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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - John Donaldson

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois with Illustrations," 1878


John DONALDSON, of Ogden township, was born in Augusta county, Virginia, December 1st, 1819. His father's father emigrated from Ireland to America when a small boy. His father, David DONALDSON, was born in Virginia; was a soldier in the war of 1812; married Mary MILLER, and in 1830 moved to Fountain county, Indiana. The subject of this sketch was the sixth of thirteen children. He was raised in Fountain county, Indiana. February 22nd, 1843, he married Pamela DONALDSON, of Knox county, Indiana. He lived in Fountain county until 1854, and then settled in the west part of Vermillion county, Illinois. In 1861 he sold the 320 acres he there owned, and moved to his present farm in section 29, township 20, range 14. Eli A., William L., Franklin D., Thomas T., and John A. are the names of his children. The two oldest are married and living in Vermillion county. In his political opinions he first sympathized with the Democratic party, but voted for Fremont in 1856, and has since been a Republican. Since the spring of 1854 he has been a member of the Christian (New Light) church, and is now connected with Prospect church, which worships at present in the school-house a mile south of his residence

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