Early Douglas Arrivals in Ohio

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There is evidence of 'prehistoric people' in the area now known as the State of Ohio.  Our story begins with the arrival of Eurpopean settlers.  I have yet to identify who the first Douglas family might have been to arrive in Ohio.

The history of Ohio as a state began when the Northwest Territory was divided in 1800, and the remainder reorganized for admission to the union on March 1, 1803 as the 17th state of the United States. The recorded history of Ohio began in the late 17th century when French explorers from Canada reached the Ohio River, from which the "Ohio Country" took its name, a river the Iroquois called O-y-o, "great river". Before that, Native Americans speaking Algonquin languages had inhabited Ohio and the central midwestern United States for hundreds of years, until displaced by the Iroquois in the latter part of the 17th century. Other cultures not generally identified as "Indians", including the Hopewell "mound builders", preceded them. Human history in Ohio began a few millennia after formation of the Bering land bridge about 14,500 BCE – see Prehistory of Ohio.

By the mid-18th century, a few American and French fur traders engaged historic Native American tribes in present-day Ohio in the fur trade. The Native Americans had their own extensive trading networks across the continent before the Europeans arrived. American settlement in the Ohio Country came after the American Revolutionary War and the formation of the United States, with its takeover of former British Canadian territory. Congress prohibited slavery in the Northwest Territory which presaged Ohio and the five states of the Territory entering the Union as free states. Ohio's population increased rapidly after United States victory in the Northwest Indian Wars brought peace to the Ohio frontier. On March 1, 1803, Ohio was admitted to the union as the 17th state.

Settlement of Ohio was chiefly by migrants from New England, New York and Pennsylvania. Southerners settled along the southern part of the territory, arriving by travel along the Ohio River from the Upper South. Yankees, especially in the "Western reserve" (near Cleveland), supported modernization, public education, and anti-slavery policies. The state supported the Union in the American Civil War, although antiwar Copperhead sentiment was strong in southern settlement areas.

After the Civil War, Ohio developed as a major industrial state. Ships traveled the Great Lakes to deliver iron ore and other products from western areas. This was also a route for exports, as were the railroads. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the fast-growing industries created jobs that employed hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Europe. During World War I, Europe was closed off to passenger traffic. In the first half of the 20th century, a new wave of migrants came from the South, with rural whites from Appalachia, and African Americans in the Great Migration from the Deep South, to escape Jim Crow laws, violence, and hopes for better opportunities.

When Robert Douglass was born on 27 September 1795, in Connecticut, United States, his father, Robert Douglass, was 35 and his mother, Mrs Mary Cummings, was 32. He married Susan A Waugh in 1817, in Camden, Camden, Oneida, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 8 daughters. He lived in Camden, Lorain, Ohio, United States in 1850. He died on 19 April 1863, at the age of 67, and was buried in Camden Cemetery, Kipton, Lorain, Ohio, United States., as were some, if not all, of his chidren.

Jeremiah W. "Jerry W Duncan" Douglas Sr. Born 22 Feb 1825 in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, Son of William Willoughby Douglas and Catherine (Shearer) Douglas

Jeremiah W. "Jerry W Duncan" Douglas Sr. Born 22 Feb 1825 in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, Son of William Willoughby Douglas and Catherine (Shearer) Douglas

Robert Martin Douglas was born in 1875, at birth place , Ohio, to Isaac Brown Douglas and Susan Douglas (born Shanklin) .
Isaac was born on February 28 1846, in Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States.
Susan was born on January 10 1845, in Sugar Creek Twp, Wayne County, Ohio, United States.
Robert had 9 siblings: Robert Martin Duglas , James Duglas and 7 other siblings .
Robert married Clara Douglass (born Hauenstein) .
Clara was born on February 1 1878, in Sugar Creek Township, Wayne, Ohio, United States.
They had one daughter: Ruth R Nickles (born Douglas) .
Robert died in 1930, at age 55

Silas Marion Douglas was born 1 Jan 1853 in Monroe Township, Richland, Ohio. He married May W (Weagley) Douglas and they were the parents of Stephen A Douglas, Eleanor D Douglas and Marian D Douglas. Silas died 16 Sep 1925 in Mansfield, Richland, Ohio.

Richard Douglas was born Jul 1889 in Chillicothe, Ross, Ohio, the husband of Madeleine Helen (Dabo) Douglas — married Dec 1917 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Richard died May 1971 in Washington, District of Columbia.

Henry Bowman Douglas II was born 29 Dec 1924 (not so early!) in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Morris Duncan Douglas and Dorothy Walton Dinsmore. He was brother of Jean (Douglas) Winslow, born 1921 in Ohio, died 1951.
Henry was the father of Heather Douglas and one other child. He died 26 Jun 2006 in Englewood, New Jersey.

Jane Boblett formerly Douglas
Born 1805 in Ohio; Died 1826 in Jackson, Ohio, United States
was the wife of Michael Boblett — married 10 Apr 1826 in Jackson, Ohio. They had a son, Michael Van Boblett

Pvt. John Douglas was born 1838 in Belmont, Ohio, United States and died 23 Mar 1863 in Nashville, Tennessee

John William Douglas was born 30 Nov 1831 in Ohio. He was the husband of Mary Jane Watts — married 1 Feb 1859 in Johnson, Iowa. They were the parents of Ella Douglas, George William Douglas, John Thomas Douglas and Joseph West Douglas.  John died 6 Oct 1916 in Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa.

Albert Douglas was born 11 Mar 1837 in Ohio, the son of Dade Douglas and Camilla (Arnold) Douglas.
He married Telitha (Armstrong) Douglas — married 29 Nov 1866 in Nemaha, Nemaha, Nebraska and they were the parents of Laura Douglas, Encie (Douglas) Kenagy, John Douglas, Ernest Douglas, Lucy Douglas, Josiah Douglas, George Buchanan Douglas and Leah Douglas
Albert died 4 Jul 1911 in Hiawatha, Brown, Kansas.

James Jewett Douglas (1858 - 1894) was born in Marietta, Washington Co., Ohio on 23 Aug 1858 to James M Douglass and Courtney Frances Ranier (both born in Virginia). James Jewett Douglas married Lois Vesta Virginia Willis and had 3 children, Floyd, Clady and Pearley (all born in Marietta). He died on Jul 9 1894 in Marietta, Washington, Ohio.

Captain Richard Douglass (1746–1828), a cooper, soldier, deacon and politician, was born in New London, Connecticut in 1746 to Stephen and Patience Douglass. He built what is now known as the Richard Douglass House. Richard died in 1852 in Chillicote, Ohio.

Among the states famous sons is Andrew Grant "Andy" Douglas (1932-2021), who was American Republican justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, serving in that office from 1985 to 2002.

In 1990, James "Buster" Douglas became the undisputed world heavyweight champion when his controversial knockout victory over Mike Tyson two days earlier was recognized by two holdout sanctioning bodies (Washington Times, DC). The son of professional boxer William "Dynamite" Douglas, Douglas grew up in Columbus, Ohio, in the predominantly black Linden neighbourhood of Windsor Terrace.



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