Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Jessee Donaldson

Jessee Donaldson

Representing: Union

Unit History

  • 15th USCT Infantry I
Jessee Donaldson
Family History





Jesse Donaldson
Residence was not listed;

Enlisted on 2/1/1864 at Nashville, TN as a Private.

On 2/1/1864 he mustered into "I" Co. US CT 15th Infantry

(date and method of discharge not given)

 (Estimated date of enlistment)


1870 Alabama -
Donaldson, Jessee age 23, miner, born Alabama
Lizzie age 17, farm laborer, born Alabama
1880 Marion Co. Tenn-
Donaldson, Jesse 31 Alabama, digging coal
Anna 23 wife born Alabama
Hattie 3 born Tenn
Samuel 1, born Tenn


1900 Roslyn Kittitas co. WA

Jesse Donaldson 24/Jan 1846/AL black Coal

Anna 43/Apr 1857/AL married 1875 parents AL/VA 10ch 7liv

Thad 19/Mar 1881/TN

Lizzie 12/Mar 1888/GA

George 9/Oct 1890/GA

Willie 7/Mar 1897/GA

J B Donlaney 28 boarder black



Anna E Donaldson




Negro (Black)

Birth Date:

abt 1856

Birth Place:


Death Date:

Jun 1904

Age at Death:


Death Location:

Everett, Washington


Everett, Washington




Anna E. Smalley Donaldson


Apr 1856

Alabama, USA


9 Jun 1904 (aged 48)

Everett, Snohomish County, Washington, USA


Evergreen Cemetery

Everett, Snohomish County, Washington,

Burial date 11 June 1904 in lot 12. Cemetery Lot owner is listed as Jesse Donaldson. There are presently no visible markers for lots 10, 11 and 12. Anna is buried in an older section of the cemetery near the large Rucker Tomb, which was a popular party spot, and many markers near the tomb were destroyed. Anna's grave is in between two existing markers in Lots 9 and 13 and easily found.

Residence - 3127 McDougal, Everett.
Housewife. Born in Alabama. Cause of death - Tuberculosis. Snohomish Co. Death Return #1729.

Anna E. "Lizzie" Smalley married Jesse Donaldson around 1870. He was born in Alabama in January of 1846. An escaped slave, Jesse enlisted in the Civil War at the age of 18, as a Private, with the 15th US Inf in Alabama.

After the War, Jesse and Anna resided in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia, where Jesse worked as a coal miner.

The family left Georgia and went West. By 1885, they reside in Roslyn, Washington where Jessee continued to work in the coal mines. In 1886 many of the coal miners were on strike, and men were recruited from the the eastern states to work in Roslyn. Jesse remained in Roslyn and continued as a coal miner.

Between 1880 and 1900, Anna and Jesse lost three children to disease. Two of the children may be Samuel, born 1879 in Tenn, and Hattie, born 1877 in Tenn. Anna contracted tuberculosis by 1904, and left Roslyn for treatment in Everett, Snohomish County, Washington. She died in Everett in June of 1904. Anna was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Everett in block 15. Jesse remained in Roslyn with their children and died in 1913. Jesse and Anna had at least ten children. Some of them are: Hattie, Samuel, Thad, Lizzie, George, General, and William.

A 2012 article in the Seattle Times, mentions Roslyn cemeteries containing old and notable graves, such as that of Jesse Donaldson, one of many miners buried in the Roslyn cemetery. In early life, Jesse was an escaped slave who went on to fight in the Civil War.

Of the children, son Thad Donaldson, born in March of 1881, died in Roslyn, Kittitas Co. Washington, at the age of 25 on 31 May 1902. He was a coal miner. Death return #116 lists father as Jessie, and mother as Annie Smalley. Cause of death was Phthisis (Tuberculosis).

Son General Jackson Donaldson, born 29 Oct 1878, resided in Yakima, Washington. He married Marjorie Taylor in 1922. Jeneral died on 24 June 1948 and is buried in the Tahoma Cemetery iun Yakima. Marjorie married General's brother William, after General died. Memorial #137735786.

Son George (1890-1964) settled in Renton and is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial #72561970. His son George (1924-2012) served in WWII in the Army, and participated in the invasion at Normandy on Omaha Beach. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge with the 291st combat engineers.

Son William (1893-1977) married Marjorie Taylor, and he is buried in Tahoma Cemetery in Yakima. Memorial #137736983.

Daughter Lizzie, born March 1888, married Frank Bridgewater and they resided in Seattle. Lizzie died at the age of 32 on 02 Jan 1920.

General Jackson 10/29/1878 Marion Co. TN d. 6/24/1948 Yakima WA

Thad W 1881 1902

George W 1890 1964

Wm 1893 1977



Jesse Donaldson


I 15 USC Inf

Filing Date:

5 Jul 1889

Place Filed:

Tennessee, USA

Relation to Head:


Roll number:



Jesse Donaldson


Male (3/24/1897 birth black)


Annie Smalley


Donaldson Willie




1910 Roslyn Ward 1 Kittitas co. WA

Jesse Donaldson 63/1847/AL black widowed parents AL/TN coal miner does not note CWV

George 19/1891/GA black

Wm 17

Stoane Freeman 40 boarder

James Rushingbow 52 boarder



Jesse Donaldson



Birth Date:

abt 1846

Death Date:

19 Nov 1913

Age at Death:


Death Location:

Roslyn, Kittitas, Washington

Record Source:

Washington State Death Records


Jessee Donaldson


Mar 1846


Nov 1913 (aged 67)


Mount Olivet Cemetery

Roslyn, Kittitas County, Washington


Jesse Donaldson

Record Type:

Military Service

Birth Date:

Mar 1846

Military Date:

7 Apr 1866

Residence Place:

Roslyn, Washington

Death Date:

18 Nov 1913


Buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery Roslyn

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