McDougall, James A. 1817-1893
Posted By: Linda Ziemann, Volunteer (email)
Date: 10/31/2012 at 19:23:59
LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
July 24, 1893
ANOTHER PIONEER GONE.
McDOUGALL—In Grant township, July 20, 1893, James McDougall, aged 75 years.
The deceased was found dead in his chair.
Only a week ago Mr. McDougall was in this city and seemed as well as ever.
He was born in Scotland in 1818 (sic-born 08 Mar 1817 per a family Bible)
and in early life learned the carpenter trade, but did not follow it long.
In 1832 he came to Canada, in 1837 to Cincinnati, Ohio, and the same year
went to St. Louis, where he engaged in railroading. In 1839 he went to La
Salle county, Ill., and bought an eighty acre farm upon which he lived until
1846 at which time he moved to Iowa county, Wisconsin. In 1880 he became a
pioneer in Grant township, Plymouth county, Iowa, locating on a quarter
section of land in section two, ten mi8les from LeMars. He subsequently
owned the fine business house on Main street occupied by the German State
Bank. In 1840, he was married to Annie A. Howard, of American birth, by
whom six children were born: Alexander, Matilda, Mary, James, Sarah, and
The deceased was a highly esteemed man and has helped convert a wild prairie
into a productive agricultural section. He was a member of the LeMars Grand
Army post and a squad of their number went up and took charge of the funeral
services. Thus the ranks of the old veterans and pioneers of the country
are being reduced.
Family Note: James Alexander McDougall's parents were Alexander McDougall and Margaret Graham, who were married 21 Mar 1812, in Kildalton, Argyll, Scotland.
Plymouth Obituaries maintained by Linda Ziemann.
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