I am researching McDonalds of North Georgia. Amy (indexed Anny) Bridges is a proven dau of Rev War soldier Daniel McDonald and wife Elizabeth Tharpe, per pension. Another dau Sarah married William Yarborough, supposedly in McMinn Co, TN 1854. This one's a "stretch", but I am wondering if possibly Yarborough-Yearwood was confused, or if you know how Barton Yearwood 30 NC came to be in Amy Bridges' hh with her two probable sons James & William? Any record of Barton Yearwood marrying Unknown Bridges, perchance?
McDONALD, DANIEL, SC & Cont. Line, RWS W7422, BLW 11185-160-55
Married February 1782 in Abbeville Dist, SC to Elizabeth Tharpe.
Extracted by Mary Lu Johnson
Private in the Revolution for 7 mos 10 days, inscribed on the Roll at Savannah, $24.44 per annum,
27 June 1785, 29 August 1785 report of Comptroller Genl’s Office, Columbia, So.Ca: Statement acknowledging payment to Daniel McDonald for militia duty as private “for duty for Col Anderson’s return”. Acknowledged by Daniel [his X mark] McDonald.
2 March 1852, Hall Co, GA, Affidavit of Elizabeth McDonald aged 97, states she is the widow of Daniel McDonald who served in the SC Militia and the Continental Line, that he joined a company from North Carolina or Virginia, cannot recollect which, and served with the Militia in SC and adjoining states; believes two officers were Capts. Maxwell and Anderson, who was later promoted to Colonel; also under a Col H___ten; names of regular officers familiar to her are Genls Green, Lee, Morgan, Gates and Lincoln. Daniel McDonald was in the Battles of Camden and Cowpens, and in the battle when Baron DeKalb was killed. Comes under her personal knowledge that he was at the siege of Ninety Six [old district in SC] “for I could hear the report of the guns and he frequently returned to his home on furlow while in the vicinity of ninety six as he lived near that place”. States her maiden name was Elizabeth Tharpe, married February 1782 by [blank] Thomas, a Baptist minister, in Abbeville Dist., SC. After the revolution, they lived in Abbeville District, SC, the [later affidavit says 1808] to Clark Co., GA, then November 1816 to Jackson Co., GA, then January 1835 to Talbot Co, GA and remained there, where on November 1835 Daniel McDonald died. January 1836 Elizabeth removed back to Jackson County, GA where they “resided during the lifetime of her husband and where I still reside”.
Attested to by James Roberts, who states, “And I further certify that the name is indifferently wrote and spelt sometimes McDonald and some times McDaniel both as regards herself and the various members of her family. s/s James Roberts, J.J.C.
1 Jan 1854 letter from Chas C. Tucker to Hon. Loren P. Waldo, Commissioner of Pensions states proof of marriage is not sufficient; requested Clerk’s certificate, church restry or a family record of the births of children or show that “this grade of evidence cannot be obtained before parol evidence will be considered. Also states her husband must be clearly identified as the soldier who performed the service… Further states the papers of her husband filed in 1833 were returned Oct 31 1837 to J.H. Trippe Esq of Clarksville”, letter addressed to “Joseph Sturgis Esq”. Stated missing papers may have been filed with Claims under Act of June 7, 1832, as soldier was eligible under that Act.
2 March 1852, Hall County, Georgia, affidavit of Basheba Roberts, age 48, resident of Hall Co, states she was born in Abbeville District, SC, md Harden Roberts. Stated her father died November 1835 in Talbot Co, GA about the 15th of the month; that she was present when he died and saw him buried. Affirms his service, states name is sometimes spelled McDonald and sometimes McDaniel. s/s Basheba Roberts
2 March 1852, affidavit of Celia Brymer “age 93”, stated she resided in Abbeville, SC, knew Daniel McDonald married Elizabeth Tharpe, knew him to be a soldier of the Revolution, gives account of places they lived and states they removed from Abbeville to Clark Co, GA between 1805 and 1810; that she knew McDonald and his wife in Hall County where she now resides; that she did not see them for several years until they moved to Jackson County, GA “not fare distant from where deponent resided” about the year 1816. Celia [her X mark] Brymer
3 March 1852, Affidavit made in Hall Co., GA by Arthur Wall aged 93, resident of Jackson Co, GA. Knew Daniel McDonald and wife Elizabeth in 1785 in Abbeville District, SC and had been to their house in said District; moved in 1808 to Clark Co, GA where they lived near him. In November 1816 McDonald moved to Jackson Co, GA and settled in the same neighborhood where the families all resided and where they lived until January 1835 when McDonald moved to Talbot Co, GA. After McDonald’s death in Talbot Co., GA in 1835 the widow moved back to Jackson Co., GA. s/s Arthur Wall
7 May 1852, Jackson County, GA affidavits of Richard W. Pentecost, aged 63, Bailey Chandler aged 59, and Hill Steed aged 53, all residents of Jackson Co, state they have resided in that county for upwards of 40 years, state Daniel McDonald and his family moved to the neighbourhood in the month of November 1816 and they were acquainted with them until the family moved to Talbot Co, GA January 1835 where Daniel died, and that Elizabeth his widow moved back to Jackson County in their immediate neighbourhood where she previously lived.
s/s Richard W. Pentecost, Bailey Chandler, Hill Steed
9 May 1852, affidavit of John Epperson, age 70, resident of Cherokee County, GA, affirms previous testimony as to service of Daniel McDonald, their and Elizabeth’s marriage, children, and Daniel McDonald’s death. John [his X mark] Epperson.
3 May 1853, letter appointing Charles C. Tucker, of Washington City, D.C. as attorney to pursue pension claim of Elizabeth McDonald. Elizabeth [her X mark] McDonald
Wit: Solomon Dykes, James Roberts, Notary Public
1 Sep 1853, affidavit of Margaret Cavender, aged about 103, states she moved to Edgefield Dist, SC with her father’s family ans she became acquainted with Daniel McDonald and Elizabeth Tharpe in the fall of 1780 after Charleston was taken by the British. That McDaniel lived in Abbeville Dist a few miles from where her father’s family resided. George Cox her father, and William Cavender her intended husband whom she later married, served North Carolina Militia, and the SC Militia and NC Militia was frequently together. Daniel McDonald was in the Battle of Eutaw Springs and said he saw the corpse of George Cox shortly after said Battle. Said she knew when they married because it was about twelve months prior to her mother and family moved from South Carolina to Wilkes County in the State of Georgia. States there was no record of marriage in SC but married by the publication of banns.
28 Oct 1853, affidavit of Moses Wall, aged 45 years, resident of Jackson County, GA, states Daniel McDonald died 28 November 1835 in Talbot Co, GA, that he was with him at his death and burial, and remembers the date because it was the date of his own marriage. s/s Moses Wall
10 Jan 1854 letter from Chas C. Tucker to Hon. Loren P. Waldo, Commissioner of Pensions stated “April or May 1852” application for widow’s pension had been made and possibly mislaid. States papers of the claim then consisted of the Claimant’s declaration, affidavits of Celia Brymer [extract by Virgil White in Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pensioners states “Celia Byrne”], Arthur Hall, Basheba Roberts, Richard W. Penticost, Bailey Chandler and Hill Steed, and two Certificates from the Comptroller of SC.
14 February 1854 Elizabeth McDonald aged about 99 years, resident of Jackson Co, GA, made application for pension, states she and her husband married February 1782. 25 January 1783 she became the mother of:
(1) Sarah McDonald who since married William Yarborough “who was living a few weeks ago in McMinn Co, TN”.
(2) Month of August about the 12th day, 1784, became the mother of Absolem and her said son Absolem McDonald died about 18 years since [c1836].
(3) Became the mother of Daniel in September on about the 6th day of that month 1786 who died October 1849
(4) 29 April 1789 she became the mother of another Female child and called its name Amy who married one J. Bridges and now is living in Murray County, Georgia.
(5) On or about 17 December 1791 she became the mother of a male child Eli, who died in the third year of his age
(6) On the last day of February 1794 she became the mother of another son and called his name John, who was living a short time since in Russell County, Alabama.
She has since had other children [no date of births]
(7) Alexander “who now resides in Jackson County, Georgia”.
(8) William “who now resides in Jackson County, Georgia”.
(9) Basheba, a daughter who now resides in [county smear] State of Georgia [Basheba married Harden Roberts per her own affidavit 2 March 1852 lived in Hall Co, GA]*.
Attest: William J. Roberts Elizabeth [her X mark] McDonald
*[This not in pension: Hardin Roberts, private, enlisted September 24, 1861, died in Chimborazo Hospital #3 at Richmond, VA on April 7, 1862. Company H, 35th Reg. Ga. Volunteer Infantry Army of N. Va. CSA (Gwinnett and Hall Counties, GA.) Source: Roster of Confederate Soldiers of Georgia 1861-1865].
14 Feb 1854 Affidavit of Daniel Madox aged 83 a resident of Gwinnett Co, GA, states he was well acquainted with Daniel McDonald and Elizabeth Tharpe when a small boy, and distinctly recollects that it was common settlement talk that the said Daniel McDonald and Elizabeth McDonald were married. He was not at the marriage, was eleven or twelve at the time and believes it was in the winter or Spring of the year 1782, in Abbeville Dist, SC. [Daniel McDonald and Daniel McDaniel are used interchangeably in this affidavit]. Gives names of children, stated he heard said “Daniel McDaniel” state they were his children, reaffirmed service in SC Militia. States Daniel McDaniel and wife Elizabeth removed to the State of Georgia and Jackson Co between 1805 and 1810; that deponent to Hall County State of Georgia and subsequently to Gwinnett County, GA where he now resides. That he knows the widow Elizabeth McDonald to be the wife of Daniel McDonald.
24 Feb 1854, letter from Chas C. Tucker to Hon. Loren P. Waldo, Commissioner of Pensions, refers to testimony of Celia Brymer and Margaret Cavender “now aged 103 years” stating Daniel McDonald and Elizabeth were married in the winter or spring of 1782 from the fact that “it was about 12 months before her own removal to Georgia”. Margaret Cavender’s testimony stated she became acquainted with Daniel McDonald in 1780, served in Expeditions to Orangeburgh and Four holes in 1781, and the Battle of Eutaw Springs, information derived from “her father and intended husband being in the service”, and further states her father was killed in the Battle of Eutaw Springs.
29 May 1854 from Chas C. Tucker, Atty to L.F. Waldo, Commissioner of Pensions, stating one of Elizabeth McDonald’s old neighbors, a resident of Cherokee County, GA has been found and brought to see the old lady, whom he has known since 1808, and that now being 70 years old next December, he is able to give a satisfactory account of the family for forty eight years past:
“John Epperson, aged 70, that he resided in Jackson Co. GA in the year 1808, about which time he became acquainted with said Daniel McDonald and his wife Elizabeth and their family; that said McDonald often told him of his Revolutionary Service, in the South Carolina Militia, of his being in an Expedition to the four holes in Orangeburgh, at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, etc and he often heard his accounts confirmed by comrades who saw him in service; he well recollects the names and ages of their children, and particularly the oldest Daughter, Sarah, who was born, as her parents said in the early part of (1783) the year preceding his birth which was recorded as having occurred 3 Dec 1784, she being then (1808) 24 years old, an age when it is not likely she or her parents would have reported her any older than she really was, and which he would not have mistaken nor forgotten so easily as if she had been his junior. He also states that Mr. and Mrs. McDonald were illiterate but seemed to have an excellent mind and memory, that each child was told their age as soon as they were old enough to remember it”. [Goes on to repeat above]…This evidence is also a confirmation of a part of Margaret Cavender’s testimony and when you recollect that she and Celia Brymer, another witness are both Pensioners and that there is so much other testimony on file…”
1855 Elizabeth McDonald, wid of Daniel McDonald, “aged about 100 years, a resident of Jackson County…Georgia” was represented by James M. Roberts of Hog Mountain, GA in securing Bounty Land Warrant. She thinks he was in Capt. Maxwell’s and Capt. Anderson’s Company of SC Militia; husband volunteered at Abbeville Dist, SC for term of 12 months, although actual service was about seven months. They married February 1782 in Abbeville Dist., SC by ___ Thomas, a Minister of the Gospel; her name before said marriage was Elizabeth Tharpe. Her husband died at his residence in Talbot County, GA on or about 28 November 1835.
Wits: Green B. Wigley and William Charles, residents of Hall County, GA.
10 January 1857, Wm McDonald of Chinkeypin Grove, Gwinnet County, GA, stated he was one of the heirs of soldier, in an apparent attempt to see if there was any money due the heirs from Daniel McDonald’s pension. [NOTE: This Wm McDonald was not heir of this Daniel, per letter in file stating this Wm’s father had not been in Georgia. MLJ]
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