|Birth: ||Sep. 8, 1826|
|Death: ||Apr. 12, 1900|
from History Of Wood County, Ohio:
EBENEZER DONALDSON, one of the most prominent residents of Grand Rapids, and known throughout the community as "Squire Donaldson," is a descendant of a family which became distinguished for valor and ability in Colonial times, and has always held an honored place in the history of this country.
The first of the family in this country was Jacob Donaldson, who was born in Scotland, and came to America in 1730. He settled in eastern Pennsylvania, but was killed, in 1756, by the Indians, in the French-Indian war, while he was striving, as a settler on the frontier of his day, to extend the limits of civilization. He had three daughters and two sons, Isaac, and Ebenezer, the former of whom married Martha Reynolds, and a few years later removed with his growing family to Indiana county, Penn., taking up a tract of government land, and entering vigorously upon its improvement. While living there, in 1780, Isaac, in company with a Mr. Barnhill, was returning from a visit to a neighbor, when they were pursued by Indians, and Mr. Barnhill was captured. Mr. Donaldson outran the Indians, but was shot by one of the savages lying under the fence not far from the house, and scalped and tomahawked.
Ebenezer R. Donaldson, son of Isaac Donaldson, grandfather of our subject, moved from Pennsylvania, where he was born, to Harrison county, Ohio, in 1810, and later to Perry county where he spent the remainder of his life. He married Rebecca Hillis, and had children as follows : Matthew, James, Elizabeth, Rebecca, John, Sarah, and Mary.
James Donaldson, our subject's father, was born in Washington county, Penn., May 5, 1803, and was married in Perry county, in 1824, to Miss Anna Pugh, a native of Wood county, Va., born June 11, 1804. He settled first in Perry county, but later entered eighty acres of land in Weston township, Wood county, where he became a leading farmer. In politics he was in early life a Democrat, but afterward adopted the faith of the Whigs, and, on the struggle over the slavery question, he became a Republican. He and his wife were prominent Methodists of their locality. She departed this life February 18, 1881, her husband following her to the grave March 27, 1886. They had four children: Alexander P., born September 17, 1825, was a private in the famous 49th O. V. I., and was killed May 27, 1864, in the battle of Pickett's Mills; Ebenezer, our subject; David, born in 1829, is a civil engineer and surveyor, well-known in Wood county, and now resides in San Antonio, Texas; Colin, the youngest child, died in infancy.
Ebenezer Donaldson, the subject proper of these lines, first saw the light in Perry county, September 8, 1826, but his parents came to Wood county during his boyhood, and his education was obtained here, his first school being in an old log cabin on Beaver creek owned by Alexander Pugh. Reared upon a farm, he followed agriculture in early manhood. He was married in 1849 to his first wife, Miss Anna C. Dubbs, a native of Wayne county, born November 1, 1824, and settled upon a farm in Weston township, removing in 1854 to Washington township, where he remained until 1873 when he came to Grand Rapids. Six children were born of his first marriage. (1) Mary E., born in 1852, married W. A. Watson, and has had nine children-Alexander, Lowell, Myrtle, Donald, Richard, Stanley, Florence, Arthur and Margaret. (2) Stella, born in 1854, married Paul V. Palmer, of Adams township, Lucas county, and has three children - Carleton, Florence and Raymond. (3) Florence, twin sister of Stella, born in 1854, married V. H. Richards, of Wood county. (4) Olive, born June 5, 1860, is a teacher in the Sisters' Select School at Toledo. (5) Carrie, born October 20, 1863, married W. W. Edwards, a banker, of Leipsic, Ohio, and has two children - Ruth and Katharine. (6) Alexander, born December 30, 1865, now a resident of Henry county, married, and has two children - Annie and Ebenezer John. The mother of this family died February 24, 1887, and our subject in 1888 married the widow of. Col. S. H. Steedman.
For a few years after coming to Grand Rapids Squire Donaldson was engaged in farming exclusively; but, in 1881, he was appointed postmaster at the place, in which incumbency he served some four years. He is a man whose sterling qualities command the confidence and esteem of his acquaintances; he has been a justice of the peace at intervals for many years, his first election to the office being in 1876. Since 1892 he has held the office without interruption. He is one of the honored ex-soldiers of the Union, having enlisted in 1861, and serving three years in Company H, 21st O. V. I., as a sergeant attached to the army of the West. His chief battles were the engagements at Jonesboro, and on the Chattahoochee River. He is a member of Bond Post No. 24, G. A. R. Politically he is a Republican, but in early years he was a Whig, and his first vote was cast for Zachary Taylor. For nearly half a century he has been a member of the M. E. Church, and he has often shown his sympathy with the best interests of the community by his advocacy of progressive measures.
James Donaldson (1803 - 1886)
Anna Pugh Donaldson (1804 - 1881)
Ann C. Dubbs Donaldson (1824 - 1887)
Florence Donaldson Richard (1854 - 1936)*
Olive Donaldson (1860 - 1948)*
Alexander P. Donaldson (1825 - 1864)*
Ebenezer Donaldson (1826 - 1900)
Beaver Creek Cemetery
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Record added: Aug 15, 2010
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