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Alexander Jackson Douglas (March 1827 - 23 March 1905) Pastor, Hopeful Lutheran Church, Florence, was in Richland County, Ohio. he was the son of William Douglas and Margaret Edgington.

He married 1st Mary Jenner and 2nd Sarah Jane Cassell 20 July 1876 in Noble County, Ind. She was born October 1847 in Ohio. and died 11 Apr 1939 in Indiana They has three children: Lloyd Cassel Douglas (1877 - 1951), Mabel Douglas (1878 - 1879) and Clyde E. Douglas (b. 1883 in Boone County, Kentucky - 1909, Chicago).

A. J. Douglas was called to Boone County in November 1881, and was pastor until 1883. W. C. Butt, a pastor there, says of him: "Bro. Douglas was an interesting speaker and his preaching was very acceptable because he was fresh and original as a speaker." His son, Lloyd, wrote of him, in a chapter of autobiography entitled "My Papa":

My father, Alexander Jackson Douglas, was fifty when I was born. He had lived longer than most men of his years, having been a farmer, a schoolmaster, a college student, a lawyer, a State Senator; and, when we first met, a rural preacher.

He had also sired a large family and was a grandfather to children older than I, so that by the time we of the second crop came along little kids were no novelty and certainly no treat.

My younger brother and I were taught by our mama to call our father Papa, which we did, and continued to do until the end of his days.

Mama, too, who was his junior by more than a score of years, called him Papa, except on infrequent occasions of brief of brisk annoyance when she addressed him as A. J. Mama was sincerely devoted to Papa but when she called him A. J. we all — including A. J. — took cover.

When I was a small boy all men in their fifties were elderly. It was not to any man's advantage to appear youthful. The world had always been operated by and for old men and my papa had been brought up in that tradition.

(Lloyd C. Douglas, Time to Remember, p. 1-2)

Alexander Jackson Douglas died on 23 Mar 1905 in Columbia City, Indiana, and was buried in Salem Cemetery, Washington Township, Noble County, Indiana.

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