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Anthony Donohoo & Elizabeth Whitmer of Muhlenberg & McLean Counties, Kentucky

Elizabeth Whitmer is one of my husband’s collateral lines. She was the daughter of John and Catherine Whitmer, Dave’s 5X great grandparents and the sister of his ancestor, Catherine, who married Martin Miller and removed to Texas.

Elizabeth Whitmer was born 24 January 1793, likely in Botetourt County, Virginia, where her parents were living at the time. She married Anthony Donohoo on 31 May 1820 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.

Anthony Donohoo was born in November 1796, based on his gravestone,  in Sumner County, Tennessee and married his first wife, Anna Coleman, there on 1 July 1816. Anna may have died giving birth to their only child, daughter Isabella, in 1818.

Sometime between 1818 and 1820, Anthony moved on to a new life in Muhlenberg County.

I’m not sure why, actually it’s probably because people are too lazy to look at records for themselves, but the family of Anthony and Elizabeth Donohoo exists in all kinds of iterations online, many of them incorrect.

Anthony Donohoo is found in both the 1840 and 1850 censuses of Muhlenberg County. The two adults in 1840 match Anthony and wife Elizabeth. The children are an almost perfect match between 1840 and 1850, with the exception that eldest son Michael married in 1841 and lived next door to his parents in 1850 and the youngest daughter, aged 5-9 years old in 1840, appears to have died young as she is not at home in 1850.

Anthony’s oldest daughter, Isabella, born c1818 to his first wife, was still at home in 1850.


  1. Michael, born c1822, Kentucky; died before 1860; married Angeline Donohoo, 10 March 1841, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. She apparently was a cousin.
  2. John, born c1827, Kentucky; died after 1850. No further information
  3. Isaac, born 3 January 1828, Kentucky; died 15 September 1894, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky; married Mary Phillips, 9 June 1862. She was born 1847; died 1940.
  4. Elizabeth, born 1832; married  Zachariah (Darrell on the marriage record) Stringer, 23 December 1852, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky
  5. Benjamin, born c1834; married Susan McLaughlin, 19 July 1857, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. No further information as neither is found in 1860.
  6. Jacob, born 24 October 1835, Kentucky; died 3 June 1894, McLean County, Kentucky; married (1) Eliza Ann Stringer (1830-1869) (2) Mary J. Goodwin (1836-1921)

Note on Elizabeth who married Zachariah Stringer – there is a famiy of Igleheart children living with them in 1860. The 1850 census shows Elizabeth Donohoo at home with her parents. William Igleheart had a wife, Elizabeth, about the same age as Elizabeth Donohoo. He married Elizabeth N. Donohoo on 14 February 1839 in Muhlenberg County. However, the 1840 census includes James Donohoo, aged 40-49. I think Elizabeth N. was the daughter of James.

Zachariah and Elizabeth had a son, also named Darrell, who appears to have died young. They may have taken in the Igleheart children in 1860 because they wanted a home with children.

To complicate things, an Elizabeth Stringer, 24, is living with Anthony Donohoo and Sarah, thought to be Anthony’s wife as Elizabeth Whitmer Donohoo died in 1855, along with a child, John e. Stringer, aged 3. These Stringers appear to be John, son of Gray Stringer and Elizabeth Pitt.

By this time, the family was living in McLean County, Kentucky, next door to Muhlenberg County.

Anthony Donohoo died on 27 January 1879 in McLean County, Kentucky. Elizabeth (Whitmer) Donohoo died on 11 May 1855. Both are buried in the Donohoo Cemetery in McLean County.