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William Mochrie Douglass

Male 1835 - 1916  (80 years)


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  • Name William Mochrie Douglass 
    Born 8 Dec 1835  Glasgow, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Jul 1916  Smithfield, Cache County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I170711  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2015 

    Father James Douglass,   b. Bef 1835,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Margaret Mochree,   b. 1835,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F71620  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Cynthiann Record Merrill,   b. 10 Nov 1840, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1909, Smithfield, Cache County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married Smithfield, Cache, Utah, USA  Smithfield, Cache County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Margaret Elizabeth Douglass,   b. 9 Nov 1863, Smithfield, Cache County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1932, Smithfield, Cache County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     2. Eleanor Douglass,   b. 5 Sep 1865, Smithfield, Cache County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1949, Logan, Cache Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     3. William Mochrie Douglass,   b. 22 Aug 1868, Smithfield, Cache County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1896, Smithfield, Cache County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)
     4. James Douglass,   b. 28 Oct 1872, Smithfield, Cache County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Smithfield, Cache County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2015 
    Family ID F71618  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • My great grandfather was William Mochrie Douglass. He was born on the eighth of December 1835 in Glasgow Scotland. His mother died when he was eight years old. he joined the church when he was fifteen eyars old in Scotland. his father did not join the church.
      William Douglass came across the ocean with some friends when he was eighteen years old. The voyage across the ocean was very rough. Disease broke out among the people and a great many of them died and were buried at sea. He landed in New York in 1852. He went to Nauvoo, Illinois and crossed the plains with a group of saints. He was a strong determined boy and he walked most of the way. When he got to Salt Lake City he worked for two years, then he established a mercantile business. His father had been a merchant in Scotland.
      William Douglass was sent to Smithfield with a group of Saints to help colonize towns. He was married to Cynthiann Merrill on the ninth of November in 1862 in Smithfield. Their first child was born in a wheat bin before his log cabin was built. He built a store in Smithfield and he and his family lived in the back rooms. When had had two children in 1868 he was set apart by Brigham Young as a Seventy to go on a mission to his homeland in Scotland. When he arrived in Scotland he learned that his father had been dead for two years. He tried to convert his stepmother and his two sisters to the gospel and bring them back to America with him. His stepmother was old and didn't want to leave her homeland. There were so many more women converts than men, as Brigham Young wanted these missionaries to bring back another wife. William Douglass brought back a woman but did not marry her until 1872. When he returned home from his mission in 1870 he enlarged his store and became quite wealthy. He operated a freight line to the mines in Montana. They had several teams of mules on each wagon. This trip took about one month. He was paid for his supplies in gold dust. They also kept a small scale in the store for weighing gold dust. They were some times paid in produce for supplies.
      William Douglass was a lover of good music. He purchased the first piano that was shipped into Smithfield. There was a large room above the store and every Saturday night eight men would carry the piano up the stairs and they would have a public dance.
      William Douglass had eleven children by his first wife and ten children by his second wife. He sent a son on a mission to New Zeland in 1893. Soon after this boy returned home from his mission he passed away.
      When William Douglass became older he became a great checker player. He played checkers in the barber shop before a large crowd. He died in Smithfield in 1916 on July 29th, at the age of eighty-one.

      Written by William (Billy) Douglas Miles in May, 1960.