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 good day. I took Ladybug for a walk down the street. She doesn’t like to walk far. My crazy cat, Cola, found the brown snake he had yesterday. We brought him in the house to save the snake and he was mad.
I did some research on Thomas Donaldson in Rutherford Co, NC. I found out that soldiers in the Revolutionary War could move between unit. In this case, Thomas enlisted in the 5th South Carolina Regiment on April 2, 1776 and then enlisted in the Tryon County Militia in October, 1777 for 30 days. Most tours lasted 60 to 90 days. I am not sure if he saw much fighting because 4 of his children were born during the Revolutionary War.
I also found a John Cook and James Cook in the Rutherford County Militia so I will have see if they tie into my Cook ancestral line.
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.
Today was okay. I got very little research done on Thomas Donaldson because I was working on another project. I did try to locate counties on maps of Virginia and Maryland to ascertain where Thomas Donaldson might have possibly lived before coming to South Carolina.
I have a Revolutionary War Pension Application for Thomas Donaldson’s brother William. It says William was born in 1762 in Hillsboro, NC. If William Donaldson was born in Hillsboro, NC in 1762, then the older brother Thomas lived in Hillsboro also. More than likely the brothers came down from Pennsylvania, Virginia or Maryland. I need to find concrete evidence though.
In other news, Governor McMaster finally closed the public accesses to beaches, lakes, and rivers. He should have done that 2 weeks ago when schools shut down. The longer we stay at home collectively, the faster the Coronavirus will go away.
I have a friend who found some information through the Maryland Archives about a Thomas Donaldson in Maryland. There were actually 2 Thomas Donaldsons. There was a Thomas Donaldson who came to Maryland in 1716 as a Jacobite prisoner from England.
The Thomas Donaldson I am interested in served as a private in the 3rd Maryland during the Revolutionary War. He was in Worchester County which is on the eastern shore of Maryland. Also in his regiment was a Jesse Gray, William Davis, John Donaldson and Samuel Donaldson. There was a Jesse Gray and William Davis in Abbeville, South Carolina in 1787. In my great grandmother’s letter, she said that Thomas was a private in the Continental Army. She said that he was from Wilmington, NC. Worchester County is on the coast of Maryland. Both cities start with “W” and are on the coast. There a several similarities between the letter and the muster roll but no conclusive evidence. I will have to see what information the Maryland Genealogical Society finds for me.
I sit here trying to get inspiration to write something genealogically important. My inspiration today is the soundtrack from the 1992 movie “Last of the Mohicans”. I used to listen to this soundtrack while writing history papers in college. It seemed to make the process go by faster. Little did I know the music that I listened to was of Scot Irish origin, the same as my ancestors…..haunted memory coming back I guess.
I am still waiting for the Maryland Genealogical Society to email me their findings on Thomas Donaldson. Regardless of them finding anything or not, I will have an answer. That means looking at other possibilities if he wasn’t in Maryland…..New York, Pennsylvania, Charleston, the old family lore favorite Wilmington….possibilities of arrival or actual birth location for this man called Thomas Donaldson.
Meanwhile, I head back to Abbeville via Ancestry.com and cruise around. I found several important wills- James Kinman died 1816, Thomas Kinman died 1822, Benjamin Mattison died 1830. James Kinman was Cornelius Cook Jr’s father in law. Thomas Kinman was Cornelius Cook Jr’s brother in law. Benjamin Mattison was someone Thomas Donaldson knew. All 3 wills had the same names on them….one community of neighbors. They formed business alliances through farming and marriage. They formed friendships.
I am finding that several families on these wills immigrated from the same place in Virginia to the South Carolina backcountry in the 1790’s. Families and friends would often immigrate to new places together as opportunities and open land presented themselves. There was also incentive to travel as a large group for safety reasons. Many people traveled the Great Wagon Road from Virginia to South Carolina and onward west to Georgia as lands became available.
I already know some of my ancestors…..Peirson, Hoke, Furman….traveled the Great Wagon Road south to North Carolina and South Carolina.I am hoping that the Donaldson and Cooks did as well.
The first sentence says ” Come people attend whilst I do retal (retell) my travels? from my sin to my …..(last 2 words are illegible). My best guess is “from my sins to my present state” because that makes sense according to context. I am pretty sure it is a testimony of Thomas Donaldson’s faith. I am not sure what denomination he was considering I can’t find any church records on him. I do know that most of his children were Baptist.
Thomas says the book is his. His daughter Polly Donaldson (born 1797) practices her penmanship on this page.
Thomas’s son, William Donaldson, wrote the bottom part which is somewhat illegible. The handwriting is distinctly different from Thomas’s handwriting above. It was probably written after Thomas died in 1811.
I have gleaned a few things from this Bible.Firstly, Thomas Donaldson could read and write. He was somewhat educated. Secondly, this particular Bible was published in 1794 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He obtained it after his marriage to Mary Cook Donaldson (they were married 1792/early 1793).
My question is how did Thomas Donaldson come into possession of this Bible? Was it sold in South Carolina to individual citizens or did one of his relatives bring it over from Scotland when he/or she immigrated? Was it a gift of some sort? I want to find out the answers.
This is a record of Thomas Donaldson’s children. The first page was written in William Donaldson’s hand. The rest is written in Polly’s hand and someone else’s hand. The Bible was printed in Edinburgh in 1794 and is housed at the Lexington County Museum in Lexington, South Carolina.
As much as I would like to think the letter that my Nannie wrote was historically accurate, the lack of historical evidence states otherwise.
I cannot find any proof that Thomas Donaldson fought at Kings Mountain. I have checked the roster of soldiers and his name is not on the list. I cannot find evidence that Thomas Donaldson had 2 other brothers. I am pretty sure he had one brother named William Donaldson. William Donaldson was listed in the 1787 tax list in Abbeville along with Thomas. William was also listed in the 1790 census of Abbeville with Thomas.
Thomas Donaldson could have been from the Wilmington area because there was a large Scot Irish settlement in the Cape Fear Region. I think Mary Cook may have been from Sampson County, NC . There is a Cornelius Cook who was in Sampson County, NC in 1790, but he disappears by 1800. A Cornelius Cook (a son?) then pops up in Laurens County in 1794 according to land records. Cornelius Cook was mentioned in Thomas Donaldson’s state record in 1811.