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Cherokee, Larkin's Children, Death info on George email 8 Dec 2011

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  • Title Cherokee, Larkin's Children, Death info on George email 8 Dec 2011 
    Short Title Email - Brent Fallin - Larkin Donathan 8 Dec 2011 
    Repository Loretta Love Grover 
    Source ID S218 
    Text From: Brent Fallin []
    Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2011 2:26 PM
    Subject: Comments

    Comments: Hi,

    I recently came across your website and found several individuals from my Donathan/Donithan in your database. I can provide more info on the family of Larkin Donithan ( With respect to the census records I see you made note of questions about the family's ethnicity. The family themselves always self-identified as being of Cherokee, not black / Melongeon and the family, including my grandfather, prided themselves in their Cherokee heritage. Many members of the Donithan family in Surry County, NC, including my great great grandmother Alice (Donithan) Fallin and her father Heck Donithan (1850-1924) applied for benefits in 1907 for money allotted to the Eastern Cherokee. These records can be found on (formerly Footnote). Heck stated that his grandfather Jacob Donithan ( told him as a child that he was Cherokee. They actually referenced Jacob as being full blooded Cherokee. Heck stated that he himself was always considered a white man in the community, but his father and grandfather were considered Indians. From about 1880 onward the whole family is always referenced as being white. Unfortunately, the government claims were all denied due to Jacob not being on the old Indian rolls and not having lived with the tribe.

    I also have more info about Larkin's children. Francis Heck Donithan's wife was Sally Key, not Keith. The Key family was very prolific in Surry County. Her parents were Lindsey Key (c. 1797 - 1877) and Nancy Stone (c. 1811 - Abt 1880).

    Also, the Donathan family fought for the Confederacy in the War Between the States, not the Union.

    Richard Theophilus Donathan (called "Dick" by my 3rd great grandfather Heck) enlisted in Company B of the 2nd NC Infantry Battalion on 18 Sep 1861 in Surry County. He died of typhoid fever in a hospital in Lynchburg, VA on 28 Oct 1863 and is buried in Lynchburg at Old City Cemetery in the Confederate Section.

    His brother George Donathan (husband of Charlotte Sharp) ( who you listed as having fought for the Union under Sherman, actually appears instead to have been a member of Company H, 51st Virginia Infantry which mustered out of Patrick County, VA (where he was living c. 1860). George Donathan's name appears on their muster rolls and there were no other Donathans in the county at the time to my knowledge this could have been. His service records appear to have been lost (no records at all on or Fold3 in any unit) and I am currently working with the SCV in Patrick County to try to locate them.

    George died in 1864 according to the both my ancestor Heck (George's brother) and one of George's first cousins. This is problematic since Robert Lee Donithan (b. 1868) is said to be the son of George and Charlotte. Either this birth date is wrong or he was not a biological son. One possibility is an illegitimate birth after George's death. Not nice to think about but it did happen quite a lot with young widows.

    I would be glad to share any more info I come across.

    Brent Fallin