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Francis Heck Donathan

Francis Heck Donathan

Male 1850 - 1924  (~ 74 years)


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  • Name Francis Heck Donathan 
    Nickname Heck 
    Born Sep 1850  , Surry, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Ethnic Group Cherokee (but was considered as a white man in the community)
    Applied for Eastern Cherokee benefits in 1907 and were denied because grandfather Jacob was not on the tribal rolls and had not lived with the tribe.  
     Francis Heck Donathan Eastern Cherokee Application 1907.
    Francis Heck Donathan Eastern Cherokee Application 1907.
    Buried 1924  Hogan's Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Siloam, Surry, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Birth: Sep., 1853
      Death: Dec. 17, 1924

      Francis was youngest child of Larkin and Lavina (Holyfield) Donithan. Francis married Sarah Key, daughter of Linsey and Nancy (Stone) Key. Two marriage dates are found in handwritten offical records, 1 Oct 1873 and 24 Jan 1876. It is not known which is corrrect.

      In 1907 many members of the Donithan family, including Heck applied for benefits due descendants of the Eastern Cherokee. The Donithan family claimed their ancestor Jacob (Heck's grandfather) as a full blooded Cherokee Indian, but the claims were rejected due to insufficient proof. Still, many descendants have prided themselves in their partial Cherokee roots.

      Family links:
      Spouse:
      Sarah Key Donathan (1838 - 1918)

      Children:
      Frances Alice Donithan Fallin (1873 - 1956)*
      Sarah Elizabeth Donathan Crissman (1877 - 1958)*

      Inscription:
      "77 yrs" Note: Inscription seems to be in error. Heck was not present in the 1850 census so he cannot have been this old when he died. His death certificate indicates his birth being about 1851. Census records indicate birth between 1843-1857. The 1900 census gives a birth month of September. A birth year of 1853 or 1854 seems most likely from early census records.

      Burial:
      Hogans Creek Primitive Baptist Cemetery
      Siloam
      Surry County
      North Carolina, USA

      Maintained by: Brent Fallin
      Originally Created by: teresa meyer
      Record added: Jan 20, 2011
      Find A Grave Memorial# 64450272

      - teresa meyer
      Added: Jan. 20, 2011
    Donathan, Francis Heck and Sallie HS.jpg
    Donathan, Francis Heck and Sallie HS.jpg
    Died 17 Dec 1924  , Surry, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age ~ 74 years 
    Notes 
    • Information from Ancestry.com
    • (Research):possibly melungeons or Cherokee
    Person ID I2782  Our Family
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2012 

    Father Ancestors Larkin James Donathan,   b. 1808, , Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1867, Rockford, Surry, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Levina Holyfield,   b. 1818, , Surry, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1893, Rockford, Surry, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 4 Feb 1840  , Surry, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F581  Group Sheet

    Family Ancestors Sarah Sallie Key,   b. 8 Nov 1838, , , North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1918, , Surry, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 1 Oct 1873  , Surry, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Frances Alice Donathan,   b. 26 Nov 1873, , Surry, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1956  (Age 82 years)
     2. Sarah Elizabeth Donathan,   b. 29 Jul 1877, , Surry, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1958, Siloam, Surry, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Family3. Mary Molly Donathan,   b. 28 Sep 1880, , Surry, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1961, Sanford, Lee, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Photos
    Francis 'Heck' and Sally Key Donathan Or Donithan
    Francis "Heck" and Sally Key Donathan Or Donithan
    Reported picture of Francis "Heck" and Sally Donithan. Both appear to be of advanced age, so the picture most likely is from c. 1910-1918.
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2012 
    Family ID F3823  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Sep 1850 - , Surry, North Carolina, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Oct 1873 - , Surry, North Carolina, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1924 - Hogan's Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Siloam, Surry, North Carolina, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Dec 1924 - , Surry, North Carolina, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S130] Cemetery Census North Carolina & Vriginia (Reliability: 2), 12 Dec 2010.
      Donathan, Heck Francis (b. 1847 - d. 17 Dec 1924)husband of Sarah Sallie Key Donthan, m. 1-24-1876 - marker says age 77 yrs - parents unknown

    2. [S100] Find A Grave (Reliability: 3), 2 Mar 2012.

    3. [S61] Ancestry.Com, Generations Network, Inc, (Ancestry.com.[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.), North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004 (Reliability: 3).

      North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004
      Name:Larkin Donathan Spouse:Viney Holyfield Marriage Date:4 Feb 1840 Marriage County:Surry Marriage State:North Carolina Source Vendor:County Court Records - FHL # 0546467-0546474 Source:County Court Records at Dobson, NC & Family Histor
      2008, The Generations Network, Inc. Source Citation: Data Source: County Court Records - FHL # 0546467-0546474.
      Source Information: Ancestry.com. North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data:
      Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. (P.O. Box 740, Orem, Utah 84059) from county marriage records on microfilm located at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, in published books cataloged by the Library of Congress, or county records in possession of the individual county clerks or courthouses.
      North Carolina State Archives. North Carolina County Marriage Indexes. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina.
      North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics. North Carolina Marriage Index, 1962-2004. North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, Raleigh, North Carolina.