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Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Trail of the Scots

Last Will and Testament of Alexander McDonald
There were approximately three branches of McDonald families who came to Georgia. One group descend from Flora and Alan MacDonald who came to Fayetteville, North Carolina before the American Revolution and returned to Isle of Skye in Scotland after the war ended. Some of their descendants flowed into Georgia, specifically to Wilkes, Elbert and Jackson Counties.  Another family was found in Laurens Co., South Carolina about 1800. They had originated from Rowan County, North Carolina after having emigrated from Scotland.  This family ended up in DeKalb and Clayton Counties, Georgia. Generally speaking, the Scots found in South Carolina were either Scotch-Irish from Antrim, Ireland or direct emigrants from Scotland.  Then, there was the Scottish migration from Inverness with General Oglethorpe in 1734/5 whose descendants still live around Darien, Georgia. The Last Will and Testament is a fine method of learning the names of descendants and zeroing in on the location of the old home place.  Read old Georgia Wills on Georgia Pioneers

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