WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
AARON JOHNSON MACDONALD
BIOGRAPHYAaron Johnson Macdonald was born July 12, 1859 in Springville, Utah Territory, four months after his parents immigrated from Scotland to America.
Aaron's father found employment in Springville and the family lived there for seven years.
In 1866, Aaron's father was called to St George to manage the construction of the St George Temple and take charge of the tithing office. Aaron and his brothers worked on the St George Temple.
From 1877-1879, Aaron, his father, and brother Alec went on a mission to Scotland. Aaron returned to Washington and worked as a carpenter.
Aaron married Julia Ann Ivins on January 12, 1881 in St George. Aaron went into business with his father-in-law, Dr. Israel Ivins. They ran a drug store in St. George, and later a second store in Silver Reef. His family lived in Silver Reef for a short time and then moved back to St George. Their son was born in Middleton.
In 1883, Aaron received a contract for doing the wood work on the new building of Guss Ellis & Company in Mesa City, Arizona County, Arizona Territory. Aaron's father had been called to move to Mesa City and was serving as the stake president and mayor there. In 1884, Aaron was injured when he was thrown from a wagon while taking the mail to Phoenix. He suffered a concussion and congestion of the brain, and after four hours, died on July 5, 1884. He was buried in Mesa.
REFERENCESAaron Johnson Macdonald and Julia Ann Ivins
A research report by Elaine Young, PhD.
Ancestry.com entry for Aaron Johnson Macdonald
Find-A-Grave entry for Alexander Findlay Macdonald
Find-A-Grave entry for Elizabeth Graham Macdonald