- Birth Date
- 1 June 1802
- Death Date
- 17 June 1850
The arrival of the McDonald family in 1850 is mention in the obituary of his daughter, Mary.
Some secondary sources say that the family started for Utah with the 1850 Benjamin Hawkins pioneer company, but that after the death of James, Sarah and her children continued toward Salt Lake with the 1850 Aaron Johnson Company. A primary source is needed to confirm this information.
- Age at Departure: 48
- Head of Household
- Died en Route
- Excerpts from Important Events in the History of the James McDonald Family, 1841-1850 in Biographical information relating to Mormon pioneer overland travel database, 2003-2017, 10-12.
- William McDonald, "A Porshion of the History of My Life." Trail excerpt transcribed from "Pioneer History Collection" available at Pioneer Memorial Museum [Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum], Salt Lake City, Utah. Some restrictions apply.