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I am attempting to identify William Douglass.  He is described as a Scotchman, and the nephew of Francis Jerdone, He married Mary, daughter of William Christian and Susan Browne.

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Richmond, January 11, 1787.

Ten Guineas Reward. RUNAWAY from Providence Forge in New Kent county JIM or JAMES, a light coloured mulatto, a blacksmith by trade, about 5 feet 7 or 8 inches high, bow legged, a likely well made fellow, has lost…


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Political historian Dr Amy Blakeway explores the dangers and challenges facing those who acted as regent during the minority of a king or queen in sixteenth-century Scotland.

When we think of the sixteenth century, most of us immediately remember the famous monarchs who ruled throughout Europe: in Scotland, the Stewarts, and, further afield, their English cousins the Tudors and French relations the Valois.

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Attempting to trace Douglases who lived in New Deer, Aberdeenshire, I came across the following:

In Oct 1977, The Glasgow herald reported that Mr James Charleson Douglas, 20 Back Road. Dailly, an 83-year old Ayrshire man, who was married on March 2, 1928 was granted a divorce from Mrs Janet Douglas, address unknown. At the time of the marriage, Mr Douglas was serving with the palestine police. They lived together for a year.

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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


At 16:18 on April 22, 2015, John Paul Douglas said…

Yes I agree, unlikely, but about this era, all my male ancestors seem to be 'John' without the addition of another identifying name. Later on, it's so much easier. viz James Struthers and his siblings! Still.... nil desperandum. 

At 21:08 on April 18, 2015, Sherri Beardsley said…

I am searching for the parents of my great grand parents.  I am hoping that someone has a connection. Below are their dates of birth and death for my great grand parents. I have copies of newspaper obits that I found in a trunk that got me this far.  lol  My husband is a Beardsley and is documented to 1638 and to England.  We believe we have mutual ties but then many of us do.  Thank you for any help.  Sherri

Great Grandmother
Elizabeth McKinney (Douglas)
[B. 9/8/1852 Williamstown, Grant County, KY
[D. 3/29/1942]

Married William Douglas 12/14/1871

Great Grandfather SERVED IN CIVIL WAR
William Douglas
[B. 10/23/1847 Williamstown, KY]
[D. 2/14/1909 Greensburg, IN]
At 19:47 on April 17, 2015, John Paul Douglas said…

I have the birth notice: Jan 28 1779.

Ann Crighton, wife to John Douglas, was this day delivered of a son, baptised and named John.

I too doubt that we 'imported' a John D from Pensylvania, but there is that mention of a Capt JD, pos a sea captain?

At 0:04 on April 16, 2015, Karen Morey said…

Thanks heaps.. cheers Karen

At 6:17 on April 15, 2015, Karen Morey said…

Hi again.

Upon checking this is my family and I am delighted how do I contact the owner of the info.

cheers Karen

At 6:08 on April 15, 2015, Karen Morey said…
Hi There
I wonder if they are related.. now you have put the cat among the birds so to speak.. will give me something to do.. its awesome.
Thank you.
At 1:02 on April 12, 2015, james evans said…

A couple of research statistics on Eunice Rattleaf or Ratliffe. Bruce Douglass's study of Eunice said that there is "no record of Rattleaf or Ratliffe in Middleborugh, Freetown or Swansea" which are close areas near Plymouth, Mass.

Where did she come from? They married in Middleborugh which is a city near Plymouth, Mass. Also from Bruce's study she is referred"perhaps an indian". We have all who researched John and Eunice Douglas heard about this undocumented info that she was referred as a princess of a famous indian chief called Massasoit, a chief of the Wampanoags Indian tribe.  I took a autosomal DNA test from Ancestry and I didn't have any native American ancestry. I am connected to Elisha Douglas like Bruce is connected. Elisha was one of the sons to John Douglass. This Eunice Rattleaf or Ratliffe is a big a mystery as who was the family of John Douglas.

At 2:57 on March 9, 2015, Carolyn Grey Douglas said…

Thank you, William, for this information.  I would like to further add to my family tree details pertaining to my extended family.  Also, there are some misspelled names I'd like to correct for the record.  So glad to hear from you.

At 23:29 on March 7, 2015, Judy Lumby said…

Thank you William for the help



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