|Birth: ||Feb., 1820|
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
|Death: ||Aug., 1905|
Our great great great grandfather. Born in Ireland of a Scottish mother & Irish father. He and wife Ann Steele Dornon had at least six children: Rachel Ann Knox Dornon Reynolds, Joseph Steele Dornon, Jane Steele Dornon, Robert Alexander Dornon, Mary Dornon Pollock & Alexander Milligan McCloud Dornon.
Samuel & Ann Dornon immigrated to the United States in between 1845-1847, Their other children were all born in Philadelphia. Samuel was a shoe and boot maker by trade. They resided in Philadelphia, PA in 1850. In spring of 1859, they had relocated to New Alexandria in Westmoreland County, PA, due to wife Ann's failing health (She passed away at age 38). Members of the Steele family also lived in Westmoreland County. There may have also been other Dornons in the area.
The Dornon's are reported to have been very active in the Reformed Presbyterian Church in New Alexandria. The Dornon's named their youngest son after a favorite pastor. He was later active in the United Presbyterian Church, which I believe is the old reformed church.
He was referred to as a great reader, public speaker & public debater.
By 1880, he had remarried to Sarah Wilson.
Samuel reportedly served in the Union Army in the US Civil War. He was an active G.A.R. member. There is little on his Civil War activity. Based on records found (which I can't confirm are for him), it appears he may have answered the call to serve to adult males given by the PA Governor, when the state of PA was under eminent attack threat as a border state.
He lived his last several years with his oldest son Robert in New Alexandria, PA.
According to his obituary, at 85, Samuel was "a fine old gentleman with many friends" and "a man of bright, clear mind," whose death "resulted from the infirmities of old age."
Thank you to Margaret G. for all her help.
ANN STEELE DORNON (1822 - 1860)
Sara Wilson Dornon (1820 - 1895)*
Rachel Ann Knox DORNON REYNOLDS (1845 - 1918)*
Mary Priscilla DORNON POLLOCK (1854 - 1916)*
Alexander Milligan McCloud Dornon (1858 - 1957)*
New Alexandria Union Cemetery
Plot: Dornon / Pollock Lot
Created by: Susan Makky
Record added: Jan 24, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17678228