Quarantine Day 34…..

Today is day 34 of quarantine. I am starting to appreciate this strange experience. I am learning a lot about myself and my family. My creativity in quarantine has definitely been activated and I have been writing more. I wonder if, once this is all over, will I miss this time?

Dennis bought a fire pit today. We roasted marshmallows and made S’Mores. We prayed and sang sanctuary at Wiley’s request. Wiley and Amelia are sleeping in a tent in the backyard. Life is good and I am at peace for the moment.

We are supposed to be going to Sarasota for family vacation in June. We are staying at a VRBO on Siesta Key. The  VRBO is on the beach and it has a pool. I am hoping we still get to go. I have been taking inventory of things  I need to buy for vacation. I bought a cooler and a Lilly Pulitzer beach bag. The beach bag says “Kiawah” on it which stands for Kiawah Island, SC. I have always wanted to go Kiawah Island. Maybe one day I will.

Genealogy research has been frustrating as usual. I am researching Benjamin Sweet Miller’s family. I found a Ancestry tree (first mistake) that states that William H Miller (Benjamin’s father) was born in Allegany County, Pennsylvania in 1757. The tree also states that Rachel Sweet (Benjamin’s mother) was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania in 1761. This information is wrong because Allegany County and Fayette County didn’t become counties until 1786 and 1783 respectively. William and Rachel were probably born in the prior county of Cumberland. This is why you have to take the family trees on Ancestry with a grain of salt and always find proof to back up your theories.

That is all for now.  Until next time.

Quarantine Day 25…

* I am going to write every 2- 3 days now in order to have longer posts.”

I made a few exciting discoveries yesterday on the Fold 3 military record website. I started looking at the War of 1812 records. I found Thomas Donelson (Donaldson) Jr, James Donelson (Donaldson), Benjamin S. Miller and William Rutledge (cousin of Elizabeth Rutledge who married Rueban Donaldson) as privates in Rueban Nash’s SC Regiment. I also found a William Cook and John Cook, who may be the sons of Cornelius Cook, in Rueban Nash’s SC Regiment. This shows the ties between the Donaldson, Miller, Rutledge and possibly Cook, families.

The only person I can find a 1812 pension for is Benjamin S Miller, made by his wife Mary (Polly) Ann Donaldson Miller, in 1860 after his death. I discovered that the “S” middle initial in Benjamin S. Miller’s name isn’t for Samuel. The “S”middle initial is for “Sweet”.  Benjamin S. Miller’s full name is Benjamin Sweet Miller. (Benjamin S. Miller, War of 1812 application, Fold3.)

This newfound discovery opens up a new door for research because the name “Sweet” is more than likely Benjamin’s mother’s maiden name. I haven’t been able to find much information on Benjamin S. Miller background in the past. Maybe this new information will help me. I am also wondering if Benjamin S. Miller is connected to the Cooks in some way because he comes around after the death of Mary Cook Donaldson in 1813. Benjamin S Miller married Mary (Polly) Ann Donaldson on 3 September 1815.

Until next time and happy ancestor hunting!


Quarantine Day 23….

I can’t believe I have been stuck in my house for 23 days except for a trip to the grocery store, Topper’s Pizza (twice) and Sonic. I am counting down the days until Amelia and Wiley can hopefully go back to school on April 30. I am going a little crazy but I have to be patient until Coronavirus goes away.  I miss the beach so I ordered some beach bracelets from Pure Vida website. I hope I like them.

I stumbled upon a Facebook group called “Descendants of the Battle of Kings Mountain” today. I inquired about a application because I think Thomas Donaldson may have fought at Kings Mountain. I have a handwritten letter from my great- grandmother saying he did and I might have military proof. If I get accepted to the group, I get a certificate  and a nifty lapel pin….Oooh ahhh!

I love going to Kings Mountain Natl Battlefield. It is one of my happy places. I can climb to the top of the mountain to the see the monument because of my Cerebral Palsy. I do try to hike part of the trail to the monument. They also have this interesting History Channel movie about the battle that I enjoy watching. I feel a spiritual connection to Kings Mountain so maybe Thomas Donaldson did fight at the battle.



Quarantine Day 22…..

Today was a great day.  It was warm and sunny outside. I took Ladybug for a walk.

I researched Thomas Donaldson’s military record in Rutherford County, NC a little. I will have to dive into Fold 3 for for more military information when I get the chance.

I received the 1786 deed between from Thomas Donaldson to John Harris in the mail today from the Rutherford County, NC, Register of Deeds. The deed says “Thomas Donnelson of Abel County &County of South Carolina..”. It is pretty safe to say that “Abel” is Abbeville. This deed is proof that Thomas Donaldson, my 4th great grandfather, owned land from 1782-1786 in Rutherford County, NC.

I am curious about the spelling of  “Donnelson” because military records and estate records state the spelling as “Donaldson”. I am not sure if the deed recorder spelled it phonetically or if Thomas Donaldson changed the spelling when he moved to Abbeville, South Carolina, in 1786. That is something else I have to look into.



I will probably have to transcribe this deed because it is difficult to read. Pardon the destination magnets. I had to flatten it out to get a good picture of it.

That is all I have for today. Until tomorrow!

Quarantine Day 20…..

Today was a good day. I had the urge to sweep the living room floor which is weird for me. I also swept the foyer. I swept up enough cat hair and dog hair to make a fashionable sweater.

A sweet lady donated a meal from ZBakery to my family and I since Dennis’s hours and pay were cut. One of the owners of ZBakery brought the food by along with a Wal Mart gift card. I was really encouraged by the generosity of strangers during these strange times.

I spent the day researching Thomas Donaldson in Rutherford Co, NC. I have some questions about things so I have to dig a little deeper. Some of the families, the Camps and Harrises, that lived in the area he did eventually moved to the Laurens County area (next to Abbeville). That is interesting to me. Looks like next week will be a busy week of research.


Quarantine Day 19….

Today was a good day. I took Ladybug for a walk down the street. She doesn’t like to walk far. My crazy cat, Cola, found the brown snake he had yesterday. We brought him in the house to save the snake and he was mad.

I did some research on Thomas Donaldson in Rutherford Co, NC. I found out that soldiers in the Revolutionary War could move between unit. In this case, Thomas enlisted in the 5th South Carolina Regiment on April 2, 1776 and then enlisted in the Tryon County Militia in October, 1777 for 30 days. Most tours lasted 60 to 90 days. I am not sure if he saw much fighting because 4 of his children were born during the Revolutionary War.

I also found a John Cook and James Cook in the Rutherford County Militia so I  will have see if they tie into my Cook ancestral line.


Quarantine Day 18….

Today was a awesome day!!! It was so pretty outside that I took Ladybug the dog for a walk. When Dennis got home from work, we took a date-walk together. Cola the cat caught a mole and a brown snake today.

I realized that Amelia and Wiley have been nicer to each other since school has been out. Amelia and Wiley played Uno today. If Wiley won, Amelia agreed to help him clean his room. Well, Wiley won and Amelia helped him clean his room. Amelia cleaned her room yesterday. I didn’t have to beg or plead either.

The best thing that happened today was that I think I found proof that ties Thomas Donaldson of Abbeville Co, SC to Thomas Donaldson of Rutherford Co, NC. I found a genealogy site that says “7 March 1786, Thomas Donnelson of Able, SC to John Herris of Rutherford Co, NC for 80 pounds conveys 100 acres on Middle Fork of Cathey’s Creek of Second Broad River, close under the mountain, joining land of James Black on east side of own improvement. The same granted to Thomas Donaldson by state deed dated 28 Oct 1782.” Signed Thomas Donnelson and witnessed by George Fleming and Loudewick Wray.  (Rutherford Co, NC Deed Book E-I, pg 21).

I called the Rutherford County Register of Deeds and ordered the original deed. I should get the invoice, pay the invoice, and then get the deed in the next week or so.

I think “Able” is Abbeville, SC. Also, I have a estate record for a Thomas Donaldson who died in 1792 in Rutherford. I am pretty sure this is Abbeville Thomas Donaldson’s father. He lists children William and Mary in estate record but no Thomas. Thomas had a brother named William Donaldson. Brother William Donaldson stated in his Revolutionary War Pension Application that he was living in Rutherford County when he joined the militia. This is all tying together nicely but I am eager to see what the 1786 Thomas Donnelson to John Herris deed says. Proof is better than hearsay.

I am planning to do some more research on the deed information I have until I get the actual deed from the Register of Deeds. Stayed tuned. Please comment if you like this blog or if you have any questions.


Quarantine Day 17…..

I can’t believe I have been quarantining myself for others safety for 17 days. It feels like FOREVER!!! I am looking forward to the day where I can be free again to do mundane things like go to the grocery store without wondering “Is this where I am going to get Covid 19?”

Today was a very good day. I had a bible study with a friend via phone. That was interesting and got a lot out of it. I found a relaxing beach scene on Youtube and put it on my TV. It  felt like I was on the beach but without the sunburn.

I am a member of the Fork Shoals Historical Society and they acquired a house called Cedarhurst in December 2019. The house was built in 1812 for Joseph McCullough. Joseph McCullough was my 4th great uncle. The FSHS is working with a preservationist to restore the house to what it looked like in 1812. I am in charge of the Instagram page called “SavingCedarhurst”. We have 33 followers on our page and looking for more. I commented on other historic preservation Instagram pages today as a way to market the “SavingCedarhurst” page.

I didn’t have time to do much research today but I will hopefully get some done tomorrow.