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William Howard Douglas Sarah Genette Douglass, nee Edwards
Oak Haven Farm, dating to 1793, has contributed significantly to the social and economic development of Sumner County, especially in the areas of progressive farming and breeded livestock. Founders William and Sarah Janette Edwards originally owned 540 acres, but soon developed other acreages in the county as well. Cotton, maple sugar, small grains, sheep and beef cattle were the commodities produced at Oak Haven.

The founders had eight children, and their daughter Sarah Edwards Douglass, the wife of William Howard Douglass, inherited 540 acres of the farm in 1828. William managed the farm like his father-in-law and made few changes in its operations. Sarah and William were the parents of six children.

In 1865, the founder’s grandson, Cullen E. Douglass, b1825, acquired 288 acres of the original farm. Douglass, who married twice and fathered eighteen children, was a member of the Sumner County Court. He made major changes in the farm’s operations, ceasing the cultivation of cotton while breeding registered Shorthorn cattle.

In 1899, the farm passed to his children who jointly managed it for 29 years. The farm’s commodities expanded to include corn and swine. Cullen E. Douglass, Jr., the great-great-grandson of the founders, acquired the family’s 288 acres in 1928. Douglass later sold 138 acres and on his reduced acreage became a specialized farmer of tobacco, milk products, lespedeza and livestock. Cullen held several public and civic offices, including the foreman of the county grand jury, the director of the Sumner County Farm Bureau, and the treasurer of the Bill Wilkerson Hearing and Speech Center. Married to Elisabeth Anderson, they had one child, Wade Anderson Douglass, the current (date unknown) owner.











William Howard Douglass

Born October 10, 1782 in Sullivan, Tennessee, United States

Spouse: Sarah Gennette Edwards Douglass (1792 - 1865)

Father of Henry L Douglass, Elizabeth H Douglass, Williams Edwards Douglass, Sarah E Douglass, Cullen Edwards Douglass and Robert Boyers Douglass

Died July 24, 1834

Burial: Douglass Family Cemetery (Cullen), Gallatin Sumner County, Tennessee, USA

Photo from Tennessee State Archives


Claudia and Wade Douglass
Claudia and Wade Douglass receive a certificate, booklet and letter of congratulations from (Left) Terry Oliver, Deputy Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Governor Phil Bredesen at the Farmland Legacy Conference on October 10, 2008.


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