|Lydia Lorena------||||||||John McDannald I|
|1876-1923||||||||John McDannald II||----------------|||1785-1848|
|Rita Beryl-------||||||||1817-1890|||||Margaret McMickell|
|1878-1966|||||David W McDannald||------------||||||1788-1857|
|John S.-----------|||||1851-1926||||||||John Henry Cull|
|Eugene------------||||||||1817-1887|||||Mary Ann McDannald|
|Mary Malinda------|||||||||||Thomas C Reeves|
|Rex R.------------|||||||||||1827-1899|||||Mary Ann McDannald|
|Gladys Lucetta|||||1859-1931||||||||John Cleminson|
John Thomas McDannald II was born February 17, 1817. His father
was John McDannald Sr and his mother was Margaret McMickell.
John was the fifth child in the family. He was probably born
in Nicolas County, Kentucky, as the family is in that county
in the 1820 census.
Sometime around 1830 the John McDannald Sr. family moved from Kentucky to Brown County, Illinois. According to several family trees, John Sr's 11th child Nealy McDannald was born 1829 in Kentucky, and their next child, James Monroe McDannald, was born in 1831 in Brown County, Illinois.
On October 11, 1839, John McDannald, 22 years old and Margaret Cull, 22, received a marriage license, and were married on October 13.1 They were first cousins. John and Margaret would have eight children, all born in Brown County.
In 1860, John would be 43, with six children still living; there is no record that he, or his oldest son, George, 20, served in the Civil War.
The family lived in Brown County until 1865. After the Civil War ended in April, the family traveled six months across the plains to Oregon where they could get free government land using the Homestead Act. They farmed in Oregon from October 1865 to 1890 when John II passed away at the age of 73. When they had left Illinois by wagon train in 1865, they thought they would never see their family and friends again, but the railroad changed that. Margaret passed in 1887. In 1889, the widower John took the train back to Illinois to see family and friends. He returned to Oregon late in the year and passed away in January, 1890.
An old studio portrait made in Walla Walla, Washington, shortly before his death in Milton, Oregon, January 15, 1890. This is his last known picture.
In 1936, John's grandson, John McDannald III, wrote of his grandfather:
"John McDannald was a scholar and was always interested in the community welfare in which he lived. In addition to being a school trustee, he was also the school clerk and since he was a carpenter and cabinet maker, he made many of the school desks and the blackboards. He was clerk of School Dist #2 located in Buckhorn Township, Brown Co., ILL from Dec 3rd 1850 until March 21st 1862. And was the town clerk for the town of Buckhorn from Jan 5th 1849, until Jan 21, 1860. And I now have an old ledger giving the records and transactions as clerk during this time.
John McDannald together with his wife Margaret and six of the children crossed
the plains by ox team in 1865. And he was appointed by the United States
Government as captain of his train while crossing the plains.
I have a diary of this trip kept by my father, David Willis McDannald.
He took up a homestead in Umatilla Co, Oregon on the banks of Mud Creek
where he built a log house, where I was born, and this log house is still
standing. John has one daughter still living. She is Emma Caroline who will be
81 years old on Nov 2, 1936."
The McDannald's Oregon cabin built in 1866
Pictures of items carried on 1865 McDannald wagon train
Letter by John McDannald written in 1889
John McDannald's Parents
John McDannald's wife, Margaret
(1). Brown County Clerks Office list of marriages