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November 13, 20i5.

I appreciate the comments of James Douglas. This blog shall be devoted to just Lt Col Edward Douglas and his wife, Isabella Dale, widow of Thomas Gayner of Middlesex Co, England. She was born about 1587 and married Edward Douglas about 1639 in Virginia. Her eldest brother was Sir Thomas Dale, Knight and Marshall of Virginia. Sir Thomas Dale died in 1619.It is noted that Sir Thomas was granted a patent of about 10,000 acres in 1611 by the Virginia Company, This patent was located in Northampton Co, Virginia, and became known as 'Dales Gift.' Sir Thomas Dale and his wife, Dame Elizabeth Throgmorton, had no children. With the marriage of Edward and Isabella, this patent became viable for Edward Douglas.The Dale Plantation is the earliest grant to an individual in the English colonies in America. This patent, in the form of a notarized copy, is the only surviving patent of this early period. All records of this early period had been ordered to be destroyed by James !, King of England. Now follows the grant;

"The Right Wqrshipful Sir Thomas Dale, Knight, Marshall of Virginia, (being the first man of his Rank and Degree that hath undertaken that charge and place) hath not only adventured his person in that service in time of greatest difficulty but also being at a great charge both in furthering the action and furnishing himself, the Council of Virginia at their meeting on the 18th of this instant (upon special trust and confidence that as he hath begun soe he will proceed and continue and advancing soe Christian and noble an action) have with uniforme consent thought fit that every Extraordinary consideration be now had of him and such as in future times shall by no means be drawn into president upon any occasion whatsoever thet therefor agree that his person should be rated at the Summe of 700 pounds and that he the Sir Thomas Dale, his heirs, Executors, and Administrators, or Assignes shall have ratably according to the said Summe his and their full part of all such Lands, Tenements and hereditaments, as shall from time to time be their recovered planted and inhabited and of such mines and minerals of gould and silver and other metals or treasure pearles, precious stones or any kind of wares or merchandize, commodities or profits whatsoever which shall be obtained or gotten in the said Voyage in an ample manner as any other Adventurer therein shall peaceably receive for like Summe." Written this 25th of February Anno Domini 1610/11. Signed Edward Mayer. Examined this 12th day of October1643, by us underwritten, signed Solo Seabright, Francis Mosse, Notaries public (to be continued)

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Comment by James David Douglas on November 15, 2015 at 9:40

This is great.  Definitely going to follow this blog.  I appreciate you taking your valuable time to pass along your knowledge of this Douglas line.

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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