Re: William McDONALD - will dated 8 Sep 1808
Bob, the report which I referred to in my posting is as I said 12 legal size pages. I will post some more of the report.Some of the information which you have included in your posting is included also in the report.
Page 1. "The tradition has been current, so far as we can trace, the family of WILLIS McDONALD, that he was a descendant of the CLAN McDONALD of Glencoe, Argyllshire , Scotland. This clan were the victims of the tragic "MASSACRE OF GLENCOE". The remnant of the clan immigrated to America, settling first in the BARBADOS ISLANDS, and subsequently removing to the mainland.WILLIS McDONALD, son of ADAM and ANN McDONALD, was born near RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, January 10, 1760.He married DORTIA OWEN, the daughter of JAMES WILLIAM and JANE WYNN OWEN. Dortia was born in CAMDEN, SOUTH CAROLINA, about 1765. Her parents were born in VIRGINIA and were of WELSH descent."
Page 3. "After retiring from the Army, WILLIS McDONALD married and settled in CHARAW DISTRICT, CHESTERFIELD, SOUTH CAROLINA, where he resided until 1790, when he removed to BURKE COUNTY, GEORGIA, and there to MISSISSIPPI, where he resided until his death.
The foregoing items are taken from a manuscript of JOHN A. WATKINS of New Orleans, who adds:"
Page 4. "I have before me two certificates; one signed by a number of persons when he was about leaving South Carolina for Georgia; the other when he left Georgia for Mississippi. Both speak of him as a good citizen, a member of the Church and a friend to his Country."
"As a matter of interest the certificates are copied as follows:
"State of South Carolina
October 11, 1790
WILLIS McDONALD informs us that he has a mind to travel to the State of Georgia about his lawful business.Said WILLIS McDONALD being a free man and of good behavior in his neighborhood, and has been a resident with us for about twelve years past and has always supported the character of a honest man and a friend to the United States of America.
Given under our hand and certified by us the day and date written above.
JOHN PEARCE, ConstableCHARLES EVANS, J.P.
WILLIAM PEARCEISAIAH CANTY
WILLIAM JORDANELISHA MAGEE
WILLIAM MIDDLETONCHARLES RALEY
THOMAS PEARCEJOHN PEARCEWm. MAGEE
Bob, I think I will stop with this posting for now. This amount of information should give you something to chew on for awhile. I will post the information in the second certificate later.Please let me know your thoughts about this information.Cecilia