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December 2015 Blog Posts (11)

Dale's Gift

In 1697 a patent of 600 acres was re-issued to William Willett, formerly held by Edward Douglas, Jr., as that part had never been seated and had escheated. This patent had been issued to Lt Col Edward Douglas in the year, 1657, the year that Douglas died. The 1100 acre patent issued to Edward Douglas, Sr. in 1644 remained untainted and was held by William Willett. William Willett still retained the 2000 acre patent, which was on the seaboard side of Northampton Co. This had been assigned to…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on December 27, 2015 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

Most wanted - The Douglas brick walls

At long last, I have begun the task of a listing of family research brick walls.

Please let me have any on your list to add to the collection.

Added by William Douglas on December 27, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Happy Christmas

Added by William Douglas on December 24, 2015 at 5:00 — 2 Comments

Mary Douglas born 1645

I need your help... I have not found concrete proof of the ancestry of my Mary Douglas.  Mary Douglas was my 7th GGmother.  She married John Kimbrough and they came to America with 3 children.  Unproven is her ancestry.  Robert Douglas is listed as her father, however there are Many many Robert Douglas's.  Do these names ring a bell with anyone and can anyone help... please.. my trip to Scotland is in 4 months and I would love to have some sort of a lead...

Thank you in…


Added by Sheri Stewart on December 19, 2015 at 1:47 — 2 Comments

John Willett

There was an Inventory of John Willett.s estate one month following its Administration. William Willett, only child of John and Elizabeth Willett, was apecifically named in the Inventory as the sole benefactor.

Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on December 15, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Captain William Willett, Gent.

Capt William Willett was ten years of age when his father, John Willett, passed away, and his mother, Elizabeth Douglas Willett, fled the country. It was his grandmother, Isabella Dale and her, then, husband, Rev Thomas Teackle, who provided William Willett with their home until he was of age to accept his inheritance of the Dale plantation. William is listed in the Tithables of 1779-1782 as being in the home of Rev Teackle, Northampton Co. I am sure the Order Books for Northampton Co show…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on December 13, 2015 at 18:30 — 1 Comment discontinue Family Tree Maker announced in this blog post that they will discontinue their Family Tree Maker software, effective 31st December 2015.

For long term users, this must seem like a slap in the face. So what are the alternatives?

Many former FTM users are turning to Legacy, my desktop genealogy…


Added by William Douglas on December 9, 2015 at 12:47 — 2 Comments

Lt Col Edward Douglas

I decided to search for Edward Douglas and give his family name a second S. On occasion Edward did use the double S but not on his will. I was suspicious of the Norfolk family as no shred of evidence had been presented.and

I found in Scotland evidence of father and son . At least I think I did.

Edward Douglas, {born 1590)  and Janet Phelane mar August 22, 1613. Dumfermline, Fife, Scotland Parish Register (1561-1700) Andrew Elder mar Janet Pane 11 Nov 1632, hand Isabel.…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on December 6, 2015 at 23:02 — 2 Comments

Douglas Family

James David Douglas asked if George Douglas of Accomack Co, Virginia was related to our Edward. No. I believe that line has been traced back to its origins. James David asked me about Thomas Hunt. I am a direct descendant of Thomas HuntIII, will 1719, Northampton Co, by his 2) wife Smart Tankred. Smart  Hunt, widow of Thomas Hunt, mar William Webb. It so happens Thomas and Smart named their first son, Hillary. I descend from Thomas Hunt IV, his second son.

Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on December 5, 2015 at 23:00 — 1 Comment

Stringer Family

Sarah Joyne was the daughter of John Tankred and Sarah Smart. At the time of her father's death Sarah was six years of age and her siblings were near her age as well. Furthermore Sarah's mother was expecting the birth of a child. There was only one person she could turn to and that was her uncle Col John Stringer Her late husband had no relations. John Tankred came from Yorkshire as a boy. Sarah Tankred;s mother, Mary Stringer, widow of Lt. Col William Andrews, had died in 1660. William…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on December 1, 2015 at 19:30 — 3 Comments

John Stringer

Continuing with the Stringer connection-When Mary Stringer married William Smart she placed her children by Lt Col William Andrews with different families. I have already provided the placements of Mary and Ann Andrews in appropriate homes. Son, John Andrews, died before 4 April 1678 and son Andrew Andrews mar Elizabeth Johnson died in 1688.(See Adventures of Purse and Person, page 76) Mary Stringer mar 2) William Smart. The couple had two children, John Smart who mar Tabitha Hill and Sarah…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on December 1, 2015 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

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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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