William A. McDougald

b. 4 July 1838, d. 17 September 1887
  • William A. McDougald was born on 4 July 1838 in Russell County, Alabama.
  • Ann Eliza Alexander appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1850 in Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, enumerated next to Eliza's brother-in-law Alexander McDougald.. Other members of the household included William A. McDougald, Mary E. McDougald and Duncan McDougald.
  • Sarah Juliet Evelina Mitchell Cook wrote on 12 June 1864, in a letter to her son Conrad Evelyn Cook, "do you see much of Wm. McDougald? It is a pity he is so dissipated. I am sorry for his poor mother!"
  • He married Emily Caroline Fitten on 22 December 1868 in Adairsville, Bartow County, Georgia.
  • William A. McDougald and Emily Caroline Fitten appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia. Other members of the household included Annie McDougald and Duncan McDougald.
  • He was a farmer, according to the 1870 census.
  • William A. McDougald died on 17 September 1887 at age 49 in Russell County, Alabama.
  • He was interred at Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia.
  • The following appeared on 24 September 1887 in the Columbus Enquirer-Sun: The Russell Register of this week contains the following beautiful tributes to the memory of two men who were well known and beloved in Columbus: Mr. Henry Burrus . . . . Colonel W. A. M'Dougald. Since our last issue our friend and fellow-citizen, W. A. McDougald, has fallen asleep. For a long time the victim of a painful and wasting disease, his recoveries were attended with so much of the man's native, geniel, mesmeric vitality that his friends began to count on long live with periodical suffering for him. He seemed too bright and warm-hearted to die. The world was loath to give him up--his presence brought such sunshine wherever he went. But it is sacrilege to talk of the world's loss when we remember the real darkness which shrouds the home always softened and blessed with a husband's and father's love. We doubt if W. A. McDougald had an enemy. He had his faults; who has not? But, now that he has gone out from among us forever, man will remember those virtues which predominated and sad will be the silence, deep the void that his death has produced among those who knew and loved him.
  • The following appeared on 26 September 1887 in the Columbus Weekly Enquirer: The funeral of Colonel William A. McDougald took place Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock from his late residence in Russell county, Ala. The remains were interred in the city cemetery, and were followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends. The funeral procession was nearly a mile long. Everyone loved and respected Colonel McDougald, and the large crowd which attended his funeral attested to the high apprepriation in which he was held by the community. The services were conducted by Rev. W. C. Hunter, rector of the Trinity Episcopal church. The following gentlemen were the pall-bearers: T. W. Trimes, John Peabody, sr., G. M. Williams, J. M. Russell, W. L. Clark and B. H. Hudson.
  • Last Edited: 31 May 2011

Family: Emily Caroline Fitten b. circa 1849