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Sept 28, 2015

Lt. Col Edward Douglas was born in 1580. He deposed in Northampton County Court in the close of 1640 that he was 60 years of age. (Orders, Wills, Deeds, etc., 1 #1 1632-1640, page 218). Col Douglas died 2 Nov 1657. (Will, Northampton Co,Deeds, Wills, etc.,VII, #7,1655-161657 f 761. He wrote his will 15 October 1657. Colonel Douglas stated he was now in the home of his friend and cousin, Edmond Bowman of Accomack County.(Edmond Bowman had a daughter, Sarah who married Col Southey Littleton, younger son of Col Nathaniel Littleton, Esquire and his wife, Sarah Southey.) In his will Col Douglas left his daughter, Sarah Douglas, two silver cups marked SD. (It is reasonable to assume these letters stand for Sarah Douglas.

The Colonel , in his will makes his wife, Issabella, Executrix. To his 'youngest daughter, Elizabeth Douglas, 10 heifers, and a piece of plate worth 7 pounds. Mr. Edward Littleton to act as her feofee in trust,"  "To my daughter, Sarah,after her marriage to Mr. Edward Littleton (unto whom she is under contract) is solemymised, 25 head of cattle, and a mare called 'Rose;.To my son, Edward, my best sword and belt. "to to the children of my cousin, Edmund Bowman To son Edward Douglas, all my land in Virginia or elsewhere (after the decease of my Executrix) "My son Edward and my wife, residual legatees, his part to be given him when 18". The widow, Isabel married Thomas Tackled (1657-1666 pages 10, and 210, Northampton Co.

Sarah was eleven when she entered in a marriage agreement, married Edward Littleton, eldest son of Col Nathanial Littleton, Esq and Sarah Southey early in 1658. Sarah Douglas and her infant died during childbirth in 1658. Sarah Douglas was born in 1646. Edward must have been born in 1643 and turn eighteen years of age in 1661 when he received a patent of 3700 acres.(Edward probably applied for his patent in in1660.) Elizabeth daughter of Col Edward Douglas was born c 1647. She mar John Willett 25 Mar 1669. See Orders X #10, 1664-1674 Northampton Co., pages 83, 86, 102.

The will of Ann Littleton, widow of Col Nathaniel Littleton, Esq., Deeds, Wills, etc., V11, #7, 1655-1657, Northampton Co, proved 28 Oct 1656, 'to my three godchildren, Sarah Edward, and Elizabeth Douglas, the children of my neighbor  Edward Douglas. To my godson, Littleton Scarburgh The devisee Littleton Scarburgh is the son of Col Edmund Scarburgh and Mary, his wife f24. Mary was the daughter of Sir Edward Littleton and his wife  Mary Walter.(I shall continue this blog in a few days.)

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Comment by James David Douglas on November 11, 2015 at 9:38

Very informative. Thanks Mr Hunt.  Would be great if we had some DNA results on this Douglas line.  I guess there were no direct male descendants but perhaps through his daughters ?  

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