|Birth: ||Apr. 10, 1831|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 5, 1868|
Catherine "Katie" McDonald was the fourth of the five children of Mary "Polly" Oliver and Scotsman Daniel McDonald. She was the first of their two daughters. (There was also a younger half-sister Mary Johnson McDonald.) The family lived in a large house that still stands on Graham Bridge Road in Richmond County NC. Her father died in January 1842.
Five of the six children, including Katie, are on a list of scholars at Hitchcock Free School District of Richmond County dated 23 March 1842. Sister Abigail was too young for school.
By the September 1850 US Federal Census, the family members were living in separate residences. Daniel Oliver is found living in the Samuel Gibson household. Twelve-year old Abbie, is living in the large household of Bethrine and Abigail McKenzie. Their 45-year old mother was living alone but next door to their brother John age 21, who is also listed alone. Brother William is found living and working as a teacher in the R. T. Long household. Sisters, Mary and Katie, were married.
Katie was married twice. First to Samuel C Watson (born about 1814) on 16 March 1850. The Bondsman was her brother William A McDonald. Samuel Watson was "mean and whipped Katie". William convinced her to leave him and move West with other settlers he was leading to Alabama. This was circa 1856. There is no record of children between Katie and Samuel.
One of the settlers moving West was John Lauchlin McLean who asked Katie to marry him. As newlyweds, she and John moved to Clarke County, Alabama, in 1857 with her brother William Alexander McDonald, and other settlers recruited by William. Church records confirm their presence in Alabama by 1857. They are noted in the 1858 organization records of First Union Methodist Church located on Winn-Zimco Road between Zimco and Hebron, Clarke County, AL.
John, Katie and their first child, John William McLean (born 18 July 1859) are found in the 1860 US Federal Census in Clarke County, Alabama, with the nearest post office being Grove Hill. This is where they would settle, in an area called Good Springs, and remain for the rest of their lives. They became the parents of two boys and two girls.
Katie passed away at age 37 of typhoid fever. Her youngest child, James Hugh, was only eight months old. John never remarried. He lived on the property until the early 1900s with his widowed sister, Mary McLean McSween, as his housekeeper.
Katie and John are buried side-by-side in the small McLean Family Cemetery situated near the site of their house.
[Written by Jo Terry Maliawski-Boras, great grand niece of Catherine McDonald McLean]
Daniel McDonald (1763 - 1842)
Mary Polly Oliver McDonald (1806 - 1883)
John Lauchlin McLean (1828 - 1910)
John William McLean (1859 - 1939)*
Mary Catherine McLean White (1861 - 1944)*
Jeannette McLean Robinson (1866 - 1927)*
James Hugh McLean (1867 - 1939)*
Daniel Oliver McDonald (1823 - 1892)*
William Alexander McDonald (1826 - 1875)*
John Oliver McDonald (1829 - 1904)*
Mary Johnson McDonald Gibson (1830 - 1895)**
Catherine McDonald McLean (1831 - 1868)
Abigail McDonald Terry (1837 - 1891)*
Created by: Jo Terry ღ
Record added: Jan 23, 2011
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