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John Wesley Douglas, son of Thomas Douglas, was born March 5, 1834 in Greenup County, Kentucky, and died April 3, 1916 in Greenup County, Kentucky. He married Lucinda Collins on 4th May 1858 in Greenup County, Kentucky, daughter of John Collins and Mariah Hood. She was born 16th February 1837 in Greenup County, Kentucky, and died 20th March 1920 in Boyd County, Kentucky. John fought in the Civil War for the Union in the 10th Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry.

Rank: Private
Company: K
Name of Regiment: 10th KY Cavalry
Date of Enlistment: August 14, 1862
Date of Discharge: September 17, 1863
Length of Service: 1 year, 2 months
Post Office Address: Danleyton, Greenup Co., KY
Disability Incurred: Leg smashed by fall from horse.

Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky, Volume 11, 1861-1866, page 432.
Tenth Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry
The 10th Regiment of Kentucky Cavalry was organized at Maysville, Kentucky and mustered into the service of the United States by Lieut. G. G. Huntt, United States Mustering Officer, at Covington, Kentucky on September 9, 1862.
This regiment, under command of Col. Joshua Tevis, was immediately put upon arduous duty as the advanced guard of the Army of Ohio, in the campaign against Gen. Kirby Smith. In November and December, 1862, having been assigned to Brig. Gen Gilmore's division, it was employed on the line towards Knoxville, Tennessee, passing the entire winter in continuous marching. During the spring and summer of 1863 the regiment was employed, by battalions, in West Virginia and northeastern Tennessee. In southwest VIrginia, one of its battalions captured the breech-loading artillery so well known in connection with the history of Marshall's invasion. The services of this regiment were of the most active and efficient character. Its skirmishes and small fights were numerous and its marches continuous and severe. Among others, this regiment participated in the engagements of Elk Fork, Tennessee; Gladsville, Virginia; Triplett's Bridge, Kentucky; Lancaster, Kentucky; Richmond, Kentucky (1863); and in the pursuit and rout of the rebel cavalry of Pegram and Scott, besides the numerous affairs attending the advance of Maj. Gen. Granger upon central Kentucky. The regiment was mustered out at Maysville, Kentucky, September 17, 1863, by Capt. R. B. Hull, United States Army.

K Company mustered in 100 men with 10 additional men transfering in for a total of 110. One man was killed, one was discharged, two died while in service and 6 deserted. Of the original 110 men, 100 mustered out.
A "Declaration for an Original Invalid Pension" was filed for a military pension which stated that John W. Douglas, (height, 5 feet 8 l/2 inches; complexion, sandy; color of eyes, gray; color of hair, auburn) a farmer was born March 5, 1834, at Greenup County, Kentucky, was hurt by a horse falling against a fence when ordered to help capture some men near Covington, Kentucky. His right leg was injured and left testicle was mashed against the pommel of the saddle. Witnesses were Charless W. Callihan and George Kidd. John W. Douglass was last paid $24, on February 4, 1916 and was dropped from the roll because of death on April 3, 1916.

By the time of the 1870 census of Greenup County, John, now 36 years old, had returned home. He was married with seven children in the household. He worked as an iron ore miner and lived in the Lynn post office district. At the time of the 1880 census of Greenup County, John was 45 years old. He was married with 13 children in his household. He worked as an iron ore miner. By the time of the 1900 census of Greenup County, John was 66 years old. He had been married for about 42 years. He worked as a farmer on a rented farm in the 5th Magisterial district.
His death certificate, filed at the Greenup County Health Department, stated his occupation at the time of his death as a farmer. He was married at the time of his death. His father was Thomas Douglass but the informant (John Douglas, Jr. of Danleyton (Greenup County), Kentucky) did not know the name of Thomas' mother. The cause of death was not listed but stated that John fell dead and no medical attention was given. Carman Brothers of Russell (Greenup County), Kentucky were the undertakers. Ella McKenzie Trent Williams, granddaughter of John, related that she did not attend the funeral of her grandfather but could remember her mother and father, Lone and John McKenzie, talking about her grandfather's wishes about how he was to be buried. John wanted the timber taken from the loft of his house and have it used to make his casket. His daughter, Lone, did not agree with this wish but was made to see by her husband and others of the family that this was his wish, so they made his casket from the lumber in the loft of his house. Lone did buy light blue velvet material for the lining of the casket of which she lined herself.



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