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!
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.
What I am working on…..
The Cook Family- There is an James Cook ( died 1816), John Cook (died 1835), Abraham Cook ( died 1843) and Cornelius Cook Sr (died 1838) in Laurens County. I think they are all descended from Abraham Cook from New Kent, Virginia 1669-1749. Abraham Cook had a son named William Cook, and William had a son named Clayton Cook. I think all the Cooks’ in Laurens were descended from Clayton Cook. I am still trying to prove this theory.
The Donaldson Family in Rutherford County, NC-
There was a Thomas Donaldson who served in the Tryon Co Militia in Oct 1777 for 30 days. There was a Thomas Donaldson who had got a land grant in Oct 1782 in Rutherford Co, NC.
There was a Thomas Donaldson who was a bondsman at the marriage of Samuel Donaldson and Mary Adams in 1788 in Rutherford Co, NC.
In 1786, John Harris purchased 100 acres on Middle Fork of Cathey’s Creek of 2nd Broad River on March 7 from Thomas Donnelson of South Carolina.
In Oct 1792, Thomas Donaldson of Rutherford Co died. It his hastily done will, he mentions an unnamed widow called “the old lady”, son William and daughter Mary. I also believe Samuel Donaldson was also Thomas’ son even though he wasn’t mentioned in the will.