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Scottish Fest Orange County

Clan Douglas Society of North America at Scottish Fest Orange County CA. Costa Mesa California, on May 23 and May 24, 2015See More
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William Douglas left a comment for James David Douglas
"Welcome to our group, James. My biographies on Col Edward Douglas and Col Edward Douglass contained broken links, which I have repaired, and will go online shortly. I do not feel confident about the content of either, so very much hope…"
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"video of the Thomas Drysdale and his wife Catherine White memorial stained glass window on visit to St Fillan's Church in Aberdour, Fife. John died in January, 1906, and Catherine in December, 1889. This window given by their…"
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Donald W. Douglas -- Remembers

Donald Douglas reminisces about seeing the Wright Brothers demonstrating their airplane for the Army Signal Corps. in 1908. It is a later flight that the you...
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"There has been some discussion about this on Donna Wasser's page Betsy, your post had not made it through the system when I posted mine or I would have worded it differently! You obviously dispute the Mordecai Mitchell theory! I have since…"
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"Thanks for the info William! I don't have any dates for them yet! "
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"OK! Your Abigail Douglass is quite well documented as far as her descendants are concerned. Abigail Douglass b: 1747 in Black River Pond, Morris, New Jersey, USA married abt 1770 James Lewis b: NOV 1747 in New Jersey, USA There appears to be some…"
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"Welcome to our group, Dorene, Are you able to put any dates to Abigail or James Lewis? It might help place them in someone else's family tree. Yours aye, William"
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Scottish Fest Orange County

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Clan Douglas Society of North America at Scottish Fest Orange County CA. Costa Mesa California, on May 23 and May 24, 2015

A Romance in Real Life - The Isabella Douglas Stories

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 16:15 0 Comments

A recurring theme here in the Douglas Archives is the tale of Isabella Douglas, who married Benjamin Fortner.

Who she was remains a mystery, though there are several theories

Did she run away from a stern father? Did her lover fail to join her on the voyage to America? Was the ship boarded by pirates? Was she sold to the highest bidder?

Are you a descendant of one of her 12 children?

Can anyone throw light on…


Aaron Douglas Paintings Go to the Met and the National Gallery

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 19:27 0 Comments

For many American museums, the Harlem Renaissance painter Aaron Douglas (1898-1979) is an almost Vermeer-like figure, whose shadowy, graphically powerful depictions of African-American themes appear so rarely on the market that when canvases surface, curators pounce. And that is exactly what the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington did…


William Douglas, Clockmaker

Posted on May 14, 2015 at 14:03 0 Comments

Identifying all the Douglas clock and watchmaker members of the family is still proving a difficult task. Details of results to date can be found here:

There are also some blogs in this community forum.

Most recently, we have been working to identify a William Douglas who was making clocks in the early 19th…


Rob Douglas wins French kitesurfing competition

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Rob Douglas of Vineyard Haven defended his 2014 Sosh Cup title and won the 2015 trophy at the Mondial du Vent, a speed-sailing competition held in Leucate, France, between April 18 and 23. Currently the fastest sailor in American history, Mr. Douglas scored three firsts and one second at the Sosh Cup, held on the Mediterranean Sea, with winds averaging between 18 and 28…


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At 21:48 on May 20, 2015, Dorene Paul said…

Thanks for the info William! I don't have any dates for them yet!

At 3:20 on May 20, 2015, Melanie Douglas said…
Thanks William! Still figuring out how to navigate around. I took your advise and added to my this website. Did FTDNA and still trying to figure that out too. I get it down!
Thanks again!
At 20:37 on May 16, 2015, Kathryn Janisch said…

William Hello, How do I change my web address.

At 21:32 on May 11, 2015, Douglas Yozwiak said…
I am interested in learning about the origins of my mother's grandfather, Andrew Douglass who lived in Youngstown, Ohio in the USA until he died some time in the 1950s, I believe. I am also interested to learn of the origin of the double "s" at the end of that particular spelling of Douglass.

My mother's maiden name is Douglass. Hence my first name, but without the extra "s". All very confusing, I know!
At 1:52 on May 8, 2015, David Apirana Douglas Crawford said…

Hi William

Thank you for message.  I tie into the Glenbervie line through Sir Robert Andrews MacKenzie-Douglas 3rd Baronet of Glenbervie (1837-1884), who is my great-grandmother's grandfather.

At 17:51 on May 3, 2015, Sarah Mundy said…
I have a direct line from Andrew to myself including birth and death years. Would that be of any help to anyone?
At 12:45 on May 3, 2015, Sarah Mundy said…
I am looking for Archibald Douglas (1665-1728). He had a son Andrew (1702-1742) who immigrated to the USA in 1706 (possibly). I'm a direct descendant and Archibald would have been my 8 times great grandfather. More specifically, I'm looking for Archibald's parents.
At 11:54 on April 29, 2015, Barbara Tripp Hubschmitt said…

Hmmm...I had cut and paste that location information directly from a document I had found to make sure I referenced it properly. I guess it was a good idea to check additional sources for genealogy details that I am finding! Thank you for the clarification.

At 12:59 on April 28, 2015, Barbara Tripp Hubschmitt said…

Dear William,

I am very new to searching my family's genealogy and had some luck finding information on the Sherwood name from my Mother's side on the Douglas Archives website. My maiden name is Tripp and I have found information that indicates our lineage can be traced to John Tripp b. 1610 from Lincolnshire Northumberland Co, England, who was the first of that family to immigrate to the US. I am trying to finding additional sources to document that connection. Thank you for your comment!

Barbara (Tripp) Hubschmitt

At 2:13 on April 26, 2015, Philip Harold Douglass said…

Thanks for the comment William. Yes, trouble makers indeed.

You are probably aware that Benjamin Douglass has his name on a plaque set in the stone work of the front of Trades Hall in Melbourne.

I have a fair bit of information on him and I believe he was the first of my line to arrive in Australia.

Benjamin was a brother to my G/G Grandfather, George Douglass of Patterson Rd Plumstead Kent. I am remote from my records at the moment so birth and death records will have to follow. (different George to the one you sent info on I'd say)

George married Annie Dowling and produced my G Grandfather, Henry Thomas. Henry married Margaret Katherine Fox and he settled in Ballarat where he was a baker. 

My Grandfather was Harold Uison. Born Ballarat.

Interestingly John Douglass of Greenwich married Jane Hewson or Hewison, and I have seen both spelling variations on two different records so whichever is correct, it would be safe to say that that would be where my Grandfathers unusual middle name came from.

Anyone familiar with the dialect of the people of that part of England (or even watched an episode of "Eastenders" would know how they would pronounce "Hewson" or "Hewison". They don't pronounce the "H".

I have plenty of info post John of Greenwich as there have been official civil records since 1837, so it is not so simple tracing ancestors pre that date. (unless one was fortunate to lock into a title)

All my research was done pre the internet and has sat dormant since.

I have never looked into church records and of course I have no idea when or how long the quaker element was around.

The Hewson/Hewison link has been said to be worth looking at but my Grandfather evidently had an ability to embellish any story.

Regards Phil




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