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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. 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. 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. is one small way of preserving that heritage.

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A Brief History

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 are his descendants.

McDonald Family Curators


Marcia has been doing McDonald genealogy for almost 20 years. She has a wealth of knowledge about the family and specializes in the McDonald family’s migration from Rhode Island to the midwest (Ohio/Illinois regions). Marcia has also traveled extensively to various McDonald family locations including Rhode Island, Novia Scotia, and Scotland.

Marcia Morton

Midwest McDonald Migration

Shawn is our resident McDonald Family DNA expert. He has been tracking and connecting with McDonald’s from all over the country for the last 10 years. In addition to DNA, Shawn specializes in McDonald family origins & Scottish history and emigration.

Shawn Marchinek

McDonald Family DNA

Eric is not only the web developer and designer of, but he is also an expert in colonial religious history. Eric’s main focus is on the McDonald family’s migration from Rhode Island to Vermont and Michigan.

Eric English

Colonial Religious History Vermont/Michigan Emigration

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