About Stockley Donelson
Stockley Donelson was born to Colonel John and Rachel (Stockley) Donelson in Virginia in 1752. He was one of twelve children, including Alexander (1749-1785), Mary (Donelson) Caffrey (1751-), Catherine (Donelson) Hutchings (1752-1835), John (1755-1830), William (1756-1820), Jane (Donelson) Hay (1757-1834), Samuel (1758-1804), Severn (1763/73-1818), Levin (1765-), and Rachel (Donelson) Robards Jackson (1767-1828). Donelson was educated in the field schools and went on survey North Carolina's western lands in addition to serving as Surveyor-General for the State of North Carolina and the short-lived State of Franklin. He was also involved in politics, representing the State of Franklin in the Tennessee House (1785) and representing Hawkins County in the North Carolina Senate (1787) and in the Territorial Assembly (1794-1795). Donelson was appointed Captain in the Sullivan County Militia and Major in the Hawkins County Militia (1787) before serving as the Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant of the Territorial militia. He married Elizabeth (Glasgow) Martin on April 17, 1797 and the couple had no children. The Donelsons later lived in Knox County, Tennessee and in Davidson County, Tennessee where Stockley Donelson died in September of 1805.