General John Douglas

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John Douglas served in the Connecticut Militia during the American Revolution. Born in 12 Apr 1734 in Plainfield, Windham County, Connecticut, the son of Lt. Col. John Douglas and Olive Spaulding, nothing is known of his early life.

John Douglas was commissioned lieutenant colonel in the 8th Connecticut Regiment on 6th July 1775, early in the war, rose to the rank of colonel in 1776 in the Connecticut Militia, and again to Brigadier General the following year, serving with distinction throughout the war.

He married Susannah Freyers(1) and had ten children.

His brother, William Douglas (January 27, 1742 – May 28, 1777) was an American military officer who also led regiments from Connecticut during the American Revolutionary War.

John died on 22 September 1809, aged 75, in Plainfield, Windham County, Connecticut, and is buried in the Plainfield Cemetery.

John and Susannah had ten children:
Olive [m. Bradford],
Mary,
Sarah [m. Kinsman],
Rebecca [m. Branch],
Susannah [m. Spalding],
Micah,
John,
Mary,
Abiah [m. Gallup] and
William.

Note:
1.  Some sources say his wife was Susannah Smith, and record just seven children.  There appear to be two memorial stones for Susannah in Plainfield Cemetery


Sources


Sources for this article include:
  • American Generals of the Revolutionary War: A Biographical Dictionary By Robert P. Broadwater


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