William Douglas

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William Douglas was born in Branford, CT. on 19 April 1812, the son of William Douglas, of Northford, Connecticut, USA.  His grandfather was Colonel William Douglas of a New Haven regiment, an officer in the Revolution.

He worked in the foundry business with his brother John in New Haven, CT. In 1832 he moved to Middletown, CT. and with W.H. Guild formed the company of Guild & Douglas, making steam engines and other machinery. His first patent was issued in August 1835 for a pump. He was a partner with Benjamin Douglas in the firm of W&B Douglas.

It is not clear if he had a son, also William.

He was in business with his brother Benjamin, Edward and Joseph Douglas.  I have not identified their relationship with each other.

He married twice:
Grace Caroline Parker (1817 - 19th February 1840, aged 23), the daughter of Elias Parker and Grace Totten Mansfield.
Catherine Creamer Riley (1813 - 27th January 1896, aged 83), the daughter of of Allen Riley, with whom he had George Totten Douglas; Grace C. Douglas; Ellen Douglas; Sarah Kirtland Douglas and Mary Adeline Kilbourn.

William died 21st April 1858, aged 46, in Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States.


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