I was looking at the index of records of the War of 1812 on Fold3 a few weeks back and I found a index record for Thomas Donaldson Jr (1787- ?). The index record was his Bounty Land application located at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

I went to the National Archives website, printed off the query form and mailed it along with $30 to Washington, DC on June 1. The website said it would take up to 90 days for processing (maybe longer due to Covid 19 precautions). Another person on a genealogy site said it took her 6 weeks to get something from the National Archives. I asked for the record to be emailed to me because it would be faster.

I am now in week 6 of waiting for this document. I am hoping it has some useful information as to what happened to Thomas Donaldson Jr after he left Laurens County in 1830 according to census records. Did he go to Georgia with his brothers and sisters?

I have also been researching a Rueban Cook who was on a land deed in 1784 in Guilford County, North Carolina selling 197 acres to Isham Rice. There is a theory that Mary Cook Donaldson’s father was named Rueban Cook because she named her first son with Thomas Donaldson, Rueban.  I have to be careful in my research because there are 2 other Rueban Cook’s that come up while I am researching. One Rueban Cook was born in Hanover County, Virginia in 1740 and died in 1820 in Elbert County, Georgia. The other Rueban Cook was born in Pitt County, NC in 1860 and died in 1857 in Lafayette, Mississippi. It would be nice if I could find and estate record for the Rueban Cook in Guilford County.

The search continues.