William Byron Douglass

August 1871–September 1950 (Age 79)
Etna, Fillmore, Minnesota, United States

The Life of William Byron

When William Byron Douglass was born in August 1871, in Etna, Fillmore, Minnesota, United States, his father, Thomas A. Douglass, was 30 and his mother, Sarah Lovisa Waters, was 30. He married Lizzie Havens on 20 March 1892, in Day, South Dakota, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Orland, Glenn, California, United States in 1920 and Squaw Valley, Fresno, California, United States in 1930. He died in September 1950, at the age of 79, and was buried in Mount Shasta, Siskiyou, California, United States.

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William Byron Douglass
Lizzie Havens
Marriage: 20 March 1892
Thomas Rodney Douglass
Margaret Joy Douglass
William Arthur Douglass

Spouse and Children

20 March 1892
Day, South Dakota, United States


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World Events (8)

1872 · The First National Park

Age 1

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1872 · The Modoc War

Age 1

Hostilities between Modoc Indians and white settlers resulted in the Modoc War during 1872-1873. A Modoc band of nearly 200 people, led by Captain Jack Kintpuash, was fleeing a forced relocation to a reservation occupied by their enemies, the Klamaths. The band had returned to their former land on Lost River, which now had white settlers occupying the area. The conflict erupted on November 29, 1872, when 40 troops were sent to move the Modocs back to the reservation. An argument erupted and shots were fired. Several were killed and the Modocs fled to “The Stronghold,” a large, cavernous lava bed. The holdout went on for months with several clashes. On April 11, 1873, General Edward Richard Sprigg Canby and Reverend Eleazar Thomas were killed by the Modocs during a negotiation. The Modocs lacked resources and supplies and eventually surrendered on July 4. In total, 2 Modocs and 71 enlisted military men lost their lives.
1893 · The Minnesota State Flag

Age 22

The Flag of Minnesota was adopted on August 2 and consists of scenes from the seal of Minnesota. The flag has been modified over the years to be easier to manufacture.

Name Meaning

Scottish: variant spelling of Douglas .

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

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Sources (3)

  • William Douglas, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William Douglass, "South Dakota State Census, 1905"
  • William B Douglass, "United States Census, 1920"

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