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Descendants of John McDougal

Prepared on February 7, 2015 by Jeff Lewis Bott



My name is Jeff Lewis Bott. I have been researching my family lineage as a hobby since about 1985. My mother, Mattie Coulter Bott and my brother Jerry F. Bott, both now deceased, and many other relatives too numerous to list have inspired me to research and share the information with the many McDougal descendants. The McDougal database contains only a small subset of my total database that contains over 40,000 blood relatives.

Currently I have the following websites operational:

Jeff Lewis Bott Relatives

Descendants of Silas Baker (b. abt. 1804 NC - d. 1861 TX)

Descendants of Gebhard Bott (b. abt. 1620 Worsdorf, Germany - d. Germany)

Descendants of Alexander Coulter, Sr. (b. abt. 1740 - d. TN)

Harwell Descendants in America

Descendants of William P. Johnson (b. 1830 SC - d. 1888 GA)

Descendants of Abner Kirk (b. 1831 SC - d. 1912 TX)

Descendants of Jesse Lane (b. 1733 NC - d. 1806 MO)

Descendants of John McDougal (b. 1785 NC - d. 1822 AL)

Descendants of James McMurry (b. 1774 NC - d. 1858 AL)

Descendants of Joseph McReynolds (b. 1715 County Tyrone, Northern Ireland - d. 1805 Sequatchie Valley, Bledsoe County, Tennessee)

Sand Flat Cemetery Burial Listing

Sand Flat Cemetery, Smith Co., TX - Genealogy Project


I have recently added photocopies of Death Certificates for many people listed on this website. Most of the death dates that I have found range from about 1910 through 1976. This will be an ongoing process and new photocopies will be added as I find them. To view the death certificate, navigate to the person's home card that you have an interest; then, click on the little photo icon.

Some valuable genealogy information is contained on a death certificate such as: full name, age, birth date, place of birth, death date, place of death, father's full name, mother's first name and maiden name, occupation, cause of death, funeral home, cemetery, etc.

Of course, the information is only as complete and accurate as the person knows that makes the statements. I have found both errors and omissions on death certificates. However, this will be true for most genealogy data. You must weigh the accuracy of the death certificate against other data that you have for the deceased person.

Privacy Policy
My objective in genealogy research is to identify all ancestors and descendants in a particular family tree and to collect, organize and computerize the data on them. The basic data includes the individual's name, the date and location of birth, marriage, and death. I try to find and copy the original source records when possible. Other records and documents include such items as obituaries, newspaper articles, photographs and family stories. This data is used to generate an HTML format for website publication. Once a family website is published on the Internet, other genealogist and family members are able to locate the information using web search engines and contribute to the family research.

As a genealogist, therefore, I have collected information and data from many sources over the past 25 years. I understand and respect the privacy issues that people have for this information and have a reasonable and responsible privacy policy in place for this Genealogy website.

In years past, we did not need to worry about our personal data, but that was a simpler and safer society when I was a young boy growing up in the Piney Woods of East Texas. Today, we must be extremely cautious to prevent misuse of our personal information. Identity theft and credit fraud are rampant.

There is concern that information shared with relatives and the general public on genealogy websites makes it easier for unscrupulous individuals to commit criminal theft and fraudulent acts. However, the personal information that the identity thieves and credit fraud perpetrators want are full names, social security numbers, dates and places of birth, current occupation, employment data, bank and credit card account numbers along with the PIN numbers.

A few facts, such as your full name and your mother’s maiden name, are not enough information to access bank accounts. Never use maiden names or social security number as answers for security questions, Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) or passwords.


The practice used on this website is: All individuals under the age of 100, with no known death date by me, are treated as confidential persons and therefore, dates and places for these individuals will not intentionally be displayed on my genealogy websites. However, if they are listed in a published United States Federal Census their name may still appear on this website.


Public domain information includes names, dates, and places. Privacy law does not apply to public domain information. Please note that one does not have privacy rights for name, birth, marriage, and death information, contrary to popular thought and reason. If you have a serious problem with your name being on a public forum such as this, please read the OPT OUT PROVISION below.

Genealogists that post data on their websites have various opinions regarding privacy issues. Some common techniques to implement privacy on genealogy websites are as follows:

1. Total restriction of any type of data whatsoever for living individuals.

2. Restriction of data on living individuals except to designate them as Living or Confidential.

3. Restriction of data for living individuals to their names, sex and photographs.

4. Restriction of data for all individuals under the age of 100, with no known death date by me, are treated as confidential persons and therefore, dates and places for these individuals will not intentionally be displayed on my genealogy websites. However, if they are listed in a published United States Federal Census their name may still appear on this website. Note: This is my 100-YEAR RULE.

5. Restriction of any data on living individuals born after the latest United States Census has been made public record.

6. No restrictions of any type on living or deceased individuals.


Data of living individuals gathered by me from all sources, including but not limited to, personal information, email, street addresses, phone numbers, etc. is not provided to others. However, most of this information is public domain and is easily accessible to others using Internet search engines, paid genealogy subscription services and genealogy libraries.

The following statement is a stark reality; if someone wants to gather private information on you badly enough, there are numerous pay sites on the Internet that will disclose all of your personal information for a price! This information could easily have your full name, names of your family members, occupation, employer, social security number, pending and past lawsuits, bankruptcies, marriages, divorces, home address and it’s value, etc. etc. The point made here is that criminals are much more likely to obtain information they need to commit fraud on you from this type of source as opposed to a genealogy website that contains only your full name and relationship in a family tree!

Therefore, if you would like to contribute to this family tree, any family information that you send to me implies permission to use that information online without limitation except that it is for genealogical purposes. All information sent to me will be used on this family website using restrictions from the 100-YEAR RULE.


Please understand that the dates and events concerning individuals that are posted on this site are public information. Information for living individuals under the age of 100, such as birth dates, marriage dates or a divorce date remains private. No social security numbers for any living person are ever included.

Since we live in a free and open society in the United States of America, I have the right of freedom of speech and freedom of the press from the First Amendment to the United States Constitution that allows me to publish public information concerning individuals from my family tree with no obligation to remove anything!

That said, if there are extenuating circumstances why an individual or a group of individuals should be removed, I would be happy to examine the reasons to do so.

If you would like for me to consider removing your name from this website, please contact me with your reasons at If I decide to do so, it may take up to 30 days for the deletion process to occur.


I have used my best effort to minimize factual errors for the information contained herein. However, I have found from experience that in genealogy research, absolute perfection cannot be achieved!

Please use this website as a useful guide and not something that is absolute in fact. Be very aware that even the information chiseled in stone on a cemetery marker may not be correct. For example, did the person tell the stone carver the correct dates? Did the stone carver misread the information given to him?

Also, some of the information on this website was provided by others without documented sources and there is the possibility of errors in their data.

Therefore, please use your own sources to verify and check the data that is of interest to you. If errors of any kind are found, please contact me and I will gladly correct them.

McDougal Family Cemetery
To visualize a private cemetery that has gone to neglect without proper maintenance, just view a McDougal Cemetery Photo. Here are more McDougal Cemetery Photos. The cemetery is in deplorable condition and it is on the State of Texas property. The State of Texas will not maintain it and you cannot get to the property now without a guard escort.

This cemetery is located near the intersection of Hwy 271 North and Hwy 155 North in Tyler. An early East Texas Pioneer, Joseph McDougal and his wife Amira McMurry McDougal, my GGG grandparents, once owned this property. They, along with a number of their children and other family members, are buried on these grounds that later became Camp Fannin during World War II. Later the property was transferred from the U.S. Government to the State of Texas to build the East Texas Tuberculosis Hospital. It is now The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler.

Have you ever been denied access to the McDougal Cemetery or any other cemetery in the State of Texas?

Check this out!

Complete rules located at URL:

The Texas Historical Commission needs your help with a very important issue concerning access to historic cemeteries.

Under the existing Texas Health and Safety Code 711.041, access to cemeteries is granted to:

(a) Any person who wishes to visit a cemetery or private burial grounds for which no public ingress or egress is available shall have the right to reasonable ingress and egress for the purpose of visiting the cemetery or private burial grounds. This right of access extends only to visitation during reasonable hours and only for the purposes usually associated with cemetery visits; and

(b) The owner or owners of the land surrounding the cemetery or private burial grounds may designate the routes of reasonable ingress and egress.

The Texas Funeral Service Commission has been given the authority to write rules under this section of the Health and Safety Code. We are asking if you know of any cases where access has been denied (locked gate, oral or written denied access by surrounding landowner, no response from surrounding landowner on route to the cemetery, law enforcement declines to get involved).

Please provide a written description of the situation and send one copy to the Texas Historical Commission and one to the Texas Funeral Service Commission, O.C. Robbins, Executive Director, P. O. Box 12217, Austin, Texas 78711.

Smith County Texas Connection




Joseph McDougal was born in the state of North Carolina in 1809. His parents, John and Barshaba McDougal moved to Lauderdale County, Alabama, in 1818, Joseph being about nine years of age.

Joseph McDougal was married to Miss Amira McMurray, an accomplished and good woman of a prominent Alabama family. He removed to Texas in 1847, and settled in Kaufman county, and in February, 1848, moved to Smith county and settled about eight miles northeast of Tyler and built a log house that grew along in the fifties to be a large farm mansion of ante-bellum days. It was a hospitable house and entertained many people in the old Southern style.

Joseph McDougal assisted in organizing one of the first Methodist churches organized in Smith county, with the assistance of Rev. S. E. Box, a prominent missionary of that day and time. The church house was a log structure with puncheon seats and dirt floor, and built where the present Center church now stands. It was built without a nail in the building, and many eloquent and good preachers ministered to the people from the rude and rustic pulpit. Joseph McDougal was licensed to exhort, and he took care of the welfare of this little flock of pioneers.

The membership of this church, as far as data to hand, consisted at organization, of the following members: Joseph McDougal and wife, Amira; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lott, the grandparents of Jno. A. Lott, the present county clerk of Smith county; also his mother, Mrs. Elisha E. Lott and "Uncle Jim", a faithful salve who died some ten years ago. There may have been others who were charter members of this primitive church, but I failed to get their names.

Joseph McDougal was the kind of Christian that worked to save the souls of men and women; hence, he proclaimed the good tidings up and down this sparsely settled country to the edification of the people. Full of religion, it was a pleasing duty for him to preach to the people.

A reunion was held at Center church a few years ago and only two were present who remembered the old church house, that reached back in the midst of fifty long years - numbered with the past generation who sleeps under the clouds in some quiet graveyard. Time is the leveler, and the sure process moves with the certainty that reaches the end of human life in this world of hardships, pleasures, hopes, joys, and sadness.

Joseph and Amira McDougal had six children, who lived to be grown -- John W., Rebecca, Jas. R., Alex A., Henry F., and Joseph M.

John W. married Miss Mary Starr, a daughter of Rev. W. H. Starr, a noted and eloquent preacher in the early years of the fifties. They had no children. He was killed by the falling of a horse he was riding, to the deep sorrow of relatives and friends. He was a noble specimen of manhood, and a devoted Christian gentleman. His widow resides in Dallas, waiting for the final summons to join her husband in the great beyond.

Rebecca McDougal married Jas. S. L. Baker, who resides in this county. They had five boys and three girls. Two of the girls are dead.

James R. resides at the old homestead and is farming. He has been married twice and has two children, one residing in Dallas, the other, Miss Verna, resides with her father. She is a sweet, lovable young lady. Jas. R. McDougal is surrounded by pleasant and inviting conditions, the grand old homestead as the charm-word that brings up pleasant memories of the good old times.

A. A. McDougal lives in this city. He married Miss Annie McClure, one of the daughters of Col. Samuel McClure, an old citizen of Smith county, a successful planter and prominent man. She was a sweet, charming woman and died only a few months ago. They raised two children -- Mrs. Henry Cook and Gibbs McDougal, who married a few months ago. They both reside in Tyler, together with their father.

Henry McDougal married the charming Miss Bettie Thompson, a bright woman of lovely Christian character. Henry was killed by the saws of his gin in 1873. It was a sad death and a great loss to the country and people who knew him. They had two children -- Henry Archie McDougal and Blanche, who died in infancy. H. A. McDougal is the business manager of that excellent paper, The Tyler Courier.

Joseph Monroe McDougal has been married twice. He has two children -- Ralph and Lee. Ralph married Miss Maude Templeton, of Jacksonville, Texas, and resides there. Miss Lee McDougal resides with her parents in this city. She is a bright young lady, possessing lovely and attractive traits.

The McDougal boys, John W., Jas R., A. A., Henry F. and Jas Monroe, were in the Confederate army doing their duty along the front lines with the gallant men who so bravely fought for the South. Each has a clear record in the thrilling scenes enacted in the civil war, and a good record as honorable, upright citizens. All are intelligent and shifty people. The McDougal family possess that Scotch force of character that forces itself to the front with an earnest, honest determination to do what they conceive to be right between man and man.

The grand old sire who sleeps in the quiet graveyard, in life, gave his children a good, lovely Christian example, and with the grand and sweet old mother, who sleeps by the side of her husband, lends its enchantment for good as long as memory lasts. Joseph McDougal died in 1856, and his wife in 1864.

DR. Q. A. Shuford was the family physician of the McDougals'. He is now a resident of this city, and one of the most prominent and scientific professional men in the state. He is another old landmark that brings up pleasant memories of the genial and pleasant face of Dr. Quincy Shuford.

Mission Statment
In order to remember and honor our McDougal ancestry, this website is designed to identify both the deceased and living descendants of John McDougal and his wife Bathsheba Brazier.

Articles, stories and obituaries of each individual shall be provided along with photographs whenever possible.

I am using a comprehensive computerized genealogical program that can output in HTML language for an Internet website. The program can display a wealth of information such as:

1. Every person's full name, maiden name for females, date of birth, date of marriage, date of death and date of burial
2. Name and location of the cemetery where person is buried
3. Photograph of the individual
4. Photograph of the grave marker
5. Public records that contain federal census records, birth, death, marriage and other dates
6. Obituaries for the individual
7. Stories, articles and biographical information for the individual
8. A list of each person's parents, siblings and descendants

The best way today to communicate with large numbers of people and to share information is through an Internet website. With a website, the McDougal descendants and all who have an interest, will have access to more accurate records information can be shared more easily.

Helpful Hint: Be sure to click on the actual photo or the photo icons.


I hope that you find this website useful and informative! However, it is still under construction and I am open to any and all suggestions for improvements.

The contents herein are for an individuals' personal use and MAY NOT be used for commercial gain in any form or fashion. If you have any questions, comments, additions, corrections or constructive criticism or if you are a descendant of John McDougal and would like to exchange information please email me at:


Jeff L. Bott