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George Douglas[1]

Male 1816 - 1884  (68 years)


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  • Name George Douglas 
    Born 17 Apr 1816  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 May 1884  Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I100040  My Genealogy

    Father George Douglas,   b. 1772, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1865, Warkworth, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Mother Jeanette Gunn,   b. 1778, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1854, Warkworth, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 1811 
    Family ID F43756  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Boyd,   b. 21 May 1828, County Tyrone, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1905, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married not known 
    Children 
     1. George Bruce Douglas,   b. 23 Sep 1859, Waterloo, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1923, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. Walter Donald Douglas,   b. 2 Apr 1861, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1912, Titanic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     3. William Wallace Douglas,   b. 1863, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F43764  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Left Scotland with parents and three brothers in (1848 or) 1851 to join brother John who immigrated to Canada in 1842 settling in Northumberland County, near Warkworth, Ontario. Later moved to Iowa with John Stuart and started an oat milling company that his sons grew into Quaker Oats.

      In his youth George served with Scotland Yard in London with distinction.

      A stone mason and railroad builder, he designed and build the railroad from Cedar Rapids to Marion in 1862-1863 and moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa from Canada in 1873.

      George and Robert Stuart (sometimes referred to as a cousin but is likely not related) form North Star Oatmeal Mills to mill oats for export to Scotland. Their sons later merged the company with two other companies to form Quaker Oats.

      George was also involved in manufacturing shoes, Gates, Clifford and Douglas, and a cracker factorywhich was managed by his nephew James Douglas until its sale to National Biscuit Company.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1226] Ted Hughes.