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John Donelson
Birth: 1718, USA
Death: 1785, USA

Colonial Frontiersman. One of the two founders of Nashville, he joined with James Robertson to lead the first settlers to began a new settlement on the Cumberland River at the French Lick. A land speculator and surveyor, he had served in the Virginia House of Burgesses before moving to the Watauga settlements on the Holston and Watauga rivers in East Tennessee. where he met James Robertson. While Robertson led a group of mostly men and boys overland with pack horses and livestock, John Donelson organized and led a flotilla of approximately thirty boats from the Holston River to the Tennessee River,up the Ohio River,and then up the Cumberland River to the present site of Nashville, approximately 1000 miles. Most of his passengers were the wives and children of the men who went with Robertson. John Donelson was mysteriously killed on the trail between Kentucky and Nashville in 1785. His tenth child (out of eleven) was Rachel Donelson Jackson, the future wife of Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Rachel Stockley Donelson (1715 - 1794)*
 
 Children:
  Alexander Donelson (1751 - 1834)*
  Jane Donelson Hays (1754 - 1834)*
  John Donelson (1755 - 1830)*
  Rachel Donelson Jackson (1767 - 1828)*
  Samuel Donelson (1770 - 1804)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hermitage Churchyard Cemetery
Hermitage
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 26, 2002
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John Donelson
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A tribute to my 8th great grandfather. This is incredible to known that I am a direct descendent of this courageous and inspiring man that literally changed history. He did not just sit idly by as this country was taking shape, he had his own hands helpin...(Read more)
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 Added: Aug. 16, 2014

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We salute you sir!
- descendants of Gen. John Sevier
 Added: Jul. 11, 2013
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