Charles  P.  McDonald

          Charles P. McDonald, a prominent farmer of Sugar Creek Township, was born in Rush County, this State, June 14, 1831.  He was the seventh of ten children -- seven sons and three daughters -- born to Mordica and Sarah (Varner) McDonald, both natives of Kentucky, the former of Scotch, and the latter of German descent.  He was reared upon a farm in his native county and at the age of fifteen he began working upon a farm by the month, and thus continued during the summer time for a number of years.  At the age of twenty he took up the vocation of a farmer for himself, and this has been his life occupation.  In April, 1851, he came to Shelby County, and became a resident of Sugar Creek Township, in which he has ever since resided.  His marriage to Mary J. Bagley, occurred March 9, 1881.  She was born in this county July 21, 1858, and was the daughter of  Joseph and Mary J. Bagley.  They are the parents of one child, Oscar, born August 7, 1883.  In politics Mr. McDonald is a Democrat.  He owns a good farm of 148-1/2 acres, about 115 of which are in a high state of cultivation.  His farm is fitted up with good buildings and fences and is situated in one of the best farming localities in Shelby County.  He is an industrious and successful farmer and he and wife are worthy and esteemed citizens.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago:  Brant & Fuller, 1887, p 753, "Sugar Creek Sketches".
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