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William Douglas's Blog – February 2015 Archive (2)

Thomas Douglas (Baillie of Edinburgh)

The epitaph below throws up some interesting issues.

It is normally thought that the Baillie was born in 1612, the year of the death of his presumed father, Sir James Douglas, 8th of Cavers. Here, it appears that he was born c1616.

The second matter is that there is no reference to a family - no wife and children mentioned. Yet is thought to be the ancestor of the Douglas family of Yarm.

I have not been able to trace his cousin, Richard Douglas, one of his heirs…

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Added by William Douglas on February 8, 2015 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Douglas the gunsmith

Found on Facebook: Anyone from Cocke County, Tennessee? If so have you done any yDNA testing? I was doing some research on William Douglas the gunsmith. Born 1785 in NC. Believed to be one of the sons of John Douglas from Surry County NC. It turns out there are some rifles attributed to William Douglas in the hands of collectors. One message board mentioned there being 3 different gunsmiths by the name of William Douglas during the same period. Two from Cocke…

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Added by William Douglas on February 6, 2015 at 20:00 — 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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