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John Danielson
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Birth: Dec. 8, 1727
Brimfield
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Feb. 10, 1815
Gilbertsville
Otsego County
New York, USA

John Danielson served in the American Revolution as did six of his sons and his two brothers. Danielson was the son of John Danielson, Sr. and Margaret Mighill (Maghell) and the husband of Ruth Blodgett. Brimfield was first settled in the mid-1720's and John was one of the first people born there. As a young man Danielson served in the French and Indian War and participated in the 1755 Crown Point Expedition. Later, he was an early supporter of the revolution. On August 31, 1774, along with his two brothers and his father, John, Sr., he signed the 'Brimfield Covenant' protesting the unjust acts of the British Parliament and urging an end to commercial trade with Great Britain.
In the American Revolution Danielson enlisted 12 May 1775 as a private, Capt. Amos Walbridge's company in Brimfield, Col. David Brewer's 9th Regiment. He served in the battles of Bunker Hill, Long Island and Trenton. He crossed the Delaware with the troops on 25 Dec 1776. For a time he was a member of the bodyguards to General Washington.
After the war in 1796 John Danielson and his wife moved from Brimfield, Massachusetts to Butternuts, Otsego Co, New York.
After his death nearly all of his children and grandchildren changed the family surname from 'Danielson' to 'Donaldson' by common consent, believing, according to oral family history, that 'Donaldson' was the original family name back in 1600's Scotland.
During the past century some researchers have speculated that John Danielson of Brimfield was the grandson of wealthy James Danielson of Killingly, Connecticut. However that is disproved by James' 1728 will, which shows only two sons, Samuel and James, Jr. However, evidence suggests that John and James were somehow related.
Much of the best research on the Donaldson/Danielson family was done from 1925-1965 by Harriet H. Donaldson Wilkinson.
Note: Photograph posted on page 2 for John Danielson, Jr. is not valid since John lived before the invention of photography.

Siblings:
Gen. Timothy Danielson
Maj. Nathaniel Danielson
Sarah Danielson Wallis
Mary Danielson Anderson

 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Ruth Blodgett Danielson (1728 - 1807)*
 
 Children:
  Timothy Donaldson (1751 - 1843)*
  Frederick Danielson (1753 - 1776)*
  Calvin Danielson (1755 - 1845)*
  Luther Danielson (1757 - 1841)*
  Calista Danielson Nichols (1758 - 1843)*
  Lothario Danielson (1760 - 1763)*
  Altamont Donaldson (1763 - 1847)*
  Lothario Donaldson (1765 - 1841)*
  Ruth Donaldson Morgan (1766 - 1855)*
  Nathaniel Danielson (1768 - 1855)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
(older stone)
John Danielson
age 87 yrs, Stone In Memory of John & Ruth, his wife Sept 14 1807 Aged
79 Years
this stone erected by Lieut. N. Danielson
(Rest of inscription illegible)
Newer marker (shown top right) reads:
JOHN DANIELSON
PVT CONTINENTAL LINE
REVOLUTIONARY WAR
1727 + 1815
 
Burial:
Prentiss Cemetery
Otsego County
New York, USA
 
Maintained by: GWC
Originally Created by: Tom Price
Record added: Sep 13, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15721075
John Danielson
Added by: Kathy Sturgess Ouimet
 
John Danielson
Added by: Kathy Sturgess Ouimet
 
John Danielson
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