|Birth: ||Mar. 17, 1835|
|Death: ||Jul. 2, 1902|
John Alexander McDougal was born in Alabama, according to most censuses in which he's recorded, the second child & eldest son of Sarah Gaddy & Richard McDougal.
He enlisted 2 December 1861 as a Private in Company F, 24th Mississippi Volunteers, and was "wounded early in action (Dec. 28, 1862-Jan. 4, 1863) while in Walthall's Brigade during the operations near the pike before Murfreesboro, Tennessee." He also "received wounds at Murfreesboro, and was discharged Feb. 1864 [on account of his wounds] by order of Gen. Johnson" (from Company Muster Rolls).
He was married 1 April 1864 in Itawamba County to Nancy Adeline Mattox. Together they had eight children, six of whom lived to adulthood:
Cornelius Stephen, married Martha Abigail Moore
Sara Ann, married James Franklin Turner
David R., married Alice P. Hankins
Martha R., married James Franklin Williams
Margaret Ordella, married John Wesley Williams
Sophronia C., died at age 16
John H., married Emma Comer
James Alexander, died before 2nd birthday
J. A. McDougal was a farmer, a Methodist Minister, and when called upon, a public servant. From 1866-1870 he was the Itawamba County Tax Assessor; in 1876 he was the "election holder" for New Salem Precinct; and from 1893-1897 and again from 1901 until his death, he was the elected (on the Populist Party ticket) Clerk of the Itawamba County Chancery Court. Records indicate that one of his pastorates (1884-1886) was at Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church.
In Memory of Rev. J. A. McDougal
"Rev. J. A. McDougal, who was serving his second term as Chancery Clerk of this county, died last night from heart failure. He had not been well for several months, and has endured much misery since the cloud of death began to hover, slowly but surely, about him.
"He was born March 11, 1835 in one of the early settled eastern States; moved to Itawamba County, Mississippi with his parents in 1836; where the whole of his life, with the exception of about one year, was spent. Like many other good men he served during the great struggle of the civil war in the southern army, the mark of which is buried in the grave with him-a wounded hand. He joined the Methodist Church in 1850, at the age of 15 years, and it may be well said that he lived a consecrated life until his soul was wafted to the land beyond the sky.
"He married April 1st, 1864 to Miss Nancy A. Mattox, who is still living. To them were born eight children, six of whom are living.
"He has been a remarkably devoted man, which gained for and held many warm and lasting friends, and dispersed all fear of death from his mind. Even in the untold pain that he suffered, when he realized that life, with all its sweetness to him must soon be closed, he stated that there was not a shadow of a doubt between him and immortal glory. His deeds have been such as to convince his most intimate friends that this consoling statement is true.
"No better hearted man ever lived than he. Kind in his acts, pleasing in his conversation, powerful in the pulpit and true to his God. His manner of life should be always remembered and practiced, and a consolation to bereaved relatives and friends. Too generous to accumulate wealth, too honest to cheat anyone, to kind to be hated in this life and too good for anything but heaven in the next.
"'A man he was to all the country dear,
And passing rich with forty pounds a year.'
"His remains will be interred in the Hardin Church cemetery this evening near 4 o'clock. Sympathy to the bereaved and peace to deceased."
--Unidentified newspaper clipping found in a trunk that had belonged to James Franklin Turner, his son-in-law.
Nancy Adeline Mattox McDougal (1840 - 1930)*
Cornelius Stephen McDougal (1871 - 1943)*
Harden's Chapel Cemetery
Maintained by: Paul Hays
Originally Created by: Judy Coln/Barbara Wallac...
Record added: Jul 15, 2010
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