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North American immigrants

We are researching early immigrants to the USA and Canada.

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Early arrivals

Many Canadian and American families can be traced back to early arrivals in 'America', but making the connection across the pond is often not so straight forward.

I am keen that we should use this forum to identify those key people, and then work together to trace their ancestors back to Scotland (or Ireland, or England). In some cases, families arrived via the West Indies. It would be good to identify them as well.

A starting point is the list in The Douglas Archives of 'Early Douglas settlers in America'. Suggestions for additions to this list would be very welcome.

Please make your contributions as full as possible, with dates and places included, as appropriate.

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Comment by Steve Douglas on Tuesday

I descend through John Douglas, (5/13/1651 - ca. 1712), who immigrated at the ripe old age of 9, without his family. Here's a great page with excellent detail:

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on December 8, 2018 at 0:43

Abbreviations —
Pr Occ: Prior Occupants or Claimants
Adj L : Adjoining Landowners Not Listed As Grantees
Ch B : Chain Bearers As Noted in Survey Plats

James Douglas ,  I would say purchased the land he was on , or it was inherited , from friend or family or got it some other way than a grant . I am looking at another piece of info about another James Douglas you should look it over William ... Glad that piece helped with your Moms people .

Comment by William Douglas on December 7, 2018 at 11:34


Re the settlers, do you know what the abbreviations Ch B and Adj L mean?

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on December 6, 2018 at 21:49

This piece , if you scroll down  almost all the way to the bottom of the list , shows 208. Richard LEWIS Pr Occ: John ROBINSON
Adj L: James DOUGLAS  

the map locating Lewis lot , which Douglas was adjoining 

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on December 2, 2015 at 14:01
Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on December 2, 2015 at 13:57

This is rather interesting,  and rather long .

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on March 16, 2015 at 11:13
Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on March 16, 2015 at 1:34

yes William John B.

Comment by Patti Oldham Pinkley on March 16, 2015 at 0:31
I have a download of that chapter and the entire book. I am a direct lineal female descendant of the daughter of Archibald that is mentioned at the bottom of page two of Chapter 7. She married Conrad Rutter who came on the ship America in 1683 as a member of Daniel Francis Pastorius entourage, Pastorius being agent for William Penn and the Frankfort company.
Everything on that page is all a part of original documents and family lore passed down to me from my female line. I can conclusively document that the Douglass sister/daughter was Conrad's wife. However, I am still working away on the pre- marriage connection, especially since Conrad was purportedly from the Duchy of Kleve.
I am proud that my mother's family has lived in Lancaster County's Earl Township from Conrad Rutter's time until the death of my Grandmother in 1991. That's a very long time for an American family to maintain its position and holdings continuously in a single community.
Comment by William Douglas on March 15, 2015 at 14:47

Patti, that is very interesting.

You might light to look at this Saunders Family History


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Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'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.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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