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Born: June 1765 in Cumberland County, Penn


Burial: Kingston Cemetery, Decatur County, Indiana

His headstone reads:

In Memory of
Thomas Donnell
Born June 1765
& Died Dec 1833
aged 68 years & 6 months

Service: He served as a frontier ranger from the age 13
until he was in his 18th year.
He also served as a private in the militia pf Pennsylvania.




Information courtesy of John and Marty Green of Indiana.
This information came from "Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Decatur County".

The Decatur Bicentennial Committee takes great pride in helping with the piblishing of this pertinent series of articles. The committe feels these fatcs concerning Decatur County's Revolutionary War Soldiers are a very important part our our county's history. Every effort should be made to preserve our heritage, and this record will certainly be of great help.

Signed by Mr and Mrs Van P. Patterson,
co-chairmen, Decatur County
Bicentennial Committe.

This series of headstones and records of the Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Decatur County was started in July 1975, by Smith Monument Works as their project for the bicentennial.

The series would have been impossible wwithout the records kept by the Lone Tree Chapter, D.A.R.

We at Smith Mounment Works would like, once again, to express appreciation to the Lone Tree Chapter D.A.R. for their dedication to the presevation of the history of Decatur County.

We would also like to thank the Bicentennial Commission for preserving this series in booklet form.

Patricia Smith, James F Smith

He entered land in Fugut Township in 1822 but probably settled there near Kingston, a year or two sooner. Kingston was one of the first settled areas settled int he county. In the land enries for the years 1819-1822, are the names of families who helped developDecatur Co., and many of their descendents are still making valuablecontributions to the life of the county.

The Presbyterian Church atKingston (originally called Sand Creek Presbyterian) is the parent church of the otherPresbyterianChurches in the county. In 1823, Samuel Donnell, John Hopkins, John C McCoy and Wm O. Ross were elders of the Kingston Church. HAnover College was organized at this church and its pastor was made a trustee of the institution. A member of the Donnell family furnished the collegechapel and another endowed a proffership. Dr. A.T. Rankin who served the Kingston Church from 1860-1890 dedicated the chapel. Dr Rakin, on the 30th anniversary of his pastorate said: "What would Indiana, or the United States, or the world have been without Hanover? And What would Hanover have been without Kingston?"

"Kingston furnished Bloomington a professor and the Louisville Courier Journal its greatesteditor (John Harney). The firstpastor of this church held the stake Carahan drove to mark the place where Wabash College was built, and that Thomson who managed it's finances so admirable forso many years, professed faith in Christ here. How far reaching and great the influence of the church organized in a log cabin 75 yearsago!"



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