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Elizabeth "Lizbeth" Baird - "Mother Douglass"

Elizabeth "Lizbeth" Baird was daughter of Lewis M. Baird's Zebedee B. who fought alongside 6+ of his brothers in the Civil War. She was the wife of Andrew Douglass and was affectionately known as "Mother Douglas" for her vital role in caring for her son, George Washington Douglas's six children after their mother, Ollie Marshall's, untimely death in Newcomb, TN in 1922 of viral infection at the age of 30.

Lizbeth is pictured with Jessie Esler (right) with brother…


Added by William Douglas on January 12, 2022 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Sir William Arbuthnot of Kittybrewster (1950-2021

The news of the death of Sir William Arbuthnot in October has only just reached me.

Known to many as Kittybrewster, he was a Wikipedian and genealogist, and it seems in his spare time, a London banker.

His brother James, Baron Arbuthnot of Edrom, of Edrom in the County of Berwick PC, reported:

...he had awful Parkinson's Disease, and…


Added by William Douglas on January 4, 2022 at 11:05 — 1 Comment

New Years Honours - 2022

BBC Wales - Colin Jackson's Raise Your Game - Training ground - Jill Douglas

Congratulations to Jill Douglas who has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the  New Years Honours - 2022 for services to for services to Sport and Charity.

See: …


Added by William Douglas on January 3, 2022 at 13:12 — 1 Comment

Not to be confused with Drysdale

From  the  Kershaw  News  Era , Camden , SC Dec. 24 , 1948

 by Mrs. E. C. Croxton 

The name Truesdale is of English origin and is said to have been derived from the residence of its first bearer at a placed called Troutsdale in the North Riding of Yorkshire, England. In the ancient records, it is found in many different forms: Troutsdale, Truesdell, Trewsdell, etc., down to the generally accepted ones in…


Added by Russell Lynn Drysdale on January 3, 2022 at 12:51 — 2 Comments

Is this a Douglas seal?

Found in central Scotland, this seal could be the winged heart of a Douglas family. But is it?

And if not, whose crest might it be?…


Added by William Douglas on December 30, 2021 at 23:32 — No Comments

Could Douglas have Saxon name origins?

Added by Mark Stephen Elliott on December 27, 2021 at 1:23 — 3 Comments

Who is J. Boleyn Douglas?

Seaforth House, Simonstown.

“Captain Thomas Talbot Harrington, of the East India Company, was born in Wiltshire in 1780, and moved to the Cape in 1814 and built a house which he named after his wife's (Jemima Douglas 1784-1820) uncle, the Earl of Seaforth. The house was subsequently dismantled after his…


Added by William Douglas on December 3, 2021 at 14:35 — 1 Comment

The tale of Elizabeth and Margaret Douglas ;

blue sky above grey stone building with outer wall and tree in foreground with white blossom

Acknowledgement: Thank you to Dr Amy Blakeway, lecturer at the University of Kent and author of Regency in Sixteenth-Century Scotland, and Historic…


Added by William Douglas on November 30, 2021 at 13:30 — No Comments

Researching about Rachel Douglas

This Little Tyke is in search of the ancestors of his Great Grandmother Rachel Douglas.

We believe Douglas to be her maiden name.

Rachel (Douglas) Braitling appears in 1880 Census at her Mother-in-Law's home with husband and sons in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, USA.

Of note, George, the eldest, was born in Philadelphia or NYC while…


Added by GenTrax on November 1, 2021 at 21:17 — No Comments

Black Watch sketch book

A remarkable artist’s sketch book has come to light in, I think, a house clearance. 

I have been researching who the subjects might be and find that they were all in or serving with the Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) in Mesopotamia in 1916. 

With a couple of exceptions, those whose portraits I have seen were either killed on wounded.

A. Douglas.

Embarked, Marseilles, 5th December, 1915.

Disembarked, Basrah,…


Added by William Douglas on October 28, 2021 at 11:13 — No Comments

Mural of African American freedom fighter Frederick Douglass.

Not many followers will have passed along Lower Gilmore Place in Edinburgh recently, so won't have spotted a powerful new addition to the urban landscape: a striking mural of African American freedom fighter Frederick Douglass.

A close up of Frederick Douglass' bearded face on a mural

Added by William Douglas on October 17, 2021 at 19:24 — No Comments

Battle of Old Byland - memorial planned

The Battle of Old Byland was part of First War of Scottish Independence, fought on 14th October 1322 on Scawton Moor, Yorkshire, England.

The Battle of Old Byland (also known as the Battle of Byland Moor and Battle of Byland Abbey) was a significant encounter between Scots and English troops in Yorkshire in October 1322, forming part of the Wars of Scottish Independence. It was a victory for the Scots, the most significant since Bannockburn, though on a far smaller scale.

I am…


Added by William Douglas on September 22, 2021 at 10:22 — No Comments

Which Brigadier Douglas?

I am attempting to identify which officer this item refers to.

Can you help?

From the history of the 37th Regiment

In mid-April (1858) a column from the recently relieved Lucknow under Brigadier Lugard attacked the rebels in the rear at the Jaunpore bridge. Kunwar Singh fled southwards towards the Ganges, pursued by two columns of British troops, including one comprised of 37th soldiers under Brigadier Douglas. This came up with the enemy…


Added by William Douglas on September 7, 2021 at 11:36 — 2 Comments

The valiant Scottish Earl Douglas, also called 'Black Dudley', in a black cap with a little medal, profile - or is it?

In the early 16th century Charles II D'Amboise commissioned Bernardino de' Conti to do a portrait painting for him in 1505 AD. Although a friend and patron of Leonardo Da Vinci, D'Amboise picked de' Conti for his traditional style of oil painting.

Prominently inscribed on the top left the painting reads, "The Earl of Douglas surnamed Black Dudley"…


Added by William Douglas on September 5, 2021 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Not the Front Stairs!

Not the Front Stairs!


Added by William Douglas on August 31, 2021 at 14:00 — No Comments

Line of ancestry from me to Archibald Douglas, 2nd Lord of Douglas

Martin Antony Joseph Crowly


Mrs Margret Helen Marie Crowly

your mother

Arthur Francis Braun

her father

Arthur Frederick Nicholas Braun

his father

Francis Caesar Braun

his father

Catharine Caroline (Lina) Blessig

his sister

Sophia Julia St George/Heyder

her daughter

Theodora Harrison

her daughter

Charles Anthony Harrison



Added by Martin Crowly on August 19, 2021 at 22:43 — 2 Comments

Douglas and his birth

On November 15, 2015 I gave the birth of Edward Douglas with an age of 40 in 1640 which was recorded in Northampton County, Virginia in "Orders, Wills, and Deeds"#1 page 218, 1612-1640, "age 40 in 1640". At the time I thought this was a reference to Edward Douglas, husband of Isabella Dale. I, now, realize this is a reference to the father of Edward Douglas, husband of Isabella. This Edward Douglas was married to Elizabeth Bowman, and, undoubtedly son of Edward Douglas, born 1560, husband of…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on August 13, 2021 at 21:45 — No Comments

Edward Douglas and Dumferline, Fife, Scotland

I have examined the Dunfermline of Fife, Scotland and come up with the following-

Edward Douglas, born 1560 married Jonet Sanders 23 August 1584. Their were two children- Margaret and Thomas. Thomas Douglas was born 8 Oct 1589. I suggest that there was another son, Edward Douglas, born 1590, who married Elizabeth Bowman. Why this Edward is not shown in the record I cannot say. I realize I am speculating but it seems we have two valid possibilities.

Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on August 13, 2021 at 17:34 — 1 Comment

Edward Douglas, Junior, and Senior

Looking back at the will of Edward Douglas of Northampton County, Virginia, we see a reference to Cousin Edmund Boman/Bowman of Accomack County, Virginia. I, now, realize that Edward Douglas' mother had to have the surname Boman and be a 1st cousin. This, also, meant there had to be an additional generation which makes Lt. Colonel Edward Douglas a Junior. This resolves our problems. Based on John Martyn's observation in 1669 Edward Douglas, Junior's wife was Elizabeth Bowman. The pieces now…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on July 5, 2021 at 20:00 — 2 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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