Smith County, Texas

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Reverend Alexander Douglas

Alexander Douglas II, son of Alexander Douglas I and Mary Stapleton Douglas was born 27 October 1807 in Lancaster County, South Carolina. He married Margaret Tirzah Cowsar in 1835 in Lancaster County. They removed in 1837 to Talladega County, Alabama with other Cowsars and Douglases . He was converted to Methodism in the Great Revival and in 1843 in Alabama, he was licensed as a local Methodist preacher by the Fourth Quarterly Conference and named among the leading men in the Talladega Circuit during years 1833-1845. He arrived in Tyler, Texas by January of 1848 where he engaged in the real estate sale of newly created town lots of Tyler . He also operated the first livery stable, a hotel, several stage lines and carried the U.S. Mail. He engaged his two oldest son, James P. and John B. in these concerns.

Douglas and his family were among the charter members of the present Marvin Methodist Church. Originally operated under the name of Methodist Episcopal Church South. All-Faith Services were held at first in a log cabin on the town square; later in Adam's Blacksmith Shop, south of the square. The church was organized by Douglas and Sam Box.

Reverend Douglas died in 1853 only five years after his arrival in Tyler, but he left his mark on the town . His sons James P., John, Eli, and Robert all served in the Civil War. Mary Elizabeth, the only daughter to live to womanhood married E.T. Broughton, also a Civil War hero. For more on this family see The Broughton-Douglas Families of East Texas by Mary Lee Barnes; also numerous stories in Tyler history. Pictures of Rev. Alexander Douglas and Margaret Cowsar Douglas.

Descendants of Alexander Douglas II - (Direct descendants are highlighted)

1 Alexander Douglas II b: 27 Oct1807, Lancaster Co, SC; d: 19 Aug 1853, Tyler, Smith Co, TX; bur: Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX
. + Margaret Tirzah Cowsar b: 1810, Lancaster, SC m: 1835; d: Sep 1862, Tyler, Texas; bur: Oakwood Cemetery
.. 2 James Postell Douglas b: 07 Jan1836, Lancaster Co, SC; d: 27 Nov1901; bur: Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX
...... + Sallie Susan White b: 1844, Griffin, GA; m:16 Mar 1863; d: 22 Aug 1872; Elkins Cemetery, near Old Omen, Tx
...... 3 Beckham L. Douglas b: January 31, 1865, Tyler, Smith Co, TX
...... 3 Blumer Gustus Douglas b: July 13, 1867 in Tyler, Smith Co, TX; d: September 04, 1884, Tyler, Smith Co, TX
...... 3 Winona Estelle Douglas b: 1869 in Tyler, Smith Co, TX
.......... + Lawrence William Wells
.......... 4 Lawrence William Wells, Jr.
.......... 4 H. D. Wells
.......... 4 A. L. Wells
.............. +A. L. Wimmer
...... 3 Mary Ellen Douglas b: 3 Aug 1872 in Tyler, Smith Co, TX; d: 4 Jun 1952, Tyler, Smith Co, TX
.. *2nd Wife of James Postell Douglas:
..... + Alice Earle Smith b: 3 Jun 1852, "Whitehouse" plantation, near Corinth, Mississippi; m: 7 Jul 1874, Tyler, Texas; d: 28 Jun 1955, Tyler, Smith Co, TX; bur: Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX
...... 3 Florence Douglas b: 12 May 1875, Tyler, Smith Co, TX; d: 1876; bur: Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX
...... 3 Earl Cowsar Douglas, Sr. b: 11 Mar 1877, Tyler, Smith Co, TX; d: 31 Aug 1959, Tyler, Smith Co., TX
.......... + Mary Gladys Buford b: 15 Sep 1883; d: 18 Oct 1968; bur: Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX
.......... 4 Earl Cowsar Douglas, Jr
.......... 4 James Buford Douglas
...... 3 James Postell Douglas, Jr b: 27 Dec 1878, Tyler, Smith Co, TX; d: 17 Oct 1880, Tyler, Smith Co, TX
...... 3 Lucia Rutherford Douglas b: 16 Dec 1880, Tyler, Smith Co, TX; d: 18 Aug1964; bur: Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX
...... 3 Marc Fleishel Douglas b: 11 Oct 1885, Tyler, Smith Co, TX; d: 7 Jan1890, Tyler, Smith Co, TX
...... 3 Alice Earle Douglas b: 16 Nov 1888, Tyler, Smith Co, TX d: 7 Apr 1979, Tyler, Smith Co, TX
.. 2 Robert L. Douglas b: 1838 AL; d: Austin, TX
.. 2 Mary Elizabeth Douglas b: 27 Mar 1840, Talladega, AL; d: 29 Jan 1918, Athens, Tx; bur: Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX.
...... + Edward Thomas Broughton II b: 1834 in Monroe Co, AL; m: 5 Jun 1856; d: Feb 1874, Sherman,TX
.......3 Sargent Prentiss Broughton b: 3 May 1857, Tyler, Smith Co, TX
.......... + Sarah Brosius
...... 3 Margaret Tommie Broughton b: 24 Jun 1861 in Kaufman, TX; d: 28 Sep 1946, Athens, TX
...............+ Robert Lee Gauntt m:13 Jun 1888
.......... 4. Edward Broughton Gauntt b. 22 Mar 1890 Athens, TX; d 1990
........... ...+ Lindsay Hart 18 Nov 1913; d. 1960
...........4. John Douglas Gauntt b: 16 Jan 1892
...............+ Minnie Morgan; d 24 Dec 1979; Minnie d: 24 May 1978.
...........4. Robert Milton Gauntt b.20 Jan 1894; d. 16 Sep 1936; never married . .........
...........4. Mary Lee Gauntt b: Feb 20, 1896, Athens, TX; d: 19 May 1973, Athens, TX
.............. + Kenneth Greer Anderson
...........4. Martha Owen Gauntt b: 30 Dec 1899; d 1975, Longview, TX; m 1921
...............+ Clarence Antle d 1964
.......... 4 Salena Gauntt b: 14 March 1901; d. 1993
.............. + Reagan Scroggins (All the Gauntts buried in Old Cemetery Athens, TX Gauntt Plot)
.... ..3. Salena Broughton b: in Kaufman, TX
......... + W. D. Bell
.. ....3. James Postell Broughton b: 26 Nov 1866, Kaufman, TX; m: 6 Jan 1894, Smith Co, TX; d: 9 Aug 1947; bur: Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX
..........+ Emma Stockton Donley b: 17 May 1871; d: 17 Nov 1908; bur: Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX - Daughter of Judge Stockton P Donley & Emma.
...........4. Stockton Donley Broughton b: 4 Mar 1901; d: 5 Aug 1933; bur: Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX
...........4. Linda Broughton b: 30 Sep 1903, Tyler, TX; m: 1933; d: 10 Apr 1988, Tyler, TX; bur: Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX
...............+ Charles White, Sr b: 1903, d: 1988, Dallas, TX
...........4. Emily Broughton b: 7 Oct 1906, Tyler, TX; d: 17 Mar 1999, Willis, TX; bur: Beaumont, TX
...............+ Charles R. Bush
...... 3 Salena Broughton
b: Kaufman, TX;
.......... + W. D. Bell
...... 3 John Broughton
b: 24 Nov 1865, Sherman, TX
...... 3 Edward Thomas Broughton III
b: 27 Dec 1868
...... 3 Pinkney Broughton
b: 29 Aug 1871;
. 2 John B. Douglas b: 26 Nov 1843, Talladega, AL; d: 11 Jun 1893; bur: Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX
......
+ Mittie Wiggins b: 19 Feb1850; m: 3 Sep1867; d:14 Oct 1868; bur: Marsh-Wiggins Cemetery, Smith Co, TX
.. *2nd Wife of John B. Douglas:
...... + Ketua "Kate" Walker b: 1845; m: 12 Mar 1872; d: 1912; bur: Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX
...... 3 Alexander S. Douglas
b: Abt. 1878; d: 1930
.. 2 Eli Ebeneezer Douglas b: 14 Feb 1845
..... + Malissa Darby b: 1855; d: 15 Aug 1930 Grand Saline, Van Zandt Co, TX
...... 3 James Douglas b: Grand Saline, Van Zandt Co, TX; d: before 1934
.......... + wife m: Enid, OK
...... 3 John Douglas
b: Granbury, Hood Co, TX d: Grand Saline, Van Zandt Co., TX
.......... + Lizzie
...... 3 Robert A. Douglas
b: Grand Saline, TX; d: Dallas, TX
.......... + wife m: in Dallas Co, TX
...... 3 Elley Douglas
b: Lindale, Smith Co, TX; d: Plano, Collins Co, TX
.......... + Rufus Angel m: Dec 1914
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. *2nd Wife of Eli Ebeneezer Douglas
...... + Emma Padgett m: 17 Apr1873
...... 3 Ella Douglas
b: 17 Apr1875; d: 25 Aug 1949
.......... + Joseph Adolphus Ray b: 23 Jan 1868
...... 3 Ethel Douglas
b: Abt. 1879, Grand Saline, TX d: in Dallas, TX
...... 3 Mary Douglas
b: 15 Sep 1881, Grand Saline, Van Zandt Co, TX; d: 28 Mar 1942, Dallas, TX
......... + Thomas Van Zandt m: 3 Mar 1902, Granbury, Hood Co, TX
..2 Hannah Selena Douglas
b: July 07, 1847; d: 2 Apr 1858 in Tyler, TX

Sources of Information:

Research information submitted by:
Mary Lee Barnes
of Tennessee, formerly of Athens, Texas, a descendant of Edward Thomas Broughton, Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Douglas Broughton. Thanks to Linda Jordan Price for doing most of the chart.

 

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