Quarantine Day 18….

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.

Namaste!

Quarantine Day 15

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.

 

Namaste.

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.