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North American immigrants

We are researching early immigrants to the USA and Canada.

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Latest Activity: Jan 17, 2021

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 Russell Lynn Drysdale on January 17, 2021 at 16:14


The English burned Virginia’s 1790 Census during the War of 1812.

Most of what we know about Head of Households comes from tax lists

Name                     county                         tax        list page

Douglas, John        Halifax               1789 Personal A09

Douglace, William  Richmond          1789 Personal A03

Douglas, Edward   Northumberland 1788 Personal A04

Douglas, Henry      Greenbrier         1791  Personal A02

Douglas, James     City of Norfolk    1789  Personal   04

Douglas, James     Pendleton          1792  Personal A02

Douglas, James,     Jr Accomack     1788  Personal B06

Douglas, Joseph    Fauquier            1790  Personal C06

Douglas, Joseph    Rockingham      1789  Personal A07

Douglas, Robert     CityPetersburg  1790     Land    B12

Douglas, Thomas   Pendleton          1792  Personal A02

Douglas, Thomas   Rockingham      1789  Personal A08

Douglas, Thomas,  Jr Pendleton      1792  Personal A02

Douglas, William    CityPetersburg   1790    Land     B06

Douglas, William    CityPetersburg   1790    Land     B16

Douglas, William    CityPetersburg   1790 Personal  B05

Douglas, William    Fauquier             1790  Personal  C06

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on January 17, 2021 at 16:13

Douglass [A]

The English burned Virginia’s 1790 Census during the War of 1812.

Most of what we know about Head of Households comes from tax lists

Name                        county                    tax         list page

Douglass, Adam        CityWinchester 1792Personal 05

Douglass, Alexander Halifax             1789PersonalB07

Douglass, Andrew    Halifax              1789PersonalB07

Douglass, Benjamin Culpeper           1791PersonalA07

Douglass, Caly         Gloucester        1789PersonalB08

Douglass, Catharine Prince William  1788PersonalB05

Douglass, Catherine Cumberland     1791PersonalB 04

Douglass, Charles    Albemarle         1789PersonalB06

Douglass, Daniel      Fairfax               1789PersonalA04

Douglass, George   Amherst          1790PersonalB04

Douglass, George     Frederick          1791PersonalA 06

Douglass, George     Halifax              1789PersonalB07

Douglass, Hugh        Loudoun           1789PersonalB07

Douglass, James      Cumberland     1791PersonalB04

Douglass, James      Halifax              1789PersonalB07

Douglass, John         Botetourt          1789PersonalB03

Douglass, John         CityPetersburg 1790LandB13

Douglass, John         CityPetersburg 1790PersonalB05

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on January 17, 2021 at 16:13

Douglass [B]

The English burned Virginia’s 1790 Census during the War of 1812.

Most of what we know about Head of Households comes from tax lists

Name                        county                      tax        list page

Douglass, John         Halifax              1789PersonalB06

Douglass, John         Henry               1790PersonalB05

Douglass, John         KingQueen       1790   Land     04

Douglass, John         KingQueen       1790PersonalB04

Douglass, John         Orange             1790PersonalA04

Douglass, Jonathan  Caroline            1789   Land     03

Douglass, Jonathan  Caroline            1789Personal  05

Douglass, Robert      Orange             1790PersonalA04

Douglass, Thomas    Albemarle         1789PersonalB05

Douglass, Thomas    Augusta            1790PersonalC05

Douglass, Thomas    Halifax              1789PersonalB07

Douglass, Thomas    Washington      1787PersonalB04

Douglass, Thomas,    Jr (BC) Halifax 1789PersonalB07

Douglass, William      Caroline            1789Personal  05

Douglass, William      CharlesCity       1790   Land     06

Douglass, William      Culpeper           1791PersonalA07

Douglass, William      Halifax               1789PersonalB06

Douglass, William      NewKent           1791Personal   07

Douglass, William      NewKent           1790   Land      05

(of Sherman)

Douglass, William,     Jr Halifax           1789PersonalB07

Douglis, Archabild     Stafford              1789Personal A03

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?


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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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