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




John B. McDonald was born on March 27, 1835 in Canada. His parents were Alan and Mary McLellan McDonald. John married Catherine “Carrie” Campbell on October 24, 1863 in Canada. She was born April 12, 1838 in Glengarry, Ontario, Canada. Her parents were John and Mary McDonald Campbell.  Witnesses at their marriage were Con Kenyon and Mary Campbell.



John and Carrie had the following children:

  1. Mary E. McDonald was born on April 9,1865 in Glengarry, Ontario,Canada. She married Peter McInnis in 1894 in Wallaceburg, Kent County, Canada. Mary died on June 3, 1960 and is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  2. John S. McDonald was born in 1867 in Canada.

  3. Allan John McDonald was born in 1868 in Canada. He married Margaret Henderson in Wallaceburg, Kent County, Canada on February 1, 1892.

  4. Catherine A. McDonald born was in 1870 in Canada.

  5. Daniel A./Donald A. McDonald was born in 1872 in Canada. In 1920, he lived with his parents, John B. and Carrie in Lakefield Township.

  6. Randal A. McDonald was born 1874 in Canada.

  7. George McDonald was born in 1877 in Canada.

  8. Matilda T. McDonald was born in 1880 in Canada.


John and Catherine owned and operated 40 acres of land in Section 24 on the corner of Steel and Nelson Road in Lakefield Township. They came to Lakefield Township  in 1896.


John B. died on June 27, 1920 in Lakefield Township and Carrie died on February 26, 1923 in  Fremont, Saginaw County, Michigan. They are both buried in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.



SOURCES: 1896 and 1916 Lakefield Plat Maps; 1900, 1910, 1920 United States Census; 1881 Canadian Census; John and Catherine McDonald's marriage record from Ontario Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection); John B. McDonald Lakefield Township death record; John B. and Catherine McDonald's obituaries;








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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