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Samuel Douglass was born in Pittstown, Rensselaer county, March 5, 1825. The grandfather, Samuel, was born in Rensselaer county about 1750. He married second Priscilla Wood; they had one son, Samuel, the father of the subject. He was born in Rensselaer county December 5, 1802. Until the last few years of his life he always made his home in this town, and was a very prominent man. He was supervisor a number of terms, and in 1844 was elected assemblyman from his district. In politics he was a strong Democrat until the war when he became a Republican. He married at twenty-two years Asenath, daughter of Stephen Sherman, a native of Rhode Island, who lived in Rensselaer county, and they had eight children, six surviving: George in the mercantile business in New York; Mary S., wife of Nathaniel Gifford of Canandaigua; Sarah Frances, wife of James Halkin of Indian Territory; John of Troy; Ellen of Canandaigua; and Samuel. Samuel, the father, died February 2,1884, and his wife died June 21, 1886.

The early life of our subject was spent in Rensselaer county. In politics Mr. Douglass is a Prohibitionist. He has been assessor of his town and he and his family are members of the Methodist Church. He married in 1847 Waity, daughter of Nathaniel Gifford, of Rensselaer county, and they have six children: Caroline A.; Phoebe E., wife of Isaiah Case of Canandaigua; Mary M., who lives at home; Fred G.; Estella F., wife of Ira P. Cribb; and James S. who conducts his father's farm. He was educated in the common schools and at a select school.

He assisted on his father's farm until about twenty-four years of age, when he bought a place for himself, which he conducted until 1857, when he bought seventy acres on the west shore of Canandaigua Lake, which he conducted for ten years, and then bought 170 acres where he now resides. He has since added 106 acres to it, making one large farm of 276 acres, devoted to hay and stock.

From the HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY; compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich; edited by George S. Conover; 1893;




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