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Early arrivals, and their successors

The Douglass family was of Scotch origin, descending from the union of Alexander Douglass and Lady Mary Grey(3).

Four of the children born of this marriage settled in Alexandria, Virginia. One of these children was Grey Douglass, who married Elizabeth Thomson, niece of Charles Thomson, secretary of the Continental Congress.

One of the sons of Grey and Elizabeth Thomson Douglass was Alexander Thomson Douglass. Alexander Thomson Douglass removed his family to St. Louis, where his son John Thomson Douglass(1) established the Douglass Bagging Company in the 1850s.

John Thomson Douglass married Cornelia McPherson in 1847 at Boonville, Missouri. Their children were Edward Salisbury Douglass, Annie McPherson Douglass, Sallie Hopkins Douglass, May Douglass, Fannie Lowery Douglass, and Archibald Grey Douglass.

James Bryant Douglas, born 11 Sep 1859 in Coffee County, Tennessee, died 5 Aug 1932 in Dade County, Missouri, son of Joseph Douglas and Elizabeth Starnes, married Sarah Ann Sally Todd. Their son, William Arthur Douglas was born 11 Oct 1886 in Cedar, Missouri. He committed suicide on 3 Dec 1941 in Fresno, California.

James Marsh Douglas (1896 – 1974) was a Missouri Supreme Court judge. He was born in St. Louis on January 6, 1896, one five children born to Walter Bond Douglas, (1851-1920) a St. Louis Circuit judge, and Francesca Kimball Douglas.

Ambrose Douglas, son of William Riley Douglas and Sarah Ellen (Bastin) Douglas, was born 11 Sep 1876 in Kentucky, United States. Ambrose died 17 May 1945 in Missouri, United States.

Douglas County is a county located in the south-central portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. The county was officially organized on October 19, 1857, and is named after U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas who was born Apr 1863 in Missouri.

1.  Capt John Thomson Douglass 27 Oct. 1817 - 16 Jan. 1878.  The mother of Captain Douglass was before her marriage Miss Maria Bright Hollis Watts (Encyclopedia of the History of St. Louis: A Compendium of History ...)
2.  Archibald Grey Douglass may have had a son, also Archibald Grey Douglass, born 10 Feb 1915 in St Louis, by his wife Elizabeth Roden Warner.
Archibald Grey Douglass, 1866 - 1952
Archibald Grey Douglass was born in 1866, in Missouri, to John Thomson Douglass and Cornelia McPherson.
John was born on 27 October 1817, in Augusta Co, VA. Cornelia was born on 14 April 1830, in Frederick, MD.
Archibald had 6 siblings: Edward Salisbury Douglass, Annie McPherson Douglass and 4 other siblings.
Archibald married Elizabeth Warner in 1909, at age 43. Elizabeth was born in 1888.
They had 2 children.
Archibald died 1952, at age 86 in Missouri and was buried in Missouri.
3.  This Lady Mary Grey has not been identified. She is not the sister of Jane, "the Nine Days' Queen"; that Mary married Thomas Keyes, the sergeant porter at court.



Sources for this article include:

•  Douglass Family Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

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