Guernsey County Ohio GenWeb Project
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Portrait and Biographical Record of
Guernsey County, Ohio

Chicago: C.O. Owen & Co., 1895

Scanned, transcribed, proofed, formatted, and indexed by Scott R. C. Anderson

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came a student in the Ohio Wesleyan University, at Delaware, and subsequently attended the Ohio State and Union Law College, from which he was graduated in June, 1864. Soon after receiving his diploma, he began the practice of his profession at Mt. Gilead, this state, and remained there until 1873, the year of his advent into this county. Mr. Douthitt first located at Uhrichsville, but shortly after we find him a resident of New Philadelphia.

The first partner of our subject, when starting out in his profession, was T.D. Healea, this connection lasting about two years. He then became associated with Hon. J.A.D. Richards, and since the dissolution of their partnership has continued alone. He is an able advocate, a sound jurist, and has been very successful at the bar. Although his practice is largely a general one, he is strongest in chancery cases.

Judge Douthitt was elected to the Bench in 1891, and entered upon the duties of his office the following year. His district embraces Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas Counties. He is a very stanch advocate of Republican principles, and by that party was elected to the position of Mayor of Mt. Gilead in 1868. He has also served very acceptably on the School Board, and in many other ways has been prominent in promoting the best interests of his community. He is an influential member of the Odd Fellows' fraternity, belonging to Lodge No. 107 at New Philadelphia, and also holds membership with Andrew Crawford Post No. 6, G.A.R.

During the late Civil War, Judge Douthitt enlisted his services in behalf of the Union, and was mustered into service in 1862, as a member of Company I, Eighty-seventh Ohio Infantry. With his command he went to Baltimore, Md., whence they were ordered to Harper's Ferry. While engaged in a battle at that place, General Miles surrendered, and many of the Union soldiers were captured, among them our subject. This was September 15 of the above year, and after being held a prisoner of war for a short time he was paroled, and returned home.

When ready to establish a home of his own, Judge Douthitt was united in marriage, July 24, 186l, with Miss Albina, daughter of Hiram and

Phebe (Stearns) Stevens, of Blooming Grove, this State. The latter were natives of Pennsylvania, whence they came to Ohio in a very early day, and were thus classed among the pioneers. The three children born to our subject and his estimable wife were Edwin S., an attorney in this city; John F. and Mildred. In religious affairs Mrs. Douthitt is an active member of the Methodist Church.

As a Judge, our subject is popular, both with the members of his profession and the people. In the trial of cases which come before him he is careful and painstaking, thoroughly analyzing all the points at issue. He is very expeditious in all his transactions, and has the reputation of discharging more business than any other Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in the state.


JAMES STOCKDALE. The gentleman whose name heads this biography is the genial and popular "mine host" of the United States Hotel at Antrim. It is one of the largest and most comfortably furnished hostelries in the county, and is well patronized by the traveling public.

In tracing the genealogy of the Stockdale family, we find it originated in Ireland, where John Stockdale, the grandfather, was born in the year 1750. He married Jane Seed, who bore him four children: Robert, John, James and Moses. On the death of his companion, that gentleman chose for his second wife Annie Stockdale, who became the mother of two sons, Hugh and William, both of whom are deceased, as are also the sons of the first marriage.

The grandfather of our subject crossed the Atlantic with his family, and after a long and tedious overland journey located in Madison Township, Guernsey County, where he purchased a piece of land and began its cultivation, thereafter devoting his attention to farm pursuits until his

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