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Mahala Catherine Miller

 

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

 
 

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 Bantam rooster when it came to standing up for herself or working. 

                             

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

                             
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     "    
                             
 
Mahala, often called Haley, gave birth to a child out of wedlock.  The child's name was David James Fulbright
 

(Right) Mahala Catherine Miller

 

David James Fulbright was born on 12 Aug 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 even 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, although 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 18 Feb 1840 and was killed in the Civil War at the Battle of Chancellorsville, on 03 Feb 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 1860 3 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.

                             
                             
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.) who was three months old.
                             

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 1880 Census shows Mahala and her daughter F.E. (Frances "Fannie" Elizabeth) Douglas living with Mahala's son David James Fulbright (age 24)and his family.  Mahala's age was 50 and her daughter Fanny was 20.  David's family listed on this Census were his wife Sarah Jane Fulp Fulbright (age 22), and their children Arabella Samerimus Fulbright (age 2) and Cora Anthony Elizabeth Fulbright (age 5 months).
 
Living next door to the Fulbright & Douglas family was Mahala's brother Levan Miller (age 45), his wife Mary Elizabeth Sipe Miller (age 33), their children Peter Theodore Miller (age 12), Ida Matilda Miller (age 10) and Lawrence Noah Miller (age 1).  The Miller's also had a 17 year old servant girl living with them by the name of Jane Bailey.  Levan's wife, Mary, was listed on the Census as being crippled.
 

1880 Alexander County Census - Miller's Township

 
House Name R Sex Age Born
1880
Relation S
M
W
Occupation Health *C Can't
Read
Can't
Write
Born
Last First
51 Fulbright D.J. W M 24   Head M Farming         NC
  ----- S.J. W F 22   Wife M Keeping House         NC
  ----- A.S. W F 2   Daughter S           NC
  ----- C.A.E. W F 5/12 Jan Daughter S           NC
  Douglas M.C. W F 50   Mother W         X NC
  Douglas F.E. W F 20   Half-Sister S           NC
                             
52 Miller Levan W M 45   Head M Farming       X NC
  ----- M.A. W F 33   Wife M   Falling X   X NC
  ----- P.F. W M 12   Son S At Home         NC
  ----- I.M. W F 10   Daughter S       X X NC
  ----- N.L. W M 1   Son S           NC
  Bailey Jane W F 17   Servant S House Keeper     X X NC
 
 
 
 
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.