Elihu Andrew McDonald

Elihu Andrew McDonald

Male 1856 - 1934  (~ 78 years)

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  • Name Elihu Andrew McDonald 
    Relationshipwith Roy McDonald
    Born Jan 1856  Solon, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 May 1934  Belding, MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age ~ 78 years 
    Siblings 3 siblings 
    Person ID I405  Our Family Tree
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2019 

    Father Jeremiah McDonald,   b. 11 Mar 1830, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1863, Falling Waters, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Mother Eunice Maibe,   b. 16 Feb 1830,   d. 16 Oct 1897, Solon, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married ca 1851 
    Record ID Number MH:F3 
    _UID 5ce44092f59671e9b1b80cd292ff563a 

      We are not clear when Jeremiah moved from Vermont to New York. We know that he was still in Vermont according to the 1850 Census. According to the Maibe family genealogy, we know that Eunice, Jeremiah, and her family moved to Michigan in 1854. We begin with the census data.

      In 1855 their first son Major Eugene McDonald was born. According to census records, he was born in 1855 in New York. All of this evidences suggesters that Jeremiah moved to New York (for reasons we do not know) 1851-1853; then moved from New York to Michigan in 1854. It would be very beneficial to know why Jeremiah left his large family to move to New York - Italy, New York to be exact. It is also not entirely clear why Solon Michigan was their destination.

      Due to Solon cemetery and census records, we know that Eunice's parents went with them on their trip to Michigan. They had their own property and died there in the small town of Solon. There is also strong evidence to suggest that at least a couple of Eunice's brothers went as well since they show up on the Solon Census and land map. Based on our timelines, it must have been the case that the second born "Clark" was born while they traveled.


      In September of 1862, Jeremiah and a few of his friends signed up to fight in the Civil War. Again, it is unclear why they did this since Jeremiah had 2 young children, 1 infant, and possibly a wife who was pregnant with another baby. On the night of July 14th, 1863 in Falling Waters Maryland Jeremiah's unit received a surprise attack from behind their unit by General Lee. In that attack, Jeremiah McDonald was killed.


      Not surprisingly Eunice married right away after finding out about Jeremiah's death. She married her neighbor A.J. Ipe. Soon thereafter, Eunice gave birth. Emma can be seen going by "Emily" as well.

      It is also important to note that there is a transcription error as it relates to the McDonald brothers. In the 1880 census transcripts, the McDonald brothers are listed as "Ipe". However, looking at the actual census will show that "McDonald" is written in there. Why it was transcribed as "Ipe" is not clear. This error has resulted in the McDonald brothers being listed in the "Ipe" genealogy as being part of the bloodline.

      In 1897 Eunice died of stomach cancer. According to her obituary, we see it listed as "stomach problems".

    Family ID F86  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lydia Preston,   b. Mar 1866,   d. 1939  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 7 Dec 1881 
    +1. Frank McDonald,   b. 8 Oct 1882
     2. Eva McDonald,   b. 1885
    +3. Bertha McDonald,   b. 4 Jun 1888,   d. 21 Dec 1973  (Age 85 years)
    +4. Layton McDonald,   b. 26 Apr 1890,   d. Apr 1968  (Age 77 years)
    +5. Lela V. McDonald,   b. 26 Apr 1899
    Last Modified 30 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F87  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Elihu McDonald
    Elihu McDonald
    Elihu McDonald and Dean McDonald.

  • Notes 
    • Elihu died of Malaria.