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John McDonald was born 25 July 1850 in Westmoreland Co., PA and died 6 March 1938 in Chesterhill,, Morgan Co., OH. His wife was Mary Louisa Reed, daughter of Isaac and Clarissa (Jarvis)Reed. He was the son of Sampson and Elizabeth (Wilson)McDonald of Westmoreland Co., PA and the grandson of John and Elizabeth(Wiley)McDonald of Westmoreland Co., PA. His great grandparents were Alexander and Livia Jane (Watson)McDonald of Westmoreland Co., PA. Alexander McDonald's father was John McDonald of Westmoreland Co., PA and his grandfather was a William McDonald. Family tradition is that these McDonalds left Scotland in 1746 which implies a Jacobite connection and possibly spent some time in Northern Ireland prior to emigrating to the USA. The McDonalds arrived at Guffey's Landing near Rillton during the American Revolution and one of the family homes still stands there. Allied families in Westmoreland Co., PA : Reed, Watson, Wiley, Wilson, McGrew, Brown, Jarvis, Dutton, and Fisher.