Bryan McDonald , 1686–1757 (aged 70 years)
Husband of Catherine P. Robinson, married December 8, 1715 in New Castle, Delaware. Father of Richard Mcdonald, James McDaniel, James Mcdonald, Edward Mcdonald, Joseph Mcdonald, Rebecca Mcdonald, Catherine Mcdonald, Elizabeth M. (McDonald) Smyth, Bryan B Mcdonald III and Priscilla Mcdonald
Bryan McDonald (1686-1757)
CHRONICLES OF THE Scotch-Irish Settlement IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THE ORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY 1745-1800 ABSTRACTS OF WILLS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA. AUGUSTA COUNTY COURT. WILL BOOK NO. 2. ADDITIONAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. page 45
Page 197.--21st May, 1757. Bryan McDonald's will--To son Bryan McDonald, 1/2 of testator's land where he (Bryan, Jr.) used to live; to son-in-law John Armstrong, other half of plantation above where testator now lives; to daughter Prisla, bed she now lieth upon; to wife Catherine; to son Richard, 5 shillings; to sons James, Edward, Joseph and Bryan McDonald, remainder of estate; to daughters Rebecca Bean, Catherine Armstrong, Mary Smith. Executors, wife Catherine and son-in-law John Armstrong. Teste: Joseph McDonald, George Robinson, Edward McDonald. Proved, 18th August, 1757, by Edward and Joseph McDonald. Both executors qualify with Edward McDonald and Joseph McDonald.
Supposedly from the Kegleys' Early Adventurers on the Western Waters, 1980:
Col. Bryan McDonald came to Virginia from Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware, about the year 1745. He was 59 years old when he moved to Buffalo Creek. Those who died early in the settlement were buried in the McDonald or Glebe graveyard at the corner of Edward McDonald's land. The old Bryan McDonald place is at a head spring of Buffalo or Tinker Creek. The land is near the gap in Tinker Mountain. The old house was about four or five miles above the Robinson Mill. In 1938, the original house was still standing.
Note: The house built by Bryan McDonald at the headwaters of Buffalo Creek (Tinker Creek) west of Amsterdam in Augusta Co, (Botetourt Co.) was a 2 story log house on upper Buffalo four or five miles above the Robinson mill. "The stone foundation of this house extended up to form the walls of the ground floor, over which was built the log house, with its porch across the entire length of the building, and the hugh chimneys at either end being necessitated by the fact that cooking had to be done over their fires". The house still stand and is now as the "Old Bryan McDonald House" and has long been a landmark in Botetourt Co. It might be the oldest structure in present Botetourt Co. (pg 425 A Seed-Bed of the Republic)