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Colonel Edward Douglas born Dec 1590 in Scotland his ancestry

married widow Isabel Dale sister to Sir Thomas Dale, royal governor of Virginia. Isabel was born in Middlesex County, England. Edward Douglas was born in Scotland 14 Dec 1590 and died in Northampton County, Virginia 2 Nov 1657. Upon the death of Elizabeth Throgmorton Dale, the widow of Governor Dale it is presumed Edward married Isabel and his rights to an inheritance over-rode those mentioned in the will of Elizabeth Throgmorton Dale. Edward became seized, by patent, the land called "Dale's Gift" in Northampton County, Virginia."Dales Gift" was the very first patent issued in America. Upon Col Edward Douglas' death Isabel married the Rev. Thomas Teackle and in time they moved to Accomack County, Virginia.

In his will Edward Douglas mentions his cousin Edmund Boweman of Accomack County. Edmund was probably born in Scotland. It was disheartening to find only one reference to an Edward Douglas of Scotland. (See Fife County, Scotland,Dunfermline Parish Register 1561-1700} 11 Nov 1632 Andrew Elder and Janet Phine hand Isabel; wit- Edward Douglas, Thomas Douglas, William Pillonis

My efforts have been fruitless in finding Edward.Edward was a leader in Northampton County and always addressed as a gentleman.

If someone can point me in the proper direction I would be most appreciative.  Henry B. Hunt, Jr.

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You are most welcome Mr.Hunt .   The volumes of the Virginia Colonial Abstracts I have found very interesting . 

My niece recently married a fellow by the name of Stone , I shall inquire as to his lines ...

I have this afternoon made entries for two Col Edward Dougas(s)es in the Archives:

Col Edward Douglas, 1590-1657

Col Edward Douglass, 1713-1795

Neither answers questions, but add, I hope, to the dialogue.

At least one source gives Col Douglass' date of birth as c 1620.  Since his son Edward was born c 1650 this would seem to be in a reasonable date range.

Lt. Col. Edward Douglas (Burgess)

M, b. circa 1620, d. November 1657
Charts Descendants of Edward Douglas (Burgess at Jamestown)
Last Edited 15 Mar 2015
Birth* circa 1620 Edward was born circa 1620. 
Marriage* circa 1645 He married Isabella (-----) circa 1645.1 
Oath to England* 25 March 1651 Lt. Col. Edward Douglas (Burgess) took the oath of allegiance to hereby engage and promise to be true and faithful to the Commonwealth of England as it is now established without King or House of Lords on 25 March 1651 at Northampton Co, VA. He was shown as Edward Douglas.2 
Anecdote* 28 July 1651 On 28 July 1651 in N'hamp County Edward Douglas and Randall Revell attest to a debt owed by the dec'd Hungale Baker to Richard Hanby.3 
Will* 15 October 1657 He made a will on 15 October 1657 at Northampton Co, VA.4 
Death* November 1657 Edward died in November 1657.4 
Probate* 12 November 1657 Edward's will was probated on 12 November 1657 at Northampton Co, VA.4 


Isabella (-----) b. c 1627
Marriage* circa 1645 He married Isabella (-----) circa 1645.1 
Children  1. Sarah Douglas b. 1646, d. c 1659
  2. Elizabeth Douglas+ b. c 1648, d. a 1672
  3. Edward Douglas b. c 1650


  1. [S948] Barbara Cox, Ancestors of Obediah G. Goffigon.
  2. [S497] James Handley Marshall, Northampton Co, VA, Abstracts of Wills & Administrations, 1632-1802, p. 34 (Oath to be faithful to the Commonwealth of England).
  3. [S497] James Handley Marshall, Northampton Co, VA, Abstracts of Wills & Administrations, 1632-1802, p. 30 (death of Hungale Baker refered to).
  4. [S497] James Handley Marshall, Northampton Co, VA, Abstracts of Wills & Administrations, 1632-1802, p. 49 (will of Lt. Col. Edward Douglas, Gentlemen, wife Isabella).

Note: To confuse matters another source indicates that Edward Douglass was 18 years of age at the time of his father's death. Col Douglass died 26 April, 1657 according to an entry in a deed of sale between William Willett (son-in-law) and William Baker dated 13 May, 1698.  If Edward was 18 yrs at the time of his father's death his DOB would be c 1639 making the 1595 birth date for Col Edward Douglass more plausible.

Also interesting to note is the possible connections of the Blackmore and George families to Lt.Col Edward Douglass line.  Blackmore and George connections continue from Virginia to the line of Col Edward Douglass 1713 - 1795.  This is perhaps additional evidence of the descent of Col Edward of Sumner, Tennessee from Lt. Col Edward Douglass of Northampton, Virginia.  I am still looking for more documentary evidence/ proofs to definitively connect the two lines.



A deed of sale between William Willett, son of Elizabeth Douglas Willitt and William Baker dated 13 May, 1698 indicates that Edward Douglass, son of Col Douglass is deceased. The deed names Elizabeth as Edward's sister and heir. This would indicate Edward died after his father, Col Douglass, who died in 1657 and before his sister Elizabeth, who died c 1672. It does not mention any children or other heirs of Edward.  Without any evidence to show that Edward had children that lived to maturity it would make it difficult to connect the lines of Lt. Col Edward Douglass and Col. Edward Douglass 1713 - 1795.

Has anyone in this line done a DNA test?

I looked through the ancestor list on the family tree DNA site and did not see any individuals that I could connect to this line.  I am a direct lineal descendant of Edward Douglass 1713 - 1795 and plan to do the DNA testing in the near future.  That may help some trying to make connections to his line. 

There is another source that links the line of Lt Col Douglass to the line of Col Edward Douglass that may provide additional verifications.I do not have access to a copy but found that there is a copy in the Nashville, Tennessee public library.  

Ruth Eleanor Douglas journal : with genealogies of Douglas, Noell, Callaway, Clemens, Moorman, and other related Bedford County, Virginia families : also genealogies of Douglas families of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri

Author: Ruth Eleanor Poole Harris
Publisher: Nashville : Douglas Family Publishers, 1979-
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Database: WorldCat
Probably the first Douglas family in America was Edward Douglas who arrived before 1643 and lived in Northampton and Accomack Counties, Virginia. His descendant, Edward IV, married Sarah George and they migrated to Sumner County, Tennessee where they reared nine children. Descendants and relatives lived in Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri and throughout the South.

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