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Re: decendants of Andrew Douglass of Sebago, Maine

Bruce Douglass (View posts)
Posted: 1124971349000
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Here's the information that I have on Andrew:

Andrew Stone Douglass

Birth: 21 Sep 1810 Limington ME
Death: 31 Oct 1893 Sebago ME
Father: John Douglass (1782-1872)
Mother: Mary Pugsley (1786-1864)

Spouse: Desire Irish
Birth: 20 Sep 1809
Death: 9 Nov 1890 Sebago ME
Marriage: 1 Apr 1835 Sebago / Limerick ME
Children: Orin (1836-1906)
Mary (1837-1913)
James Monroe (1839-1915)
Annette Y. (Ann) (1840-1930)
Laurette (1845-1847)
Charles Edwin (1849-1919)

Andrew and Desire lived for the first few years in an old house that was in 1890 standing on the Oliver Douglass farm. Here Orin, their eldest child was born. From there they moved to Peaked Mountain where Mr. Douglass commenced life, as many of the good old settlers did in those days. He, with axe and handspike, erected himself a house, fell the trees and planted the corn. He started at the foot of the ladder and put his shoulder to the wheel, as many say. He frequently, in order to secure the amount of money needed to carry on his work and support his little family, had to pay 12 percent interest and perhaps five or ten dollars bonus, but in spite of all such things, he pushed toward the top round of the ladder. He cleared his farm in summer and a winter’s morning found him up at the early hour of four preparing his team for the logging swamp. His log house was replaced by a cosey little wooden house. Here he reared his family of five[?] children. Orin the oldest, as before mentioned, runs an extensive butter business in Boston and is an owner in several western creameries. Orin has no children. The next, Mary, wife of Nathan Chadbourne, is a farmer of this town. They have one son, James, who is at work for his uncle James, who is the third son of Mr. And Mrs. Douglass. He is the owner of the well known Douglass Express Boston and does a good business and is a great church worker. He has a family of five children who all live with him. The next is Annette, wife of James C. Babb, a well known townsman. As well as being farmers they run quite a summer house. They have a family of three children. George, the oldest, is a member of the senior class at the State College. Will, the second, is now employed as bookkeeper and paymaster for Dearborn Bros. & Co., Builders and Contractors of Lynn. Mary Alice, the youngest is now a member of the senior class of Bridgton Academy. Charles, the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Douglass is now in Boston where he has removed on account of his health. He has four bright, smart children. Mr. and Mrs. Douglass have always lived on the old place that they cleared on the mountain, with Charles until last spring when he was obliged to remove to Boston for an experiment on his health. Since this time they have boarded with their eldest daughter Mary. Mr. and Mrs. Douglass should look back with much pleasure on the progress they have made and they should think as others think that they have performed the works of this life nobly. And as they have passed five years the golden age of their marriage they should thank the Almighty that he has spared their lives to the good old age of 80 and 81 years and see many of thier grandchildren quite started in life.
(The Bridgton News - Bridgton ME, Friday, Feb. 7, ‘90)

The Bridgton News - Bridgton ME, Nov. 10, 1893
Sebago -
Sebago has been called to mourn the death of one of it’s oldest and most respected citizens, that of Andrew Douglass, who died Tuesday, Oct. 31st. Uncle Andrew, as the most of the towns people called him, was born in Sebago in the year 1810, the oldest boy of a family of thirteen. Three of the family are now left to mourn the loss of their eldest brother. In early life he took as wife, Miss Casiah Irish who served him faithfully as helpmate until three years ago just about the present time when she died at the age of 81.
The grandfather of the deceased was of Revolutionary fame, dying in Denmark at the age of one hundred.
The first days of their life was spent in the neighborhood known as New Limington. Here Orrin, the oldest was born, also Mary.
Being engaged in the lumber business the deceased bought a lot of land on Peaked Mountain, in the northeastern part of town. Taking his ox team and dead axle wagon he with his wife and two children drove five miles into the forest in the primitive raod of the times, where they lived fifty-three years both spending their last days there.
Uncle Andrew has taken great pride in his family and done all he could do to help them on in life, and on the other hand the children have returned all the love and esteem that was possible for them to bestow. Orrin is sole partner of the firm of O. Douglass, Boston, and is one of Boston’s most lively business men, he has children, Mary, the wife of Nathan Chadbourne, of Mountain View House. They have one son James, who works in Boston.
James M. is also one of Boston’s business men, who is not noted for being slow, he is of the Express firm of Douglass & Co., has five children, all live with him in Boston.
Annette, wife of J. C. Babb, who is also one of Sebago’s farmers and Prop. of Elm Cottage. They have three children, Geo. H. who has a fine position as teacher in Honolulu, H.I., Will P., who is located in Boston and Mary A. who is a schoolteacher in town.
Chas. E. is the youngest and has lived at home with his father, he is one of the most respected men in town, and the right hand man of his father’s to the last minute of his life, Charles has a family of three boys and one girl, all of which are at the old homestead. Uncle Andrew leaves many friends as well as relatives to mourn his loss, although he was a man who enjoyed the privileges of school, he was looked up to as one of the first business men in town, and a man of the best judgement.
He was a man of whom we could say not like the most of us, he had not an enemy in the world. He was a man ever ready to do good to any one in need. In part he was a man from which we could all draw a pattern of true manhood and if we could live the life he has lived there would be no need of being anxious of our life hereafter.
Mr. Douglass has not enjoyed very good health the past few years but this fall he seemed to be given renewed strength, so that he visited his two brothers in Gorham and attended the Sebago Fair the three days it was held. He had an attack of asthma, then suffered from a carbuncle on the neck which ended his life after an illness of four weeks. A few days before his death he made the remark that his work was done; “I have lived to see my children all settled and doing well and I have tried in my feeble way to prepare to meet them, I hope, in a world where trouble and partings never come.” The funeral, on Friday, of last week, was largely attended, all the children being present.

The 1850 census lists:
Andrew Douglass 39 Farmer
Desire 40
Orin 14
Mary 12
James 11
Ann 9
Charles E. 8/12
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