Born: 1803-XX-XX North Carolina
Died: 1854-XX-XX Mason County, Illinois
Flourished: Mason County, Illinois
In 1832 or 1833, McDaniel came to the portion of Sangamon County, Illinois, that would become Menard County. In 1835, he purchased 240 acres near Mechanicsburg, Illinois. In 1838, he moved to a portion of Menard County that would become Mason County, acquiring approximately 350 acres of land in the area by 1849. In 1850, McDaniel was farming in Mason County and owned real estate valued at $2,000. McDaniel's first wife was named Margaret; it is unknown when they married, but evidence suggests the union produced at least three children. In 1844, he wed Mary Lewis, with whom he had at least two children.
Election Returns for the New Salem Precinct in Sangamon County, Illinois; Joseph Wallace, Past and Present of the City of Springfield and Sangamon County Illinois (Chicago: S. J. Clarke, 1904), 2:1065; The History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois (Chicago, O. L. Baskin, 1879), 617; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Sangamon County, 69:21, 28; Mason County, 59:19, 70:54, 108, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Menard County, IL, 291; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Mason County, IL, 171; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Mason County, 21 November 1844, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL.