Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan


Colin and Isabella Grant McDonald






Colin/Collin McDonald was born 1821 in Scotland. He went to Canada in 1848 and came to Michigan in 1873. Colin married Isabella Grant. She was born on October 4, 1832 in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Canada. Isabella's parents were Angus and Gen Cameron Grant.








Colin and Isabella had the following children:

  1. Malcolm McDonald was born September 1, 1853 in Canada. He married Clara Heinz. Malcolm died on January 1, 1926 in Lawrenceburg, Lawrence County, Tennessee. He is buried in Spann Cemetery, Lawrenceburg, Lawrence County, Tennessee.

  2. Jane “Jenny” A. McDonald was born on June 18, 1855 in Canada. She married Andrew Sweinhart. Jenny died on May 13, 1915 and is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  3. Hugh McDonald was born March 18, 1857 in Brussesls, Ontario, Canada. He married Sarah Sweeney on October 10, 1890. Sarah's was born on July 1, 1865 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Her parents were Thomas and Mary Ann Codd Sweeney. Hugh died on July 5, 1917 in Merrill, Michigan. Sarah died in 1944. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.

  4. Isabella McDonald was born January 3, 1861 in Canada. She married Abraham Swarthout. Isabella died on June 21, 1920 in Breckenridge, Gratiot County, Michigan. She is buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.

  5. Angus J. McDonald was born on May 27, 1864 in Canada.  He married Amy Evans on February 15, 1895.

  6. Margaret “Maggie” McDonald was born on June 22, 1867 in Canada. She was married to Simeon A. Spaulding on December 22, 1896 in Lakefield Township by Minister Wm. Taylor.  Maggie died on April 1, 1949 in Alma, Gratiot County, Michigan and is buried in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Breckenridge, Gratiot County, Michigan.


In 1880, Colin and his family are living in Lakefield Township and according to the 1880 Agriculture Census it states the following about Colin: He owns 25 acres of tilled land, 5 acres of meadow land, 47 acres of woodland. He owns 2 working oxen; 6 cows and 2 calves. He also grows 2 acres of buck wheat, 3 acres of Indian Corn and 1 acre of potatoes.


Colin was appointed to Overseer of Highways Road District #2 of Lakefield Township on April 4, 1881, April 7, 1884 and April 6, 1885.


By 1896, Colin and Isabella owned and operated 40 acres of land on the corner of Meridian and Ederer Roads in Section 4 of Lakefield Township. Colin's son, Angus, owns and operates his other 40 acres. Their neighbors were Angus McDonald, Martin Suber/Zuber, F.H. Stevens, Eli Eastman, and Patrick O'Connor.


Colin died on September 13, 1901 in Lakefield Township and Isabella died on June 28, 1914 and they are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.




SOURCES: 1880, 1900 U.S. Census; Lakefield Township Records; 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Margaret and Simeon Spaulding marriage record; Malcolm, Jenny, Isbella Hugh, Angus, and Margaret's marriage record; Colin McDonald , Malcolm McDonald(Tennessee death record); Isabella Swarthout, Jenny Sweinhart, Maggie Spaulding's death records; Colin, Maggie obits; Find A Grave websites; and  photo from Karla Rounsaville.

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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