Part I: The McDonald Family - Scottish Heroes, American Heroes
Colonel Angus William McDonald
(February 14, 1799 – December 1, 1864)
This picture was taken in 1852, one of the earliest of its kind. He is your 6th great-grandfather.
Son of Angus and Mary McGuire McDonald. Graduated from West Point. Married 1-11-1827 to Anne Naylor. After her death he married Cornelia Peake. Angus resided at "Hawthorne" near Winchester.
Organizer of the 7th Virginia Cavalry, CSA. Captain Turner Ashby made Lt. Colonel on McDonald's recommendation to the War Dept.
His mother died when he was 10 years old. He was reared by his grandmother at "Glengarry". He attended Winchester Academy before going to West Point. He was a Third Lieutenant of Artillery and served at New Orleans and Mobile. He joined his brother in St. Louis to survey the lands in Iowa. He possessed an unusual degree of physical strength and was athletic and confident. He was a friend and interpreter to the Sioux, who admired and trusted him. They called him "Big Knife". He was regarded favorably by the Chiefs of some tribes, while those of others were his enemies. He became Captain of an Indian command that was part of the Missouri Legion. He was leader in the fight against the Aricaras. He moved to Romney, Virginia in 1824, where he studied Law, served as Deputy Sheriff and Coroner. He was admitted to the bar and accumulated a large amount of land. He became interested in railroading and was awarded patents for inventions for that industry. He was appointed to the Commission to resolve an old boundary dispute between Virginia and Maryland. He traveled to England to establish the true lines between Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Maryland.
He formed the 7th Virginia Cavalry in the spring of 1861, but after much activity had to retire himself due to severe rheumatism. He was later held a Prisoner of War in 1864, which led to his demise. His life is more greatly detailed on his Wiki page:
Angus Wm. McDonald, 1863 portrait
Your 6th great-grandfather.
Leacy Ann Naylor, his wife
Death: Feb. 3, 1843
Daughter of William Naylor, a prominent Lawyer Educator and legislator, her mother was Anne Sanford. Was wed to Angus McDonald on January 11, 1827. Died near Romney, Hampshire County, Virginia. She was fond of dancing, "of which amusement her father, being an elder in the Presbyterian Church, did not altogether approve; so upon one occasion when she had been invited to a ball, which her father did not wish her to attend, Leacy Anne's desire to go was so apparent and her disappointment so genuine, that at the last moment he relented and consented to her going. Being too late to don the convential evening gown she went, just as she was, in her simple home dress and family tradition has it, that she was the belle of the ball."
We suspect Leacy was buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Romney were her father and probably mother rest. The cemetery was distroyed in the 1940's to build a factory. It is now a parking lot. Might note that the graves were never moved a few of the stones are in the Indian Mound Cemeterey in Romney.
You can read about her father, William Naylor, your 7th great-grandfather, here:
Hawthorne, Residence of McDonald Family
Angus McDonald, 2nd.
Your 7th great-grandfather.
(December 30, 1769 – October 14, 1814) was an American military officer, landowner, and planter in the U.S. state of Virginia. McDonald served as a military officer during the War of 1812 following his appointment by United States President James Madison. McDonald was the son of Virginia military officer and frontiersman Colonel Angus McDonald and the father of Colonel Angus William McDonald, a commander in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. Angus died in the War of 1812 following an excruciatingly long march to New York, 1814. You can read his life in detail on his Wiki page:
There is also an indepth history of the Glengarry McDonalds, his family, here:
Angus Archibald McDonald
Your 9th great-grandfather, born in 1705, Inverness, Scotland, brother to the chief of the clan McDonell; he died in 1746 at the great Battle of Culloden. Read about the gory details here:
Angus McDonald, I.
Your 8th great-grandfather.
(1727 – August 19, 1778) was a prominent Scottish American military officer, frontiersman, sheriff and landowner in Virginia. McDonald served in various military leadership roles in the French and Indian War, Dunmore's War and the American Revolutionary War. McDonald was the progenitor of an American branch of the Clan MacDonell of Glengarry that has included accomplished military leaders, educators, politicians and government officials.
Angus McDonald was born in 1727 in the Scottish Highlands. He was an immediate family member of a chief of the Clan MacDonell of Glengarry, whose clan seat was Invergarry Castle. He was likely the son of Angus McDonald who was a younger son of Alastair Dubh McDonald, the commander of the Glengarry clan in the Battle of Killiecrankie in 1689 during the early Jacobite risings. McDonald was a lineal descendant of a long line of military heroes of the Clan MacDonell of Glengarry and of Somerled, Lord of the Isles. McDonald was raised and educated in Glasgow. During the Jacobite rising of 1745, McDonald fought as a lieutenant under the command of Charles Edward Stuart in the Battle of Culloden, after which, he was "attainted of treason." He fled Scotland, departing from Inverness for the Colony of Virginia in 1746 at the age of 18.
His achievements in life were extensive. Go to his Wikipedia page to read in depth about him: