DOUGAL, Dr. James Starrett

Male 1794 - 1878  (83 years)


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  • Name DOUGAL, James Starrett 
    Prefix Dr. 
    Born 7 Oct 1794  Cookstown, Tyrone, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    • From Bell's History of Northumberland County 1891: JAMES S. DOUGAL was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, October 4, 1794, and came to Milton with his parents, Dr. James Dougal and wife, where he received a good education. He read medicine with his father, and graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1817. Upon his father's death the following year he succeeded to his practice, and for fifty eight years he was actively engaged in the duties of his profession. He served in the war of 1812, against the oppressor of his native land. In politics he was originally a Democrat, but in later years united with the Republican party. Doctor Dougal was married July 2, 1818, to Sarah, daughter of William Pollock, and sister of the late ex-Governor James Pollock, who was born, July 16, 1799. She died April 1, 1873, and he survived her until May 23, 1878. They had a family of eight children: James, a physician, and William P., both deceased; Sarah Jane, widow of James Gilmour; Mary Louisa, wife of R. H. Duncan, of Washington, D. C.; Caroline, deceased wife of Horace A. Beak, of Chester county, Pennsylvania; Margaret P.; Charles H., of Milton, and Elizabeth E., wife of Robert Bailey, of Williamsport, Penn­sylvania. Doctor Dougal was a gentleman of enterprise and public spirit. and was for many years one of the leading citizens of his adopted home.
    Biography
    • From Freemasonry in Northumberland & Snyder counties, Pennsylvania, Volume 1, page 217: Dr.James S. Dougal, the second, was born in Coxstown, Ireland, on the 7th of October, 1794, and his sister Margaret on the 14th of June, 1796. James' early education was obtained at such schools as the little town of Milton then afforded. In August, 1809, he became a pupil of the Rev. Thomas Hood, a Presbyterian clergyman, who taught a select Latin school at his home in Buffalo Valley. While attending this school he boarded in the family of George Clingan and frequently recited his lessons to Mrs. Clingan. In after years he used to often laughingly remark that he learned as much Latin from Mrs. Clingan as he did from Mr. Hood. After leaving school he studied medicine with his father and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1817.

      Surgery was his favorite study and he displayed so much skill in the pursuit of it that he was offered the position of Assistant Demonstrator of Anatomy in the University from which he just graduated. At his father's request he declined this flattering offer, settled in Milton and began the practice of medicine with his father.

      Dr. Dougal became a successful and distinguished physician and surgeon and his fame spread far and wide. His practice was very extensive and he had the full confidence and respect of the people. Many young men studied medicine under him and they all loved to refer to the fact that they had received instruction from one so eminent in his profession.
      This great and good man died at his home in Milton, May 23, 1878, in the 84th year of his age.

      The house in which they lived for some years was a little log building standing on the same lot on which, in 1803, he built the large stone house which is truly one of the genuine and historical landmarks of Milton and which was occupied by his son, and after his death by his grandson, Dr. Charles H. Dougal, until his death, April 26, 1902, and for a time by his great-grandson, Dr. James Starret Dougal, who is at present one of the best known and most successful practitioners in this valley, making the fourth generation of this celebrated and distinguished family of surgeons to practice in Milton.
    Census (desc) 1830  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census (desc) 1850  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    working as a physician 
    Census (desc) 1860  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    working as a physician 
    Census (desc) 1870  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    working as a physician 
    _UID E2C1661CEEE2B8448D4A48D386782B859179 
    Died 23 May 1878  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I376  Milton Families
    Last Modified 7 Jun 2015 

    Father DOUGAL, Dr. James,   b. 4 Jun 1767, Londonderry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1818, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother STARRETT, M. Jane,   b. 17 Mar 1763, Ireland, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1837, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 14 Oct 1793 
    Family ID F92  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family POLLOCK, Sarah,   b. 16 Jul 1799, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1874, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 2 Jul 1818  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. DOUGAL, Dr. James,   b. 16 Mar 1821,   d. 20 Feb 1847, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
    +2. DOUGAL, Capt. William Pollock,   b. 28 Dec 1823, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1890, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     3. DOUGAL, Sarah Jane (2),   b. 1830, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +4. DOUGAL, Mary Louisa,   b. 1828, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1913, Washington, District of Columbia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     5. DOUGAL, Caroline (1),   b. 30 Dec 1831, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1859  (Age 27 years)
     6. DOUGAL, Margaret Pollock,   b. 14 Sep 1834, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1911, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +7. DOUGAL, Dr. Charles Hammond,   b. 20 Sep 1838, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1902  (Age 63 years)
     8. DOUGAL, Elizabeth E.,   b. 1844, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F121  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Oct 1794 - Cookstown, Tyrone, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Jul 1818 - Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus (desc) - 1830 - Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus (desc) - working as a physician - 1850 - Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsCensus (desc) - working as a physician - 1870 - Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 May 1878 - Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Bell's History of Northumberland County PA 1891, Page 968.

    2. [S128] Freemasonry in Northumberland & Snyder counties, Pennsylvania, Volume 1, 217.

    3. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 5.

    4. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 32.

    5. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 2.

    6. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 13.