Death of William Allen McDonald, 1908

From the July 23, 1908 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

William Allen McDonald.
William Allen McDonald was born near Maysville, Mason county, Kentucky, March 15, 1832. Died Saturday, July 18, 1908, aged 76 years, 4 months and 3 days.

He resided in Kentucky until he was twenty-one years old, and during his residence there he, together with his sisters, Sibella and Jane, attended a school taught by James A. Garfield, who was later elected president of the United States.

In the year 1853 he, with the family, came to Missouri and settled in Clay county. Two years later he moved to Nodaway county which has since been his home.

Mr. McDonald was the eldest son of a family of ten children, six of whom survive him. They are John D., James M., and Thomas S. McDonald, Mrs. Sibbelle Montgomery, Jane and Nancy McDonald, all residents of this county. Three sisters, Mary Ann Montgomery, Effie Albright and Martha Tarpley preceded him to the Great Beyond.

Enlisting in 1861 in the Confederate army, he served until the close of the war and was always found in the thickest of all the battles in which his regiment participated. As a reward for unusual bravery he was voted a medal of a gold star and silver moon (the gold star for being the best soldier in his company, and the silver moon for belonging to the best company in the regiment). He served under Sterling Price, Francis M. Cockerel and Joseph E. Johnston, and fought valiantly in the battles of Pea Ridge, Iuka, Corinth, Shiloh, Franklin, Tenn., and Vicksburg as well as in many minor battles. He was wounded seven times.

At the close of the war he returned to this county where he has since resided. He never married and during the last thirty-four years of his life he made his home with his brother James M. McDonald.

In early manhood he was converted and united with the Presbyterian church. He has also been a member of the Masonic fraternity for many years. Democracy found in him a warm supporter, he at all times taking an active interest in all political affairs. Until death parted them, he and former Senator Francis M. Cockerel were very warm friends.

He was a man of true worth and in his death the community loses a neighbor who was always ready to give assistance when it was fully needed. It can be truthfully said a good man is gone.

The funeral services were held at the home on Sunday, July 19, after which the body was laid away in the I. O. O. F. cemetery at Quitman.

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