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Descendants of Deacon William Douglas, b1610


Descendants of Deacon William Douglas, b1610

Researching all the living descendants of Deacon William Douglas, and attempting to confirm his ancestory.

Location: Worldwide
Members: 28
Latest Activity: Oct 4, 2020

Deacon William Douglas

There are conflicting reports as to the origins of William Douglas, and some of the theories have already been challenged, if not disproved, by the dna project.

There are suggestions as to travel on the Mayflower (second voyage), though that too seems unlikely.

Whatever his origins, he founded a dynasty.

All contributions to this study are very welcome

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New son for William Douglas b 1666 New London and wife Hannah

Started by Betsey Heath Howes. Last reply by Betsey Heath Howes Oct 4, 2020. 2 Replies


Started by William Douglas. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Nov 9, 2015. 9 Replies

Douglas and the Mayflower

Started by Beverley Poling. Last reply by William Douglas Oct 23, 2012. 4 Replies

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Comment by Edward Fenner Douglass III on June 24, 2009 at 2:57
It is widely assumed that Deacon William Douglas was born in Scotland. However, I've never seen any evidence to support this assumption. Has anyone?

There is a project underway to transcribe the church records of the villages of Easton Maudit, Ringstead, and ____________ in Northamptonshire, England. Ringstead is the home of Ann Motley (often spelled Matlat, and other variations) who was William's wife. The preliminary information lists quite a few Douglases in these towns. It is possible that William was born and grew up in this area but, again, I have not seen proof of it in the transcribed records to date.

Robert Green and William have been contemplating two theories about the ancestry of William. I will share the lines of descent if anyone is interested.

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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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