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Jane DOUGLAS of Edenburt County Cavan

Started this discussion. Last reply by William Douglas Jun 30, 2020. 3 Replies

I found my Great Great Grandmother Jane DOUGLAS on a surviving fragment of the 1821 census at Edenburt near Virginia Co. Cavan Ireland.  She was born 1813 and had brothers Alexander and John.  She…Continue

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DOUGLAS of Cavan Ireland

Started this discussion. Last reply by William Douglas May 19, 2016. 1 Reply

My Great Great Grandmother was Jane or Jean DOUGLAS b1813.I found Jane in Whitehaven, Cumberland England where, in 1835 she married Thomas BENNET(T).  Jane had a brother, John DOUGLAS, who settled in…Continue

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I found Jean DOUGLAS b 1812 on a fragment of the 1821 census at Edenburt Co. Cavan.  She was shown as the daughter of 30 yr old widow, Ann Douglas, along with her brothers Alexander (aged 6) Robert (aged 4) and John (aged 2).Jane/Jean went to Whitehaven in Cumbria and John went to Liverpool, Lancashire.  In 1836, Jane married Thomas BENNET at St Bees, Cumberland.  Unfortunately, as Ann was a widow, her husband remains unidentified but he must have been alive in 1818 assuming that John was…See More
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Douglas families in Ireland

Researching members of the Douglas family in Ireland is notoriously difficult.  So many records have been destroyed, and the families often moved on to America, or elsewhere.This group is for those tracing their ancestors in Ireland.See More
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Which Douglas line are you researching? Dates and places help making connections.
My Great Great Grandmother was Jane DOUGLAS b1813. She lived in Whitehaven in Cumberland but at some time she and her brother John had come from Edenburt in Co. Cavan. I found them on the 1821 Census with their mother Ann, who was at the tender age of just 30, a widow.
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Jane DOUGLAS - born 1813, Ann DOUGLAS b c1790
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At 8:07 on January 17, 2019, Alison Christine Hodgkiss ( born said…

Hi James, I suppose we are both disappointed by the DNA results.

With what you had discovered it felt so true I could almost touch it!

(Maybe wishful thinking will do that after many years without a result).

Never mind..In my case.."Back to the drawing board.."

I thought I would share a recent finding from Wikipedia..& wondered if you had sighted it previously :

where you will see a pic of Sholto Douglas's cousin Lord Alfred Douglas with Oscar Wilde. (Douglas had stood surety for Wilde's bail).

And please don't hesitate to get in touch if you come across any more promising leads..My Meath connection is definitely correct..But beyond...Still, I do believe the Douglas family connects to its Scottish roots not too far beyond the early 1800's.

All the best.

Alison (Ballarat, Australia)

At 6:17 on January 16, 2019, Alison Christine Hodgkiss ( born said…

Hi James,

I wondered why I hadn't heard back from you since we last exchanged ideas and our DNA kit numbers.

Mine eventually came through which I double checked today...Sadly match was identified with yours and mine.

"No shared DNA segments found

406276 SNPs used for this comparison.

Comparison took 0.219 seconds.
CPU time used: 0.040 cpu seconds.

Ver: Jan 16 2019 01:57:49"

No arguing with DNA..I guess. 

Thank you for contacting me re. the Douglas's of Ireland..

It was worth a try!

Keep on..keeping on!

Nest wishes,

Alison Hodgkiss, Ballarat, Australia

I'll still be available on here and on my email if anything further come sto mind.

At 9:02 on December 29, 2018, Alison Christine Hodgkiss ( born said…

Hi James, 

Very exciting and most promising news you bring! :)

We 'must' be connected..

I thought my DNA had been uploaded onto hadn't!

However, as of 10 minutes ago it now is.

My Kit no. : YN9565196  See if you can do the 'one-to-one' comparison as soon as it becomes available  (24hrs?)

Without searching my profile. by memory I wrote..

my Gt Grandparents were Aaron Douglas(1838-1901) & Rose Coffey(1836-1899)..both from Meathtravelled separately to Melbourne Australia where they married and started my grandmother's line. (Elizabeth McFarlane, nee Douglas)

Aaron's father: George (William?) Douglas (farmer)B. abt 1809 perhaps Oldcastle? Meath.

Aaron's mother: Mary Sweeney B. abt 1811..Meath?

Rose Coffey's father : Michael Coffey (blacksmith)..abt 1815 ..Meath, Ireland.

Rose's mother: Ellen Boghan or Bagshaw? (prob Meath?)

That's all I can positive confirm..going by marriage cert in Melb Australia.

However, the Douglas siblings names seemed to be repeated and certainly a George William Douglas Snr and Jnr were used here.

One exciting development of late has been the confirmation (thanks to DNA) on "My Heritage" of discovering a Douglas descendant 88yr old 1st cousin x2 removed..right in my own backyard. so to speak..From there I have met her one remaining sister, and been privileged to obtain various old photographs of her family..which I am still scanning editing and saving to usb for them both.

Kit No. B381442

Best stick to ..How do I find your tree?

My profile is : kunajas Victoria, Australia..Tree "McFarlane Family Tree"


Looking forward to hearing further from you.

Kindest Regards,

Alison Hodgkiss,(nee McFarlane), Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

At 11:59 on April 16, 2016, William Douglas said…

I have just located a Rev John Douglas, who was a curate in St Bees in 1825. I am working on his entry right now. He could be a relative?

I am adding more to the Cumberland page today, as well. And linking in this entry: which is a bit of unproven fun with a supposed Bonnie Prince Charlie connection.

But you are more interested in Ireland.  We have a group for Douglas families in Ireland.

At 11:37 on April 15, 2016, William Douglas said…

Welcome to our group, James.

I have not been very successful in my Cumberland research, but there are some names on this list which may help:

I will be updating the page later today, if I can find more.

Also, I suggest that you search this section using the box top right. There are several 'Cumberland' references.

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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