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Mahala Catherine Miller

 

Born: 06 Apr 1830, Lincoln County, NC
Died:  09 Jan 1901

 
 

Mahala Catherine Miller was born 06 Apr 1830 to Jacob Miller and Elizabeth Fulbright.  Mahala was petite and dark complected but as capable as a Bantum rooster when it came to standing up for herself or working. 

                             
1850 Catawba County Census
                             
First Name Last Name Age Sex Occupation Real Estate
Value
Birth
County
Attended
School
> 20
Can't Read
Or Write
Jacob Miller 50 M Farmer $400 Rowan   X
Elizabeth " 42 F     Catawba   X
Franklin " 22 M Farmer   "    
Mahala " 20 F     "    
Dolphus " 18 M Farmer   " X  
Isah
(Isaiah)
" 16 M Farmer   " X  
Louize " 14 F     "    
Peter " 12 M     "    
Levan " 10 M     "    
Joshua " 6 M     "    
Wiley " 4 M     "    
Barbary " 3 F     "    
Nancy " 1 F     "    
                             

According to the 1850 Census, Mahala was living with her parents and ten other siblings on the family farm in Catawba County.  Mahala was 20-years-old.

                             
                             

(Right) Mahala Catherine Miller

 

Mahala, often called Haley, had a child out of wedlock. 

The child's name was David James Fulbright.  David James was born on 8-12-1855 and he did very well for himself.  He owned a mercantile store with a post office, he was a Justice of the Peace and briefly taught school.  He married Sarah Fulp and had a large family.  One of their daughters, Sallie Fulbright, drowned in the accident at the Catawba River which also claimed the life of Eliza Jane Goble.  These girls were first cousins.  Sarah Fulp Fulbright was a mid-wife and dresser of the dead.  She lovingly had to lay out both girls for their funerals.

J'Walter&Susan1b.jpgText Box: Mahala Catherine Miller Douglas
It is not certain who David James’ father was.  Mahala said that it was David F. Fulbright, her first cousin.  Mahala knew that her Uncle William and Aunt Regina were well situated and she claimed David was the father.  At the time of conception, David seemed too young to father the child, but he was named in the Bastardy Bond and David James Fulbright was bound to his grandfather, Jacob Miller by the Courts.  David F. Fulbright was born on 2-18-1840 and was killed in the Civil War at the Battle of Chancellorsville, on 5-3-1863.  Many believe that the real father was Randolph Johnson. 

               
 
 

Mahala married widower J. Walter "Walton" Douglas in late 1859.  Walter Douglas had been married to Susan Stewart, daughter of Ralph "Rafe" Stewart and Rebecca Johnson.  Walter and Susan had five children, one being Julius Douglas who married Mahala's sister, Sarah Louise Miller.  Walter also had a son, Leander Byers, before he was married to Susan.

 
Mahala and Walter had one daughter.
                             
Children of J. Walter "Walton" Douglas and Mahala Catherine Miller
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Frances Elizabeth Douglas 05 Mar 1861 3 Jul 1926 Jacob Hedrick Goble
                             
                             

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
Eleana " 5 "       NC
F. E. " 3/12 F       NC
                             
The 1860 Census shows Mahala "C.M." married to Walter/Walton and living in Alexander County, NC, with his 5 children and their daughter Frances "Fannie" Elizabeth (F.E.).
 
 
 
According to the 1900 Census, Mahala was living in Miller's Township of Alexander County, NC, with her daughter, Fannie, and Fannie's husband, Jacob Hedrick Goble. 
 

1900 Alexander County Census - Miller's Township

 
Last Name First Name Relation Race Sex Birth
Date
Age S
M
W
Years
Married
Kids
Born
Kids
Living
Occupation Can
Read
Can
Write
Goble Jacob Head W M Oct 1850 39 49 M 14     Farmer Yes Yes
------ Fanny Wife W F Mar 1860 40 M 14 5 4   Yes Yes
------ Martin L. Son W M May 1887 13 S         Yes Yes
------ Eliza J. Daughter W F Nov 1890 9 S         Yes Yes
------ Otis C. Son W M Sep 1893 6 S            
------ Rebecca Daughter W F Aug 1895 4 S            
Douglass Mahalia M-in-Law W F Sep 1829 70 W   3 2   Yes Yes
 
 
 
Mahala Catherine Miller Douglas died 09 Jan 1901.
 
 
The Landmark
Statesville, NC, Newspaper
Death Notices
 
Douglas, Mahala, Mrs. - Aged 70 years.  Died Jan 9, 1901 at her home in Alexander County near the Iredell line.  She was the mother of D. J. Fulbright of Shiloh Township.
 
 
 
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A special thanks to Boyd and Becky Goble for the photo of Mahala Catherine Miller.
 
                             
If you have additional photo or information on Mahala Catherine Miller, please contact me.