A collection of historical and genalogical records
Myself and others are interested in William Douglass (born 1610 in ?, died 1682 in New London,CT) and confirming his birthplace. Tradition has it as Scotland but recent work by Betsey Howe suggests that it William's family came from Easton Maudit, Northamptonshire. Much of my information comes from a book put together in 1879 (Douglas, Charles Henry James, A collection of family records, Providence: E.L. Freeman & Co., 1879.) Other information we have is summarized below:
DEACON WILLIAM DOUGLAS, the immigrant ancestor, was b. 9th August, 1610,doubtless in Scotland ; m. probably about 1636, Ann MATTLE, dau. of Thomas MATTLE of Ringstead, England. In 1640, with his wife Ann and two children, Ann and Robert, William DOUGLAS went to New England. Tradition says that they landed at Cape Ann. They settled first in Gloucester, but removed within [p.1 88] the year to Boston, where he is first mentioned in the Boston records on 31st June, 1640 , when he was made a Freeman. Here moved shortly to Ipswich where he was entitled to a share of the public land, 28th February, 1641. There he remained for about four years,returning to Boston in 1645. He was a cooper by trade and on 1st May,1646, there is record of his purchasing from Walter MERRY and Thomas ANCHOR, a dwelling house, shop and land. Later he went to New London, Connecticut, and obtained considerable property through purchase and grants from the town. One of his farms was inherited by his son William and has remained in the hands of descendants for over two centuries. In 1662-1663 he was appointed one of the Appraisers of Property for the town of New London. The land for a new church was purchased from him and the graveyard still remains on that place. He and Mr. WILLERBY were appointed to deliver provisions to Commissary TRACY at Norwich during King Philip's War. His education for the times was liberal. He held many important offices in the town at different times. He was Deputy to the General Court in 1672 and once or twice later. In May, 1670, his wife, then sixty years old made a journey to Boston to establish her claim as heir to her father's property. She d. in New London in 1685 and William DOUGLAS himself d. there on 26th July, 1682
-per Colonial families of the United States of America
(as quoted in Descendants of Robert Douglas, (Link updated 19 August 2014) http://www.reocities.com/c_igl/douglas.html
I look forward to compiling information here to sort out what everyone knows and hopefully resolve this roadblock once and for all.
See also this discussion:
It seems strange that Capt Samuel should have a brother with the same birth and death dates..?
This Samuel's siblings were, if I have it correct, Hepsibah, Mary, Phinebas and Joseph.
William, first of all congrats on the site being rehosted. secondly.. I am just checking my mail before my evening shift.. give me a couple hours and i will look at the geo cities website and or the one you mentioned as well as some other sites and confer with some experts on here and then will get back to you. michael.
See here for Thomas of Grantham: http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/thomasdouglas5.htm#.U2NcA_l...
the link to angelfire no longer works.. try here http://www.reocities.com/c_igl/index.html
The correct link as of 9 Jul 2013 is http://www.geocities.com/c_igl/douglas.html.
Thanks to Michael P. McCann for providing the updated correct link!
I should comment that after much investigation by Betsy and myself, the Boston and Ipswich records probably belong to only one man. The dates on the records indicate he probably went back and forth, in other words, there are no conflicting time spans when he was in both places. So the 200 years worth of genealogies that assume there was only one are probably correct.
I was excited when I saw this post and you named Nancy Maria Douglass as your Grandmother. I am a descendant of her sister Arathusa. I have Hough-Douglass family photo taken in Boonville about 1906 which includes your grandparents Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Hough, and I think your father Clinton Wallace Hough with is wife Cora Belle. It also has some of your aunts and uncles and your grandmother's brother Dr. James Wallace Douglass and his wife and family. If you are interested in a digital copy, let me know. I also have a photo of just the three siblings Nancy, Arathusa and James taken about 1908. I also have a Thomas Pratt and Eliza Douglass family photo taken 1866, which has their children, including your grandma.
You have it right. My father's first wife was Cora Belle Shattuck, called "Jane". I would love to have digital copies of the three photos you mention. My mother was sensitive to pictures of Dad's earlier life, and not many (none) got passed down. So while I have visited Boonville a number of times, I have never seen the photos you speak of. I have looked for a paternal line Douglass descendant from this period for possible Y-chromosome DNA tests, but without success. Even looked up the Boonville historian, but he couldn't help. How are you related to the Thomas Pratt and Eliza Stevens Douglass family? Do you know anything about Eliza? I think I finally sorted out who she was, but have only some evidence that her ancestors were German immigrants and no real proof.
We live in Seattle. Tell me about yourself, and what I might help you with in regard to this family. I have done a lot of research about the descendants of the immigrant to MBC and Connecticut. William Douglass.
Regards, Bill Hough