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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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North American Douglases specifically from Maine

Started by Jane Miscavich. Last reply by Don C Douglas Jr Apr 3, 2020. 3 Replies

Colonel John Douglass, d 1678 Maryland

Started by Patti Oldham Pinkley. Last reply by Marion Douglas Mar 8, 2019. 3 Replies

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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 .

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on March 16, 2015 at 11:13
Comment by Patti Oldham Pinkley on March 16, 2015 at 0:31
I have a download of that chapter and the entire book. I am a direct lineal female descendant of the daughter of Archibald that is mentioned at the bottom of page two of Chapter 7. She married Conrad Rutter who came on the ship America in 1683 as a member of Daniel Francis Pastorius entourage, Pastorius being agent for William Penn and the Frankfort company.
Everything on that page is all a part of original documents and family lore passed down to me from my female line. I can conclusively document that the Douglass sister/daughter was Conrad's wife. However, I am still working away on the pre- marriage connection, especially since Conrad was purportedly from the Duchy of Kleve.
I am proud that my mother's family has lived in Lancaster County's Earl Township from Conrad Rutter's time until the death of my Grandmother in 1991. That's a very long time for an American family to maintain its position and holdings continuously in a single community.
Comment by William Douglas on March 15, 2015 at 14:47

Patti, that is very interesting.

You might light to look at this Saunders Family History

Comment by William Douglas on March 15, 2015 at 14:35


Is Judith Moorman's husband John Bruce Douglas (1698-1761)?

Comment by Patti Oldham Pinkley on March 15, 2015 at 14:04
I just rediscovered a letter from James C. Douglass to his first cousin, Hannah Douglass Saunders from the mid 19th century. They are all Douglass's of Mordington of Delaware and Virginia, now West Virginia.
His letter provides information on the Douglass's of Nova Scotia.
From that info I realized that the connection is through Sir Robert Douglass of Glenbervie and his son William, 2nd Baron of Glenbervie and Baron of Nova Scotia. The James Douglass mentioned in the James C. Douglass letter appears to be Sir William's first cousin, James Douglas/s 1st Lord Mordington, son of Sir William Douglas, 10th Earl of Angus, and Elizabeth Oliphant. Sir William Douglas, 11th Earl of Angus, 1st Marquis Douglas was his older brother.
James C. says in this letter that James Douglas/Douglass came to America with William Penn in 1682 and formed an ironwork partnership called Douglass, Vaughn and McMooter In Philadelphia.
James C.'s father, Walter, bought an iron mill in Delaware and renamed it Mordington Mills after the family's ancestral Scottish home of Mordington.
James C. was in possession of a family crest with "Jamais Arriere" which he said was of the Scott-Douglass family who owned large estates in Nova Scotia. Their Douglas ancestry (Douglass name was the American version to distinguish between themselves and their Scots family) "being through Sir William Douglas espoused to the daughter of James Douglas" whom he styled as Baron of Ardit "who died 1660-1685 during the reign of Charles the 2nd".
The Sir William mentioned appears to be the 2nd of Glenbervie who married Anne Douglas, the daughter of James Douglas of Stoneypath and Ardit, who became one of the 1st barons of Nova Scotia on May 30, 1685.
This letter is an original document copied and a part of a genealogical book on the Saunders Family of North America. Later another portion of the Canadian family went on to Australia.
I rediscovered all of this information because of a new free website providing access to over 40,000 genealogy books,
Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on March 1, 2015 at 22:22

"Douglass, John 1698 - Edinburgh, Midlothian, , Scotland 1761 - Barboursville, Orange, Virginia, United States"

husband of niece of wife of 6th great grand uncle
wife of John Douglass
father of Judith Moorman
father of Charles Moorman
daughter of Captain Zachariah Moorman
husband of Sarah "Sallie" Anne Moorman
father of Micajah Clark
son of Michael Clark
son of Francis Clark
son of Rev. Francis Clark Sr.
son of James Clark
son of Joseph Carter Clark Sr.
son of Lee Harrison Clark
son of Joseph Anderson Clark
daughter of Levi Crowder Clark
 the son of Gladys Marie Clark 
Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on February 6, 2015 at 14:37

The Slaying of John Douglas at Little Moccasin Gap
The Slaying of John Douglas at Little Moccasin Gap
By Emory L. Hamilton

From the unpublished manuscript, Indian Atrocities Along the Clinch, Powell, and Holston Rivers, pages 28-30.

This incident has perhaps suffered more abuse as to correct date than any event on the frontier. L. P. Summers, in his History of Washington County, has John Douglas and William Benham chasing the Indians who had captured the wife and children of Capt. Isaac Newland, near Abingdon in 1789, thirteen years after young Douglas had been killed. Just what age John Douglas was when slain is unknown, but he must have been a fairly young, unmarried man, yet, old enough to have served in the militia as a Sergeant under Capt. William Cocke, August 5, 1774. (1)

Captain William Russell Wrote to Colonel Preston, on July 7, 1776, (2) saying:

Dear Colo. - I wrote you yesterday in great haste intendent to send of the express immediately, but he, being disappointed, shall enclose that one in this. I omitted giving the account of two men (no names Given), being killed at Blackmore’s Fort last week, and since I left Fort Chiswell, poor John Douglas got killed in Little Moccasin Gap, on his way to Clinch. Captain Daniel Smith saw his bones yesterday (July 6th) arriving over here.

Part 2 below 


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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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