Caswell County Genealogy

Donoho, Ellen Smith

Female 1869 - 1954  (84 years)

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  • Name Donoho, Ellen Smith  [1
    Born 8 Jul 1869  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 11729 
    Died 27 Apr 1954  Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Cedars Cemetery, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11511  Caswell County
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2022 

    Father Donoho, Thomas Archimedes,   b. 5 Feb 1827, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1887  (Age 60 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Garland, Isabella Glenn,   b. 3 Dec 1832,   d. 27 May 1886  (Age 53 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 19 Apr 1854  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 87277 
    Family ID F2308  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Jul 1869 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Apr 1954 - Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Cedars Cemetery, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Ellen Smith Donoho (1869-1954)

      Never married. Source: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 181-182 (Article #174 "Donoho").

      The earliest objects firmly attributed to Thomas Day are a pair of dining tables and a matching center table made for physicians and planter John Garland circa 1835. They date from about a decade after Day's arrival in Milton and are a close copy of a classical design popularized by Anthony G. Quervelle (1789-1856), a French emigre cabinetmaker who gained renown in Philadelphia during the 1820s and 1830s.

      W. A. Robertson et al., "Thomas Day and His Family," Negro History Bulletin 13 (March 1950): 124, credits Day as the maker of this early furniture. The date Day made them was deduced through research done on the Garland family history and their connections to Philadelphia. Garland was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania medical school and sent his [a] daughter to school in Philadelphia. The North Carolina Museum of History acquired the banquet tables from John J. and Mary Bell Smith of Washington, N.C., who had purchased them from the "Donoho Sisters." According to the family history of the Donohos, their home, "Longwood," was sold and its contents auctioned in 1954 following the deaths of Grace Donoho Tucker and Ellen Smith Donoho, the last surviving children of Thomas A. and Isabella Glenn Garland Donoho; see Jeannine D. Whitlow, ed., The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, 1985 (Winston-Salem: Caswell County Historical Association, 1985), 182. Isabella, the daughter of John and Christina Garland, had inherited her parents' home and its contents in 1880, following the death of her mother, who had in turn been the sole beneficiary of husband John's estate in 1874.

      Source: Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color, Patricia Phillips Marshall and Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll (2010) at 77 and 232 (footnote 9).

      When Milton Presbyterian Church in those days comes to mind I see all those dear people, so much a part of our lives and just where they sat in church. Nearly everyone had a chosen seat and the regular attendants honored those seats.

      Mr. Claytor, long time minister, read his sermons and left his written word in the shelves of the pulpit, where nosy youngsters easily found them. There was Miss Whit, his wife, and Miss Annie Irvine, his sister, the picture of dignity and Southern gentility. There were Mary Williams, Mrs. Whitlock, Colin Winstead, and Mr. Lewis Walker, the druggist, who nodded off during all sermons. There was Ethel Gillespie in the choir. And Bernice Oliver and Evelyn Gusler, sitting together, and both as neat as neat as could possibly be. There was Mr. Jim Brandon who always sat near my grandmother, Mrs. Frank Jones. There was Mr. Kilby, Sunday school Superintendent for most of my early life. There were our mothers: Mrs. Angle, Miss Edith, Mrs. Kilby (a member of the Episcopal Church, but that met only once a month). There was Miss Ellen Donoho, and Miss Em, her sister-in-law. Miss Em played the piano occasionally and had the shortest, stubbiest little fingers I always wondered if she could span an octave.

      Another member of the congregation was Charlie Lea, the black sexton, sitting about halfway up the stairs to the balcony. He tolled the church bell every Sunday, and stoked the furnace in winter. All part of what we could expect every Sunday. Women in summer dresses, anything but revealing, and the men were always in coat and tie. We, the children and young people, had our Sunday clothes, probably homemade, but kept for Sundays and special occasions. What an ordinary and wonderful way of life.

      Source: "Milton Memories" by Jean Scott (The Caswell Messenger, 4 July 2012).

      1920 United States Federal Census
      Name: Ellen Donoho
      Age: 49
      Birth Year: abt 1871
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1920: Milton, Caswell, North Carolina
      Race: White
      Gender: Female
      Relation to Head of House: Sister
      Marital Status: Single
      Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Able to read: Yes
      Able to Write: Yes
      Household Members: Name Age
      Glenn G Donoho 52
      Isabella Donoho 54
      T Arch Donoho 57
      Ellen Donoho 49

      North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975
      Name: Ellen Smith Donoho
      Gender: Female
      Race: White
      Age: 84
      Birth Date: 8 Jul 1869
      Birth Place: Caswell, North Carolina, United States
      Death Date: 26 Apr 1954
      Death Location: Milton, Caswell
      Father's Name: Thomas A Donoho
      Mother's Name: Isabella Glenn
      Residence: Milton, Caswell, North Carolina

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Ruth Poteat Bender's Story.