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Embracing the History of CAMPBELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA
With Illustrations


In 1784 Edward Douglas patented 3OO acres of land on Beaverpond creek. 18O4
patented 3OO additional acres on Beaverpond creek: this Edward may have been a
brother or son of John: whose children were Charles, Elizabeth," Thomas, Polly,
Judith, John, Anne, Achilles and Dorcas.

John Douglas emigrated from Scotland, settled in Orange county where he lived
and died. He married Judith, the daughter of Charles and Judith Moorman: their
son, Achilles, born 1752, married in 1779 Elizabeth, the daughter of Micajah and
Sarah Lynch-Terrell and moved to Campbell county-Achilles Douglas was a member
of the Society of Friends at South River and for some years was clerk of the
meeting. He manumitted his slaves in 1782. In 1786 he was one of the trustees of
Lynchburg. Micajah Terrell, his father-in-law, was a Quaker preacher: the first
meeting of the Campbell county justices took place in his home in 1782; he
offered a site for the county seat, but though his proposition was taken under
consideration and gained many advocates, it was finally rejected in favor of the
more central Rust site. Children of Achilles and Elizabeth T. Douglas:

Sarah, born 1781, married Newby, the son of William Johnson.

Judith, born 1783, m. Jonathan Johnson, the brother of Newby.

Mildred Young, born 1785, married Richard Tyree, and was disowned for marrying

Deborah, born 1787, m. Anselm, son of Benjamin and Mary Johnson.

Elizabeth, born 179O, m. Mahlon Cadwallader.

John Lynch, born 1797, m. Sally Lynch-Terrell.

Achilles Moorman, born 180O, m. Anne L. Terrell; their son, Charles Achilles
Douglass, born 183O, m. Caroline Matilda, the dau. of Ralph and Susan

Marriages: 1795, Edward Douglass m. Mary Ann Jude; 1796, Sarah Douglass m.
Langhorne Scruggs.

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Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on June 17, 2022 at 14:20

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on June 17, 2022 at 14:17

From North American Immigrants group , Douglas archives , only 2 Douglass listed in Orange County - John and Robert .

Douglass [B]

The English burned Virginia’s 1790 Census during the War of 1812.

Most of what we know about Head of Households comes from tax lists

Name                        county                      tax        list page

Douglass, John         Halifax              1789PersonalB06

Douglass, John         Henry               1790PersonalB05

Douglass, John         KingQueen       1790   Land     04

Douglass, John         KingQueen       1790PersonalB04

Douglass, John         Orange             1790PersonalA04

Douglass, Jonathan  Caroline            1789   Land     03

Douglass, Jonathan  Caroline            1789Personal  05

Douglass, Robert      Orange             1790PersonalA04

Douglass, Thomas    Albemarle         1789PersonalB05

Douglass, Thomas    Augusta            1790PersonalC05

Douglass, Thomas    Halifax              1789PersonalB07

Douglass, Thomas    Washington      1787PersonalB04

Douglass, Thomas,    Jr (BC) Halifax 1789PersonalB07

Douglass, William      Caroline            1789Personal  05

Douglass, William      CharlesCity       1790   Land     06

Douglass, William      Culpeper           1791PersonalA07

Douglass, William      Halifax               1789PersonalB06

Douglass, William      NewKent           1791Personal   07

Douglass, William      NewKent           1790   Land      05

(of Sherman)

Douglass, William,     Jr Halifax           1789PersonalB07

Douglis, Archabild     Stafford              1789Personal A03

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on June 15, 2022 at 11:43
Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on June 15, 2022 at 11:33

If his birth was 1700 , John  would have been old enough - and in the same area  [ Orange County Virginia ] when George Douglas of Accomack  provided assistance to the Saponi Indians - As recorded in Orange county records . 

Comment by William Douglas on June 15, 2022 at 8:57

This will be the mysterious John Douglas:
John Douglass was kidnapped when a baby and brought to Virginia. The
exact date of his birth is not known, but from circumstances it seems he
was born about 1700 or a little earlier. He was born i n Scotland and was
i n line for an Earldom.

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