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!

Author: samanthanifong

I have been a avid history buff since age 10. I graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in US History. I have been researching my family for 12 years. I specialize in South Carolina history and research. I do freelance genealogy work centered around South Carolina between 1750- 1880. If you have ancestors in South Carolina between 1750-1880 that you would like me to locate, please contact me. Disclaimer.....My research is based on actual evidence which I may or may not post. Any photographs or documentation that I use is my intellectual property unless otherwise noted and may not be used or borrowed without my expressed written consent.

5 thoughts on “Quarantine Day 22…..”

  1. Thank you for the very interesting research. My name is John Donaldson, William James Donaldson was my Great Great Grandfather, I think the son of William, the son of Thomas of Abbeville. Incidentally, my wife and I have a home near Lake Russell, just 20 minutes or so west of Abbeville. I thought it was cool to find out that my GG Grandfather was born in the area! So by what I’ve read, Thomas Donaldson who died in Abbeville in 1811 was from North Carolina? And his father was also a Thomas, who came to this country from Scotland?


    1. Dear John, you are correct. Thomas (who died in 1811.) appeared to have lived in North Carolina for a time. He probably came down from Penn, Va or Md. I am not sure if his father is from Scotland or not. Are you related to James Donaldson of Asheville and Freda Williams near Athens?


      1. Thanks for getting back to me Samantha. Yes, James is my oldest son. Freda is my Dad’s first cousin. So you all must be in touch already.

        Since I live close to Abbeville, I might go over and get a picture of Thomas’ grave, he should be buried over there, right.


      2. I have not been able to locate his grave. I don’t know what church he attended. Nimrod Donaldson’s grave, his youngest son with Mary Cook, is in southern Greenville County. Nimrod is my 3rd great grandfather. The Fork Shoals Historical Society cleaned up his cemetery last year. I emailed James a few weeks ago about the land deed in Rutherford Co but he never responded. Samantha


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