|Birth: ||Apr., 1784|
|Death: ||May 24, 1855|
Robert was an influential Presbyterian Minister.
REV. ROBERT DONNELL was the son of William and Mary Bell Donnell, who were married about the year 1760, and resided in Guilford county, N.C.
The Donnell family, in its several generations, has furnished a large quota of ambassadors for Christ; and in this respect has been much honored of God.
Rev. Robert Donnell's parents at an early day were members of that branch of the great Presbyterian family commonly called Seceders; but previous to 1794, joined, what is now called the Old Presbyterian Church.
In the month of October, 1789, when father Donnell was in his sixth year, his parents started for the Cumberland country, as Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky as then styled, expecting to join an emirgrating party, which it seems was to rendezvous near, or at Abington, Va. But being too late to effect this object, they remained in the vicinity of Abington until the following October, when they joined another party, and proceeded to Sumner county, Tenn. But owing to the hostilities of the Indians, they spent the first year after their arrival in Capt. Bell's fort, situated about one mile from Smith's fort, afterward called Hendersonville, on Drake's creek, some seven or eight miles from Nashville, on the north side of Cumberland river. Sometime in the next yar (1792) they settled on Spring creek, in the adjoining county of Wilson, not many miles from where Lebanon now stands. Here they soon assisted in erecting a house of worship, and in organizing a church. Here their pilgrimage on earth was ended; and here sleep their bodies in the tomb, awaiting the resurrection morn. Whatever good they may have otherwise accomplished, doubtless the greatest blessing they were instrumental in confering upon the Church and the world was presented in their son Robert, who was born in Guilford county, N. C., in April--, 1781, and who after preaching the gospel with almost unparalled success for near half a century, terminated his life at his own residence in Athens, Limestone county, Ala., on Thursday, the 24th of May, 1855, at 4:30 o'clock A.M., in the 72d year of his age.
Ann Eliza Smith Donnell (1795 - 1828)*
Clarissa Whipple Lindley Donnell (1806 - 1883)*
James Webb Smith Donnell (1820 - 1876)*
Athens City Cemetery
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Record added: Sep 28, 2008
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