The Founders of the Donaldson Family: Nathan and Tarry Donalson
Nathan and Tarry Donalson
(ALL INFORMATION IS BEST I CAN FIND THROUGH FAMILY HISTORY, CENSUS RECORDS ETC.)
From I've been able to determine through census records, my great great grandfather Nathan Donalson was born about 1835.
He was married to Tarrie Donaldson, also born in Georgia.
1850 Census Records list him at 10 years old as being owned by John Donalson " href="http://<a href="http://www.fold3.com/image/#36534839"></a>">in Decatur County Georgia. A family tree on Ancestry.com lists his father as either John or W Donalson or one of their sons... Both men were among the largest slaveholders of the era. A mother is not listed.
At his death in 1906 at 66 years old, Nathan Donalson, a farmer, owned 160 plus acres in Wakulla County Florida, purchased from the slave owner he had been sold to Samuel C. White, after his death.
Part of that land is still owned to this day by his many descendants... including several acres owned by my family. Interestingly enough, grave markers and census records list the family name as Donalson (no D) somehwere along the lines a D was added and we have in fact spelled the family name as Donaldson ever since. His wife, Tarry (listed in some census records as Tarrie and Carrie) died a few months before my great great grandfather. She was 65 years old.
Nathan Donalson had several children, including Adam, who was my grandfather's father. Adam had several children including my of course my mother's father, Adam Cephas Donaldson who passed away in August of 2001 at 89 years old.
What a proud lineage my family hails from. A man who, apparently was born in slavery, was emancipated to become a landowner and farmer. A cousin also put together a FANTASTIC website with lots of history... check it out. www.WilliamWilliams.jimdo.com
Click the player to hear my late grandfather's late brother, Uncle Nathan (named after his grandfather) talk about my great great grandfather. , Nathan Donalson.
Late Eva and Nathan Donaldson
Nathan Donaldson and Eva Allen were married in Florida on August 20, 1933 and remained married until their deaths. Nathan Donaldson died 2004 and Eva Donaldson died in 2005.
I recorded the following video clips in 2003. In the clips, my grandfather's brother and sister-in-law discuss family, my great-great grandfather Nathan (my uncle was named after him) who died in 1906, marriage and growing up in Wakulla County.
Uncle Nathan was 94 years when he passed. Aunt Eva was 93 when she died.
Nathan and Eva in their own words
Uncle Nathan lists his siblings