For several years Clan Donald USA has been running a y chromosome genetic project of which I am the director. We currently have approximately 150 participants which include not only MacDonalds but also MacEachrens, Buies MacAllisters, MacKeans, MacReynolds and other historic Clan Donald names. We have not only identified the genetic markers of Somerled (who was Norse in descent) and have the markers for ClanRanald, Glengarry and Sleat but we have also identified the gaelic line which I believe is descended from the kindred of Colla Uais whose descendants founded Dal Riada. The more participants who believe the know their descent or who know the location of their emigrant ancestor who participate, the greater the usefulness to current participants.

The cost for a 25 marker test is $171. Sign up at Family Tree DNA on the internet with Donald USA as your group project. This test only works for the pure paternal line so that persons who wish to search their mother's line must arrange for a sample from a male line cousin. Let me know if you have any questions or need help.
Mark MacDonald   May 10, 2004

Hugh A. McDonald, born Cumberland County, NC 31 Dec. 1839-died Dillon County, SC 25 Dec 1901. Hugh is s/o Archibald McDonald Jr (d. 1848) and Sarah (?). He was a 2nd Lt, 38th NC. Co K.... captured at Falling Waters, MD on retreat from Gettysburg, 14 July 1863....sent to Old Capitol Prison in Washington, DC then to Johnson's Island, OH. Released from there 11 June 1865. Not sure where he was in 1870 but in 1880 he is in Marion County, SC married to (in picture) Elizabeth McCormick (22 Sept 1855 [?] - 31 July 1917). She is d/o James McCormick and Drucilla (?), from Marion County, SC. Both Are interred at Kentyre Pres. Church, Dillon County, SC.

Photo shared by a 2nd great-granddaughter, Sue Johnson

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