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Isabella Gaynor, wife of Lt Col Edward Douglas, was born about 1605 in England and married Col Douglas about 1643 or 1644 in England. It is possible that both had previous marriages. Isabella married again after the demise of Lt Colonel Edward Douglas she married Rev. Thomas Teackle in Northampton County. This marriage occurred about 1659. There were no children by this marriage. Isabella Teackle died about 1675 in Northampton County. Rev Thomas Teackle, then married Margaret Nelson (possibly daughter of Provost Nelson) in Accomack County. This was about 1680. Rev Teackle was born in 1627 and was about twenty-two years younger than Isabella. Thomas Teackle now lived in Accomack Co and married Margaret Nelson. Teackle left a will in 1695, Accomack Co leaving to his three children by Margaret. His son, John Teackle was named first, followed by his two daughters. The daughters were underage and guardianship was needed. Daughter, Katherine Teackle, was given in the custody of William Willett who was to receive guardianship. William Willett was a grandson of Isabella, former wife of Lt Col Edward Douglas and son-in-law of Rev Thomas Teackle.

Before I proceed further I must make several comments. In the preceding paragraph I provide a considerable number of comments. These estimates appear out of line. As an example take note that Isabella was twenty-two years older than her second husband, Rev Thomas Teackle. It has taken me years of thought to come up with these estimates. It behooves me to provide rational explanations for these figures, This I shall do. At the moment I shall provide the birth years of the three children of Lt Col Edward Douglas and Isabella Gaynor.

Col Edward Douglas married Isabella Gaynor about 1641 or 1642, probably in Middlesex Co., England.

Edward Douglas, Jr. was born 1642 and and left Northampton County with his sister, Elizabeth (Douglas) Willett, headed for England in the year 1681..(It is suggested that both were to return to the colony-Elizabeth to Yorktown, Virginia and Edward Douglas, Jr. to Virginia or one of the contiguous colonies. We know Edward Douglas, Jr., was born in 1642 because he received his father's patents in 1661when he became eighteen years of age. Father, Lt Col. Edward Douglas, in his will stipulated that son, Edward Douglas, Jr., was to be of age when he turned eighteen.

Sarah Douglas, born about 1645, and married Edward Littleton about 1657, at the age of twelve. Sarah died in 1659 or 1660 during childbirth. The infant did not survive either. The trauma that followed this family I have not explored. It is appropriate I do so as we can then rationalize some of the dates I have given. After I present the third child of Lt Col Edward Douglas and Isabella I shall return to the children and give a better explanation.

Elizabeth Douglas was born in 1656 and left her  two children, William Willett and Martha Willett, who became the second wife of John Senior, Jr., and had daughters, Mary and Isabella Senior who were raised by William Willett and his wife, Ann Stringer. Elizabeth, in the year 1681 left Northampton Co with her brother,  Edward Douglas, Jr., headed for England in 1681.

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Comment by James David Douglas on March 2, 2017 at 16:20
I am following with great interest

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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