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West Indies Connections


West Indies Connections

A group for those who are researching their Douglas ancestors who have West Indies/Caribean connections

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West Indies connections in the Douglas Archives

Many Douglas families have connections with the West Indies, and tracing these can be difficult.

The Douglas Archives has a page of names that have been identified, but not necessarily been connected with known families.

Members of this group are invited to help each other with their research. So, whether you are the Prime Minister of St Kitts, or the descendant of a sugar trader, you can share your details here.

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Comment by Clarice Douglas on December 21, 2019 at 17:51

Thanks William Douglas for your research in the West Indies side 

Comment by Clarice Douglas on December 21, 2019 at 17:48

My name is Clarice Yvonne Douglas born in the UK 1956, my dad Edward Joseph Douglas came to the UK 1955, my Dad came from Above Rocks At Catherine I have only been there once at a dance in the dead of night, I heard that my dad's mum was the local midwife for the area I don't even know her name! so I am hoping to go to Jamaica to do some family research I know more of my Mother's side of the family but the Douglas side is still a mystery and a missing part of myself.

It seems to be even harder to trace because of Slavery and this is what I have been told hence my 20 year research in to this Name Douglas but I assure you this is NO Slaves Name! my first research started by reading A.J. Rogers books Nature knows no colour line and Sex and Race where Mr Rogers in the 1800s came to Europe   and joined British library ( he was mixed race and could pass as a white man) researching the Black Nobility in Europe these book was not published by his wife after his death

where I saw the Douglas Clan mentioned, so I have been and still researching Our name Douglas. Thank you kind regards Clarice Douglas

Comment by William Douglas on March 31, 2017 at 10:47

I have recently come across Cook Douglas, who was born Abt. 1822.  In 1847, he was recorded as living in Hanover, Jamaica.

He married Bassilia (or Barzilla) Douglas on 3rd April 1847 in Hanover. She was also born Abt. 1822. The name Barzilla is not uncommon as a Douglas given name, so she may indeed have been a Douglas before marriage.

The indications are that they had children, but I have not been able to locate them, not their parents.

I once knew a woman known as 'Cook Margaret', to distinguish her from her employer, another Margaret. Could cook be his profession?

Comment by angela burgess nee Douglas on September 28, 2014 at 9:20

Any one with information on Douglas family in Ochio Rios/Kingston my great grandfather Edgar Douglas was the son of a Army man who settled with his brother in Jamaica.My father Sidney Michael Douglas youngest of 11 children left Jamaica to join RAF. 

Comment by William Douglas on June 22, 2014 at 15:59


I don't know what the Douglas connections might be, but I note the following:

Portia Simpson Miller, original name Portia Lucretia Simpson (born December 12, 1945, Wood Hall, St. Catherine parish, Jamaica),
Simpson-Miller is married to Errald Miller, formerly CEO of Cable & Wireless Jamaica Ltd.

In Spaldings, Clarendon, for example, Simpson Miller told Comrades that her roots run deep there.

"I am sure you don't know that I have some strong Clarendon connections," she said during a meeting in Spaldings.

"My grandmother, Latiesha Burrell, was from Rock River in Clarendon. My grandfather, Thomas Tulloch, was from Clarendon, and my great-grandmother was from Crofts Hill in Clarendon."

She added: "My aunties and my uncles - John, Peter, Lyn - all of them are from Clarendon. My mom was born in Clarendon."

"When St Catherine boasts, and South West St Andrew, that they gave to the party the first female leader and to Jamaica the first female prime minister, you can take credit, Clarendon. My mom was a Clarendonian."

In South West Clarendon, she made the similar pitch, urging Comrades to "support my cousin, (Noel) 'Butch' Arscott".

Arscott has been returned to serve as member of parliament for the constituency and joins North Central St Catherine's Natalie Neita-Headley and the Jamaica Labour Party's South West St Catherine MP Everald Warmington as Simpson Miller's cousins in Gordon House.

Neita-Headley, who is related to Simpson Miller by way of the Tulloch branch of the family tree, said her admiration for Simpson Miller was not because she is her cousin, but because of what she stands for as a person.

Warmington, who will be sitting on the opposition benches, said his father and Simpson Miller's father are cousins.

Do any of these names connect?


Comment by Rita Douglas-Bewry on June 22, 2014 at 14:40

My cousin, the Prime Minister of Jamaica is very likely part of the Douglas clan. I was with her yesterday and she told me that she knows that we are related but cannot say exactly how. Both her parents and my parents had indicated the fact that we were related but did not give any details. Oh how I wish that I taken steps to trace the family history before my parents generation passed.

Comment by Trudian Douglas on June 22, 2014 at 4:10

I am trying to find my Great grandfather's relatives. His name is James Douglas and he was originally from Point Hill St. Catherine. He moved to Birds Hill Clarendon with his Dad's sister and her 8 children. I am not sure if he had any brothers or sisters and no one is sure of his dad's name. He died in 1963 at the age of 96 which means he was born in 1867.

Comment by Thelma Douglas Singh on August 11, 2013 at 13:36
Greetings from Accra, Ghana. Anyrelatives in Jamaica? My grandfathers name was Charles Douglas and grandmother was Agnus Jones Douglas.
Comment by Thelma Douglas Singh on May 4, 2013 at 21:52
Hello Douglas Family, I am desperately trying to Douglas relatives from Jamaica. I believe my grandfathers name was Charles Douglas.
Comment by William Douglas on May 5, 2011 at 21:01
I have been adding some West Indies sportsmen and women to our list of biographies in the History section of the website. Help in identifying genealogy links would be very welcome.

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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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