S: Douglas Family Ancestry
1: Book Dedication Letter
2: Table of Contents
3: Table of Contents or Timeline
4: Douglas Castle and the Douglas shield and armor | The Douglas Clan
5: While there is no record of our family's direct connection to the noble Douglas clan of Scotland, we do believe our heritage is of Scottish descent. It is assumed that our family name came from that great clan as the people often took the name of their laird for their own surname. The Douglas clan originated in the center of Scotland near a stream called Douglas ("black water"). However throughout the history of Scotland the name Douglas pops up with connections to many of the castles still standing today. The first Douglas we can verify as kin is James Douglas who was the son of John and Mary. There were many John and Mary Douglas' during that time period, most from Scotland, who had sons named James, also born in Scotland. We believe that this is the time where our family immigrated to America. America saw many emigrants from Scotland and Ireland during this time. In 1716 many Jacobite Highlanders were banished to America for political an religious reason. The clan chiefs began raising sheep and no longer needed the farmers forcing them out of their lands so many left Scotland for farmlands in America. Thus begins our family history.
6: James Douglas born (1747-1790). He married Dorcas Smith, born around 1750, daughter of James Smith. They were married in Edgecomb County, North Carolina on January 1, 1765. When James was 45 he died in Franklin County, North Carolina. They had 4 children: | James Douglas & Dorcas Smith | Archilbald Gray (1778-1857) Married Rosanna Edwards, daughter of Daniel Edwards | John Rabon Douglas (1772-1865) | Abel (1778-1857) Married Martha (died 1830) had 3 children | James (1780-1821) Married Nancy Johnson (born 1793 in Virginia- died 1862 in Tennessee) had 7 children
7: (September 8, 1798 in North Carolina- February 18, 1867 in Henderson County, Tennessee) It is believed that he is buried in the area of Uncle Willie's pig pen. There is a Douglas Cemetery Road in north Henderson County northeast of Bargerton. Bryant is known for terracing his farmland and for giving Lexington the land on which the courthouse is built (as told to Cleat Douglas). Bryant married E. H. Hill (April 24, 1799- November 12, 1839 in Henderson County, Tennessee) They had 3 children | John Terry Douglas (1825- 1864) | John Raborn Douglas & Elizabeth Curtis John Rabon Douglas (1773-1865) Had two children: Bryant F Douglas (1798-1867) and Rayborn (1803 in NC0May 12, 1886 in Henderson Co, TN) Married Elenor (1813 in NC) | Gray(1834) Married Joe (1877-1899) | William J. (September 21, 1835-February 13, 1863) Married Abigail (1816) | I Remember By: H.J Bolen (on next page)
8: The following article "I Remember" by H. J. Bolen ran in the Henderson County Times Newspaper on January 14, 1981. I wish to write about Bryant Douglas, who was a neighbor in North Carolina of my great-great grandfather, John Bolen, and who settled in what is now the Bargerton area in Henderson County, Tennessee, about the year 1825. I have thought that Bryant Douglas was the progenitor of the Douglas family in Henderson County, Tennessee. Bryant Douglas owned a large plantation in his new-found land, which included all of what was known as the Fred Seller's farm. A neighbor of Douglas', John Mangun, back in North Carolina, had invented a system of terracing, and Mr. Douglas employed the plan on his own land in Henderson County. Bryant Douglas did not use slaves, but employed young men who had reached their majority and who wanted to hire out to do farm work. He had a large commissary, which years later became the Barger store. The Bargers and Carringtons lived about a mile from Pleasant Exchange, and it was to the Carrington home that my great-grandfather, Reeves Bolen, went on coming to Tennessee, in 1836, as it was Duriney Carrington who was his childhood sweetheart back in North Carolina before the Carrington family migrated to Tennessee. Reeves Bolen and Steve Barger soon set out to pay a visit to the Bryant Douglas plantation, where they both secured farm work. Two years later Bolen married and Barger operated the big store. After some years, and when a post office was established here, the community was name Bargerton. Bryant Douglas must have been a very astute person, for Reeves Bolen, who worked for him and lived neighbor to him North Carolina, once remarked that wherever he went success always followed him. I used to talk with John Douglas, who lived in the Poplar Corner community, and he seemed to be very proud of his heritage. I asked him where Bryant Douglas was buried, and he thought his body must have been interred in an old family cemetery, but another member of the Douglas family thought he might have been buried in the Waller Cemetery. | Settlements began in Tennessee in 1769. The area was annexed to North Carolina in 1777. The territory was the hunting grounds for many Indian tribes; Cherokee, Shawnee, Creek, Chickasaw, and Chickamauga. Migration to TN began during the Revolutionary War but there were many Indian attacks until 1794 when Indians were forced out of their lands. The Territory of Tennessee was formed in 1790 and it became the 16th state in 1796. Henderson County was created from Indian lands in 1821. There is a Doughlas on the 1830 census of Henderson County and a Douglass on the 1840 and 1850 census. Debbie Douglas found a B. Douglas and Rayborn Douglas in the August 10, 1860 census. An essay by H.J Bolen mentions that the Douglas family came to TN from NC in 1823.
9: A son [his grandson, Silas, son of Patrick Douglas] of Bryant's lived in the Rock Springs neighborhood, and was reputed to be quite wealthy, having sacks of money sewed to his body clothing. While feeding his hogs, and seated on the hog pen fence, he was shot on July 2, 1901. A neighbor by the name of Joe Coffman was charged with the crime, with only circumstantial evidence being that Coffman was known to be spending money quite freely the next day following Douglas' murder. A preliminary hearing was held at Wildersville the latter part of July, 1901; and Coffman was bound over to Circuit Court and later convicted and sentenced to the penitentiary. This episode, though, ended the original Douglas family that came to Henderson County, Tennessee, in 1823, and gave us one of the most noted families in the annals of the county's history. I have noted in this sketch an account of Steve Barger, who was a brother of James Barger, and who without schools became educated. James was an inventor and photographer, and who for fifty years went all over the county taking pictures and tinkering with everything mechanical. He left the county for Texas in 1910, and lived to be 100 years old. The Reeves Bolen mentioned in this sketch, too, married the daughter of Sion Carrington, in 1838, lived in the Carrington home until he acquired land adjoining the Carrington land, which also adjoined the Barger farm. He built the only home he ever had in Henderson County, Tennessee, where he reared his family, and both are buried in the garden area of the Sion Carrington home, which is still owned by members of the family. The Bargers were buried in the garden of their home, just north of the old Barger house, one half mile from the Carringlon home. I remember a large white oak tree stood in the yard of the Bolen home, and which was blown down in the 1930's. The house stood about half way between Wildersville hill and the Wildersville Cemetery, on the old Trenton road. All references are merely incidental except the one about Bryant Douglas, for his part in Henderson County's history is one that does not allow us to dismiss lightly. The Douglas family has made great contributions to the advancement of the county almost from the beginning. It is interesting, though, to note that the Bolens, Carringtons, Bargers, and Douglases came from Orange County, North Carolina, where they were neighbors. It might be noted, too, that the Reeves Bolen's father and his eldest son bought the Carrington farm in North Carolina when the Carringtons came to Tennessee.
10: John Terry Douglas (1825- February 26, 1864 in a Southern Prison Camp, buried in National Cemetery, Danville, VA) Married Martha Jane Meals (January 29, 1829 in Alabama-August 7, 1884, Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Henderson County TN). She was the daughter of Lewis William Meals (1788- 1856) and Mary Ann Weaver (1793-1839). They had 6 Children: | John Terry Douglas & Martha Jane Meals | -Maryon Rhonda (October 6, 1849- May 20, 1856) -James Gray Douglas -Louis Bryant (October 25, 1855- 1935) married Mary Elizabeth William (1860- 1924) -William J. (1858- April 24, 1862) -John Newton Douglas (April 5, 1861- October 7, 1932) married Sara Catherine Meals (October 30, 1962- February 27, 1914) -Tennassee Grant Terry Douglas (called Aunt Tenny December. 10, 1863- April 14) married George Washington Anderson (September 12, 1855- December 7, 1924) | Lewis | Lewis William Meals and Mary Ann Weaver
11: The 3rd Tennessee Cavalry Regiment Company B reported in 1862. They guarded Government stores in Nashville and escorted trains between Nashville and Murfreesboro among other duties. John Terry was captured in Como, TN on October 7, 1863. He was imprisoned in Danville, VA. He died there on February 25, 1864 of chronic diarrhea or dysentery. He sent his last message to his family along with his ring. It was carried to his wife by William H. Caveness from Henderson County who was captured along with John. | Danville's only National Cemetery, was created just after the War in 1867. Daily during the War, wagons carried the corpses of those who succumbed in Danville's prisons to a cemetery about half a mile south of downtown. After the War, the bodies in these mass graves were exhumed and buried beneath individual markers or sent to their homes in the North for reburial. Of the hundreds of causalities in Danville's six prisons, 1,323 men (148 unknown) were buried in what has become known as the National Cemetery on Lee Street. | 300 Lynn Street. Civil War Prison No. 6. This brick structure- now much altered from its early appearance- was built as a tobacco factory for William T. Sutherlin in 1855. During the War, Major Sutherlin arranged for the Confederacy to use his buildings as one of six prisons to house Federal prisoners of war. Together, these six facilities, all converted tobacco factories or warehouses downtown, held just over 7,000 officers and enlisted men, 1400 of whom died of such scourges as smallpox and dysentery.
12: - James Gray Douglas (October 21, 1852 in TN- 1898 in Henderson Co, buried in the Waller Douglas Cemetery, TN). Married Julia Catherine Wilson, daughter of Lucinda Story and Henry Thompson Wilson, on May 9, 1886. She was born July 31, 1860 and died on July 9, 1938, buried in the Waller Douglas Cemetery. They had 4 infants who died (1889; twins March 19, 1890; November 25, 1890) and had four children: - Oscar A. Douglas (November 1891- September 27, 1966) married Bess Phillips from Humboldt. They had 4 children: Howard married Jean and had Elizabeth and Tom, Everrett married Hildegard and had Susan and Terry, Edward married Lanell and had Edie and Mark, Loyce married Jewell - Rubye Ora Douglas (April 1893-1971) Married William Cleveland Morgan. Then married Roscoe Gray Milam and had two children: James married Ann and had Bill. Ruth married Chester and had Pahrin and Betty. - Clarence Virgil Douglas (September 18970 November 8, 1962) He married a Taylor and Deli Anderson whom he had: Raymel, Mary Ward, Julie, and Oscar. - John Wilburn Douglas | James Gray Douglas & Julia Catherine Wilson
13: Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. Top: Julia, Oscar, Ruby, Clarence, & Wilburn Bottom: Oscar, Ruby, Clarence, Julia & Wilburn
14: John Wilburn Douglas (January 3, 1895 in Henderson County- August 12, 1937 in Chicago, IL) He married Lydia Ann Tyler (April 28, 1896- June 10, 1975), She was the daughter of Sarah Elnor (Ella) Gill and John Wesley Tyler of Henderson County. John Wilburn joined the Army in July 1918. He was sent to France arriving there in late October, 1918. By the time he met up with the 78th Division of the AEF the major battles were over and within days the Armistice was signed. Here are copies of his diary and a copy of a book of the History of the 310th Infantry to trace his steps during the tour of duty. The diary outlines travels through France and back to Bordeaux to board the "Julia Luckenbach" for home. At the end of the war diary are pages with the expenses of building the farmhouse where he and Lydia lived. Another book held records of his annual income from his cotton crops from 1924 to 1937. They had 7 children: Mable Arlene Curtis Leon Melba Catherine Wilburn Cleatus James Wesley Mary Francis Waymon Joe | John Wilburn Douglas& Lydia Ann Tyler | Our Wedding Day January 1921
15: John Wilburn left July 18, 1918 to join the Armed Forces for the Great War. He began his service at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg Mississippi on July 22, 1918. He was in Europe and wrote about his journey in a diary.
16: Tyler Family Grandpa Tyler's house between Poplar Springs and Independence (Left to Right from back): Alsie & Jess Tyler, Clarence (holding Clois) & Lela Jackson, Lula, Opal & Guy Whittle (holding Hazel), Jewell, Everett & Euline McClain, Lydia (holding Cleat) & Wilburn (holding Melba) Douglas Middle Row: Edward Tyler, Leo Tyler, Grandpa John Tyler, Raymell, Ella Tyler, Marie, Roy, Ray Front Row: Barbee, Mable, Curtis, Imogene | 1927
17: Children of John and Ella Tyler: - Julis Alsie married Jess Green - Lydia Ann married John Wilburn Douglas - Lela Betrice married Clarence Jackson - Arister (Lula) Nancy Jewell married Everett McClain - Opal married Guy Whittle - Annie Marie married JN Douglas (who is also in the Douglas line through John Terry Douglas) - John Ray married Marilou Cass - Cloyce Leo (Purd) married Wilma Owens - Leroy married Maurice Lewis - Georgia Raymel married Charlie Phelps | Lydia Ann Tyler | John Wesley Tyler and Sarah Elnor (Ella) Gill | Jewel, Lula, Opal
18: After John returned from the war he married Lydia Tyler in January of 1921. They had a farm in Juno, TN where John again wrote about his farming and building efforts during the years after WWI. They raised cotton as well as the crops for the family. He played the fiddle and sang. In 1937 John was diagnosed with a tumor of the brain. He went to the hospital in Memphis but they sent him to Hines, IL for surgery and treatment. He died before surgery. After John died Lydia raised their children on the farm until they moved to the house on the highway. She continued to raise a garden, chicken, and had a milk cow. It was a hard life during the depression years. Family was nearby to help. Cleat bought the old farmplace and "Mama Douglas" and Curtis lived in the house on the highway until her death. This was the house of many family gatherings over the years as seen in many of the photos. Melba lived in a trailer next to house to help care for Mama Douglas and Curtis. Upon their deaths, Melba moved into the house. In 2000 the highway department bought the land to widen the road and there ended our annual family reunions.
19: Obituary:Article from the Lexington Progress, dated August 20, 1937: John Wilburn Douglas, son of J.G. and Julia Wilson Douglas, was born January 3rd, 1895, and died August 12th, 1937, age 42 years, 7 months, and 9 days. He grew to manhood and spent practically his entire life in the community in which he was born. During the World War he answered the call of his county in July, 1918, and served with honor and distinction until his return in June, 1919; the greater part of this time having been spent in overseas service. He was happily married to Lydia Anne Taylor, in January, 1921, and to this union were born seven children - three girls and four boys, all of whom are with their mother, and survive him. He also leaves an aged mother, Mrs. Julia Douglas, two brothers, O.A. and C.V. Douglas, one sister, Mrs. R.G. Milam, together with a host of relatives and friends to mourn his death. His father, James G. Douglas, preceded him in death 39 years ago. Some time ago his health began to fail and his condition became such that he was carried to the U.S. Veterans Hospital in Memphis for treatment. His ailment being pronounced tumor of the brain, he was transferred to the Hines Hospital in Hines, Illinois, for further treatment and operation, but before the surgeon's knife left its work, death claimed him for its own. To his wife and children and a group of friends and relatives who visited him in Memphis, he talked beautifully an assuringly of his thorough preparation for a life after death and while expressing himself as confidently believing he would be able to go through the operation and return to his home and loved ones, he gave them every assurance that all would be well with him. To his mother, he was dutiful and obedient; to his brother and sister he was kind; to his wife, he was faithful; to his children as a father, he was loving and to neighbors, he was ever ready to lend a helping hand. He will surely be missed by all. After words of comfort were spoken by Elders J.L. Fuller and John Page, to a large concourse of people, relatives and friends, the body was laid to rest in the Douglas cemetery, near his home there to await the resurrection morning.
24: Great Grandparents
32: Mable Arlene Curtis Leon Melba Catherine Wilburn Cleatus James Wesley Mary Francis Waymon Joe | John Wilburn Douglas | Lydia Ann Tyler | James Gray Douglas | Julia Catherine Wilson | John Wesley Tyler | Sarah Elnor Gill | John Terry Douglas | Martha Jane Meals | Henry Thompson Wilson | Lucinda Story | Thomas Jefferson Tyler | Nancy Carolyn Swafford
33: Bryant F. Douglas | Rhonda Johnson | Lewis Meals | Mary A. Weaver | James Tyler | Eliza Ann Chumney | John William Swafford | Mary Polly Fields | John Rabon Douglas | Elizabeth Curtis | Elias Wade Tyler | Ann Yearwood | James Douglas | Dorcas Smith | John Douglas | Mary Houtchens | James Smith
34: Top Row: Lewis Meals & Mary Weaver Middle Row: Juila Catherine Wilson and Children (Oscar, Ruby, Wilburn, Clarence) Bottom Row: John Wilburn Douglas & Lydia Ann Tyler | Family Ancestry
35: Top Row: John Wesley Tyler & Sarah Elnor Gill, and Children Middle Row: Tyler Family Bottom Row: Mable, Curtis, Melba, Cleatus, James, Mary, Joe (John and Lydia's Children)
38: When I was 18 I got drafted into the U.S. Army. When I was in line doing the exams a guy said "if anyone wants to go to the navy step out the side door". Me and another guy busted through the door. I was looking for a way out and I took it. We got on a bus and went to Chattanooga and when we got to the post office we were sworn in. Then they put us on a train that took five days to get to San Diego. There we had boot camp for six weeks. They sent our old clothes home and momma wondered why I didn't just burn them up because they were so dirty. They gave us clothes that didn't fit. We had to dry the clothes up on the mast pole and wash our own clothes. When boot camp was over I got two weeks leave and got to wear my new uniform. I thought I was sharp in that uniform. I just visited friends and family and borrowed Leon's car when I didn't even know how to drive and took Momma to see Aunt Lela Jackson in Gibson County. After leave was over I went back to San Diego and went to the receiving station for a month. While I was there he went to an old marine station that they were destroying and helped tear it down. Then I got assigned to the USS Brush. | "If anyone wants to go to the navy, step out the side door"
40: They put me on the deck force scrubbing decks and chipping paint. I met a boy John Denier who worked in the engine room. I sat down to talk to him and got in trouble so I asked Denier how to get a job where he was at where he got the chance to sit down and look at the ocean. Denier asked his officer if they needed help in the engine room and he said he did and so I transferred down. We worked 4 hours on 8 hours off. | BRUSH | In the engine room you check pressure, oil, leaks, fix things, whatever to keep the engine running. On my time off I slept, read books, worked in the machine shop working the metal lathe. Never was good at playing poker, didn't have enough money, and didn't like to bet my money but I would set around and watch others play poker. In the navy when you got a rate you had to go to school. If you didn't pass the test you didn't get a raise so you had to study. | The Chance | to sit down | and look | at the | Ocean | USS
41: The first year I got two raises: fireman first cruise and machinist mate third class. On the USS Brush we went to Guam and China (back and forth) then we went to Hong Chong. I even got to shoot marbles with the Chinese and they were amazed that we knew how to play. The toilets were just holes in the ground. When I was in Shang Hi, me and Denier signed up to go on a sight seeing trip to the Capital. We flew up on a DC 3 and the engine died. But they got it landed and we got on a different plane and made it. While we were there we had lunch with officers and I was scared to death. I ate lunch with Armorials and I was dropping everything I was so scared. When we got back from China I got discharged and went home. I couldn't find a job so I signed back up and went back in.
42: We went from a train in Lexington to South Carolina marine station. While we were there we made an Enlisted Mans club by remodeling a gym. After that we got on USS Weeks (a destroyer) and went up to Norfolk, VA and transferred to USS Holder (DD819). Then we went down to work in the engine room again. The first two weeks we went to Annapolis and then took two weeks up to England (port smith). When we were there we went on the HMS Victoria for a tour. Then we took two weeks back to Norfolk and then two weeks back to Annapolis and then two weeks to Cherbourg, France. We stayed two weeks and went on liberty(vacation). We just goofed around. Then we went two weeks back to Norfolk. Other places that he went to was Cuba, Jamaica, Mediterranean (Isle of Crete), Italy, Sicily, Monaco (wedding crashers), Macina (they had some good cheese covered in red wax), France, and northern Europe. One time we went up to North Atlantic for three weeks and it was the roughest ride. You had to hang on the whole time because if you let go you would get slammed. "I was never go glad to get back to port in all my life". Salt was caked on the ship really thick and we bout to never get it clean off. | Taken in China. He brought back a scarf that is the background of this page.
43: While I was on the holder I found out I had abscess (infection) on my kidney and had to go to the hospital and stay three weeks. They gave me so much penicillin I got allergic to it. When I got ready to go back to the ship I was out playing ping pong and I pulled up my sleeves to play and then I couldn't pull them down because my arms were swelled up (allergic reaction). I would talk my discharge until they had put it in my record because I didn't know what would happen after because they were testing on me. I didn't renew my contract because I was doing the duties of the chief and they weren't paying me for it. One day when I had liberty I wanted to get a head start off the ship and tried to get another guy do another job because I didn't want to get my uniform dirty. When an ensin came by he caught the guy doing my job and made me redo the job. So after I put in a transfer chit and the ensin wouldn't sign it so I told him "I will get off of here because my time will be up soon and I will take a discharge." Then I made the biggest mistake I ever made. I came home and I intended on going back after my 30 day leave but I fiddled around and quit. But it ended up being ok because then I met | Martha Carrington