John Ellis Douglass

Brief Life History of John Ellis

When John Ellis Douglass was born on 9 March 1793, in Knox, Tennessee, United States, his father, Robert Buson Douglass II, was 36 and his mother, Elizabeth R Robertson, was 31. He married Nancy Dickson Bishop on 20 February 1817. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Polk, Tennessee, United States in 1850. He died on 28 May 1863, in McMinn, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in McMinn, Tennessee, United States.

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John Ellis Douglass
Nancy Dickson Bishop
Marriage: 20 February 1817
William M Douglass
William Douglas
Dorcas Douglas
Elizabeth Jane Douglass
Mary Leticia Douglass
Hugh Dickson Douglass
Sarah Rebecca Douglass
Nancy Elizabeth Douglass
Eliza Caroline Douglass
Julia Ann Dorcas Douglass
John Ellis Douglass

Sources (15)

  • John Douglas, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Douglas, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • John Douglass, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.

1796 · Tennessee Becomes a State

On June 1, 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state.


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

Name Meaning

Scottish and English (Durham and Northumbria): variant of Douglas .

History: William Douglass, a physician recognized for his identification and description of an epidemic of scarlet fever, was born c. 1691 in Gifford, Haddington County, Scotland, and settled in Boston in 1718. The abolitionist, orator, and journalist Frederick Douglass assumed the name after escaping from slavery in 1838 and traveling to Massachusetts. Son of a white father and a slave with some Indian blood, he was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey c. 1817 in Tuckahoe, MD.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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