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Samuel Douglas(s) b.Scotland 1699 d.New Hampshire 1793 Searching for father

I am Looking for the father of:

Samuel Douglas b.1699 Burnhouses Auchingramont Hamilton, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

d.1793 Littleton NH

married in Scotland Hepzibah Richardson b.1701 d. ?

Immigrated 1730 from Scotland to MA, then NH with his children and grand children


"Captain" Samuel D. Douglass

b.Dec. 26, 1723 in Scotland,

d.1816 in Littleton, Grafton, NH, USA

Marriage 29 May 1764 in Scotland to Molly Conant b1748 – d.1835

Immigrated 1730 Scotland to MA, lived NH

potential 2nd marriage to Tabitha Fletcher

Fought in the War of Revolution

There is an Academy named after him in NH


Samuel Douglass Birth 22 Aug 1767 in Townsend, Middlesex, MA, USA

Death 18 May 1841 in Wilton, Hillsborough, NH, USA

married Sarah Seaver b.1770 – d.1829 He was twice marrried; m. 1st, Jan 26, 1792, Sarah, dau of Capt. Robert Seaver of Brookline; m 2nd Ruth Chandler.

A Deacon in the Baptist Church

Immigration records: 

some documentation from "The history of Brookline NH"

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Hi, Jackie.

I'd be happy to join whatever group you'd care to invite me into.

Thank you, Ian.

This is really interesting!


Here's a quick update, William, just in case more people show up with similar questions about this lineage:

The Douglas DNA group has now concurred with the findings of the MacDougall DNA Project, and has updated the status of this line accordingly by labeling in "McDougall."

Douglas DNA Project

MacDougall DNA Project

This seems like a significant step forward

Thanks for getting this up, Ian and for your encouragement getting the testing done.

The Samuel Douglass, just above your ancestor Phineas in both charts, is the match to my dad we got this last week.

Samuel, Phineas and their reported siblings are likely confirmed now?  This is really exciting for those of us who had been stuck in that early immigration to new england c.1730. 

This provides the link to Somerled that I understand had been a bit controversial.  And that connection takes us way back-  so now we try to connect the dots through the MacDougall line to the medieval isles?

Thanks again, Ian


Hey, cuz. :)

Yes, they're/we're confirmed as McDougalls, and definitely confirmed to be related. We can't definitely affirm that they are siblings yet, but it appears that it was no accident that they found themselves living in the same town, or serving with the same set of Rogers' Rangers.

There wasn't anything controversial about the link to Somerled, per se. That fact simply establishes that we are certainly NOT of Douglas(s) descent in the traditional sense.

I conferred with the head of the MacDougall DNA Project yesterday, and he believes we further descend directly from the MacDougalls of Gallanach, based on the genetic mutation of our Y-haplogroup. So, now we just need to wait to see what else they are able to unearth. :)

I note that the MacDougalls of Callancach only came into being in 1641 when John MacDougall of Torsay was granted the Estate by Alexander MacDougall, 18th of Dunollie.

But maybe there was an earlier brianch so called?

Possibly. This is a question for the architects of the MacDougall DNA Project; it's well beyond the scope of my knowledge. However, the analogy they've provided for me on the different Y-haplogroup tests is that the basic Y DNA test on FamilyTreeDNA (Y12) is the equivalent to looking at something through spectacles, whereas the Big Y test is like examining something through a microscope. This is because the basic test looks at 12 different markers of the Y haplogroup, whereas the Big Y test looks at 700 separate markers. According to them, they can now isolate components of the DNA with such precision that they can identify the approximate decades that one mutation derived from another. With this in mind, it was suggested that our family frist broke away from someone in the Gallanach group around 1690. However, I really don't know a thing about it, and I'm awaiting further developments the same as everyone else. :)

OK everyone, I will keep you posted when we get my father's results.

They will go into the MacDougall project and we'll be sure they're on the Douglas one as well.


MacDougall of Gallanach, was established as a Cadet of the Clan in 1641 when John MacDougall of Torsay was granted the Estate by Alexander MacDougall, 18th of Dunollie.

Of the principle collateral branches of the MacDougalls of Dunollie, are those of Gallanach and Soraba. Of the former, the MacDougalls of Gallanach, the male line has failed: Major James Williamson was granted permission by the Lord Lyon to take the surname of MacDougall, that of his mother, who had owned the Gallanach estate, by Oban. Upon the Major's death (in 1999), he was succeeded by his son, Charles Williamson MacDougall of Gallanach. The estate had passed from the MacDougalls of Gallanach into another family before, that of Patten (J. Patten-MacDougall, with permission by the Lord Lyon), at the turn of the 19th century.

Charles Williamson MacDougall of Gallanach, is currently Cadet of Clan MacDougall.


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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