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At 19:22 on March 11, 2018, William Douglas said…

I am researching Allan Wilkins Douglass who was killed in France in 1918, and found this:

Allan Wilkins Douglass was born September 25, 1895, in Plainfield, N. J., the son of Edwin Thomas and Ednah (Wilkins) Douglass. His father has for many years been associated in an executive capacity with important shipping interests of the Great Lakes, and is now a member of the Eastern Grain, Mill & Elevator Corporation in Buffalo, N. Y., and in charge of the marine operations of that company. He is the son of Gibson Lemuel and Anna Maria (Ojers) Douglass, and a descendant of Thomas Douglass, who was born in New Fairfield, Conn., about 1750 and who fought in the Revolutionary War, The maternal grandparents of Allan Wilkins Douglass were Herve Dwight and Julia Emily (Smith) Wilkins, and his first American ancestor on his mother's side was Bray Wilkins, who came to America from England before 1639 and settled at Dorchester, Mass. Capt. Stephen Wilkins, the great-great-grandson of Bray Wilkins, fought as a Private in the French and Indian War (1758) and as Lieutenant and Captain in the Revolution.

At 19:19 on April 21, 2013, Betsey Heath Howes said…

Charles,  Through DNA testing we know that the Thomas (1752) of New Fairfield CT is very closely related to Maj Samuel Douglass of Pittstown NY (said to be b in CT).  One male from Thomas' line, through Ebenezer, has tested, and one male from Samuel's line, through Samuel Jr, has tested and show almost identical results.  Both are also closely related to the William Douglas (b 1610) of New London CT line.    Do you have any family records regarding Thomas who was b abt 1730?  He would be father to  Samuel and Thomas.  Samuel's line says that Thomas was a doctor but no one as found records to support this.   We feel that Thomas, b 1752, Samuel b 1754 and William b 175? are brothers and there are probably several sisters including Olive who m Robert Armstrong in Schagticoke , Rensselaer Co NY.

Betsey Howes

At 9:34 on April 17, 2013, William Douglas said…


This story is probably known to you, but might be of interest to others:

Thomas Douglas, who was born about 1750, was living in New Fairfield, Connecticut., a few years prior to the Revolutionary war. His wife, Eleanor Seeley, was born in New England, May 21, 1754. Probably they were married in 1771.

In 1773 or 1774, while their first child was an infant, they removed to Pownal, Vermont. At the breaking out of the Revolution, in 1775, Thomas Douglas entered the army as a volunteer, and marched to Boston, Mass. His first engagement was at Bunker Hill, where he fell, mortally wounded, as a neighbour of his who had accompanied him reported to his wife. She mourned his loss for more than three years, and then married William Stewart, by whom she had one son, William.

After the close of the war, Mrs. Stewart was sitting one day knitting or sewing, with her two children, Ebenezer Douglas, aged about eight years, and William Stewart, aged about three, playing near by, when Thomas Douglas walked into the house. The scene which ensued Ebenezer never forgot, and he related it many years afterwards to his descendants. It appeared that Thomas had not been wounded, but stunned by a ball striking the buckle of his cross-belt, and not recovering until the patriots had been swept from their advanced position, he became a prisoner in the hands of the British. He was sent to the infamous prison ship at Halifax, N. S., where he was confined during the entire war, not being allowed to communicate with his family, or let them know of his whereabouts.

At the close of the war he was released, and coming home found, like Enoch Arden, that his wife had supposed him dead, and had married again. An arrangement was made whereby Mr. Stewart paid Mr. Douglas a certain sum for the property which had come by his wife, and the latter retired to Prescott, Canada., leaving his wife to procure in due form a bill of separation for desertion.

Mrs. Stewart finally removed with her children to Ticonderoga, N.Y., where she died, Dec. 5, 1822. She had but one child by Thomas Douglas:-- 
 i. Ebenezer, b. March 13, 1772; m. Hannah Pendleton.

It seems possible that Thomas' father was also Thomas:
Thomas Douglass, Sr, born abtout 1734 in possibly Fairfiield Co., Connecticut, and died in possibly Vermont.

At 20:32 on April 15, 2013, William Douglas said…

Welcome to our Community Network, Charles.

Can you put dates and places to your Thomas Douglass?

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?

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