I would be really excited to hear what kind of response you get from the land office. It would be great to know the names of the heirs of John Donohoo if possible!
I have not found any info as to the identity of M. DONOHOO but have felt like it was a Michael. In the 1810 Kentucky census I have found a Mathew Dunahoo located in Montgomery County and a Major Donahow enumerated in Fayette County KY.
In the 1810 Nelson County,KY. census there is a Charles DONOHO, Daniel DONOHO, and a JOHN DONOHO, 1-1-0-0-1...0-1-1-0-1. I have yet to identify them or their connections to eachother. It is interesting the census records have the spelling as DONOHO. All of the early 1800 marriage records I have for Nelson Co. are spelled DONOHOO and one DONEHUE. I guess it depends on who was recording the info.
I started in 1999 traceing my Donaho family line from my great-grandfather back to my 5g great-grandparent's James Donaho, b. 1762, Richmond County, NC and Delilah Johnson, b. 1764, Richmond County, NC. James and Delilah migrated from Chesterfield County, SC. to the Gasper River in Warren County, KY. in 1800. I have done a lot of research on early Donaho families in Kentucky looking for info on my ancestors as well possible connections to other Donaho's who also migrated to Kentucky in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
There are quite a few Donaho's in Texas which can trace their ancestry back to Donaho's who originally came from the Laurens County area of South Carolina. Some of these early Donaho's migrated from South Carolina to Mississippi to Louisiana and arriving in Texas in the mid 1830's. These Donaho's whom seem to be related and fought in the Texas Revolution were Daniel Donahoe, Henry Donahoe,Militia #18, Capt. Reason Green, William Donahoo, Willis Donahoo, Comp #3, Capt. WM.D. Ratliff, Wilson Dunahoo,Comp #4. Capt. Thomas McFarland, Thomas Donahoo, Nacogdoches Volunteers, Capt. Hayden Arnold.
I was curious to know how the John Donaho who died at Goliad came from Kentucky? Did John have family connections to these Texas Donaho's? I know many who enlisted in the units in Kentucky and Tennessee did so because they had kin who migrated to Texas and they were willing to support their kin and the Texans in their cause.
My 5g great-grandfather James Donaho was born in Richmond County, North Carolina in 1762. I would like to make a Donaho family connection for him. I'm not sure if my James was kin to the Laurens County, SC. Donaho's or not? John Donaho and his wife Eleanor Key were said to have resided in the Cumberland County area of North Carolina before they migrated to Laurens County SC. around 1768.
I guess all of us Donaho's and various spellings are related somehow, somewhere down the line!!!
Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and I will send you copies of the Bardstown Herald newspaper articles if you are interested in them! Ed