Roy McDonald, the fifth son and sixth
child of Angus W. McDonald and Cornelia Peake (his wife), was born at
"Wind Lea" August 25th, 1856. He was almost too young at the time of the
war for any very vivid memories, but I well remember that when the
entire lower floor of the home at "Hawthorne" was "pressed" into their
service by the Federals, and the United States flag suspended over the
front door, nothing could induce the little fellow to walk under it. He
invariably remembered to enter the house some other way.
He, also, attended the private schools of
Lexington until old enough to enter Washington and Lee University, where
he remained for two or three years years and then went with the family
to Louisville, Kentucky, where he engaged in various occupations for the
next few years.
On November 23rd, 1882, he was married to
Miss Nellie Caine, daughter of Mr. John Caine, of Louisville. In 1886,
he was appointed Building Inspector for the city of Louisville, holding
the office for about eight years. Two children were born to Roy and
Nellie—Amanda and Roy.
He lost his wife on October 1st, 1891,
and married a second time, Miss Jean Martin.
As the result of a serious attack of
inflammatory rheumatism in his early manhood, Roy's health has never
been very robust, and for some years now he has been incapacitated by it
for active participation in any business, having suffered a stroke of
paralysis several years ago.
He has made his home in Pittsburg for the
past few years.