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1. From an email from Earl Devenney October 2002


They had the following children:

Mary Jane Douglass, bn. 14 Mar. 1836 in Canada , d. 29 Feb. 1892 in Emerson, Mills, IA.

Henry Douglass, bn. 1844  d. 1921 in Emerson, Mills, IA              no info on wife.

               Henry had George bn 1884; Thomas Franklin, bn 1887; Ora E., bn. 1889 and

               Harvey Arthur, bn. 1893.  no other info on these


Mary Jane Douglass, bn. 14 Mar 1836 mar. William Lloyd Borden and

               they had Sarah Jane Borden, bn 14 Mar 1836 , D. 1927 in Douglass, Buttler , KS .


Sarah Borden mar. Andrew A. Douglass bn abt 1849 son of William C. Douglass Jr.

               they were mar. 1857 in Stirling, Hastings Co., Ont. , Canada .       

they had William Douglass; Albert Douglass; and Franklin Douglass.



(Andrew A. Douglass would have been my mother's third cousin.)



2. From William H. Douglass’s notebook


Notes from his death:


Died at his son's residence near Emerson, Mills Co., Iowa .

Formerly of Stirling , Ontario and late of Elmwood , Illinois .



3. From an email from Mary Jo (Lane) Hawkinson, November 2002


My mother was Helen Antoinette Douglas (dau of John Lester Douglas
(1884-1956 from a line in Fawn Twp, York Co., PA and Bessie Katherine
Goodwin 1893-1956).

John Lester Douglas was the son of Andrew Nathaniel Douglas (1850-1887)
and Sarah Jane Borden (1857-1927). They were married in
09 May 1877 in
Emerson, Mills Co.,
Iowa . This is where my two lines met.

Andrew Nathaniel Douglas was born in Fawn Twp., York Co., PA to William C.


Douglass (1814-1893) and Sarah [unknown], also b. in 1814
He may be the son of William Douglass and Jane(t) Wallace. This is not the
Canadian line, tho' I have recently wondered if some Tories moved north in
the aftermath of the Revolutionary War who were related to this
US Douglas

Sarah Jane Borden (two paragraphs above) was the daughter of William Lloyd
Borden (whom I believe went by Lloyd), b. in
Canada , and Mary Jane
Douglass (1836-1892). She was born in
Stirling , Hastings , Ontario , Canada
and was buried in
Emerson , IA aged 55 yrs. 11 mo. & 15 days, next to
son-in-law, Andrew Nathaniel Douglas.

Mary Jane Douglass was one of seven children of Thomas Douglass
(1805-1874) and Mary Ann Seeley (1810-1893). My records show that she died
in Emerson, Wayne Co.,  NE aged 83 years & 3 mo.

The other children were Henry (1844,
Sterling , Hastings , Ontario , Canada
 -1921, Emerson, Mills Co., IA), father of 11 children; Thomas Douglass
(abt. 1839-abt 1915); Sarrah Ann  Douglass; Elizabeth  Douglass; George
Albert Douglass(d. aft. 
28 Oct 1915 ); Julia Ann Douglass who married
someone named Evans.

I know nothing about Mary Jane's or Thomas' parents, but I do have some
info from a "Directory of the
Province of Ontario , 1857, w/ a Gazeter".

But now another (my sone-in-law) wants to use the phone line so I really
have to go! Please contact me soon with your tie-in!

Mary Jo (Lane) Hawkinson
Manhattan , KS
2418 Marion Ave.
Manhattan , KS 66502


3. From an email from Mary Jo (Lane) Hawkinson, November 2002


To: <our-folk@renderplus.com>, <kproke@shaw.ca>

Subject: DOUGLASS, SEELEY genealogy


My Douglas(s)/ Seeley Connections


(Most info comes from my grandmother, mother, distant

cousin's research, recollections; no sources quoted. I do

have photos of stones in the Emerson, Mills County ,

Iowa cemetery. Also, a wedding photo of Andrew

Nathaniel Douglas & Mary  Jane 'Jennie' Douglas and

several others--of Jennie with her granddaughter, my

mother, Helen Antoinette Douglas, with her sons, etc.

They are in JPEG format and I will gladly share them.):


My Douglas Family:


Me (Mary Jo Lane m. Dale Hawkinson)


My Mother-Helen Antoinette Douglas  (now deceased)

m1 Aaron Joseph Lane (deceased in mid-1950's)

        5 children; 22 grandchildren

m2 Douglas Eugene Clarke (now deceased)

no children; his only marriage


My Grandfather-John Lester Douglas (1884-1956)

        [Acc to 1850 Fawn Twp., York Co., PA Federal

          Census, his father was b. in PA]

        m1 Edna Anna Goodwin (1888-1913)

                2 daughters; no grandchildren

        m2 Bessie Katherine Goodwin (1893-1956)

                2 sons

2 daughters (including my mother)

13 grandchildren


My 1GGrandmother-- Mary Jane Douglass (1857-1927)

        m1 Andrew Nathaniel Douglas (1850-1857)

                3 sons (including my grandfather)

        m2  James W. Woods (1850-1917)

                5 children [he had 4 from his 1st marriage]


Newspaper clipping in my possession-no date or publication



                'Mrs. Jennie Woods


        'Sarah Jane Borden was born in Belleville, Ontario,

Canada , May 19, 1857 and died at  her home, four miles

northwest of Douglass [Kansas ], July 13, 1927, being at

that time, 70 years, 1 month, and 24 days of age.

        'When a child five years of age, her parents moved

to Peoria, Illinois, where she grew to womanhood. She

then moved to Emerson, Iowa, where she was married to

Andrew Douglas in 1877. She and her husband moved to

Emerson, Nebraska, where he died December 8, 1887.

        'On October 2, 1889 she was married to James W.

Woods. They lived in Emerson, Nebraska several years,

then moved [in 1905, according to journal entry by John

Lester Douglas] to Belleville , [Republic County ] Kansas ,

where they made their home until they came to Douglass

[Butler County, Kansas] in 1909. After about a year spent

here in town they moved out to the farm where the

remainder of her life was spent.

        'Her husband, James Woods, died January 20, 1917.

        'Sister Woods was the mother of eight children, three

by the first marriage and five by the last. Her first child,

Albert Douglas, died in 1919. Those living are: Frank A.

Douglas, Superior, Nebr.; John L. Douglas, Belleville, Kans.;

Archie Woods, Amerillo, Texas; Mrs. Mary Hartenbower,

Mrs. Eva Wakefield and Bryan Woods of Douglass, Kansas

and Mrs. Gladys Preston of Wichita . Besides the children

mentioned in this sketch she leaves to mourn her departure,

four step-children--Mrs. Maud Isascs, P. J. and Ernest

Woods and Mrs. Lucy Guthrie, all of Douglas, Kansas.

She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Ida Young, of Almena,

Kansas .

        'Sister Woods was a church member all her life.

She was first a member of the Episcopalian church, then

the Presbyterian church and for about 25 years, the

Methodist Episcopal church.'


My 2G Grandmother-- Mary Jane Douglass (1836-1892)

        m1 William Lloyd Borden (supposedly, went out

     one day on law enforcement & never returned;

     may have gone by Lloyd).

        2 sons, 3 (or 4?) daughters


'1885 Emerson, Mills Co., IA State Census, page 190,

dwelling 33, family 33:


Douglas, Mary A.        73 / f / widow / Canada / F - F

[perhaps a misreading of the middle initial or another

individual altogether? There did seem to be 2 or 3 distinct

Douglas(s) families in the Emerson, IA area]


Douglas, Sarah, 51 / f / married / MI / F - F'


My 3G Grandfather--Thomas Douglas (1805-1874)

        m   01 Nov 1829 Mary Ann Seeley (1810-1893)

        [on tombstone: 02 Jun 1893, aged 83 years & 3 mo.]


                1       Mary Jane Douglass      b: 14 Mar 1836 in Canada

                        d: 29 Feb 1892; buried in Emerson, IA

                        aged 55 yrs. 11 mo. & 15 days,

                        next to son-in-law, Andrew Nathaniel Douglas

                        m. William Lloyd Borden


                     Henry Douglass  b: 1844 in Sterling , Hastings ,

                        Ontario, Canada; d: 1921 in Emerson, Iowa

                        m. (in Warren Co., IL ) Mary Jane Chisolm,

                            b: 1850 in Steinburg, Ontario, Canada


from: http://www.rootsweb.com/~iamills/Peoplemisc/DelayedBirths/delbirthsDE.htm

DOUGLAS, George William, M, 6th, 11 Dec 1884, Emerson

Henry DOUGLAS, 40, Sterling, Ontario - Mary Jane CHRISHOLM, 34, Steinburg,Ohtario (25 Sep 1942)



                        d: 1933

                     Thomas Albert Douglass  ca 1839 - aft 1915

                        m. Phoebe  _____________        b: Abt. 1847

                4       Sarrah Ann Douglass             b: Abt. 1832

                5    Elizabeth Douglass 1834 -  b: Abt. 1834

                6    George Albert Douglass     d: Aft. 28 Oct 1915

            7    Julia Ann Douglass

                m1 an  Evans

                        m2 an Ennis


In  "Directory of the Province of Ontario, 1857, w/ a Gazeter"

p. 57 lists David Borden & Lloyd Borden, Stirling, Hastings ,

[Ont., CAN] .


A Charles Seeley from Stirling, Hastings is listed

as saddler & harnessmaker. A Martin Seeley from Stirling,

Hastings is listed with "sawmill" (both p. 702; perhaps should

read p. 72. As I recall, this was a slim paperback volume I found

in our local genealogical society's library several years ago. It

may have been on a 'to sell' shelf. It's been too long ago for me

to remember exact details clearly, tho' I am only 47 years old.)


A Thomas Douglass is the town clerk at this time. (p. 164)


I find it very interesting that Belleville , ONT and Belleville ,

Kansas and Douglass, Kansas as well as Emerson, Iowa and

Emerson, Nebraska are all involved in my ancestors' lives.


As another interesting side note: my father's LANE

ancestorscame from Liege , BEL via the Netherlands in

1663. One brother's children kept LANE as a surname,

but the otherbrother's descendants adopted several

surnames: Tice, Tyson,Pieters, Peterson and VAN PELT.

They settled first on what is now Long Island and, by 1701,

in Hunterdon Co., NJ where they married Jannetje

Van Sicklen [my 6G Grandmother]and Lydia Van

Sickle [my 4G Grandmother].


Mary Jo (Lane) Hawkinson




4.. 1870 Census Elmwood, Peoria Co., Ill


Th Douglass                        63           Farmer                  Ireland

Mary Ann Douglass            55           wife                       NY

Sarah Douglass                   30           at home                 Canada

George Douglass                18           at home                 Canada

John Douglass                    8                                           Canada

Jenny Tracy                         20           at home                 Conneticut

Mancher Tracy                    1                                           Ill

Ann Quinn                           30           Domestic             Ireland



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