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Thank you William. I have found my computer to be stubborn. For the past couple of years I have become dependent upon secondary sources as travel for any distance is difficult. I make use of a book by Marshall who has abstracted the early wills and Administrations of Estates. In the index we find a reference to George Douglas who was an emigrant and came to Accomack County. The index gave the wrong page for him. However, I recently, I found the correct page. George was a witness to the will of Azariah Hunt who died in 1735. (Azariah Hunt had married Ann Willett, daughter of Capt William Willett.) We may presume George attended the funeral. We may presume George was born in England because he was a Burgess for Accomack County for most of his life. George had the reputation of being the finest lawyer in the county. His wife was a Drummond and came of a fine family. George was too old to have been a son of Lt Col Edward Douglas by either his first or second wife. He may very well been a first cousin to Azariah Hunt. The given names in this branch included Edward, George and James.

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Is this him?
Vestryman, frequent candidate and Burgess George Douglas had access to his wife's lands before acquiring modest holdings of his own in 1730. Source: The Many Legalities of Early America

When the Burgesses were elected for the General Assembly of 1752, business was good and life was as near stable as it had ever been on the Eastern Shore. The watch at the entrance to Chesapeake Bay had been maintained by militiamen for such a long time that it was accepted as a part of the routine rather than as a symbol of danger from enemy ships. Littleton Eyre, ferry owner, and a Burgess since 1745, was reelected and Matthew Harmanson was his colleague from Northampton. Ralph Justice and George Douglas represented Accomack County. These Burgesses served until 1755 and drastic changes which affected the Shore and the colony took place while they were in office. Source: History of the Eastern Shore 1603-1964

This seems to be the George mentioned below: 

Seven children are listed. Might there also have been a George? Could he have been in the Second Virginia Calvary?

Among those the George Douglas in question served with were remnants of the Yeocomico Indians [Pinns and Redcross and Evans] whose descendants reside in Amherst and Nelson County and are members of the Monacan Indian Nation today.

As always, I am trying to build links.


hi William. good to hear from you. I have followed you as you have lead the clan over the years and brought about an international following. What you have shared with me is most interesting. I have been aware of Stratton Nottingham for years. His studies on Northampton and Accomack Counties have been excellent. We happen to be related. Also, Nottingham mentions three families from which I am a direct descendant- namely Drummond Robins, and Hill. I can say, George Douglas is not a descendant of Colonel Edward Douglas of Northampton County, Virginia. However, I can provide some probabilities.

Colonel Douglas' mother did come to Virginia with him and her name was Mary. When Colonel Douglas was in his final phase of life he went to live  with his cousin, whose name was Bowcock. Also I have confirmed that Col Douglas had an earlier marriage and descendants of this marriage came to Virginia. It seems that the family attended the cathedral in Norfolk England. I have never been able to see their records. For information on this see Virginia Historical Society. I descend from Col Douglas down four lines, one being Goffigon. Their given name was James, a  name never used by this family before. I note that the George Douglas you mention had a son named James. Colonel Edward Douglas spent his final months of life with his cousin, Bowcock, whose given name escapes me at the moment, may have been a son of Edward Douglas, Senior, father of the Colonel. So, it is conceivable That this George is related.


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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