J.F. Donaldson is a leading merchant and planter of Collins, Drew County, Ark., but was born in the State of Mississippi October 24, 1845, and is a son of Nathan and Amelia (Aglin) Donaldson, who were bborn in Georgia and South Carolina, respectively, their marriage taking place in the month of January, 1834. The father was a farmer and mechanic by occupation, and after residing in the State of Mississippi until 1852, he removed to the State of Arkansas, and is now residing in Drew COunty, at the age of seventy-five years. He served in the Mexican War, also in the Rebellion for a short time, and iin his political views is a Democrat, serving on this ticket as justice of the peace of his township for several years. He is a R. A. M. and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Their children are named as follows: William M., Mary E., Levi W., David P., James F., Lucinda J., Anthony I., Nathan A., Amelia C., Andrew J., and John (who died in infancy). J.F. Johnson has resided the greater portion of his life in Drew County, Ark., and has followed the life of an agriculturalist, being now the owner of 600 acres of land, of which 100 acres are under cultivation, besides his general mercantile establishment, which is worth about $10,000. He opened his establishment in 1889, and by his accomodating spirit and enterprise has already built up a paying trade. On January 19, 1871, he was married to Miss Pollie A. Stewart, who was born in Tennessee, a daughter of Henry and Mary Stewart. They have had three children: Nora (who died in infancy), Ida M., and John A. Mr. Donaldson is a Mason, a K. of H. and a K. of P. and has held high offices in all these orders. He has been justice of the peace in his township for eight years, is a public spirited citizen, and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church.


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