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Looking back at the will of Edward Douglas of Northampton County, Virginia, we see a reference to Cousin Edmund Boman/Bowman of Accomack County, Virginia. I, now, realize that Edward Douglas' mother had to have the surname Boman and be a 1st cousin. This, also, meant there had to be an additional generation which makes Lt. Colonel Edward Douglas a Junior. This resolves our problems. Based on John Martyn's observation in 1669 Edward Douglas, Junior's wife was Elizabeth Bowman. The pieces now feel like a puzzle that fits together. 

We begin with Edward Douglas, Senior, born December 04, 1590, in Norwich, Norfolk County, England and wife, Elizabeth Bowman. Elizabeth Bowman was a sister of Edmond Bowman. There were eight additional brothers and sisters. Their parents were Thomas Bowman and Annas Dickson of Askham, Westmoreland County, England. Thomas Bowman was born January 13,1572 and died February 1, 1623. The parents of Thomas Bowman were Crillian Bowman and Margaret Lancaster. All lived in Westmoreland County. (This information on the Bowmans rings true and needs to be supported with evidence.) I suggest the father of Edward Douglas, Senior was a Douglas named George who was born 1576 and died 1657. This George Douglas was supposedly a son of James, 4th Earl of Morton and his Mistress Elizabeth Cullen. This, too, needs to be substaniated. 

Edward Douglas, Sr. and Elizabeth Bowman had three children- Edward Douglas, Jr. who married Isabella Gaynor, Thomas, who is mentioned only once and seems to disappear, and Elizabeth who married Henry Pendleton.

Edward Douglas, Jr. I have given extensive information about but it will not hurt to focus on a couple of areas that need emphasizing. There was a wedding that took place in Dun ferine Parish Scotland, the marriage of Andrew Elder and Janet Phine. Edward Douglas, Jr. and his wife, Isabella, attended the wedding. Isabella was shown as "hand" in  Douglas and was born about 1615. (I am not familiar with this expression) and Edward Douglas are shown as witnesses, along with Thomas Douglas and William Pillores. See Parish Register 1561-1700, November 11, 1632 is the date of the wedding. Edward Douglas was born about 1612.

I show Thomas as a brother of Edward Douglas, Jr. He was neither a father or son of Edward. What happened to Thomas Douglas is a mystery. 

Elizabeth Douglas, daughter of Edward Douglas, Sr. and Elizabeth Bowman, was born 1623 in in Norwich, Norfolk and, in 1643 married Henry Pendleton, Jr, with a reputation as merchant in Norwich, Norfolk. Her husband, Henry Pendleton, was born Dec 26, 1614 and died Dec 20, 1682 Henry had a home called Racheath Hall. Henry was christened at St Stephens Dec 26, 1614 and buried at St Preters, Nancroft, Norfolk, England. His father, Henry Pendleton, was mayor of Gainesboro, in Suffolk Co England.

About a decade ago I shared some information on the Willet family of England. (Remember William Willett married Elizabeth Douglas, daughter of Edward Douglas, Jr and Isabella) I discovered a document on which William Willett had impressed his seal which was a 'lion rampant'. I followed this up with comments about this family which I repeat now. The Willets were the royal cloth makers of England and the Crown of England gave this family permission to include rampant lions on their shield. This was to Thomas Willett of Waltenstow, Essex, England. 

Arms Willett- Argent three bars gemelles, in chief, three lions, rampant, sable

Crest- Out of a ducal coronet or a heathcock volent sable

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Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on July 6, 2021 at 11:15
Comment by William Douglas on July 6, 2021 at 9:53

Could Dun ferine Parish Scotland be Dunfermline, Fife?

Dunfermline is close to Lochleven, one of the Douglas early residences.

I have notes on Douglas connections with the town here>>>

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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