|Birth: ||May 25, 1830|
Troy (Oakland County)
|Death: ||Oct. 14, 1909|
History of Macomb County Michigan pp. 653-654
ISAAC DOUGLAS, D.D.S., was born in Troy, Oakland Co., Mich., May 25, 1830; he is the third son of Nathan Douglas, son of Rev. Caleb Douglas, of New London, Conn. Nathan Douglas came from Whitestown, N.Y., in 1824, and settled in Troy, having six months previously been united in marriage with Frances Smith, of Whitesboro; he located in the primal wilderness, cleared a space and built a log home, in which they lived four weeks before doors and windows could be procured. The time was made interesting by the screeching of owls and howling of wolves; they reared eight children to maturity; after the marriage of the youngest in 1864, the farm was sold and the parents went to reside with their second sonóWilliamóin Otisco, Ionia County, where Mr. Douglas died December 6, 1874; he and his wife celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary March 8 of the same year. Mr. and Mrs. D. were two of the constituent members of the Troy Baptist Church, having been dismissed from the Pontiac Church for that purpose. Mrs. D. died at Pewamo, Ionia Co., Mich., January 18, 1882; the ancestry of Dr. Douglas is reliably traced to Deacon William Douglas, who came from Scotland in 1640, with his wife Ann Mattle Douglaschool treats, to whom he was married in 1636, at Ringstead, England; they are the ancestors of the now famous New London family, which has spread to all parts of this country; the line descends to Dr. Douglas as follows: William, Robert, Thomas, John, Caleb and Nathan; it is taken from a genealogical history of the Douglas family. Dr. D. had in early life only the advantages for education common to the sons of Michigan pioneer farmers; during his twentieth summer, he studied dentistry with his brother Caleb, who settled in Romeo at the season's close, and continued to study with him until March, 1852, and remained with him until his death, in June, 1852, and succeeded to his business; he felt that he needed a knowledge of medicine of a wider scope than was to be obtained from dental books and he began to read with Dr. Wyker, of Romeo; in 1854, his health failed and he abandoned his profession, partly to receive medical treatment, which he did a year and one-half, under the old-school treatment, without benefit; he tested homeopathic remedies and method, and in four weeks resumed the duties of his profession at Romeo in 1859, and began the practice of medicine, together with dentistry as closely as circumstances would allow; since that date, he has given instruction to a number of young men in dentistry, homeopathy and allopathy, who are practicing their professions. As a dentist, Dr. Douglas has been signally successful; from January 1, 1866, to January 1, 1872, he put in 4,394 fillings with but seventeen replacements within two years of the first operation; February 1, 1852, he made his first experiment in removing nerves and filling nerve canals in roots, with a three-rooted tooth, which was in good condition twenty-three years afterward; April 9, 1859, he exerted his skill for the first time in filling ulcerated teeth; the experiment has proved a success to this date, twenty-three years after. Dr. D. is one of the organizing members of the Michigan Dental Association, seldom failing to attend its meetings, contributing greatly to their interest by verbal or written discussions, or both; has occupied or declined every official position; he assisted in organizing the Michigan Homeopathic Institute, and was a member of its dissolution, in May, 1877; he was constituted a member of its successor, the Michigan Homeopathic Medical Society; in recognition of his experience, reputation and as a contributor to dental science, the Ohio College of Dental Surgery conferred upon him, in March, 1871, the degree of D.D.S. He connected himself with the Baptist Church at Troy, Oakland County, in 1843, and at sixteen was appointed one of the church committees; in 1853, he transferred his membership to the Baptist Church in Romeo; in 1872, his connection with that denomination was severed, in consequence of a change in his views, and he has since united with the Congregational Church; he was Deacon of the Baptist Church, seven years, and for five years was a leading member, paying from one-tenth to one-eigth of the current expenses of the society; he was Superintendent of the Mission Sabbath School, near Romeo, seven summers, and has always been a generous contributor to Christian societies of various denominations, adding materially to the advancement of the same in his locality; he is known for his professional benevolence, moderating his charges to the circumstances of his patients, and rendering gratuitous services when the case requires; he is temperate in his habits and a Republican in politics. He was married, October 2, 1852, to Elizabeth Clarke [sic], a native of England, who emigrated with her parents from Bedford in 1834; they were on the ocean twenty-one weeks and were wrecked off New York harbor, escaping only with their lives; Dr. and Mrs. D. have had three daughters and one son; two daughters and the son are now living. Transcribed from the History of Macomb County Michigan July 13, 2011, in Romeo, Michigan, by great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth Jeanne White Forristal.
Nathan Douglass (1799 - 1874)
Frances Smith Douglass (1802 - 1884)
Elizabeth Clark Douglas (1832 - 1930)
Mary Frances Douglas (1854 - 1933)*
Emma Rebecca Douglas (1856 - 1856)*
William Wilkinson Douglas (1866 - 1902)*
Elizabeth Douglas Downie (1866 - 1950)*
William R Douglas (1829 - 1887)**
Isaac Douglas (1830 - 1909)
Henry Francis Douglas (1832 - 1900)*
Anna Bethia Douglas Blackmer (1844 - 1914)*
The monument has the names of Isaac Douglas and Elizabeth Clark Douglas on the front. The right side has the names of the two older daughters, Mary Frances (a.k.a. Aunty May) [Douglas] and Emma Rebecca [Douglas]. The left side has the name of what is said by the family tree and History of Macomb County Michigan pp. 653-654 to be their only son, William Wilkinson (a.k.a. Willie) [Clark Douglas]. His twin sister Elizabeth Douglas Downie is buried in the same cemetery next to her husband, James H Downie.
I do not believe William J. Douglas to be the son of Isaac Douglas. Perhaps this is a duplicate listing to the William Wilkinson Douglas listing with a mistake in the middle initial of J.
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Originally Created by: Karen Rogers
Record added: Nov 05, 2004
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