Title: History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania: including its early settlement; its erection into a separate county; its subsequent growth and development; sketches of its boroughs, villages and townships ... biographies of many of its representative citizens; statistics, etc
Authors: Richard, J. Fraise (Jacob Fraise), 1844-, Henry, Thomas.
CAPTAIN DANIEL M. DONEHOO, postmaster at Beaver, was born in Washington County, March 30, 1825. His parents were JOHN and ISABELLA (McELHENY) DONEHOO, natives of Pennsylvania and of Scotch-Irish descent. His paternal and maternal ancestors were among the early settlers of Pennsylvania. His grandparents arrived at Fort Pitt, in 1801, and soon afterward moved to Washington County. His father was first a farmer,, then during the last thirty years of his life a school teacher. His family consisted of ten children, of whom DANIEL M. is the third. He grew up in Allegheny County, and early in life learned the trade of a millwright, and engaged in building mills. He followed that business until 1862, when he resolved to enlist in the army. He took an active part in raising the 17th Cavalry, and on the organization of the regiment was elected colonel, but the order was to commission regular soldiers only as colonels of cavalry, so he accepted the rank of captain. He was soon afterward injured while trying to capture a deserter, and resigned and returned home. He had two brothers in the army: HENRY M., now a hotel keeper at New Brighton, and FRANK M., who died in the army. In 1864 CAPTAIN DONEHOO engaged in the oil producing business, which he continued until 1866. He was engaged in the construction of railroads for four years. He is a Master Mason, and has always been an active Democrat. He was appointed postmaster in 1887. He was the Democratic candidate for the state senate in 1862, and was defeated although he ran largely ahead of his ticket. He was census marshal in Beaver County in 1860, and again in 1880. He has been many times a representative in Democratic state conventions, and once in a national convention. He has been twice married; first in 1848, and had two children by this marriage: CLARA J., wife of PROF. BRIGGS, of Pittsburgh; and GERTRUDE, wife of JOHN KING, superintendent of the New Brighton water works. The children by his second marriage are CORA B., W. EDWIN, LULU A. (wife of EUGENE H. RIDER, railroad ticket agent at Wheeling, W. Va.), CLAIRE, SARAH M., EFFIE and MIRIAM.
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