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John Douglas/s 1764-1842, Surry County North Carolina-eastern Tennessee counties of Washington and Sullivan

John is my problem ancestor. I can document my son's lineage to William Douglass, 1785-1856, Surry Co. NC-Campbell Co. TN, but I can't connect him to his father, except via YDNA 111 markers at FTDNA, kit 144902, John V. Douglass.

John was born about 1764 in Rowan/Surry County NC. Father may be Alexander, Malachi, or unknown. John married Elizabeth Betsy Ford, daughter of Loyd Ford in 1786 Surry Co. NC. John served in the American Revolution. NC soldiers pension S2517, NARA



Added by Mary Clement Douglass on August 4, 2022 at 18:50 — No Comments

Rev. Matthew J. Douglas (1829-1865) starved to death at Cumberland Gap

Cumberland Gap: A bitter surrender Nicked from Facebook...

Derek J. H. Douglas writes:

My 3rd great grandfather, Rev. Matthew J. Douglas (1829-1865) is listed as a private on the rolls of the Confederacy's 11th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment (Holman's) in 1863. It is said that he was held prisoner in a cave at Cumberland Gap and starved to death, according to a family story that my grandfather Jessie Esler Douglas (1916-1970) was told by his father, George Washington Douglas (1891-1931). This story has…


Added by William Douglas on July 19, 2022 at 15:57 — No Comments

Dodgy applications

I am receiving a flood of dodgy applications to join the Douglas Archives.

Please be wary of any Friend requests or other suspect communications in case I fail to spot them.

Added by William Douglas on July 18, 2022 at 9:31 — 1 Comment

John Douglas and Wife Judith Moorman


Embracing the History of CAMPBELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA



With Illustrations




In 1784 Edward Douglas patented 3OO acres of land on Beaverpond creek. 18O4

patented 3OO additional acres on Beaverpond creek: this Edward may have been a

brother or son of John: whose children were Charles, Elizabeth," Thomas, Polly,



Added by Russell Lynn Drysdale on June 14, 2022 at 20:52 — 10 Comments

A SKETCH ... growing digital dust

See below comment section for pg 2,3,4 

Added by Russell Lynn Drysdale on May 5, 2022 at 17:00 — 3 Comments

April Newsletter - out now!

April Newsletter ready to download or read online.

We are experimenting with a new format, which you can read as a Flip Book, or download to your PC or laptop.…


Added by William Douglas on April 12, 2022 at 9:28 — 1 Comment

In Cedar Fort, in-laws On 3 different corners of the same intersection called Little England

John Hacking was born in Preston Lancashire England, September   16, 1835. His father died when he was four years old leaving a widow and four young children in poor circumstances. In the year 1839 the family received the gospel, and the next year the mother married John Fisher. When John S. Hacking was six years old…


Added by Russell Lynn Drysdale on March 31, 2022 at 21:10 — 8 Comments

Marquis of Douglas Ambassador to St. Petersburg.

The Marquis of Douglas, son of the Duke of Hamilton, was sent in 1807 as Ambassador to St. Petersburg. 

The Marquis of Douglas in 1808 was allowed to pass through France on his way home from Russia, his health being unequal to a sea passage.

This seems to have been a 'Special Mission'.

The Duke in 1807 was Archibald Hamilton, 9th Duke of Hamilton.  His son, Alexander, later 10th Duke of Hamilton, was presumably Marquis of Douglas in 1807?

Is this…


Added by William Douglas on March 15, 2022 at 21:00 — No Comments

Glenfunan games

The Glenfunan Games is a new way to learn about Douglas history and heritage using play for all ages.

Test your knowledge with the Quickfire Quiz or a word game

Colour in…


Added by William Douglas on March 11, 2022 at 20:11 — 1 Comment

Douglas slave traders

I'm trying to track down Douglases who were slave traders. I've met a Jamaican whose mother's maiden name was Douglas, and the family story is that she was descended from a union between a slave and a Douglas slave trader in the 1700s. 

My own Douglas history makes it possible that this man and I are related. Four brothers - George, Samuel, William and James came to the U.S. around 1784 with a 'Captain Stevenson' and James Shaw. Shaw was a teenager at the time, and was later Sir James…


Added by Daniel Stewart Robinson on March 3, 2022 at 2:11 — 1 Comment

Was Erkembald an early Douglas?

Erkembald fitz Erkembald, who had a 'set of the customary' five manors in England seems to have been a progenitor of several families.

Is Erkembald just a common name of the time (C1100) or was he just one person from Flanders who made merry with the women of England and Scotalnd and started one, or several, dynasties?

I have this rather curiously worded entry in the Douglas Archives:

William de Duglas, the first of the family in record, between 1175 and 1199,…


Added by William Douglas on February 27, 2022 at 10:20 — 2 Comments

Dryfebridge Cemetery - burial place of the Johnstone-Douglas family

A correspondent has provide photographs of a Johnstone-Douglas of Lockerbie final resting place. 

Dryfebridge Cemetery is a sleepy looking cemetery that lacks tender loving care and is fast disappearing as it is reclaimed by Mother Nature.

If you are family member, or live nearby, and are looking for a project, then this might be for…


Added by William Douglas on February 20, 2022 at 17:31 — No Comments

Interpretating families from their heraldry

As you will know, I often post a question based on a Douglas armorial that has surfaced, hoping that someone may be able to decipher it and help with the genealogy.

This weekend, I have been adding descriptors of ancient Douglas seals to about 20 of our ancestors.  These seals were appended to documents for marriages and for the acquisition and disposal of lands, and so on.  They help identify their owners and their activities on specific dates.

A seal for George Douglas of…


Added by William Douglas on February 20, 2022 at 17:00 — 5 Comments

Newbie enquiry.

Thanks for adding me to this site.

I am looking forward to learning more about the Douglas’s. 

I have requested a DNA kit so that I can share my ref number but it’ll be 2 months before the process will be complete. I’ll just need to be patient.

In the meantime could I ask if anyone knows how the Douglas’s in Alnwick, Northumberland, UK arrived there?

My earliest family member I have records for was Thomas Douglas, born in Alnwick in the late 1700’s and was a…


Added by Judith Allison Macleod on February 18, 2022 at 13:36 — 5 Comments

Office oft he President  District Commissioner Kabarole District Offices P.O. Box 38 Fort Portal + 256 770 954 9276 Musisa House, Boma, Fort Portal P.O. Box 38 Fort Portal - Uganda Staatswappen: The …

Office oft he President  District Commissioner

Kabarole District Offices

P.O. Box 38 Fort Portal

+ 256 770 954 9276

Musisa House, Boma, Fort Portal

P.O. Box 38 Fort Portal - Uganda

Staatswappen: The Republic of Uganda

Office oft he President of Uganda

Victoria Avenue

Kyagwe Rd. Kampala

P.O. Box 25497 Kampala

Kampala (Uganda)

U9th  November 2020





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Award from Uganda and the Kingdom Tooro

Added by Werner Conde Zurek de Grotów on January 29, 2022 at 12:39 — No Comments

Letter from Mary, Queen of Scots to the French Ambassador to England

This letter was sent to the French ambassador to England less than two months following Mary's daring escape from Lochleven castle on the 2nd May 1568, where she had been imprisoned following her forced abdication in favour of the infant James VI. Mary's escape from Lochleven was aided by George Douglas, the brother of the landowner,…


Added by William Douglas on January 28, 2022 at 19:10 — No Comments

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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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