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Mary Emily Donelson

Female 1829 - 1905  (75 years)


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  • Name Mary Emily Donelson 
    Born 31 Aug 1829  Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Mary Emily Donelson enjoys the distinction of being the first child born in the White House. Her father was the nephew of President Andrew Jackson and served as his private secretary and confidant. Her mother, Emily, served as Jackson's First Lady.
    Gender Female 
    Residence 1850  Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1860  San Antonio, Bexar, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1870  Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1880  Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1900  Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Died 28 Aug 1905  Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7
    Buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I13858  Dickinson
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2015 

    Father Andrew Jackson Donelson,   b. 25 Aug 1799, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1871, Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Emily Tennessee Donelson,   b. 1 Jun 1807, Donelson, Davidson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1836, Tulip Grove, Hermitage, Davidson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 16 Sep 1824  Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Family ID F4170  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Alexander Wilcox,   b. 28 Apr 1819, Snow Hill, Greene, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1864, Richmond, Henrico, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Children 
     1. Andrew Donelson Wilcox,   b. 20 Nov 1854, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1903, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)  [Birth]
     2. Mary Rachel Wilcox,   b. ca. 1858, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1917, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F4183  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 Aug 1829 - Washington, District of Columbia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1850 - Davidson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - San Antonio, Bexar, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1870 - Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1880 - Washington, District of Columbia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1900 - Washington, District of Columbia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Aug 1905 - Washington, District of Columbia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S007837] Headstone, Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia.

    2. [S007856] 1850 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850), Census Place: District 4, Davidson, Tennessee; Roll: M432_875; Page: 205A; Image: 414.
      Name: Mary Donelson
      Age: 21
      Birth Year: abt 1829
      Birthplace: Tennessee
      Home in 1850: District 4, Davidson, Tennessee
      Gender: Female
      Family Number: 472

      A J Donelson 50
      E A Donelson 34
      J A Donelson 24
      Mary Donelson 21
      Jno Donelson 17
      Rachel Donelson 16
      Danl Donelson 9
      Martha Donelson 3
      Alexr Donelson 2
      Cathe Donelson 1

    3. [S014287] 1860 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860), Census Place: San Antonio Ward 3, Bexar, Texas; Roll: M653_1288; Page: 404; Image: 336; Family History Library Film: 805288.
      Name: M E Wilcox
      Age in 1860: 28
      Birth Year: abt 1832
      Birthplace: District of Columbia
      Home in 1860: San Antonio Ward 3, Bexar, Texas
      Gender: Female
      Post Office: San Antonio

      J M Wilcox 40
      M E Wilcox 28
      A D Wilcox 5
      M R Wilcox 2
      R J Davidson 23

    4. [S013899] 1870 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1870), Census Place: Nashville Ward 5, Davidson, Tennessee; Roll: M593_1523; Page: 321B; Image: 291; Family History Library Film: 553022.
      Name: Mary Wilcox
      Age in 1870: 35
      Birth Year: abt 1835
      Birthplace: Tennessee
      Home in 1870: Nashville Ward 5, Davidson, Tennessee
      Race: White
      Gender: Female
      Post Office: Nashville

      Mary Wilcox 35
      Andrew Wilcox 16
      Mollie Wilcox 13

    5. [S014080] 1880 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880), Census Place: Washington, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia; Roll: 123; Family History Film: 1254123; Page: 20D; Enumeration District: 044; Image: 0043.
      Name: Mary E. Wilcox
      Age: 45
      Birth Year: abt 1835
      Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
      Home in 1880: Washington, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia
      Race: White
      Gender: Female
      Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
      Marital Status: Widowed
      Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
      Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
      Occupation: Clk. P.O. Dept.

      Mary E. Wilcox 45
      Andrew D. Wilcox 25
      Mary R. Wilcox 22

    6. [S013029] 1900 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration), Census Place: Washington, Washington, District of Columbia; Roll: 160; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 0045; FHL microfilm: 1240160.
      Name: Mary E D Wilcox
      [Mary Emily (Donelson) Wilcox]
      Age: 80
      Birth Date: Aug 1829
      Birthplace: District of Columbia
      Home in 1900: Washington, Washington, District of Columbia
      Race: White
      Gender: Female
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Marital Status: Widowed
      Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
      Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
      Mother: number of living children: 2
      Mother: How many children: 2

      Mary E D Wilcox 80
      Andrew D Wilcox 45
      Mary R Wilcox 42
      Lizzie Poor 30

    7. [S136] District of Columbia, Deaths and Burials, 1840-1964, (Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013).
      Name: Mary Emily Donelson Wilcox
      Gender: Female
      Marital Status: Widowed
      Race: White
      Age: 76
      Birth Date: 1829
      Birth Place: Washington D.C.
      Death Date: 28 Aug 1905
      Death Place: District of Columbia
      Burial Date: 30 Aug 1905
      Father:
      Mother:
      FHL Film Number: 2115233
      Reference ID: cn 162902

    8. [S132] Tennessee Marriages to 1825, Jordan R. Dodd, (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997).

    9. [S140] Old Hickory's Nephew: The Political and Private Struggles of Andrew Jackson Donelson, Mark Cheatham, (Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 2007), 37.