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Bird L. Douglas/Douglass Born March 1889 in Iowa
Posted by: Annette Moreau (ID *****6166) Date: October 26, 2012 at 01:29:57
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I am searching for information on a Bird L. Douglas.

This much I do know:

His parents were:
George H. Douglas Jr.
Birth 01 Dec 1858 in Mitchell Co Iowa
Death 13 Feb 1911


Josephine "Josie" Wilsey
Birth 1856 in Saline, Ralls, Missouri, United States
Death 1908 in Iowa

He had 3 other siblings:

Winnie May Douglas (11 June 1884 in Lewis, Cass, Iowa)

Howard Walter Douglas(17 Oct 1886 in Iowa and Died on 2 Nov 1958 in Los Angeles, California)

Louis Edward Douglas (14 Aug 1896 in Iowa and died 8 Feb 1985 in Los Angeles, California)


I found that in 1900 he and his brother Louis Edward, were sent to live with his Uncle, William Douglass and his wife Hannah M. Bassett in Kansas.

At some point between 1900 and 1919 the uncle and the two nephews moved to Idaho. I know that their Uncle, his wife and Louis Edward can be found on the 1920s census, but there is no mention of Bird.

Idaho is where my grandfather (Louis Edwards son's was born).


First I am trying to figure the two boys were sent to live with the uncle, while both their parents were still alive in Iowa.

Secondly, I am trying to understand if BIRD was a nickname that his uncle used on the 1900 Census or if that was his real name? I cannot find anything like a birth record or a christening record (Which exists for the other 3 children including my g-grandfather Louis).

Third, It seems that he just vanishes off the records. Both before and after the 1900 census there is no record of him. I figure if he was drafted for WWI, there would be a record. If he died there would be a record.

Also as a note there is an alternate spelling of the Douglas name on several census's with some spelling it with one 'S' and others with two 'S' on the end. I know that my grandfather always spelled it with the singular 'S' but when he was younger it was with Two. I have searched both of these spellings for Bird L. but with nothing showing up.
Can someone help me with this mystery?

Anything to clue me in on where to look would even be helpful.

Thanks in advance.

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