Major (Eugene) McDonald

Major (Eugene) McDonald

Male 1855 - 1924  (69 years)

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  • Name Major (Eugene) McDonald 
    Relationshipwith Roy McDonald
    Born 1855  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Record ID Number MH:I3 
    _UID 5ce43f393ecaa1e9b1b80cd292ff563a 
    _UPD 21 MAY 2019 19:13:14 GMT-5 
    Died 1924  Solon, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age: 68-69 
    Age 69 years 
    Siblings 3 siblings 
    Person ID I3  Our Family Tree
    Last Modified 12 Jul 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 1 Elizabeth (Jane) Pierce,   b. 29 Jun 1856, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1910, Cedar Springs, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married ca 1880 
    +1. Charles Henry McDonald,   b. 12 May 1884, Solon, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1948, Muskegon, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    +2. Cora Georgetta McDonald,   b. 22 Jul 1882, Solon Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1955  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F98  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Myrtie Rosenberger 
    Married ca 1912 
    Record ID Number MH:F2 
    _UID 5ce43f39f59671e9b1b80cd292ff563a 
     1. Roy McDonald,   b. Mar 1918, Kent, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1982  (Age ~ 64 years)
     2. Eva McDonald,   b. 20 Jun 1913,   d. 23 Mar 1914  (Age 0 years)
    Eva McDonald Plot Listing
    Eva McDonald Plot Listing
    Eva McDonald Plot Listing
    Last Modified 6 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Eugene (Father) & Charles (Son) McDonald
    Eugene (Father) & Charles (Son) McDonald
    Eugene (Father), Myrtie (Mother), Roy (Son) McDonald
    Eugene (Father), Myrtie (Mother), Roy (Son) McDonald
    Eugene (Father), Roy (Son) McDonald
    Eugene (Father), Roy (Son) McDonald
    Eugene McDonald & Roy McDonald
    Eugene McDonald & Roy McDonald

    Solon TWP Homestead Maps
    Solon TWP Homestead Maps
    Maps for the homesteads of Jeremiah, Eugen, and Clark McDonald in Solon TWP Michigan.

    Eugene McDonald Gravestone
    Eugene McDonald Gravestone
    Solon Cemetary, Solon Michigan

    Vital Record
    Marriage Record 1
    Marriage Record 1
    Marriage record for Elizabeth Pierce.

  • Notes 

      After the death of Jeremiah, Eunice (Eugene's mother) married into the Ipe family. Eugene and his brothers (also going by the "McDonald brothers") took control over their father's land. Approximately 40 acres. Eugene inherited his father's land at age 25.

      In 1897, Eugene's mother, Eunice dies of stomach cancer.

      From the late 1800's until 1912 Eugene and his brothers barter land and move back and forth from one acreage to another. It is not entirely clear the purpose of this.


      After visiting the property a few years ago, one can quickly see that much of the land at one time was covered in dense trees. It is quite possible with the skills in lumbering that their father had that they too were lumbered the area.


      It is also not clear what happened to Eugene's first wife. We know very little about her. We only know that she quickly disappears from history's record. It's possible that they had one child together (possibly 2): Cora Etta and possibly Charles.

      In 1912 Eugene married Myrtle Rosenberger. They have two children together, Charles, Eva and Roy.


      In 1924 Eugene died. Eugene is buried in Solon cemetery near Cedar Springs Michigan. His grave is very unimpressive. It looks like that family, which he still had around did not have the funds necessary to provide an appropriate place of burial. His stone is a very small piece with faded engagements and buried deeply in the ground.