John McDonald

Submitted by Nicole May

John McDonald, b. 25 July 1851 Guffey, Sewickly Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA; d. 6 March 1938 Chesterhill, Morgan Co., OH, married 7 Nov. 1872 Wesley Twp., Washington Co., OH to Mary Louisa Reed

His parents: Sampson and Elizabeth Wilson McDonald of Westmoreland Co., PA

His grandparents: 

  • John and Elizabeth Wiley McDonald of Westmoreland Co., PA
  • Jacob and Mary/Polly Dutton Wilson of Westmoreland Co, PA.

His great grandparents: 

  • Alexander and Livya Jane Watson McDonald
  • Sampson and Nannie/Ann McGrew Wiley
  • William and Margaret McGrew Wilson 

all from Westmoreland Co., PA except Sampson Wiley who emigrated there about 1780 from Co. Tyrone, NIR.

His great-great grandparents: 

  • John and ? McDonald  
  • James and Mary Dicks Mcgrew
  • Finley and Elizabeth Lauris/Lauren McGrew
  • Moses and ? Wilson

His great-great-great grandparents: 

  • William McDonald of Scotland (?Glencoe) and N. Ireland.
  • Robert and Isabella (?Finley or Bell) McGrew x 2
  • Nathan and Deborah Clark Dicks

The two story brick house built by the first John McDonald abt 1760 is still inhabited. It is on the road between Rilton and Guffey, PA .  It is on land he obtained from the Shawnee who had a camp nearby. His wife may have been Shawnee.
Around the corner is the log McGrew Blockhouse built by James McGrew around the same time.  It is about to fall down which is a real pity. The McGrews became Quakers and early members of the family are buried in the old Quaker Burial Ground off of Mars Hill Road, Irwin, PA.  The McDonalds attended Long Run Presbyterian Church and some of the family are buried there.

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