Waiting…..

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.

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.

3 thoughts on “Waiting…..”

  1. Very cool! Wow ..you are amazing!

    Debbie Donaldson

    On Mon, Jul 13, 2020, 4:50 PM Home | Samantha Nifong Genealogy Consulting wrote:

    > samanthanifong posted: “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 t” >

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  2. Looked what just popped up on Ancestry re Nimrod Donaldson. It shares at the bottom that it was held by the West family. It now says it is held by R. Lee Cashwell, Jr in Greenville, SC. He may also be holding some of the West family lineage info. Same West or different? I’m thinking different, since Nimrod’s line was Donaldson3, who married a Rumbough, not Rumbough who married a West?

    *Debbie Donaldson* *7635 Patriot’s Landing Place **Quinton, VA 23141* *c 228-332-0136 h 804-557-2666*

    On Mon, Aug 3, 2020 at 5:40 PM D. Colgate Rumbough wrote:

    > Thank you, Debbie! I’ll email him soon. I hope that’s still his email > address! Are you or your husband by chance in touch with any relatives from > the West/Norvell/Gideon side of the family? That would be descendants of > Anna Rumbough who married William Whitehead West. > > Best, > Cole > > On Jul 31, 2020, at 11:02 PM, Deborah Donaldson > wrote: > > > > Debbie Donaldson > > ———- Forwarded message ——— > From: Mara Donaldson > Date: Fri, Jul 31, 2020, 10:24 PM > Subject: Steve Donaldson > To: Deb Donaldson > > > This is the last contact I have for Steve. > > Sent from my iPad > > Begin forwarded message: > > *From:* Steve Donaldson > *Date:* November 19, 2015 at 10:02:53 PM EST > *To:* Mara > *Subject:* *Re: Uncle Dave* > > Sorry to hear the sad news. I will pass it on to Johnny and Mom. -Steve > >

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