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Rachel Burke Taaffe McDonald

Wife of John Kilpatrick McDonald.  Although her husband traveled with the Ezra T. Benson Company of 1849, Rachel and the children are not listed on the roster published in the Journal History of the Church.  The personal reminiscence of John Jr. says that the family arrived in Salt Lake in 1850.  In some sources her maiden name is spelled "Tafft".


Warren Foote Company (1850)Approximate age at departure: 44


  • 1850 Utah Census

  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Internet Web Site
  • McDonald, John T., Autobiographical sketch, in Lawrence Wesley McDonald, Journal entries 1954-1960.
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
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