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Colonel John Douglas

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Henry Dec 22, 2014. 7 Replies

Samuel Douglas, former plantation owner in Jamaica, died Charleston, SC, 1799, refers in his will to one of his Executors as, "Colonel John Douglas of one of the Bahamas Islands", and I wonder if…Continue

Galloway Douglases

Started Dec 1, 2010 0 Replies

Contact me for the Galloway parents and siblings of the following:- John Douglas, Provost Marshall of Island of Grenada, died there, 31 July, 1838, aged 36. John Douglas, son of Provost of Gatehouse…Continue

'Early Douglas Settlers in America'

Started Nov 26, 2010 0 Replies

1)  From the above list, I am seeking information on: "Campbell Douglas, born Kirkcudbrightshire during 1782.  Grocer in Charleston, North Carolina.  Nat.19 October, 1813, Charleston, South…Continue

Douglas with West Indies Connections

Started Nov 26, 2010 0 Replies

Ref. West Indies List:Anyone with an interest in Robert Douglas, Kelton Settlement, Trelawny, Jamaica, ( see "two wills located at the Public Records Office in Jamaica", ) can contact me for full…Continue


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Samuel Douglas of Windsor Plantation, Jamaica. Died 9 Jan.,!799, 'Charleston', South Carolina. Originated Galloway, Scotland.

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Marion (Douglas) Murphy

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 15:54 0 Comments

Looking for information on Marion Murphy m.s. Douglas, who resided South Carolina in the early 1800s.  Any information would be appreciated.

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At 15:15 on January 24, 2018, Beverly Behan said…

Bob: That's so very kind of you to check; but I'm not surprised there's no mention of any of them in the papers.  If I come across any connection between a Wm Douglas and Jean McKie in my line, will let you know.  So far, my best chance seems to be this grave in Kirkmadrine of a James Douglas but I'm not 100% disappointed that many of these records, as you mentioned, were destroyed in a fire.  Thanks ever so much again for all your kind assistance.

At 16:36 on January 23, 2018, Beverly Behan said…

No - and understand many British newspapers on on-line including many from Scotland. So that's a good idea for sure. I guess I just figured that my family didn't seem very prominent, so unless someone was hanged for stealing a horse or something, they probably wouldn't be in the news!  Cheers!

At 10:40 on January 23, 2018, Bob Henry said…

Hi Bev.

Do a 'fuzzy match' for James Douglas on SP and let me know what you think of result.  Sorry a bit pushed for time re my reply to your last.


At 20:58 on January 21, 2018, Beverly Behan said…

I sincerely appreciate all your help and guidance, Bob. Thank you! 


At 20:35 on January 21, 2018, Bob Henry said…

Thanks for all the additional detail, Bev.   Will keep plugging away.


At 18:26 on January 21, 2018, Beverly Behan said…

Bob:  One other thing - Margaret McKie Douglas I have a death date (but no death record as yet) of Sept 27, 1905 for her. She appears in the 1901 census living in Sorbie with her eldest son John, his son James (B 1859) and spouse Isabella as well as their 4 children (Margaret's great-grandchildren).  Hope that's helpful. Sincere thanks again for all your help!


At 18:17 on January 21, 2018, Beverly Behan said…

PS:  The census of 1841 suggests James and Margaret would both have been born in 1811 but I know census data was typically "rounded" five years. Interestingly, she was born in 1808 and they are both listed as being the same age. So I strongly believe that record of the birth of James Douglas in 1808 in Garliestown is the right one for this James Douglas!  What I wish I could find is his death record circa 1841-51 but no such luck.

At 18:14 on January 21, 2018, Beverly Behan said…

Hi, Bob!  James, who married Margaret in 1834 seems to have died between 1841 and 1851 because he and Margaret are together (and both listed as 30 years of age) in the 1841 census along with their 2 boys.  By the 1851 census, Margaret is "head of household" and the boys and her mother, Janet, are all living together.  Sincere thanks again!


At 4:01 on January 21, 2018, Beverly Behan said…

Hi, Bob! Managed to do some more research last week.  Am quite convinced that my James (m to Margaret McKie) was B 1808, son of James Douglas and Isabella Smith but can find nothing on them except that they had 4 other children:  George B 1798, Isabella B 1800, Elisabeth B 1803 and John B 1805. I did find a grave of a James Douglas in Kirkmadrine Church in Sandhead - he died June 4, 1816 at 49 (B 1767).  Notably, the gravestone states "John Douglas, Son of James and Isabella Douglas" is also interred with him; I therefore concluded that he may be James' father (the boy's grandfather). I also found a birth cert for a James Douglas dated 1767 in the Sorbie OPR. His father is listed as Georg Duglas.  No luck on him; there is a grave in Kirkcowan for a George Douglas who had a son named James but he died in 1826 (10 years after the guy whose grave contains the son of James and Isabella) so I don't think that's right. 

Also found another tree on Ancestry where someone else was claiming that James Douglas (B 1808, son of James and Isabella) was married to their ancestor Janet Hall (not my ancestor Margaret McKie).  However, that person had the death cert of their James and it showed his mother's surname as McRobert, so he is not the son of Isabella Smith. 

No luck finding the death cert of James (husband of Margaret McKie) between 1841 and 1851 - he surely died at that time, as he is in the 1841 census and she is head of household in 1851. 

Anyway, I think I've made a bit of progress here but am now stuck on George.  Any help you can offer is GREATLY appreciated. Many thanks again Bob!


At 19:53 on January 7, 2018, Beverly Behan said…

Hi, Bob!  Here's the gravestone:  PottsGravestone.jpeg  It is in St. Ninian's Priory churchyard in Whitehorn and bears the name of my grandfather in Edmonton and great-grandmother, Margaret Douglas (wife of Wm. Potts, the deceased).  Here is Margaret's birth certificate.  MargaretDouglasBirthCert.pdf And this is her father, William's William.pdf. HIs parents were James Douglas and Margaret McKie.  In a census, I find her mother, Janet McKie, living with them. Helpful at all????


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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