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I was curious as to how Gertrude Harmanson qualified to handle the will of John Senior, Jr. in probate of the will after Martha Senior, widow, refused. I was also motivated to find further connections to Lt Col Edward Douglas.

Gertrude was one of the wives of Herman Harmanson and he was the son of Colonel Thomas Harmanson, Sr. a native of Brandenburg, Germany.

I ,now, return to Lt Col Edward Douglas. Late in the year 1657 we find Col Douglas in the home of his cousin, Major Edmund Bowman in Accomack County. This is where Colonel Douglas died. We shall start with the will of Major Edmund Bowman, written 24 Feb 1691 and proved 15 Mar 1691 (See wills, etc 1682-1697, page 235, Accomack Co, Va. Major Bowman had three wives- Margaret---, Elizabeth---, and Catherine West. Daughters Sarah born 1645 and Gertrude about 1650. Sarah was to marry Southy Littleton and and Gertrude marry Sebastian Cropper.

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Comment by William Douglas on January 24, 2018 at 11:46

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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