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John DONALDSON

John DONALDSON

Male 1854 - 1909  (55 years)

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  • Name John DONALDSON 
    Born 1854  Newry Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Newry is in Northern Ireland 34 miles from Belfast and 67 miles from Dublin with a population of 29,946 in 2011. Newry straddles counties Armagh and Down.
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes 1857  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Emmigrated from Northern Ireland with his mother and six siblings. They joined the father, James (who had migrated 1855) at "another Belfast" Victoria Australia (2016;now called Port Fairy).
    They were at Tower Hill Vic for a number of years.
    Around 1873, John and his two brothers selected land in the Horsham district, Wimmera Shire. According to rate book many members of the Donaldson family held land and they probably assisted each other in farming these properties. In 1876, the rate book shows John had 319 acres 3 roods 33 perches. In 1877 he had a dwelling on his block.
    In Horsham, on April 23 1879 John married Helena Mary Heard, aged 19 years, daughter of Samuel and Mary Heard, nee Parsons.
    Around that time, his brothers and sisters, after five years in the Wimmera district, left to settle near Warialda in northern New South Wales. John was left behind to sell the farms, and to join the others later.
    John and Helena journeyed to Warialda and made their home on a property named 'Pine Hills'. Here their first eight children were born. When the ninth child was due, Helena, decided to go to the Warialda hospital. A week after the baby's birth, Helena died of septicaemia, aged 36 years.

    John and Helena's children were :-
    * Margaret Louisa, born January 20, 1880;
    * John Austin, born November 30, 1883; He married Miss Ela Rickard b1887, known as 'Granny Donaldson'.
    * Annie Matilda, born September 23, 1881;
    * Beatrice Helena born August 9, 1886;
    * Theresa Edith, born April 14, 1888;
    * Henry Cyril, born 1890, died 1893;
    * Norman Bowland, b.6 Mar 1893 d.29 Dec 1893;
    * Gwendoline Pearl, born May 4, 1894;
    * Helena Dorothy, born May 1, 1896; Her mother (Helena) died a week after this birth of septacaemia and the 6moa baby-Helena d.1.Nov 1894.
    After his wife's death John engaged Rachel Jane McDonald as housekeeper. They married several years later. Jenny continued to care for her husband?s first family as well as her own.
    John owned three properties, 'Pine Hills', 'Roseneath' and 'Bendee' which he had bought from his brother Samuel.
    He was a shire councillor at Warialda and served a term as president.
     
    Cause of death 23 Mar 1909  Warialda NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    John died of chronic heart disease on March 23, 1909, aged 55 years, and was buried in Warialda cemetery NSW 
    Public Office Warialda NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Shire councillor and President for one term. 
    Residence Warialda NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    'Pine Hills' property name 
    Died 23 Mar 1909  Warialda NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I-7620  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2017 

    Father James DONALDSON 
    Relationship -2471 
    Mother Margaret AUSTIN 
    Relationship -2471 
    Residence Kilkeel Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Kilkeel is a small town, civil parish and townland in County Down, Northern Ireland. It lies within the historic barony of Mourne. 
    Family ID F-2471  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Helena Mary HEARD,   b. 1860 
    Children 
     1. Margaret Louisa DONALDSON,   b. 20 Jan 1880
     2. John Austin DONALDSON,   b. 30 Nov 1883
     3. Annie Matilda DONALDSON,   b. 23 Sep 1881
     4. Beatrice Helena DONALDSON,   b. 9 Aug 1886
     5. Theresa Edith DONALDSON,   b. 15 Apr 1888
     6. Henry Cyril DONALDSON,   b. 1890,   d. 1893  (Age 3 years)
     7. Norman Bowland DONALDSON,   b. 6 Mar 1893,   d. 29 Dec 1893  (Age 0 years)
     8. Gwendoline Pearl DONALDSON,   b. 4 May 1894
     9. Helena Dorothy DONALDSON,   b. 1 May 1896,   d. 1 Nov 1896  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2015 02:29:18 
    Family ID F-2472  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Rachel Jane Cheriton MCDONALD,   b. 30 Jan 1867, Lower Finnis SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. c1940, Bondi NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married Late 1890s 
    Children 
     1. Ina Jean DONALDSON,   b. 5 Oct 1898, Pine Hills Qld Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. Irene Rachel (Dot) DONALDSON,   b. 5 Oct 1901, Pine Hills Qld Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1959  (Age 58 years)
    +3. Ian Angus DONALDSON,   b. 17 Mar 1903, Pine Hills Qld Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1949, Aramac Qld Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    +4. Norman Charles Stewart DONALDSON,   b. 15 Jul 1904, Pine Hills Qld Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1988, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  []
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2015 05:07:59 
    Family ID F-2470  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0552 - John Donaldson with Helena, Gwendoline, Austin, Margaret, Annie, Beatrice & Theresa.jpg
    0552 - John Donaldson with Helena, Gwendoline, Austin, Margaret, Annie, Beatrice & Theresa.jpg
    0554 - Donaldson house in Croydon.jpg
    0554 - Donaldson house in Croydon.jpg

    Stories
    1985 - Rachel Jane Cheriton McDonald & John Donaldson.pdf
    1985 - Rachel Jane Cheriton McDonald & John Donaldson.pdf

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', (Donald & Christina McLean Genealogical Council Inc, Strathalbyn 1995), Page 220 in Rachel's section.