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Does anyone have any information about this mysterious chap? We know that he married a Jane Gay (daughter of Mathew Gay) who was also from the same town/area. He is my great (x6) grandfather. His children immigrated to New Zealand. Many of his descendants (some of which may be on here) have struggled to find any information on this man. We have been told that a fire destroyed records from this time, which could explain the dearth of information on him. We also know that there were many other Douglas families in Northern Ireland who also originated from Scotland.. so this could be a needle in a haystack type request. Anyway any information would be welcomed. Thank you !

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The records were destroyed during the Uprising, but more recent transcriptions of church, valuation, etc records are revealing information, so all is not lost.

I have this note:

Robert and Roberta Douglas: Robert's father was Robert (wife Mary), grandfather John Alexander, gt grandfather Mathew (wife Nancy Hunter or Ferguson), gt gt grandfather Samuel Douglas (wife Jain Gay)

Sorry, but I do not know who Robert and Roberta Douglas are, except that they live in the Limavady area.

See also:: where Samuel's father is William

If I find more, I will share.

Thank you William. We did know that his father was William.. but the trail frustratingly goes cold and all we have to rely upon is family folklore, which is, we descended from a James Douglas who came from Scotland in the early 1600s. Thanks for your response. 

I have Samuel Douglas and Jane gay in my family tree I live in New Zealand I am not 100% sure of my facts but Samuel and Jane were the parents  of William and Rachel Douglas.  William and Rachel had a daughter called Rachel Maria Born 1839. Rachel Maria is my great grandmother her daughter Rachel married Samuel Martin Green Who was born in 1832 and Rachel was born in 1839.  Their daughter Rachel was born in 1867 and was my grandmother who married William Elkin Hutchison Who is my grandfather.  I hope this information is of some use to you regards 

Susanna Bain


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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