James Douglas (1711 - 1788)

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Birthplace: Plainfield, Windham Co., CT
Death: Died in Cornwall, CT
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About James Douglas

James was a farmer, and brought up his large family of boys to follow the same occupation. James and his two brothers worked on the farm in the summer, but were sent to school during the winter months. Possessed of an active mind, he made such use of these opportunities as to gain a thorough common school education.

In 1738 he purchased, in the town of Cornwall, fifty acres on what was known as Cream Hill - so named from the fertility of the soil. He also purchased that year, for 400 pounds , two rights of Timothy Pierce, an original proprietor of the town. In 1739 he removed, with his family, to their new purchase. They were among the first settlers in the town. A small and hastily built house was soon completed, and James at once commenced to clear his land and prepare it for cultivation.

In 1748, ten years after he had purchased the land, he built a large two story house, and vacated the small one which had served them hitherto. But in two years, unfortunately, this house was burned to the ground. In 1750 he erected a second house upon the same spot, and this is still ( '77 ) standing and in good repair, being the oldest house in Cornwall. Mr. Douglas was one of the most active pioneers in the settlement of the town. In addition to his farming, he opened the first school in the town, and, by the assistance of his wife in the summer, continued it many years. he also spent considerable time in opening a good mine upon his farm, to a depth of some hundred and twenty feet. Specimens of the ore were sent to Boston for analysis, and small quanities of gold obtained from them, but the expense of working the mine was so great that it was finally abandoned.

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James Douglas's Timeline

May 20, 1711
Plainfield, Windham Co., CT
December 4, 1732
Age 21
Plainfield, Windham Co., CT
Age 34
Cornwall, Litchfield Co., CT
August 18, 1788
Age 77
Cornwall, CT