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"The Douglas and Short Family Tree"

Updated November 16, 2003


Larry J Douglas
128 X.I.T. Ranch Rd.
Trinidad, TX 75163
United States
Fax: 903-432-4345
msddouglas@aol.com

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Dear Family,
I want to dedicate our home page to Jimmie Erle Simmons Jones,daughter of Audie May Allice Short, for without her dedication, research and the many hours she must have invested in writing the original "Short Story" our family tree revealed on the following pages would not exist. I want to thank all my loving family members who assisted me over the last several months in providing names and dates continuing the research my cousin Jimmie began. With your help all of her work, and my additions, will be continued on for generations to come. In several hundred years from now our future relatives will be able to look back in time at our wonderful family.
With the help of the World Family Tree we now have the "Short" side of the family all the way back to Thomas Short stepping off of a Scottish ship in the late 1700's. We need assistance on the Douglas (Douglass) side. If anyone viewing our home page can provide additional information about our Short or Douglas tree please feel free to contact me. Your help in anyway would be greatly appreciated.

Larry James Douglas
Msddouglas@aol.com

My Family History

 

Family Photos

  • Herschel, Don & Dwight (14 KB)
    Herschel, Don and Dwight, taken sometime in the early 1970's at Mom's house at Omaha, Texas. We lost Herschel Douglas June 13, 2001 and Dwight Suiter February 14, 2002. Herschel is up there driving God's 5th wheel and Dwight is working with God on the lightening strikes. Don's still with us trying to control his grand children.
  • Ima Hazel Short (57 KB)
    This beautiful young lady is my mother, Ima Hazel Short. This picture was taken at Vernon, Texas. I assume this to be after she met my father Jepsie James Douglas. They went to Durant Oklahoma to get married because in Texas you had to wait three days for the license. Wonder why we do not have patience in our family, it's in our blood!
  • "First Cousins" Group picture at 2002 reunion (43 KB)
    This good looking group of cousins are most of the remaining children of Thomas Bunyan Short, Dollie Elizabeth Henrietta Short and Ima Hazel Short. This picture was taken at the 2002 reunion. From Left to Right: Daniel (Tad) Orvin Higdon, Larry James Douglas, Ronnie Lee Higdon, Helen Joyce Douglas, Frances Coleen Short, Laura Louise Douglas, Robert James Higdon and Don Pat Douglas. I thank God each day for being blessed with such a loving family.
  • Our "2002 Reunion" Group Picture (382 KB)
    We had close to (Ninety) people at our "2002" reunion! God blessed us with beautiful weather, a million smiles and loads of laughter.
  • Jepsie James Douglas (43 KB)
    This handsome young man is my father Jepsie James Douglas taken in Vernon, Texas. He was a mechanic by trade and worked at Cadillac dealerships until his death in 1952 at the young age of only 44. My mother must have had her hands full worring about five kids. Thank God for my sisters!
  • Grandmother "Tina" Elizabeth Colvin Short (433 KB)
    Elizabeth, nicknamed "Tina", was the second wife of John Bunyan Short, Jr. after Henrietta passed away. He made a trip back to Alabama and married Tina, which had several children from her first marriage. They all loaded up in a wagon and made the long trip back to Texas. One of these children ended up being may grandmother, Ada Armitte Colvin. My grandfather, John Archabald Short, married one of Tina's children from her first marriage. A half sister, but no blood kinship thank goodness. Elizabeth had four more children with my grandfather before she passed away in 1926. "Tina" is buried in Pineland Cemetery, in beautiful Pineland, Texas. My grandmother Ada Armittie was supposed to be buried in San Augustine, County close to Pineland but we could never locate her grave. All records in San Augustine and Sabine county were checked but her death was never recorded.
  • "2002" Family Group Picture #2 (387 KB)
    Our family humor is revealed! Notice the Devil horns pop up and all those happy faces.
  • Jacob, Eva and Jepsie Douglas (50 KB)
    This is the only picture I have of my Grandfather Jacob Manning Douglass. On his left is my step Grandmother Louella Hall, next is Eva Douglass my fathers sister and the handsome man on the far right is my father Jepsie James Douglas. Note one (S) has been dropped on the name Douglass. My Dad did not want "ass" on the end of his name. True story! Most of our family in Tennessee still spell our name Douglass.
  • Sisters & Brothers Missing Limbs (510 KB)
    We love to climb trees and play tag. We were faster before our stand at the Alamo.
  • Jepsi, "BoBo" Short and Friends (55 KB)
    A real "Treasure" for sure. This picture has two of the most important people of my life. Far left is my father Jepsie, next is my grandfather "BoBo" John Archabald Short, next is Edward & Marvin Hines and a unknown guitar picker. Their music still lives in our blood today.
  • Grandmother "HenriettaTennessee Short"- Grave (99 KB)
    My Great Grandmother "Henrietta Tennessee Taylor Short" is buried at Corinth Cemetery, on the grounds of Corinth Baptist Church between Eastland and Cisco, Texas. She died at the young age of 41 (1859-1900) after giving birth to ten (10) children, her oldest being "Bo Bo" John Archabald Short my Grandfather. Buried next to her is her first daughter Edna Florence Short which only lived to be a little over 6 (six) years old (1889-1896). Several hundred people reading this owe a special thanks to Henrietta, for without her life you would not be here. Her two cousins , Bob and Alf Taylor ran against each other for the Governor of Tennessee.
  • Edna Florence Short's - Grave Site (145 KB)
    Edna Florence Short, my Grandfather John Archabald Short sister. She was only a little over six (6) years old when she passed away and is buried next to her mother "Henrietta Tennessee Short" in Corinth Cemetery between Eastland and Cisco, Texas. The reason for her death was not recorded, or passed down through the Short Story. Back then doctors and medicine were hard to find. It made my heart feel better seeing both of them buried next to each other. She is with her Mom forever after all!
  • Family Get Together (1949) (38 KB)
    Front row left to right: Colleen Short, Don Douglas, LaKesa Short, Joyce Short. Second row: Robert Higdon, Joe Short, Patsy Higdon, Jepsie Douglas, Helen Douglas, Jewell Higdon, Louise Douglas. Third row: back of Jewel Short's head, Doris Higdon, Zana Lou Hamilton, Myrtle Price, Dolly Higdon, Hazel Douglas holding Larry Douglas. Back row: top of Gilbie Hamilton's head, top part of Bun Short's head, Jerry Higdon's head, BoBo Short's hat and Preston Short on the end. Wow!!! A special thank you to my wonderful aunt Jewel Short for remembering the names.
  • "Corinth Cemetery" Eastland County (95 KB)
    Corinth Cemetery is located between Cisco and Eastland, Texas. It is located on the grounds of "Corinth Baptist Church" where my great grandfather John Bunyan Short Jr. and family attended. Edna Florence and Henrietta Tennessee Short are buried here with many friends and neighbors from the 1800 and early 1900's.
  • "Daddy" Jepsie James Douglas & Fiddle (101 KB)
    This is my father Jepsie (Jeff) with his beloved fiddle. He is wearing a work uniform he had to wear as a mechanic at a local Cadillac dealership in San Angelo, Texas. He loved his music and working on cars.
  • My Brothers and Sisters (23 KB)
    My wonderful brothers and sisters from left to right: Louise, Herschel, Don, Larry and Helen. We lost Herschel June 13, 2001. Mom and Dad did a good job! This picture was taken at Herschel and Bobbie's wedding at Kennedy, Texas in 1986.
  • My Grandfather Jacob "Jake" Manning Douglas (84 KB)
    This picture was taken of Jacob Manning Douglass in San Angelo, Texas in apox. 1952-1953. "Jake" was a mechanic and blacksmith just as his father was in Tennessee. Jakes father, Athens Douglas, made guns for the South in the Civil War and was captured by the North and forced to make guns for them until the war was over. Jake was ill the last 12-15 years of his life with a aneurysm and brain tumor but was still a very competent man. He was bedridden because of not being able to walk very far. Grandfather Jake died January 20, 1964 and is buried at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens in San Angelo, Texas.
  • West Burns Run Get ToGether 1998 (32 KB)
    Front row Left to Right:Bobbie Douglas, Herschel Douglas, Sheri Higdon, Dan (Tad) Higdon. Second row: Mandi Douglas, Seth Douglas, Gina Eastman, Kindred (Kindy) Daniels, Vicki Higdon, Darelyn (Darry) Daniels. Back row: Larry Douglas, Darlene Douglas, Eric Douglas, David Eastman, James Higdon, Robert Higdon & family friends. Good looking bunch!
  • Louise, Jeff (Daddy), Helen and Herschel (108 KB)
    Wow! A timeless picture of four special people that helped form our family as you see it today. The picture was taken around 1940 in Vernon, Texas. Helen said "Daddy loved to take us kids mountain climbing". Beautiful group of people in more ways than just good looks!
 

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