Lived in: AFT 19 SEP 1831
Place: Unadilla twp, Howell, Livingston, Michigan, USA
Education: Select schools in Ann Arbor Place: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
1850 Census: 07 AUG 1850
Place: Unadilla Twp, Livingston Co, Michigan
Note: Living with parents, James and Mary McIntyre
Love Letter to Olive: 18 AUG 1857
Note: I’m still working on transcribing a few of the words… but you’ll definitely get the drift.
Marriage: 20 FEB 1858 Waterloo, Jackson Co, Michigan
Note: Married by Rev. R. Sapp at Jackson Michigan
Land Record: 1858
Place: White Oak Twp, Ingham Co, Michigan
Note: 80 acres
Religion: Members of the Methodist Episcopal Church
1860 Census: 01 JUN 1860
Place: White Oak Twp, Ingham Co, Michigan
Note: Wife and one son were living in household.
Military: 28 DEC 1863
Note: Company A of 1st Michigan Engineers & Mechanics Regiment. He was with Sherman on his memorable march from Atlanta to the sea.
Military: 01 OCT 1865
Note: Honorably Discharged
1870 Census: 01 JUL 1870
Place: White Oak, Ingham Co, Michigan
Note: His wife, Mary, three children, and his mother-in-law were also in his household.
1880 Census: White Oak, Ingham Co, Michigan
Note: Wife, Olive, and four children are also in household.
1900 Census: Howell, Livingston Co, Michigan
Note: Donald is listed as a landlord. Wife, Olive, and daughter Flora are also living in household.
Obituary: 28 AUG 1906 – Donald McIntyre was born in Johnstown, New York, September 19, 1831. He came to Michigan when but 6 yrs of age, located in this county. In 1857 he married Olive M. Herrick and moved with his bride to White Oak Twp. where they lived for 31 yrs. Eighteen years ago he moved his family to Howell where they have since resided. To this union 5 children were born, 4 of whom still survive. He served his country faithfully in the war of the rebellion, and there received a shock to his mental and physical powers, that has caused him much suffering and cost him his life. His home life was the most congenial. He was a kind neighbor, a good citizen, a pioneer and a patriot. His funeral was held from the family residence on Fri, Aug 30, 1906. Thus another one of those who have helped to make and preserve this nation has passed on. – Contributed by Norann Lustfield
Buried: 30 AUG 1906 Lakeview Cemetery, Howell, Livingston Co, Michigan
Click to see parents: James McIntyre and Mary McCall
Donald was raised on a farm in Livingston County, Michigan and remained there until he was twenty-six years of age. He attended schools in Ann Arbor, Michigan, then taught school in rural schools in White Oak Twp, Ingham Co, before his marriage in 1858. Donald and his wife, Olive, purchased 160 acres in 1858 in sections 11 and 12 in White Oak Twp, Ingham Co, Michigan. The farm was located on Iosco Road about 3/4 of a mile west of Kane Road, the boundary between Livingston and Ingham counties.
Donald enlisted in the War of the Rebellion on December 31, 1863 at Jackson, Michigan and was attached to Company A, 1st Engineers and Mechanics in the Union Army. The family agreed that Donald joined the Army for the $300 bounty. Donald served under W.T. Sherman on detail on his “March from Atlanta to the Sea.” He saw Atlanta burn and the cotton fields on the drive. Company A marched in the lead into Savannah. While he was away, his wife, Olive, and their three young children remained on the farm.
Donald was a prolific letter writer and he gave his wife instructions about the management of the farm in those letters. Many of those letters still exist and are divided among his great-grandchildren. Donald McIntyre was mustered out of the Union Army at Nashville, Tennessee on September 22, 1865.
When he returned home, his children did not know their father. Even the animals on the farm did not welcome this stranger. When he went to milk the cows they were frightened. Olive had been doing the job while he was away. Donald had to put on Olive’s sun bonnet to take over the milking chore.
Donald and Olive often went to the Mill in Dexter, Michigan, through the woods in a horse cart. They covered the bed of the wagon with hay and took their three oldest children along (George, Anna, and Mary Ella). Mary Ella (McIntyre) King told her daughter, Mina (King) Kleinschmidt, they bought the first peanuts they had even seen and they made her ill. After that she never wanted anything containing peanuts or peanut butter.
Donald continued to work the farm on Iosco Road, Ingham Co, Michigan, until late 1888 when Olive and he moved to Fleming Street, Howell, Michigan. Their eldest son, George, and his wife, Mary (Smith) McIntyre bought 80 acres from Donald. Mary sold the 40 acres on Kane Road her father had given her as a wedding present and purchased 40 acres of the Donald McIntyre farm. She retained the title in her name to the land that held the house and other buildings. That was unusual in those times and later it proved to be a wise decision. (More about this farm in the George H. McIntyre notes section.)
Donald and Olive lived on a Civil War Pension and produce from the George Mcintyre farm. Florence (McIntyre) House and Mina (King) Kleinschmidt remember their grandfather, Donald, as a pleasant man with a long, white beard. He enjoyed growing lovely roses. Olive was very strict and distant and the grandchildren did not have pleasant memories of her. No child was asked to sit on her lap. In fact, her granddaughter, Mina, was afraid of her. Granddaughter Lucille McRex said Olive had long hair, parted in the middle. She ratted her hair in the front to make it look curly. Olive didn’t wash her hair very often.
On June 16, 1906, Donald took the train to Lansing, Michigan to visit his eldest son, George. George worked in the State Auditor General’s office. The family understood that Donald went to talk to his son about payment on the land he had purchased from him. George had not been making payments. Donald spent the day with George. After their discussion, Donald failed to return to his home in Howell, Michigan. George hired a detective to search for his father.
LIVINGSTON REPUBLICAN – JULY 26, 1906 – MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARED Donald McIntyre of Howell, went to Lansing June 16th to visit his son, George, in the state service. In the morning, he left for the train, presumably to return home, but has not since been heard from. All efforts to locate him have been to no avail. Mrs. McIntyre is much alarmed and fears that he is not alive.
LIVINGSTON REPUBLICAN – JULY 26, 1906 – DONALD MCINTYRE, MISSING – A REWARD D. McIntyre, an esteemed citizen of Howell, Michigan has been missing since June 16th, when after a short visit with a son in Lansing, he supposedly left for home. Friends fear that in a fit of insanity he has wandered into some woods or swamp and taken his life. If the owners of property in Livingston and Ingham County will spend a little time looking through the out of the way places on their farms, they will confer a great favor on the friends. A liberal reward await the finder of the body. Please report to Mrs. D. McIntyre, Howell, Michigan.
LIVINGSTON REPUBLICAN – AUGUST 29, 1906 – DONALD MCINTYRE FOUND DEAD – BODY FOUND IN THE WOODS NEAR BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN Mrs. McIntyre received word from son at Lansing, who identified him. Battle Creek, August 28, 1906, rounding a corner in the woods alongside Graham Lake this forenoon, Farmer H. T. Corey saw a sight which he will never forget. It was a human head, ghastly and yellow, hanging from the limb of an elm tree, and to it clung the collarbone and a few stray shoulder bones, bleached by the son. Below in a heap on the ground lay the rest of the decapitated form, held intact only by the clothing of the man that was.
The body found was no other than that of D. McIntyre, of Howell, of disappeared last June. The Battle Creek authorities notified Mr. McIntyre’s son in Lansing, who proceeded to the scene at once and found a notebook, which he at once recognized, as it was made by Mr. McIntyre and he also recognized a collar button found in the pocket as being one his father had worn. The condition of the body showed that it had been hanging on the tree for some two or three months, which corresponded to the time the deceased left Howell.
The family have been of the opinion that Mr. McIntyre’s mind was deranged. The discovery of the body under these conditions sustains their early suspicions. The remains will be brought to Howell for burial. George had the full cost and responsibility for his father’s burial. As far as his (George’s) daughters, Florence and Bertha, could remember, Donald’s younger son, Dr. Donald Isaac, did not share the cost or attend the funeral.
After Donald’s death his wife, Olive, spent some time on a homestead near Miles City, Montana with their youngest son, Dr. Donald Isaac McIntyre and family. According to Dr. Donald’s daughter, Lucille (MacIntyre) Rex, Olive was so disruptive that her son asked her to return to her home in Howell, Michigan.
Olive lived on a small pension. Her daughters, Ann (McIntyre) Smith and Mary Ella (McIntyre) King looked after her during her late years. They inherited her house on Fleming Street in Howell, Michigan. – Marianna Malkowski and Emily Gubry (McIntyre Family History, 1982)
1850 Census: 23 SEP 1850
Place: Waterloo, Jackson Co, Michigan
Note: Living with parents, Samuel and Sarah Herrick.
1910 Census: 07 MAY 1910
Place: 2nd Ward, Howell, Livingston Co, Michigan, page 270A.
Note: Sister, Sarah Randolph, is living in household.
Obituary: 01 APR 1914
Place: Livingston Republican – Mrs. Olive McIntyre, respected resident of Fleming Street is dead. Mrs. Olive McIntyre who has been very sick for some time past, died at her home on Fleming street, last Thursday, March 26, 1914, aged 78yrs & 25 days. Mrs. McIntyre whose maiden name was Olive M. Herrick, was born in Saratoga County, New York on March 1, 1836. She was one of a family of eight children only one of whom, her sister Mrs. Sarah Randolph, who has lived with her for some years past, is still remaining. At an early age she came with her parents to Michigan, settling in Wayne County. February 20, 1858, she was married to Donald McIntyre of Unadilla, and they settled in White Oak Twp. where they lived until the spring of 1889 when they moved to Howell. Mr. McIntyre passed away 6yrs ago. To this union 5 children were born, 3 of whom survive, Mrs. John H. Smith and Mrs. Ella King of Howell and Dr. Donald McIntyre of Montana. She was a life long member of the Methodist church having united with the church in her early girlhood. She leaves a host of friends who hold her in the highest esteem because of her devoted Christian life. During their residence in White Oak she was for some years superintendent of the M.E. Sunday School at Parker’s Corners and it was largely through her efforts that that church was maintained. She spent the past year assisting her son to locate a claim in Montana, only returning from there a short time before she was taken sick. The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon. Contributed by Marianna Malkowski
Click to see parents: Samuel M. Herrick and Sarah E. Newman