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American Rachel JACKSON

born Rachel DONELSON

Wife of Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on June 15, 1767 in Halifax County, Virginia, USA
Died: on December 22, 1828 in Davidson (Etats Unis)


Rachel Donelson was born near the Banister River, about ten miles from Chatham, Virginia in Pittsylvania County. Her father was Colonel John Donelson (1718–1785), co-founder of Nashville, Tennessee, and her mother was Rachel Stockley Donelson (1730-1801). Her great-grandfather, Patrick Donelson, was born in Scotland about 1670. She had seven brothers and three sisters: Alexander Donelson (1749-1785); Mary Donelson Caffrey (1751-?); Catherine Donelson Hutchings (1752-1835); Stockley Donelson (1753-1804); Jane Donelson Hay (1757-1834); John Donelson (1755-1830); William Donelson (1756-1820); Samuel Donelson (1758-1804); Severn Donelson (1763 or 1773 -1818); Leven Donelson (1765-?). From about 1770 to 1779, her father operated the Washington Iron Furnace at Rocky Mount, Franklin County, Virginia. With her family, she moved to Tennessee at the age of twelve. Her father led about six hundred people from Fort Patrick Henry to Fort Nashborough, down the Cumberland River. The Donelson family were the first white settlers in Tennessee.

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