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Agricultural diversification highlights the history of the Douglass Century Farm, established by Wiley J. Douglass (see notes), b1792, in 1840. Douglass, who married twice and fathered eleven children, was a significant figure in nineteenth century agriculture in Sumner County. Tobacco, corn, cotton, wheat, flax, maple syrup, cattle, swine, sheep and turkeys were some of the major commodities produced on his diversified farm of 320 acres located three miles northwest of Gallatin. More importantly, Wiley owned and operated a grist mill and cotton gin. This family also made award-winning woven blankets.

In 1905, Walter Abraham Douglass, Sr., inherited a farm of 270 acres. Walter, his wife Clara Doubleday and their four children managed a general store for approximately 30 years. On the farm, Walter stopped raising cotton, but planted the land’s first sorghum and soybeans. He also bred mules for market.

In 1971, Walter A. Douglass acquired 265 acres of the family landholdings. This grandson of the founder harvested corn, tobacco, wheat, hay, small grains, sorghum and soybeans in 1976.



• Walter Abraham Douglass, Sr, born 3 Nov 1853 Sumner County, Tennessee, USA who died 22 Mar 1950 (aged 96)

• Walter Abraham DOUGLASS, Jr. 1890 – 1982, son of the above

• William Jones “Willie” Douglass, born 21 Sep 1792, Sumner County, Tennessee, USA, died 18 Mar 1866 (aged 73)





William Watkins DOUGLASS (son of Wiley J. DOUGLASS and Elizabeth WATKINS) was born on 2 May 1821. He died on 2 Dec 1902. He was buried in Douglass Cemetery, Cottontown, TN. William Watkins DOUGLASS and Sarah A. BELL were married on 16 Dec 1845 in Sumner County, TN. Sarah A. BELL was born on 19 Jul 1827. She died on 15 Dec 1884. She was buried in Douglass Cemetery, Cottontown, TN. Sumner County Cemetery Book has listed two infants being buried with them there at the Douglass Cemetery.

William Watkins DOUGLASS and Sarah A. BELL had the following children:

1. Jane DOUGLASS was born on 3 Jan 1848. She died on 5 Apr 1927 in Sumner County, TN. Jane DOUGLASS and James Matthew WALKER were married on 17 Dec 1866 in Sumner County, TN. James Matthew WALKER was born in Mar 1847 in Mississippi.

2. Susan (Sue) DOUGLASS was born on 30 May 1851 in Sumner County, TN. She died on 21 Nov 1934 in Sumner County, TN. She was buried on 22 Nov 1934 in Gallatin Cemetery. Susan (Sue) DOUGLASS and Dr. Richard NUCKOLLS were married on 16 Apr 1870 in Sumner County, TN. Dr. Richard NUCKOLLS was born on 4 Aug 1835. He died on 24 Jan 1910. He was buried in Gallatin Cemetery, Gallatin, TN. 1900 Sumner County Census shows that Susan and Richard had no children by their marriage.

3. Wyley B. DOUGLASS was born on 1 Mar 1855. He died on 18 Aug 1926 in Sumner County, TN. He was buried on 20 Aug 1926 in Gallatin Cemetery. Wyley B. DOUGLASS and Fannie O. RASCOE were married on 29 Nov 1890 in Sumner County, TN. Fannie O. RASCOE was born in 1866. She died in 1937. She was buried in Gallatin Cemetery.

4. Eliza W. DOUGLASS was born in 1858.



Wiley's son Reuben was born in 1831 in Summer County

Capt. C.S. Douglass, born in Sumner Co., in 1839, son of Col. Young N. Douglass, born in N.C. in 1762.  Reuben Douglass, born in Sumner Co. in 1931.  His father, Wiley J. Douglass, born in 1792
Col. Young Norvel Douglass; From an oil painting in possession of Mrs. Samuel Clark Red, Houston, Texas

It is not clear if the following is related:
Cullen E. Douglas, born in 1825. His father was Wm. Howard, born in 1782.


Sources include:

•  Tennessee Agriculture: A Century Farms Perspective; Carroll Van West

•  Sumner County Cemetery Book



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