a retired farmer residing in Mason, claims Ohio as the State of his nativity. He was born in Georgetown, the county
seat of Brown County, August 9, 1821, and is of Irish, Scotch and German descent. Andrew Donaldson, the grandfather
of our subject, was of Irish descent but married a Scotch lady, and they had a large family of children. He probably
served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and lived to the age of ninety years, while his wife's death occurred
at the age of eighty-seven years. Their son, Andrew Donaldson, was the father of our subject. He was born in Georgetown,
Ohio, and in early life became a surveyor. He afterward followed farming, and later engaged in coopering. He spent
seven years as a surveyor in Indiana and Ohio in early days, when the Indians still lived in those localities.
In Brown County of the latter State he married Catherine Baxter, a native of Charleston, W. Va., and a daughter
of Allen Baxter, a farmer who resided about three miles east of Charleston, in that State. He was a prominent Methodist
and took quite an active part in church work. Both he and his wife lived to an advanced age.
the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Donaldson they located in Ohio, but subsequently returned to Virginia, where they
spent about four years. They then became residents of Boone County, Ky., where they lived until 1853. In that year
they removed to Perry County, Ill., and Mr. Donaldson purchased a farm near Pigeonville, where he and his wife
and a little niece died within three days of each other of typhus fever. He was sixty-three years of age and his
wife was sixty at the time of their deaths. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Mr. Donaldson had served
as a recruiting officer in the War of 1812. This worthy couple had a family of ten children, five sons and five
daughters, of whom three sons and three daughters are yet living: William; Allen; Jane, wife of Emory Hobbs; Joseph;
Caroline, wife of Andrew Hobbs; and Mrs. Minerva Williams, of Gallatin County, Ky.
Donaldson, whose name heads this record, was reared in Petersburgh, Boone County, Ky., acquired his education in
the common schools, and at the age of fourteen years began learning the cooper's trade. After attaining to man's
estate he was married, on the 2d of July, 1846, to Miss Sarah Ann, daughter of William and Sarah (Chase) Wingate,
natives of Maryland. Nine children were born to our subject and his wife, but three are now deceased, namely: Anna
Vista, the eldest; William A., the fifth child, and Henry W., the seventh child. With one exception the other children
are all married. Josephine became the wife of David Thistlewood, who died in the fall of 1886, and she resides
in Cairo, Ill. She had four children, but Cora is the only one now living. Catherine is the wife of Dr. Condon,
of Perry, Iowa, and they have a son, Charles. Lue married John C. Lee, of Mason, and they have two children, David
G. and Hall. Charles married Elizabeth, daughter of David Drury, and resides upon a farm in Mason Township with
his wife and their son Percy. Cora is the wife of Roy Wright, who follows farming in Mason Township just south
of the village. Thomas is the youngest member of this family.
the 14th of April, 1860, Mr. Donaldson came to Illinois from Carrollton, Ky., and located in the village of Mason.
In 1858 he purchased what was known as the Hamilton Farm, comprising one hundred and sixty acres of land a mile
from the village. After a year's residence in Mason he removed to the farm, and its boundaries he subsequently
extended by the purchase of another one hundred and sixty acres of prairie land and one hundred and twenty acres
of timberland, making in all four hundred and forty acres. He has since sold eighty acres of the timber tract.
The farm at the time of his removal hither had all been fenced, but more than half of it was unplowed, and deer
used to run over the land close to his house. He improved the place with numerous buildings, including a substantial
and pleasant eight-room residence. He also built good barns and outbuildings, and divided his land into fields
of convenient size, which he placed under a high state of cultivation. He was recognized as a successful and enterprising
Donaldson and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he holds the office of Steward.
Socially, he is connected with Mason Lodge No. 217, A. F. & A. M. He was also for many years a prominent Odd
Fellow, and helped to organize three different lodges, of which he was a charter member. In his political affiliations
he is a Prohibitionist. The cause of temperance finds in him a warm friend, the church an earnest advocate, and
all worthy interests calculated to prove of public benefit a stanch and hearty supporter.
and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of
Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago:
Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 314. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.