D. MCDONALD, the gentleman for whom this sketch is prepared, is a native of Canada, born in the County of Glangary, Ontario, on the 7th day of October, 1833. His father, John McDonald, was a native of New York, and a soldier of the War of 1812. The mother, Christiana (Cameron) McDonald, was born in Canada, and was descended from Scotch ancestry. The McDonald family came originally from Scotland, and was early represented in this country by several members who settled in various parts of the eastern states. John and Christiana McDonald reared a family of fourteen children, all sons, eight of whom are still living. The subject of this biography remained in his native country until his sixteenth year, at which time he began life for himself, working at different occupations in various parts of the country. He traveled for some time from place to place, and finally settled down at the town of Lawrenceburg, Ind., where he learned the cabinet-maker’s trade, which he followed in that town for a period of eight or nine years. While at Lawrenceburg, he became acquainted with, and married, Miss Eliza J. Armstrong, who bore him three children, namely: Luella, Lizzie and Mary. From Lawrenceburg, Mr. McDonald went to Evansville, where, after a residence of about one year, he returned to the former place, and later, moved to Kentucky and engaged in the same business at the town of Carrolton. He was in the employ of the government for some time building hospitals, bridges, etc., but in 1862, engaged in the furniture trade in Madison, Ind., where he did a fairly lucrative business until 1868. From Madison he came to Edinburg, where, for two or three years he operated a furniture factory, and later, 1884, engaged in the furniture trade and undertaking business. In 1856, he identified himself with the Methodist Church, of which he has since been an earnest and consistent member. He lost his first wife on the 10th day of April, 1880, and on the 16th day of November, 1881, his second marriage was solemnized with Miss Jennie Battin, of Ohio, a union blessed with the birth of one child: Edwin W. Mr. McDonald is a republican in politics, a member of the I.O.O.F., and as a citizen commands the respect and confidence of the people of Edinburg.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 429.