McDaniels/McDanolds/McDonalds of Southwest
05/07/2016 05:28:20 PM
Our McDaniels & McDonalds of Southwest Virginia book is finally
completed. It covers 265 pages and contains more than
6,000 descendants of Columbus McDaniel and Betsy Bishop.
We now offer the book in PDF format on our website in lieu of
the previously multi-paged genealogy which existed previously.
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& McDonalds of Southwest Virginia (pdf) (45Mb)
The McDaniel family line
begins with Columbus McDaniel
(also spelled McDanold and McDonald) who migrated south from the
upper East Coast through Maryland and into Virginia. He was said to
have been married to Betsy Bishop. When
they came to Virginia isn't known precisely, but their first four daughters
were born in Maryland and the
next child, Solomon, was born
either in Montgomery County, Virginia or Maryland in 1784 so
their arrival in Virginia occurred sometime around 1785.
will spells his name "McDaniel" as does the 1820 Census,
the 1810 Census and a land document show it as "McDonald," and
the name is spelled "McDanold" in the bible of the oldest son
of Columbus' son Solomon. Over the years, it evolved to "McDonald."
While we don't know Columbus' origin or his parents names what
we have been able to establish is very close DNA (both Autosomal
and Y) matches with a family of McDaniels in Berkeley County,
West Virginia, and with one Enos McDaniel who
lived in Bedford County, Pa. and then Bourbon County, Ky.
Our best guess is that Columbus was related to these
individuals, but we don't know how. We also continue to believe that Columbus was
related to Jared McDaniel who settled in the Upperville, Va.
Columbus likely settled in the area
around St. Clair Bottom just east of what is today Chilhowie,
where a family of
Bishops also settled. Wilson's "Smyth County" says a
Columbia McDonald acquired 148 acres of land, March 4, 1793, on
the North side of the Middle Fork Holston river which would be
nearer to the Chilhowie area than to Chatham Hill where the
North Fork flows.
settled in the vicinity of Chatham Hill on the North Fork of the
which is located in Rich Valley about 12 miles
north of the city of Marion. At that time, Chatham
Hill was located in Montgomery or Washington County. Virginia Valley Records, Rockingham County
Supplement says that on
Oct. 10, 1797, Michael and
deeded to Columbus McDonald, 180 acres
in Rich Valley,
Wythe County, Virginia, on the North Fork of
the Holston granted to Michael Cassell by patent dated Sept. 6,
1793, and we acquired a handwritten document signed by
Columbus McDonald in or prior to 1802 transferring 180 acres to
John Byars (or Byers). The document was witnessed by Elias
Bishop, son-in-law of Columbus who died in 1802.
All of the McDonald family males left the Chatham Hill/Marion area and Virginia by the mid-1880s,
although some of the daughters stayed and married into other
families. Those who left migrated northwest to Nebraska. Some went
on to Iowa and several of Columbus' grandchildren continued on to
California in the early 1900's. Records of them in Virginia are
sparse, but there are a few cemetery headstones of Columbus'
grandchildren in the Chatham Hill area. Other than the reference to
Columbia McDaniel purchasing land in 1793, the only specific records
we have found are entries on the 1810 and 1820 censuses referring to
Columbus and his children, and Columbus' will from 1821.
From the 1939 Hulburt family history:
“So we must start with Columbus, who
is said to have used the spelling MacDanold. He lived in what is now
Smyth county, but what probably then was Montgomery or Wythe,
depending upon what time he came. He is said to have come from
Maryland, and either he or his father to have come earlier from
I have been interested in what Mrs.
Jos. C. Jeffords, 925 Virginia st., Charleston, W. Va. has told of a
Jared who immigrated with several children, who died near
Upperville, Va., in 1824, where his widow died in 1832. In the
records of Fauquier county, Va., the names of the Jared family
appear as McDonald, McDanold, McDaniel. Jared's descendants 40 years
ago were excited about a supposed great estate in Scotland to which
they had claim--and so were Columbus' descendants. Two of Jared's
sons, Jared and Samuel, married Marshall girls, and one of Columbus'
grandsons was Solomon Marshall McDanold. I have what are said to be
the names of all Jared's sons, and since the oldest was only 18
years older than a son of Columbus, Columbus must not have been a
descendant of Jared. But I have thought he might be a brother or
nephew--purely speculative on my part.
Columbus' wife was Betsy and I
suppose they married before coming there. I'm told she was Betsy
Bishop. Her granddaughter was Sarah Bishop McDanold, her
granddaughter, in turn, being Sarah Bishop Sexton. Columbus is said
to have had 2 or 3 sons. I was told that one was Amon, but it may
have been Absolom, as Mrs. Nan Gaddy told me there was a son,
Absolom, and I think he drowned leaving no family.”
What we know about Columbus McDaniel is
Maryland and possibly earlier the upper East Coast.
reported years of birth of his children, he migrated to
Virginia between 1780 and 1795.
He died in 1821 in Wythe Co., (now
Smyth Co.) Virginia.
appears as "Columbus McDaniel” on his last
will and testament.
He appears on the 1810
and 1820 United States
Censuses and was shown living in Wythe Co., Virginia.
the Hulburt history, Columbus
was married to Betsy Bishop who apparently died before him as
she is not shown on his last will and testament, nor is a female
shown on the 1820 census. While nothing has been found on
Betsy, their daughters Teresa and Sarah Salley, named daughters
Elizabeth Bishop. The name Bishop was used extensively as a
middle name for sons and daughters throughout the various
families connected to the McDaniels. We suspect that Betsy
was related to the Bishop family into which her daughterTeresa McDaniel married (Elias Bishop, son of Joseph Bishop
and Sarah Bouton), but there is no proof of that
Columbus and Betsy had at least eight children.
will transcription, dated July
20, 1821 - -
(note: daughters Sarah, Orpha, Agnes Ara Menter, and Elisabeth don't appear in the
will, however, their husbands do: John Hutton, Martin Bonham, Robert McReynolds, and John Marshall. The sole daughter mentioned, Tary Wolf [Teresa]
was married to Phillip Wolfe in 1802, but it's likely he died prior
to 1821. In the following extract the name of John Helton should
read "John Hutton." This is clear from the full handwritten will
further below. There are inconsistencies between the extract and the
handwritten version. First, John Marshall is mentioned separately
from the others in the next paragaph and the entry says, "John
Marshals heir" (or heirs). Secondly, in the section mentioning John
Marshall, the will specifically states that Tary McDaniel's share of
the estate will descend to her first two children. These
entries fall into a separate paragraph from the other children
because, in both cases, the husbands of daughters Teresa and Agnes
Ara Menter were deceased. While Teresa remarried to Phillip
Wolfe, for whatever reason, Columbus specifically did not mention
Teresa's children with Phillip. In the case of Agnes Ara
Menter who married John Marshall, both died prior to Columbus' death
and he may not have known the names of their six children; hence the
We've done extensive research on
Columbus McDaniel, but haven't been able to turn up any
additional information about him except for some speculation (in
the Hulburt history above) that he may have been related to a
Jared McDonald who settled in Upperville, Va., and died there in
1824. This undocumented speculation goes to the issue of the
relationship, if any, between Columbus and Jared since some
family names are common between the two. Those include the names
Marshall and Solomon. In the late 1980’s my wife and I visited a
cemetery in Upperville and found several McDonald gravesites.
None of the given names, however, matched anything we have on the
Columbus McDaniel side. Another piece of speculation is that
Columbus’ parents were possibly James McDaniel (1765,
Md.-1845, Ind.) and Orpha Bowie (1769, Ga.-abt. 1807, Ky.), but
again, there’s no evidence, DNA or otherwise, to support this.
Both were too young to be Columbus' parents, although James
could have been a very young brother.
The children of Columbus McDaniel and Betsy Bishop were - -
Theresa Jenny McDaniel
Sarah Sallie Bishop McDaniel
Agnes Ara Menter McDaniel
Solomon Franklin McDaniel
Additional family information is
available for the families of Solomon Franklin McDaniel as shown
below. Click a family name to view those documents: