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Edward Douglas (Junior) taking root in Vurginia

The first reference to Lt Col Edward Douglas is in 1638 or 1639. By 1650 he had risen to fourth in importance in both Northampton and Accomack Counties of Virginia. See Deeds, Wills, etc. iv, 1651-1654 "On March 1651 "We whose names are subscribed whereby promise to be true and faithful to the Commonwealth of England, as it is , now established, without King or House of Lords- Nathaniel Littleton, Obedience Robins, Edmund Scarburgh, Edward Douglas, " and it continues with 50 or more names.

I, recently, presented a blog that referenced Dale's Gift and the uncertainty of its boundary, resulting in numerous border disputes. I had been directing my attention to Isabel Gaynor, wife of Edward Douglas. I, now, turn to Edward Douglas, her husband, and background as well. I, also, mentioned the passing of Edward Douglas in the home of his cousin, Edmund Boman.(Sometimes shown as Bowman.)What all this means is that Isabel is not directly connected to Isabel Gaynor) Isabel's maiden name was Pettus and she was born in1596. Her parents were Thomas Pettus and Cecily King. Thomas Pettus was born September 17, 1552 at Norwich, Norfolk, England. Lt Colonel Edward Douglas had a later marriage to a Mary Pendleton, daughter of Henry  mayor of Gainsborough and his wife, Susanah. (Isabella had a sister, so it seems to me, that married Henry Pendleton and must have accompanied The Douglas family when they arrived in Virginia. (See will of John Martyn, Merchant, 16 June 1669/29 Dec 1669, f74-"Of London and bound for England on the ship "Providence" of London, ready to sail. In regard of the further love and affection I bear to Miss Elizabeth Douglas, daughter-in-law to Thomas Teackle, and in regard of Mary Douglas (and to others, now at sea, all my estate in Virginia now in the hands of Thomas Teackle except 1000 pounds to Thomas Teackle. Witt: John Custis, John Robins. (Elizabeth Douglas married John Willett, who qualified as the Administrator See pages 83, 86, 102)

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