The Douglas Archives

A collection of historical and genalogical records

I consider the situation of Lt Colonel Edward Douglas quite fluid. My purpose is to reveal my latest thinking. I must hark back to Edward Douglas, Jr., who,  at the age of eighteen received his inheritance of his father. We presume he returned to England with his sister, Elizabeth Willett, because his bond to protect her was so strong. Not only did Elizabeth's husband, John Willett, die in the prime of life but he left his plantation in tatters and with a heavy indebtedness. After a short period in England Elizabeth re-married and returned to Virginia with her new husband, who became headmaster of a school for boys in Yorktown. It would seem to me that Edward Douglas, Jr. found a wife and accompanied his sister, Elizabeth, to Virginia. He probably stayed in Yorktown long enough to see that his sister was secure before he moved elsewhere. I, now, turn to two grandchildren of Captain William Willett-Isabell and Mary Senior. William Willett mentions them in his will and calls them his grandchildren. They are not his grandchildren. They are the children of his sister, Martha Willett who married John Senior. I shall speculate and say that Martha took off in 1728 to be with her mother in Yorktown, Virginia. William Willett had so many children romping around his farm he thought of his nieces as grandchildren. John Senior died in Northampton Co in 1728, He wrote his will 30 Jan 1727, It was proved 14 May 1728. "To my loving wife Martha, the use of my whole estate during her widowhood and the to be divided  by my wife and two children, Isabel and Mary Senior. My friends Henry Warren, Jr., and Thomas Goffigon, trustees. Wife-executrix  

Views: 44

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of The Douglas Archives to add comments!

Join The Douglas Archives

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.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?


© 2018   Created by William Douglas.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service