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Joseph W. Douglass
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Birth: Feb. 16, 1843
Wayne County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 13, 1871
Butler County
Kansas, USA

Son of Stephen Patrick William Douglass and Ursula Adelaide Shaff
Aged 28 years 7 months

Douglass, Butler Co., Kansas takes it's name from Joseph W. Douglass, by whom it was laid out on December 17, 1869

J. W. DOUGLASS, deceased, brother of the above, came to Kansas in July, 1868, locating on what is now the town site of Douglass in Butler County; from his name the town derived its name. He selected the location and the choice was a good one, as it is one of the most desirable in the State. Mr. Douglass was closely identified with the development of that locality and was one of the most public spirited men in the county. His death occurred in 1872. He was a native of Wayne County, N. Y., and entered the Army at the same time his brother did and in the same company and regiment. He was taken prisoner and spent a year in Andersonville and Salisbury; when released he weighed but sixty-seven pounds. Mr. Douglass was the pioneer merchant and first Postmaster of Douglass.
Source- William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas

Joseph W. Douglass, the founder of the city, and after whom the city and township were named, was shot and mortally wounded on the townsite in 1873. He had taken a lively interest in the suppressing of thieving in the community, and on the night of his murder had arrested, without a warrant, a camper he suspected of stealing chickens. The man had chickens in his possession and did not give a plausible account of where or how he obtained them. Douglass marched his prisoner to several places where he had said he purchased the fowls, but the parties denied having sold them to him. The prisoner, evidently fearing the fate of others, shot his captor with a small pistol he had in his possession. Douglass was armed with a larger revolver, but had failed to disarm his prisoner. The man ran and Douglass fired at him several times, but failed to hit him. Douglass lived a day or two after being wounded and requested that no injury be inflicted upon the murderer. He was captured, tried and sent to the penitentiary for ten years.

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  Josephine Lucy Palmer Stafford (1853 - 1921)*
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Douglass Cemetery
Butler County
Kansas, USA
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Record added: Jul 01, 2006
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Joseph W. Douglass
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