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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 County and one from Campbell. I can't help wonder if they are related and possibly all learned their art from a common relative. I joined one of the message boards and plan to message one of the posters that seemed to be knowledgeable about the gunsmiths. It's a long shot but perhaps I can get more info on William.

*William Douglas a gunsmith born 1826 lived in Cocke County,TN and was a grandfather of Larry Douglas   His family left Cocke County to go Oklahoma and Texas.

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