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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:
Rev. Alexander Douglas
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.
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.)
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 .