Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of James W. McDONALD Sr.


         James W. McDONALD Sr. was a large landowner in the vicinity of Darkesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia. He was prominent in the affairs of that town until his death in 1918. He was the father of the following: Ernest F. McDonald, large landowner and orchardist near Darkesville and in Pennsylvania; James W. McDonald, Sheriff of Pima Cote County, Arizona; Bruce E. McDonald, farmer at the McDonald homestead at Darkesville; Mrs. E.N. Zeilor, Frederick County, Maryland; Mrs. Mazie Miller, wife of former Sheriff H.S. Miller of Berkeley County; and Roy McDonald of Wichita, Kansas.

         He was the grandfather of James E. McDonald, fruit grower of Arden, Berkeley County, graduate of West Virginia University, class of 1922, with degree of B.S.Agr., First Lieutenant, O.R.C., United States Army, Headquarters 100th Division at Huntington, West Virginia, and connected with the Extension Department, West Virginia University; and Richard C. McDonald, West Virginia University graduate, class of 1923, B.S.Agr., Field Agent of the Chilian Nitrate Company, Valparaiso, Chili.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from History of Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1928

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