DNA TESTING FOR CLAN DONALD
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
ORIGINAL MARRIAGE BONDS
From North Carolina Archives
The marriage bond photos on this page are contributed by Diane McDonald Coleman.
John Norman and Nancy McDonald and Jackie and Harriett Gregory are her Great-great-great-grandparents;
Norman and Lucy, are her Great-great-grandparents. Posted March 19, 2004 by Myrtle Bridges.
(John) Norman McDonald and Nancy (Susan) McLeod, dated Jan. 25, 1813
Both came from the Isle of Skye, Norman in 1812 and Nancy earlier. She came over with her brother Roderick McLeod
(a large property owner around the Barclayville Inn area of Harnett/Cumberland County and three sisters; one
married an Atkins, one a Buffalo, and one a McDearmid). It is witnessed by A. McAlister. They farmed on
land in the Buies Creek area, now owned by Campbell University.
John (Jackie) Gregory and Harriett Coffield, dated Dec. 18, 1823
Both came from Bertie County. (Harriett was the aunt of Cornelius Harnett Coffield, well known in Harnett
County history. They are the ancestors of most of the Gregory's in the Buies Creek, Angier, and Lillington
area of the county.) It is witnessed by David Woodard.
Norman McDonald and Lucy Gregory, dated Aug. 17, 1842.
These are the children of John Norman and Nancy Susan McDonald and Jackie and Harriett Gregory. It is
witnessed by D.G. MacRae. Norman and Lucy worked the family farm in Buies Creek before eventually acquiring
property from Col. Murchison just southwest of Lillington in 1874, now Hwy 27 about a mile out of town.
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