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My 3rd great grandfather, James Douglass was born in September, 1798, in Delaware County, New York. He later lived in Caroline, Tompkins Co., New York. And later kept moving west until he died in Otoe Co., Nebraska in 1886.

In 1798, there does not appear to be any other Douglass family in Delaware Co., except those who descended from James Douglass, b1723 and died in 1809, in Harpersfield. Later, after 1800, other Douglass families moved to the county, but, my line does not connect with them.

In Tompkins County, there were other Douglass families, but, through DNA testing, we have determined that we are not related to William Douglass, who had a very large family. The other family was in the Dryden area, and came there from New Jersey. I am still trying to find more information relating to them.

I believe that the father of my James, could be William Douglass in Caroline after 1800, and who appears in the 1830 census, but not in the 1835 census, or after. My theory is that he is the William Douglass in the 1800 census in Kortright, Delaware Co., and is also the William Douglass mentioned in the will of James Douglass, b 1723.

Information that could prove or disprove my theory would be greatly appreciated. Also, where was James, b 1723, born and what was the maiden name of his wife Elizabeth, b 1728?

I look forward to hearing from you.


Dorothey

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Dorothey, Can you tell me the names of the Douglass families from NJ you mention as being in Tompkins Co (Dryden?). I have some information on several Douglass lines that went from Morris Co NY to western NY after the Rev. Do you know if any from the Dryden area family done a DNA test?
Betsey H Howes
Hi Betsey:

Nathaniel Douglass was in the 1820, 1830 & 1840 Census for Dryden, Tompkins Co., NY.
I did not find him in 1850, but found to males, presumeably his sons.

James S. Douglass and Julius Douglass. It appears that the S. stands for Sutfin.

I followed them through then census and in 1880 Julius shows parents born in New Jersey. James S. lists NY

In the 1850 census for Dryden, we find:

Sutfin Douglass 38 Millwright B NY
Julius 28 Shoemaker B NY
Betsy 65 B NJ ( I assume their mother)
Anne E. 25 B NY

It seems that I have more info, but, need to find it.

I do not know if there has been a DNA test with this family.










Betsey Heath Howes said:
Dorothey, Can you tell me the names of the Douglass families from NJ you mention as being in Tompkins Co (Dryden?). I have some information on several Douglass lines that went from Morris Co NY to western NY after the Rev. Do you know if any from the Dryden area family done a DNA test?
Betsey H Howes

Hi Russell,

 

Thanks for responding.  I am curious how you came to the conclusion that my group connects.

According to DNA testing through FamilyTree, my line may descend from Nicholas of Mains, through his son, Malcolm, who was executed in the Ruthven affair.  Later found innocent. Malcolm apparently had a descendant that did come to the Virginia/Maryland area.

 

Dorothey

 

 

 Dorothey,

It was just a guess , Double SS Douglass , Seemed a shot in the dark , but but they were in the area it seems. I got those from the library of virginia online . I just hope its of use to you .

                                                                                                                      Russell

 

 

Thank you.

 

Dorothey

Most Welcome !

I have a note of a Libbie Douglass who was born in New York in about 1866 to James Sutfin Douglass and Caroline Tamma Bryant.

Libby is my 2nd great aunt.  She was born Sarah Elizabeth Douglass, Sept 21, 1865 to James Sutfin Douglass and Caroline Tamma Bryant, in Dryden NY.  She died May 5, 1950.  She married Frederick Eugene Bascom, Nov 11, 1903.  Their son, Harold Douglass Bascom, lived in Ithaca, Ny - when I was a child in the 1950’s - went to Harold’s  house for holiday meals etc.

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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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