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The McDonald Family of Madison County, Florida

The McDonald Family of Madison County, Florida
Beth Gay, DCTJ, FSA Scot
Louise Booth
PO Box 2693
Moultrie, GA 31776-2693

In the Old Parish Records of Perthshire, Scotland, there is a record of Duncan Macdonald and Shusanna Mackintosh registering the birth of a son, John, on 7 November 1774. John's actual birth date, according to family Bible records was 30 October 1774.

Family tradition says that John immigrated to America from Glasgow, Scotland. He was shown as "John McDaniel" in the Jefferson County, GA census in 1790. He was deceased by 1840 and is buried "on the Ogoochee River." (McDonald/McDaniel/Macdonald/MacDonald, M'Donald, etc., are completely interchangeable with all of the prefixes simply meaning "son of.")

This John was on the 3 July 1799 Petit Jury list in Jefferson County, Georgia (Louisville) and was married to Mary ?.

Family tradition says that John's father was "a wee red-headed Scotsman who walked with a cane and ate from gold plates. He left land and money to his son (John) who could not go back for it."

Issue of John and Mary include: Jane H., born 29 September 1798 (married ca 1818 Shepherd Green in Sumter Co., Americus, GA); Rachel E., born 14 May 1806 (married 26 Nov. 1824 to Robert L. Albritton); Mary Anney (Anna) Bell, born 27 August 1809 and died 16 June 1848 (married in Jefferson Co., GA 1824 to Thomas Green, Jr.); John, born October 1812; Lovey Emmaline, born 1 August 1814 (married to ? Pruett); James Madison, born 25 August 1816, Jefferson Co., Georgia - died 26 March 1899 Madison County, Florida (married Mary Cannon 23 February 1842); John Allen, born 5 March 1820, Randon/Randall/Ranald was born 21 June 1820; Adline; Sarah who married ? Green (son, Thomas Jefferson Green, CSA, who married 23 April 1885 in Lee County, GA).

James Madison McDonald lived in the Augusta, GA/SC area and family tradition says he was a "riverboat captain." According to family stories, he became angered over the slavery issue and sold his riverboat and put the money in a red bandana and came to Florida via Sumter County - Americus - Georgia. Census records show him in Sumter County in 1840 with his family. He was also in the Thomas County, Georgia 1840 census as James "McDaniel." He had a land grant in Florida just south of Madison…and was there before 1850.

James Madison McDonald and Mary Cannon (born 2 April 1825 and died 10 November or 11 October 1883 in Madison County, FL (buried Dowling Park) had children: George McDonald, CSA, born 21 July 1843 - 11 July 1864 in the war; Lucinda McDonald, born 8 Januarary 1845 and died 12 Dec. 1809 and is buried in Orange Cemetery, Suwanee County, FL (She married J.C. Williams in 1888); Harriet McDonald born 23 February 1847 and died 25 May 1916 (She married William T. Porter 27 December 1869); Sarah "Sid" McDonald was born 2 January 1849 and died 29 January 1930 (she married 29 September 1869 Samuel Monroe Brown); Annie McDonald was born 4 May 1851 (married Brinson "Brince" Lamb); James McDonald, Jr., born 4 February 1854 near Madison, FL and died 7 February 1884 (He married Lora Virginia Scott); John Daniel McDonald was born 1 September 1856 at Hopewell, near Madison, and died 2 December 1932 (He married 20 December 1883 Zillian Zaradora Phillips); William F. McDonald was born 12/20 January 1861 and died 28 June 1869; Laura McDonald was born 3 September 1863 and died 16 July 1932 (married 12 December 1885 Martin Faircloth); Flora McDonald was born 20 April 1862 and died 8 June 1951 (married 9 December 1886 "Leavie" Faircloth); and Mary Ann McDonald was born 12 September 1856 and died 23 December 1941 (she married James Henry Samuel Jordan).

After the death of Mary Cannon, James Madison McDonald married Safroney Whitten 9 April 1890 in Madison, Madison County, Florida.

John Daniel McDonald and Zillianne Zaradora Phillips (the daughter of James Phillips and Martha Jane Cone) had issue: Mary Jane, born 23 October 1884 in Madison, FL and died 16 February 1886; William Henry, born 16 January 1886 and died 21 January 1887; Annie Roberta (Beth's grandmother), born 11 July 1887 and married 26 March 1907 to Robert Benjamine Bishop - after his death with no issue, married 18 July 1916 Joseph Tompkins (Annie Roberta died 30 October 1960 in Jacksonville, Florida); John Edward, born 26 July 1889 and died 11 November 1890; James Oscar (Louise's grandfather), born 2 April 1891 and died 6 January 1970 (married 19 December 1909 Edna Mae Woodward); Emily Estelle, born 21 March 1893 and died 25 December 1980 (married 4 August 1913 to Jasper Edwin Stuart); Jessie Mae, born 4 February 1895 and died 23 January 1974 (married 15 March 1914 Walter Clarence Copeland).

Many of this family are buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery near Madison and Oak Ridge Cemetery in Madison.

Just some of the Madison County families that have ties to this McDonald family are Henderson, Cone, Phillips, Bishop, Hill, Popwell (Poppell, etc.), Dyess, Burnette, Stubbs, Morris.

The old family "plantation" was near Mt. Olive Cemetery, near Madison. Other family land included acreage near Cherry Lake, Florida/Quitman, Georgia.

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