John Donelson

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John Donelson (1718–1785) was an American frontiersman, ironmaster, politician, city planner, and explorer. After founding and operating what became Washington Iron Furnace in Franklin County, Virginia for several years, he moved with his family to Middle Tennessee which was on the developing frontier.

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John Donelson
Died1785 (aged 6667)
Occupation(s)frontiersman, ironmaster, politician, city planner, explorer
SpouseRachel Stockley Donelson
Children11, Jane Donelson Hays, Mary Donelson Caffery, Rachel Jackson, plus another sister and seven brothers
RelativesAndrew Jackson (son-in-law)
Daniel Smith Donelson
John Donelson Martin

There, together with James Robertson, Donelson co-founded the frontier settlement of Fort Nashborough. This later developed as the city of Nashville, Tennessee.

Donelson and his wife Rachel had eleven children, four of them girls. Their tenth, daughter Rachel, married Andrew Jackson who was elected United States president in 1828.