William McDonald was Born circa 15 April 1798 in Glengarry Ontario. He was to have been the age of only 14 years old when he was to have hauled ammunition horses and sleigh between Montreal and Kingston.
When he was a young man he went to Montreal to learn the carpentry trade. He later came to Bytown now Ottawa at the time to work on the Rideau Canal. He worked as a canal lock carpenter until the canal was done in 1831. He Later came to the Banks of the Muskrat Lake and was in the lumber business with his brother Walter McDonald.
He soon gave up Lumbering and began farming until death called him home.
Mr. William McDonald was a father of 12 children, 68 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He always enjoyed the best of health and never believed in doctors.
He was a man of very few words and was a strict Presbyterian. William served in two great historical events in this country of Canada, the building of the Rideau Canal and the War of 1812.
[Graveside Team ed — Cemetery GPS coordinates approximate as no definitive location given.]
Veteran SummaryWilliam McDonald
Place of Birth
Glengarry County,Lancaster Township, ON, CAN
Place of Death
Westmeath Township, ON, CAN
Died on: 26 JUL 1887
Reason: Old Age
Location of Grave
McDonald Burying Ground, Conc 1 Lot 18, Sutherland Road
Whitewater Township, ON, CAN
Latitude: 45.729635N Longitude: -76.994034