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).***

I bought the book “South Carolina Memorials: Abstracts of Land Titles. Volume 1. 1774-1776” I found a memorial for James Doharty, in 15 September 1774 on the waters of Bush River and Duncan’s Creek. His land was bounded by John Donaldson and Michael Dickson.On 14 February 1775, there was a memorial for Henry Britton on […]

via John Donaldson- Thomas Donaldson connection — spnifong

Oh, Maryland….

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.

 

Connections….

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.

Thomas Donaldson Bible first page analysis and more…

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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.

Thomas Donaldson Bible Record

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.

The letter (Part 2)…

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.