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Asa Douglas, Sr.

Birthplace: Plainfield, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Stephentown, Rensselaer County, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Stephentown Baptist Cemetery, Stephentown, Rensselaer Co., NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Douglas, III and Sarah Proctor Douglas, Salem Witch Trials
Husband of Rebecca Douglas
Father of Sarah Stewart; Maj. Asa Douglas, Jr.; Rebecca Douglas; Capt. William Douglas, Esq.; Lucy Douglas and 7 others
Brother of Hannah Williams; William Douglas, IV; Samuel Douglas; Abiah Holland; John Douglas and 7 others

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About Asa Douglas, Sr.

DAR A 033626, Patriotic Service, Deputy to the Provencial Congress, Albany, New York.

"Following the last French War, Asa Douglass, great grandson of Wiliam and great grandfather of Stephen A. Douglas, moved north and west in 1766 to the cheaper lands along the Massachusetts-New York boundry. clearing some thirty acres of land, he built a large farmhouse near what later became Stephentown. In 1766 he removed with his family to what was at the time called Jericho Hollow, Massachusetts, but which was subsequently included in Stephentown, New York. His son, Captain William had preceded him the year before. The nearest neighbor was four miles away, and they were obliged to go fourteen miles to the sawmill. Mrs. Douglas, who was very lonely, lived there six months before she saw a white woman.

The garret of the house, which was still standing in 1977 was used during the Revolutionary War as a jail, there being at that early day none in the country. Some of Asa's neighbors were held here, which caused hard feelings long after the war was over. No Tories were tolerated in the town even though they had formerly been friends.

It is not known whether religious considerations provided an additional impetus for the move, but with their removal to the north, the Douglas' seem to have lost their previous orthodox religious associations. Eleven years later, sixty-one year old Asa Douglas struck his blow for freedom when he led a company of thirty men at the Battle of Bennington.

Asa participated in the war, and led a company of thirty "Silver Grays" at the Battle of Bennington, on the 16th of August, 1777, when the force of British and Indians sent to seize the stores collected at that place were defeated by the Americans under Col. John Stark. Disguised as an old farmer looking for his lost cows, Douglas acted as a spy at the siege of Ticonderoga. He left his horse outside the lines and proceeded boldly into the enemy lines. When he mounted his horse to go home, someone called, "The old farmer is a spy!" Then, as the shooting began, Asa said to his horse, "Old Ti, Ride for your life and if you get me home safely, you will never be saddled again." It is said that he kept his word and "Old Ti" lived happily in the pasture for the rest of his life.

Asa continued to reside in Stephentown until the time of his death, which occurred November 12, 1792. His widow survived him some fourteen years and died June 12, 1809.

Note*** DAR records report he led an independent company called the "Silver Grays" at the battle of Bennington, August 16, 1777 which is contrary to the date of death shown below.


alt death record: Death: 12 NOV 1792 in Old Canaan, Litchfield Co., Connecticut


Asa moved from Plainfield to Old Canaan about 1746, and rem ained there some 20 years. In 1776 he removed with his fami ly to what was at that time Jericho Hollow, MA, but was sub sequently included in Stephentown, NY. His son William prec eeded him the year before. When Asa came, he brought with h im a company of men who cleared 30 acres of land and buil t a large farm house. The nearest neighbor was 4 miles away , and they were obliged to go 14 miles to the nearest sawmi ll. The garret of the house was used during the Revelotiona ry War as a jail, there being at that time none in the coun ty. Asa participated in the war and led a company of 30 "S ilver Greys" at the Battle of Bennington, 16 Aug 1777, whe n a force of British and Indians, sent to seize the store s collected at that place, were defeated by the Americans u nder Col. John Stark. Asa continued to reside in Stephento wn till the time of his death. His widow survived him som e 14 years.


Grave Inscription:

"In memory of Asa Douglass who was one of the first settlers in Stephentown in the year 1766 and died November 12th 1792 in the 77th year of his age and was rembered in this place------" (spelled as it appears on stone)

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Asa Douglas, Sr.'s Timeline

December 11, 1715
Plainfield, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
Age 21
Plainfield, Windham Co., CT
February 26, 1738
Age 22
Plainfield, New London County, Connecticut Colony
December 24, 1739
Age 24
Plainfield, New London County, Connecticut Colony
January 3, 1742
Age 26
Plainfield, Windham Co., CT, USA
August 22, 1743
Age 27
Plainfield, New London County, Connecticut Colony
January 12, 1747
Age 31
Canaan, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony
September 7, 1748
Age 32
Canaan, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony
April 10, 1750
Age 34
Canaan, Litchfield Co., CT, USA
February 14, 1752
Age 36
Canaan, Litchfield Co., CT, USA