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Claiborne Paris McDonald

Source: Biographical & Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana, The Southern Publishing Company, 1890, Nashville and Chicago.

CLAIBORNE PARIS MCDONALD Planter and stockraiser, San Patricio, La. This gentleman is a son of John and Narcissa (Waldrof) McDonald, the father a native of Scotland, who came to this country with his parents' when an infant, and the mother a native of Louisiana. The father followed agricultural pursuits all his life, and was married to the subject's mother in Louisiana, where his death occurred when Claiborne was but a boy, and when he was but forty years of age. The mother is still living, and after the death of Mr. McDonald, she married De Brue Bossier, a Frenchman, who died in the army. By her her first marriage four children were born, only one besides our subject now living: Mrs. Eliza Dukes, wife of Samuel Dukes, of Sabine Parish. Claiborner O. McDonald is a native born resident of this parish, his birth occurring on January 10, 1845, and here he secured a fair education. However, before he had finished his education the war broke out and he flung aside his books to enlist, joining Company B, Twenty-eighth Louisiana Infantry, in 1862. He remained with this company until the surrender, and was promoted to sergeant. After the war he attended school for some time and then turned his attention to farming and stock-raising. By good management and industry he has been very successful, and is now married to Miss Jane C. Pye, a native of Sabine County, Tex., and the daughter of John Pye. Five living children are the fruits of this union: Georgie, Blanchard, Fletie, Josephine, Mary Adaline and Laura Agnes, all daughter. Those deceased are John P., (who died at the age of four), and Ada (at the age of three years). Mrs. McDonald is a member of the Methodist Church and a lady of culture and refinement. Mr. McDonald is a member of the Farmer's Union, and is secretary of the lodge. In politics he affiliates with the Democratic party, and is a prominent man of the parish.

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