I am searching for an ancestor by the name of John Donaldson (1) please see info below. This is an elusive individual who has seemed to vanish from all records after an 1890 US Census. We have family record of this individual being a Ship Captain that brought immigrants from Europe to Canada. The twist however is that in all Census Records (Canada & US) he is listed as an Irish Farmer.
We know from a newspaper Obit that he was born in Co. Monaghan, Ireland- immigrated to Philadelphia, PA with his parents at a young age and moved with family to Canada. He lived in Matilda and South Mountain, Ontario, Canada and then moved to Northern New York Circa 1887. We think he may have lived with his son James in Ogdensburg, NY before his death, but we have no actual confirmation of this fact.
The article from which we extract some vital information is not dated and does not indicate where the man actually was living at the time of death. We assume that the paper is from one the St. Lawrence Co. papers from the time, perhaps an Ogdensburg paper. See(2) for more information about the article.
Please review the information provided and see if you have any links that may help my family out. Please reply to this post or to me directly via the email listed. Thank you in advance for any help!
(1) Pertinent information- compiled from Census records, Newspaper Obituary and family history:
*^Name:John (T.?) Donaldson *Born:May 10, 1837 in Co. Monaghan, Ireland *Died:1911 Of Pneumonia ^Married: Hester Ann Bouck- From Matilda TWNSHP Dundas CO. Ontario Canada Hester's Parents: Frederick (Sr) and Hannah Locke Bouck *Religion: Methodist-Member of the M.E. Church
^*Children: 1. Calvin E.; Lisbon, NY 2. Jessie Jeramiah; (my GGF)-Morley, NY 3. James A.; Ogdensburg, NY 4. William John; Worcester, MA 5. Frederick (Fred); Madrid, NY 6. Ella/ Ellen (Mrs. Rodney Geary); Lisbon 7. Gilbert; Unknown
(2) Newspaper Obituary (date and source unknown): There are obvious references to place names in New York, leading to believe that this is from a Northern New York Newspaper.
John Donaldson John Donaldson died at quarter-past three last Saturday after-noon after an illness of two weeks which developed into pneumonia. The funeral was held on Monday at two o'clock from the M.E. church, Rev. J.B. Crawford officiating, the burial being made in the new cemetery.
Mr. Donaldson was born May 10, 1837, in County Monaghan, Ireland, and came to this country with his parents at an early age. He lived in Philadelphia, Pa., a few years, then in Canada, where he married Esther Bouck, who survives him along with the following children: Calvin, Lisbon; Jesse J., Morley; James A.; Ogdensburg; Wm. J., Worcester, Mass.; Ellen, Mrs. Rodney Geary, Lisbon; Fred, Madrid. The family came to this side from Canada about 24 years ago. Mr. Donaldson was a devout and faithful member of the M.E. Church, and was known as an active, hardworking man very fond of his family and a man who bore the respect of his neighbors.
* From Newspaper Obituary-Source unknown- (Circa 1910-11) ^ From Either Canada or US Census