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Douglass of Delaware County, New York

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Mcclintock Dec 27, 2020. 9 Replies

My 3rd great grandfather, James Douglass was born in September, 1798, in Delaware County, New York. He later lived in Caroline, Tompkins Co., New York. And later kept moving west until he died in…Continue


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Peter Mcclintock replied to Dorothey L Sherman's discussion Douglass of Delaware County, New York
"Libby is my 2nd great aunt.  She was born Sarah Elizabeth Douglass, Sept 21, 1865 to James Sutfin Douglass and Caroline Tamma Bryant, in Dryden NY.  She died May 5, 1950.  She married Frederick Eugene Bascom, Nov 11, 1903.  Their…"
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William Douglas replied to Dorothey L Sherman's discussion Douglass of Delaware County, New York
"I have a note of a Libbie Douglass who was born in New York in about 1866 to James Sutfin Douglass and Caroline Tamma Bryant."
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Which Douglas line are you researching? Dates and places help making connections.
James Douglass b 1798 in Delaware Co., New York. He is the James Douglass mentioned in your article about the poor farm in Dunbar, Otoe Co., Nebraska. He is my great-great-great grandfather.

After DNA testing through FamiyTree DNA, it appears that we descend from Malcolm Douglass, Laird of Mains who was charged with treason, along with his father-in-law, in 1584 and executed on the same day. They were later determined to be innocent. Malcolm had 5 sons, the first, Alexander inherited the title, and upon his death, the second son became Laird. The other sons were James, William and George. I have been unable to find what happened to them. Descendants of Malcolm did come to Virginia/Maryland, but, I have not found a connection to them, at this time.
Who is your earliest known Douglas ancestor?
James Douglass b 1798
dna haplotype
My maiden name is Douglass. Family oral history is adamant that we use the "double s". I have been collecting family information all my life, even as a young child. Focused research has been my passion for at least 40 years. In all records I have found the "double s" including census, land, probate, etc. The reasoning for the "double s" has been lost. My dad, who will be 93 years old in October, 2009, tells me that his grandfather told him it indicated descent from the Black Douglasses.

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At 10:07 on September 29, 2009, William Douglas said…
Welcome to our Community Network, Dorothy.

I am convinced that collaborative working is the key to success - it is certainly working for me in researching the Douglas-Willan branch. Though those 'brick walls' remain stubbornly solid, we are knocking down some of the barriers around the edges, so I am sure we will win through.

Likewise, I hope those early Douglasses of Delaware County become more visible to you.

Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Yours aye,


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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