Donaldson Family, Moundville, Missouri


John Donaldson was born in September, 1870 in Missouri. The 1880 Montgomery County, MO census lists him with his parents:

  • Wm. Donaldson, age 43, born Pennsylvania
  • Mary E. Donaldson, age 38, born Virginia
  • Lucinda A. Donaldson, age 20, born Missouri
  • John W. Donaldson, age 9, born Missouri

John Donaldson and Leona Landon were married on October 8, 1896 in Moundville. Leona was the daughter of Merrill and Hattie Terpening Landon. Leona attended Cooper College. They operated the funeral home in Moundville for many years.

In 1900, the Vernon County census told that he had been married four years. His wife, Leona, was born in July, 1874, also in Missouri. Their daughter was Fanchion D. Donaldson who had been born in August, 1897. William Donaldson, age 63, was listed as head of household and father of John. William had been born in Pennsylvania.

The family was still living in Moundville in 1910 and had another daughter, Anna, who was born May 21, 1901.




Left: Fanchion D. Donaldson, born in August, 1897 and Anna, born May 21, 1901.

Photo shared by Dennis Ward.

Anna Donaldson married Ira Janes.




Left: Leona and John Donaldson.


Photo shared by Dennis Ward. The Ward's and Donaldson's were close friends. John Donaldson and Claude Ward graduated together and also sang in the same Methodist Church Quartet.


John Donaldson died August 1, 1947 in Moundville. His death certificate tells that he was born in Louisiana, MO on September 1, 1870 to William Donaldson and his wife Mary Gillingswater Donaldson. Ferry Funeral handled the funeral arrangments.

His obituary (right) is from the August 6, 1946 Bronaugh Journal.

Leona Landon Donaldson, Easter, 1954. Scan shared by Dennis Ward. The Ward family called her "Aunt 0".

Leona died on August 15, 1973 at the age of 100.

John and Leona are buried at Welborn Cemetery, northwest of Moundville. Their dates are:

  • John W. Donaldson, 1870 - 1947
  • Leona M. Donaldson, 1873 - 1973
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