Cornelius Cook is a neighbor to Randolph Murff in 1824 (Laurens District ).
Did I find where Thomas Donaldson lived? Looking at the 1790 census, Thomas Donaldson is between Enoch Dodson and Absolum Luck. I looked up Enoch Dodson in the South Carolina Department of Archives and History online index. I found that he bought 11 acres between Turkey Creek and the Saludy (Saluda) River in 1792. Enoch Dodson was a member of Turkey Creek Baptist Church so it makes sense that he lived between Turkey Creek and the Saluda River. If Thomas Donaldson and Enoch Dodson were neighbors in 1790, then Thomas must have lived between Turkey Creek and the Saluda River in the 1790’s.
I think this is some sort of lawsuit brought against the estate of Mary Cook Donaldson. It mentions all the children of her husband Thomas and their spouses.
UPDATE 12/23/2016……I don’t think this is a lawsuit per se. I think that Edmund Ware somehow became executor of administrator of Mary Donaldson’s estate when she died. At the bottom it says “Sale or division of Real Estate of Mary Donaldson, deceased”. I think this was a matter of ” who gets what item from her estate”.
The last 2 weeks have been very difficult for me research wise….I have hit a brick wall with the Donaldsons and Cooks. I feel like all this information is a wall in front of me but I can’t glean new anything from it. It is just the same information leading me in the same circles over and over again.
I have looked up most of the neighbors to both Thomas Donaldson and Cornelius Cook and run into dead ends. I did find that Ruth Crump of Abbeville/ Laurens married into the Reeves family. Thomas Donaldson’s first wife was supposedly a Janet Reeves. The Crump family was associated with both Thomas Donaldson and Cornelius Cook through estate records and land deeds with Cornelius Cook.
Last night I decided to go through the message boards for Laurens and Abbeville on Ancestry.com. I paid close to attention to all the names that I recognized from my research. I think I may have found the father of Thornton Davis but I am not totally sure. Thornton Davis was the husband of Sallie Cook Donaldson, eldest daughter of Thomas and Mary. He is also a legatee in Thomas Donaldson’s estate record. I am interested in finding out more about Thornton.
I am still waiting for Maryland Genealogical Society to email me about my Thomas Donaldson inquiry. It has been 7 weeks and patience is running thin.