I've been working on the Donalson line for a long time now. It's been very difficult to put this together. I'm still working on connecting the two Donalson families together.  Previously I thought I connected the two, but after further study it didn't make a lot of sense. I decided to start over with the connection.  The Donalson name originated the City of Donalsonville, Georgia. If anyone knows any information on how I can connect these three Donalson families together, please e-mail me below.

Closely allied to patronymical surnames are the Scottish clan names and names of septs and tribes. In the Highlands of Scotland, where family names became fixed much later than in the Lowlands and in England, it was the custom to take the name of the leader or head of the clan as the surname without reference to blood relationship. Taking the clan name was joining the clan, affirming allegiance with the clan chief. Septs and tribes allied themselves with the more powerful clans for protection. It has been estimated that about half of the clan names begin with Mac. Highlanders mixing with people in the Lowlands who were antagonistic changed or translated their names to acquire some protective coloring. Highlander McDonald, for instance, translated his name to English Donaldson/Donalson/Donelson. Others merely dropped the Mac.

The Donalson Coat of Arms is officially documented in Burke's General Armory. The original description of the arms shield is as follows:

"Or, a two-headed eagle displ. sa. beaked and membered gu. Surmounted of a lymphad of the second, flagged of the third, in Dexter chief a sinister hand couped also of the third, all within a cordure of the last." When translated the blazon also describes the original colors of the Donalson arms as: "Gold: A black two-headed eagle displayed, beak and legs Red, surmounted of a black ship, flagged red, in left upper third, a left hand severed red, all within a red border." The shield and helmet is the crest which is described as: "A red Passion Cross."

Donalson Family #1

Descendants of James Donalson

Generation No. 1

1. JAMES DONALSON

Child of JAMES DONALSON is:

2. i. JOHN DONALSON, b. 1829, Fowlstown, Decatur Co., GA; d. 1879.

Generation No. 2

2. JOHN DONALSON(JAMES) was born 1829 in Fowlstown, Decatur Co., GA, and died 1879. He married CAROLINE WILSON 16 Feb 1852 in Decater Co., GA. She was born 1828 in Fowlstown, Decatur Co., GA, and died 1873.

The Donalson Coat of Arms is officially documented in Burke's General Armory. The original description of the arms shield is as follows:  "Or, a two-headed eagle displ. sa. beaked and membered gu. Surmounted of a lymphad of the second, flagged of the third, in Dexter chief a sinister hand couped also of the third, all within a cordure of the last." When translated the blazon also describes the original colors of the Donalson arms as: "Gold: A black two-headed eagle displayed, beak and legs Red, surmounted of a black ship, flagged red, in left upper third, a left hand severed red, all within a red border." The shield and helmet is the crest which is described as: "A red Passion Cross."

More About JOHN DONALSON:  Fact 1: 14 Feb 1881, Will probated.

Children of JOHN DONALSON and CAROLINE WILSON are:

3. i. WILLIAM ROBERT DONALSON, b. 10 Mar 1853, GA; d. 01 Aug 1920.
ii. ELIZA LOUISE DONALSON, b. 1855.
4. iii. JOHN CARTER DONALSON, b. 08 Jun 1859, Georgia; d. 14 Sep 1904, GA.
iv. SARAH CAROLINE DONALSON, b. 1862; m. M.L. JONES, 29 Jun 1882, Decatur Co., GA.
v. JOHN W. DONALSON, b. 1870.

Generation No. 3

3. WILLIAM ROBERT DONALSON (JOHN, JAMES) was born 10 Mar 1853 in GA, and died 01 Aug 1920. He married REBECCA ANN WILLIAMS. She was born 23 Aug 1851, and died 12 Jul 1928.

Notes for WILLIAM ROBERT DONALSON: "Robert" was a successful farmer and cattleman. He drove cattle for the government to feed the soldiers during the Civil War. He owned all of what is now Silver Lake and many acres of land near this lake. Each of his children was given land in this area.

More About WILLIAM ROBERT DONALSON: Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA
More About REBECCA ANN WILLIAMS: Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA

Children of WILLIAM DONALSON and REBECCA WILLIAMS are:

i. MARY JANE SARA CAROLINE DONALSON, b. 1873.
5. ii. JOHN ROBERT DONALSON, b. 21 Aug 1874; d. 17 Mar 1958.
6. iii. JAMES "JIMMY" W. DONALSON, SR., b. 10 Mar 1876; d. 08 Apr 1937.
iv. REBECCA DONALSON, b. 09 Feb 1878; d. 04 Jan 1962; m. ELISAH T. MCLEAN, 21 Feb 1895, Decatur Co., GA; b. 27 Sep 1868; d. 16 Oct 1944.
7. v. JOSEPHINE DONALSON, b. 12 Mar 1881; d. 20 Oct 1949.
8. vi. GEORGE W. DONALSON, b. 02 May 1882; d. 02 Nov 1955.
vii. ELIZA ANN DONALSON, b. 19 Apr 1885; d. 31 Jan 1972; m. CHARLES M. FREEMAN, 21 Feb 1909, Decatur Co., GA.
9. viii. JOSEPH HENRY DONALSON, b. 25 Dec 1889; d. 28 Apr 1964.
ix. LULA ELIZABETH DONALSON, b. 06 Sep 1893; d. 05 Apr 1945; m. JAMES ALBERT BARBER, Dec 1905, Decatur Co., GA.; Lula Elizabeth was a wonderful woman, mother, homemaker and a friend to everyone. Her nursing ability was well known and she was called on many times to help out when there was illness in families. She was a happy person and loved by everyone.

4. JOHN CARTER DONALSON (JOHN,) JAMES was born 08 Jun 1859 in Georgia, and died 14 Sep 1904 in GA. He married MARTHA "MATTIE" LOU GRIMES Abt. 1879, daughter of WILLIAM GRIMES and MATHA COWART. She was born Feb 1860 in Miller Co., Georgia, and died Abt. 1952 in Florida.

Notes for JOHN CARTER DONALSON:  Source: 1900 Decatur County, Georgia Census/Pine Hill, Georgia; Burial: Mother's Home - Fann Cemetery, Miller Co., GA; Military: World War I; Occupation: Farmer; Will: 14 Feb 1881, Probated.

Children of JOHN DONALSON and MARTHA GRIMES are:

10. i. JOHN WILLIAM "WILL" DONALSON, b. 1878, Decatur Co., GA; d. 13 Feb 1944, Decatur Co., GA.
ii. MILLIE DONALSON, b. Aug 1879.
iii. GEORGE R. DONALSON, b. Dec 1880; m. LILLA LEE CLARK, 11 Oct 1903, Decatur County, GA.
iv. MARTHA CARRIE DONALSON, b. Sep 1882; m. JOSEPH E. SELLERS, 15 Mar 1903, Decatur County, GA.
v. LUCY NORA DONALSON, b. 28 Jun 1886, GA; d. 01 Dec 1927, Bainbridge, Decatur Co., GA; m. WILLIAM RILEY NIX, 07 Jan 1906, Decatur Co., GA; b. 15 Apr 1878, GA.

Notes for LUCY NORA DONALSON:  Sources: Title: 1910 Federal Population Census for the State of Georgia, Decatur County, Film Number: Drawer 337, Reel 53; Abbrev: 1910 Census, Decatur; Repository: Name: Georgia Department of Archives and History; Page: (Lucy Nora Nix, burial to be 1 December 1927 in Eldorendo Cemetery) ; Page: (Certificate of Death of Lucy Nora Nix, 2 Dec 1927, Decatur Co, Georgia, Registered No. 330); Title: General Index to Marriages -- Decatur County, Georgia, Url: http://www.rootsweb.com/~gadecatu/Marriage/bridesurd.txt; Burial: Eldorendo Cemetery

11. vi. ELIJA ANDREW JACKSON DONALSON, b. Mar 1888, Georgia; d. 1961, Decatur Co., GA.
vii. SMILEY B. DONALSON, b. Dec 1890.
viii. ANNIE C. DONALSON, b. 30 Apr 1896; d. 05 Jul 1932, Mother's Home Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery; m. MARION B. VANN, 25 Jun 1911, Decatur Co., GA.
12. ix. OSCAR HERMAN DONALSON, b. 07 May 1897, Pine Hill, Decatur Co., GA; d. 04 Oct 1947, Cairo, Grady Co., GA.
13. x. THOMAS CARTER DONALSON, b. 14 Nov 1903, Decatur Co., GA; d. 23 Feb 1962, Decatur Co., GA.

Generation No. 4

5. JOHN ROBERT DONALSON (WILLIAM ROBERT, JOHN, JAMES) was born 21 Aug 1874, and died 17 Mar 1958. He married ELLEN E.. She was born 12 Oct 1879, and died 05 Feb 1971.

More About JOHN ROBERT DONALSON: Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA
More About ELLEN E.: Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA

Children of JOHN DONALSON and ELLEN E. are:

14. i. CALVIN R. DONALSON, b. 02 Apr 1897; d. 18 Jun 1954.
ii. CARTER DONALSON, b. 1901; m. BELLE.
iii. ROBERT DONALSON, b. 1903.
iv. HATTIE DONALSON, b. 1906.
v. CLEVELAND DONALSON, b. 1909.
vi. NORA DONALSON, b. 1912.
vii. JAMES DONALSON, b. 1915.
viii. WOODROW DONALSON, b. 1918.

6. JAMES "JIMMY" W. DONALSON, SR. (WILLIAM ROBERT, JOHN, JAMES) was born 10 Mar 1876, and died 08 Apr 1937. He married (1) VAN O'BRIEN YATES 30 Jun 1897 in Decatur Co., GA. She was born 13 Feb 1878, and died 27 Nov 1915 in Decatur Co., GA. He married (2) WAVA NICHOLS 13 Jul 1918 in Decatur Co., GA.

More About JAMES "JIMMY" W. DONALSON,SR.: Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA
More About VAN O'BRIEN YATES: Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA

Children of JAMES DONALSON and VAN YATES are:

15. i. ESSIE MAY DONALSON, b. 20 Nov 1898; d. 23 Jan 1981.
ii. LEWIS DONALSON, b. 1900; m. OLLIE; b. 1902.
iii. DRURY "MADISON" DONALSON, b. 23 Sep 1901; d. 04 Apr 1980; m. LULA MAE PARKER, 05 Feb 1930, Decatur Co., GA; b. 16 May 1910; d. 31 Jul 1995.
iv. EVONA DONALSON, b. 1904; m. JASPER BUTLER, 08 Oct 1922, Decatur Co., GA.
v. HATTIE DONALSON, b. 1906; m. JESSE ARD, 29 Jun 1930, Decatur Co. GA.
vi. LONNIE MAE DONALSON, b. 1907; m. EVERETT MURRAY, 29 Feb 1928, Decatur Co., GA.
vii. IRENE DONALSON, b. 1909.
viii. ROBERTA DONALSON, b. 1910.
ix. MINNIE L. DONALSON, b. 1912.
x. VERA DONALSON, b. 1914.
xi. ROLAND ROSCOE DONALSON, b. 1915; m. RUBY HOWELL, 20 Jan 1933, Decatur Co. GA.

Child of JAMES DONALSON and WAVA NICHOLS is:

xii. MARGARET DONALSON, b. Abt. 1919.

7. JOSEPHINE DONALSON (WILLIAM ROBERT, JOHN, JAMES) was born 12 Mar 1881, and died 20 Oct 1949. She married WILLIAM DEMARCUS YATES 09 Mar 1897 in Decatur Co., GA. He was born 22 Oct 1876, and died 08 Jul 1936.

More About JOSEPHINE DONALSON: Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA
More About WILLIAM DEMARCUS YATES: Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA

Child of JOSEPHINE DONALSON and WILLIAM YATES is:

i. LINA LORIS YATES, b. 24 Dec 1907; d. 22 Nov 1979; m. COLLIE BATCHELOR.

8. GEORGE W. DONALSON (WILLIAM ROBERT, JOHN, JAMES) was born 02 May 1882, and died 02 Nov 1955. He married PHOEBIA TAYLOR 17 Sep 1911 in Decatur Co., GA. She was born 23 Nov 1888, and died 22 Apr 1978; GEORGE W. DONALSON and PHOEBIA TAYLOR Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA

Children of GEORGE DONALSON and PHOEBIA TAYLOR are:

i. JULIAN DONALSON, b. 1906.
ii. JEFF DONALSON, b. 1913; d. 1929; Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA
iii. RUDOLPH DONALSON, b. 1915.
iv. CASSIE MAE DONALSON, b. 23 Nov 1916; d. 08 Apr 1976; m. RAY ELIZA DODSON, 31 Dec 1934, Decatur Co., GA.; Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA
v. MARVIN DONALSON, b. 1918; Military: Cpl, 7th Chemical Co., GA; WW II
vi. R.E. "RAY" DONALSON, b. 10 Jul 1913; d. 29 Sep 1982. Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA
vii. RONALD H. DONALSON, b. 10 Apr 1914; d. 10 Dec 1970. Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA

9. JOSEPH HENRY DONALSON (WILLIAM ROBERT, JOHN, JAMES) was born 25 Dec 1889, and died 28 Apr 1964. He married JO CLIFFORD RHODES EARNEST 02 Sep 1905 in Decatur Co., GA, daughter of MARION EARNEST and AMANDA RHODES. She was born 22 Feb 1888, and died 01 Feb 1975 in Dixie, GA.

Notes for JOSEPH HENRY DONALSON:  Joseph Henry Donalson sold out and moved to south Florida to get rich. That didn't happen. He was in the Lake Okeechobee area and planted a fall crop. A hard freeze came and wiped him out. In the spring he planted another crop and a freeze wiped him out again. He never recovered his fortune and died (from colon cancer) a relatively poor man living with his daughter.

Children's names provided by Stephanie Williams from the Family Bible in her possession.  Source: Stephanie Williams - [email protected]

More About JO CLIFFORD RHODES EARNEST: Burial: 02 Feb 1975, Dixie Georgia Cemetery

Children of JOSEPH DONALSON and JO EARNEST are:

i. INFANT DONALSON, b. 01 Oct 1907; d. 08 Oct 1907.  Burial: Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery
ii. BERNICE DONALSON, b. 28 Aug 1908; d. 08 Oct 1909. Burial: Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery
iii. JOSEPH THOMAS DONALSON, b. 1911; m. ELIZABETH.
iv. ANNICE LOUISE DONALSON, b. 1913; d. Abt. 1998.
v. ORVIS RHODES DONALSON, b. 1915; d. 1975.
16. vi. MARY NAOMI DONALSON, b. 1917; d. 03 Jan 2007.
vii. DAISY ALLENE DONALSON, b. 1919.
viii. ULMA WAYNE DONALSON, b. 1920.
17. ix. AGNES VIRGINIA DONALSON, b. Abt. 1921; d. 2002.

10. JOHN WILLIAM "WILL" DONALSON (JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) was born 1878 in Decatur Co., GA, and died 13 Feb 1944 in Decatur Co., GA. He married DOLLIE MAE DODSON 30 Sep 1900 in Decatur Co. GA, daughter of WALTER DODSON and FANNIE SPIVEY. She was born 20 Jun 1877 in Decatur Co., GA, and died 02 Aug 1916 in Decatur Co., GA.

More About JOHN WILLIAM "WILL" DONALSON: Burial: Miller Co., GA

Children of JOHN DONALSON and DOLLIE DODSON are:

i. WALTER CARTER DONALSON, b. 1905, Decatur Co., GA; d. 1912, Decatur Co., GA.
18. ii. LEONA "RUTH" DONALSON, b. 29 Aug 1907, Decatur Co., GA; d. 29 Oct 1988, Miller Co., GA.
19. iii. JULIUS CALVIN "BUDDY" DONALSON, b. 1909; d. Abt. 1980, Tampa, FL.

11. ELIJA ANDREW JACKSON DONALSON (JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) was born Mar 1888 in Georgia, and died 1961 in Decatur Co., GA. He married ROSSIE CLIFTON POWELL Oct 1908 in Decatur County, GA. She was born 1890 in Georgia.

Notes for ELIJA ANDREW JACKSON DONALSON: Some information provided by: Carol-Ann Estes from her mother, Billie Joan (Joan) Donalson.  Occupation: Farmer

Children of ELIJA DONALSON and ROSSIE POWELL are:

i. JOHNNIE C. DONALSON, b. 1909.
ii. INFANT DONALSON, b. 1911.
20. iii. GORDAN RUFUS DONALSON, b. 13 May 1913, Decatur Co., GA; d. Jun 1972, Decatur Co., GA.
iv. WILLIAM LESTER DONALSON, b. 1915; m. MARY E. DORSEY, 09 Nov 1946, Decatur Co. GA.
v. ONA DONALSON, b. 1917.

12. OSCAR HERMAN DONALSON (JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) was born 07 May 1897 in Pine Hill, Decatur County, Georgia, and died 04 Oct 1947 in Cairo, Grady Co., GA at 7:35 pm. He married (1) MARY LIZZIE COFTY 30 Jun 1917 in Miller Co., GA, daughter of HUGH COFTY and LILLA MERRITT. She was born 16 Jul 1897 in Bascom, Jackson Co., FL, and died 15 May 1991 in Boykin, Miller Co., GA. He married (2) NANNIE BAGGETT 21 Jul 1935 in Decatur County, GA, daughter of N. BAGGETT and FANNIE.

Notes for OSCAR HERMAN DONALSON:  Source: 1920 Census for Brinson, Decatur County, Georgia.  According to William Donalson, Oscar's grandson, Oscar was on the mean side. He was shell shocked from the war and was hard of hearing. Because of that it made him even meaner. After he married the second time his eyesight was getting bad. He always accused his wife of messing around. He would walk out of the house as far as he could see, then cut all of the corn down so he could see if someone ran out the back door when he came home. He was killed by a drunk driver in an automobile while he was riding in a wagon pulled by a mule. His oldest son had to quit school to help take care of the other kids and to tend the farm so they wouldn't lose it.

More About OSCAR HERMAN DONALSON: Burial: 06 Oct 1947, Mother's Home - Fann Cemetery, Miller Co., GA; Cause of Death: Automobile Accident; Fact 1: South Georgia Funeral Home/ Cairo, GA; Medical Information: Was struck by an automobile on Whigham Road, in Cairo, Grady Co., Georgia. Cause of death was fractured skull and cerebral contusions. Source: Certificate of Death No. 21691, Ga Dept of Pub Health.  Military: Georgia Pvt. Co D 105 Engineers - WW I; Occupation: Farmer

Children of OSCAR DONALSON and MARY COFTY are:

21. i. HUGHIE HERMAN DONALSON.
22. ii. IRMA VIRGINIA DONALSON.
23. iii. LILLA DORIS DONALSON, b. 23 Mar 1919; d. Miller Co., GA.
24. iv. JAMES MARION DONALSON, b. 30 Oct 1924, Brinson, Georgia; d. 13 Jul 2000, Albany GA.

Children of OSCAR DONALSON and NANNIE BAGGETT are:

25. v. HERBERT DEWEY DONALSON, b. 31 Dec 1938, Grady Co., GA.
26. vi. WILLIE CARTER DONALSON, b. 12 Oct 1936.
27. vii. LAVERNE CATHLEEN DONALSON.
viii. THELMA MAUDELLA DONALSON.

13. THOMAS CARTER DONALSON (JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) was born 14 Nov 1903 in Decatur County, GA, and died 23 Feb 1962 in Decatur Co., GA. He married DATTIE B. HUTTO 14 Dec 1924 in Decatur County, GA, daughter of JAMES HUTTO and IDA MARTIN. She was born 30 Jan 1907 in Decatur County, GA, and died 25 Jan 1988 in Decatur Co., GA.

More About THOMAS CARTER DONALSON: Burial: Mother's Home - Fann Cemetery, Miller Co., GA
More About DATTIE B. HUTTO: Burial: Mother's Home - Fann Cemetery, Miller Co., GA

Children of THOMAS DONALSON and DATTIE HUTTO are:

i. THOMAS CARTER DONALSON,JR., b. 22 Aug 1925; d. 08 Nov 1925; Burial: Mother's Home - Fann Cemetery, Miller Co., GA
ii. MELVIN EARNEST DONALSON, b. 04 Jan 1927, Decatur Co., GA; d. 12 Aug 1960; Burial: Mother's Home - Fann Cemetery, Miller Co., GA
28. iii. NATHAN MARION DONALSON, b. 04 Oct 1928, Decatur Co., GA; d. 14 Jul 2001.
29. iv. JETTIE DONALSON, b. 24 Nov 1930.
30. v. BETTY MAE DONALSON, b. 28 May 1931, Decatur Co., GA; d. 05 Jan 2007, Decatur Co., GA.
31. vi. ALVIN CARSON DONALSON, b. 21 Oct 1932.
32. vii. WALTER CARTER DONALSON, b. 26 Nov 1936.
33. viii. JAMES EDWARD DONALSON, b. 01 Mar 1940.
ix. JOHNIE MATTIE DONALSON, b. 07 Oct 1938, Decatur Co., GA; d. 23 Aug 1963; Burial: Mother's Home - Fann Cemetery, Miller Co., GA
34. x. GEORGE ROBERT DONALSON, b. 08 Aug 1941.
35. xi. DEWEY "HERBERT" DONALSON, b. 06 Dec 1943.

Generation No. 5

14. CALVIN R. DONALSON (JOHN ROBERT, WILLIAM ROBERT, JOHN, JAMES) was born 02 Apr 1897, and died 18 Jun 1954. He married ELMA POPE 24 Dec 1916 in Decatur Co., GA.

More About CALVIN R. DONALSON: Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA

Child of CALVIN DONALSON and ELMA POPE is:

i. DAVID AUSTIN DONALSON, b. 06 May 1918; d. 18 Jul 1984. Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA; Military: Pvt - US Army WW II

15. ESSIE MAY DONALSON (JAMES "JIMMY" W., WILLIAM ROBERT, JOHN, JAMES) was born 20 Nov 1898, and died 23 Jan 1981. She married RALPH R. NICHOLAS 23 Nov 1919 in Decater Co., GA.

More About ESSIE MAY DONALSON: Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA

Child of ESSIE DONALSON and RALPH NICHOLAS is:

i. INFANT SON NICHOLS, b. 30 Oct 1920; d. 30 Oct 1920; Burial: Bethany Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA

16. MARY NAOMI DONALSON (JOSEPH HENRY, WILLIAM ROBERT, JOHN, JAMES) was born 1917, and died 03 Jan 2007. She married CLAUDE LESLIE WILKINS.

Children of MARY DONALSON and CLAUDE WILKINS are:

i. DONALD L. WILKINS, m. (1) PAULA KALINOWSKI; m. (2) SANDRA L. JONES.
ii. RONALD WILKINS.
iii. GARY WILKINS.

17. AGNES VIRGINIA DONALSON (JOSEPH HENRY, WILLIAM ROBERT, JOHN, JAMES) was born Abt. 1921, and died 2002. She married BILL MARTIN.

Child of AGNES DONALSON and BILL MARTIN is:

i. BILL MARTIN,JR.

18. LEONA "RUTH" DONALSON (JOHN WILLIAM "WILL", JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) was born 29 Aug 1907 in Decatur Co., GA, and died 29 Oct 1988 in Miller Co., GA. She married MASTON O'NEAL PHILLIPS,SR. 03 Jul 1926, son of JOHN PHILLIPS and NANCY PHILLIPS. He was born 14 Nov 1902 in Miller Co., GA, and died 24 Feb 1981 in Miller Co., GA.

More About LEONA "RUTH" DONALSON: Burial: Pilgrim's Rest Church, Miller Co., GA
More About MASTON O'NEAL PHILLIPS,SR.: Burial: Pilgrim's Rest Church, Miller Co., GA

Children of LEONA DONALSON and MASTON PHILLIPS are:

i. CAPPIE RUTH PHILLIPS, b. 1927, Miller Co., GA; d. 1933, Miller Co., GA; Burial: Pilgrim's Rest Church, Miller Co., GA
ii. JOHN WILSON PHILLIPS, b. 1928, Miller Co., GA.
iii. DOLLIE ESTELLE PHILLIPS, b. 1930, Miller Co., GA.
iv. KATTIE AZZILINE PHILLIPS, b. 1932, Miller Co., GA.
v. MASTON ONEAL PHILLIPS,JR., b. 1934.
vi. NANCY LOIS PHILLIPS, b. 1936.
vii. HARRY ANDERSON PHILLIPS, b. 1938, Miller Co., GA; d. 1980, Miller Co., GA.
viii. WILLIAM SMILEY PHILLIPS, b. 1940, Miller Co., GA; d. 1999.
ix. DONALD DENNIS PHILLIPS, b. 1942, Miller Co., GA; d. 1944, Miller Co., GA.
x. ETHA YVONNE PHILLIPS, b. 1944.
xi. MYRA JEANETTE PHILLIPS, b. 1947, Miller Co., GA.
xii. LARRY CALVIN PHILLIPS, b. 1949, Miller Co., GA; d. 1949, Miller Co., GA.
xiii. RUBY LOUISE PHILLIPS, b. 1949, Miller Co., GA; d. 1949, Miller Co., GA.
xiv. WALTER ROBERT PHILLIPS, b. 1953, Miller Co., GA.

19. JULIUS CALVIN "BUDDY" DONALSON (JOHN WILLIAM "WILL", JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) was born 1909, and died Abt. 1980 in Tampa, FL. He married RUBY PARKER 24 Dec 1929 in Miller Co., GA. She was born Nov 1909 in Colquitt, GA, and died 20 Jun 2003 in Riverview, FL.

Children of JULIUS DONALSON and RUBY PARKER are:

i. RUSSELL L DONALSON.
ii. BONNIE DONALSON.
iii. LYNETTE DONALSON.
iv. BETTY DONALSON.
v. BARBARA DONALSON.
vi. RUTH DONALSON.
vii. JAMES DONALSON.

20. GORDAN RUFUS DONALSON (ELIJA ANDREW JACKSON, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) was born 13 May 1913 in Decatur Co., GA, and died Jun 1972 in Decatur Co., GA. He married DOLLIE ELIZABETH DENNARD 16 Oct 1931 in Decatur Co., GA. She was born Mar 1913 in Mitchell Co., GA, and died 1971 in Decatur Co., GA.

Notes for GORDAN RUFUS DONALSON: Nickname W.A. was killed in a car crash at age 30.

Children of GORDAN DONALSON and DOLLIE DENNARD are:

36. i. WILLIAM ANDREW DONALSON, b. Nov 1932, Bainbridge, Decater Co., GA; d. 1963, Bainbridge, Decatur Co., GA.
37. ii. BILLIE JOAN DONALSON, b. Mar 1937.
38. iii. ELIZABETH DONALSON.

21. HUGHIE HERMAN DONALSON (OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) He married DORIS MILLER 17 Jun 1942 in Miller Co., GA. She died 19 Apr 2003.

Children of HUGHIE DONALSON and DORIS MILLER are:

39. i. WILLIAM HERMAN "BILLY" DONALSON, b. 04 Jun 1946, Seminole Co., GA; d. 17 Dec 2004, Dothan, AL.
ii. DAVID DONALSON, m. CAROL.

22. IRMA VIRGINIA DONALSON (OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) She married LOY DARYL "BUCK" ANDREWS. He was born 01 Dec 1914, and died Nov 1984.

More About LOY DARYL "BUCK" ANDREWS: Burial: Mother's Home - Fann Cemetery, Miller Co., GA

Child of IRMA DONALSON and LOY ANDREWS is:

i. DARYL ANDREWS.

23. LILLA DORIS DONALSON (OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) was born 23 Mar 1919, and died in Miller Co., GA. She married JAMES HORACE HAIRE. He was born 02 Jul 1916, and died 27 Jul 2001.

Children of LILLA DONALSON and JAMES HAIRE are:

i. KENNETH HAIRE.
ii. MARY JOYCE HAIRE.
iii. KATHRYN HAIRE.
iv. JOAN HAIRE.

24. JAMES MARION DONALSON (OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) was born 30 Oct 1924 in Brinson, Georgia1, and died 13 Jul 2000 in Albany GA. He married (1) BESSIE MAE TOLBERT. He married (2) SHIRLEY MAE SOWELL.

More About JAMES MARION DONALSON: Burial: Church Of God Cemetery, Boykin, GA; Fact 1: Parents divorced when he was 6 months old.

Children of JAMES DONALSON and BESSIE TOLBERT are:

40. i. STEPHEN ANTHONY DONALSON
41. ii. JAMES MICHAEL DONALSON

Children of JAMES DONALSON and SHIRLEY SOWELL are:

42. iii. SONYA FAYE DONALSON
43. iv. RONALD MARION DONALSON
44. v. SHERRIE ANN DONALSON
45. vi. SHEILA MARIE DONALSON

25. HERBERT DEWEY DONALSON (OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) He married MARTHA JOHNSON.

Notes for HERBERT DEWEY DONALSON:  Children's names provided by Martha Donalson - [email protected]

Children of HERBERT DONALSON and MARTHA JOHNSON are:

46. i. DEWEY LARAN DONALSON
47. ii. JOHN CARSON DONALSON
iii. MARSHA LYNN DONALSON
48. iv. HERBERT ALLEN DONALSON

26. WILLIE CARTER DONALSON (OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) He married BONNIE SUE WILLIS.

Child of WILLIE DONALSON and BONNIE WILLIS is:

49. i. WILLIAM DONALSON

27. LAVERNE CATHLEEN DONALSON (OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) She married CARLTO WIGGINS.

Children of LAVERNE DONALSON and CARLTO WIGGINS are:

i. KEN WIGGINS.
ii. DANNY WIGGINS.
iii. RESCIE WIGGINS.

28. NATHAN MARION DONALSON (THOMAS CARTER, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) was born 04 Oct 1928 in Decatur Co., GA, and died 14 Jul 2001. He married BARBARA WOODS BRACEWELL 01 Jul 1973, daughter of MARK WOODS and NORA COOPER. She was born 28 Jan 1938 in Montgomery County, Ga.

Children of NATHAN DONALSON and BARBARA BRACEWELL are:

i. DANIEL GENE DONALSON
ii. CARTER THOMAS DONALSON
iii. CINDY LOU DONALSON
iv. TIMOTHY ERNEST DONALSON
v. CATHY ANN DONALSON

29. JETTIE DONALSON (THOMAS CARTER, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) He married ROSA LEE BURKE, daughter of ED BURKE and MARTHA HATTON.

Children of JETTIE DONALSON and ROSA BURKE are:

50. i. LESA JEANETTE DONALSON
51. ii. MARTHA ELLEN DONALSON

30. BETTY MAE DONALSON (THOMAS CARTER, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) was born 28 May 1931 in Decatur Co., GA, and died 05 Jan 2007 in Decatur Co., GA. She married RONALD BARNEY KELLEY 23 Dec 1954, son of BARNEY KELLEY and ISSIE THOMOLINSON. He was born 02 May 1925, and died 18 Apr 1995.

More About BETTY MAE DONALSON: Burial: 07 Jan 2007, Mother's Home Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery
More About RONALD BARNEY KELLEY: Burial: Mother's Home Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery; Military service: PFC US Army; World War II.

Children of BETTY DONALSON and RONALD KELLEY are:

i. ROBERT STEPHEN KELLEY, m. KATHY GRIFFIN.
ii. ROBERT LEE KELLEY, m. IRENE BUTLER.
iii. KENNETH KELLEY.

31. ALVIN CARSON DONALSON (THOMAS CARTER, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) He married (1) RUBY DORA ABBOTT. He married (2) BETTY DIANE OWENS, daughter of WALTER OWENS and WILMA.

Children of ALVIN DONALSON and RUBY ABBOTT are:

i. STANLEY CARSON DONALSON
ii. CHARLES RANDALL DONALSON, m. PAMELA.
iii. BARBARA DIANNE DONALSON

Children of ALVIN DONALSON and BETTY OWENS are:

iv. MIKE LATNER DONALSON
v. ALISA CAROL DONALSON

32. WALTER CARTER DONALSON (THOMAS CARTER, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) He married SHIRLEY JEANETTE HAVEN, daughter of OLAN HAVEN and EDNA GELBERT.

Children of WALTER DONALSON and SHIRLEY HAVEN are:

i. ANGELA JOY DONALSON, m. JOHN SKEEN.
ii. DONNA GAY DONALSON, m. ALBERT FREEMAN.
iii. SHARON DIANE DONALSON,  m. DARELL DIXON.
iv. WALTER CARTER DONALSON,JR., m. LYNN GORDON.

33. JAMES EDWARD DONALSON (THOMAS CARTER, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) He married PATRICIA PIERSMA, daughter of JIM PIERSMA and LOIS.

Child of JAMES DONALSON and PATRICIA PIERSMA is:

i. RONALD JAMES DONALSON

34. GEORGE ROBERT DONALSON (THOMAS CARTER, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) He married VIRGINIA MAE SPIVEY, daughter of LEROY SPIVEY and RUBY CLARK.

Children of GEORGE DONALSON and VIRGINIA SPIVEY are:

i. CAROLYN DARLENE DONALSON, m. MICHAEL GRIFFIN.
ii. ROBERT LEE DONALSON, m. TAMMY MARIE COOK.

35. DEWEY "HERBERT" DONALSON (THOMAS CARTER, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) He married LINDA LOU CUMBIE, daughter of ANDREW CUMBIE and JIMMIE ALLEN.

Children of DEWEY DONALSON and LINDA CUMBIE are:

i. TORI ETONYA DONALSON
ii. HERBERT MICAH DONALSON

Generation No. 6

36. WILLIAM ANDREW DONALSON (GORDAN RUFUS, ELIJA ANDREW JACKSON, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) was born Nov 1932 in Bainbridge, Decater Co., GA, and died 1963 in Bainbridge, Decater Co., GA. He married HELEN COOPER.

More About WILLIAM ANDREW DONALSON: Cause of Death: Killed in an auto accident at age 30.

Child of WILLIAM DONALSON and HELEN COOPER is:

52. i. WILLIAM MICHAEL DONALSON

37. BILLIE JOAN DONALSON (GORDAN RUFUS, ELIJA ANDREW JACKSON, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) She married DONALD C. ESTES.

Children of BILLIE DONALSON and DONALD ESTES are:

i. DONALD GORDON ESTES
ii. KENNETH WAYNE ESTES
iii. CAROL-ANN ESTES

38. ELIZABETH DONALSON (GORDAN RUFUS, ELIJA ANDREW JACKSON, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) She married DONALD OZMORE.

Children of ELIZABETH DONALSON and DONALD OZMORE are:

i. DEBBIE OZMORE.
ii. LECIA OZMORE.
iii. GINA OZMORE.
iv. DONALD OZMORE.

39. WILLIAM HERMAN "BILLY" DONALSON (HUGHIE HERMAN, OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN>, JAMES) was born 04 Jun 1946 in Seminole County, GA, and died 17 Dec 2004 in Dothan, AL.

Notes for WILLIAM HERMAN "BILLY" DONALSON: Obituary notice in the Albany GA Herald:

William Herman Donalson
COLQUITT -- William Herman "Billy" Donalson, 58, of Dothan, AL, died Friday, December 17, 2004 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. today (Sunday) at Sheffield Funeral Chapel, with burial to follow in Colquitt City Cemetery. The Rev. Orrin Barrett officiating.

Born June 4, 1946 in Seminole County, GA, Mr. Donalson was a retired technical writer and Air Force Veteran. He was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Dothan, AL.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Craig Boesch of Dothan; father, Herman Donalson of Colquitt; and a brother and sister-in-law, David and Carol Donalson of Columbus.

Mr. Donalson was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Miller Donalson.

Pallbearers are Eddie Adams, Kevin Donalson, Eric Donalson, Jack Porter Jr., Carrol Miller and Daryl Miller.

You may sign the guest book and share your own special thoughts and memories with the family of William H. "Billy" Donalson by visiting Colquitt Funeral Home's website at www.colquittfuneralhome.com.

Colquitt Funeral Home

Child of WILLIAM HERMAN "BILLY" DONALSON is:

i. CHERYL DONALSON, m. CRAIG BOESCH.

40. STEPHEN ANTHONY DONALSON (JAMES MARION, OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) He married ZENAIDA FRANCISCO.

Children of STEPHEN DONALSON and ZENAIDA FRANCISCO are:

i. JAMES FREDRICK DONALSON
ii. JASON ALEXANDER DONALSON
iii. CRYSTAL MAE DONALSON
iv. JAMIE LYNN DONALSON

41. JAMES MICHAEL DONALSON (JAMES MARION, OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) He married (1) TYCA FINCHER. He married (2) SHERRIE THOMAS. He married (3) LISA CARLTON.

Child of JAMES DONALSON and TYCA FINCHER is:

i. SHELLY DONALSON.

Child of JAMES DONALSON and SHERRIE THOMAS is:

ii. ALEX DONALSON.

Children of JAMES DONALSON and LISA CARLTON are:

iii. JARED MICHAEL DONALSON
iv. JACOB CARLTON DONALSON

42. SONYA FAYE DONALSON (JAMES MARION, OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) She married (1) JOHN LEONARD RIDENOUR,JR. She married (2) DAVID ROBERT MARVEL.

Child of SONYA DONALSON and JOHN RIDENOUR is:

i. JOHN DION RIDENOUR, b. 08 Sep 1968, Tampa, FL; d. 20 Jan 1989, Tampa, FL.;  John died as a result of an accidental shooting on Jan. 20, 1989. He was killed by Jean Marie Lowe, who got a sentence of 17 1/2 years. Because of Florida's early release program, she only spent 3 years in prison; Burial: 25 Jan 1989, Hillsboro Memorial Gardens/Brandon, Florida; Cause of Death: Gunshot wound to the chest/Homicide/Accidental shooting; Fact 1: Never married. No children born;

43. RONALD MARION DONALSON (JAMES MARION, OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) He married (1) CHARLENE PAULETTE ROZIER. He married (2) VICKIE LYNN WILLIAMS. He married (3) LINDA FRANCES MARANO, daughter of FRANCISCO MARANO and MARGARET WOJSLAW.

Children of RONALD DONALSON and CHARLENE ROZIER are:

53. i. RONALD MARION DONALSON II
54. ii. STEPHANIE RENEE DONALSON

44. SHERRIE ANN DONALSON> (JAMES MARION, OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) She married JEFFREY LYNN WALKER.

Children of SHERRIE DONALSON and JEFFREY WALKER are:

55. i. CHAD ELLIOTT WALKER
56. ii. CHRISTINE ELAINE WALKER

45. SHEILA MARIE DONALSON (JAMES MARION, OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) She married (1) THOMAS TUCKER ALDAY. She married (2) KEVIN DEL CASTILLO.

Child of SHEILA DONALSON and THOMAS ALDAY is:

i. MICHELLE RENEE ALDAY

46. DEWEY LARAN DONALSON (HERBERT DEWEY, OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) He married SHANNON DENISE HARVIN.

Children of DEWEY DONALSON and SHANNON HARVIN are:

i. HUNTER GARRETT DONALSON
ii. HAYDEN LARAN DONALSON

47. JOHN CARSON DONALSON (HERBERT DEWEY, OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES). He married ERIN ELIZABETH MULLIFORD.

Children of JOHN DONALSON and ERIN MULLIFORD are:

i. RAINA CARSON DONALSON
ii. MICAHLYN ELIZABETH DONALSON

48. HERBERT ALLEN DONALSON (HERBERT DEWEY, OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) He married AMANDA GRACE MYERS.

Children of HERBERT DONALSON and AMANDA MYERS are:

i. WESLEY ALLEN DONALSON
ii. ASHLYN TAYLOR DONALSON

49. WILLIAM DONALSON (WILLIE CARTER, OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) He married TANA LEE JACKSON.

Child of WILLIAM DONALSON and TANA JACKSON is:

i. TESSA LAINE DONALSON

50. LESA JEANETTE DONALSON (JETTIE, THOMAS CARTER, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) She married ROBERT RHODES,JR. 

Children of LESA DONALSON and ROBERT RHODES are:

i. ROBIN NICOLE RHODES
ii. BRANDON THOMAS RHODES

51. MARTHA ELLEN DONALSON (JETTIE, THOMAS CARTER, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) She married DICK ALLEN LAY.

Child of MARTHA DONALSON and DICK LAY is:

i. WESLEY ALLEN LAY

Generation No. 7

52. WILLIAM MICHAEL DONALSON (WILLIAM ANDREW, GORDAN RUFUS, ELIJA ANDREW JACKSON, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES)  He married MALINDA.

Child of WILLIAM DONALSON and MALINDA is:

i. NAZKA DONALSON.

53. RONALD MARION DONALSON II (RONALD MARION, JAMES MARION, OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES)  He married DAWN MARIE COCHRAN.

Children of RONALD DONALSON and DAWN COCHRAN are:

i. ALEXANDREA DONALSON
ii. GABRIEL DONALSON
iii. SAMANTHA DONALSON
iv. CLAYTON DONALSON

54. STEPHANIE RENEE DONALSON (RONALD MARION, JAMES MARION, OSCAR HERMAN>, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES)  She married ASHLEY SWINDLE.

Children of STEPHANIE DONALSON and ASHLEY SWINDLE are:

i. TALON SWINDLE
ii. ARDEN RENEE SWINDLE

55. CHAD ELLIOTT WALKER (SHERRIE ANN DONALSON, JAMES MARION, OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES) He married (1) JENNIFER MARIE DEMATHA. He married (2) SUSAN SEALY.

Children of CHAD WALKER and SUSAN SEALY are:

i. HUNTER JACOB WALKER
ii. JEFFREY WALKER

56. CHRISTINE ELAINE WALKER (SHERRIE ANN DONALSON, JAMES MARION, OSCAR HERMAN, JOHN CARTER, JOHN, JAMES)  She married JOSEPH CAUDLE.

Children of CHRISTINE WALKER and JOSEPH CAUDLE are:

i. MEGAN NICOLE CAUDLE
ii. TYLER LONDON CAUDLE

 

Donalson Family #2

Descendants of John Donalson

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN DONALSON was born Abt. 1730 in Scotland, and died in Burke Co., GA.  He came from Scotland. Settled first in Ireland. Migrated to America in the 1700's. Settled in South Carolina then moved to Jefferson Co., Georgia. Strong patriot during the Revolutionary War and served in the Continental Army. Moved with family to Pulaski Co., GA in 1809 or 1810. Then moved to Decatur Co., GA in 1822 or 1823. One of the first settlers of Fowlstown, GA. In 1824 owned 1,000 acres in Decatur Co, 1,628 acres in Hartford, Pulaski Co., GA.

Children of JOHN DONALSON are:

2. i. WILLIAM S. DONALSON, SR., b. 1770, GA; d. 1854.
3. ii. JOHN DONALSON, SR., b. Mar 1773, Burke County, Ga.; d. 19 Nov 1826, Fowlstown, Decatur Co., GA.

Generation No. 2

2. WILLIAM S. DONALSON, SR. (JOHN) was born 1770 in GA, and died 1854. He married RACHEL BUSH 19 Nov 1811 in Pulaski Co., GA, daughter of SANDERS BUSH and MARY. She was born 14 Aug 1794 in GA, and died Jul 1864 in Decatur Co., GA.

Children of WILLIAM DONALSON and RACHEL BUSH are:

i. POLLY DONALSON.
ii. ELIZABETH B. DONALSON, b. Abt. 1820; m. EMORY LASSETER, 27 Sep 1848, Decatur Co., GA.  Married her sister Nancy Donalson's husband after Nancy's death.
iii. JANE DONALSON, b. Abt. 1820.
iv. REBECCA DONALSON, b. 1821.
v. NANCY DONALSON, b. 01 Mar 1822; m. EMORY LASSETER, 05 Jun 1840, Decatur Co., GA.; Nancy died at the age of 25 years old. After she died, her husband Emory Lassiter then married her sister, Elizabeth.
4. vi. GEORGE W. DONALSON, b. 1824.
vii. MARTHA DONALSON, b. Abt. 1830.
5. viii. WILLIAM S. DONALSON, JR., b. 20 Jan 1830; d. 08 May 1879.
6. ix. WARREN FRANKLIN DONALSON, b. 24 May 1833, Decatur Co., GA; d. 28 May 1906, Keller, Tarrant Co., TX.

3. JOHN DONALSON, SR. (JOHN) was born Mar 1773 in Burke County, Ga., and died 19 Nov 1826 in Fowlstown, Decatur County, GA. He married AGNES GAMBLE PEEL Abt. 1791, daughter of RICHARD PEEL and MARY GAMBLE. She was born 23 Jun 1773 in St. George Parish, GA, and died 04 Jul 1836 in Fowlstown, Decatur County, GA.

Notes for JOHN DONALSON, SR.:  Reference: Cornerstone of George (Seminole County); Published by: Seminole County Historical Society 1991; Will dated November 16, 1826 was probated January 11, 1828, signed in the presence of Daniel O'Neel.

Abner Belcher and William Whigham**Executors were William Donalson, Sr., and James Brown. The Estate disposed of consisted of 1250 acres of land in Decatur County, 55 slaves, $2,100.00 in cash and unmentioned land in Pulaski County, Georgia.

The Donalson family came from Scotland, settled first in Ireland and then migrated to America settling in North Carolina, then moving to Burke Co., Ga. John and Agnes Donalson moved to the town of Hartford, Ga., and then to Decatur County in the early 1800's. John and his brother, William, have been identified with Decatur County since its beginning in 1823. John and Agnes Donalson are both buried in the family cemetery which is located on land now owned by E. J. Perry. John Donalson's Will was the first will probated in Decatur County.

Strong patriot during the Revolutionary War. Served in the Continental Army. Moved to Decatur Co., GA in 1822 or 1823 and was one of the first settlers of Fowlstown, GA.

In 1824 owned 1,000 acres in Decatur Co, 1,628 acres in Hartford, Pulaski Co., GA.

Source: Children's names and birthdates copied from a Bible in possession of John M. Potter. The year 1928. The John Donalson-Peel record donated to Chapter 703, Bainbridge, Ga.

Another source says: Agnes married John Donalson (1773-1826), they moved to the town of Hartford GA then on to Decatur County in the early 1800's. Lady Agnes died in 1836. They were both buried on family land in Decatur Co. John's will was the first ever to be probated in Decatur County.

Source: Stephanie Williams - [email protected]

More About JOHN DONALSON, SR.:  Burial: Donalson Family Cemetery, Fowlstown, Decatur Co, GA; Fact 2: Migrated from Scotland to Ireland to America

Children of JOHN DONALSON and AGNES PEEL are:

7. i. ELIZABETH "BETSY" DONALSON, b. 29 Feb 1792, Burke Co, GA; d. 1832.
8. ii. JANE DONALSON, b. 17 Dec 1793; d. 13 Sep 1861.
9. iii. JOHN E. DONALSON, b. 21 Feb 1796; d. 19 Nov 1828, Decatur Co., GA.
10. iv. WILLIAM OSCAR DONALSON, b. 13 Feb 1798; d. 08 Sep 1863, Decatur Co., GA.
v. JESSE ISAM DONALSON, b. 08 May 1800; d. Oct 1821.
11. vi. MARY DONALSON, b. 23 Jun 1802; d. 11 Feb 1853.
vii. SARAH DONALSON, b. 24 Mar 1805; d. 22 Aug 1813.
12. viii. JONATHAN DONALSON, b. 28 Feb 1807, Pulaski County, Ga.; d. 25 Nov 1870, Decatur County, Ga..
ix. ASA DONALSON, b. 28 Mar 1809, Pulaski Co., GA; d. 23 Apr 1809, Pulaski Co., GA.
13. x. JAMES MADISON DONALSON, b. 13 Sep 1810; d. 1872, Decatur Co., GA.
14. xi. RUEBEN DONALSON, b. 17 Jul 1812, Georgia; d. 31 Dec 1893.
xii. NANCY DONALSON, b. 19 Mar 1816.

Generation No. 3

4. GEORGE W. DONALSON (WILLIAM S., JOHN) was born 1824. He married EMILY V. SLADE 12 Jun 1850 in Bainbridge, GA. She was born Abt. 1835.

Children of GEORGE DONALSON and EMILY SLADE are:

i. JOHN AUGUSTUS DONALSON, b. 21 Mar 1851, Decatur Co.; d. 01 Dec 1938.
ii. MARY R. DONALSON, b. Abt. 1856; m. PETER T. STONER, 24 Nov 1874, Bainbridge, GA.
iii. DORA E. DONALSON, b. Abt. 1859; m. WILLIAM L. STONER, 30 Nov 1876, Decatur Co., GA.
iv. MARTHA V. DONALSON, b. 1862; m. QUENTIN T. MANNING, 23 Dec 1885, Bainbridge, GA.
v. JESSE L. DONALSON, b. 1864; m. THOMAS W. LASSETER, 11 Feb 1885, Bainbridge, GA.
vi. LELIA DONALSON, b. 1870.

5. WILLIAM S. DONALSON, JR. (WILLIAM S., JOHN) was born 20 Jan 1830, and died 08 May 1879. He married MARTHA E. GRIFFIN 20 Mar 1856 in Bainbridge, GA. She was born 21 Feb 1831, and died 02 Aug 1893.

More About WILLIAM S. DONALSON, JR.:  Burial: Attapulgus Presbyterian Cemetery
More About MARTHA E. GRIFFIN:  Burial: Attapulgus Presbyterian Cemetery

Children of WILLIAM DONALSON and MARTHA GRIFFIN are:

i. MARY E. DONALSON1, b. 1857; m. WILLIAM SUDDETH, 25 Oct 1875, Decatur Co., GA; d. 22 Oct 1888.
ii. MARTHA ANN DONALSON, b. 12 Jul 1860; d. 14 Oct 1933, Decatur Co., GA.; Burial: Attapulgus Presbyterian Cemetery
15. iii. WILLIAM BUSH DONALSON, b. 04 Nov 1862; d. 03 Aug 1956.
16. iv. GEORGE MILTON DONALSON, b. 1865, GA; d. 06 Oct.
v. RACHEL E. DONALSON1, b. 1867.
vi. WARREN AUGUSTUS DONALSON, b. Abt. 1871; d. 25 Dec 1899.
17. vii. JULIAN LITTLE DONALSON, b. Abt. 1872; d. 19 Nov 1936.

6. WARREN FRANKLIN DONALSON (WILLIAM S., JOHN) was born 24 May 1833 in Decatur Co., GA, and died 28 May 1906 in Keller, Tarrant Co., TX. He married LUCY BRIDGES SHORES 28 Feb 1853 in Bainbridge, GA. She was born 11 Nov 1840 in GA, and died 20 Jul 1924 in Texas.

Notes for WARREN FRANKLIN DONALSON:  Warren Franklin Donalson left for Texas about 1870-1880. He may have been in Louisiana for a while after leaving Georgia. His brother William Donalson, Jr. was constable in Georgia. William, Warren and their brother in law, Emory Lasiter and five others were involved in the murder of a freedman (70 years old). Supposedly, William had a warrant for the man's arrest. The man resisted and got killed. It seems strange that it took eight individuals to subdue a 70 year old man. It is possible Warren Franklin Donalson left Georgia shortly after this incident (1866 approximately). William and Warren could be mentioned in "Black Book of Georgia". Williams stayed in Georgia and died there. He was a prominent member of the community; Burial: Bourland Cemetery, Keller, TX

More About LUCY BRIDGES SHORES: Burial: Bourland Cemetery, Keller, TX

Children of WARREN DONALSON and LUCY SHORES are:

18. i. GEORGE E. DONALSON, b. 1857.
ii. JOSEPHUS DONALSON, b. 1861.
19. iii. ANGUS "GUS" WASHINGTON DONALSON, b. 08 Sep 1867, Decatur Co., GA; d. 07 Mar 1927, Cisco, Eastland Co., TX.
iv. LEVLER DONALSON, b. 1869.
v. WILLIAM MAGNIS DONALSON, b. 05 Jan 1871; d. 27 Aug 1904.
vi. LUCY LOVE DONALSON, b. 1876.

7. ELIZABETH "BETSY" DONALSON (JOHN, JOHN) was born 29 Feb 1792 in Burke Co, GA, and died 1832. She married WILLIAM WHIGHAM 09 Oct 1811.

Children of ELIZABETH DONALSON and WILLIAM WHIGHAM are:

i. NANCY WHIGHAM, b. 16 Aug 1812.
ii. SARAH JANE WHIGHAM, b. 16 Sep 1816.
iii. MARGARET WHIGHAM, b. 05 Dec 1816.
iv. ANDREW WHIGHAM, b. 05 Jan 1819.
v. JOHN WHIGHAM, b. 01 Jan 1820.
vi. ASA EMANUEL WASHINGTON WHIGHAM, b. 07 Jul 1823.
vii. MARTHA ANN WHIGHAM, b. 20 Jan 1825. 11 Jul 1844, Married
viii. WILLIAM MADISON THOMAS LAFAYETT WHIGHAM, b. 21 Jun 1830.

8. JANE DONALSON (JOHN, JOHN) was born 17 Dec 1793, and died 13 Sep 1861. She married DEMPSY HARRELL 20 Nov 1828 in Decatur County, Ga.. He was born 23 Jan 1809, and died 14 Oct 1873.

More About JANE DONALSON: Burial: Harrell-Shumake Cemetery, Early Co., GA
More About DEMPSY HARRELL: Burial: Harrell-Shumake Cemetery, Early Co., GA

Children of JANE DONALSON and DEMPSY HARRELL are:

i. MARY MATILDA HARRELL, b. Decatur County, Ga.; d. Decatur County, Ga.; m. AMOS HAYES.
ii. MARKISSA ADELINE HARRELL, m. DR. AUGUSTUS D. SHEWMAKE.
iii. EMELINE "EMILY" HARRELL, b. 1831, Macon, GA.

9. JOHN E. DONALSON (JOHN, JOHN) was born 21 Feb 1796, and died 19 Nov 1828 in Decatur Co., GA. He married (1) NANCY BEATY. She was born 1805. He married (2) THURVA THERISA DANIELS 20 Dec 1825. She was born 1800, and died 1889.

Child of JOHN DONALSON and THURVA DANIELS is:

20. i. JOHN GREEN BERRY DONALSON, b. 17 Dec 1827, Fowlstown, Decatur Co., GA; d. 27 May 1894, Fowlstown, Decatur Co., GA.

10. WILLIAM OSCAR DONALSON (JOHN, JOHN) was born 13 Feb 1798, and died 08 Sep 1863 in Decatur Co., GA. He married MARY M. COLE COMPTON 20 Oct 1833, daughter of WILLIAM H. COMPTON. She was born 10 Sep 1807, and died 1848.

Children of WILLIAM DONALSON and MARY COMPTON are:

i. SARAH ANN DONALSON, b. 17 Nov 1834; d. 20 Aug 1835.
ii. MARTHA ANN JANE DONALSON, b. 15 Nov 1835; d. 22 Nov 1853; m. William Powell, 22 Nov 1853, Decatur Co., Ga.; b. Abt. 1830.
iii. WILLIAM JONATHAN PEEL DONALSON, b. 10 Sep 1836; d. 25 Oct 1843.
iv. HARRIET EVERLINE DONALSON, b. 01 Mar 1840; d. 02 Apr 1862; m. JAMES T. HINES, 08 Dec 1857, Decatur Co., Ga..
v. NANCY JACHASA PEEL DONALSON, b. 22 Jun 1842; Was married 07 Feb 1865.
vi. SARAH REBECCA DONALSON, b. 18 Jan 1844; d. 1866; m. JAMES A. VARNER, 08 Sep 1864, Decatur Co., Ga.; b. 1840.
vii. JOHN EGAN CLAY DONALSON, b. 26 Feb 1846.
21. viii. CHARLES D. POTTER DONALSON, b. 01 Jan 1848, Decatur Co., GA; d. 30 Oct 1882, Bainbridge, Decatur Co., GA.

11. MARY DONALSON> (JOHN, JOHN) was born 23 Jun 1802, and died 11 Feb 1853. She married ELIJAH PEMA YOUNG 08 Mar 1827 in Decatur Co., Ga.. He was born 04 Aug 1777, and died 30 Jan 1860 in Thomasville, Ga.

Children of MARY DONALSON and ELIJAH YOUNG are:

i. LEVINA CAROLINA YOUNG, b. 23 Dec 1827; d. 21 Jan 1828.
ii. MALVINA CAROLINA DONALSON YOUNG, b. 29 Apr 1829; m. JOHN M. POTTER, 21 Dec 1847; b. Roselawn Plantation, Decatur Co., Ga.

12. JONATHAN DONALSON (JOHN, JOHN) was born 28 Feb 1807 in Pulaski Co., Ga., and died 25 Nov 1870 in Decatur County, Ga.. He married CAROLINE JANE WILLIAMS 12 Dec 1841 in Decatur Co., Ga., daughter of WILLIAM WILLIAMS and CASSANDRA SHEPHARD. She was born 18 Jan 1826 in Thomas Co., Ga., and died 13 Mar 1903 in Decatur Co., Ga.

Notes for JONATHAN DONALSON: Jonathan Donalson 1843, Served in Georgia House of Representatives and was a member of the Georgia State Legislature 1843-1844. Jonathan Donalson and his wife, Caroline Jane, had eight children and lived on the Donalson plantation of 2,000 acres on the Chattahoochee River in Decatur County; Children's names listed in 1870 Census film.

Children of JONATHAN DONALSON and CAROLINE WILLIAMS are:

i. EMMET STRATFORD DONALSON, b. 20 Nov 1842, Roselawn, Bainbridge, Decatur Co, GA; d. 24 Jan 1870.
ii. JULIA TABITHA DONALSON, b. 28 May 1844; d. 13 Jul 1845. Burial: Green Shade Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA
22. iii. JOHN EARNEST DONALSON, b. 29 Apr 1846, Bainbridge, Ga.; d. 02 Dec 1920, Bainbridge, GA.
23. iv. WILLIAM OSCAR DONALSON, b. 28 Mar 1848, Roselawn, Bainbridge, Decatur Co, GA; d. 11 Jan 1900, Donalsonville, GA.
24. v. JAMES AUGUSTUS DONALSON, SR., b. 27 Mar 1850, Miriam, now called Donalsonville, Ga.; d. 20 Jul 1907, Bay County, FL.
vi. FREDERICK EUGENE DONALSON, b. 12 Sep 1852, Roselawn, Bainbridge, Decatur Co, GA; d. 20 Aug 1856, Roselawn, Bainbridge, Decatur Co., GA.
vii. AGNES CASSENDA DONALSON, b. 26 Feb 1857; d. 09 Oct 1926; m. JAMES RALPH GRAVES, 30 Apr 1879, Decatur Co., GA.  Burial: Oak City Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA
viii. ELENOR LORNA DONALSON, b. 26 Jun 1863, Miriam, now called Donalsonville, Ga.; d. 03 Aug 1913; m. JOHN H. BOOYER; d. 23 Jan 1902.

13. JAMES MADISON DONALSON (JOHN, JOHN) was born 13 Sep 1810, and died 1872 in Decatur Co., GA. He married CAROLINE RENDA SWANN 17 Aug 1853 in Decatur County, Ga., daughter of JOHN SWANN and HARRIET CALMES. She was born 04 Jun 1833, and died 1890.

More About JAMES MADISON DONALSON: Burial: Oak City Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA
More About CAROLINE RENDA SWANN: Burial: Oak City Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA

Children of JAMES DONALSON and CAROLINE SWANN are:

i. FRANCIS JOSEPH DONALSON, b. 20 Aug 1854; d. 10 Oct 1917; m. JOHN MILTON BROWN, 01 Jan 1873, Decatur Co., GA.; Burial: Oak City Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA.
ii. JAMES MADISON DONALSON, JR., b. 28 Nov 1857; m. MATTIE; b. Abt. 1860, Decatur Co., GA.
iii. SUMPTER DONALSON, b. 10 Feb 1861.

14. RUEBEN DONALSON (JOHN, JOHN) was born 17 Jul 1812 in Georgia, and died 31 Dec 1893. He married ANNE ELIZABETH STUART 06 Dec 1843, daughter of JAMES STUART and COLEY CHILES. She was born 13 Mar 1822 in Virginia, and died 19 Apr 1908.

Notes for RUEBEN DONALSON:  Source: Children's names and birthdates located in Curry Family Bible. This Bible Record in the possession of Miss Mamie Donalson, 508 Shotwell St., Bainbridge, Ga.; Burial: Oak City Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA
Notes for ANNE ELIZABETH STUART:  Source: 1900 Census for Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia; Occupation: Dressmaker

Children of RUEBEN DONALSON and ANNE STUART are:

25. i. CLARA VIRGINIA DONALSON, b. 10 Oct 1845; d. 31 Dec 1892.
ii. FRANCES ALICE DONALSON, b. 14 Feb 1850.
iii. MARY COLEY DONALSON, b. 07 Jul 1852; m. JAMES REUBEN DONALSON; b. 13 Sep 1854.
iv. JAMES REUBEN DONALSON, b. 22 Oct 1854; d. 23 Aug 1931, Bainbridge, GA.; Never married; farmer; Burial: Oak City Cemetery.

Generation No. 4

15. WILLIAM BUSH DONALSON (WILLIAM S., WILLIAM S., JOHN) was born 04 Nov 1862, and died 03 Aug 1956. He married COSSIE VIRGINIA KING 08 Jan 1890 in Decatur Co., GA. She was born 24 Jan 1871, and died 27 Jul 1949.

More About WILLIAM BUSH DONALSON: Burial: Attapulgus- Second Methodist Cemetery
More About COSSIE VIRGINIA KING: Burial: Attapulgus - Second Methodist Cemetery

Children of WILLIAM DONALSON and COSSIE KING are:

i. LENA EVELYN DONALSON, b. 21 Dec 1890; d. 19 Feb 1954; m. WILLIAM T. MILLER, 26 Oct 1919, Bainbridge, GA.
ii. NANCY ELLA DONALSON, b. 26 Nov 1896.
iii. LIZZIE IDA DONALSON, b. 06 May 1899; d. 19 Apr 1954; m. M. M.. ROBINSON, 31 Mar 1928, Bainbridge, GA.
iv. WILLIAM THOMAS DONALSON, b. 06 Jun 1899.  Never married.
v. JOHN AUGUSTUS DONALSON, b. 30 Sep 1902.  Never Married.
vi. ORA VIRGINIA DONALSON, b. 09 May 1906; d. 11 Nov 1966.
vii. MARTHA ELISE DONALSON, b. 03 Oct 1910.

16. GEORGE MILTON DONALSON (WILLIAM S., WILLIAM S., JOHN) was born 1865 in GA, and died 06 Oct. He married L.E. "LELIA" KING 13 Dec 1888 in Decatur Co., GA. She died 04 Mar 1890.

Children of GEORGE DONALSON and L.E. KING are:

i. ELLA LESLIE DONALSON, b. Dec 1896; m. R.M.D. SPELLERS, 18 Dec 1921, Decatur Co., GA.
ii. LESLIE DONALSON, b. 1898.
iii. EURCLAY DONALSON, b. 1905.

17. JULIAN LITTLE DONALSON (WILLIAM S., WILLIAM S., JOHN) was born Abt. 1872, and died 19 Nov 1936. He married LILLIAN OGLESBY.

Child of JULIAN DONALSON and LILLIAN OGLESBY is:

i. MARY FRANCES DONALSON, b. 14 Apr 1923.

18. GEORGE E. DONALSON (WARREN FRANKLIN, WILLIAM S., JOHN) was born 1857. He married VIANNA D. COLLINS 24 Dec 1878 in Decatur Co., GA.

Child of GEORGE DONALSON and VIANNA COLLINS is:

i. WARREN N. DONALSON, b. 1880.

19. ANGUS "GUS" WASHINGTON DONALSON (WARREN FRANKLIN, WILLIAM S., JOHN) was born 08 Sep 1867 in Decatur Co., GA, and died 07 Mar 1927 in Cisco, Eastland Co., TX. He married (1) NANCY NORA SMITH 24 Nov 1890 in Ellis Co., TX. She was born 28 Oct 1872, and died 13 Oct 1906 in Keller TX. He married (2) DELIA EMMA WADDELL Aft. 1900, daughter of JAMES WADDELL and EMMA SANDERS. She was born 28 Mar 1896 in Ranger, Eastland, TX, and died 04 Mar 1979.

Notes for ANGUS "GUS" WASHINGTON DONALSON:  Murdered by the father of his second wife in the father in law's living room. Angus tried to take his children.

Delia was one year younger than her step daughter, Eva, when she married "Gus" Donalson. She had an illegitimate son named Frank. He raised him as his own until about the age of 15. At this age, Frank got mad at "Gus" and made the statement "I wished you weren't my father." Angus Washington Donalson told him at this time that he wasn't really his father. Frank ran away from home sometime after this incident for Alaska. He remained there.  Delia and Gus were separated at the time of his death. Gus went to get his children at the home of Delia's father (where she and the children were staying). Delia's father shot Gus, after he pulled a knife against his father in law.

More About ANGUS "GUS" WASHINGTON DONALSON: Burial: Keller TX; Cause of Death: Shot by wife, Delia Waddle's father.

Children of ANGUS DONALSON and NANCY SMITH are:

i. EDNA DONALSON, b. 22 Jan 1892, Boissier Parish, LA; d. 28 Jan 1983, Corpus Christi, Nueces Co., TX; m. WILLIAM ELMER WILLIAMS, 10 Mar 1920, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX; b. 29 Aug 1888, TX Co., MO; d. 14 Oct 1980, Corpus Christi, Nueces Co., TX.
26. ii. IONE DONALSON, b. 31 Oct 1894, Ellis Co. TX; d. 26 Mar 1929, Tarrant Co. TX.
iii. FAY DONALSON, b. 29 Sep 1899; d. 12 Nov 1967; m. ELTON REED AMYETT. ; Fay married her first cousin "Skete" Elton Reed Amyette. His mother, Lucy Ione Amyette, was the sister to Angus (Gus) Washington Allen, the father of Fay. Fay had a hard life. She worked hard all of her life. Skete didn't contribute much to the family. It appears he was a self-professed preacher and preached on street corners. When Fay was a young girl, she had an infection in her eye and lost her left eye. She evidently was a very sweet Christian woman. In later years she lived with her sister, Eva. Her mother, Nancy Nora Smith Allen left each daughter $600.00 after her death. All the girls went to normal schools in Denton TX, except Fay. She married "Skete".
iv. EVA DONALSON, m. WILLIAM ADDISON ALLEN; b. 1892; d. 1935, Dallas, TX.  Cause of Death: Fell in water tower.

Children of ANGUS DONALSON and DELIA WADDELL are:

v. GLADYS  DONALSON.
vi. MARIE DONALSON.
vii. GLEN DONALSON, m. MARY ANN BROWN.
viii. JOYCE DONALSON.

20. JOHN GREEN BERRY DONALSON (JOHN E., JOHN, JOHN) was born 17 Dec 1827 in Fowlstown, Decatur Co., GA, and died 27 May 1894 in Fowlstown, Decatur Co., GA. He married MARTHA ANN THOMAS 13 Dec 1845 in Charleston, SC. She was born 03 Aug 1827 in Charleston, SC, and died 27 May 1889 in Fowlstown, GA.

More About JOHN GREEN BERRY DONALSON:  Burial: Green Shade Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA; Will: 14 Feb 1881, Will probated
More About MARTHA ANN THOMAS: Burial: Green Shade Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA

Children of JOHN DONALSON and MARTHA THOMAS are:

i. LEILA ALICE DONALSON, b. 23 Dec 1855, Decatur Co., GA; d. 17 Mar 1936, Decatur Co., GA.
ii. MARTHA TERISSY DONALSON, b. 22 Jun 1858.
27. iii. LLEWELLYN DONALSON, b. 23 Nov 1861, Fowlstown, GA; d. 10 Oct 1929, Tallahassee, FL.
iv. ANNA ELIZABETH DONALSON, b. 21 Nov 1862, Fowlstown, GA; d. 17 Mar 1936, Bainbridge, GA; m. ERASTUS DUNCAN GAINEY, 02 Apr 1883, Fowlstown, GA; b. May 1858, Fowlstown, Decatur Co., GA; d. 16 May 1916, Bainbridge, Decatur Co., GA.
v. WILLIAM THOMAS DONALSON, b. 06 Oct 1864.
28. vi. JOHN PEEL DONALSON, b. 07 Mar 1867; d. 1941, Lee, Madison Co., FL.
vii. IDA STITT DONALSON, b. 11 Jun 1872; d. 27 Jan 1949, Tallahassee, FL; m. WILLIAM ROSE SMITH, Jan 1892, Atlanta, GA.

21. CHARLES D. POTTER DONALSON (WILLIAM OSCAR, JOHN, JOHN) was born 01 Jan 1848 in Decatur Co., GA, and died 30 Oct 1882 in Bainbridge, Decatur Co., GA. He married MELISSA CATHERINE GAINEY 03 Feb 1876 in Decatur County, Ga.. She was born 12 May 1851 in Decatur Co., GA, and died 04 Apr 1919.

More About CHARLES D. POTTER DONALSON: Burial: Oak City Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA
More About MELISSA CATHERINE GAINEY: Burial: Oak City Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA

Children of CHARLES DONALSON and MELISSA GAINEY are:

i. BRONNIE MAE DONALSON, b. 05 Dec 1876; d. 04 Feb 1921; m. JAMES CRAWFORD GRIFFIN, 09 Feb 1898; b. 28 Dec 1863; d. 14 Dec 1912.
ii. GEORGIA LUCILLE DONALSON, b. 18 Apr 1878; d. 25 Jun 1956; m. ROBERT L. BURNETT, 27 Sep 1912; b. 18 Apr 1869; d. 12 Apr 1935.
29. iii. HENRY HOYT DONALSON, b. 30 Oct 1881; d. 03 Apr 1950.

22. JOHN EARNEST DONALSON (JONATHAN, JOHN, JOHN) was born 29 Apr 1846 in Bainbridge, Ga., and died 02 Dec 1920 in Bainbridge, GA. He married (1) MARY ETTA BAKER 18 Nov 1874 in Apalachicola, Fl, daughter of NATHAN BAKER and CATHERINE. She was born 26 Apr 1853 in Apalachicola, Fl, and died 14 Sep 1875 in Bainbridge, Ga.. He married (2) AMELIA PAULINE POHLMAN 28 Aug 1877 in St. Louis, Mo.. She was born 03 Jul 1854, and died 23 Jan 1902. He married (3) LOULIE MCLENDON 04 Feb 1903 in Bainbridge, Decatur Co., GA, daughter of JONATHAN MCLENDON and SARAH KIRBY. She was born 09 Aug 1857, and died 09 Dec 1931 in Albany, GA.

Notes for JOHN EARNEST DONALSON:  John E. Donalson passed his boyhood days on the homestead plantation and was a student in a school at Chapel Hill at the time of the outbreak of the Civil war, remaining in this school until 1862. In 1863, when but sixteen years of age, he enlisted as a private in Company A, Duke's Kentucky regiment of General Morgan's command, and while he was confined to the hospital with an attach of measles his regiment went with Morgan on his last memorable raid into Ohio, where all were captured or met death. He was then transferred to Company A, Fifth Florida battalion of cavalry, with which he participated in several engagements in the western part of Florida. Because of his skill in military tactics he acted as drill master for his battalion, though his rank at the time was but that of fourth corporal. He continued in service until the close of the war and was mustered out in May, 1865.

Donalsonville was first incorporated as Donalson, but there was already a Donalsen in Georgia, so it was rechartered as Donalsonville in 1897. On December 8, 1897, a deed was given by John E. Donalson for the sum of $1.00 and love and affection for a 1/2 mile square in each direction from the Presbyterian Church for the town which was named Donalsonville in his honor. John Earnest Donalson, 1846-1920 Founder and Benefactor of Donalsonville by The City of Donalsonville. Col. Donalson of Bainbridge was a prominent lawyer of Southwest Georgia. A CSA veteran, he was born in Bainbridge April 29, 1846. His parents were Jonathan and Caroline Jane Williams Donalson. The family is of Scotch-Irish extraction, the Donalson name having originated in Scotland where it has always been spelled Donaldson. John E. Donalson's father, Jonathan, was born in Pulaski County, Georgia, February 26, 1807. His mother Caroline Jane Williams, a native of Thomas County, was born January 18, 1826. Jonathan served in the Georgia House of Representatives in 1843. John Donalson, father of Jonathan, was a strong Patriot and served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He married Agnes Peel, daughter of Richard Peel of Jefferson County, also a Patriot soldier in the Revolution. Caroline Jane Williams, mother of John E., was the daughter of William and Cassandra Shepard Williams. William Williams was the son of a Welshman who came to Georgia prior to the Revolution and settled near St. Mary's. He also served in the Patriot Army. William Williams was one of the first settlers and largest planters of Decatur County. He served as a soldier in the Spanish and Indian Wars. His mother, whose maiden name was Hannah Blewett, was the granddaughter of William Blewett, an early settler in North Carolina.

John E. Donalson's son, E. M Donalson, was associated with him under the law firm name of Donalson and Donalson.

John E. Donalson married three times. First, November 18, 1874, he married Mary Etta Baker, daughter of Nathan and Catherine Baker, of Apalachicola, Florida. She lived only one year and their only child died at two years of age. On August 26, 1877, he married Amelia Pauline Pohlman, daughter of Henry Joseph and Henrietta Frederica Becker Pohlman. She died twenty-five years later in 1902, leaving two children, Erle Meldrim, the older. The younger, a daughter, Miriam Agnes Iris Donalson, now Mrs. Loulie M. Gordon, widow of Walter S. Gordon, (nephew of Gen. John B. Gordon), and daughter of Jonathan and Sarah Jane Kirby McLendon.

In 1902 Donalsonville was nearly wiped out by a fire which started from the sawmill. In 1904 Donalsonville was described as a thriving town of 600 inhabitants.

A newspaper article published in 1921 upon his death said:

Superior Court of Decatur Co. suspended business on Friday in order to devote the noon hour to a memorial for Col. Donalson. His wife was Loulie Donalson of Atlanta. Many people attended the Memorial Service. John E. Donalson b at Bainbridge, GA 4/29/1846. Son of Jonathan and Caroline Williams Donalson. Grandson of John Donalson and Agnes Peale Donalson, and of William Williams and Cassandra Shepherd Williams, his grandparents being among the first that settled in Decatur Co. and his grandparents were patriots who helped build their county.

Early boyhood. Tutored by John Erskine, a later United States district judge of Georgia. 1862 attended University of N.C. He left Chapel Hill at 16 y.o. and joined the confederate army, and enlisted in Co.A. of Dukes' Cavalry, commanded by Gen. John Morgan. He afterward transferred to Co.A of the 5th Fla battalion cavalry, where he served until the close of the war. At the time of his death he was commander of the Decatur Co. camp of Confederate Veterans.

Attended Univ. of GA after the war. IN Chi Chi Frat. Graduated in 1868 with a degree in Arts. A member of several bar associations.

Elder in Presbyterian Church of Bainbridge.

Married 3 times. 1st Miss Mary Baker, daughter of Judge and Mrs. Nathan Baker of Apalachicola Fla, 2nd Miss Amelia Pohlman daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Pohlman of St. Louis, and 3rd Miss Loulie M. Gordon, of Atlanta daughter of Major and Mrs. Jonathon Jackson of Coweta County GA.

He was mayor of Bainbridge in 1876 and he was conscientious lawyer. He was general counsel for the GA, FL and AL Railroad which he helped to organize and was counsel of the GA Southwestern and Gulf Railroad and the Callahan Boat Line.

He helped build the progressive town of Donalsonville, named for him. He was also counsel for the First National Bank of Decatur Co.

More About JOHN EARNEST DONALSON:  Burial: Oak City Cemetery, Bainbridge, GA; Education: University of Georgia - Bachelor of Arts degree.; Fact 2: First Presbyterian Church of Bainbridge 1869-1920; Military: Colonel, Confederate Army, Civil War; Occupation: Lawyer. Mayor of Bainbridge.
Notes for MARY ETTA BAKER: Died a year after her marriage. One child died at 2 years old.
More About AMELIA PAULINE POHLMAN: Burial: Oak City Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA
Notes for LOULIE MCLENDON: Was called "Star of the South" and the "Sweetheart of Georgia".

Child of JOHN DONALSON and MARY BAKER is:

i. JONATHAN BAKER DONALSON, b. 13 Sep 1875; d. 18 Oct 1877. Burial: Oak City Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA

Children of JOHN DONALSON and AMELIA POHLMAN are:

30. ii. ERLE MELDRIM DONALSON, b. 11 Jun 1878, Bainbridge, Ga.; d. 11 Oct 1964, Bainbridge, Ga.
31. iii. MIRIAM AGNES IRIS DONALSON, b. 01 Jan 1886, St. Augustine, Fl; d. 11 Feb 1947, St. Augustine, Fl.
iv. RALPH GRAVES DONALSON, b. 01 Mar 1881; d. 08 Mar 1881. Burial: Oak City Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA

23. WILLIAM OSCAR DONALSON (JONATHAN, JOHN, JOHN) was born 28 Mar 1848 in Roselawn, Bainbridge, Decatur Co., GA, and died 11 Jan 1900 in Donalsonville, GA. He married LIZZIE DUDLEY SMITH 21 Dec 1878 in Calhoun County, Florida. She was born 29 May 1858 in Marianna, FL, and died 20 Jul 1886 in Bainbridge, Decatur Co., GA.

Notes for WILLIAM OSCAR DONALSON: Descent was Scot>Irish>English. William had very little use of his hands and legs, but was mentally alert.  Burial: Oak City Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA

Children of WILLIAM DONALSON and LIZZIE SMITH are:

i. ESTELLE DONALSON, b. 24 Jul 1880, Wewahitchka, FL; m. JOHN M. ANDERSON, 15 Sep 1903, Decatur Co., GA; b. 1880, Barnesville, GA.  Estelle was tall and a very beautiful brunette. She was a stenographer for her Uncle John Earnest Donalson at Donalson Lumber Co.
ii. AGNES DONALSON, b. 09 Oct 1882; m. FRANK PORCHER SLOAN, 02 Jun 1908. Agnes's mother died when she was three years old.

24. JAMES AUGUSTUS DONALSON, SR. (JONATHAN, JOHN, JOHN) was born 27 Mar 1850 in Miriam, now called Donalsonville, Ga., and died 20 Jul 1907 in Bay County, FL. He married SADIE ELIZA ROWLAND 01 Feb 1882 in Decatur County, Ga.. She was born 12 Oct 1853 in Savannah Co., and died 04 May 1913 in Bay County, FL.

More About JAMES AUGUSTUS DONALSON, SR.: Burial: Parker Cemetery, Parker, Bay County, Florida
More About SADIE ELIZA ROWLAND: Burial: Parker Cemetery, Parker, Bay County, Florida

Children of JAMES DONALSON and SADIE ROWLAND are:

i. ANNE FLEMING DONALSON, b. 1892; m. LOGAN BLECKLEY.
32. ii. JAMES AUGUSTUS "GUS" DONALSON, JR., b. 01 Sep 1889, Miriam, now called Donalsonville, Ga.; d. Nov 1966.
iii. LORNA DONALSON.
iv. UNNAMED CHILD.
v. MIRIAM DONALSON.
vi. ELOISE DONALSON.
vii. WILLIAM A. DONALSON.

25. CLARA VIRGINIA DONALSON (RUEBEN, JOHN, JOHN) was born 10 Oct 1845, and died 31 Dec 1892. She married JOEL WARREN CURRY 06 Dec 1873. He was born Abt. 1847.

Notes for CLARA VIRGINIA DONALSON: Source: Children's names and birthdates located in Curry Family Bible. This Bible Record in the possession of Miss Mamie Donalson, 508 Shotwell St., Bainbridge, Ga.

Children of CLARA DONALSON and JOEL CURRY are:

i. ELIZABETH STUART CURRY, b. 11 Aug 1874; d. 10 Dec 1886.
ii. AMY ALICE CURRY, b. 30 Jun 1876.
iii. CLARA AGNES CURRY, b. 28 Jun 1878.
iv. BEATRICE CHAUDOIN CURRY, b. 13 Mar 1880; d. 17 Jun 1892.
v. MARY WARREN CURRY, b. 20 Sep 1885.
vi. RUEBEN DONALSON CURRY, b. 24 Jun 1882.

Generation No. 5

26. IONE DONALSON (ANGUS "GUS" WASHINGTON, WARREN FRANKLIN, WILLIAM S., JOHN) was born 31 Oct 1894 in Ellis Co. TX, and died 26 Mar 1929 in Tarrant Co. TX. She married JAMES LEE NEEL.

Children of IONE DONALSON and JAMES NEEL are:

i. JAMES HERBERT NEEL, b. 31 Jul 1917, Dallas Co., TX.
ii. NANCY LEE NEEL.
iii. MARY BERNICE NEEL.
iv. HAZEL IONE NEEL.

27. LLEWELLYN DONALSON (JOHN GREEN BERRY, JOHN E., JOHN, JOHN) was born 23 Nov 1861 in Fowlstown, GA, and died 10 Oct 1929 in Tallahassee, FL. She married JAMES LOVE FAIN 11 Feb 1885 in Decatur Co., GA. He was born 13 Jun 1857 in Fowlstown, GA, and died 17 Nov 1922 in Fowlstown, GA.

More About LLEWELLYN DONALSON:  Burial: Green Shade Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA

Children of LLEWELLYN DONALSON and JAMES FAIN are:

i. LLEWELLYN DONALSON FAIN.
ii. JOHN LOVE FAIN.
iii. RALPH LEROY FAIN.
iv. JAMES WILLARD FAIN.
v. MELVIN CONSTANTINE FAIN.
vi. MARTHA LOUISE FAIN.
vii. VIVIAN EVANGELINE FAIN.

28. JOHN PEEL DONALSON (JOHN GREEN BERRY, JOHN E., JOHN, JOHN) was born 07 Mar 1867, and died 1941 in Lee, Madison Co., FL. He married MARY EUGENIA MUNNERLYN 30 Jun 1896 in Decatur Co., GA, daughter of CHARLES MUNNERLYN and LUCY BRANCH. She was born 18 Jun 1875, and died 26 May 1961.

Marriage Notes for JOHN DONALSON and MARY MUNNERLYN: Marriage Recorded Decatur Co., GA, Book 3, Pg. 79

Children of JOHN DONALSON and MARY MUNNERLYN are:

33. i. LUCY OTEY DONALSON, b. 04 May 1897, Blakely, GA; d. 19 Apr 1936.
ii. MARTHA EUGENIA DONALSON, b. 25 Jun 1899; d. 20 Mar 1996, Graham, TX; m. THOMAS JACKSON HOWELL, JR., 19 Aug 1922, Blakely, GA; b. 02 Apr 1891, Blakely, GA; d. 28 Sep 1933.
Notes for MARTHA EUGENIA DONALSON:  Obituary Ft. Worth Star Telegram; Edition: Final AM; Section: Metro; Page 26; 27.

Eugenia D. Howell

GRAHAM, TX - Eugenia Donalson Howell, 96, dean of students at Graham High School from 1935 through 1969, died Wednesday at a Graham nursing home.

Memorial service: 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in Blakely Cemetery in Blakely, Ga.

The Rev. Douglas Alford, SSC, pastor of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Graham, will officiate at the memorial service.

Her parents were John Peel and Mary Eugenia Munnerlyn Donalson. She lived in Georgia during her early years and went to public schools in that state. She attended Brenau College in Gainesville, Ga., graduating with a major in science and minor in English. She did her graduate work at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., and North Texas State University in Denton, where she received her master's degree in guidance.

She married Thomas Jackson Howell, Jr. on August 19, 1922 in Blakely, Ga. He preceded her in death in 1933.

She taught in public schools in Georgia, Louisiana and Florida before coming to Graham in 1934, where she became part of the Graham school system.

Mrs. Howell was appointed the first and only dean of students at Graham High School, where she served in that capacity for 34 years. While at Graham High School she was a pioneer in many areas, including organizing the Student Council and trudging up mountains many times to present Y-teen programs. She had her special dress code and was the senior class sponsor for many years.

She was named Graham's Citizen of the Year in 1956, the first woman to receive this honor. Later, she was named to The Directory of Distinguished Americans.

Mrs. Howell held teaching certificates in superintendent, principal, counselor, permanent high school and permanent elementary school. Mrs. Howell retired from GHS in 1969.

34. iii. GEN. JOHN MUNNERLYN DONALSON, b. 22 Aug 1901, Decatur Co. GA; d. 10 Jun 1987, Pell City, St. Clair Co., AL.

29. HENRY HOYT DONALSON (CHARLES D. POTTER, WILLIAM OSCAR, JOHN, JOHN) was born 30 Oct 1881, and died 03 Apr 1950. He married MATTIE LEE AVIRETT 21 Dec 1905 in Decatur County, Ga.. She was born 29 Sep 1885, and died 16 May 1974.

Notes for HENRY HOYT DONALSON: Source: 1920 Census for Fowlstown, Decatur County, Georgia; Burial: Oak City Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA; Occupation: Farm Manager.

Children of HENRY DONALSON and MATTIE AVIRETT are:

i. SUSIE CATHERINE DONALSON, b. 05 Jun 1907; d. 11 Jun 1907. Burial: Oak City Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA
ii. JOHN WILLIAM DONALSON, b. 25 Jan 1910; d. 25 Aug 1922. Burial: Oak City Cemetery, Decatur Co., GA
35. iii. LOUISE CHARLES DONALSON, b. 16 Aug 1912.

30. ERLE MELDRIM DONALSON (JOHN EARNEST, JONATHAN, JOHN, JOHN) was born 11 Jun 1878 in Bainbridge, Ga., and died 11 Oct 1964 in Bainbridge, Ga. He married LINDA LIPSCOMB GORDON 21 Nov 1906 in Decatur Co., Ga., daughter of WALTER GORDON and LOULIE MCLENDON. She was born 06 Jul 1886, and died 27 Jan 1969 in Bainbridge, Ga.

Notes for ERLE MELDRIM DONALSON: Served in the Georgia Legislature in 1905-1906 and 1907-1908; Family Bible Record donated to Bainbridge, Ga., D.A.R. Chapter in year 1928; Education: Graduated from University of Georgia/Georgetown University/Law; Manager of the varsity football team; Occupation: Attorney; District Attorney; Georgia Legislature

Children of ERLE DONALSON and LINDA GORDON are:

36. i. AMELIA GORDON DONALSON, b. 29 Jul 1907, Bainbridge, Ga.; d. 18 Feb 1979, Hartford, Ct.
ii. LINDA GORDON DONALSON, b. 29 Oct 1908, Bainbridge, Ga.; m. WILLIAM MCREE DREW; b. St. Louis, Mo.; d. 1968, Honolulu, Hawaii.
37. iii. LOULIE GORDON DONALSON, b. 07 Sep 1912, Bainbridge, Ga.

31. MIRIAM AGNES IRIS DONALSON (JOHN EARNEST, JONATHAN, JOHN, JOHN) was born 01 Jan 1886 in St. Augustine, Fl, and died 11 Feb 1947 in St. Augustine, Fl. She married (1) HENRY B. SCOTT. She married (2) BENJAMIN LEE CREW, SR. 03 Apr 1907 in Bainbridge, Ga.. He was born in Atlanta, Ga.

Children of MIRIAM DONALSON and BENJAMIN CREW are:

38. i. BEN LEE CREW, JR., b. 12 Jan 1908; d. 1988, Indianapolis, IN
ii. VIRGINIA DONALSON CREW, b. 26 Oct 1913; m. EARL H. CONE, JR.; b. Atlanta, Ga.
iii. ROBERTA SOUTHERLAND CREW, b. 06 Apr 1916; m. (1) SANFORD AYERS; m. (2) GEORGE HENRY TYNE.

32. JAMES AUGUSTUS "GUS" DONALSON, JR. (JAMES AUGUSTUS, JONATHAN, JOHN, JOHN) was born 01 Sep 1889 in Miriam, now called Donalsonville, Ga., and died Nov 1966. He married STELLA WARD WHICHARD DAIL 1945 in Panama City, FL. She died Aug 1996.

Child of JAMES DONALSON and STELLA DAIL is:

i. WILLIAM RENFREW DAIL DONALSON, Adopted child.

Generation No. 6

33. LUCY OTEY DONALSON (JOHN PEEL, JOHN GREEN BERRY, JOHN E., JOHN, JOHN) was born 04 May 1897 in Blakely, GA, and died 19 Apr 1936. She married EDGAR RYERSON RIGGS 15 Jul 1928 in Blakely, GA.

Child of LUCY DONALSON and EDGAR RIGGS is:

i. JOHN DONALSON RIGGS

34. GEN. JOHN MUNNERLYN DONALSON (JOHN PEEL, JOHN GREEN BERRY, JOHN E., JOHN, JOHN) was born 22 Aug 1901 in Decatur Co. GA, and died 10 Jun 1987 in Pell City, St. Clair Co., AL. He married (1) BLANCHE MORRIS WHEELER 08 Jun 1940. He married (2) ALMEDA DEMARIUS HINES 21 Jun 1975, daughter of NEWTON HINES and SAMANTHA NIX. She was born 03 Mar 1911 in Eldorendo, Decatur Co., GA.

Notes for GEN. JOHN MUNNERLYN DONALSON:  Had a farm or plantation named "Refuge". This is also the name of the house on the large plantation that Charles Lewis Munnerlyn built on his property that he began purchasing in 1835 in Decatur Co., Ga. The land went to his only son, Charles James Munnerlyn, Sr. Just before the Civil War the amount of land they owned was around 3000 acres. They had a steamboat on the river there and there was large slave quarters that was almost a little town. After the civil war, the Munnerlyns began to loose the property.

Children of GEN. JOHN DONALSON and BLANCHE WHEELER are:

i. EUGENIA MORRIS DONALSON
ii. JOHN MUNNERLYN DONALSON, JR., b. 02 Apr 1943; d. 21 Nov 1962.

35. LOUISE CHARLES DONALSON (HENRY HOYT, CHARLES D. POTTER, WILLIAM OSCAR, JOHN, JOHN) was born 16 Aug 1912. She married (1) OSLER CHASON WHEAT 03 Nov 1934 in Decatur Co., GA. He was born 28 Mar 1913, and died May 1960. She married (2) HERBERT LEIGHTON D'ALEMBERTE Aft. 1942. He was born 25 Feb 1906, and died 07 Jul 1977.

Child of LOUISE DONALSON and OSLER WHEAT is:

i. ROBERT DONALSON WHEAT, m. CONSTANCE HOPE POWELL.

36. AMELIA GORDON DONALSON (ERLE MELDRIM, JOHN EARNEST, JONATHAN, JOHN, JOHN) was born 29 Jul 1907 in Bainbridge, Ga., and died 18 Feb 1979 in Hartford, Ct.  She married HENRY HOLBROOK HYDE, SR.

Children of AMELIA DONALSON and HENRY HYDE are:

i. LOULIE GORDON HOLBROOK HYDE
ii. HENRY HOLBROOK HYDE, JR.

37. LOULIE GORDON DONALSON (ERLE MELDRIM, JOHN EARNEST, JONATHAN, JOHN, JOHN) was born 07 Sep 1912 in Bainbridge, Ga. She married ANTHONY ANTOMMARCHI HIRST II 04 Mar 1939. He was born 30 Mar 1908 in Haverford, Pa., and died 08 Jun 1963 in Brynmawr, Pa.

Notes for ANTHONY ANTOMMARCHI HIRST II: Ancestor of Sir Anthony Antammarchi, Napoleon's doctor and executor of his death mask.

Children of LOULIE DONALSON and ANTHONY HIRST are:

39. i. LINDA GORDON HIRST
40. ii. ANTHONY ANTOMMARCHI HIRST III

38. BEN LEE CREW, JR. (MIRIAM AGNES IRIS DONALSON, JOHN EARNEST, JONATHAN, JOHN, JOHN) was born 12 Jan 1908, and died 1988 in Indianapolis, Ind. He married ELIZABETH BLAIN.

Children of BEN CREW and ELIZABETH BLAIN are:

i. ROBERTA SUTHERLAND CREW,  m. JOHN ANDERSON.
ii. BENJAMIN BAKER CREW.

Generation No. 7

39. LINDA GORDON HIRST (LOULIE GORDON DONALSON, ERLE MELDRIM, JOHN EARNEST, JONATHAN, JOHN, JOHN)  She married DAVID DANIEL HUDSON.

Children of LINDA HIRST and DAVID HUDSON are:

i. DAVID ANTHONY HUDSON
ii. LOULIE GORDON HUDSON
iii. STEVEN PHILIP HUDSON

40. ANTHONY ANTOMMARCHI HIRST III (LOULIE GORDON DONALSON, ERLE MELDRIM, JOHN EARNEST, JONATHAN, JOHN, JOHN) was born 12 Feb 1950 in Brynmawr, Pa., and died 02 Jan 1982. He married LYNDA TERESA SKINNER.

Child of ANTHONY HIRST and LYNDA SKINNER is:

i. ANTHONY ANTOMMARCHI HIRST IV

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