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Russel Douglas

Male 1767 - 1849  (82 years)


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  • Name Russel Douglas 
    Born 18 Mar 1767  , New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1838  Liverpool, Queens Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He's a sailmaker.
    Died 17 Aug 1849  Liverpool, Queens Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Old Burial Ground, Liverpool, Queens Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7551  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2020 

    Family Mary Godfrey,   b. 1 Mar 1769, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1816, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Married 3 Feb 1793  Liverpool, Queens Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Eunice Douglas,   b. 28 Dec 1802, Liverpool, Queens Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1841, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
    Last Modified 16 May 2013 
    Family ID F2507  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Mar 1767 - , New London, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Feb 1793 - Liverpool, Queens Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1838 - Liverpool, Queens Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Aug 1849 - Liverpool, Queens Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Old Burial Ground, Liverpool, Queens Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • RUSSELL DOUGLAS, bom in New London, Conn., March 18, 1707. He was apprenticed to a sailmaker in his native place, and was there employed when New London was burned by the British in 1781. His employer's business was interrupted, and Russell was released from his apprenticeship. After the close of the Revolutionary war he went to Boston, and there formed an engagement with a merchant from Liverpool, N. S., to return to Liverpool with him and make the sails for a vessel then on the stocks. After filling his engagement, seeing the place offered a good opportunity for establishing himself, he opened a sail-loft. His business proved remunerative, and he remained in it many years.

      During the war of 1812-15, Mr. Douglas was, on account of his avowed sympathies with the Americans, the object of much ill will from his neighbors, who were nearly all loyalists. He never failed to bid off' the American flags which were brought into port among other prize goods and sold at auction. In this way a large number accumulated in the garret over the sailloft. Upon one occasion, a workman, searching in the garret for a signal to inform some sailors at the docks that their sails were finished, hung out the largest of these flags. It was seen by some royalists at work upon a vessel across the river, who hurriedly collected a small company and, with the British flag flying, put across to capture the obnoxious standard. They were armed with calking-irons, broad-axes and such wreapons as they had hastily seized. As they landed the privateersmen came up for their sails. Both parties had been drinking too freely, and, mistaking each other's intentions, engaged in a skirmish. The ship-carpenters were quickly driven to their boats and obliged to put back without accomplishing their purpose.

      In the latter part of 1813 a British ship of 44 guns put into Liverpool, and landed about 300 American prisoners. They were crowded into the jail and courthouse; but no provision had been made in the little port for victualing all these men. Mr. Douglas immediately applied to the authorities for permission to open his sail-loft for cooking and washing for the prisoners. It was reluctantly given, and they were allowed to go there, two at a time, under guard, to bathe and wash clothes. The prisoners'were detained in Liverpool for over a week, and then sent to England. For this act of humanity and patriotism Mr. Douglas received no compensation.
      Intemperance was prevalent in Liverpool, and Mr. Douglas used his influence to suppress it. The first temperance meetings were held at his house, and he was instrumental in forming a strong public sentiment against the evil. A temperance society was organized, and by the cooperation of some of the most influential citizens, the practice was in great measure broken up. lie was active in the cause until the time of his death. He died Aug. 17, 1849, at the age of 82.
      Mr. Douglas married, Feb. 3, 1793, Mary, daughter of Josiah and Eunice Godfrey, of Liverpool. She was a native of Boston, Mass., born March I, 17(!9. She died Jan. 4, 1816. Children, born in Liverpool: ?
      148. i. Mary Ann6, b. Oct. 21, 1793; m. 1st, William Harwood, 2d, William Dunn.
      149. ii. Elizabeth6, b. Feb. 22, 1795; m. John Wiswell. iii. Thomas6, b. May 16, 1797; d. Feb. 10, 1799.
      150. iv. Nancy6, b. Jan.* 11, 1798; m. Silas West.
      151. v. Russell*, b. Feb. 6, 1801; m. 1st, Temperance F. Ellis, 2d, Elizabeth Ball.
      152. vi. Eunice6, b. Dee. 28, 1802; m. William E. Bryden.
      153. vii. Nathan6, b. .Sept. 9, 1804; m. Cynthia Pavziint.
      154. viii. Susannah6, b. April 20, 1807; m.'Thomas P. Hammet t.
      ix. Fanny Miller*, b. July 0, 1809; d. Aug. 2, 1855.
      x. Martha*, b. Aug. 20, 1811; d. Sept. 10, 1811.

        -- source:  A Collection of Family Records: With Biographical Sketches, and Other Memoranda of Various Families and Individuals Bearing the Name Douglas, Or Allied to Families of that Name
      Charles Henry James Douglas; E.L. Freeman & Company, 1879 - 563 pages --