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Murray County, Georgia GAGenWeb Site, Tales, p. 1

This line of Douglass was apparently in SC before 1764 since Jesse says his parents were born there in the 1850 Census. We have not been able to prove who his parents were, nor what county he they may have been from in SC.

Jesse Douglass was born about 1784 SC and married about 1806 SC Sarah Ann ____ born about 1790 SC. We believe their children to be, James, Ira Alexander, Rutha, David, (Rev.) Hiram A., Didama, Sarah Ann, Calvin, Hetta, Mary, and Katherine.

Jesse and Sarah lived in Spartanburg, SC until at least 1813, then moved to TN. They lived on a small farm in McMinn Co, TN until about 1837 when they moved to Murray County, GA. Jesse and his sons Ira A., (Rev.)Hiram, David were Petitt Jurors January 17, 1837 in Murray Co., GA David was a Grand Juror March 1, 1839. In 1840 Jesse and Sarah Ann had one son at home two females in the household and Sarah Ann. Their daughter Didama and family were living in the adjoining household with one child (Martha).

Much had happened by 1840 in Murray County, with the removal of the Cherokee and other Indian tribes. Capt. Absolom Bishop lived near Spring Hill and Didama's husband David Jackson Casada (David I. Casada-Bishop's Co, Highland Btt'n, Ga Mil.)had served under him in 1836 and was the head scout for the Indian Removal to scout the route, before they married in Murray Co. 27 Feb 1837. There has been no further record of his military service in GA. He did not sign the petition to the governor of Georgia to allow the citizens of Murray County to form a militia to protect themselves from the remaining Indians. Didama's brothers signed the petition. Ira Alexander served in the militia. Pay was not granted until ten years later for their military service.

Jesse and Sarah apparently lived Murray Co, GA until 1849 when their last child Katherine Douglass married. Most of their children had married in Murray County. Jesse and Sarah had moved by 1850 to Gilmer County, GA with Calvin Douglas, their son, and lived by others from McMinn Co, TN. Jesse died 1850-1860 and Sarah Ann was listed as a separate household in the 1860 Gilmer Co. Census 734/645 SARAH DOUGLAS 70 b SC and the next listing was 735/646 REUBEN GUNTER 76 b SC and Gemimah Gunter 38 b NC. Calvin Douglass was living 732/643, and 733/644 was Abner G. Davenport (wife Mary dau of Jesse and Sarah Ann Douglass).

The children of Jesse and Sarah Ann:

1. JAMES DOUGLASS b abt 1808 m 8 Oct 1829 McMinn Co, TN Elizabeth Firestone, dau of Mathias and Polly Firestone. They moved to MO by 1868.

2. IRA ALEXANDER DOUGLASS was born 26 Mar, 1810 SC, possibly in Spartanburg Co. Ira d MO, prob Dade Co., m1 9 Jun 1833 McMinn, Co, TN, Cynthia (Sintitha) Carlock b 16 Feb 1816 Overton Co, TN d 8 Nov 1849 Dade Co, MO. Their children were Martha Emaline Douglass b 5 Mar 1834, Mary Caroline, Samuel Ewen, Sarah Angelina, James Lemuel b 1839 TN, Tennessee Julina b , Amanda Magdalene, Lewis Amous, David Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Ira m2 abt 1853, Sarah Ann Hampton. Their children were Comadore Perry, Hiram Alexander, Seigle McClelland., and Hiram Finis. Hiram A. and Seigle and their widowed mother Sarah Ann were living 1900 in Choctaw, Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Seigle was a Choctaw by marriage, his wife's name unknown.

GREENFIELD VEDETTE 2 Jun 1887 p3 col 3, Greenfield, MO--Mr. Ira A. Douglas, an old and well known citizen of Polk Twp writes to the VEDETTE as follows: "I was 77 years of age last March 26th-came to Missouri in the year 1839, and helped to build the first house on the site of the town of Greenfield. Saw the stake driven into a gopher mound to mark the center of the court house. I still have some old friends in your town, among the number, Dr. S. B. Bowles, R. S. Jacobs, Rev. W. J. Garrett, and Rev. J. D. Montgomery. The last named was the first man I heard preach in Dade county. I think he has built up as many churches and done as much good as any man within my knowledge."

Ira first settled in Smith Twp in then Barry Co, MO (now Dade Co). And settling about the same time was Dr. JAMES DOUGLAS, born 1774-79 moved to Dade settling in Prairie Twp. In the spring of 1848 the doctor's wife MARTHA WHITE was murdered by her slave PETE who had wrested the pistol away from the aged Dr. Douglas and beat Martha over the head so severly she died and would have killed the doctor had not others intervened. Pete also had murdered his own three children because he didn't want them to be slaves. Pete was the first of only two people hung in Dade County. The doctor married only two months later, the widow NANCY C. HENSLEY whose husband James had died in 1837 at Bolivar, MO leaving her with four small children. Dr. Douglass applied for bounty land for his war service twice, for 80 acres each. In 1850 he was living in Greene Co, MO. He died in 1859 2 1/2 miles from Mt. Vernon, Lawrence Co, MO. Nancy died Seneca, MO. Dr. Douglas enlisted War of 1812 in Lincoln Co, MO and was discharged in Dickson Co, TN. He lived there for a time before moving to MO. Nancy applied for and drew his pension. We believe this James is related to Ira Alexander Davis and Didama in some way, possibly as an uncle (brother of Jesse Douglas).

3. RUTH DOUGLASS b 8 Sep 1811 SC d 25 Jul 1899 Tunnel Hill, GA, m1abt 1825 McMinn Co, TN Russell Sexton (Saxon). They had one child, Teresa b 1827. Ruth m2 7 Oct 1838, Spring Place, Murray Co, GA, Jacob Charleton Laymance. [NOTE: It was claimed by an early author of whom most of her Laymance records have proved to be erroneous that Isaac Charlton Laymance was named after his father Jacob.  However, writings by Jacob Laymance prove that part of his name was not Charlton.  -- [email protected]]

Jacob had m1 on 12 Apr 1817 Roane Co, TN, Louisa Winters, dau of Moses and Elizabeth Jane Waters.  [NOTE: The full name of Louisa Winters is Louisa Ann Winters. She was the dau. of Moses Winters and Jane Charlton, not Elizabeth Jane Waters. I have in my possession the Will of Jane's father who names daus. Jane and Elizabeth as different individuals. -- [email protected]] Jacob and Louisa moved to Morgan Co, TN where Jacob operated "an Ordinary House", a reputable tavern or inn in the new town of Montgomery (now extant). On 18 April 1826 Jacob was of considerable worth in the town of Wartburg, TN. Louisa died in childbirth on 30 Jul 1837 in Tn. Jacob was mentioned on a Roster of Soldiers involved in the Cherokee Indian removal in "Whites Among Cherokees". He was described as 5''7" tall, blue eyes, light hair, and fair skin.

Jacob was a farmer and a merchant. Jacob and Ruth lived in Spring Place, GA for 10 years and in Catoosa Co, GA 2 years. He died on 14 Jul 1852 in San Blas, Mexico. A copy of the pension file is under Creek War. Jacob died in an effort to reach his widowed daughter who had gone to California on a wagon train.

Jacob and Ruth Douglas Sexton, had seven children. They were Louisa Ann, Columbus, Hiram Douglas, Virginia Florence, Sarah Caroline, John T., and Jacob Laymance.

4.DAVID DOUGLAS b abt 1811. 047 David Doughless in the 1850 Bradley Co, Tn Census his brother Rev. Hiram Douglass was 046. David was a Petit Juror in 1837 and Grand Juror in Murray County, GA.

5. Rev. HIRAM DOUGLASS b 10 May 1813 Spartanburg, SC d 24 Jun 1865 Charleston, Bradley Co, TN leaving a will. He is buried at Charleston. Hiram m 1831 McMinn Co, TN, Caroline Warnock, dau of Abner Warnock. "Sumach on the Hill" Sumach, GA by Conway Gregory pp 96-102 documents the interesting story of Rev. Hiram Douglass who was a Cumberland Presbyterian circuit ordained minister of the gospel. He established churches from TN to GA.. Hiram was of a tall stature and was gifted with oral abilities and a good singer. He was highly esteemed and considered instrumental more than any other person in the building of the Cumberland Presbyterian Churches in East Tn and upper GA. Hiram was very poor at the beginning of his ministry in 1831 and his wife lived part of the time with relatives. Before his death he had acquired a 200 acre farm near Ooltewah and had slaves although he supported the Union. All his sons joined the Confederate cause and all his sons were captured at Chickamauga. His sons were paroled to Hiram. After Hiram's death his widow and family moved to the mid-west, settling in Minnesota and Michigan. A monument was erected in his honor commemorating his accomplishments on his grave in Cleveland.

6. DIDAMA DOUGLAS b 14 Dec 1816 SC d 25 Jun 1894 Dade Co, MO. She was married by her brother, Rev. Hiram Douglas on 27 Feb 1837, Murray Co, GA,(Didema Douglass and David I. Casida) to David Jackson Casada b 24 May 1815 NC d 21 Aug 1897 Dade Co, MO. Both are bur Buchanan Cemetery, Polk Twp, Dade Co, MO. Jackson and Didama apparently moved to Gwinnett Co, GA by Jul 1841 as their second child's family gives it as it place of birth. The 1840 Census lists Lemuel Douglas in Gwinnett. The 1840 Census lists D J Casada in Murray County, GA.

Before their marriage, Jackson served in the military, Cherokee Indian Removal enlisting Spring Place, GA on 4 Jul 1836 and discharged on 1 Oct 1836 at Camp Scott, Ga. According to family tradition he went into the Okefenokee Swamp 'to get out the Indians because he knew them' and he scouted the trail for the Trail of Tears. Some Cherokees had fled there and the Seminoles lived in the swamps. He said it was the saddest thing he ever saw. There is no other Georgia military service related to him. According to some Jackson may have been Cherokee Indian and according to Warren G. Cantrell, the Cantrell historian, the David Jackson Casada family was an Indian family. Two other sources also gave this information. Didama and Jackson moved to Dade County, MO by 1850. The last of their children to be born in Georgia was born in 1847. They went to Oklahoma for a year or two before moving on to Dade County. Jackson tried to enlist in the Union during the Civil War. He was too old and they didn't want him. He furnished his own horse and served any way. He was a farrier during the time he was on dismissal on the surgeon's certificate. Didama and Jackson are buried in the Buchanan Cemetery, Polk Co, MO. According to the Casada's only Didama and 'Tun' moved to Dade 'of her family'. Actually Tun was the son of Ira Alexander Davis. Didama and Ira are known to be brother and sister.

The children of Didama Douglas and David Jackson Casada were: Martha Ann , John Calvin , Sarah Jane, James Madison, Mary Angeline, Jesse Douglas, and Hiram Garrett.

John married twice and part of his family moved to Boise, Idaho. Other descendants are in MO and CA and other places. Sarah Jane, James Madison, and Jesse Douglas Casada are buried in Dade County, Missouri. Hiram Garrett is buried in California. Mary Angeline m1 Isaac DENTON Davis, had five children. One child was Luther LANDON (Lander) Davis d Humboldt Co, CA. He m1 Ida May Anderson of Aurora, MO. She d 1893 in Aurora, they had one child Ethel Beatrice Davis. She married Charles Marquis "Mark" Seburn of Aurora, MO. Lander Davis m2 Jessie E. McClure and they moved after 1900 to Montrose, CO; Burbank, CA, and he d Eureka, CA, bur Arcada, CA. They had six children.

7. SARAH ANN DOUGLASS m 12 Dec 1836 Murray Co, Ga.

8. CALVIN DOUGLASS b 1820 McMinn Co, TN, m 6 Aug 1844 Nancy Louisa Jane Plemmons b 1826. See notes on his parents. The children of Calvin and Louisa were: Didama Augusta b 1845, James T. b 1847 (died Civil War), Sarah C., Hiram A. C., John H. M., Margaret E., David A. J., Isora A.

9. MARY DOUGLASSb abt 1827 m1 ? Parrish?, m Abner G. Davenport. They lived Gilmer Co, GA, three children: Elizabeth E. Davenport, James M. Davenport, William L. Davenport.

10. KATHERINE DOUGLASS b abt 1829 m 19 Sep 1849 Murray Co, GA Patrick Morine

11. HETTA DOUGLASS m 21 Oct 1841 Murray Co, GA Thomas P. Holbrook.b abt 1820.

Omitted in the early settlers of Murray County, Ga were two early Douglass', Asa B. Douglass (a man by that name was in early Sumner Co, TN records) and William Douglass. It is not known if or how they are related to Jesse Douglass.


compiled by Mildred Seburn Dotterer

Daniel Woodring b 2 Aug 1764 Graceham, Frederick Co, MD d J-Apr 1825 Lincoln Co, NC, son of John Wotring and Elizabeth Glett (Glad), m 7 Mar 1786 Graceham, Susanah Sipe (Seip,Seib) b 1769 Lancaster Co, PA dau of Paulus Sipe b 16May 1746 Contwig, (Bavaria), Pfalz, Germany. Paulus m 1776 Lancaster Co, PA Mary. Susannah's brothers Daniel b 1772, Abraham b 1774, and Paul b 1778 moved from Graceham, Frederick co, MD abt 1787 to Lincoln Co, NC.

Their children:

1. Susannah Woodring b abt 1786 m ___McClean.

2. John Woodring b 1788 moved to Watauga co, Nc.

3. Jacob Woodring b abt 1790

4. Henry Woodring b abt 1792

5. Daniel Woodring b 1794


Daniel Woodring son of Daniel Woodring and Susannah Sipes, b abt 1793 Lincoln Co, NC d Towns Co, Ga m1 Catherine Icenhour in Mecklinberg Co, NC. Catherine d bef 1830 Haywood Co, NC.

Their children were:

1. NOAH ABSOLOM WOODRING** b 1814 m NC Eve Fulbright.
a. John A. Woodring b 1842 NC
b. Emanuel J. Woodring b 1844 NC
c. Barbary Woodring b 1845 NC
d. Mary A. Woodring b 1846 NC
e. Miles M. Woodring b 1849 NC
f. Sarah J. Woodring b 1852 GA
g. Mary A. Woodring b 1855 GA

2. JOHN WOODRING b 22 Jul 1816 NC m 19 Nov 1843 Union Co, GA Evaline Westmoreland.
a. Mary Ann Woodring b 21 Oct 1844 m George Elisha Brown
b. Lewis Woodring b 1846
c. Nancy M. Woodring b 14 Jan 1848 d 27 Nov 1927 m 10 Oct 1867 James G. Norton.
d. Elizabeth Woodring b 1849-1850 m 16 Feb 1873 John William Mcclure.
e. Samuel Woodring b 1854 d 1934 m 1 Oct 1874 Alice M. Alston.
f. Sarah I. Woodring b 5 Apr 1856 d 12 Dec 1921 Sumner Benton Moore.
g. Florence Woodring b 24 Sep 1858 d 4 Nov 1945 m 19 Nov 1899 George Washington Bryson.

3. JOSEPH WOODRINGb 6 Jun 1821 NC d 10 Sep 1881 m 7 Mar 1850 Sarah Ann Osborn.
a. Phillip A. Woodring b 2 Feb 1851 m Mary J. McClure.
    i. Bertha Woodring b 1881 m ____Ledford.
    ii. Charlie Vertner Woodring b 1884
    iii. Myrtle Woodring b 1887 m _____ Groves.
b. Hannah L. Woodring b 1 Jun 1853 m John H. Lyon.
c. Martin Luther Woodring b 6 Oct 1854 d 1929 m 4 Dec 1884 Emma A. Lotheridge.
    i. Boyd Woodring
    ii. Stanley Woodring
    iii. Coral Woodring m John Brown
d. Francis Marion Woodring b 22 Mar 1856 d 23 Nov 1932 m Jane ____.
e. Infant Woodring b 4 Oct 1857.
f. Joseph Newton Woodring b 4 Sep 1858 m 23 Nov 1890 Nancy Alice Brown.
    i. Sarah Ethel Woodring m ___Burrell.
    ii Eva Woodring m _____ Crawford.
g. Henry Caleb Woodring b 2 Dec 1860 m 1893 Lula Alexander.
    i. Winnie Woodring.
    ii. Jones Woodring.
    iii. Flora Woodring.
    iv. Elsie Woodring.
    v. Ewell Woodring.
h. Louisa Ann Woodring b 8 Aug 1863 m 12 nov 1890 Robert L. Brown.
    i. John Brown
    ii. Paul Brown
    iii. Charlie Brown
    iv. Kittie Brown m ____Fennell.
i. Manuel J. Woodring b 19 Feb 1865.
j. James D. Woodring b 6 Jul 1867
k. Charley V. Woodring b 2 Feb 1870

4. AMBROS WOODRING b 1 Mar 1825 NC d 20 May 1903 m Elizabeth Berry.
a. Thomas Berry Woodring b 28 Nov 1856 Towns Co, GA d 23 Jun 1938 m 7 Aug 1879 Julia Kimsey.     i. Ida Woodring b 1 Jun 188a Towns Co, GA b 1 Jun 1881 d 31 Aug 1929 m 23 Apr 1905 S. F.        Miles.
    ii. Edna Woodring b 17 Jun 1885 m 17 Apr 1918 William Luther Hooper.
    iii. L. Avery Woodring b 27 Jan 1887 Towns Co, GA d 16 Dec 1967 m 25 Sep 1913 Eveline Brown.     iv. Dora Woodring b 20 Sep 1891 d 19 Jun 1934.
    v. Clay Woodring m Alice _____.
    vi. Arnold Edward Woodring b 5 Oct 1894 d 30 May 1967 m 9 May 1920 Pauline Collins.
b. D. Martin Woodring b 1859.
c. Mary Ellen Woodring b 4 Dec 1860 d 21 1888 m E. Howard Kimsey.
d. Andrew L. Woodring b 1863.
e. John M. Woodring b 1866.
f. Sarah Woodring b 9 Dec 1867 d 23 Jul 1893.
g. Julia V. Woodring b 1869 m 18 Oct 1893 J. H. Souther.
h. Lillie Woodring b 1872 m 14 Dec 1893 J. H. Brown.

Daniel Woodring b 1763 Lincoln Co, NC m2 Elizabeth Hogsed. She may have m1 a Mr. Brown or she may have been nee Brown m1 Mr. Hogsed b abt 1794 NC in Haywood Co, NC.

Their children were:

6. Mary Ann "Polly" Woodring b 14 Nov 1830 d 13 Dec 1916 m Logan Nicholson

7. David Woodring b 1834 m Mary ______.

** Noah is not mentioned as a brother of Daniel and Jacob Woodring who were sons of Daniel b 1764 who left a will and Susannah Sipe.


Jacob Woodring son of Daniel Woodring and Susannah Sipes, b abt 1790 Lincoln co, NC d 1825-1829 Haywood co, NC, killed by Indians m abt 1816 Lincoln Co, NC Susannah______ b 1800-1810.

Their children:

1. Charles Woodring b 4 Jul 1817 Lincoln co, NC d 3 Jun 1901 Noble, Cleveland Co, NC m May 1842 Macon? Co, NC Sarah Ann Morgan dau of David Morgan and Nancy Wedenman b 23 Mar 1824 Newberry Dist, SC d 1 Mar 1904 Texhola, Beckham Co, OK. both are buried Fairview-Maguire Cemetery at Noble, Oklahoma.
a. David Charles Woodring
b. Jacob Mandever Woodring
c. John Anderson Woodring
d. Joseph Absolom Woodring
e. Charles Luther Woodring
f. Carbo B. Woodring
g. Samantha Roxanne Woodring
h. Raffael Paty Woodring
i. William Witcher Woodring
j. Albert Sidney Woodring
k. Phillip Marion Woodring
l. Ruben B. Woodring
m. James B. Woodring

2. Sarah Woodring b 14 Feb 1817 Lincoln Co, NC d 16 oct 1870 Jackson Co, NC m 14 Oct 1837 Macon Co, NC Andrew Hooper b 14 Apr 1841 NC d 9 Jul 1858 Jackson Co, NC. She never remarried. Their children:
a. Margaret Hooper
b. Alfred Monroe Hooper
c. Rhoda Hooper
d. Charles Lambert Hooper
e. Jemimma Susan Hooper b 1855
f. Laura Ellen Hooper
g. John A. Hooper
h. William Madison Hooper

3. Absalom Woodring b 1822 Lincoln Co, NC m 15 Jul 1847 Macon Co, NC Mary "Polly" Hooper.
a. Manerva Woodring b 1848 d bef 1850.
b. M. Catherine Woodring b 1850 Macon Co, NC m 24 Oct 1872 Jackson Co, NC Robert Hall of     Savanah Twp Jackson Co, NC.
c. Jacob M. Woodring b 1852-1854 m 7 Jan 1872 Jackson Co, NC m Amanda Hooper abt 1854. J. C.     also bought and sold much land in Jackson Co NC.Jacob M. Woodring had a first cousin with his     name who was the son of Charles Woodring.
d. M. Rufus "Rufe" Woodring b 1856 Jackson Co, NC m 17 Mar 1877 Jackson Co, NC Mollie A.     Middleton b abt 1857 . He applied for a license 6 Feb 1899 for a marriage license with Maggie     Middleton but a notation of the records has that the marriage was not executed.
e. Sara S. (or A.) Woodring b 20 Jul 1858 Jackson Co, NC d 18 Feb 1924 Jackson Co, NC m 18 Aug     1881 Jackson Co, NC Robert Chastain b 1858.
f. Salena E. Woodring b 1859 m _ _. A son b 1879.
g. T. Avery Woodring b 1862 Jackson Co, NC m1 Rachel Shook 27 Jan 1885 m2 Mary M. Wilson 12     apr 1899. (Avery a twin of M. Alice Woodring).
h. M. Alice Woodring b 1862 Jackson Co, NC m 22 Sep 1881 Jackson Co, NC William R. Bryson b     1866.
i. Belle Woodring b 1864 Jackson Co, Nc m 21 Jan 1890 Jackson Co, river Twp, E. M. Hooper age 33. j. John B. Woodring b 1867 Jackson Co, NC. Charles Woodring moved to Oklahoma after the land run.

While living in Jackson Co, NC (earlier it was Macon Co, and before that Haywood Co), John B. Woodring bought and sold much land, being a marketer of lands, or a gold speculator. The Woodring's had gold mines in Jackson County. Most of his children had moved to Texas except for his oldest son David. David and his father were the last to arrive in Oklahoma. David shipped his gold to Oklahoma by rail car and it was lost for two weeks. After he found his gold again, he built a mill and blacksmith shop. He was also a carpenter and flue builder and a dealer for moonshine.Charles Woodring's sister, Sarah was well to do before her husband died. And Charles brother, Absolom bought and sold as much land as Charles Woodring. Noah Woodring of Towns Co, NC may have been the son of John Woodring (a brother of Jacob Woodring and Daniel Woodring of Wautagua Co, NC.


JOHN WOODRING, son of Daniel Woodring and Susannah Sipes, b abt 1788 Lincoln Co, NC moved to Watauga Co, NC on Meat Camp. He was and his sons were prosperous farmers.

His children were:

1. Daniel Woodring
2. Joseph Woodring
3. Alfred Woodring
4. Laawson Woodring
5. Rufus Woodring
6.NOAH Woodring
7. Marcus Woodring lived on Riddle's Fork in 1915, All siblings were deceased.
8. Kate Woodring m Ephriam Miller. She d in childbirth.


by Mildred Seburn Dotterer

David Jackson Casada was a Petit Juror and a Grand Juror in Murray Co, Ga 1837 and 1839. In 1836 he enlisted in Capt. bishop's Co. Highland Batt'n GA Mtd. Vol Mil. on July 4, 1836 at Spring Place, GA and was mustered out on Oct 1 1836 at Camp Scott, Ga for Indian Disturbances and Removal. According to family tradition, Jackson, as he went by, went into the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia, just NW of Jacksonville, Florida to get the Indians out 'because he knew them' and he was the head scout for the "Trail of Tears". He said it was the saddest thing he ever saw.

Jackson married Didama Douglass on February 27, 1837 in Murray County, Georgia. Rev. Hiram Douglass, her brother performed the wedding ceremony. The Indians in Georgia were removed in 1837-1838 and Didama's brothers all signed the petition to the governor of Georgia to allow them to form a militia to protect themselves from the remaining Indians. Jackson's name was not on the petition. The governor allowed the militia but none were paid until ten years later. Ira Alexander Douglas, Didama's older brother signed the petition but moved in 1839 to Dade County, Missouri. Jackson and Didama remained in Georgia. According to the family's tradition Jackson set his slaves free, long before before the Civil War, and was chased all over Georgia' because of it. He was living in Gwinnett County, Ga in 1841 when his son John C. Casada was born. Finally in 1847 he left Georgia going first to Oklahoma for a year or so, then on to Dade Co, MO to where Didama's brother Ira lived.

Another Douglas had moved to Dade County about the same time as Ira, Dr. James Douglass. His middle initial is either an L or an S. Dr. Douglas lived in Rock Prairie Twp and had slaves. Dr. Douglass was married to Martha White. Just after the arrival of Jackson and Didama in Dade Co., Dr. Douglass slave Pete, killed three of his own children then went into the main house and began to beat Martha Douglass. The elderly Dr. Douglass got his pistol but Pete wrested it from him and beat Martha on the head with the gun so severly that she died. Dr. Douglas would also have died if others had not intervened. Pete was one of the only two hangings in Dade County. Two months later, in 1848, Dr. Douglass married Nancy C. Hensley, a much younger widow whose husband James Hensley had died in 1847 at Bolivar, Polk Co, MO leaving her with four small children. Dr. Douglass had filed for bounty land on land that later became "the Old Harshbarger Place". By 1850 he had moved to Greene Co, MO and again filed for another 80 acres of Bounty Land. The Bounty Land was for his war service in the War of 1812. Dr. Douglass had enlisted in Lincoln Co, TN and was dismissed in Dickson Co, TN. He was there for the next census with a female child in the household. Dr. Douglass moved to Mt. Vernon, MO living on a farm 2 1/2 miles away when he died in 1859. His estate was settled in 1866.

Ira and Didama lived with their families near Everton. Ira's children attended Hampton School and it is presumed he is buried on his homeplace. Didama and Jackson are buried in the Buchanan Cemetery Cemetery in the middle of a cow pasture 4 1/2 miles north of Everton, Mo. Most of their descendants moved away from Dade County to Idaho, Colorado, California, and other counties in Missouri. John Calvin Casada had 18 children from two marriages. He and his last wife moved to Boise, Idaho but he moved back to Missouri where his first family were living. He is buried in the Buchanan Cemetery. John and his father David Jackson Casada were Civil War soldiers fighting for the Union cause. Both have Civil War grave markers.

Jackson may have been half Indian, as his grand-daughter was 1/16 Cherokee Indian as told to her by her grandmother Mary Angeline Casada Davis. According to the Cantrell Historian, Warren G. Cantrell, Jackson and Didama were an "Indian family". We know it doesn't come through the Cantrell's or Davis' who were so intermarried. It leaves only the Douglass' or Casada's.

The McMinn Casada descendant's believe John Casada of Buncombe Co, NC may have been the father of Jackson. David Jackson Casada was born 24 May 1815 NC and died 21 Aug 1897 Dade co, MO. Didama Douglas born 14 Dec 1816 prob Spartanburg Co, SC d 25 Jun 1894 Dade Co, MO.. James M. Casada of Gilmer County, GA was born in NC and may have been a brother of Jackson. The McMinn Casada's are descended of Abraham Casada. There also were early Casada's with the same spelling in eastern NC in the records.

Ira and Didama Douglass were of Spartanburg County, SC and their Jesse and Sarah Ann Douglass were born there.

Some notes on the Cherokee Indians
(that can be applied to Murray, other GA counties, and other states)
by Mildred Seburn Dotterer

The area of Elkins, Ark and on down to Ozark, Ark was an invisible dividing line between the Creeks who lived East of the line and the Cherokee who lived West-so says Bo Roop, the Fayetteville Library Indian researcher. So people living in that area could be Cherokee or Creek. Most of the old settlers of NW Ark were the early Cherokee Indians into Arkansas who settled first around Independence County, Ark and later moved here. When the time of theTrail of Tears came the Arkansas Indians as well as the Missouri Indians were ordered to Oklahoma. They could not own land and many went into the hills and their descendants live there yet. You won't find them on the Dawes rolls (final rolls) of the Oklahoma Cherokee because they never went to Oklahoma and further-they are not recognized as Cherokee even if they were full blood Indian when they came here (blood degree is on the 1835 rolls) and neither are their descendants. There is a Northern Cherokee Tribe, home based in Clinton, MO who represent these Cherokees. They have an elected chief and are seeking recognition by the Federal Government as Cherokees even if they weren't on the Dawes Rolls which are the official rolls of the Indians in Oklahoma. If you order the 1835 Eastern Cherokee Census Roll on microfilm it will probably be barely readable. And there is an index of the Rolls. But there is another publication of "Those Who Cried" and that one lists those on those Census Rolls of 1835 covering Ala, NC, TN, GA who went to Ark except for a very few and adds other known info. When you get back into the hills of Arkansas, like Madison County, Newton County and other remote areas the people living there are descendants of these early settlers. Much research has been done in Arkansas locating and in many cases annotaing the enumeration of the old cemeteries so those looking for where their people went and unable to find them in Oklahoma need to look in Arkansas. After the hardwood timber was all cut out in NW Ark many people went to Kansas City, MO, Oklahoma City, OK, Tulsa, OK, the state of Washington, and to California to find work. The Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville, Arkansas has inter-library loan and has probably the largest collection of books of especially Arkansas of any library in Arkansas. They have a good collection of early Land Patents in Arkansas, Cemetery and Marriage records. They also have the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 Census for the entire United States. They have old newspapers on microfilm and the Grace Keith Obituary File, and family history file that is very extensive. They do not do look ups but they have researchers that do as a profession and are well informed. Mary Saxon is the head of the Genealogy Library. This library is in the process of tripling it's size. Madison County, Arkansas has a very good genealogical society, The Madison County Genealogical Society. As most of the county is made up of old settlers that inter-married, it is a valuable resource. It too, has an extensive obituary file and many family histories on file, and their volunteers will know who people can contact for further information.

Memoirs of Georgia, Vol. II,
Atlanta, Ga., page 606
Published by The Southern Historical Association in 1895
transcribed and contributed by Carla Miles

Van L. Watts, a rising member of the Murray county bar, residing at Spring Place, was born at Fairmount, in Gordon county, Ga., in 1871. In 1881 he moved to Cherokee county with his parents, where he grew to manhood. He was educated in the schools of Cherokee county. He early resolved to prepare himself for the practice of law, and engaged in the study of that science in Cherokee county, where on Sept. 28, 1892, he was regularly admitted to the bar in the superior court of Pickens county, at Jasper. In May, 1893, he settled at Spring Place, where he has since practiced his profession, and is winning a reputation as commendable as it is merited for skill and dexterity in the trial of cases, and for prudence and diligence in the management of the legal business. In June, 1894, Mr. Watts married Miss Minnie Daly, of Spring Place, daughter of Simon Daly, and they have one son, Roy F., born May 14, 1895. The father of Mr. Watts was Sylvester R. Watts, born in Gordon county, this state, who married Miss Celia E. Stanton, daughter of Hon. J.W. Stanton, of Gordon county. The issue of this marriage was seven children: Henry L., of Cherokee county; Emma L., engaged in teaching at Ducktown, Tenn.; John Q., a student at Young Harris college, Union county, Ga; Stanton P., of Fairmont, Ga.; Martin F., of Cherokee county; Sylvester R., Jr., also of that county, and Van L. He enlisted in the Sixth Georgia cavalry the last year of the war, when but seventeen years old, and defended the cause of the south. He died in Cherokee county in 1883. The paternal grandfather of Van L. Watts was Pleasant Watts, a native of South Carolina, who died in Gordon county in 1856.

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