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Dancyville Historical Marker Honors War of 1812 Soldier and Statesman
Saturday, September 9, at 2 p.m., the Haywood County Historical
Society unveiled it's seventh historical marker in Haywood County, honoring, Burchett
Douglass, who served in the War of 1812. Friends gathered at Dancyville United Methodist
Church for the dedication ceremony led by Ned Rooks, president of the society. The opening
prayer was lead by Rev. Walter Meadows, pastor of the church, followed by a beautiful a
cappella rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Jan Yates.
Lynn Shaw, president of the Tennessee Society, War of 1812, gave interesting information on towns and counties named for heroes of the war: Ripley, Lauderdale County and Brownsville, which is named for Gen. Jacob Jennings Brown. His marker was placed at City Hall by the Historical Society and the Tennessee Society, War of 1812. Both groups joined Douglas descendants in erecting the Burchett Douglass marker.
Mrs. James G. Roberts of Sharon, president of the U.S. Daughters, War of 1812, Tennessee, shared the platform giving the purposes of her organization and introducing two of her officers, Julia Mesternacher of Memphis and Bettie Gustafson of Rosemark.
Burchett Douglass was born October 6, 1793, in Sumner County, Tennessee, and married Martha McGee in 1819. They had seven children. He established the bank of Fayette County and was president until his death in 1849. He was elected to the Tennessee House and Senate, serving as speaker of the house for two sessions. He also was a presidential elector in 1840 on the Whig ticket. Mr. Douglass, his wife and children are buried in the Dancyville church cemetery, where the marker was unveiled.
The ladies of the Dancyville United Methodist Church hosted a reception following the ceremony.
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DEDICATION OF THE BURCHETT DOUGLASS HISTORICAL MARKER
DANCYVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
2:00 p.m., SEPTEMBER 9, 2000
HAYWOOD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - FOUNDED 1978
(1793 - 1849)
VETERAN of The WAR of 1812
Welcome ...................................... Ned Rooks,
Haywood County Historical Society
Prayer ........................................ Rev. Walter
Dancyville United Methodist Church
"The Star-Spangled Banner" ........... Mrs. James Yates
Introductions & Remarks ...........................
President, Tennessee Society, War of 1812
Mrs. James G. Roberts ..................................
U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812, Tennessee
Unveiling of the Marker ....... Mrs. Roberts, Mr. Shaw
Benediction ............................... Rev. Walter Meadows
~ Reception ~
Dancyville United Methodist Church
Ladies of the Church
The Historical Society is grateful to the Ladies of Dancyville
United Methodist Church for their assistance with the reception.
We express a special thanks to Joey Moore for his
with our historical markers.
(Editors note: Joey Moore is descended from early pioneers
of Dancyville, he is fourth generation and one of the three
generations of Moores still living in the community.)
Go here for Photos of the Dedication
Editors note: Burchett Douglass's daughter, Martha, married Dr.
William F. McFarland, who practiced medicine and operated a large farm in the Dancyville
community. One of their sons, Louis Burchett McFarland, served in Company A, 9th Tennessee
Infantry, AKA the Dancyville Grays, through out the Civil War. He then attended law school
and was an attorney and judge in Memphis and Shelby County until his retirement in 1910.
See Louis Burchett McFarland's Confederate Veterans Questionnaire.
THE PRECEDING PROGRAM WAS COPIED VERBATIM FROM THE PRINTED PROGRAM OF THE HAYWOOD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - FOUNDED 1978
Material Copies and photographs provided by MARY KAY DANCY SMITH.
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Posted September 16, 2000
Updated September 21, 2000
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