Actually I am not sure where Peter McDonald was born, maybe Ireland, maybe NC but maybe NY, different census say all three.
If you have worked with the McDonald name it is spelled so many crazy ways. I found Peter in 1860 as Peter McDouough married to Martha. I found his marriage certificate in 1858 as Peter McDaniel. I have civil war records of him using both names. We are an elusive people. haha
I did find another McDonald in the 1870 census of New Hope Parish, Goldsboro Wayne county on page 16 or 188. I copied it for further study years ago but I live in Japan and can't find it again. His name was Nedd McDonald 25 living with names I can't read the census well as it was a bad copy but they were millrights and carpenters. Do you know anyway to get a copy? lol