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Alexander Douglas I

ALEXANDER DOUGLAS I was in South Carolina, probably by 1768. He married first Jane Elliot, dau of Daniel Elliot? probably in Chester Co. first; She died ca. 1795 and he then married Mary Stapleton.(Who were her parents?). Children were:

1. James

2. Samuel,

3. John m. Margaret Braden to Texas

4 Joseph, m. Zilla Parham daughter of Thomas and Nancy Parham of Williamson Co., Tn. He died 1862 at the Union Prison in Alton, Illinois.

5. Robert m. Sophia McClellan, to Alabama ; died in Texas .

5.Eli Ebeneezer m. Jane Gaston,went to Butler Co., Ohio and d. in Indiana ca. 1838

6. Alexander, Jr., who married Margaret Cowsar (Couser):(my line)

7. Agnes who m. a Eliger ? Hotchkiss

8. Elizabeth m. a Hotchkiss. Alexander I was on the 1790, 1800, 1810 and 1820 census in Lancaster County, living on Camp Creek. Margaret Cowsar was the daughter of a James Cowsar who died ca. 1827 and Hannah Nelson, a daughter of Daniel Nelson and Margaret Hood. We have info on the Nelsons, but still seek Margaret Hood's parents.

I am still looking for the father of James Cowsar, believe he was a grndsn or grgrnson of Richard Cousert, James had land below Gills Creek which he mortgaged before his death and from which Eli Ebineezer conveyed his part back to his mother. Does anyone have the names of the children of Nathaniel, James or their sons, Richard. These are the names of Hannah and James 'sons with exception of Eli Ebeneeser?

Alexander I had land in Lancaster Co. by 1784 and 85. He was a Revolutionary soldier, having fought in Georgia with the Minute Men and also in the the Battle of Long Cane. I have his application for pension which he received several years before his death in 1827. He is said to have died in Jackson, Tennessee around 1827 where his son, Joseph appears to have been.

Would like to hear especially from any descendants of the other children. I have done a book on the line and related families entitled The Broughton-Douglas Families of East Texas. The Douglas family has also been published in the Chester County Gen. Society, "Bulletin.". --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Reverend Alexander Douglas II

Alexander Douglas II, son of Alexander Douglas I and Mary Stapleton Douglas, was born 27 October 1807 in Lancaster County, South Carolina. There, in 1835, he married Margaret Tirzah Cowsar, who was born in 1810, also in Lancaster County. In 1837, they removed to Talladega County, Alabama, with other Cowsars and Douglases. He was converted to Methodism in the Great Revival and in 1843 in Alabama, he was licensed as a local Methodist preacher by the Fourth Quarterly Conference and named among the leading men in the Talladega Circuit during years 1833-1845. By January of 1848, he had arrived in Tyler, Texas, where he engaged in the real estate sale of newly created town lots of Tyler . He also operated the first livery stable, a hotel, several stage lines and carried the U.S. Mail. He engaged his two oldest son, James P. and John B. in these concerns.

Douglas and his family were among the charter members of the present Marvin Methodist Church, originally operated under the name of Methodist Episcopal Church South. All-Faith Services were held at first in a log cabin on the town square; later in Adam's Blacksmith Shop, south of the square. The church was organized by Douglas and Sam Box.

Reverend Douglas died died August 19, 1853, only five years after his arrival in Tyler, and was interred at Oakwood Cemetery. There but a short time, he left his mark on the town.

His and Margaret's sons, James P., John, Eli and Robert all served in the Civil War. Mary Elizabeth, the only daughter to live to womanhood, married E.T. Broughton, also a Civil War hero. Margaret Tirzah Cowsar, born 1810 in Lancaster, South Carolina, died in September of 1862, while her sons were away, and is buried at Oakwood.

For more on this family, see The Broughton-Douglas Families of East Texas by Mary Lee Barnes; also numerous stories in Tyler history.

Descendants of Alexander Douglas II were:

2 James Postell Douglas b: January 07, 1836 in Lancaster Co., SC d. November 27, 1901; Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, Texas, +Sallie Susan White b: 1844 in Griffin, GA m: March 16, 1863 d. August 22, 1872; Elkins Cemetery, near Old Omen, Texas

3 Beckham L. Douglas b: January 31, 1865 in Tyler, Smith Co., Texas

3 Blumer Gustus Douglas b: July 13, 1867 in Tyler, Smith Co., Texas, died September 04, 1884 in Tyler, Smith Co., Texas

3 Winona Estelle Douglas, born 1869 in Tyler, Smith Co., Texas, married Lawrence William Wells

4 Lawrence William Wells, Jr.

4 H. D. Wells

4 A. L. Wells, married A. L. Wimmer

3 Mary Ellen Douglas b: August 03, 1872 in Tyler, Smith Co., TX d: June 04, 1952 in Tyler, Smith Co., Texas

.. *2nd Wife of James Postell Douglas: Alice Earle Smith b: June 03, 1852 in "Whitehouse" plantation, near Corinth, Mississippi m: July 07, 1874 in Tyler, Texas d. June 28, 1955 in Tyler, Smith Co., TX

3 Florence Douglas b: May 12, 1875 in Tyler, Smith Co., TX d: 1876; buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX

3 Earl Cowsar Douglas, Sr. b: March 11, 1877 in Tyler, Smith Co., TX died August 31, 1959 in Tyler, Smith Co., TX
married Mary Gladys Buford b: September 15, 1883 d: October 18, 1968;bur. in Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX

.......... 4 Earl Cowsar Douglas, Jr.

.......... 4 James Buford Douglas

3 James Postell Douglas, Jr. b: December 27, 1878 in Tyler, Smith Co., TX died October 17, 1880 in Tyler, Smith Co., TX

3 Lucia Rutherford Douglas b: December 16, 1880 in Tyler, Smith Co.,TX died August 18, 1964;bur. in Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX

3 Marc Fleishel Douglas b: October 11, 1885 in Tyler, Smith Co., TX died January 07, 1890 in Tyler, Smith Co., TX

3 Alice Earle Douglas b: November 16, 1888 in Tyler, Smith Co., TX died April 07, 1979 in Tyler, Smith Co., TX

.. 2 Robert L. Douglas b: 1838 in Alabama; died in Austin, Texas

.. 2 Mary Elizabeth Douglas b: March 27, 1840 in Talladega, Alabama died January 29, 1918 in Athens, Tx;bur in Oakwoood Cemetery. Tyler, Texas.
...... +Edward Thomas Broughton II b: 1834 in Monroe Co., AL m: June 05, 1856 died February 1874 in Sherman, TX

3 Sargent Prentiss Broughton b: May 03, 1857 in Tyler, Smith Co., TX .......... Sarah Brosius

3 Margaret Tommie Broughton b: June 24, 1861 in Kaufman, TX died September 28, 1946 in Athens, TX + Robert Lee Gauntt m: June 13, 1888

4 Edward Broughton Gauntt, born 22 March 1890 Athens , Texas, died 1990; married Lindsay Hart 18 Nov. 1913; died 1960

4 John Douglas Gauntt born 16 January 1892;m Minnie Morgan; died December 24, 1979; married Minnie d. 24 May 1978.

4 Robert Milton Gauntt, born 20 Jan 1894; d. 16 Sept. 1936; never married

4 Mary Lee Gauntt, born February 20, 1896 in Athens, Texas, died May 19,1973 in Athens, Texas married Kenneth Greer Anderson

4 Martha Owen Gauntt, b. 30 December 1899 ; married Clarence Antle 1921; died 1975 Longview, Texas, married Clarence Antle, d 1964

4 Salena Gauntt, b. 14 March 1901; d. 1993 + Reagan Scroggins

All the Gauntts buried in Old Cemetery Athens, Texas, Gauntt Plot)

3 Salena Broughton b: in Kaufman, TX + W. D. Bell

3 James Postell Broughton b: November 24, 1865, married Emma Donley

4. Donley Broughton

4. Linda Broughton m. Charles White, Sr.

4. Emily Broughton m. Charles Bush

3 John Broughton b: November 24, 1865 in Sherman, TX

3 Edward Thomas Broughton III b: December 27, 1868

3 Pinkney Broughton b: August 29, 1871;

2 John B. Douglas b: November 26, 1843 in Talladega, Alabama d: June 11, 1893; buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, Texas; married (1) September 03, 1867, Mittie Wiggins, born February 19, 1850, died October 14, 1868; buried in Marsh-Wiggins Cemetery; married (2)on March 12, 1872, Ketua "Kate" Walker, born 1845, died 1912, buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX

3 Alexander S. Douglas b: Abt. 1878 d: 1930

2 Eli Ebeneezer Douglas born February 14, 1845; married Malissa Darby, born 1855, died August 15, 1930 in Grand Saline, Van Zandt Co., Texas

3 James Douglas b: in Grand Saline, Van Zandt Co., Texas d: Bef. 1934 + wife m: in Enid, Oklahoma

3 John Douglas b: in Granbury, Hood Co., Texas d: in Grand Saline,Van Zandt Co., Texas +Lizzie

3 Robert A. Douglas b: in Grand Saline, Texas d: in Dallas, Texas +wife m: in Dallas Co., Texas

3 Elley Douglas b: in Lindale, Smith Co., Texas d: in Plano, Collins Co., TX +Rufus Angel m: December 1914

.. *2nd Wife of Eli Ebeneezer Douglas: +Emma Padgett m: April 17, 1873

3 Ella Douglas b: April 17, 1875 d: August 25, 1949 + Joseph Adolphus Ray b: January 23, 1868

3 Ethel Douglas b: Abt. 1879 in Grand Saline, Texas d: in Dallas, Texas

3 Mary Douglas b: September 15, 1881 in Grand Saline, Van Zandt Co. Texas, d: March 28, 1942 in Dallas, Texas, married Thomas Van Zandt March 03, 1902 in Granbury, Hood Co., Texas

2 Hannah Selena Douglas b: July 07, 1847 d: April 02, 1858 in Tyler,Texas


Rev. Alexander Douglas

For the T.W. Banner:

Brother Douglas is no more. He was born in the State of South Carolina, Lancaster District, October 27, 1807, and embraced salvation by faith in his native place, in the great revival of '33, and joined the M.E. Church, the church of his choice. Two years afterwards, he was united in holy matrimony to Miss Margaret T. Cowsar, daughter of James and Hannah Cowsar and in 1837 he emigrated to Alabama, where he was licensed to preach in 1845; moved to Texas in the spring of 1848 and in December same year ordained Deacon by Bishop Andrew and traveled an itinerary and then located in this place (Tyler) where he was taken sick August 4th and died of typhoid fever 19th inst. Aged 45 years, 9 months and 23 days, Parson A. Douglas was a man of sanguinary temperament and more than ordinary zeal and was manifest in his preaching and exhortations , and many souls were converted and built up under his ministry. He was, however, the subject of severe trials, and passed through some fiery ordeals in the last few years. That he has been misrepresented and sometimes persecuted, none can doubt.

That he did not bear his afflictions alluded to, with as much composure and faith in Christ as the church desired is what Brother Douglas often confessed and bemoaned with the deepest penitential sorrow. He was ardently loved by the members of the quarterly conference and Preacher in-charge. The writer visited him in company with Rev. B. H. Hamilton in his sickness and conversed about his prospects of the future he, he melted to tears and lamented his leanness, and promised if God spared him "to live a new life. A few days before his departure he remarked to Rev. Mr. Tunnel that "all was well." Rev. B West also visited but the writer does not recollect the conversation on the subject of religion between them. His friends are satisfied that is at rest, beyond the trials and changes of life. He was buried with Masonic honors. He leaves an afflicted wife, four sons and two daughters to mourn his loss. May they his children meet the expectations of a kind father and indulgent mother and be the "Salt of the earth and the light of the world:

As he has brothers and sisters, and relatives in South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, etc. it is earnestly desired that the Nashville and Louisville Christian Advocate, Charleston Ch. Advocate and New Orleans Ch. advocate will please copy the above. T. O. Ellis Tyler Smith Co., Texas Aug 30 '53 (1853 )


Died in Tyler on the 27 Inst., Mrs. Margaret T. Douglas in her 48th year. She was born in Lancaster District, South Carolina, was married to Rev. Alexander Douglas in 1834, joined the Methodist E. Church same year; moved to Ala. in 1838; thence to Texas, and settled at Tyler in 1848. The deceased was one of the first settlers in Tyler. Her name stands registered as one of the chartered members of the Methodist church here. Left a widow years ago with her children to raise and educate, with but limited means , she deserves great credit for her prudence and economy. In the discharge of such responsible duties. For two years her three sons have been in the army and she has been left to struggle almost alone. But in all this a merciful God has sustained her; naturally meek and quiet in her disposition, she consequently said but little openly about her prospects for the future. A few hours before she died, the writer called to see her--finding her sinking rapidly, I asked her if it should be the will of god to take her, "whether she was ready to go! Her reply was "Oh, yes, yes." Thus passed away a good Christian, a worthy citizen, an affectionate mother, in every way a model woman. Heaven bless her children.

J.W. Fields


Died in Smith County, 22nd September, 1863

Obituary of Edward T. Broughton, Jr

Col. E.T. Broughton died at his residence this City at 2'clock yesterday evening, from a lingering illness of several months.

Col. Broughton has been in Sherman since 1867 during which time Sherman has had no more devoted friend. He served with distinction as a Senator from the 22nd district in the Legislature since 1869 and had it not been for his bad health, he would probably have been re-elected to that important position. He won his military title by service in the Confederate Army, answering to the first Call made by the troops, and remained by his flag he loved until all was lost save honor. He leaves a small family and a host of friends to mourn his loss. Sherman Courier February 13, 1874

(E.T. Broughton came to Smith County when only 16 years of age and married Mary Elizabeth Douglas, daughter of Rev. Alexander Douglas in 1856. after which time he removed to Henderson County. In 1861 he was in Kaufman County where he joined the Confederate forces and served until 1865, being imprisoned twice. Although this obituary refers to him as Col. Broughton, official records show he resigned as Captain Broughton. He was under General Granberry at the Battle of Franklin and took over briefly when his general was killed and other superior officers disabled.)

Aged Citizen of Tyler Died at Athens

News reached the city today of the death of Mrs. M.E. Broughton which occurred at 12 o/clock today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.L. Gauntt of Athens.

Mrs Broughton ws stricken with paralysis last Wednesday night, one side being at first affected. Later another stroke resulted, and for the past two or three day, she had been unconscious.

Mrs. Broughton was 76 years of age and with one exception was the oldest resident of Tyler. She came here 70 yeears ago from Alabama and had resided in Tyler continuously since that time up until a few months ago when she went to California to visit her daughter. (Note: This is in error since she lived in Kaufman and Sherman from 1858 to 1867. --MLB)

She was a sister to the late Major James P. Douglas and the late John B. Douglas . She was woman of strong character and keen intellect which retained its clearness up to the day she was stricken with paralysis. She reared a large family of children, all of whom occupy prominent places in various communities in which they reside. She was a life time member of the Baptist Church, and when her health permitted was active in the duties of that Organization.

Surviving Mrs. Broughton are three sons, James. And Ed of Tyler and Judge John Broughton of Houston, and two daughters, Mrs. R.L. Gauntt of Athens and Mrs. W.D. Bell of California besides many grandchildren and other relatives to whom our people extend sympathy.

The remains will be brought to Tyler tonight, and the funeral will be held at the residence of Ed T. Broughton , 905 S. Broadway. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Tyler Courier Time January 18 & 19th 1918

(It seems very strange they did not even mention the name of her husband, Capt. E. T. Broughton, Jr. By this time he had been deceased 44 years. Mollie was also a charter member of the Mollie Moore Davis Chapter of the UDC. MLB)

January 10, 1910 The remains of Mrs. Broughton arrived from Athens this afternoon on the Cotton Belt and was carried to the home of her son, Ed T. Broughton, S. Broadway where the funeral services were held at 3 o'clock, being conducted by Reverend Mr. Fuller, Pastor of First Baptist Church at Athens.

Many relatives and friends attended the service and accompanied the remains to Oakwood Cemetery where interment took place. There was a lavish profusion of floral offerings, many from other Eaast Texas cities.

Pallbearers were: Oscar McFArland, H.b. Marsh, H.A. McDougal , George H. Phillips, H.L Burk and F. M. Bell.

Burkes-Walker Undertaking Co. had charge of the funeral .