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William Douglas's Blog – July 2022 Archive (2)

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…

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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

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'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.

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