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Douglas, C. J.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 745-746


C. J. Douglas, a retired farmer living in the village of Montezuma, was born in Montezuma township, Pike county, a son of William and Pamelia (Strawn) Douglas. The father was a native of Scotland, his birth having occurred near New Galloway. Emigrating at an early age to the United States, he made his way to the southern portion of the country, and later came to Illinois, settling near Milton. He was a carpenter by trade, and after taking up his abode in Pike county he assisted in building the courthouse and other public and private buildings of the city. He was also engaged on the construction of the buildings of the Columbia (Missouri) University. It was at that place that he married and later he settled in Montezuma township, Pike county, a half mile from the present home of his son, C. J. Douglas. Unto William and Pamelia (Strawn) Douglas were born twelve children, seven of whom are yet living.

C. J. Douglas was reared upon his father's farm and was educated in the country schools. He remained with his father until his marriage, when he removed to his present home near Milton. He continued actively in farming up to the time of his retirement from business life. He was married in 1874 to Miss Gabriella Hayden, a daughter of Elisha and Virginia (Sweringen) Hayden, and the good wife survives to share with him a well earned reward of labor. Unto them was born a son, Delbert, who died in infancy. They are both members of the Christian church; and they occupy a comfortable home and have a host of warm friends, for, having long resided in this locality, they are widely known, and their many good traits of character have gained them the esteem and good will of those with whom they have been associated.

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