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J. Walton,Walter Douglas

     
 

Born: Abt. 1820, Alexander Co, NC
Died: Before 1880, Alexander Co, NC

 

 

(Right) J. Walter Douglas and his 1st wife, Susan Stewart

J. Walter "Walton" Douglas was born about 1820.  Walter married Susan Martha Stewart, the daughter of Ralph "Rafe" Stewart and Rebecca Johnson.  Walter and Susan had five children.

   
 
Children of J. Walter Douglas
and Susan Martha Stewart
Name Birth Date   Spouse
Julius M. Douglas Jul 1846 Bef. 1919 Sarah Louise Miller
Martha A. Douglas Abt. 1848    
Mary J. Douglas 12 Nov 1851 17 Nov 1923 J. F. Griffin
Daniel Douglas Sept 1853    
Elcana "Cain" D. Douglas 04 Jun 1955 10 Jun 1931 Harriett V. Young

Children based on 1860 Census

               
                           
Walter fathered a child by Mary Byers in 1843 prior to his marriage.  The child's name was Leander Byers.  More information on Leander and his mother at the bottom of this page.
                           

The 1850 Census shows Walter (age 30) married to Susan (age 25) and lists their two children: Julius and Martha.  Elizabeth Cansler (age 78) was also living with the family. 

                           

1850 Alexander County Census

 

First Name Last Name Age Sex Occupation Real Estate
Value
Birth
Place
21+
Can't Read
Or Write
Walter Douglas 30 M Farmer $300 NC  
Susan " 25 F     " X
Julius " 4 M     "  
Martha " 2 F     "  
Elizabeth Cansler 78 F     "  
                           
 
 
  After the death of his wife Susan, Walter married Mahala Catherine Miller in 1859.  Mahala was the daughter of Jacob Miller and Elizabeth Fulbright.    

(Right) Mahala Catherine Miller, 1855

 
 
                           
According to the 1860 Alexander County Census, Walter/Walton was married to C. M (Mahala Catherine Miller).  Their were six children living in the house.  Walter and Mahala had a daughter, listed on the census as F.E. (Frances Elizabeth Douglas who married Jacob Hedrick Goble).  Walter's age was 39.
                           

1860 Alexander County Census

                           
First Name Last Name Age Sex Occupation Real Estate
Value
Personal
Estate
Value
Birth
Place
Walton Douglas 39 M Farmer $475 $200 NC
C. M. " 31 F       NC
J. M. " 13 M       NC
M. A. " 11 F       NC
M. J " 8 "       NC
Daniel " 6 M       NC
Elcana " 5 "       NC
F. E. " 3/12 F       NC
                           
 
 
Children of Walter Douglas and Mahala Catherine Miller
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Frances "Fannie" Elizabeth Douglas 05 Mar 1860 03 Jul 1926 Jacob Hedrick Goble

Fannie's headstone at Sharon Lutheran Church in Iredell County, NC, says that she was born in 1861.  Some documents list her birth date as 1860 while others list it as 1861.  The most important document, however, is the 1860 Census.  On this document F.E. Douglas is listed as being 3 months old.  Fannie could not have been listed on the 1860 Census if she wasn't born until 1861.

                           
                           
                           
Walter and Mahala lived in a place called Jake Neck on the Catawba River, just off of Stewart Rock Road.  Their home was located near the end and to the right.  There was a family cemetery where Walter, Susan and Mahala are buried, but it was either destroyed by loggers or is now under water.  There are new homes for River Walk currently on this property. 
 
 
J. Walter Douglas died before 1880.  His' death is based on the 1880 Alexander County Census for his second wife Mahala Catherine Miller Douglas - who was listed as "widowed" on the 1880 Census.
 
 
 
Note: Walter's son, Julius Douglas, married Sara Louise Miller, his step-mother's sister.
 
 
 

Children Of J. Walter Douglas

 
 
Walter & Susan's youngest son, Elcanah "Cain" D. Douglas, died 10 Jun 1931, in Miller's Township of Iredell County, NC.  He was 76 years old.  The Death Certificate lists his father as Walter Douglas and mother as Susan Stewart.  He was a widower, having previously been married to Harriet V. Young.
 
Elcanah "Cain" D. Douglas' Death Certificate

 
 

Cain and Harriet Yount Douglas were buried in the Old Union Burying Ground
in Stony Point, Alexander County, NC

Source: Find-A-Grave

 
 
 
Walter & Susan's daughter, Mary Douglas Griffin, died 17 Nov 1923 at the age of 72.  Her Death Certificate lists her father as Walter Douglas and her mother as Martha Stewart.  She was married to Edmund Wilson Griffin and was living in Union County, NC.
 
Mary Douglas' Death Certificate

 
 
 

Death of Mrs. Griffin

The Monroe Journal
Tuesday, November 20, 1923

 
Mrs. E. W. Griffin died at her home in Monroe, Saturday after a long illness.
The funeral was held at the home Sunday morning by Rev. R. J. McIlilwaine, an old friend, assisted by Rev. W. B. S. Chandler and Dr. Burrell. It was attended by a large number of people, many of whom had been friends of the deceased since their childhood days. The floral offerings were large and beautiful.
Mrs. Griffin was Miss Mary Douglas and lived in Monroe nearly all her life. She was born in Iredell County and has a brother living in Statesville. She spent many years of ministration in the home of Mr. B. D. Heath, Mrs. Ellen Fitzgerald and others. About twenty years ago she married Mr. Griffin and was devoted to his family and they to her. She is survived by her husband and the following step-children: Mr. Julian Griffin, Mr. J. Festus Griffin, Messrs. M. B. and J. E. Griffin and Mrs. D. F. Eubanks.
She was a member of the Baptist church. The family moved from Monroe to Midland and lived seven years and came back to Monroe about three months ago. At the funeral, Rev. Mr. Mellwaine gave a fine testimony of the high character and worth of Mrs. Griffin and told how she had been faithful to every duty and had always brightened her home during sickness as well as in health, by her fortitude, her goodness and service.
Mrs. Griffin came to Monroe in 1874 with the family of Rev. M. V. Sherrill, a well known Methodist minister of his day and the father of Mr. John B. Sherrill, publisher of the Concord Tribune. When Rev. Mr. Sherrill left Monroe, she went to live with the family of Mr. B. D. Heath, and remained till he moved to Charlotte, when she became a member of the home of Col. Fitzgerald. She was 72 years old.
Burial at Suncrest Cemetery, Monroe, Union County, NC.

Source: Find-A-Grave

 
 

 
 
 
Walter & Mahalah's daughter, Frances Elizabeth Douglas Goble, died 03 Jul 1926.  Fannie's Death Certificate shows her father as J. W. Douglas and her mother as Mahaley (Mahalah) Miller.  The cause of death was "cerebral hemorrhage" and she was 66.  Her race was incorrectly listed as "Blk" (Black).
 
Frances Elizabeth Dougals Goble's Death Certificate
 
 

Leander Byers

 
Leander Byers was the illegitimate son of Walter J. Douglas and Mary Byers.  Leander was born about 1843
 
 
 

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If you have photos are additional information on J. Walter Douglas, please contact me.

A special thanks to Boyd & Becky Goble for the photos of J. Walter Douglas & his family.