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William D. Douglass



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William D. Douglass, the son of Nathan and Nelly Dunn Douglass, was born in about 1799, in Kentucky.

Nathan Douglass, in his will written February 1854, mentions two sons: Samuel and William D. He also mentions that William is in Indiana.


We think it very probable that William's middle name was Dunn.



1820 TAX LIST
Garrard County, Kentucky

William appears on the tax rolls for Garrard County for the first time in 1820.

William Douglass
No land
White males over 21: 1
White males over 21 in Lancaster: -
Blacks over 16: -
Total blacks: -
Horses, mares: 1
Studs and jacks: -
Rate of covering: -
Whole sale store: -
Tavern license: -
Billiard tables: -
Wheel carriage: -
Value of land/acre: -
Total value except studs, jacks: $60



William married ELIZABETH LEWIS, on or about September 16, 1821, in Garrard County, Kentucky.




Marriage License




Marriage Bond


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The marriage license was issued on September 16, 1821. The marriage bond is also dated September 16, 1821. Samuel Lewis was bondsman.




Elizabeth was born on March 4, 1801, in North Carolina. She was the daughter of SAMUEL LEWIS and CASSANDER LESURE/LEASURE.




After marrying, William and Elizabeth moved to Rush County, Indiana. By tax records and the birthplaces for their children, it appears William and Elizabeth moved to Indiana in about 1823 or 1824.

William and Elizabeth were the parents of at least six, possibly seven children.



1821 - 1823 TAX LISTS
Garrard County, Kentucky

William appears on the 1821 - 1823 tax rolls for Garrard County.

1821


William Douglass
No land listed
White males over 21: 1
White males over 21 in Lancaster: -
Blacks over 16: -
Total Blacks: -
Horses, mares: 1
Studs, jacks: -
Rate of covering: -
Whole and R. stores: -
Tavern license: -
Billiard Tables: -
Wheel carriages: -
Value of land per acre: -
Total Value except studs, jacks: $70
* listed right after Nathan Douglass



1822


William Douglass
No land listed
White males over 21: 1
White males over 21 in Lancaster: -
Blacks over 16: -
Total blacks: -
Horses, mares: 2
Studs, jacks: -
Rates of covering: -
Whole and R. Stores: -
Tavern license: -
Billiard tables: -
Wheel carriages: -
Number of children: -
No. School district: -
Value of land per acre: -
Total Value except studs, jacks: $100



1823


Rolls very faded
William Douglass
No land recorded
White males over 21: 1
Horses, mares: 3

This is the last year William appears on the tax rolls for Garrard County.



CENSUS READINGS

1830 Rush County, Indiana
Will D. Douglass
Males: 1 under the age of 5; 2 age 5-10; 1 age 30-40
Females: 2 under the age of 5, 1 age 20-30

1840 Richland, Rush County, Indiana
Wm D. Douglass (4 boys, 2 girls)
Males: 1 under the age of 5; 1 age 5-10; 1 age 10-15; 1 age 15-20; 1 age 40-50
Females: 2 age 10-15; 1 age 30-40.

1850 Rush County, Indiana
Wm. D. Douglass, 51 years old, born in Kentucky. Farmer. Value of real estate: 2000
Elizabeth Douglass, 48 years old, born in North Carolina
Saml L. Douglass, 27 years old, born in Kentucky. Farmer
Nathan Douglass, 24 years old, born in Indiana
Casandra M. Douglass, 20 years old, born in Indiana
Wm B. Douglass, 15 years old, born in Indiana. Farmer
John Douglass, 11 years old, born in Indiana
Wm W.S. Douglass, 1 year old, born in Indiana



SETTLEMENT OF FATHER'S ESTATE
1856

William's father, Nathan, died in May of 1854. The first settlement of Nathan's estate was made in May of 1856 - at which time the executor divided the proceeds of the estate sale equally between William, his brother Samuel, his sister Polly, and his mother Nelly, all according to the terms of Nathan's will. Each of the four shares amounted to the sum of $270.65. William received $153.67 of his shared in January of 1856; he received $112.18 in May of 1856, representing the remaining amount due him, plus interest.



FURTHER CENSUS READINGS

1860 Richland, Rush County, Indiana
Wm Douglas, 61 years old, born in Kentucky. Value of real estate: 4240; value of personal estate: 800. Farmer
Elizabeth Douglas, 57 years old, born in North Carolina
Wm W S Douglas, 12 years old, born in Indiana. Attended school within the year
**living next to John W. Douglass, 21 years old, born in Indiana



SETTLEMENT OF FATHER'S ESTATE
1863

Final settlement of Nathan Douglass' estate was made in September of 1863. This settlement divided the proceeds from the sale of Nathan's slaves and land. Each of Nathan's children - William, Samuel, Polly, and Rebecca - were to get an equal share; each share amounted to $4,345.89. Of this amount, the executors advanced William $245 - no date noted. The settlement records note that Willis Walden - William's brother-in-law - bought out William's share and interest in the estate. This appears to have happened as early as September of 1859, when Willis acknowledged receipt of $1,804.65. Willis acknowledged receipt of another $1,000 in January of 1863, and then the remainder in September of 1863. The settlement records do not indicate whether William was dead.



Settlement

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FURTHER CENSUS READINGS

In 1870, Elizabeth is living with son John, in Illinois. William is not listed in the house:
1870 Rantoul, Champaign County, Illinois
John W Duglas, 29 years old, born in Indiana. Value of personal estate: 400. Farmer
Nancy Duglas, 33 years old, born in Indiana
Arlando Duglas, 11 years old, born in Indiana
Mary Duglas, 9 years oldam, born in Indiana
William Duglas, 7 years old, born in Indiana
Elizabith Duglas, 68 years old, born in North Carolina
Winfield Duglas, 21 years old. Farm laborer



DEATHS

We presume William died sometime between 1860 and 1870.

Elizabeth died sometime between 1870 and 1887 (date of publication for Portraits and Bios of Washington County, Iowa, which notes Elizabeth is dead). We believe she likely died before before 1880, as we cannot find her on the 1880 census.


The biography for William B. Lewis (brother of Elizabeth Lewis Douglass), included in Portraits and Bios of Washington County, Iowa, published in 1887, notes that William and Elizabeth Douglass died in Indiana.


Children of William Douglass and Elizabeth Lewis


1. Samuel L. Douglass, b. about 1823, Kentucky, d. after 1850

Samuel L. Douglass, 27 years old, born in Kentucky, is listed in the home of William D. and Elizabeth Douglass on the 1850 census, Rush County, Indiana. He was a farmer.

Samuel married MARY HITE on September 9, 1847, in Rush County, Indiana.





2. Daughter Douglass, b. between 1825 - 1830

On the 1830 and 1840 census for Rush County Indiana, there are two young girls in William Douglass' home. One will be Cassandra. This daughter would be the other. By census readings, she is born between 1825 and 1830. She is not in William Douglass' home in 1850, but could have married by that time.




3. Nathan Douglass, b. about 1826, Indiana; d. after 1850

Nathan Douglass, 24 years old, born in Indiana, is listed in the home of William D. and Elizabeth Douglas on the 1850 census, Rush County, Indiana.




4. Casandra M. Douglass, b. about 1830, Indiana; d. after 1850

Casandra M. Douglass, 20 years old, born in Indiana, is listed in the home of William D. and Elizabeth Douglass on the 1850 census, Rush County, Indiana.

Casandra married SAMUEL HOUSTON, on December 3, 1850, in Rush County, Indiana.




5. William B. Douglass, b. about 1835, Indiana; d. 1870-1880




6. John W. Douglass, b. 19 Oct 1838, Indiana; d. 18 July 1909






7. William Winfield S. Douglass, b. about 1849, Indiana; d. 23 Feb 1920

!! Given the late birth date of this William, and what would be a duplication of the name William, we do not know if this is a child of William D. and Elizabeth. We think he quite possibly is a grandson. But, since we do not know for certain to whom he belongs - we list him here.