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John B. Douglas, Sr.[1]

Male 1760 - 1830  (70 years)


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  • Name John B. Douglas 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 1760  Fauquier Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • He was most probably born at the plantation in Leeds Manor which his father leased from Lord Fairfax.. His birth year was set from the newspaper announcement of his death as being "71 years old" at the time of his death. This calculates to his birth year as being 1760.
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Jul 1830  Botetourt Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • An announcement of the death of John Douglas was made in the Sourthen Religious Telegraph, in Richmond, Virginia, on August 14 1830. This was a one line announcement stating " died near Pattonsburg 31 July 1830 John Douglas aged 71 years" His birth year has been adjusted to account for the increased age. There is no doubt this is the announcment of this John Douglas, there was no other John Douglas close to Pattonsberg area at that time and July 31 was just a few days from the estimated death date taken from legal documents.

      The family cemetery , on the plantation, was discovered in 1998. The tombstones were used for the foundation of a nearby house which is no longer standing. An attempt will be made in the future to recover at least some of them for identification.
    Person ID I112880  My Genealogy

    Father Benjamin Thomas Douglas, Sr.,   b. Abt 1732, Charles Co. Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1816, Botetourt Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Mother Charity Tennill,   b. Jun 1742, Prince William Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1832, Montgomery Co. Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years) 
    Married Abt 1761  Prince William Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Prince William County was the residence of the bride, Charity Tennell when their marriage took place. Her father was a wealthy planter in the county, which probably insured a fine, old fashion, plantation wedding. This county is also a burned record county which accounts for the loss of the marriage record
    Family ID F46018  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ann Morris 
    Children 
     1. See Notes
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F45995  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Nancy Bollar,   b. 9 Sep 1768, Agusta Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1805, Botetourt Co. Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Married 1789  Bath Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • Bath County, Va Deed Book no. 5 p-422 names Nancy Bollar as wife of John Douglas
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Douglas,   b. 30 Nov 1789, Botetourt Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1855, Harrison Co., Virginia (WV Today) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     2. Benjamin M. Douglas,   b. 1791, Botetourt Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. bfe Feb 1831, Alleghaney Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     3. John B. Douglas, Jr.,   b. Abt 1793, Botetourt Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. late 1822, The Wilderness Road To Route To Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F45833  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Catherine Sence (Cents),   b. 1797, State Of Virginia, Probably Bedford Co. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1856, Botetourt Co., Virginia? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 8 Dec 1822  Bedford Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • .
    Children 
     1. William Buchanan Douglas,   b. 4 Jan 1815, Pattonsburg, Botetourt Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1887, Riverside, Warren Co., Kentucky At His Home Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. James J. Douglas,   b. 1817, Pattonsburg, Botetourt Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary Elizabeth Douglas,   b. 16 Feb 1819, Pattonsburg, Botetourt Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1911, Riverside, Warren Co., Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     4. Evaline B. Douglas,   b. 2 May 1821, Botetourt Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1882, Botetourt Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     5. Catherine G. Douglas,   b. 22 Feb 1830, Botetourt Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1905, Champaign, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F46011  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • John Douglas was a large land owner and held many rental properties in the town of Pattonsberg (Buchanon today)

      The following deposition will give some insight into the thinking and actions of John Douglas. It also sheds light into the death of John Douglas Junior and the relationship to the major. John Bollar family.

      "This deposition of Miss Sally Hensby to be read as evidence in a suit now depending in
      the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for Botetourt County in which Thomas
      Karnes and Sabastian Hanberger administrators of Benjamin Douglas deceased. and Rubin
      Walker and Elizabeth his wife are plaintiffs and John Moore Sheriff, administrator of
      John Douglas deceased. Alphonso Finney and Catherine Douglas guardian for the infant
      children of John Douglas Deceased. are defendants. Taken conformably to notice at the house of E. Sweetland in the town of Pattonsberg on the 29th day of August 1835 and under authority of the act of assembly in that case. Made and provided before William A.
      Watson one of the Commonwealth Justices of the Peace for the county aforesaid. This
      deponent being first duly sworn doith and sayth.

      Question by defendants. Do you know of young John Douglass going to Kentucky on
      John Douglass Senr. Business.
      Answer Yes

      Question by same. Did you hear any conversation with either John B Douglass and his
      father and what was the propose of that conversation.
      Answer. I did and it was reported that he was going to be married in Kentucky and I was
      laughing at him. The memory that he started about going so far to take this wife (it being
      a very bad memory) and his answer to me was that I was surely mistaken that he was
      going on his fathers business now that his father had engaged him to go that he borne his
      expenses and paid him something extra to go or he should not have gone at all.

      Question by same. Did you ever have any conversation with Mrs. Walker the wife Rubin
      Walker and if so please state what that conversation was.
      Answer. I did converse with Mrs Walker as to that subject and she told me that John B.
      Douglass her brother was going to Kentucky to collect money for her father, this
      conversation took place the morning of his departure to Kentucky.

      Question by same. Do you know whether this was the last trip that John B. Douglass
      made to Kentucky or not and that it was the same trip on which he died
      Answer. It was

      Question by same. In a conversation with John Douglass previous to John B. Douglass
      going to Kentucky, did he say any thing about this money and if so please state what it
      was.
      Answer. He observed to me that he had a certain sum of money due him in the West and
      that if he could get it he would be able to pay all his debts or nearly so . He further saw
      that he was not able to go himself and would have to have some person to go and he
      thought his son John B. Douglass would be the most fitting person he could find.

      Adjourned, by consent until Monday 31st at the usual hour.

      William A. Watson

      Monday morning the 31st Augt. met pursuant to adjournment from Saturday and Miss
      Sally Hensby's deposition continued..........

      Question by same. was you or was you not at Mr Walkers when there was a settlement
      took
      place between Mr. Walker and wife and John Douglas deceased. relating to the estate of John
      B. Douglass. If so state what was the preport of that settlement.
      Answer. I was and John Douglas deceased. observed that he had taken of the estate of John B.
      Douglas a child's part and the balance he had divided between Mrs. Walker and her
      brother Benjamin, he then observed that what was coming from Boller's estate he wanted
      none of it at all, what they might have it between them . He then asked Mrs Walker if
      she was satisfied and she answered yes, he then observed that what he had was his own
      and he intended it for his last wife and his last children and that he hoped that he had
      then got the business fixed so that there would be no after clap after his death.

      Question by same. Did you have any conversation after this with either Mr Walker or his
      wife . If you had please state what the conversation was.
      Answer. I had conversation with Mrs Walker and she said that her father had done a
      great deal better by her than she expected for he had it in his own power to keep the
      whole of it.

      Question by same. Do you or do you not know the reason why John Douglas deceased. refused
      to have anything to do with Boller's estate and if you do will you please to state that
      reason.
      Answer. I do he said it came by his first wife and he thought that the first children ought
      to have it.

      Same witness cross examined by plaintiffs.

      Question by plaintiffs. When did the settlement you spoke of between Walker and wife
      and John Douglas deceased. take place.
      Answer. Up at the place you rented of Shawyer.

      Question by same. Was there a written contract between us.
      Answer. There was writings between you but I do not know they was.

      Question by same Did John Douglass say what he thought his son's estate was worth that
      he had divided between Benjamin Douglass and Mrs. Walker.
      Answer I did not.

      and further this despondent saith not. Her
      Sarah Ann X Hensby
      Mark



      Thomas Martin another witness returned in behalf of the defendants and sworn deperith
      and saith.

      Question by defendants. Do you or do you not know of John B Douglass going to
      Kentucky on business for John Douglass his father and if so please state what that
      business was.
      Answer At my house John Douglass deceased. told me that his son was here doing nothing
      and he sent him to Kentucky on business of his own to see the Hadins who was Joint
      Securities with him for John Smith deceased. High Sheriff of the county. That he furnished
      him money to bear his expenses and pair him will for his trip. On John B. Douglass's
      return he came to my house and while there he stated that his father furnished him with
      money to go to Kentucky on Lonre come business of his and had paid him well for doing
      so, and he had secured his fathers claim against the Hadins.

      Questions by same Do you know if John B. Douglass had any business of his own in
      Kentucky
      Answer I do not.

      Some witness cross examination by Plaintiffs

      Question Do you or do you not know that John Douglass deceased. had any business in
      Kentucky the last time John B. Douglass went there.
      Answer I should suppose he had for John B. Douglass told me that he had secured his
      fathers debt against the Hadins.

      Question by same Do you or do you not know which John Douglas deceased. secured that
      money from John Smith estate
      Answer I believe he secured the whole sum from John Smiths estate and Major Masons
      estate who was one of the Joint Securities for John Smith deceased. with the Hades among
      others near thirteen hundred dollars collected from James Boyds Extor who was extor for
      John Smith deceased.

      Question by defendants Was this money from Mason and Boyds extor paid prior to John
      B. Douglass doing to Kentucky or not.
      Answer I cannot say but I should suppose it was since.

      and further this deponent saith not

      Thomas Martin


      Simeon Robinson another witness introduced and sworn on behalf of the defendants.

      Question Was you present when John Douglass and his son John B. Douglass was
      making arraignments for his , John B. Douglas, going to Kentucky and if so please state
      what conversation, if any, took place between them.
      Answer I was there shortly after the agreement was made between them. John Douglass
      deceased. told me in presence of his son , John B. Douglass that he John B. Douglas wished to see the Warren County and he, John Douglass had claims to a considerable amount on different persons in the state of Kentucky. he therefore had concluded to give his son Jno. a commission for collecting these claims and he further stated that it would enable him ,Jno.B. Douglass to see the Western Country and be making something for himself .

      and for this deponent saith not

      Simeon Robinson

      The foregoing deposition was sworn and subscribed before me William A. Watson
      a Justice of Peace this 31st of August 1835

      William A. Watson J.P. (seal)




      The following Depositions were found in loose records in the chancery section in the
      Botetourt County Records. The cover page is as follows:

      The Clerk of the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for Botetourt County



      Also on the cover page is a decision by the Judge.

      "To much of the witness depositions as relate to the conversations and declarations of
      Mrs. Walker and of John Douglass deceased are accepted to as evidence the declarations
      are not admissible evidence."


      A. Eskindge

      A summons was also attached:


      John Douglas was so wealthy that his estate was not settled until June of 1882, over fifty years after his death due to various law suits brought about mostly by his daughters to obtain as much of his estate as possible. The last of his estate was liquidated by the the public sale of the last 125 acres of land with a suit by his two daughters Evaline and Catherine."





  • Sources 
    1. [S2014] BOTETOURT CO. COURT ORDERS, 1797-1800, May 1797 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S236] AMERICAN GENEALOGIST,VOL 50, No. 1, p-55 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S2015] DEATH ANNOUCEMENT.

    4. [S230] REG. OF MARRIAGES- VIRGINA, p-30 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S231] S.W. VA, GENEALOGICAL SOC. PUB., Aug 1980, p-58 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S244] MARRIAGE RCD, JOHN B. DOUGLAS.