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North American immigrants

We are researching early immigrants to the USA and Canada.

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Early arrivals

Many Canadian and American families can be traced back to early arrivals in 'America', but making the connection across the pond is often not so straight forward.

I am keen that we should use this forum to identify those key people, and then work together to trace their ancestors back to Scotland (or Ireland, or England). In some cases, families arrived via the West Indies. It would be good to identify them as well.

A starting point is the list in The Douglas Archives of 'Early Douglas settlers in America'. Suggestions for additions to this list would be very welcome.

Please make your contributions as full as possible, with dates and places included, as appropriate.

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Comment by Lane Kraft on April 3, 2020 at 19:45

That is his gravestone, William!

Comment by Lane Kraft on April 3, 2020 at 4:02

I am a descendant of the Douglas's mentioned in the J. Lufkin Douglas book. My last ancestor listed was Cynthia Etta Douglas, my gg grandmother. Her father was Alonzo Douglas, who homesteader 80 acres in Western Kansas (he's buried in Norton Cemetery). He was a northern veteran of the Civil War and contracted dysentery, which he suffered from all his life. He managed to make a dugout in the rocky outcropping on the side of a hill. His heart was always frail, and when one day he was feeling poorly he walked a mile to the doctor's office, sat down and died.

.>>>>  Is this him?  William Douglas

Comment by Maria Mahala on November 9, 2019 at 21:19

I am a decendent of the Douglas and Boyd families.  I am searching for those that might also be so that we can help one another.

Most of mine I have records of are from 1800-1900 and they immigrated through Canada.

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on April 1, 2019 at 16:45

Gazette and Daily, York, Pa. Q TT Y Friday Morning, August 1 5, 1958 David Bucher Family Holds Annual Reunion William Bucher, 89, Harristburg, was the oldest person present at the reunion of the relatives and friends of David L. Bucher held recently at Williams Grove park. A frankfurter and hamburger roast and corn-on-the-cob featured the picnic menu. Attending were: Mr. and Mrs. David Hoffman and children, Linda, Brenda, Jere and Doug; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Knaub and sons, Donald and Carl; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Estep and daughter, Connie; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Walton and daughter, Patty Ann; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Knaub and daughter, Sherry; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Knaub and children, Ronald, Donald, Nevin Shelia, Carla, Nadine and Robert; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Yost and children, Debbie and Butchie. Mr. and Mrs. Dale CraH and sons, Kenneth and Keith; Mr. and Mis. Wayne Knaub, and children, Nancy, Brenda Gloria, Dennis and Jeff; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Beck, Mr. and Mrs. William Walton, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ott, Mr. and Mrs. I. Earl Staub, Mrs. Wayne Bucher, Mrs. Alice Crall, Mrs. Nadene Witmer, Ruth Cassel, Dixie, David L. and William Bucher, Aaron Jacobs, Paul Smith, Robert Lar-kin, John Einsig, Robert Yost, Harry Cassel and Steven Witmer. Douglas Family Stages Reunion Virginia and Andrew Douglas celebrated their birthday anniversaries a tthe Douglas reunion, held at Mt. Pisgah. Cash prizes were presented to the following: Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Douglas, most children present; Virginia Douglas, oldest member; David Douglas Ciccone, youngest; George Haubert, South Carolina, person traveling greatest distance; and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Miller, most generations present. Persons attended from New York, South Carolina, Baltimore, Md., Philadelphia, Havertown, Newton Square, Levittown, Broomall, Lancaster, Columbia, York, Dallastown, Woodbine, Air-ville, Hallam and Red Lion. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. John Douglas, Mr. and Mrs. William Douglas and children, Bonnie, Jeffrey, Billee and Stevie; Mr. and Mrs. J. LeRoy Douglas and children, John, Jan and Janice; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Heaps and son, Richard Douglas; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Paules, Mr. and Mrs. David Emenheiser, Georgia Brown, George Haubert, Virginia Douglas, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Douglas, Mr. and Mrs. George Douglas and children', Robert, Donald, George, Jr., and Ar-lene; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Douglas and children, Mr. and Mrs. David Fries, Mr. and Mrs. William Worley. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Schofield, Mr. and Mrs. John O'Gorman and children, Helm, Ruth and Jackie; Mrs. William Long and children, Billy and Carol ;Mr. and Mrs. Albert Miller, Mr. and Mrs. William Miller and children, Ricky, Debra and Mark; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Miller and children, Sam, Jr., Steven and John; Mrs. Joseph Miller, Sr., Walter H. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Shaull and children, Kenneth and Elaine. Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Pomraning and daughters, Karen and Linda; D. Roy Douglas, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Keller, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Steinfelt and daughters, Marie and Loretta; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Campanella and children, Christina and Charles, Jr.; Mrs. Veronica Ciccone and children, Martha Ann Susan and David Douglas; and Mr. and Mrs. William Drummer.

Comment by Steve Douglas on March 19, 2019 at 21:28

I descend through John Douglas, (5/13/1651 - ca. 1712), who immigrated at the ripe old age of 9, without his family. Here's a great page with excellent detail:

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on December 8, 2018 at 0:43

Abbreviations —
Pr Occ: Prior Occupants or Claimants
Adj L : Adjoining Landowners Not Listed As Grantees
Ch B : Chain Bearers As Noted in Survey Plats

James Douglas ,  I would say purchased the land he was on , or it was inherited , from friend or family or got it some other way than a grant . I am looking at another piece of info about another James Douglas you should look it over William ... Glad that piece helped with your Moms people .

Comment by William Douglas on December 7, 2018 at 11:34


Re the settlers, do you know what the abbreviations Ch B and Adj L mean?

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on December 6, 2018 at 21:49

This piece , if you scroll down  almost all the way to the bottom of the list , shows 208. Richard LEWIS Pr Occ: John ROBINSON
Adj L: James DOUGLAS  

the map locating Lewis lot , which Douglas was adjoining 

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on December 2, 2015 at 14:01
Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on December 2, 2015 at 13:57

This is rather interesting,  and rather long .


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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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