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McDougall, James T.

Born: 1820-XX-XX New York

Died: 1863-XX-XX Illinois

Flourished: Joliet, Illinois

A freemason, James T. McDougall served as one of the first officers and a charter member of Powhan Lodge in 1847. In 1848, at the dissolution of his partnership in the mercantile firm Cagwin & McDougall, he became the sole proprietor of a store in Joliet, Illinois, where customers could "buy Goods cheap." McDougall married Abbie A. McGinnis in 1849, in Cook County. In May 1849, McDougall was appointed postmaster of the U.S. Post Office in Joliet, a position he held until March 1852. In 1860, McDougall was employed as a banker and owned $3,000 in real estate and $1,000 in personal estate value.

U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Joliet, Will County, IL, 442; Joliet Signal (IL), 3 October 1848, 3:3; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Cook County, 28 May 1849, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Illinois, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, 16 July 1863, Will County (Lehi, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, 2015); Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971, NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls, Records of the Post Office Department, RG 28, 1845-1855, Volume 18:204, National Archives Building, Washington, DC; The History of Will County, Illinois (Chicago: Wm. Le Baron, Jr., 1878), 363, 410.