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Margaret Cull McDannald
Jun 21, 1817 (Nicholas Co., Ky) - Mar 8, 1887 (Milton, Or.)

Wife of John Thomas McDannald II - wagon train & Oregon pioneer

  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
     1880-1966 | | | Margaret Cull ----------------|    1794-1821
  Eugene------------ | |      1817-1887 | Mary Ann McDannald
     1884-? |-------- -------------|          1783-1834
  Mary Malinda------ | |     | Thomas C Reeves
     1887-1985 | | | Samuel Reeves ----------------|    1808-c.1880
  Rex R.------------ | | |    1827-1899 | Mary Ann McDannald
     1890-1953 | Lucetta Reeves ------------|        1783-1834
  Gladys Lucetta |    1859-1931 |   | John Cleminson
     1892-1967 |   | Lydia Cleminson ----------------|    1799-1879
  Lynn-------------- |        1836-1925 | Lydia Lightner
     1893-1986 |            1800-1873

Margaret Cull was born June 21, 1817 in Nicholas County, Kentucky.

Her parents were John Henry Cull and Mary Ann McDannald.

On October 13, 1839, when she was 22, she married her first cousin, John McDannald Jr in Mt Sterling, Brown County, Illinois. Margaret and John had 8 children.

In 1865, Margaret would join her husband and six of their children on a cross country wagon train journey from Illinois to Oregon.

Margaret Cull McDannald will pass away March 8, 1887 in Milton-Freewater, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA

She is buried with her husband and son Nehemiah in the old Ford Cemetery in Milton, Oregon.

In 1940, Ed Hodgen wrote about his grandmother, Margaret Cull McDannald:

"My grandmother, we called her Grandma Mac, never studied medicine but almost always had a remedy for almost any disease that came along. For diphtheria she had a small bag of asafetida tied on a string around our necks, and we or any of the many others whom she treated never had the disease. For croup she would give us a few drops of tincture of Lobelia, and for a cold we housed horehound syrup. I well remember how the old kitchen looked and smelled with so many herbs such as catnip, mullein, wild tansy, horehound and many others.

The year 1878 was the one of that dreadful diphtheria epidemic when so many children died. Six of the Milligan children died in the same week. Children were dying so fast that coffins could not be had, so Barney and his father tore the ceiling from their kitchen to make coffins for all six. Nome of Grandma Mac's children got sick and none of her neighbors as they were all wearing the bags of herbs tied around their necks.

Grandma Mac had brought across the plains one of those old fashioned spinning wheels in which she would spin wool into yarn to make our woolen socks. She also brought two pair of cards to card the wool with, and I have held many a skein so she could wind the wool up on a bell to use when she knitted. If she wanted to color it she would often use sumac berries and boil the juice out and use the juice for a dye to dip the yarn in. This would give a yellow color to the yarn.

Grandma would often take us children to quilting gatherings.

In those days our socks and clothes were all homemade, and our under clothes were always made out of red flannel. Our boots were made of heavy leather with red top and copper toes, and one pair was all we would get in a year.

Grandmother Mac could make baskets out of little slips of willow which she would boil in water until the bark would slip off, and she would make this into baskets to use to carry wood, chips and vegetables or anything we needed. I remember my first "lunch box" for school was a small basket she made for me.

I still have one of the Dutch ovens and the candle molds that Grandmother Mac brought across the plains with her. In 1869 when I was born we used tallow candles for light (made at home using the candle molds); later came the kerosene lamps."

Census Records
Margaret Cull McDannald

The McDannald First Cousins