Hugh Hawkins Donnan


My name is Hugh Hawkins Donnan; born and reared in South Carolina (Greenville County). Since 1966 (when I comlpeted a Ph.D. at UNC Chapel Hill ) I have lived in Auburn, Alabama, except for a year or so in Athens, Georgia. I recently retired from Auburn University.

My wife Maureen was born in Boston but moved to Charlotte, NC when she was 12. We have two sons, Patrick and Jonathan, ages 5 and 3 and live in a restored farmhouse (circa 1850) near Auburn/Opelika, AL.

James Hanover Donnan, a Methodist minister, was my great, great, grandfather. From Virginia, he married Maria Stoney of Hilton Head, SC. They established home in what was then the Laurens District of South Carolina. Maria Stoney was born 1784 and the daughter of John Stoney, (b. Ireland 1748; d. Hilton Head Island 1821). Their son, John Stoney Donnan (b. l805; d.l888) had eight children including six sons.

Thus, my family tree is rooted in Laurens SC. I hope to learn more about the Donnans, especially James Donnan and his descendants.

Cordially, Hugh
PO Box 1168,
Auburn, AL 36831
Email: mcdhd@auburn.campus.mci,net