Biography of Alexander Donaldson (1833- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) pp. 527-528.


Alexander DONALDSON was born in Washington County, Penna., April 14, 1833, and is a son of James and Eliza (CROW) DONALDSON. James came with his parents from Scotland to Quebec, Canada, when about fourteen years of age, and after residing there until after his fathers death, he and the rest of the family located in Washington County, Penn., where he married and spent the remainder of his days. His wife was of Irish descent and died in 1847. The father died in Helena, Ark., while endeavoring to obtain his son's release from military duty, on the account of being under age. He was a coal dealer and a farmer, and a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Alexander is the eldest of their five children. He attended the common schools of Greenfield, Penn, and at the age of fifteen years began clerking in a store, where he remained until 1852, at which date he went with his father to California, and was a successful miner. After sojourning in that state two years he returned home, and the following year he was married to Mary FURNIER, a native of Washington County, born November 23, 1836. In 1856 he came West to look up a location, and the following year brought his family to Pike County, Mo., but since 1859 has made Lincoln County his home. He ownes a fine farm of 286 acres and has a pleasant and comfortable home. He suffered many privations incident to pioneer life, but overcame all thos obstacles, and is now enjoying the fruits of his labor. He is a Republican in his political views, and during the war served in the Enrolled Militia. He also served one term as justice of the peace, and is a Master Mason. He became the father of nine children.

His son, James S., was born in Lincoln County, June 7, 1864, and was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. He farmed until 1886. then built a commodious store room, and he put in a nice stock of hardware, stoves and tinware. He is doing a fairly prosperous business. He votes the Republican ticket.

File submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Mike Donaldson 3 Jan 1999.  Link change or update: 23 May 2000

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