Born in 1952, I had very little knowledge of my ancestry until I reached age 42. My father, James S. DOUGLAS was an only child, and his father was 50 years old when Dad was born. It wasn't until I embraced computers in 1994 that my genealogical research began to fall in place.
A huge break came in 1996 when a retired schoolteacher, who also happened to be my cousin, Mary Lee Barnes (nee Anderson) of Athens, Texas saw a posting of mine and recognized my great-grandfather's name. She had much of my family history compiled in a booklet that gave me plenty of leads. Sadly, Mary Lee passed Dec. 03, 2009. My thoughts & prayers are with any family members who may read this.
I have another cousin, James Postell DOUGLAS who is still regarded as a Confederate Civil War hero in Tyler, Texas. He was the 1st president of the Cotton Belt Railroad, and a Texas Senator during Reconstruction. Following is a link to the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #124 that is named in his honor. http://www.jamespdouglas.com/Home.html
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