John Donelson

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John Donelson
John Donelson.jpg
Born 1718
Died 1785
Nationality American
Occupation Explorer
Spouse(s) Rachel Stockley Donelson
Children Rachel Jackson
Relatives Andrew Jackson (son-in-law)
Donelson Caffery (great-grandson)
Patrick T. Caffery (great-great-great grandson)

John Donelson (1718–1785) was an explorer and adventurer.[1]


Early life[edit]

John Donelson was born in 1718.


He served in the Virginia House Of Burgesses before moving to the Watauga settlements on the Holston and Watauga rivers in East Tennessee. From about 1770 to 1779, he operated the Washington Iron Furnace at Rocky Mount, Franklin County, Virginia.[2] Along with James Robertson, he cofounded Fort Nashborough in 1780, which would eventually become the city of Nashville, Tennessee.[1] His diaries are kept in Cleveland Hall, Nashville. He also led 1000 people to the Cumberland plantation.

Personal life[edit]

In 1744, he married Rachel Stockley Donelson (1730-1801).[1] Their daughter, Rachel Jackson, married the seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson.[1]


he died in 1785.


See also[edit]


  • Crabb, Alfred Leland (1957). Journey to Nashville: A Story of the Founding. New York: Bobbs-Merrill. 
  1. ^ a b c d National First Ladies' Library: Rachel Jackson
  2. ^ Anne Carter Lee (September 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Washington Iron Furnace" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. 

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