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  • ID: I3
  • _UID: 932F95B36B124F5C8650594AD9E0B40C24AA
  • Name: Alfred Murray DOOLEN
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 9 AUG 1825 in McCracken Co, KY
  • Death: 3 SEP 1888 in Marion Co, IL
  • Burial: West Doolen Cem, Foster Twp, Marion Co, IL
  • Note:

    Alfred was my ggg-grandfather.
    He was named for his uncle, Alfred Murray Doolen (who was called Murray).
    was the second son of Jesse & Rachael Doolen,
    and had blue eyes and fair hair.
    He came to Illinois with his parents in 1830 and they lived several years near Pinhook on Hickory Creek in Fayette County.
    By 1840 his parents had moved to Marion County, IL

    Oct. 6, 1843, Marion Co, IL he married Mary Ann PRUETT (she was not in Marion Co.)
    The marriage record in Marion Co says: Alfred Doolen and Mary Ann Prewett.

    She was born in Va., Dec. 27, 1821 and came to IL when she was young with her parents, Robert & Martha Pruett. Mary had blue eyes, dark hair, and was a Methodist.

    Alfred & Mary were in Marion Co, IL, 11th district in 1850 near several other relatives. They had 9 children and lived most of their lives in Foster township about 4 1/2 miles east of Mt. Vernon, IL

    Can't locate him there in the 1860 census, but he should be there.

    1870 census, Marion Co., IL, twp 4 R2, PO Lester, June 23 -
    p227 #130 -
    Alfred Doolin - 45 Ky farmer 5000
    Mary - 46 VA
    W C - 24 IL
    L W - 23
    Andrew - 21
    Meredith - 20
    Rhoda - 18
    Alice - 11
    Charles - 8

    p227 #121 -
    J. Lindersmith - 28 IN
    Amanda - 18 IL
    Mary L? - 1/12 IL

    Also in Marion Co in 1870 was his uncle Daniel Doolen Jr and his cousin John Wesley Doolen.

    1880 Marion Co, IL, Foster twp, HH# 38 -
    Doolen, Alfred - 54 Ky, farmer, par b Ky
    . . . . Mary A (wife) - 57 VA, par b NC/Ky
    . . . . Allice (daug) - 21 IL
    . . . . Charles (son) - 18, farmer

    Doolen Family History, by Edward Jesse Doolen -
    ?Chapter III - On the 9 day of Aug, 1825 in Macracken Co, Ky. was born a little blue-eyed fair-haired boy. His parents named him Alfred Murray. This babe was the second son of Jessee Doolen and Rachel Bone. His father was then in his 29 year, a rough, roystering, half-breed Irishman fond of ease and still fonder of whiskey. The mother was a gentle, kind and good woman, who raised her children worthily, and by great patience and firmness brought her husband, whom she loved devotedly to a sense of the error of his ways and to a most Christian way of living. The child flourished in his surroundings and other little ones came to keep him company.
    When you are old enough to read this with understanding, Alice, it will seem a long, long time since this child raised his voice in its first whimper. But is was my destiny, years after, to sit on his knees and pull his beard, for he was my grandfather.
    Think of it, when he was a boy he listened to tales told by Revolutionary soldiers and he showed me once where he saw troops pass on their way to the front in Black Hawk?s War. He has told me that he remembered his grandfather, Daniel Doolen, the immigrant, and he was a man of family when his grandmother died (Mary Bridges died about 1851, buried at Sandy Branch). [NOTE: he was 4 yrs old when his grandfather, Daniel Doolen died]
    When less than seven years old, his parents moved to a point about one mile east of Harrisburg (now called Pinhook) on Hickory Creek, in Fayette Co, IL. His marriage with Mary A. Pruett occurred in 1843. There were many of his relatives here at that time. In fact two of his uncles, Murray and Dan, with the widow of his father?s eldest brother William, and her two young sons, Jessee and Dan, came to IL at the same time his parents did, and all eventually settled in the northern part of Marion Co. in what is now Foster twp.
    I do not know when he finally settled on the homestead where he died. He bought some of it from his father, how much I do not know, but where his house stood his father?s had been also. Under the old elm tree in the south yard four generations of your people have gathered. What grand times we cousins had around the old place. How delicious the fruit in the orchard; while no treasures could compare with those found in grandmother?s kitchen. West of the house and orchard was a pretty woods pasture, and all the farm bespoke comfort and plenty. The master was a man of ruddy complexion, fair slightly curling hair, and reddish beard; tall, and a little over the average size. He was of a sanguine temperament, genial in a way, but never extravagant of words. At all times he was imposing. A man more respected than loved, a good reader of human nature the soul of honor and integrity.
    On the 3rd of Sept 1888, after a few day?s illness he died, being a little more than 63 years of age. All of his children except one daughter was present. The evening of the next day, followed by a great concourse of friends and acquaintances he was laid to rest.
    I will further add that this man?s virtues far outweighed his faults. He was the son of a Methodist preacher and the brother of another and had a most pious mother. He claimed no alliance with religion yet he attended church service often. I never heard him use a profane word, never knew of him being drunk. He despised lying and deceit. Upheld education and law and although he held the power he oppressed no one.?

    Alfred owned a big farm and gave a good tract of land to all his sons.
    Alfred died at home 1888 in Marion County and Mary died 1890 at the home of son Meredith. They were both buried in the Doolen family cemetery about 200 yards north of their home where most of their children are also buried.

    He and Mary Ann are buried in the West Doolen Cemetery, actually named Doolen Cemetery, Section 7.

    *Find A Grave Memorial# 41462337
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  • Change Date: 7 JUN 2017

    Father: Jesse Isaac DOOLEN b: 9 DEC 1795 in Georgia
    Mother: Rachael BONE b: 28 JUL 1800 in Chadsford, KY

    Marriage 1 Mary Ann PRUETT b: 27 DEC 1821 in Mason Co, (W)Va
    • Married: 6 OCT 1843 in Marion Co, IL 1
    1. Has Children William Columbus DOOLEN b: 20 DEC 1844 in Marion Co, IL
    2. Has Children Lewis Wesley DOOLEN b: 2 OCT 1846 in Marion Co, IL
    3. Has Children Andrew DOOLEN b: 13 MAR 1848 in Marion Co, IL
    4. Has Children Meredith DOOLEN b: 30 DEC 1849 in Marion Co, IL
    5. Has Children Amanda DOOLEN b: 4 APR 1851 in Mt. Vernon, Marion Co, IL
    6. Has No Children M. Rhoda DOOLEN b: 14 JUL 1854 in Marion Co, IL
    7. Has No Children Robert Jesse DOOLEN b: 20 DEC 1857 in Marion Co, IL
    8. Has Children Alice DOOLEN b: 12 MAR 1859 in Marion Co, IL
    9. Has Children Charles DOOLEN b: 9 AUG 1861 in Marion Co, IL

    1. Type: Web Site
      Text: Illinois Marriage Index at http://www2.sos.state.il.us/cgi-bin/marriage
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