Selected Families and Individuals


Vennie May "Peg" STELL [Parents] 1 died before Aug 2001 1. Peg married 1 Unknown MOORE.


Mimmie Bell STELL [Parents] 1 died before Aug 2001 1. Mimmie married 1 Unknown SIMS.

John W. GILES 1 was born in 1878 1, 2 in Arkansas 1. He died in 1959 2. He was buried in Egypt Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 2. John married Brooksie SPENCER 2, 3 on 20 May 1903 3.

From the May 21, 1903, "Ashley County Eagle":
"Mr. J.W. Giles and Miss Brooksie Spencer were married at the home of the bride's parents yesterday."

Brooksie SPENCER 1, 2 was born in 1882 2, 3 in Arkansas 3. She died in 1968 2. She was buried in Egypt Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 2. Brooksie married John W. GILES 3 on 20 May 1903 1.

They had the following children.

  F i Pauline GILES was born on 10 Feb 1912. She died on 1 Jun 1989.

Unknown JONES 1 died before 1949 2. Unknown married Verlie GREGORY 3.

Verlie GREGORY [Parents] 1 was born 2 on 3 Sep 1887 3 in Arkansas 3. She died 2, 5 on 9 Jul 1949 4 in Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas 4. Verlie married Unknown JONES 6.

Other marriages:
YELVINGTON, Samuel Wesley

Obituary from unknown newspaper, published Sunday, July 10, 1949
Former Harlingen Resident Dies
   Funeral services will be held at 4 p. m. Tuesday from the Kriedler Ashcraft Funeral home for Mrs. Verlie Jones, 61, who died Saturday in Dallas.  The Rev. Harry V. Hamblen, of the First Baptist church, will officiate.
   Mrs. Jones lived in Harlingen from 1933 to '35.  Survivors are:  three brothers, C. M. Gregory, Santa Rosa; D. A. Gregory, Fremont; and M. T. Gregory, Harlingen; one sister, Mrs. D. M. Bawcom, Lake Charles, La; and two sons, Gregory Yelvington, Carlsbad N. M.; and Clifton Yelvintgon, Dallas.

Unknown DOUGLASS [Parents] 1 died before 1765 1 in Scotland or Ireland 1.

He had the following children.

  M i John DOUGLASS was born on 4 Oct 1764. He died on 9 Nov 1839.

David DOUGLASS [Parents] 1.

The following is from a book by Edgar Lamar Douglas, "The John Douglass Family of Mississippi," published 1962:
   "David Douglas crossed the Catawba River between 1771 and 1776 and made his home on the western side of the river.  In 1771, the people living west of the Catawba River petitioned the Colonial Assembly to lay off a new county, setting forth in their petition, that those living near the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains had to travel 100 miles to attend court and other business in Salisbury, which was the county seat of Rowan County.  No Douglas name appears on this petition, which was not granted.  They petitioned again in 1777 and David Douglas signed this petition.  This was granted and Burke County was created in that year."
   "In 1783 David Douglas received a grant for a tract of land on the south fork of the Catawba River on a small stream that was once called Douglas Creek."

He had the following children.

  M i Unknown DOUGLASS died before 1765.

William DOUGLASS 1. William married Mary UNKNOWN 1.

The following is from a book by Edgar Lamar Douglas, "The John Douglass Family of Mississippi," published 1962:
  "In 1773 William Douglas was in Rowan Co., North Carolina, living on his farm on the east bank of the Catawba River.  His will, dated Sepetember 1, 1773, mentions his wife Mary and sons David and Soloman.  He left his farm to these sons.  Solomon was, no doubt, the elder as he was made executor of the will."

Edgar Douglas (book author) further speculates that this is the samw William and Mary Douglas as a couple who came from north Ireland and was living in Pennsylvania in 1758.

Mary UNKNOWN 1. Mary married William DOUGLASS 1.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii David DOUGLASS.

Unknown DENHAM 1. Unknown married 1 Nancy WALDEN 2.

Nancy WALDEN [Parents] 1 was born on 20 May 1774 in Copiah, Mississippi. She died in Aug 1836 2 in Yazoo Co., Mississippi 2. Nancy married 2 Unknown DENHAM 2.

Other marriages:

William WALDEN 1.

William was a member of the colony of Georgia, later settling in Lawrence County, Mississippi [Edgar Lamar Douglas, "The John Douglass Family of Mississippi," published 1962].

He had the following children.

  F i Nancy WALDEN was born on 20 May 1774. She died in Aug 1836.

John DOUGLASS [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2 was born on 4 Oct 1764 in North Carolina 2. He died on 9 Nov 1839 in Allen, Copiah Co., Mississippi. He was buried 1 in New Providence Baptist Church, Copiah Co., Mississippi. John married Unknown UNKNOWN in North Carolina 2.

John was counted in a census in 1820 3 in Lawrence Co., Mississippi 3.

Other marriages:

   The most definitive research on John Douglas appears to have been conducted by Edgar Lamar Douglas as recorded in the book "The John Douglass Family of Mississippi," published 1962.  Some researches have claimed that his work is based strongly on family tradition and contains many error.  However, it provides the most complete picture of John's life.  The following summary is primarily derived from this book--where evidence seems lacking for some events, they are appropriately indicated.
   John Douglas was born in North Carolina, in or near Rowan County. John was apparently his parent's only child.   Soon after his parents wedding, his father returned to Scotland or Ireland on business.  While he was there he was taken ill suddenly and died, after which John was born.  His mother died shortly after his birth, and he was reared by his grandparents.  
    Although John's parents are unknown, David Douglas is thought to be John's grandfather with relatively high confidence, based upon land transaction records.
   On May 20, 1776, twelve year old John Douglas enlisted as a Drummer in the fight for America's freedom.  The "Drummer boys" were usually young boys and held the rank of private, receiving the same pay as the other soldiers. (It is noted that there were four different John Douglases who enlisted in the Revolutionary War.  In the book, Edgar Douglas outlines how he discerned the correct John Douglas enlistment).
   John first served in Captain Samuel Reid's Company, 6th North Carolina Regiment and was later transferred to the 1st North Carolina Regiment and served with this unit until his discharge late in 1778.  John's unit fought in the Battle of Guilford Court House.
   In 1801, John Douglas sold his land in Lincoln Co., North Carolina (which was formerly part of Rowan County).  From there, John made his way to Georgia and then to Mississippi.  During this period John lost his first wife (name unknown).  He later married Mrs. Nancy Walden Denman, a young widow, the daughter of William Walden.
   On 28 April, 1802, John was issued a passport by the state of Georgia for travel through the Creek Nation, required to reach Mississippi.  Traveling with John was a William "Walton", thought to be John's father in law William Walden.  At this time there were only two routes into Mississippi.  John chose the northern route which took them across northern Georgia and into South Tennessee.  Upon arriving in Tennessee, the party was warned by friendly Indians that it was not safe to travel further west or south for the Creek Indians were at war.  They remained in south Tennessee for thee years until the Indians were at peace.  According to family tradition, this Tennessee location was on top of Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga, Tennessee.
   In 1805 a treaty with the Choctaw Indians was signed and the United States purchased land in southern Mississippi.  Upon resuming their migration from southern Tennessee, John and his partly supposedly were going to settle in Amite Co., Mississippi.  It is alleged that upon the party arriving at Doak's Store on the Natchez Trace, a short distance from Jackson, MS, that the guide that was to take them to Amite County did not show up.  Rather, a man from Lawrence County told them of the opportunities there, and the group made their way there instead of Amite County.
   John and his group made their way to the Fair River, where the Natchez-Fort Stevens Road crossed.  This area at the time (ca 1810) was in Marion County but soon became Lawrence County in 1814.  (In 1870 it eventually became the eastern part of Lincoln County).  Here John settled with his father-in-law William Walden.  The cabin that they built in 1810 still stands.  The original logs are boarded on the outside and ceiled inside.  The land on which they settled was owned by Elijah Smith, who had three daughters eventually marrying three of John's sons.
   In 1830 the Choctaw Indians signed the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, by which they sold to the United States the rest of their land in Mississippi. This opened up virgin land to white settlers and John and his sons moved to Yazoo County around this time, some 80 miles to the north of their original Mississippi home site in Lawrence County (or the eastern part of today's Lincoln County).  The area of settlement in Yazoo County was between Benton and Vaughan, in the vicinity of Black Jack Baptist Church (which would only later be established until 1844).  John's wife, Nancy, died in Yazoo County in August, 1836.  (Extensive searching by Edgar Douglas has failed to find her burial spot). Although no land purchase records are known from Yazoo County, records of John and his sons selling land between 1835 and 1839 are found.
   In October, 1836, three month's after Nancy's death, John and his son, Ransom, sold their holdings in Yazoo Co.  They moved south to near the town of Allen, in Copiah County, Mississippi.  There they bought 900 acres of land and settled.  John's son, Elisha, being single also accompany them to Copiah County.  John lived three years in Copiah County, dying on November 9, 1839.  His sons buried him in the New Providence Baptist Church cemetery.
   The 1896 book "Mississippi Baptist Preachers," by L. S. Foster also has a short summary of John Douglass.  As part of a biography on Elisha Douglass, John's son, it states:
   "John Douglass, father of Elisha Douglass, was a Carolinian by birth.  He lived successively in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Mississippi.  With a colony of Georgians, he settled on Fair River, nine miles west of the present Monticello in Lawrence County, while Mississippi was still a territory, and was truly a pioneer in the wilderness."

Unknown UNKNOWN 1 died about 1802 1 in Georgia 1. Unknown married John DOUGLASS 1, 2 in North Carolina 1.

They had the following children.

  M i
John DOUGLASS Jr. 1 was born about 1790 1 in North Carolina 1.

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