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Earliest Known Ancestor:  Robert MCDONALD (son of John MCDONALD) b. 12 Jun 1799, Albany Co., NY married Nancy WARD, b. 27 Jan 1805, Albany Co., NY. They were married abt. 1821, had 11 children, including my great-grandfather Wesley (Robert) MCDONALD, below. Robert MCDONALD died 15 Nov 1883 in Darien, Genesee Co., NY. Nancy WARD MCDONALD died 14 Feb 1877 in Darien, Genesee Co., NY. Both are buried in Darien Cemetery, Town of Darien, Genesee Co., NY. Nancy WARD MCDONALD's maiden name comes from the 1890 biography of her son-in-law David Holmes Corwin (who married daughter Elizabeth). Wesley Robert MCDONALD, son of Robert MCDONALD and Nancy WARD, was born 08 Mar 1845 in Schoharie Co., NY.  Married Mary Belle RICE, daughter of Alonzo RICE and Mary Ellen ALT, on 20 Dec 1877, Springfield, Clark Co. OH.  Wesley died in Springfield, OH on 11 Mar 1925.
MCDONALD WAS my brick wall.  but now solved. My mother's memoirs state that this family originated in Batavia, Genessee County, NY and all of Wesley's records indicate he was indeed, born in NY.  His death certificate (completed by his wife, Belle) states Father's name as Robert and mother's name unknown. 
NEW EVIDENCE:  Wesley McDonald (listed as Wesley...not Robert W.) found in the 1865 NY State Census living with his parents, Robert and Nancy MCDONALD, in Richmondville, Schoharie Co., NY. Wesley was age 21, and his parents Robert, age 66; and Nancy, 61. Also still living at home were his brother Hiram, age 41, single; and sister Malinda, age 25, single; and another sister D.(elphina) Augusta, age 15. Wesley McDonald found in LaGrange Co., Indiana on the 1870 Census with a wife (Juliette nee MOAK) and female child born in Jan., listed as "Carrie", age 4 months born in Jany 1870.....matches the birth info known about Bertha.  Juliette ("Ettie") MOAK MCDONALD was b. abt. 1848 in Indiana, the daughter of Peter MOAK and Lovica SATCHELL. Juliette died 16 Dec 1872, leaving the infant Bertha with her father Wesley, who moved to Springfield, Ohio and married 2nd, Mary Belle RICE MCDONALD. Listed in the "1882 History LaGrange County, Indiana" by F.A.Battey & Co.., - Van Buren Township, is one McDonald (John) from the State of New York, and this was Wesley's brother and family:
"JOHN MC DONALD is the son of Robert and Nancy McDonald, both of  whom were born in Albany County, N.Y., the former June 12, 1799,  and the latter January 27, 1805. They were married about 1821, in  their native State, where they are yet residents. Robert McDonald represented the county of Schoharie, N.Y., in the State Legislature, and in his family were eleven children. John, the subject, was born May 14, 1831, in New York, where he was married, January 23, 1856, to Barbara Pitcher. She died, October 14, 1857, leaving one child. In 1858, Mr. McDonald went to St. Joseph County, Mich., and was there married to his present wife, September 18, 1861. She was Mary C. Purdy, a native of New York, where she was born November 22, 1836. They came to La Grange County in 1864, where he bought a farm, and settled, soon after removing to his present location. He owns 240 acres of excellent land, and has a family of four children - E.B., born in New York, October 14, 1857; N. Medie and N. Mettie (twins), born July 8, 1870, and Emily Dell, May 10, 1873."
Robert & Nancy McDonald were listed on the 1850 adn 1860 Census in Schoharie Co., NY with a son the right age to be Wesley and the child's name was listed as Robert W. (Insert, the 1865 New York State Census lists him as Wesley McDonald)    In 1880, Robert & Nancy McDonald were found in Darien, Genesee Co., NY and some of the rest of the family in Batavia.....hence the family history passed down as originating in Batavia, NY, when they actually came from Schoharie & Albany, NY in earlier times.
Mary Belle Rice was Wesley's second wife. 
The 1880 Census lists Wesley and the following family living in Springfield, pg 358C:
209 Pearl St.
MCDONALD, Wesley, age 32, machinist, born in NY (parents place of birth is blank)
Belle, wife, age 24, born in OH, and both parents born in OH
Bertha, daugher, age 10 (this was from Wesley's first marriage), at school, born in IN, mother b. IN
Siff G. McDonald, brother, Machinist, age 35, born in IN, (parents placeof birth is blank).  I believe this Siff McDonald to be Sephroneus, who was listed in the Robert & Nancy McDonald Household in 1850. Additional evidence of this brother is a family heirloom in my possession which is a silver cake stand engraved as follows: "Presented to S. G. MCDONALD by the employees of C.B.V.K. Co, Springfield Ohio 1877." This S.G. McDonald could only be Sephroneus G. MCDONALD who was living with Wesley & Belle in 1880 and obviously Belle ended up with the Cake Stand and it passed down the generations to me.
Wesley McDonald and family were listed in the Springfield City Directory for the years 1890-91:
Springfield 1891 City Directory:
Wesley McDonald   knife finisher   209 Pearl Springfield OH 1890, 1891
Bertha M. McDonald   saleslady   209 Pearl Springfield OH 1890, 1891
By 1900, the family had moved to St. Mary's, Auglaize Co. OH.  They were on the 1900 and 1910 Census there.  My mother's memoirs state that Wesley was an Engineer for the St. Mary's Resevoir during this period.  On his retirement, the family returned to Springfield.   
Wesley's obituary appeared in the Springfield Newspaper:
Springfield (O.) Daily News, Thursday, March 12, 1925
Funeral Services for Wesley MCDONALD, 80, who died Wednesday at his home in the Valley pike, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the residence.  Burial will be in Ferncliff cemetery.  Mr. MCDONALD, who had been in failing health for several months, suffered a stroke of apoplexy about two weeks ago.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Belle MCDONALD; two daughters, Mrs. C(harles) W. (Bertha) FOLEY of Minneapolis and Mrs. A(rthur) L. (Flora Belle) FOLEY of Springfield, and two sons, A(rthur) L. MCDONALD of Youngstown, and Fred W. MCDONALD of Springfield; one sister and six grandchildren.

Flora Belle McDonald, Abt. 1894, age 5
The doll on the far left was restored by my mother in the 1980's and is lovely today.

Identical faces....Three Generations
Flo Barb Jane.jpg
Flora, Barbara, Jane. All taken about ages 3-5

My Grandmother's doll, restored, as it looks today
Made by Armand-Marseilles abt. 1890-95? We call her "Lizzie" for no real reason

Back of Photo says Flora McDonald
Dog's name not known, but he must have been part of the family!

Flora Belle McDonald abt. 1907/1909
Check out that HAT! Again dating this photo by clothes & approx age of Flo at the time

Flora Belle McDonald, abt. 1911
Probably her engagement photo, the veil & dress style date it to about 1911.

Flo's brothers, Arthur & Fred McDonald, (we think)
We're not sure but compare to the men in the McDonald xmas photo

McDonald Family Christmas
early 1900s. from Right, bottom....Belle, Wesley, Flo (& Bertha, maybe?)

McDonalds L-R: Flo, Belle, Barbara Lou, Wesley
Abt. 1923. Flo had married Art FOLEY in 1911, had Barbara in 1921. The lady on far right, unknown

Fred & Ethyl A. (BELL) MCDONALD, 1930's
In front of their home 940 Rose St., Springfield, OH

Flo McDonald, seated left. The others are unknown
Taken between 1905-1911. Flo's mother was a milliner

Flora Bell McDonald on far left.
The others are unknown. Taken between 1905-1910


Descendants of Robert McDonald


Generation No. 1


1.  ROBERT2 MCDONALD  (JOHN1) was born 12 Jun 1799 in Albany Co., NY, and died 15 Nov 1883 in Batavia, Genesee Co., NY.  He married NANCY WARD Abt. 1821 in Albany Co., NY.



                   i.    HIRAM3 MCDONALD, b. Abt. 1823, NY; d. 27 Sep 1899, Darien, Genesee Co., NY.

2.               ii.    SYLVESTER MCDONALD, b. 20 Mar 1825, Schoharie Co., NY.

                 iii.    ELMIRA MCDONALD, b. 10 Apr 1827.

3.              iv.    JAMES MADISON MCDONALD, b. 31 May 1829, Schoharie Co., NY; d. 19 May 1912, Corfu, Genesee Co., NY.

4.               v.    JOHN MCDONALD, b. 14 May 1831, Schoharie Co., NY; d. Aft. 1900, LaGrange Co., IN.

                 vi.    SAMUEL MCDONALD, b. Mar 1833, NY; d. 1918, Corfu, Genesee Co., NY; m. S. G..

5.             vii.    ELIZABETH MCDONALD, b. 17 Apr 1836, Schoharie, NY; d. 1924, Genesee Co., NY.

               viii.    MALINDA MCDONALD, b. Abt. 1841, Schoharie Co., NY.

                  ix.    SEPHARENUS MCDONALD, b. Abt. 1842, NY; d. 1905; m. NELLIE LOUISE LANE.

6.                x.    WESLEY ROBERT MCDONALD, b. 08 Mar 1845, Schoharie Co, NY; d. 11 Mar 1925, Durbin, Springfield, Clark Co, Ohio.

                  xi.    DELPHINE AUGUSTA MCDONALD, b. 1847, NY; d. 11 Aug 1877, Darien, Genesee Co., NY; m. WALLACE E. HERRINGTON, Bet. 1870 - 1877.



Generation No. 2


2.  SYLVESTER3 MCDONALD (ROBERT2, JOHN1) was born 20 Mar 1825 in Schoharie Co., NY.  He married MARY LOUISE GORSE.



                   i.    ELLERY4 MCDONALD, b. Abt. 1858.

                  ii.    WILLIS MCDONALD, b. Abt. 1862.

                 iii.    ARTHUR MCDONALD, b. Abt. 1867.


3.  JAMES MADISON3 MCDONALD (ROBERT2, JOHN1) was born 31 May 1829 in Schoharie Co., NY, and died 19 May 1912 in Corfu, Genesee Co., NY.  He married (1) MARGARET MARY FREDERICK.  He married (2) MARY A. Abt. 1888 in NY.



7.                i.    MELVIN F.4 MCDONALD, b. Mar 1854, NY; d. Abt. 15 Jun 1903, Corfu, Genesee Co., NY.

8.               ii.    CHARLES A. MCDONALD, b. 30 Aug 1856, NY.


4.  JOHN3 MCDONALD (ROBERT2, JOHN1) was born 14 May 1831 in Schoharie Co., NY, and died Aft. 1900 in LaGrange Co., IN.  He married (1) BARBARA PITCHER 23 Jan 1856 in NY.  He married (2) MARY CATHARINE PURDY 18 Sep 1861 in St. Joseph Co., MI.



9.                i.    ELERY B.4 MCDONALD, b. 14 Oct 1857, NY; d. Aft. 1930, Probably Los Angeles, CA.


Children of JOHN MCDONALD and MARY PURDY are:

                  ii.    MATTIE4 MCDONALD, b. Abt. 1862, IN.

                 iii.    N. MEDIE MCDONALD, b. 08 Jul 1870.

                 iv.    METTA MCDONALD, b. 08 Jul 1870, LaGrange Co., IN; d. 21 Jan 1933, Leonidas, St. Joseph Co., MI; m. LUMAN W. ACKERMAN, 15 Jun 1916, Leonidas, St Joseph Co., Michigan.

                  v.    EMILY DELL MCDONALD, b. 10 May 1873.


5.  ELIZABETH3 MCDONALD (ROBERT2, JOHN1) was born 17 Apr 1836 in Schoharie, NY, and died 1924 in Genesee Co., NY.  She married DAVID CORWIN HOLMES 28 Dec 1859 in Darien, Genesee Co., NY, son of MANSFIELD HOLMES and CLARA ORCUTT.



10.              i.    SYLVESTER4 HOLMES, b. Nov 1860, NY; d. 1934, Genesee Co, NY.

11.             ii.    ELLA HOLMES, b. 1863, NY; d. Abt. 01 Mar 1920, Genesee Co, NY.

12.            iii.    CLARA HOLMES, b. 1866, Darien, Genesee Co., NY; d. 1951.

                 iv.    EFFIE HOLMES, b. Abt. 1872; d. 06 Sep 1881, Darien, Genesee Co., NY.


6.  WESLEY ROBERT3 MCDONALD (ROBERT2, JOHN1) was born 08 Mar 1845 in Schoharie Co, NY, and died 11 Mar 1925 in Durbin, Springfield, Clark Co, Ohio.  He married (1) JULIETTE ETTIE MOAK, daughter of PETER MOAK and LOVICA SATCHELL.  He married (2) MARY BELLE RICE 20 Dec 1877 in Clark Co, OH, daughter of ALONZO RICE and MARY ALT.



13.              i.    BERTHA M.4 MCDONALD, b. Jan 1870, IN; d. Aft. 1948, Canon City, CO.


Children of WESLEY MCDONALD and MARY RICE are:

14.             ii.    ARTHUR LEWIS4 MCDONALD, b. 07 Jan 1882, Springfield, Clark Co, OH; d. 03 Jan 1932, Indianapolis, IN.

                 iii.    FRED WESLEY MCDONALD, b. 14 Sep 1884, Springfield, Clark Co., OH; d. 20 Dec 1940, Springfield, Clark Co., OH; m. ETHEL A. BELL, Abt. 1921.

15.            iv.    FLORA BELLE (FLO) MCDONALD, b. 20 Mar 1889, Springfield, OH; d. 10 Dec 1975, Pensacola, FL.



Generation No. 3


7.  MELVIN F.4 MCDONALD (JAMES MADISON3, ROBERT2, JOHN1) was born Mar 1854 in NY, and died Abt. 15 Jun 1903 in Corfu, Genesee Co., NY.  He married SELMA ELIZA WARD Abt. 1875 in NY, daughter of JEHIEL WARD and CATHARINE UNKNOWN.



                   i.    EUGENE R.5 MCDONALD, b. May 1876, NY; m. FANNIE UNKNOWN, Abt. 1898, NY.

                  ii.    JAMES M. MCDONALD, b. Sep 1883.


8.  CHARLES A.4 MCDONALD (JAMES MADISON3, ROBERT2, JOHN1) was born 30 Aug 1856 in NY.  He married FRANCES WARD Abt. 1878 in NY, daughter of JEHIEL WARD and CATHARINE UNKNOWN.



                   i.    C. ERNEST5 MCDONALD, b. 08 Oct 1887, NY.

                  ii.    BERTHA MCDONALD, b. 16 May 1879, Corfu, Genesee Co., NY; d. 06 Sep 1879, Corfu, Genesee Co., NY.

                 iii.    CORA PANSY MCDONALD, b. 04 Jul 1883, Genesee Co., NY; m. WILLIAM DOBBINS.


9.  ELERY B.4 MCDONALD (JOHN3, ROBERT2, JOHN1) was born 14 Oct 1857 in NY, and died Aft. 1930 in Probably Los Angeles, CA.  He married CORA L. KNAUSS 28 Sep 1884 in LaGrange Co, IN.



                   i.    MALCOLM5 MCDONALD, b. 28 Oct 1893, IN; m. MYRTLE M. PUCKITT.


10.  SYLVESTER4 HOLMES (ELIZABETH3 MCDONALD, ROBERT2, JOHN1) was born Nov 1860 in NY, and died 1934 in Genesee Co, NY.  He married MONA G. CRENNELL Abt. 1884, daughter of UNKNOWN CRENNELL and UNKNOWN.



                   i.    STEWART C.5 HOLMES, b. Dec 1892, Genesee Co, NY; d. 1915, Genesee Co, NY.


11.  ELLA4 HOLMES (ELIZABETH3 MCDONALD, ROBERT2, JOHN1) was born 1863 in NY, and died Abt. 01 Mar 1920 in Genesee Co, NY.  She married SAMUEL W. OSBORNE.



                   i.    MERRITT C.5 OSBORNE, b. 1887, NY; d. 07 May 1917, NY; m. MABEL DOHSE.

                  ii.    CLARA ELIZABETH OSBORNE, b. 12 Feb 1889, Genesee Co, NY; d. Oct 1964, NY; m. ALBERT L. DOHSE, 25 Oct 1929, Genesee Co, NY.

                 iii.    CLARENCE E. OSBORNE, b. Abt. 1897.


12.  CLARA4 HOLMES (ELIZABETH3 MCDONALD, ROBERT2, JOHN1) was born 1866 in Darien, Genesee Co., NY, and died 1951.  She married RALPH E. NORTH.


Children of CLARA HOLMES and RALPH NORTH are:

                   i.    MYRA5 NORTH, b. 19 Apr 1890, Genesee Co., NY; d. Dec 1972; m. HARRY J. HUDSON, 21 Jan 1915.

                  ii.    MILDRED CAROL NORTH, b. Abt. 1899; d. 13 Jan 1942; m. ELBERT RAYMOND WELLS, 23 Feb 1921, Genesee Co., NY.


13.  BERTHA M.4 MCDONALD (WESLEY ROBERT3, ROBERT2, JOHN1) was born Jan 1870 in IN, and died Aft. 1948 in Canon City, CO.  She married CHARLES W. FOLEY 07 Nov 1894 in Auglaize Co, OH, son of FREDERICK FOLEY and ELIZABETH LEATHERMAN.



                   i.    DOROTHY BELLE5 FOLEY, b. 05 Aug 1895, Springfield, OH; d. 19 Sep 1965, Plainview, Hale Co., TX; m. JAMES HOCKER HELM, 06 Jun 1915, Hale Co., TX.

                  ii.    LOIS MAE FOLEY, b. 08 Nov 1897, Springfield, Clark Co., OH; d. Apr 1982, Cannon City, Fremont Co., Colorado; m. WILLIAM ERNEST SUMPTER, 05 Sep 1918, Saquache, CO.

                 iii.    MAUDE ELIZABETH FOLEY, b. 24 Feb 1901, Champaign Co, OH; d. 1948, Center, Saguache Co, CO; m. CLARENCE HARVEY CHARLES, 13 Oct 1923, Del Norte, Rio Grande, CO.

                 iv.    ROBERT MCDONALD FOLEY, b. 05 Jan 1905, New London, OH; d. 12 Feb 1980, St. Louis Co, MN; m. WANDA LUCILE JOLITZ, 10 Jun 1930, Minneapolis, MN.


14.  ARTHUR LEWIS4 MCDONALD (WESLEY ROBERT3, ROBERT2, JOHN1) was born 07 Jan 1882 in Springfield, Clark Co, OH, and died 03 Jan 1932 in Indianapolis, IN.  He married MAY FRANCES MCINTIRE 11 Jun 1907 in St. Mary's, OH, daughter of CHARLES MCINTIRE and CLARA BLEW.



                   i.    CLARABELLE5 MCDONALD, b. 23 Apr 1915, OH; d. 15 Sep 1973, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co, OH; m. STANLEY A. MORSBACH, JR., Bef. 1939.


15.  FLORA BELLE (FLO)4 MCDONALD (WESLEY ROBERT3, ROBERT2, JOHN1) was born 20 Mar 1889 in Springfield, OH, and died 10 Dec 1975 in Pensacola, FL.  She married ARTHUR LESTER FOLEY 12 Dec 1911 in First Baptist Church, Springfield, Clark Co, OH, son of CHARLES FOLEY and ANNA TOLAND.



                   i.    ANNABEL5 FOLEY, b. 21 Oct 1915, Springfield, OH; d. 11 Nov 1915, Springfield, OH.

                  ii.    BARBARA LOU FOLEY, b. 28 Sep 1921, Springfield, Clark, Ohio, USA; d. 08 Mar 1996, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, USA; m. JACK ALLEN MARTIN, 09 Jun 1945, Springfield, Clark, Ohio, USA.

Children of BARBARA FOLEY and JACK MARTIN are:

                   i.       CHRISTOPHER ALLEN5 .

                  ii.       STEPHEN RICHARD MARTIN

                 iii.       JANE ELLEN MARTIN.

                 iv.       SUE ANNE MARTIN.