Samuel Washington McDonald (1844-1903) was born in Randolph Co., Alabama to Sebbon and Rhoda Blackstone McDonald and was buried in August in Hillsboro Cemetery, located on the hill road between Greenway and Rector. HE was married in Clay County in 1874 to Elizabeth Sexton (1852-1885) and they had six children: William Brice, Thomas, Riley Seaborn, Samuel Washington, Jr., Dilly Jane, and Ollie Bea. Possibly another daughter was Bertha Lemmons who was named as a half-sister in Coy Ernest McDonald’s obituary. Coy was in the next set of children by Samuel’s second marriage. Samuel has a write-up in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas published by Goodspeed in 1889.
Samuel W. McDonald’s second marriage was to Mrs. Nancy Adaline Trantham Melton (1862-1949), daughter of Hiriam Harison and Nancy E. Key Trantham. Nancy had these children: Reuben Hugh, John Enos, Coy Ernest, Charles Chester, and John Thomas McDonald. After Samuel died, Nancy married in August, 1905 Thomas H. Hampton who had lost his wife, Almintie (1828-1903), and she had born him eleven children: Mary L., John Pine Hampton, James W., Martha Elizabeth Hampton married William Riley Underwood, Fannie B. married William H. Hampton, Sarah J. married Francis M. Davis, Nancy L., and four children died young. Nancy died in Poinsett Co., Ark. (Little Rock Hospital?) and is buried under the McDonald name in Liberty Hill Cemetery, five miles north of Rector.
Samuel W. McDonald was with the Confederate Army, 17th Alabama Infantry and served from 1862-1865. HE moved to Arkansas in 1874 for two years, moved to Boone Co., Ark for two years and back to Clay County, and settled on a farm of 120 acres in 1881. He was a farmer and stock raiser.
William Brice McDonald (1873-1974), son of Samuel and Mary Elizabeth, married Martha Jones Hargis Estes and had Clyde Preston McDonald, Ralph Earl McDonald, Lawrence Estes, Becky Matheney, and Hester Walls.
Riley Seaborn (Seab) (1875-1962), son of Samuel and Elizabeth, never married and is buried in the Rector Cemetery, a lifelong resident of Rector.
Thomas McDonald (1876- ), son of Samuel and Elizabeth, was living with his brother, Brice, on the 1900 Clay County Census.
Samuel Washington, McDonald, Jr. (1878-1961), son of Samuel and Elizabeth, married Sarah (Sallie) Ethel Carpenter and had seven children: (1) Samuel Steven married Lucille Joyner McGinnis and they are buried at Mitchell Cemetery. (2) Gertie McDonald married Wiley Pickens of Greenway, and they are also buried at Mitchell. (3) Ida Elizabeth married Zelebrt Wagner. (4) Lela McDonald married Lewis E. Harbor. (5) Clarence Lynn McDonald married Opal and lived in Michigan. (6) A child died young.) (7) William Enos (Skeets) McDonald (1915-1968) was a country and rock musician who died in California and is buried in Mitchell Cemetery. An article was published in the Times-Democrat Aug. 29, 2012 about Skeets.
Dilly Jane McDonald (1880- ), daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth, is on the 1880 census and nothing else is found.
OllieBea McDonald (1882-1966) married James Smith Guill and is buried in Bakersfield, Calif. They had four children.
Rueben High McDonald (1886- ) was the son of Samuel and Nancy. No information has been found.
John Enos McDonald, (1889- ), son of Samuel and Nancy, has no available information.
Coy Cernest McDonald (1892-1970) was born in Clay County and died in Community Methodist Hospital in Paragould. He married Lessie Carpenter and had Lonnie Cecil, Ernest Leon, Edna Beatrice Mills, and a step-daughter, Jewell Walls. Ernest and Lessie are buried in Rector.
Charles Chester McDonald (1895-1984), son of Samuel and Nancy, married and had two children; Charlie Lee and Savannah McDonald Eastabrook. He is buried in Rector.
John Thomas McDonald (1888-1976), son of Samuel and Nancy, married Mrs. Etta. Randleman and they are buried in Rector. On the 1930 census they are shown with a son, Frank.
Rosie MCDonald (1902-1908) was listed on a Social Security grave information as a child and in Charles Chester’s obituary as a child of Samuel and Nancy. She died between census dates and is not listed on a census. She does not have a grave marker.