Withers, 3 daughters, 3rd. husband Robert Hailes, with whom she left for Alabama. Adam McDonald's son Adam McDonald ( c.1765-1818) married Catherine June (c. 1770-1820) and their children were: Samuel Newman, Daniel, Archibald, Adam, Eleanor, and Catherine. Grandson of the subject, Adam Mcdonald ( c. 1794-1843) married Martha S. Gamble (1801-1857) Their children were George K. McDonald b. 1824, Isaac Edwin (1827-1867) , Eliza Susan ( 1829-1853) and Samuel Newman McDonald ( 1825-1863) The Carolina Herald Volume 3 number 2 McDonald genealogy chart. - https://www.carolana.com/NC/Revolution/patriots_nc_capt_samuel_jones_3rd.html ... several McDonald/McDaniels, including a Finlay McDonald, listed for him (note - NC). Also notes that that one is "from Franklin County and in the NC Continental Line. The second Captain was in the NC Militia and NC State Regiment from Caswell County. The third Captain was in the NC Militia from Hertford County."
From this page for Capt (1775-76) Adam McDonald of SC 1st Regiment, a John Gamble is a known Private. That's the only name I recognized, aside from a David Garrett listed for him and a Thomas Garrett listed for James McDonald/McDaniel (on [this page). A William R. Withers is listed in the same regiment as Adam McDonald (apparently a Lieutenant). See this page for SC First Regiment. See also
From Wikipedia: Archibald McDonald. (Posted as info - not likely the same family as the Virginia McDonalds.)
Archibald McDonald (1790-1853), born Scotland/died Canada, "last of 13 children born to parents Angus and Mary (née Rankin). His paternal grandfather, Iain (or John) McDonald, had been one of the few male survivors of the Massacre of Glencoe." He married twice: "Princess Sunday (m. 1823; d. 1824); Jane Klyne (m. 1825)".

Additional Information

More from Sue - Thanks!!

"Adam McDonald was one of the seven children of Daniel McDonald who immigrated to SC from the north of Ireland about 1735 and settled what is now Williamsburg county, When the first two continental regiments of foot were raised in SC in June 1775, officers were chosen by ballot, the highest rant going to those who received the most votes in the Provincial Congress. Adam McDonald received 130 votes ( only five less than Francis Marion) and became the seventh ranking captain. His brother James McDonald, received 114 votes and ranked as 12th. Adam McDonald, a veteran of the Indian Wars, soon revealed a talent for intelligence work which he used to good advantage. With one companion, he posed as a Tory sympathizer from the back country, and called upon Lord William Campbell, the British Governor. Lord William revealed his plan for supporting the Tories, and the information was promptly reported back to the Council of Safety. Captain McDonald was soon sent on another secret mission, this time to East Florida to ascertain the strength of ht British garrison there. He posed this time as an out of work manager of an indigo plantation and was interviewed by none other than John Moultrie, the royal Lt Governor of East Florida, brother of General William Moultrie and tent mate with McDonald on the Cherokee Expedition. After he was recognised, he barely escaped with his life. Adam McDonald was soon promoted to Major of the 1st regiment pf the SC Continental Line. An office he held until 1778, when he was replaced by Captain Thomas Pinckney. McDonald was probably unable to serve because of illness, as he died in 1778. Adam McDonald, who was described as General Moultrie as "a very bold, adventurous man," was one of America's first spies. Nathan Hale, who was more famous was not hanged until Sept, 1776--more than a year after Captain McDonald's escapades. ~ genealogical information by Miss Mabel Pace, a member of the Charleston chapter of the SC genealogical society, and direct descendant of Major Adam McDonald" among found genealogy papers of Martha Brunson Guerard 1916-1980"[41]

This biography was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import.[53] It's a rough draft and needs to be edited.

Marriage

Husband: Daniel McDonald
Wife: Mary Lewis
Child: Adam McDonald
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Marriage:
Date: 4 Jun 1723
Place: South Carolina, United States[54][55]

Sources - references tag moved to bottom of this page (under Footnotes)

  • DAR Records for descendant of Major McDonald (#076274, father of Private Willis McDonald)
    • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed May 4, 2015), "Record of Major Adam McDonald", Ancestor # A076274.
    • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed April 15, 2017), "Record of Private Willis McDonald", Ancestor # A076388.
    • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed Sept. 27, 2018), "Record of Major Adam McDonald", Ancestor # A076276.
  • Liz Shifflett, family knowledge, DAR application forms
  • Genforum report on family; includes information on Dortia.
Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Liz and others.


More

Cut from the merged profile...

The following will is probably that of the person represented by the profile McDonald-7133, for Daniel McDonald (d 1756):

"The will of Daniel McDonald of Williamsburg [SC] was dated 18 March 1755 and proved 31 March 1756, John McDonald qualified as Executor, and Mary McDonald qualified as Executrix. In his will Daniel named his five sons: Adam, Archibald, Daniel, James, and John. His four daughters were Ann Conner, Mary Lesesne, Sarah and Susannah."[56]

Additional information from Sue (via private e-mail to Liz Shifflett, October 2016):

Adam McDonald was born about 1742 in Craven County (Williamsburgh) SC and died in St. Stephen's Parish, SC by December 1778. He was a member of the first Provincial Congress held at Charles Town in SC on 11 January 1775. He represented Prince Frederick's Parish." see page 38 "SC Colonial Soldiers and Patriots, compiled by Leonardo Andrea. He was elected Captain of the 1st regiment on June 11, 1775. see page 46 of The State Records of SC 1775-1776. On September 17, 1776, Captain Adam McDonald was appointed Major of the First Regiment of Infantry. see page 204 of SC in the Revolution 1775-1780 by Edward McCready.
The Historical Magazine Vol 17, Page 152 Death notices from SC. "Thursday Dec. 31, 1778 'At his seat in St. Stephan's parish, Major Adam MacDonald; a gentleman whose public character was that of the virtuous citizen and gallant soldier....He married Izabella Fitch by Rev. Skane of Prince Fredrick's Parrish on Oct. 15, 1762, They had twin daughters Fanny Finch McDonald, who died. And Anne-Belllah born December 22, 1763,"

added to the merged profile ...

Research Notes

Descendants attached as of 15 February 2022 may include men from a different branch of McDonalds. Specifically, the father of Willis McDonald (1760-1840) may or may not be Adam McDonald (abt.1740-abt.1777), whose parents may or may not be
Evidence to support which Adam McDonald was father of Willis is needed. The DAR records that show Willis to be the son of Major Adam McDonald - "also CAPT" - who died in 1777 are flagged by the DAR: "Future applicants must complete", meaning the connection to Willis is in doubt or the service of Adam needs better proof than previously used (or both).[57] The service of Willis was confirmed in the 1990s, meeting the DAR's more stringent requirements than were previously in place.[58]
Willis McDonald was born in 1740. See the profile for Adam for details on whether or not Willis was son of that Adam (born in Williamsburg) or to another Adam in a different branch. There's some confusion of multiple Adams and Donald/Daniels.

Other McDonalds.... picks up with previous version.

Revisions to Adam's merged profile, 17 Feb 2022

Category:NSDAR Patriot Ancestors Caution: There may be two McDonald or McDaniel families who have been muddled together as one. See Research Notes, Parents, Locations, and Wife and Children (sections below).

Biography

Adam McDonald was born about 1742 in Craven County (Williamsburgh), South Carolina.[41] He was named as son in Daniel McDonald's will:[59]
"The will of Daniel McDonald of Williamsburg was dated 18 March 1755 and proved 31 March 1756, John McDonald qualified as Executor, and Mary McDonald qualified as Executrix. In his will Daniel named his five sons: Adam, Archibald, Daniel, James, and John. His four daughters were Ann Conner, Mary Lesesne, Sarah and Susannah."[60]
Adam was married to Izabella Fitch by Rev. Skane of Prince Fredrick's Parrish on Oct. 15, 1762. They had twin daughters: Fanny Finch McDonald (who died) and Anne-Belllah born December 22, 1763."[41][46]
"Adam MacDonald was a member of the first Provincial Congress held at Charles Town in SC on 11 January 1775. He represented Prince Frederick's Parish."[61][41]
Adam, of St. Stephen's Parish, South Carolina, had died by December 1778.[62][41]
SC Death Notice: "Thursday Dec. 31, 1778 'At his seat in St. Stephan's parish, Major Adam MacDonald; a gentleman whose public character was that of the virtuous citizen and gallant soldier.... [husband of Izabella.]"[46]

Research Notes

Watkins family records had that Adam was a Colonel in a SC regiment during the Revolution. DAR records show Adam (d 1777) was a Major/Captain in North Carolina, but the record is flagged as possibly containing errors. Family records also show that sometimes McDaniel was given as surname (son of Daniel).
It seems that there are two Adam McDonalds: One the father of Willis, who was born in 1760, and one who married Izabella in 1762. If so, whose father was Daniel, who left a 1755 will recorded in Charleston, South Carolina on 31 March 1756?
See this GenForum post by Bob Martin, Feb. 28, 2010 (includes much of the info Sue provided, but with fewer source notes). It also has a USGenWeb query which asks about the Ireland/Scotland origin with dates.

Two Adam McDonalds

There is confusion about the McDonald who served as a major under Marion and the Adam McDonald who died in 1778.
A pension application discusses the Battle of Wambaw Bridge (February 24, 1782), noting that a brigade in that battle had been left "under the command of Colonel Archibald McDonald.16[see below]"[63][64]
16: "For many years, historians have been erroneously identifying this officer as Adam McDonald. Major Adam McDonald of the First Regiment, South Carolina Continentals, died in December 1778 at his plantation. Colonel Archibald McDonald of the South Carolina Militia was captured and paroled by the British at the fall of Charleston. and resumed his command after he was exchanged on May 21, 1781. SCHM. Vol. 17. p. 152; .James. p. 92: Audited Accounts of Adam McDonald (AA5007-A) and Archibald McDonald (AA5008). South Carolina Archive"
As a descendant of Willis McDonald, I think that his father is not the Adam who married Isabella Fitch in 1762. Information about that Adam mentions his children, including twin girls born in 1762, but not Willis, born two years earlier. ~ Noland-165, 17 February 2022
DAR records for Adam and Willis McDonald show them as father and son. Willis was born on January 10, 1760, in North Carolina and was a private with service in South Carolina.[65] The DAR record for Adam who died in 1777 lists him as son.[45]
The DAR record for the Adam who died in 1777 is flagged (meaning his service or his relationship to Willis is in question).[66]

Mary Elizabeth

Bio from the profile I manage, maiden name McDonald, aka Lewis

Mary McDonald, born 6 April 1696 in Haverford, Chester, Pennsylvania , married Donald McDonald in -- and had by him two children: Daniel and Adam. She died in South Carolina in 1755.[67]
Or... Mary McDonald, born 1700 in Inverness Burgh, Inverness-shire, Scotland, married Donald McDonald in Inverness Burgh and had by him two children: Daniel and Adam. She died in South Carolina in 1784.[68]

Other Branches?

Leftover from cleaning up merged profile Donald McDonald... but dates are off for my line. Asa was the

"BIBLE RECORD From the old Scotch family Bible we get the following: Donald McDonald and Rebecca Middleton his wife were married in 1745 Their children were Donald McDonald who fought in the Revolution and was a patriot viiddleton McDonald born Nov 5 1746 and Elizabeth his wife were married March 7 1768 Middleton fought in the Revolution Mary McDonald born Jan 15 1748 She married George Wade Nov 18 1760 and died Aug 22 1779 Geo Wade was born May 5 1847 married the sister of Gov John Taylor of South Carolina 2nd and died Nov 24 1823 He was a captain in the Revolution William McDonald born Nov 21 1749 and married Charlotte Massey daughter of William Massey and Elizabeth Reeves or Rives of Virginia in 1769 He died after 1804 He belonged to the Light Horse Cavalry troop during the Revolution Sarah McDonald born Oct 7 1751 165 Esther and Eleanor McDonald twins were born Feb 1 1758 Esther married John Woodward of Revolutionary fame Anne McDonald born Oct 1 1760 Donald McDonald came to America about 1720 and settled on the Catawba river " [7]

Binkey McDonald

posted to Binkey McDonald (-1832) (text of profile " She was the daughter of Archibald McDonald. She passed away in 1832.", citing Ancestry Family Trees):

there's a discussion in genforum with the subject: Binkey McDonald m. Charles Lesesne
Another McDonald-Lesesne marriage is Mary, daughter of Daniel McDonald (d 1755/6) named as Mary Lesesne in his will. While I think that Binkey might be a nickname for Mary, Daniel's daughter Mary would have been born c1740 or earlier (15 or older because she's married at the time of her father's will - that Daniel is probably the Daniel represented by the profile McDonald-7133).

Archibalds

A plethora.

Colonel Archibald [McDonald/McDaniel]
  • WikiTree: Archibald McDonald (1740-1789) - probably; in proposed merge with McDonald-20725. Not sure of attached parents / children, but Martha Richardson as wife is supported by DAR record....
  • Archibald McDonald (b c1740-45, d after 29 March 1785), m Martha Richardson (and flag about wife Margaret Nelson/Neilson, daughter m Samuel Reily), DAR Patriot Ancestor #A076291
Colonel Archibald, from carolana.com, which has a page for Colonel Archibald McDonald of SC, but it has no information (asking instead if anyone has a good biography for him).[69]
Other pages at the website mention a Col. Archibald McDonald of SC:
A Captain Middleton McDonald was with the Fairfield Regiment[70] - the parents attached to McDonald-529 as of 22 Feb. 2022 are Daniel McDonald and Rebecca (Middleton) McDonald.

in progress - Carolana.com has many other Archibalds; e.g.,

Captain Archibald McDaniel of SC - information at carolana.com
  • his page
    • Lower Craven County Regiment ("Known Regiment(s) Associated With), 1776-1779
    • SC 2nd Regiment ("Known Regiment(s) Associated With), 1779-1780
    • William Cannon (Known Privates)
  • Known Battles / Skirmishes (Date/s):
    • Fort Moultrie (Jun. 28, 1776)
      • "Fort Johnson's Defenses (James Island): Col. Christopher Gadsden with Major Charles Cotesworth Pinckney - SC 1st Regiment, with the following units of Provincial Troops and SC Militia: [including] scLower Craven County Regiment of Militia detachment with four (4) known companies, led by: Capt. Peter Buckholdt with 30 men, Capt. Jacob Feneret with 7 men, Capt. Archibald McDaniels with 25 men Capt. Edward Plowden with 17 men"
    • Siege of Charleston (Mar. 28 - May 12, 1780) - he's listed as a captain under Sgt. Maj. Alexander McDonald (Colonel's Company), one of 14 known companies under "SC 2nd Regiment led by Lt. Col. Francis Marion (injured before city surrendered), then led by Col. Isaac Motte, Major Isaac Child Harleston, Major John Vanderhorst with 266 men in the following fourteen (14) known companies, led by"...
      • note that Col. Archibald McDonald's detachment, the Kingstree Regiment of Militia, was also at the siege, "with five (5) known companies, led by: Capt. William Benison, Capt. John James, Capt. Francis Lesesne, Capt. James McCauley, Capt. John McCauley". Not sure I'm reading the page correctly, but it looks like his Regiment is one of the units listed as being under "2nd Brigade of SC Militia, led by Brigadier General Richard Richardson, Capt. Alexander Colcoclough, with the following units:..."

Footnotes

  1. See changes for Donald, father of Adam, prior to a merge & after cleanup post-merge & Adam's, post-merge.
  2. Watkins family records have her as Sarah but FamilySearch says that Willis's 1839 will "mentions daughter, Nancy, married to Watkins"<-- wrong! found the will! See Willis's profile (the PID for Sarah includes a link to Ancestry as the source for this).
  3. http://www.natchezbelle.org/sw/1816-jefferson.htm
  4. Photograph of tombstone by Ernest Rucker.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 posted to Genforum by Cecilia Gossman
  6. http://www.natchezbelle.org/sw/panic.htm
  7. See the DAR Records for Private Willis McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076388 and Major Adam McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076274. The service of Willis was confirmed in the 1990s, meeting the DAR's more stringent requirements than were previously in place.
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue via private e-mail to Liz Shifflett, October 2016)
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 9.14 9.15 9.16 Pension application of Elizabeth (Tharp) McDonald, widow of Daniel McDonald, #W7422 (pdf), transcribed by C. Leon Harris, posted by Southern Campaigns American Revolution Pension Statements and Rosters, accessed 23 February 2022.
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 10.16 10.17 Abstract of William's 1808 will provided by Cecilia Gossman, in this GenForum post, citing History of Williamsburg County (accessed 23 Feb. 2022).
  11. A WikiTree image references John McDaniel's will, proved 1813 (Chatham Co., NC Will Book A, page 229), and the sale of the plantation on Cain (Cane) Creek by his widow Mary to Thomas Stout of Orange County (Chatham Co. Deed Book T, page 147).
  12. The American Revolution in South Carolina: "The Captains" (accessed 18 February 2022).
  13. See also DAR #A076291 for Archibald McDonald, m (1) Margaret Nielson/Nelson, (2) Martha Richardson, daughter Susannah married Adam Conner/Connor.
    • Note: DAR flag on record for Archibald McDonald (#A076291): Lineage issues for Archibald and William McDonald, A076380, and father-in-law Richard Richardson, Sr., A095666. There is no evidence that Patriot had a 1st wife named Margaret.
  14. Possible connections - see following page in 1850 census (this page, I think from W.S. McDonald (this record), has June Killingsworth b SC; Mary Killingsworth m Jones, John Killingsworth, son of Sarah Holmes, born Johnston, NC. See also Freeman Killingsworth, DAR #A131184, of Johnston.
  15. From Sue: "see page 38 SC Colonial Soldiers and Patriots, compiled by Leonardo Andrea."
  16. From Sue: "see page 46 of The State Records of SC 1775-1776."
  17. From Sue: "see page 204 of SC in the Revolution 1775-1780 by Edward McCready."
  18. From Sue: The Historical Magazine Vol 17, Page 152 Death notices from SC.
  19. 19.0 19.1 From picture of his tombstone, posted to his FindAGrave memorial by Ernest Rucker, 10 March 2010 (accessed 18 February 2022).
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Find A Grave: Memorial #48520757 for Willis S. McDonald (accessed 18 February 2022).
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.6 21.7 21.8 21.9 DAR Record for Private Willis McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076388 (accessed 18 February 2022).
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 From the newspaper clipping of his obituary added to his FindAGrave memorial in December 2020 by Suzanne Grace Gossman Tanenbaum, who maintains the memorial (accessed 16 February 2022).
  23. From Our McDonald Family, by Willie McDonald Arnesen, posted to Genforum by Cecilia Gossman
  24. He probably had many more children than those listed here. Only children with a descendant who joined the DAR are included in a patriot ancestor's record. His will would likely include more children.
  25. 25.0 25.1 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
  26. Willis's DAR record does not indicate that Mary was his son Thomas's second wife, but this entry had "(m 2nd Mary Henderson)".
  27. Willis's DAR record does not indicate that Georgia was his son Wiley's second wife, but this entry had "(m 2nd Georgia Coleman)".
  28. North Carolina County Formation Maps (accessed 18 February 2022).
  29. Watkins family records, in the possession of Liz Shifflett (including DAR applications of descendants).
  30. The American Revolution in South Carolina: Siege of Charleston (accessed 18 February 2022).
  31. The American Revolution in South Carolina: "The Captains" (accessed 18 February 2022).
  32. The American Revolution in South Carolina: South Carolina Militia, Camden District Regiment (accessed 18 February 2022).
  33. The American Revolution in South Carolina: Capt. John Chesnut (accessed 18 February 2022).
  34. Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue via private e-mail to Liz Shifflett, October 2016)
  35. 35.0 35.1 From McDonald-528 (see this change detail), citing
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 South Carolina Marriages, 1641-1965 Author: Hunting For Bears, comp. Publication: Ancestry.com Operations Inc APID: 1,7840::248213 & APID: 1,7840::269961
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 37.5 37.6 37.7 37.8 Named in Daniel McDonald's 1755 will (abstract above).
  38. Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue via private e-mail to Liz Shifflett, October 2016)
  39. The profiles attached at the time McDonald-528 was created - MacDonald-313 & UNKNOWN-29112 - as of 16 February 2022 are not the right timeframe to be parents of the McDonald born in 1700. John's profile has a son Donald born 1800 attached (MacDonald-367).
  40. See the DAR Records for Private Willis McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076388 and Major Adam McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076274. The service of Willis was confirmed in the 1990s, meeting the DAR's more stringent requirements than were previously in place.
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 41.4 41.5 41.6 41.7 41.8 41.9 Additional information, also provided by Sue. Thanks so much!
  42. will abstract provided via e-mail - THANK YOU Sue!!
  43. Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue)
  44. Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed April 15, 2017), "Record of Private Willis McDonald", Ancestor # A076388.
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 45.3 Birth about 1740 for Adam (instead of 1742) based on 1760 birth of Willis. But with Adam born SC and Willis born NC, it is possible that they were not father/son (although Willis's service was SC). Proof is needed.
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 46.4 46.5 46.6 The Historical Magazine Vol 17, Page 152, "Death notices from SC"
  47. See page 38 "SC Colonial Soldiers and Patriots," compiled by Leonardo Andrea (information provided by Sue)
  48. DAR records; see this Genforum post for source of December 1778 death and additional information on the family.
  49. See page 38 "SC Colonial Soldiers and Patriots," compiled by Leonardo Andrea (information provided by Sue)
  50. 50.0 50.1 From Scotland's Mark on America by George Fraser Black, Ph.D (page 21, Google book):
    "Of the members of the Provincial Congress held at Charleston in January, 1775, the following were Scotsmen or men of Scottish ancestry: Major John Caldwell, Patrick Calhoun (ancestor of Vice-President Calhoun), George Haig of the family of Bemersyde, Charles Elliott, Thomas Ferguson, Adam Macdonald, Alexander M'Intosh, John M'Ness, Isaac MacPherson, Col. William Moultrie, David Oliphant, George Ross, Thomas Rutledge, James Sinkler, James Skirving, senior, James Skirving, junior, William Skirving, and Rev. William Tennent."
  51. See page 46 of The State Records of SC 1775-1776 (information provided by Sue)
  52. See page 204 of SC in the Revolution 1775-1780 by Edward McCready (information provided by Sue)
  53. McDonald-7132 was created by Katharine Mounger through the import of Mounger and Davis Ancestry.ged on Jun 9, 2015. This comment and citation can be deleted after the biography has been edited and primary sources are included.
  54. Source: #S-633457970 APID: 1,7840::248213
  55. Source: #S-633457970 APID: 1,7840::269961
  56. Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue via private e-mail to Liz Shifflett, October 2016)
  57. See the DAR Records for Private Willis McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076388 and Major Adam McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076274.
  58. I am a member of the DAR based on Willis's service, entering as a descendant of another DAR member (my grandmother), and the Registrar for the Chapter that I joined researched Willis at DAR Headquarters, finding official records of his service at that time. ~ Liz Shifflett, granddaughter and namesake of Elizabeth (Watkins) Brien, gr-gr-granddaughter of Willis McDonald.
  59. will abstract provided via e-mail - THANK YOU Sue!!
  60. Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue)
  61. See page 38 "SC Colonial Soldiers and Patriots," compiled by Leonardo Andrea (information provided by Sue)
  62. See page 38 "SC Colonial Soldiers and Patriots," compiled by Leonardo Andrea (information provided by Sue)
  63. John Brockinton pension application #S9286 (pdf), transcribed and annotated by Will Graves, posted by Southern Campaigns American Revolution Pension Statements & Rosters, accessed 17 February 2022.
  64. The American Revolution in South Carolina: Wambaw Bridge, February 24, 1782 (accessed 17 February 2022).
  65. Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed April 15, 2017), "Record of Private Willis McDonald", Ancestor # A076388.
  66. DAR records; see this Genforum post for source of December 1778 death and additional information on the family.
  67. as edited 6/8/2021, by Kerry Moore.
  68. Ancestry Family Trees (Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members): http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=6601291&pid=1457039337 (source for profile created through the import of Sheppard_Duncan_Bickham_Stroud.ged on 01 February 2011).
  69. Carolana.com: Entry for Colonel Archibald McDonald of South Carolina (accessed 22 Feb. 2022).
  70. Carolana.com: Entry for Captain Middleton McDonald of South Carolina (accessed 22 Feb. 2022).



copy made October 2022 of Adam's profile (post-merge of the profiles for the two different Adams - one m Finch & one dad of Willis):

Category:NSDAR Patriot Ancestors Caution: There may be two McDonald or McDaniel families who have been muddled together as one. See Research Notes, Parents, Locations, and Wife and Children (sections below).

Biography

Adam McDonald was born about 1742 in Craven County (Williamsburgh), South Carolina.[41] He was named as son in Daniel McDonald's will:[71]
"The will of Daniel McDonald of Williamsburg was dated 18 March 1755 and proved 31 March 1756, John McDonald qualified as Executor, and Mary McDonald qualified as Executrix. In his will Daniel named his five sons: Adam, Archibald, Daniel, James, and John. His four daughters were Ann Conner, Mary Lesesne, Sarah and Susannah."[72]
Adam was married to Izabella Fitch by Rev. Skane of Prince Fredrick's Parrish on Oct. 15, 1762. They had twin daughters: Fanny Finch McDonald (who died) and Anne-Belllah born December 22, 1763."[41][46]
"Adam MacDonald was a member of the first Provincial Congress held at Charles Town in SC on 11 January 1775. He represented Prince Frederick's Parish."[73][41]
Adam, of St. Stephen's Parish, South Carolina, had died by December 1778.[74][41]
SC Death Notice: "Thursday Dec. 31, 1778 'At his seat in St. Stephan's parish, Major Adam MacDonald; a gentleman whose public character was that of the virtuous citizen and gallant soldier.... [husband of Izabella.]"[46]

Research Notes

Watkins family records had that Adam was a Colonel in a SC regiment during the Revolution. DAR records show Adam (d 1777) was a Major/Captain in North Carolina, but the record is flagged as possibly containing errors. Family records also show that sometimes McDaniel was given as surname (son of Daniel).
It seems that there are two Adam McDonalds: One the father of Willis, who was born in 1760, and one who married Izabella in 1762. If so, whose father was Daniel, who left a 1755 will recorded in Charleston, South Carolina on 31 March 1756?
See this GenForum post by Bob Martin, Feb. 28, 2010 (includes much of the info Sue provided, but with fewer source notes). It also has a USGenWeb query which asks about the Ireland/Scotland origin with dates.

Two Adam McDonalds

There is confusion about the McDonald who served as a major under Marion and the Adam McDonald who died in 1778.
A pension application discusses the Battle of Wambaw Bridge (February 24, 1782), noting that a brigade in that battle had been left "under the command of Colonel Archibald McDonald.16[see below]"[63][75]
16: "For many years, historians have been erroneously identifying this officer as Adam McDonald. Major Adam McDonald of the First Regiment, South Carolina Continentals, died in December 1778 at his plantation. Colonel Archibald McDonald of the South Carolina Militia was captured and paroled by the British at the fall of Charleston. and resumed his command after he was exchanged on May 21, 1781. SCHM. Vol. 17. p. 152; .James. p. 92: Audited Accounts of Adam McDonald (AA5007-A) and Archibald McDonald (AA5008). South Carolina Archive"
As a descendant of Willis McDonald, I think that his father is not the Adam who married Isabella Fitch in 1762. Information about that Adam mentions his children, including twin girls born in 1762, but not Willis, born two years earlier. ~ Noland-165, 17 February 2022
DAR records for Adam and Willis McDonald show them as father and son. Willis was born on January 10, 1760, in North Carolina and was a private with service in South Carolina.[76] The DAR record for Adam who died in 1777 lists him as son.[45]
The DAR record for the Adam who died in 1777 is flagged (meaning his service or his relationship to son Willis is in question).[77]

Timeline

  • Born in South Carolina about 1740[citation needed] or 1742[41]
  • Married (1) _____ before 1760[45]
  • Son Willis McDonald born Jan. 10, 1760 in North Carolina[45]
  • Married (2) Izabella Fitch on Oct. 15, 1762, Prince Fredrick's Parish[46]
  • Daughters Fanny Finch and Anne-Bellah McDonald born Dec. 22, 1763[46]
  • Member of Provincial Congress held at Charleston in January 1775[50]
  • Elected Captain of the 1st regiment on June 11, 1775[78]
  • Captain Adam McDonald was appointed Major of the First Regiment of Infantry on September 17, 1776[79]
  • Died before 1779 (SC Death Notices, "Thursday Dec. 31, 1778 . . .")[46]

Parents

Known: Daniel's 1755 will names a son Adam and wife Mary.
Currently attached as parents:
Daniel McDonald (McDonald-528) and Mary McDonald (McDonald-502)
Detached as parents April 15, 2017:
Daniel McDonald (McDonald-7132) and Mary Lewis (Lewis-16649)
Probably not mother: Lewis-16649, attached as mother of
McDonald-7132 (Adam), born/died in SC (1742-1777) m Anne (unknown); attached as father of Cecilia (McDonald) Carter see comment postponing proposed merge with [McDonald-2258]
Possible profiles for Adam's father:
  • Donald McDonald (McDonald-528), born c1700 in Scotland, died 1755, SC
  • Daniel McDonald (McDonald-7132),
  • Daniel McDonald (McDonald-7133), born/died in SC (1700-1756), attached as husband of Mary Lewis (married 4 Jun 1723 in South Carolina) and
Profile of (possibly) father's mother:
  • Isobel Macdonald (Stewart-16577), born 1680 in Scotland, died 1742
Possible descendants:
  • McDonald-5417 (Cecilia), born 1765 GA; died 1840 MS; m Carter before 1792 (attached profiles=first child b GA, 1792) in rejected merge with Cecilia (McDonald-1523, dau. of other Adam), who married Thomas Carter in VA

Locations

See WikiTree's Carolina project
See History of County Formations in North Carolina 1664-1965
See maps of Royal Colony Counties and Parishes: 1729; 1740; 1760
St. Stephen's parish was formed in 1754 from Prince Frederick's parish
Daniel
  • immigrated from the north of Ireland
  • "of Williamsburgh", in will filed at Charleston, South Carolina
Adam
  • Williamsburgh Township, Craven County, South Carolina (birth)
  • Prince Frederick's parish (1734), South Carolina (reference in 1762 marriage/1775 congress)
  • identified as a Scotsman or man of Scottish ancestry[50]
  • St. Stephen's parish (1754), South Carolina (reference in 1778 death)
  • North Carolina ("Major, d 1777" DAR)
Willis
  • Johnston County, North Carolina (location of 1760 birth)
  • "Camden Dist-Prob", South Carolina (Residence, DAR)
Children of brother Daniel
  • Lancaster County, South Carolina
  • Craven County, South Carolina (Archibald)
  • Camden, South Carolina . . . more
    • brother married Waynesborow, Georgia
See also Wikipedia's article on Williamsburg, "named after William of Orange, [it] was one of eleven townships ordered by King George II in 1730 meant to develop the 'back country' of the Carolina Province. The township was a part of Craven County.... Williamsburg Township then included most of the present Pee Dee region...and was located in front of the Black River."

Wife and Children

Adam m Ann McDonald, with a son Willis.
From GenForum: "The tradition has been current, so far as we can trace, the family of WILLIS McDONALD, that he was a descendant of the CLAN McDONALD of Glencoe, Argyllshire , Scotland. This clan were the victims of the tragic "MASSACRE OF GLENCOE". The remnant of the clan immigrated to America, settling first in the BARBADOS ISLANDS, and subsequently removing to the mainland. WILLIS McDONALD, son of ADAM and ANN McDONALD, was born near RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, January 10, 1760. He married DORTIA OWEN, the daughter of JAMES WILLIAM and JANE WYNN OWEN. Dortia was born in CAMDEN, SOUTH CAROLINA, about 1765. Her parents were born in VIRGINIA and were of WELSH descent."
Adam m Izabellah Fitch, with no son Willis found in records.
From Sue Watson (via e-mail to [Noland-165|Liz Shifflett]] April 19, 2017): Adam McDonald (c. 1742-1778) married Izabellah Fitch (c.1744-1767) Children were Fanny Fitch McDonald, a twin ( 1763-1771); Anabella who married a English officer Yarborough first, no issue. 2ond husband was William R. Withers, 3 daughters, 3rd. husband Robert Hailes, with whom she left for Alabama. Adam McDonald's son Adam McDonald ( c.1765-1818) married Catherine June (c. 1770-1820) and their children were: Samuel Newman, Daniel, Archibald, Adam, Eleanor, and Catherine. Grandson of the subject, Adam Mcdonald ( c. 1794-1843) married Martha S. Gamble (1801-1857) Their children were George K. McDonald b. 1824, Isaac Edwin (1827-1867) , Eliza Susan ( 1829-1853) and Samuel Newman McDonald ( 1825-1863) The Carolina Herald Volume 3 number 2 McDonald genealogy chart.
From Wikipedia: Archibald McDonald. (Posted as info - not likely the same family as the Virginia McDonalds.)
Archibald McDonald (1790-1853), born Scotland/died Canada, "last of 13 children born to parents Angus and Mary (née Rankin). His paternal grandfather, Iain (or John) McDonald, had been one of the few male survivors of the Massacre of Glencoe." He married twice: "Princess Sunday (m. 1823; d. 1824); Jane Klyne (m. 1825)".

Additional Information

More from Sue - Thanks!!

"Adam McDonald was one of the seven children of Daniel McDonald who immigrated to SC from the north of Ireland about 1735 and settled what is now Williamsburg county, When the first two continental regiments of foot were raised in SC in June 1775, officers were chosen by ballot, the highest rant going to those who received the most votes in the Provincial Congress. Adam McDonald received 130 votes ( only five less than Francis Marion) and became the seventh ranking captain. His brother James McDonald, received 114 votes and ranked as 12th. Adam McDonald, a veteran of the Indian Wars, soon revealed a talent for intelligence work which he used to good advantage. With one companion, he posed as a Tory sympathizer from the back country, and called upon Lord William Campbell, the British Governor. Lord William revealed his plan for supporting the Tories, and the information was promptly reported back to the Council of Safety. Captain McDonald was soon sent on another secret mission, this time to East Florida to ascertain the strength of ht British garrison there. He posed this time as an out of work manager of an indigo plantation and was interviewed by none other than John Moultrie, the royal Lt Governor of East Florida, brother of General William Moultrie and tent mate with McDonald on the Cherokee Expedition. After he was recognised, he barely escaped with his life. Adam McDonald was soon promoted to Major of the 1st regiment pf the SC Continental Line. An office he held until 1778, when he was replaced by Captain Thomas Pinckney. McDonald was probably unable to serve because of illness, as he died in 1778. Adam McDonald, who was described as General Moultrie as "a very bold, adventurous man," was one of America's first spies. Nathan Hale, who was more famous was not hanged until Sept, 1776--more than a year after Captain McDonald's escapades. ~ genealogical information by Miss Mabel Pace, a member of the Charleston chapter of the SC genealogical society, and direct descendant of Major Adam McDonald" among found genealogy papers of Martha Brunson Guerard 1916-1980"[41]

This biography was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import.[80] It's a rough draft and needs to be edited.

Marriage

Husband: Daniel McDonald
Wife: Mary Lewis
Child: Adam McDonald
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Marriage:
Date: 4 Jun 1723
Place: South Carolina, United States[81][82]

Sources

  1. See changes for Donald, father of Adam, prior to a merge & after cleanup post-merge & Adam's, post-merge.
  2. Watkins family records have her as Sarah but FamilySearch says that Willis's 1839 will "mentions daughter, Nancy, married to Watkins"<-- wrong! found the will! See Willis's profile (the PID for Sarah includes a link to Ancestry as the source for this).
  3. http://www.natchezbelle.org/sw/1816-jefferson.htm
  4. Photograph of tombstone by Ernest Rucker.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 posted to Genforum by Cecilia Gossman
  6. http://www.natchezbelle.org/sw/panic.htm
  7. See the DAR Records for Private Willis McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076388 and Major Adam McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076274. The service of Willis was confirmed in the 1990s, meeting the DAR's more stringent requirements than were previously in place.
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue via private e-mail to Liz Shifflett, October 2016)
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 9.14 9.15 9.16 Pension application of Elizabeth (Tharp) McDonald, widow of Daniel McDonald, #W7422 (pdf), transcribed by C. Leon Harris, posted by Southern Campaigns American Revolution Pension Statements and Rosters, accessed 23 February 2022.
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 10.16 10.17 Abstract of William's 1808 will provided by Cecilia Gossman, in this GenForum post, citing History of Williamsburg County (accessed 23 Feb. 2022).
  11. A WikiTree image references John McDaniel's will, proved 1813 (Chatham Co., NC Will Book A, page 229), and the sale of the plantation on Cain (Cane) Creek by his widow Mary to Thomas Stout of Orange County (Chatham Co. Deed Book T, page 147).
  12. The American Revolution in South Carolina: "The Captains" (accessed 18 February 2022).
  13. See also DAR #A076291 for Archibald McDonald, m (1) Margaret Nielson/Nelson, (2) Martha Richardson, daughter Susannah married Adam Conner/Connor.
    • Note: DAR flag on record for Archibald McDonald (#A076291): Lineage issues for Archibald and William McDonald, A076380, and father-in-law Richard Richardson, Sr., A095666. There is no evidence that Patriot had a 1st wife named Margaret.
  14. Possible connections - see following page in 1850 census (this page, I think from W.S. McDonald (this record), has June Killingsworth b SC; Mary Killingsworth m Jones, John Killingsworth, son of Sarah Holmes, born Johnston, NC. See also Freeman Killingsworth, DAR #A131184, of Johnston.
  15. From Sue: "see page 38 SC Colonial Soldiers and Patriots, compiled by Leonardo Andrea."
  16. From Sue: "see page 46 of The State Records of SC 1775-1776."
  17. From Sue: "see page 204 of SC in the Revolution 1775-1780 by Edward McCready."
  18. From Sue: The Historical Magazine Vol 17, Page 152 Death notices from SC.
  19. 19.0 19.1 From picture of his tombstone, posted to his FindAGrave memorial by Ernest Rucker, 10 March 2010 (accessed 18 February 2022).
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Find A Grave: Memorial #48520757 for Willis S. McDonald (accessed 18 February 2022).
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.6 21.7 21.8 21.9 DAR Record for Private Willis McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076388 (accessed 18 February 2022).
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 From the newspaper clipping of his obituary added to his FindAGrave memorial in December 2020 by Suzanne Grace Gossman Tanenbaum, who maintains the memorial (accessed 16 February 2022).
  23. From Our McDonald Family, by Willie McDonald Arnesen, posted to Genforum by Cecilia Gossman
  24. He probably had many more children than those listed here. Only children with a descendant who joined the DAR are included in a patriot ancestor's record. His will would likely include more children.
  25. 25.0 25.1 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
  26. Willis's DAR record does not indicate that Mary was his son Thomas's second wife, but this entry had "(m 2nd Mary Henderson)".
  27. Willis's DAR record does not indicate that Georgia was his son Wiley's second wife, but this entry had "(m 2nd Georgia Coleman)".
  28. North Carolina County Formation Maps (accessed 18 February 2022).
  29. Watkins family records, in the possession of Liz Shifflett (including DAR applications of descendants).
  30. The American Revolution in South Carolina: Siege of Charleston (accessed 18 February 2022).
  31. The American Revolution in South Carolina: "The Captains" (accessed 18 February 2022).
  32. The American Revolution in South Carolina: South Carolina Militia, Camden District Regiment (accessed 18 February 2022).
  33. The American Revolution in South Carolina: Capt. John Chesnut (accessed 18 February 2022).
  34. Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue via private e-mail to Liz Shifflett, October 2016)
  35. 35.0 35.1 From McDonald-528 (see this change detail), citing
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 South Carolina Marriages, 1641-1965 Author: Hunting For Bears, comp. Publication: Ancestry.com Operations Inc APID: 1,7840::248213 & APID: 1,7840::269961
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 37.5 37.6 37.7 37.8 Named in Daniel McDonald's 1755 will (abstract above).
  38. Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue via private e-mail to Liz Shifflett, October 2016)
  39. The profiles attached at the time McDonald-528 was created - MacDonald-313 & UNKNOWN-29112 - as of 16 February 2022 are not the right timeframe to be parents of the McDonald born in 1700. John's profile has a son Donald born 1800 attached (MacDonald-367).
  40. See the DAR Records for Private Willis McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076388 and Major Adam McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076274. The service of Willis was confirmed in the 1990s, meeting the DAR's more stringent requirements than were previously in place.
  41. 41.00 41.01 41.02 41.03 41.04 41.05 41.06 41.07 41.08 41.09 41.10 41.11 41.12 41.13 41.14 41.15 Additional information, also provided by Sue. Thanks so much!
  42. will abstract provided via e-mail - THANK YOU Sue!!
  43. Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue)
  44. Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed April 15, 2017), "Record of Private Willis McDonald", Ancestor # A076388.
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 45.3 45.4 45.5 45.6 Birth about 1740 for Adam (instead of 1742) based on 1760 birth of Willis. But with Adam born SC and Willis born NC, it is possible that they were not father/son (although Willis's service was SC). Proof is needed.
  46. 46.00 46.01 46.02 46.03 46.04 46.05 46.06 46.07 46.08 46.09 46.10 46.11 The Historical Magazine Vol 17, Page 152, "Death notices from SC"
  47. See page 38 "SC Colonial Soldiers and Patriots," compiled by Leonardo Andrea (information provided by Sue)
  48. DAR records; see this Genforum post for source of December 1778 death and additional information on the family.
  49. See page 38 "SC Colonial Soldiers and Patriots," compiled by Leonardo Andrea (information provided by Sue)
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 From Scotland's Mark on America by George Fraser Black, Ph.D (page 21, Google book):
    "Of the members of the Provincial Congress held at Charleston in January, 1775, the following were Scotsmen or men of Scottish ancestry: Major John Caldwell, Patrick Calhoun (ancestor of Vice-President Calhoun), George Haig of the family of Bemersyde, Charles Elliott, Thomas Ferguson, Adam Macdonald, Alexander M'Intosh, John M'Ness, Isaac MacPherson, Col. William Moultrie, David Oliphant, George Ross, Thomas Rutledge, James Sinkler, James Skirving, senior, James Skirving, junior, William Skirving, and Rev. William Tennent."
  51. See page 46 of The State Records of SC 1775-1776 (information provided by Sue)
  52. See page 204 of SC in the Revolution 1775-1780 by Edward McCready (information provided by Sue)
  53. McDonald-7132 was created by Katharine Mounger through the import of Mounger and Davis Ancestry.ged on Jun 9, 2015. This comment and citation can be deleted after the biography has been edited and primary sources are included.
  54. Source: #S-633457970 APID: 1,7840::248213
  55. Source: #S-633457970 APID: 1,7840::269961
  56. Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue via private e-mail to Liz Shifflett, October 2016)
  57. See the DAR Records for Private Willis McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076388 and Major Adam McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076274.
  58. I am a member of the DAR based on Willis's service, entering as a descendant of another DAR member (my grandmother), and the Registrar for the Chapter that I joined researched Willis at DAR Headquarters, finding official records of his service at that time. ~ Liz Shifflett, granddaughter and namesake of Elizabeth (Watkins) Brien, gr-gr-granddaughter of Willis McDonald.
  59. will abstract provided via e-mail - THANK YOU Sue!!
  60. Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue)
  61. See page 38 "SC Colonial Soldiers and Patriots," compiled by Leonardo Andrea (information provided by Sue)
  62. See page 38 "SC Colonial Soldiers and Patriots," compiled by Leonardo Andrea (information provided by Sue)
  63. 63.0 63.1 John Brockinton pension application #S9286 (pdf), transcribed and annotated by Will Graves, posted by Southern Campaigns American Revolution Pension Statements & Rosters, accessed 17 February 2022.
  64. The American Revolution in South Carolina: Wambaw Bridge, February 24, 1782 (accessed 17 February 2022).
  65. Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed April 15, 2017), "Record of Private Willis McDonald", Ancestor # A076388.
  66. DAR records; see this Genforum post for source of December 1778 death and additional information on the family.
  67. as edited 6/8/2021, by Kerry Moore.
  68. Ancestry Family Trees (Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members): http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=6601291&pid=1457039337 (source for profile created through the import of Sheppard_Duncan_Bickham_Stroud.ged on 01 February 2011).
  69. Carolana.com: Entry for Colonel Archibald McDonald of South Carolina (accessed 22 Feb. 2022).
  70. Carolana.com: Entry for Captain Middleton McDonald of South Carolina (accessed 22 Feb. 2022).
  71. will abstract provided via e-mail - THANK YOU Sue!!
  72. Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue)
  73. See page 38 "SC Colonial Soldiers and Patriots," compiled by Leonardo Andrea (information provided by Sue)
  74. See page 38 "SC Colonial Soldiers and Patriots," compiled by Leonardo Andrea (information provided by Sue)
  75. The American Revolution in South Carolina: Wambaw Bridge, February 24, 1782 (accessed 17 February 2022).
  76. Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed April 15, 2017), "Record of Private Willis McDonald", Ancestor # A076388.
  77. DAR records; see this Genforum post for source of December 1778 death and additional information on the family.
  78. See page 46 of The State Records of SC 1775-1776 (information provided by Sue)
  79. See page 204 of SC in the Revolution 1775-1780 by Edward McCready (information provided by Sue)
  80. McDonald-7132 was created by Katharine Mounger through the import of Mounger and Davis Ancestry.ged on Jun 9, 2015. This comment and citation can be deleted after the biography has been edited and primary sources are included.
  81. Source: #S-633457970 APID: 1,7840::248213
  82. Source: #S-633457970 APID: 1,7840::269961
  • DAR Records for descendant of Major McDonald (#076274, father of Private Willis McDonald)
    • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed May 4, 2015), "Record of Major Adam McDonald", Ancestor # A076274.
    • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed April 15, 2017), "Record of Private Willis McDonald", Ancestor # A076388.
    • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed Sept. 27, 2018), "Record of Major Adam McDonald", Ancestor # A076276.
  • Liz Shifflett, family knowledge, DAR application forms
  • Genforum report on family; includes information on Dortia.
Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Liz and others.

Lesesne Connections

from comments posted to Adam Conner's profile and others:

posted 22 Oct. 2022 to Adam Connor (abt.1788-) -

I was searching for Ann (McDonald) Conner, sister of Mary (McDonald) Lesesne, and found this profile. The shared page from the 1850 census that has Adam Connor (age 62) includes a 10-year-old H.H. Lesesne in the next household of Mary A [E] [Cantey], 43 (following the entry for a schoolmaster and another boy with a different surname). On the same page is a Margaret Lesesne (64) with a T.S. Lesesne (23?), followed by Charles Lesesne (28) in a separate household by himself.

I found a Conner-McDonald match - not the sister I was looking for, but also related to Lesesnes. A bit of the comments I posted on the profile for Charles Frederick Lesesne (1816-1890) - who is not attached to parents:

  • Charles Frederick Lesesne (1759-1821), DAR Patriot #A069408, married "Binkey" McDonald. Their son Charles married Margaret Anna Connor Davis and son William married Caroline Conyer. One descendant record (for Archibald McDonald, Patriot Ancestor #A076291) shows their son Charles Frederick Lesesne married Margaret Ann Connor (born c1789) at "Williamsburg Twp, St Marks Par SC". She was the daughter of Adam and Susannah (McDonald) Connor - also married at Williamsburg Twp, St Marks Par SC - with Susannah (b 3 October 1768) the daughter of Archibald (born c1740/45) and Martha (Richardson) McDonald. Archibald died in South Carolina's Georgetown District on 29 Mar 1785.

My comment posted to Francis James Lesesne (1815-1853):

Named in the will of Margaret A. Lesesne as her deceased son Francis James... see the shared image:

https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29434515?h=fedbff&clickref=1101lwfLfecF%2C1101lwfLfecF&adref=&o_xid=01011l4xx5&o_lid=01011l4xx5&o_sch=Affiliate+External

also names is Margaret's daughter Susanna Martha Lesesne and Margaret's son James Canty Lesesne.

It would appear that this Margaret's will was proved about 1856 (the preceding will was proved that year) and she is likely the same Margaret found in the 1850 census, age 64 - see another shared ancestry page (which was attached to Adam Conner's profile - the will was attached to a younger Margaret's profile):

https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29488067?h=f280ed&clickref=1100lwft93eS%2C1100lwft93eS&adref=&o_xid=01011l4xx5&o_lid=01011l4xx5&o_sch=Affiliate+External

(The younger Margaret apparently married a Brailsford.)

And added to Daniel/Donald's profile as top-of-profile text:

The Daniel McDonald who died in Williamsburg, South Carolina left a will dated 1755 (proved 1756). Other facts in this profile may not belong to him. ~ Noland-165, 22 October 2022

"will" linked to that section in the profile:

"The will of Daniel McDonald of Williamsburg [SC] was dated 18 March 1755 and proved 31 March 1756, John McDonald qualified as Executor, and Mary McDonald qualified as Executrix. In his will Daniel named his five sons: Adam, Archibald, Daniel, James, and John. His four daughters were Ann Conner, Mary Lesesne, Sarah and Susannah."[5] - [5]= Charleston Wills, Volume 7. Page 509 (information provided by Sue via private e-mail to Liz Shifflett, October 2016).

Copy of children's list, with notes (as of 22 October 2022):

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