"I've done some digging on the Lancaster County PA Douglass family. I came across a great site that answered a lot of my questions. Unfortunatey I don't see a connection as yet to my Cumberland County PA family but aybe this will help…"
"I'm trying not to get too excited but the family you describe in your last paragraph, James Douglass and children (James), I think maybe my husbands family. His family descends from Capt James Douglass b circa 1744 from Cumberland County…"
"As it happens, I am actively involved in negotiations with the Blythswood Trust, which owns the Douglas Support estate in Lanarkshire. (Not Blythewood) (Mains, not Means, and yes, there are strong links)
See here for links to the…"
In researching my family, I began rechecking old sources. In the Genealogy of William and Dorcas Fallas of Boston (available on Ancestry.com), I reviewed a reference to Colonel John Douglass. In his will probated 1/27/1679 he leaves Blythewood @ 21 to his sons, Charles and Joseph. Somewhere else I have read that the name was from the family's home in Scotland. Looking at Blythewood in the places section, I came across the name of Jean Douglas, daughter of Captain Andrew Douglas. My ancestor's…See More
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Archibald, Andrew, James, and Thomas Douglas, brothers of Jean/Jane Douglas
Jean married Conrad Bacher Rutter who came to America on the ship America in 1683 with Francis Daniel Pastorious, german agent of William Penn
Settled in what became Lancaster Co PA
Founding members of St John's Episcopal Church Compass, Chester Co PA
Annals Of Lancaster County list connection to the William Douglas of New England and a George Douglas for whom Douglasville PA is named, also a Douglas Case Clock that came on the ship that the family hired to bring them to America and was still in family hands when the Annals were compiled in early 20th Century
Andrew's gravemarker denotes him as Esq, son of Lord Douglas and his wife as daughter of Lord Ross per church history
I am looking into Quaker and Ulster Plantation connections between Douglas's and Rutter's based on known and documented family connections to other family lines, specifically Lytle and Hoge
Who is your earliest known Douglas ancestor?
Jean/Jane Douglas wife of Conrad Bacher Rutter, also shown with first name of Margaret
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Pennsylvania Douglas prior to 1730, Conrad Rutter, Compass, Chester Co, Lancaster Co
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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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