William McDonald of South Carolina and Polly McDonald his wife settled on the banks of the Fourche Caddo in Caddo Township, Clark County, Arkansas in 1817 from Johnson County, Illinois. Their previous residence was Columbia County, Georgia. William McDonald had a large family and when he died in 1829 he was survived by ten children:
1). Micajah McDonald died in Clark County, Arkansas in 1830. He was married at least two times; first to a wife whose identity is unknown and second to Sarah Mobley on August 14, 1823 in Clark County, Arkansas. His descendants are found to have the McDonald and McDaniel surname. Eight children resulted from his two marriages. The five children by his first wife were: Peter McDonald or McDaniel, David McDonald, William McDonald, Betsy McDonald the wife of Francis Gibbons, and Lucretia McDonald the wife of David Hopkins. The three children by his second wife were: Levisa McDonald, John McDonald, and Zachariah McDonald.
2). Stephen McDonald settled on the Fourche Caddo in Clark County, Arkansas adjoining his father.
3). Polly McDonald married William Lamar.
4). Catherine McDonald married at least two times; first to John Clover on April 10, 1822 in Clark County, Arkansas and second to Francis Neel about 1835 in Clark County, Arkansas.
5). Lucretia McDonald married David Trammell. They moved to Hot Spring County, Arkansas in 1831 and later to Dallas County, Arkansas.
6). Zachariah McDonald married at least two times; first to a wife not identified and second to Louise Eliza (Barker) Banta widow of Isaac Banta. He settled on the banks of the Fourche Caddo in Clark County, Arkansas and later moved to Hot Spring County, Arkansas in 1830. From there he moved to Union County, Arkansas and thereafter to Bradley County, Arkansas. He moved to Hays County, Texas prior 1850. In 1853 he moved to Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas.
7). Levisa McDonald married James Bankston. They lived in Clark County, Arkansas and later moved to Hot Spring County, Arkansas. They eventually settled in Red River County, Texas near the Clarksville/Annona/English area.
8). Augustus Baldwin McDonald was married four times; first to Polly Clover on on May 3, 1827 in Clark County, Arkansas; second to Mary Coleman in 1834 in Clark County, Arkansas; third to Sarah Stokes, a widow, on October 10, 1841 in Hot Spring County, Arkansas; and fourth to Martha A., maiden name not known. He left Arkansas and settled in Lavaca County, Texas.
9). Laomi McDonald married Thomas Neel. She is living with her daughter Martha and son in law John Colbath in Gillespie County, Texas at Fredericksburg in 1880 according to the census.
10). Elizabeth (Betsy) McDonald married Shepherd Joseph Colbath on October 9, 1828 in Clark County, Arkansas. They moved to Union County, Arkansas and to Caldwell County, Texas prior 1850.