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William Douglas's Blog – June 2015 Archive (4)

Runaway servants

Julie has contributed this: "Genealogical abstracts from the American Weekly Mercury, 1719-1746" compiled by Kenneth Scott (c) 1974 1720 Pg 02 DOUGLASS, Archabald, Scotch servant, age c. 25 – runaway from James Pemberton, of Queen Ann Co., Maryland; if runaway is captured, notice to be given to Israel Pemberton of Phila. (7/21) 

Description: Reward Offered For Three Runaway Servant Men Named James GRIGG, Archabald DOUGLASS and William WILLSON.

Date: July 21…


Added by William Douglas on June 26, 2015 at 11:59 — No Comments

Flemish Roots and Scottish Branches

The Rutherfurds, like their cousins the Douglases, trace their ancestry back to West Flanders and to the powerful Erembald family. Other families in Britain who share these roots are the Ypres [Douglas], Furnes, Harnes, Lucy, Hacket and Winter families. The political events of the 11th and 12th centuries within Flanders were to change the lives of these families and push them down a migratory path which began in today's Belgium and ended up in Scotland, Ireland, America, Canada, New Zealand…


Added by William Douglas on June 22, 2015 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

William B. Douglass, explorer

William B. Douglass, (front row, 2nd from right) was Examiner of Surveys under the General Land Office when in 1909 he was in the expedition that 'discovered' Rainbow Bridge' in San Juan County on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.

William B. Douglass is a popular name, so I am having trouble identifying him.

Can anyone…

Added by William Douglas on June 15, 2015 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Death by drowning

Colin Douglas, one of the owners of the ‘Glenbervie’ drowned off quayhead at Demerara in February 1827 (Greenock Advertiser 10.4.1827)

David Douglas, 2nd engineer, SS Cortes, youngest son of the late James Douglas, carpenter, drowned at sea on 16th December 1874 (Greenock Telegraph 14.1.1875)

Donald Douglas, seaman, 1 Ardgowan Street, Greenock drowned at Quebec, Canada in June 1882 age 22 (Greenock Telegraph 24.7.1882)

Donald Douglas, AB, 10 Terrace Road, Greenock, lost when tug…


Added by William Douglas on June 3, 2015 at 16:14 — 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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