About Brig. General Timothy Danielson (Continental Army)
Timothy Danielson was the son of John Danielson, Sr., and Margaret Mighill, and the husband of 1) Beulah Winchester and 2) Elizabeth Sykes. He graduated with a theology degree from Yale College in 1756, but chose not to become a minister. He first became a teacher, then a trader, and finally an officer in the army. When the American Revolution began he immediately joined. He served in battle at the siege of Boston. He was rapidly promoted, reaching the rank of Brigadier General during the war. General Horatio Gates commended him for his energy in recruiting soldiers and forwarding supplies to the army during the war. He was a member of the first and second Provisional Congress, serving as chairman of the military committee. After the war he was a senior major general of the MA state militia. Although not a lawyer he was also appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas for Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Upon his death he left an estate worth 1,658 pounds, including a library of forty volumes.
According to oral family history, Gen. Danielson had a "Herculean frame, combined with Herculean strength."
Timothy's male line died out with the early death of his two sons. His nephews and cousins changed the family surname from "Danielson" to "Donaldson," believing that "Donaldson" was the original family surname back in 1600's Scotland.