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Which Douglas line are you researching? Dates and places help making connections.
Francis(frank) came on Helvellyn 1863 to Auckland NZ. Married to Elizabeth, nee Kidd. Daughter, Ann married Peter Baxter Ross, 1869, Wanganui. Her sister Mary married David Gouk. Other siblings
Who is your earliest known Douglas ancestor?
Francis --as above

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Thanks for the welcome.

Posted on September 29, 2012 at 1:43 1 Comment

I have the family history for the Francis Douglas family who arrived in 1863. It is on family search I hope. My nana, Flora Ross/Miller wrote her mother Ann's history. Annie lived till aged 97 and died at Waikato Hospital.. She was endowed with quite a sense of humour-- I have some autographs of hers.

Francis Douglas ?b. Carlyle Cumberland(snr) d. 14/9/1892 Akld, NZ married Elizabeth Kidd b 16 oct 1825, Biggar, Scotland; d. Dec 1866, Akld, NZ-- daughter of Alex Kidd and Ann… Continue

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At 12:43 on July 11, 2013, William Douglas said…
At 15:26 on September 28, 2012, William Douglas said…

Further to your enquiry, I came across this, and wonder of details of Francis Douglas might be found in military records:

The single men who came out in the Helvellyn had no occasion to seek employment when they landed at Auckland, as they were immediately met by recruiting officers and given the option of joining the Volunteer Corps or the Militia, to serve in the Waikato War. About thirty fine young fellows were sent to barracks, and a few days later to the camps at Otahuhu and Drury for training; they subsequently took an active part in some of the fighting.

I also found this:
Among the passengers by the Helvellyn were... Mrs. David Gouk (widow of the late Mr. Gouk, ship builder), ... and other well-known colonists.

Was 'your' David Gouk a son?

Not metioned in the above list of well-known colonists was John Duthie (28 February 1841 – 14 October 1915), who was a politician and businessman in New Zealand. Originally from Scotland, he came to Auckland in 1863. He set up his own ironmongery in New Plymouth, then Wanganui, and he finally settled in Wellington. In the latter city, he was mayor for one term. He then represented Wellington in Parliament for a total of eleven years. For the last two years of his life, he was appointed to the New Zealand Legislative Council.

At 15:18 on September 28, 2012, William Douglas said…

Welcome to our community network, Louise.

Wanganui seems a popular location for Douglas ancestors. I have three entries in the history section that mention it and three in the genealogy section.  I have two Elizabeth Kidds, but not the one you want.

Happy hunting!

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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