Benjamin Douglas

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Hon. Benjamin Douglas (or Douglass) (Daniel and Lydia, Robert, Thomas, Robert, William), born in New London, Conn., March 14, 1785. He removed with his father's family to Wallingford, Vermont, in 1797; went with his brother Christopher to Sprintville, NY in 1811; returned to Vermont at the close of the year, and married Lucy Townsend, of Wallingford, on 2nd May 1812. In 1814 he emigrated to Fredonia, New York. In early life he was a tanner, but afterwards, and for most of his life, a farmer. He was for one term commencing about 1830, sheriff of Chautauqua county, New York and in 1840 was a member of the state Legislature. Soon after this he emigrated to Michigan, and settled on a farm near Ann Arbor. He died at Detroit on 16th June 1848.

His wife, Lucy died while on a visit to her relatives in Vermont about 1840. This may have been his second marriage.
His children, assumed to be with Lucy:
i. Samuel Townsend Douglas, b in Wallingford, 1811; m. Elizabeth Campbell
ii. Silas Hamilton Douglas, b. in Fredonia, 1816; m Helen Welles
iii Lydia Dyer Douglas, b in Fredonia, 1824; m. George Almond

He's the brother of Gilbert Denison Douglas.  Edmund Douglass (Gilbert's son, Benjamin's nephew) may have been a a bodyguard for Lafayette, presumeably on his US visit of 1824-25. nejamin also had a brother, Christopher and sister, Lydia.

 

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Sources for this article include:

•  "Time by Moments Steals Away": The 1848 Journal of Ruth Douglass

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