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Historic Artist Andrew Hillhouse, 1964-2018

Several of the illustrations used in the Douglas Archives were created by Andrew Hillhouse, who died on Sunday 16th April 2018.

Andrew worked as a technician in the School of Landscape Architecture, ESALA, Edinburgh University. He drew, painted and illustrated in his spare time depicting, predominantly…


Added by William Douglas on April 16, 2018 at 22:03 — No Comments

Kirkpatricks in Seville

During a recent short holiday in Seville, I did not expect to see evidence of 'The good' Sir James Douglas, who passed through the city when en-route to the Holy Land, in 1330. As a consequence, I failed to do my research before arriving.

When he was commissioned by the dying King, Robert 'The Bruce', to carry his heart on crusade to the Holy Land, James Douglas gathered around him several noble knights and twenty esquires, among them a son of Sir Roger Kirkpatrick of Closeburn. The…


Added by William Douglas on April 2, 2018 at 15:43 — 1 Comment

Major James Douglas


Thanks for the reference and pointer towards the background of Major James. He sounds like one of these larger than life characters.

Having done some work on the White connection it is pretty clear that James White would have met Rachel Douglas when they were both living in that part of Edinburgh (no 2 Patrick Square). If James was training as a surgeon  - Surgeons hall is off course nearby and close to where James Uncle lived.  

I don't think…


Added by James Izatt on March 20, 2018 at 23:17 — No Comments

Major James Douglas of the East India Company


Some time since I have had anything useful to contribute but I came across Major James Douglas when researching another bit of my family tree

I note that he had three daughters when he arrived in the UK in  1807 - that is Rachel, Katherine and possibly Mary. Subsequently they seemed to have stayed at St Patricks Square in Edinburgh because Rachel married a James White or Whyte from that address who was a surgeon in Edinburgh. The family appears in the…


Added by James Izatt on March 18, 2018 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Douglas 1610 william



BIRTH 1867  Louisville, St Lawrence, New York, USA



Added by Michael P Mccann on March 7, 2018 at 1:43 — No Comments

Thomas Nottingham, son of Jacob Nottingham, will 1747

Thomas Nottingham wrote his will 10 July 1797 Wills, etc., #30, 1795-1798, page 302, Northampton County, to loving wife Scarburgh, to grandson, William Nottingham, to granddaughter, Sally Nottingham. to my three grandsons, Samuel, John, and William Williams, son of John Williams and Edith Williams. to son, Jacob Nottingham, to son, William, to Ann Wilson

Residual Legatees Margaret Willis, John Brickhouse My son, William Notttingham and Robert (Robin) Brickhouse.



Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 28, 2018 at 20:45 — No Comments

Robert Bell, son of Thomas Bell

I gave this line several years ago. Robert Bell was son of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior. He died, intestate in 1795 in Northampton County. Robert and Mary Jarvis (daughter of William Jarvis,Sr. and Ann Goffigon) Ann Goffigon was the daughter of James Goffigon and Leah Willett. Robert Bell and Robert Bell and May Jarvis had five children. One of the five was Betsey Bell who married Severn Evans Nottingham. Severn Evans Nottingham was the father of Elizabeth Ann Nottingham who married Captain…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 28, 2018 at 20:00 — No Comments

Children of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior

Robert Bell was the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Bell. This line I shall pursue as I descend down it through three lines. The youngest child of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior was Ann 'Nancy' Senior Bell (Please note that Nancy was given the middle name of Senior.) Nancy married Thomas Jarvis, son of William Jarvis, Sr. and Ann Goffigon, daughter of James Goffigon This couple was married 28 Sept 1789 in Northampton Co. As this is a line that descends from Capt William Willett I mention it but…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 12, 2018 at 16:33 — No Comments

Robert Bell, son of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior

Robert Bell, son of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior, was born circa 1747 in Northampton Co., Virginia. Robert Bell married Mary Jarvis, daughter of William Jarvis, 17 June 1772, William Jarvis provided security. See Marriages Northampton Co, 1660/1-1854, Compiled by Jean Mihalyka page 7. Administration of the estate of Robert Bell was 8 Sept 1789. Orders #32, 1789-1795, page 1. Admtrs; Mary Bell, William Jarvis, Thomas Jarvis. Apprs; John Stratton, Jr., Francis Costin, William Trower, Peter…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 7, 2018 at 18:34 — No Comments

please remind me the steps to get to my tree

Hi William , can you please remind me the steps to get to my tree ! once logged in on the Douglas Archives , I can never work out how to
there really NEEDS to be a simple link /Navagation button "MY TREE " or "GO TO MY TREE"
please tell me the steps to get into it ? I think this might not encourage people to edit their trees , if its hard to get to
I thought my tree was lost when that crash happened a year or two back . thanks Jackie

Added by Jackie Stoddard on February 6, 2018 at 8:06 — 2 Comments

Mary Senior, daughter of John Senior, Jr. and Martha Willett

Mary Senior, sister of Isabella Senior, was born 1729, in Northampton Co., and died 1789 in Northampton Co. About 1646 Mary Senior married Thomas Bell, son of Thomas Bell and Mary Watson. Thomas Bell wrote his will 21 June 1772 and it was proved 11 Aug 1772, page 50, Northampton Co. wife, Mary, estate during her widowhood and to rent my lower plantation to my son, Robert and after his mother's widowhood to Robert forever. To son, Thomas, my plantation in Savages Neck. To son, William, My…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 5, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

Isabella Senior (continued)

Appraisers of the estate of Stephen Dunton were Littleton Savage, Thomas Underhill, Thomas Bell, and Robert Clark Jacob.Will of Isabella Dunton,, widow, 14 Apr 1783 and proved 12 June 1787, Wills, Etc., #27, 1783-1788, page 480, Northampton Co, Virginia-My land has been sold to Littleton Savage (son-in-law), to granddaughter, Polly Savage, daughter of my daughter, Polly Savage, to daughter Betty, to daughter, Adah Evans and her daughter, Sarah Kemp, to daughter, Ritter Taylor, to son, Senior…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 3, 2018 at 21:22 — 1 Comment

Isabella Senior and Mary Senior, daughters of John Senior, Jr. and Martha Willett

Isabella had a contemporary named Isabel Dunton, a daughter of a John Dunton. There are two differences-Isabel Dunton always spelled her given name Isabel while Isabella Senior spelled her given name Isabella. The other difference is one had the surname Dunton and the other, that is Isabella, acquired the name Dunton through marriage.

Isabel Senior, born 1728, Northampton Co., Virginia, died 1788, leaving a will. Her husband, Stephen Dunton, had his estate administered 13 Jan 1772,…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 3, 2018 at 20:52 — 1 Comment

Lieutenant Commander James Sholto Douglas

Lieutenant Commander James Sholto Douglas - a new biography:

Added by William Douglas on January 30, 2018 at 23:00 — No Comments

John Martyn, Merchant

Of London and bound for England on the ship Providence of London, ready to sail. In regard of the further love and affection I bear to Miss Elizabeth Douglas daughter-in-law to Thomas Teackle, and in regard of Mary Douglas and to others now at sea, all my estate in Virginia now in the hands of Thomas Teackle except 1000 lbs of tobacco to Thomas Teackle. Witt: John Custis, John Robins- John Willett now qualified as Administrator of this estate See pages 83, 86, 102, I, incorrectly, called…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on January 30, 2018 at 17:24 — No Comments

Lt Colonel Edward Douglas

After reviewing the wills of the brothers Edward, Nathaniel and Southey Littleton I thought it would not hurt to take another look at the will of Col Edward Douglas which was dated 1657 Northampton Co,. we find Col Douglas leaves his daughter, Sarah, a mare called Rose. Also to the children of my cousin, Edmund Boweman, the increase of my mare- when we look at Edmund Bowman's will we find reference to Rose. Daughter, Sarah Douglas receives two silver wine cups 'marked SD'. I cannot imagine…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on January 30, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

Will of Edward Littleton

Edward Littleton leaves his daughter, Grace, a mare called "Rose" with all her increase except for the first mare foal which wan s formerly given by Capt Edward Douglas to Sarah and Gertrude Bowman. 

Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on January 28, 2018 at 18:05 — No Comments

the Littleton Brothers

We find Gertrude Harmanson connected to Nathaniel and Southey Littleton as well as to Edmund Bowman. The name Gertrude appears to come down the Bowman line. We left brother Edward Littleton hanging out there. Edward, after the death of his wife, Sarah Douglas, was to marry Frances Robins, sister in law of John Robins, son of Col Obedience Robins and Grace Neale. There was a daughter named Grace and a child on the way. The wife of Edward Littleton then married Francis Pigot'



Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on January 28, 2018 at 17:45 — No Comments

Gertrude Harmanson

I need to add that Sarah Bowman was a daughter by Margaret---first wife of Major Edmond Bowman. 

We, now, turn to Colonel Southey Littleton, son of Colonel Nathaniel Littleton and Ann Southey. Will 16 Sept 1679 At Albany on the Hudson Rive0 Dec 1681page 42 Deeds, Wills, etc. #11, 1680-1692 Probate-entered into the Office of Records in New York in the Office of Wills and Testaments. John Willett, husband of Elizabeth Douglas who was daughter of Lt Col Edward Douglas, was a witness to…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on January 23, 2018 at 21:45 — 1 Comment

Gertrude Harmanson

I was curious as to how Gertrude Harmanson qualified to handle the will of John Senior, Jr. in probate of the will after Martha Senior, widow, refused. I was also motivated to find further connections to Lt Col Edward Douglas.

Gertrude was one of the wives of Herman Harmanson and he was the son of Colonel Thomas Harmanson, Sr. a native of Brandenburg, Germany.

I ,now, return to Lt Col Edward Douglas. Late in the year 1657 we find Col Douglas in the home of his cousin, Major…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on January 23, 2018 at 21:04 — 1 Comment

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Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'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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