What I am working on for August……

Hello to my fan base. For August, I am trying to ascertain where Cornelius Cook and Mary Cook Donaldson originated from, assuming that they are in fact siblings and not cousins.

I have narrowed down a time for when they came to the Laurens/ Abbeville area…1792- 1793. I came up with 1792- 1793 because 1) Cornelius Cook is not on the Laurens/ Abbeville census records of 1790 2) Mary Cook married Thomas Donaldson in 1792/ 1793 according to first daughter’s birth date and 3) Cornelius witnessed a land deed between Benjamin Magee and Thomas Williamson in Dec 1794 in Laurens.

I have a place of origin sort of for Cornelius Cook. He stated in the Turkey Creek Church Records in Nov 1801 that he came from Greenham Church, North Carolina. I have no idea where Greenham Church is, but I know that it is in North Carolina. That is a beginning.

My next plan is to search estate records in each North Carolina county using Family Search and Ancestry up to 1792-1793 when Cornelius Cook and Mary Cook Donaldson moved to South Carolina.

I haven’t given up on the idea that Cornelius Cook and Mary Cook Donaldson may be the children of the Cornelius Cook who died at the Battle of Fishing Creek in present day Chester Co (or maybe York Co), South Carolina in August 1780. If dad was fighting in a battle, then the children were most likely staying with mom or relatives in a safe location away from the fighting. This theory is in the back of my mind.

Please stay tuned in and please comment if you like this post. Thank you.

I found Mary Donaldson’s estate record…..

Do you know where it was? It was nestled within the confines of her husband’s, Thomas Donaldson, estate record.

There were 2 separate bills of sales, one in Nov 1811 and one in March 1813. I always wondered about the one in 1813. I looked at the 1813 sales bill more closely today and realized that Mary Donaldson’s name was conspicuously absent. I looked at the items sold in the estate and realized they were they were the same items purchased by Mary from her husband’s estate in 1811.

I  also looked at the administration page for March 1813 and found that William Donaldson, Mary’s stepson, was the administrator. In 1811 on Thomas Donaldson’s estate record, William Donaldson and Mary Donaldson were both listed as administrators.

I have found other estate records where the wife’s estate record was within the husband’s estate record. The idea that Mary’s would be in Thomas’s was very possible even though it took me a while to make the actual discovery.

The only downside to this is that my great, great, great grandfather, Nimrod Donaldson, became an orphan at almost ten years of age and was probably raised by older siblings.

***Thomas Donaldson’s Estate Record (died 1811 in Abbeville, SC) is located at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and on Ancestry.com. It is accidently connected to Jennet Donaldson’s estate record. Jennet Donaldson is an entirely different person with no known connection to Thomas Donaldson ( or at least not found yet).***

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