J.W. Douglass

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J. W. DOUGLAS, farmer, P. O. Meadville, was born in Meadville, September 20, 1818, and is a son of Joseph and Harriet (Williams) Douglas. Our subject's grandfather came to this [Crawford] county in 1797; was in the war of 1812, and had a brother a Major in the British Army.

The grandfather taught the first school in this county, the schoolhouse being the old blockhouse in Meadville. J. W. is the eldest of a family of eight children, and early in life commenced merchandising, acting in that capacity thirty-seven years in Meadville.

He was married February 22, 1844, to Eliza, daughter of John E. Smith, a pioneer hotel keeper of Meadville, and who lived to be ninety years of age. The results of this union have been six children, viz. : Mary, Sarah, Harriet, Jessie, Nellie and Carrie.

Mr. Douglas is a Democrat in politics.

In 1852 and 1853 he was County Treasurer. For thirteen years he was Lieutenant-Colonel of the First Regiment of Crawford County Volunteers, of which his father, who had also been in the war of 1812, was Colonel.


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  • History of Crawford County, Pennsylvania; containing a history of the county; its townships, towns, villages, schools, churches, industries, etc.; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; biographies; history of Pennsylvania; statistical and miscellaneous matter, etc., etc. Chicago, Warner, Beers, 1885

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