Welcome to the McDonald family history website. The McDonald family has a long and rich history in the colonies and early America. The McDonald family boasts some of the most interesting stories, from the wild tales of John McDonald “escaping Scotland by the hair of his teeth” to Horace McDonald fighting bears during the gold rush.
McDonaldHistory.com provides more than just an electronic link for the descendent’s of John McDonald and Freelove Bucklin. We provide reassurance that all of the information on our website has been vetted and is as accurate.
McDonaldHistory.com are the virtual shelves for family stories and the pride of heritage. In today’s modern world, people move, families disperse, and heritage is often forgotten and lost. Pride, heritage and a sense of who we really are, takes a back seat to life’s demands. It is our goal to remember, to share, and to preserve our heritage for future generations. McDonaldHistory.com is one small way of preserving that heritage.
In a year that still eludes us, John McDonald ventured from a port in Scotland to the colonies sometime between 1723-1729. We neither know when he was born (though we speculate sometime between 1700-1712) nor the circumstances for whence he came (though a tradition states that he escaped Scotland by the skin on his teeth). John simply appears on the stages of American history in Rhode Island in 1732 filing a marriage certificate with Freelove Bucklin.
Unfortunately, his time in Colonial America was short as he died in 1744 fighting for the Rhode Island Militia at Cape Breton Novia Scotia during the first siege of Louisbourg – a precursor to the French and Indian Wars. Fortunately, John and Freelove had at least five children before he died. We at McDonaldHistory.com are his descendants.