James Douglas

James Douglas

Male 1823 - 1891  (67 years)

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  • Name James Douglas 
    Born 7 May 1823  Franklin, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Apr 1891 
    Age 67 years 
    Person ID I41477  Tree2020
    Last Modified 3 May 2021 

    Father Amos Douglas 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Miriam Wright 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F15514  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors Mary Jane Burt
              b. 25 Aug 1826, Newburg, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 27 Sep 1920, Pulaski, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married: 1x1. Ellen Douglas
              b. 1862, Rutland, Jefferson County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Married: 1x2. George William Douglas
              b. 1 Jan 1856, Rutland, Jefferson County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 Aug 1924, Pulaski, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 May 2021 
    Family ID F15513  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Newspaper Obituary - Thursday, April 16, 1891 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Died, very suddenly, of heart failure, at Oberlin, Ohio, April 11, 1891, Rev. James Douglas, D. D., L.L.D., aged 68 years. On Wednesday last, the startling intelligence came by telegraph to the family of Rev. Dr. Douglas that he was seriously ill, and summoning them to his bedside. Mrs. Douglas and G. W. Douglas, his son, took the first train and were with the beloved husband and father to the end, which came as above announced, on Saturday last, at 11:30 a.m. The deceased was one of our most prominent, highly respected and leading citizens. His sudden and unexpected demise has come like a thunderbolt from a clear sky and has greatly saddened our entire community. James Douglas was born that Franklin, New York, May 7, 1823. He was the youngest son of Judge Amos and Miriam Wright Douglas. His college entrance course was taken at the Delaware Literary Institute, at Franklin, in this state. In 1845 he graduated from Hamilton college with the highest honors of his class, taking his Master's degree, A. M., in course. His school studies were completed at Auburn Theological Seminary in the year 1849, and he fairly won the reputation of being the finest scholarly institution ever sent out. Soon after this and the same year, he was elected Professor of the Latin and Greek languages in Genesee College. This position he resigned in 1853 and accepted a call from the first Congregational church in Rutland, Jefferson County, New York, and that same year, on September 14th, was married to Mary Jane Burt, of Ithaca, New York, who with two children, George William Douglas and Mrs. Ellen D. Huntington, all of this village, survive him. In 1864, the deceased accepted a call from the Frst Congregational church of Pulaski, and though afterwards called to this Stone Street church, of Watertown, and also to the church at Camden, he continued to act as pastor of the Pulaski church until the close of 1882, when increasing age and ill health compelled him to resign. Mr. Douglas's pastorate of eighteen years here was the most successful one, and his many kind offices both as pastor and as family counselor and friend have greatly endeared him to all our people and he will be missed as perhaps no other resident of this village could be. It was during his long pastorate in Pulaski and largely through his efforts that the present elegant and substantial church was built and paid for. Since his retirement from active pastoral work, he has continued to reside in Pulaski. During this time his services have been in active demand, not only at the bedsides of the sick and that the burial of the dead, but also at the social gatherings and at the family wedding feasts as officiating clergyman. He has always generously responded to these calls and many a time has he officiated at funerals and that cemetery services when his health was seriously jeopardized thereby. We believe that his life has been shortened by his self-forgetful and kindly offices thus frequently rendered. During the latter period of his life, Dr. Douglas has been engaged in religious and philosophical studies, and numerous articles on these and kindred subjects from his pen have appeared in Bibliotheca Sierra and the Methodist Review. During the last three years he has delivered before the students of Oberlin Theological Seminary, of Oberlin, Ohio, courses of lectures on "Comparative Religion" and "The Relation of Science and Religion." It was while at Oberlin delivering a course of lectures on "Comparative Religion" that he was attacked by bronchial pneumonia and died, after a brief illness, in the presence of his wife and son and twin brother, Dr. George Douglas, of Oxford. Two sisters also survive him, Mrs. Harriet Clark, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Juliet Buckley, of Unadilla, New York. The remains, accompanied by the sorrowing friends, arrived in Pulaski on Tuesday morning, and the funeral services were held in the Congregational church at two o'clock, p.m., conducted by President Ballantine, D. D., of Oberlin College and Professor G. F. Wright, D. D. L. L. D., Of Oberlin Theological Seminary, assisted by Rev. A. N. Raven, pastor of the church. Rev. Curtis also made appropriate remarks. The large auditorium was filled with an audience deeply in sympathy with the family and immediate friends and relatives of the deceased. Loving hands had supplied a profusion of most beautiful flowers, tastefully arranged in appropriate designs. The selections by the choir were also specially appropriate to the solemn occasion. A noble Christian gentleman has gone out from us into the blessed rewards of heaven, but his example and teachings remain forever, and will bear glorious fruitage. At the funeral and as a part of the services, Hon. N. B. Smith, clerk of the Board of Trustees, read the following: At a meeting of the trustees of the Congregational church and society of Pulaski, held on Monday evening, April 13th, the following minute and resolutions in memory of the Rev. James Douglas were adopted and entered in the church records: The recent death of the new Rev. James Douglas, who has for so many years the much esteemed and faithful pastor of our church and society has awakened feelings of deep regret and sorrow, not only among his personal friends and members of his former congregations, but also among the citizens and people of all classes in this community. Mr. Douglas became pastor of this church in 1864 and for a period of 18 years discharged the duties of his pastorate with conspicuous ability and rare devotion to duty. Though his pastorate duties were laborious and exacting, Mr. Douglas took a deep interest in the public and social affairs and educational interests of our village. He was president of our village board of education for a number of years and was often called upon to deliver lectures and addresses on public occasions and before our schools and academy. In the performance of these duties he displayed unusual ability and conscientious fidelity. He never appeared in the pulpit or in the social meetings of the church except after diligent study and most careful and painstaking preparation and all his public addresses evinced great learning and research and a complete mastery of his subject. Since his retirement from active ministerial work he found much delight in this study and investigation of scientific and philosophic subjects, and was engaged just prior to his last illness in giving a course of lectures before the students of Oberlin Theological Seminary. To the older members of this church and those who were closely associated with him in building our present church edifice and in the work of his early ministry here the intelligence of his sudden death away from his home and family, has come with painful and peculiar sadness. Our beautiful house of worship was erected largely through his individual efforts, and in order to relieve the church from all indebtedness incurred in its erection, he freely donated his whole salary as pastor for one year. His great love for this church was manifested in so many ways and his deep interest in its temporal and spiritual welfare while our pastor, no works can fitly or fully portray. He devoted to our service and to the cause of morality, education and religious culture among our people, the best years of his mature manhood and of his ripe intellectual and Christian character, and when his voluntary resignation was tendered at the close of his active ministerial labors, it was accepted with feelings of deep regret and sorrow. But his life work among this people is over, and it only remains for us who remain to place on record some slight testimonial to show our regard for his high Christian character, his attainments as a scholar, thinker and writer and our grateful appreciation and remembrance of his long, faithful and successful service as our pastor and religious teacher. It is therefore Resolved, That we tender to the widow and children of the deceased the assurance of our sympathy and of our sorrow with them in the great affliction and loss which they have sustained, and that we will survive to treasure up and profit by the many lessons which his life of faithful service, his upright character, his liberal culture and Christian devotion to duty had so diligently taught us. Resolved, That copies of this minute and resolution be given to the widow and family of our departed friend and pastor, and to the editor of our village paper for publication.