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Sarah Joyne was the daughter of John Tankred and Sarah Smart. At the time of her father's death Sarah was six years of age and her siblings were near her age as well. Furthermore Sarah's mother was expecting the birth of a child. There was only one person she could turn to and that was her uncle Col John Stringer Her late husband had no relations. John Tankred came from Yorkshire as a boy. Sarah Tankred;s mother, Mary Stringer, widow of Lt. Col William Andrews, had died in 1660. William Smart had returned to Gloucestershire, England.

Will of John Stringer, son of Capt Hillary Stringer and Mary Andrews, 9 April 1698 proved 28 July 1698, Orders, Wills, XVII,1689-1698, page 487, Northampton Co, Gent., to my cozen and godson John Willett. Mentions brothers Hillary, Thomas, and Jacob, sisters Ann Willett and Mary Stringer, to 'my cousin William Tankred, to my cozen Sarah Tankred, to my brother, William Willett, my loving wife, Margaret, Exec.

Col John Stringer had taken over the care of Sarah Smart in 1660 when Mary Smart had died and William Smart returned to England. It had to be Hillary Stringer son of Col John that can]me to Sarah Tankred's house, the same house his father had lived in.

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Comment by James David Douglas on December 3, 2015 at 7:10

This same George Douglas is listed as "George Douglas, (c. 1698 - c.1758), King's attorney for Accomac County, VA, Burgess 1742 - 1755, in the "Register of the Maryland Society of the Colonial Dames of America, 1891-1915", National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Maryland, The Society, 1915, page 157.  

Comment by James David Douglas on December 3, 2015 at 6:30

I may be covering old ground here, but there is an entry on page 225 of the "Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Under the Editorial Supervision of Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Volume 1, Lyon Gardiner Tyler Lewis historical publishing Company, 1915" in reference to early Virginia burgesses that reads, " George Douglas, a native of Accomac County, and burgess in 1742- 1747 and 1752 - 1755.  He was a descendant of Lt Col Edward Douglas (q.v.)"  

Do we have any other information on this George Douglas, and is it possible that he is as this publication states, a descendant of Lt Col Edward Douglas ?

Comment by James David Douglas on December 1, 2015 at 21:05

Mr Hunt are you related to this branch of Col Douglas extended family ?

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'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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