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I have been trying to establish the father of my Lancaster, Pennsylvania ancestor, and have had no luck. Can anyone confirm the parentage of:
Archibald Douglas (1695-1756)
Married Jean or Jane (?)
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 11/26/1756 in Lancaster, PA
Interred at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Gap, PA

The LDS' Family History Library ( in Salt Lake City state his father was Archibald Douglas-Hamilton (1673-1756).

I also have another Archibald Douglas as his father (1665-1728), who married Elizabeth Louise Daly and came to Kent, Delaware, USA in 1726.

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Per my research, his father was  the second one you named, also named Archibald, born 1665, died 1725, married to Elizabeth Louise Daly.

I found these two links helpful: (starting around page 1505-ish)

Can I ask from which of Lancaster Archibald's children you descend? I'm struggling with some of the details of his children/grandchildren. I've been trying to confirm that he had a son named John, 1724-1795, married to an Agnes, who in turn had a son named James D, 1774-1805, born in Franklin PA, died in Butler PA, married to Mary Polly Campbell. James D is my direct ancestory, and many people have listed John as his father/Archibald as his grandfather, but I'm having trouble finding documentation to verify this (beyond that Archibald did have a son named John, but that's not exactly an uncommon name).

Thank you Shannon! I’m attaching a screenshot of my family tree. My descendants come from Archibald’s daughter, Jean.


Wondering if you have made any progress on this line? I'm stumped on my 3rd G-Grandfather in N. Ireland and so have turned to DNA for possible lineage. I have strong Y-DNA matches to two descendants of Thomas Douglas (1721-1794), son of James Douglas (1697-1741), who appears to be a brother of Archibald (1695-1756) and my research indicates their father as Archibald (1665-1728) married to either a Margaret Smith or Elizabeth Daly. My DNA further indicates a Douglas-Hamilton connection that would make the LDS History interesting, but I haven't found any evidence of that being the likely father. Hope that you're keeping safe in this current situation.

Another researcher has popped a message into my in-box regarding this family.

She asks:

This concerns the so called children of the unknown Lord Archibald Douglass that came to Lancaster about 1726.  If the  system of naming children in Scotland was highly developed with the oldest son named after the paternal grandfather  and the 2nd the maternal grandfather and the 3rd son the father why does none of this connect to Lancaster?

I have a strong DNA connection to this family and am currently working with the Hamilton Clan DNA project because that is where all of us intersect rather than in the Douglas DNA Project. Consequently, we're trying to validate an Archibald family tree, and the first naming issue test is that we cannot identify the parents of Archibald Douglass (1665-1728) so have no idea of whether he followed the naming system with what we believe to be sequentially Thomas, Archibald, James, William, and Andrew (some researchers also add a John in there). What occurred in America with his sons were primarily repeats of Thomas, Archibald, James, and Andrew with a John and George added. I don't think it would be surprising for the naming system to break down in the 1700's. I have a documented Scottish line from the 1600's on my maternal side where the system was not strictly followed. Best answer I can provide.


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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