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Stephen A. Douglas: The Political Apprenticeship, 1833-1843

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 10:57 0 Comments

When newly elected Illinois State Representative Abraham Lincoln first saw his diminutive colleague Stephen A. Douglas, he sized him up as ""the least man I ever saw."" With the introduction of Douglas' first bill in 1834, Lincoln soon thought differently. The General Assembly not only passed the bill, it appointed the 21-year old Douglas State's Attorney of Illinois'…


Captain Douglas, in custody on a charge of desertion

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A curious scene was witnessed in the Court of Queen's Bench on Wednesday; the law playing with a prisoner as a cat with a mouse. Captain Douglas, who had been in custody on a charge of desertion, was brought up on a writ of habeas corpus. The facts of the case may be briefly recapitulated. Captain Douglas, has been in the service…


The Battle of Jutland

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On this day, 31st May, in 1916, The Battle of Jutland took place between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet in the North Sea, off the mainland of Denmark. Although it was the only major naval battle of World War I, it became the largest sea battle in naval warfare history in terms of the numbers of battleships and battlecruisers engaged, bringing together the two most powerful naval forces in existence at that…

The arrest and release of David Douglas

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Lord Donegall, who had huge estates in Country Antrim, was very short of money and was forced to raise rents and impose fines to increase his capital. The tenants were unable to afford these prices and only the better off merchants in Belfast could raise the money.

The existing tenants responded by houghing or maiming the cattle of the new tenants. In December 1770 one of the perpetrators, David Douglas, was taken and imprisoned in the Belfast barracks. The tenants held a meeting in…



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In the Dynamite Explosion at Oliver’s Mills – Two Girls Hurt—Narrow Escapes

With a roar that could be heard for miles, the nitroglycerine building of the dynamite department of the Oliver Powder Mills at Laurel Run, on the Wilkes-Barre Mountain, [Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA] exploded yesterday [4th August 1904] afternoon at 1:25 o’clock, killing one man and injuring two girls. So great was the concussion that windows and doors in all parts of Wilkes-Barre…


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At 15:39 on July 23, 2016, stevan scott douglas said…


Were you able to find the info. I posted on my page?  If not, do you know how I can get that to you?


At 16:16 on July 22, 2016, stevan scott douglas said…

It's on "my page".  Is there some other place I should put it?  I'm woefully unfamiliar with how these sites work.

At 15:34 on July 17, 2016, stevan scott douglas said…

Hello William,

I added to the forum some of the older info. I have from a relative's notes.  They start with the James Douglas of the 1700's and work back.  Do you have any suggestions how I can trace the lineage from James going back?  

Steve Dougals

At 16:07 on July 3, 2016, Michael D Douglass said…

William, Yes, that's my family, and I've written to Kentucky to see if they have

any 1797 local information.  I have some info about William and Hugh D or David Hugh being in the Civil War, although William obviously older. The wife is Caty or Catherine, Born 1799, married 15 Aug 1822, Adair, KY, and her father was Levi Conover.  My info on him goes back to John W Couwenhoven, born 1681, and Wm. Updike, born 1704.  Maybe you have this. Great to have another person to relate to.  I recently visited Douglas Brides mausoleum in Scotland.

At 16:18 on July 1, 2016, Sharon Polwart said…

Hi William

thankyou for the information. It seems the headstones in Hounam are of some of my direct ancestors. The George Douglas 1727 - 1794 and Agnes Robson 1733 - 1795 are my Great grandparents x 6.

I am coming up to Edinburgh on Thursday 7th July for 4 days so I don't know if I would be able to meet some current Douglas's and I will try to get out to Hounam.

I would appreciate any more information you can give me.



At 22:49 on June 30, 2016, stevan scott douglas said…

Thank you, William!  I'll try the forum first and see if that will work.  My sister and I plan to visit Scotland next September and would like to see some "Douglas castles" and any other pertinent sites.  If you could recommend some?  Thanks again!

At 1:13 on June 29, 2016, stevan scott douglas said…

Thank you, William.  I don't use Facebook or Twitter or any other social media, so I don't really know how or where to add this information.  Can you give me suggestions? I have a family history, though I don't know how accurate it is, that I could post somewhere.

At 22:09 on June 21, 2016, Judy A Douglass said…

yes, this is the Samuel H Douglass born 1726 and I have in Albemarie Co. Virginia. He died 1755 in Chilhowee, Johnson Co., MO. I don't have any other information other than he married Mary ?Denison?/maybe Davis 2 Nov 1749 in New London, Campbell Co., Virginia. From this point on, I am confused as to his father and so on. I originally had Archibald, born 1695 in Scotland, but another shows a Capt. Richard Douglass, b. 1682 and died 26 Nov 1756 in Lancaster, PA. I sure would like to get to Scotland and confirm my Douglass lineage. Thank you Judy 

At 14:26 on June 19, 2016, Robert Nicol Baird said…

It was my sister who told me there was some useful Baird data that I might find interesting in the Douglas archives. 

Alas, that doesn't seem to be the case.

At 16:46 on June 17, 2016, James Izatt said…


Just picking up on some more information on the Cockpen people re the information in the stub.

It does appear to be the case that there were two William Douglasses alive, married and having children at the same time. One partnership was with Grissell Mckeand in Penninghame and the other with Janet Witherspoon in Cockpen/Newbattle. It would be remarkable if he could have managed  both - based on the dates!  - details as per the spreadsheet. I am not sure if this still means that the Cockpen William was born in or is connected to Penninghame.




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