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"William - One more clarification.  I went back to look at the Georgia Douglases web page.  I see they have a Joseph Douglas, son of Marshall.  We knew him as "Joab", so this is indeed the same person.  My wife's…"
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"William - thank you for the note.  We are familiar with the Georgia Douglases project.  The Joseph Douglas (1) listed is my wife's 3rd GrGrandfather.  Currently believe Joseph Douglas (1) was brother to John & William. …"
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"Macon Messenger (newspaper) 10 Aug 1843DIED.In Sumpter county on the 12th ult., Mr Joseph Douglass, in the 75th year of his age. He was a native of Mecklinburg county, N.C., and among the first settlers of Monroe county [Georgia.] He was the owner…"
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Charlie Douglas (abt 1933-2011), born Doug China, radio presenter.

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Contributed by Ben Moses (Pictured):  In 1964 Charlie Douglas was still working under his real name, Doug China, and was in management or sales at WINZ Radio in Miami when I started to work there as a part time DJ. I was in the Army at the…

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New Years Honours 2019

Posted on December 30, 2018 at 16:00 0 Comments

Our congratulations go to:

• Susan DOUGLAS-SCOTT Chair, Independent Living Fund Scotland,  who was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Human Rights, Disability and LGBT Issues. (Prestwick, Ayrshire and Arran)


• David DOUGLAS, who was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for public and political service 

Battle of Sark

Posted on December 13, 2018 at 11:30 5 Comments

Renewed border skirmishing saw Henry Percy, future 3rd earl of Northumberland, defeated by Hugh Douglas, earl of Ormond, on 23 October 1448.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-37046361?fbclid=IwAR28fbqKcTXAGS0pH0HtX47lOefNbC6vX2RAQg4vEMkNi2jDodEJw-ntbc4 ;

Scandal in the family

Posted on November 30, 2018 at 14:08 3 Comments

It is always fun to discover hanky panky in the family history, and so it was not really a surprise to discover that the daughter of my 13th great-grandfather was a naughty girl, when not much more that her sixteenth birthday - she became the mistress of King James V.

Elizabeth Carmichael, also know as Katherine, bore the King a son, a son,…

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Two weddings on the same day - what's the connection?

Posted on November 16, 2018 at 13:10 1 Comment

Intrigued by the marriage between a Douglas and a Middleton, and wondering if there was a royal connection, I worked to find out who Rev M Middleton was, and indeed, who was Mr Douglas?

He appears to be James Alexander Douglas (abt 1762-1830), son of William Douglas and Mary Higginbotham.  James married Charlotte Douglass on 7th March 1796, in…

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At 15:12 on January 14, 2019, William E Dolezal said…

William - One more clarification.  I went back to look at the Georgia Douglases web page.  I see they have a Joseph Douglas, son of Marshall.  We knew him as "Joab", so this is indeed the same person.  My wife's family is from this branch of the family (Joab's son Bart).

At 6:38 on January 14, 2019, William E Dolezal said…

William - a clarification to my earlier note.  George Washington Douglas's father, John, is the John Douglas (13) cited in the Georgia Douglases project.  The nearly identical DNA sequence readout for my wife's brother to George's sequence would serve as strong confirmation that John Douglas (13) and Joseph Douglas (1), both born in NC and migrated to GA, were most likely brothers, along with William Douglas (8).  I hope others will see this note and contribute.  Again, thanks for your help in all of this.

At 6:13 on January 14, 2019, William E Dolezal said…

William - thank you for the note.  We are familiar with the Georgia Douglases project.  The Joseph Douglas (1) listed is my wife's 3rd GrGrandfather.  Currently believe Joseph Douglas (1) was brother to John & William.  Have not found any proof yet of Joseph (1) having son named Joseph Douglas (2) as cited in Georgia Douglases project.  No reference to Joseph (2) or heirs in Joseph (1) last will.  My wife's brother's DNA analysis (Y-DNA37) show a R1a1a Group ID (Drumlanrig-Queensberry line), with an extremely close match to that of another Joseph Douglas  b. 4 Apr1773 in Chester Co., SC /  d. 16 Jun1845 in Meriwether Co., GA.  George Washington Douglas (1790-1852) [John's son] was b. in NC and d. in Copiah, MS. is almost an identical match too.  FYI -  Joseph (1) did have an older unknown dau. who married John C. Hill (d. 1835) and had two children Miranda Ann Hill [Cribbs] & John Cummings Hill Jr. (1836-1868).  She died prior to Joseph (1) death in 1843.  Some believe John & Joseph (1), father was David Douglas (c1740-1822) who was the son of Wm. (1715-1773 ) & Mary Douglas(s).  We are getting closer in our search thanks to the DNA analysis and leads from your Douglas Archives.  Thanks for the help!

At 19:19 on December 25, 2018, John Band said…

Sorry, Spella House is in the southwest corner of the crossroads. JB

At 18:24 on December 25, 2018, John Band said…

Yes, about 1 mile along the Banbury  Road in a northwest direction from the crossroads at the church in Lower Beddington. It is at the crossroads in the southeast corner.

Thanks for the welcome!

At 22:35 on November 2, 2018, Alexandra Douglas said…
Thanks for your welcome. Am researching Andrew Douglas (s) from Ferryden who married Isabella Watson, and the line back from their. After Andrew, his son John Watson Douglas became a Master mariner and died on board the “Linda” on 9th August 1878 of African fever, his son Henry John was then put in to an orphanage inLiverpool by his mother Clarissa. He too went to sea and eventually ended up in Surrey, marrying Mary Willis (McVeigh) and had my great grandfather Horace.
My tree so far is available on ancestry on public view.
At 10:38 on October 17, 2018, Derrick Johnstone said…

Thank you William for your signpost to Gilbert Douglas in Glenrassie. He could be the uncle of my William Douglas who was born in Penninghame in 1679. It's good to know of others interested in Penninghame and Minnigaff parishes and especially about Bob Henry. Thank you too for all the work you and others have put into the Douglas Archives - this has been a great launchpad for me in trying to make sense of my many Douglas DNA matches. It is the best site of its kind that I have come across.

Looking across my matches on Ancestry and those of a couple of Johnstone cousins, we have upwards of 60 or 70 Douglas in groups relating to a number of Douglas lines. The largest group of matches is formed by descendants of Gilbert Douglas through William Douglas in Barsalloch and Grishil McKeand - with the added complication that we also have matches with the descendants of their contemporary family in Midlothian of William Douglas in Dalhousie and Janet Witherspoon

The next largest group relates to William Douglas (1610-1682) who lived in New London, Connecticut - which just goes to show how robust these Douglas genes are!

Matches with a descendant of Isabella Douglas (1723-1795, married Benjamin Fortner) that piqued my interest to look further into Douglas connections, as did Mary Douglas (1693-1726, married William Crawford). There are more, such as descendants of Domini Douglas (1732-1807) in Vermont, Clara and Clementina Douglas of Dornock, and several Drumlanrig and Kelhead Douglas matches which I need to explore further.

I need to pull together some questions to pursue specific lines. Again, thank you William.

At 23:40 on October 11, 2018, Susan Douglas said…
Thank you for your information. I have heard that thread. The only proof I have is that my 4th great grandfather John Douglas, Sr. ( Birth 18 MAR 1764 • Surry County, North Carolina, USA Death 1 JUN 1842 • Washington, Tennessee, USA) father was Alexander Douglass and his father was Alexander Douglass. I would like to link them with proof, to either England or Scotland or both. Thanks for replying, so sorry I took so long to reply
At 21:33 on September 25, 2018, Nancy Douglas said…

Below is the transcript of William Douglas's will (to the best of my ability - I highlighted the names mentioned for easy identification):

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In the Name of God Amen. I William Douglass of Rowan County in the Provence of North Carolina being sick in body but thanks be to God being in perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and Testament. First I commit my soul to God who gave it me. And my body I recommend to the dust to be buried at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the last day it shall be raised again. And as touching my worldly affairs I leave and bequeath unto my lawfull and beloved wife Mary her livelihood? [illegible] the plantation and in the house I now live in during her natural life and my movable estate I allow? to be sold according to law which I leave to her except ten pounds which I leave to my daughter Elizabeth. Then I leave and bequeath unto my beloved sons David and Solomon the plantation I now live on to be divided equally between them, they paying and equal part of all expenses accruing on said land when the office will or may be opened. I also allow my son Solomon the end I now live on. I leave and bequeath unto my grandson John one year old horse colt [illegible] of my grey mare, and unto my grandson William I leave and bequeath one spring colt Sorrel’s? having a white mane and tail, and unto my grand-daughter Mary Traverse I leave a two year old heifer coulered red and white. Lastly I leave and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary all the money now due to my estate after all my lawfull debts is paid. Last of all I constitute and appoint my wife and my son Solomon to be the executors of this my last will and testament hereby disin?ling and making void all former wills and testaments as witnessed my hand and seal this 2 day of Sept. 1773 William x [his mark] Douglas [witnessed by] William Young, James Thomas?, John Oliphant"

At 20:37 on September 25, 2018, Nancy Douglas said…

I don't have a transcript that was officially done, but I can try to transcribe it if necessary.

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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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