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Im looking for Douglas(s) in Wootton, Northamptonshire.

My ancestor Joseph Douglas left there and moved to Bradford, Yorkshire (between 1861 - 1870). 

Joseph was born in Wootton, Northamptonshire in 1848. His father is Samuel Douglas born 1823, Wootton, and his father Joseph born 1800, Wootton.

I was surprised that my ancestor hadnt moved from Scotland, so Im wondering what they were doing in Wootton, all Ive discovered so far is that they built houses! I havent got any further back.

Has anyone got any ancestors from Wootton?


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Welcome to our network, Susan.

if you put Northamptonshire into the search box at the top of the page, you will find others searching in this county - most notably those seeking the ancestors of William Douglas, born 1610.

Other Northamptonshire relted Douglases can be found here:

Yours aye,



Hi William

Thank you for the reply and the web site address.

I didnt realise how many Douglas' were in Northamptonshire! This will keep me busy!


Sue Morrell

Hi Susan,

If you put the  name Joseph Douglas into FreeReg bp's you will find virtually all the men who come up are from the Easton Maudit Douglas family.  Wootton isn't very far from Easton Maudit so you might try to investigate any links between your Joseph b 1800 and the latest Joseph bp' at Easton Maudit in 1745 (who was a butcher) who may have been the Joseph who died in 1794, buried at EM.  What doesn't show up on FreeReg is that there was one Joseph in Chipping Warden bp 1759 and one bp'd at Bugbrooke 1724.  The Easton Maudit family seemed to go back there to have their children bp'd, or to marry or to be buried even when they had moved to other nearby villages.  At least until the late 1700s when they seem to have dispersed.  Do you have spouses names for Joseph, Samuel?

Betsey Howes

Hi Betsey

Thank you for replying, I hadnt thought of the FreeReg site.

Joseph born 1800, married a Mary Martin, (but Im not sure about that) in Wootton, 16 Dec 1823, I think I got that bit of information from the family search web site.

Samuel married Maria, but no maiden name, and no place, I just have the year 1845, but guessing it would of been in Wootton, as she is on the census' as been born there.

I will look further into the Easton Maudit families, I dont know the area at all, so I think I may need a quick geography lesson!

Sue Morrell

Hello Susan,

I, too am a 'Northamptonshire' Douglas. My paper trail leads back to George Douglas d1801 Culworth Northants. I have never been able to establish a link between Culworth, Easton Maudit, Wootton  etc Douglases. There were lots of different branches scattered over Northants. Interestingly, you say they were builders, do you think they were labourers or developers ? If you do come up with any connection to Culworth please let me know. George has proved to be a most stubborn brick wall ! 

Hi Susan, I have just joined and hope that this info is of some help. My line of the family were originally from Chipping Warden,where they appear to have worked in agriculture for some 4 or 5 generations. My GGGG GF, ROBERT DOUGLAS (1737 - 1829) became a bricklayer and moved to Byfield. The UK canal system was being built from 1760 onwards and there was a lot of work. Some people made their fortunes at this time. Robert married Jutias Smart in March 1763 and they had 10 children. The only surviving boy, James was born in 1783 in Hardingstone (very close to Wootton). Robert taught James the bricklaying trade and it is very possible that he also taught his own brothers, of whom there were 5. (William 1733, John 1734. James 1740, George 1741 and Thomas 1745) Work on the Canals finished by 1815, but building and its allied skills like plumbing and carpentry were common in the family. My GGF also James, had a building company in Northampton which was a real 'family business'.

It may well be that we have a common ancestor somewhere. BTW vicars seemed to spell names as they felt like it and baptism records contain Duglis, Duglas(s), Dugles(s). I did find a James Duglass born 1797 in Wootton, (to John & Ann) but no Joseph I'm afraid.

Hope this helps.

Hi Nigel

I have just joined the Douglas Archives after seeing your post above. I have been researching the Douglas families in Byfield and Chipping Warden for some time now and I have just discovered Robert and Jutias Douglas who were buried in Byfiled which led me to this discussion. 

This is my blog. My great grandfather Daniel John Douglas (b. 1849) boarded the "Duke of Westminister" in Nov 1885 and arrived in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on the 11 Jan 1886 wife his wife Harriet ?.  His father was Daniel Douglas (occupation - shepherd) born 1820 in Byfield, Northamptonshire, England and mother Elizabeth Woodfield of Tysoe, Warwickshire. I believe his father was Daniel Wells Douglas born in Chipping Warden 1784 and died in Byfield in 1863, and mother Elizabeth ?. He had two brothers and one sister, George born 1814, Susanna born 1823 and John Douglas born 1829. I think that Daniel's father may have been George (b 1765) but I am not too sure. Do any of these people turn up in your family tree?

Cheers Cara

Hello Cara, you caught me on the 1st day of a vacation. I have done a lot of work on Chipping Warden Douglas' this year (thanks to some really good Help from Betsey H Howes). My stuff is on a memory stick, so give me a couple of weeks and when I'm back home I will be happy to help if I can.

That would be great Nigel. I hope you enjoy your holiday!


Cara, I looked at my Byfield records such as they are. I confirm Daniel D. b 1820 & his marriage on 23.1.1845 to Elizabeth Woodfield. Unfortunately his father was born illegitimately to Susannah, a pauper. I have not come across Wells as a Douglas middle name, so I wonder if that is a clue? I can find no strong link to Chipping Warden and the family had strands in Cropredy, Eydon, Blissworth by this time (what made you think of a CW link?) I looked at Susannah occuring in CW, William D. 1657-1712 married Susannah Smith in 1685, they had 3 daughters and a son. #3 Susannah 1690-1718 married Thomas Douglas of Mollington in 1716 and they had a daughter Susannah in 1718. She and her mother both died that July and Susannah nee Smith died in 1722. I don't see Susannah occuring anywhere else in CW and her only brother Richard had 2 sons. The surviving one, William b 1727 may have picked up on the name, but I don't have any info about him and he is a far distant cousin. His having a daughter around the late 1750s is perfectly plausible, but I have nothing to prove that is the case. Sorry not to have better news.

I am not too sure with the Wells middle name it's only mentioned on his burial record not his death certificate. I thought his mother may have been Elizabeth Wells but she married another man. There is a Wells' family that live in the area. 

1841 Census

And I found this article


So I know they lived in Chipping Warden. Thank you for your help Nigel, much appreciated. I hope you had a nice holiday.

Cheers Cara 

Cara, This is a rather tenuous link, but I have found Susannah Douglas, born 1741, Chipping Warden. She was the daughter of George (1751 - 1758?) a grazier and Ann. She was one of 8 children, although she does not appear in marriage or burial records for CW, she may just have married in another parish, so I have nothing to link her to Byfield, sorry.


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'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

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