Polk County, Florida


1828 - c. 1883

John Douglas was born in Appling County, Georgia in 1828, son of Eaton and Maria (Branch) Douglas. His grandfather, William Branch, was a Revolutionary Soldier from North Carolina. John's parents moved to Lowndes County about 1837 settling in that portion which was cut off to create Clinch County in 1850. John Douglas was living in 1850 Clinch County, Georgia with his brother-in-law & sister, Ambrose G. and Elizabeth (Douglas) Harnage. Nearby neighbors included his father, Eaton Douglas & family, his brother, Barzilla Douglas & family and Samuel and Elizabeth (Skinner) Register. Although John's father and older brothers, Barzilla and Henry Douglas, participated in the Indian Wars, no such record could be found for John Douglas. About 1855, John Douglas married Rachel Stephens. She was born in South Caroina about 1830. Their children:

1. John Wesley Douglas, born 1856.

2. Martha Elizabeth Douglas, born 1857, married in Polk County, Florida on June 13, 1886, A. Z. Surrency.

3. Mary Ann Douglas, born August 4, 1858, married in Polk County on January 4, 1877, William Jackson Johnson, son of Elias E. and Elizabeth (Keen) Johnson.

4. Atha Talton Douglas, born December 12, 1859, married in Polk County on January 29, 1880, Marrietta "Mary" Caroline Johnson, daughter of Elias E. and Elizabeth (Keen) Johnson.

5. Millender Davis Douglas, born 1861, never married.

6. Dicy Charlotte Douglas, born 1866, married in Polk County on October 25, 1883, James Madison Johnson, son of William Henry Johnson. James Madison Johnson was a first cousin of William Jackson Johnson and Marrietta Caroline Johnson.

In 1860, John Douglas and family were living at Magnolia in Clinch County, Georgia along with Eli O. Morgan, Talbot Morgan, Warren Douglas, Eaton Douglas and Barzilla Douglas. All of these except Eaton & Warren Douglas, later moved to south Florida.

Prior to 1877, John Douglas and family settled in Polk County in south Florida. In 1880 they were living in the Bereah section in south Polk County & their neighbors included Wiley Douglas, Redding Douglas, Elias Johnson, Georgia McClenithan, Moses Johnson and William Johnson. John Douglas died about 1883 and was buried in the Corinth Cemetery. His grave is unmarked. Rachel (Stephens) Douglas died after 1895 when she was listed in the Polk County census. She was also buried in the Corinth Cemetery.

REFERENCES: Census: 1850, 1860 Clinch County, Georgia; 1880, 1885, 1895 Polk County; "Eaton Douglas" in Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia by Folks Huxford, Volume III, Page 74.


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