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William It is good to hear from you. Thank you for helping me out. It is remarkable how you have brought together so many Douglas kith and kin from all parts of the world. I have just a smidgen of Douglas blood in my veins but I am proud of that smidgen. Oth er matters- Some of what I write may belong under other headings. For some reason I must stick to blogs. I lose what I print if I stray from this category. Take care Henry  James Douglas There is mention of Edward Douglas in Fife Co, Dunferline Parish Register 1561-1700. Edward and Thomas were there to witness a marriage. Would you mind providing me the details of the deed 26 April 1657 William Willett and William Baker? Thank you of White Church

Back to Edward Douglas- In my latest correspondence I was bringing up the encroachments on 'Dales Gift'.

I ended with Charles Harmar being granted 100 acres. In Aug 1641 Richard Hamby of Westminster in Middlesex and William Shrimpton of White Church in Southampton (Executors of Dame Dale's estate) gave a power of attorney to Samuel Chandler of London, Merchant, "who is now bound for Virginia" to receive from William Burdett or any others the assets of Dame Dale;s estate. The previous year, 1640, William Burdett was granted a patent for 1050 acres "four years before Col Edward Douglas was granted his patent for the same land along these aboard side". Samuel Chandler, Merchant, and attorney in fact, arrived in the nick of time to discourage Burdett from seating himself on the patent (I must stop here. The blog will not hold more.}

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Comment by James David Douglas on November 19, 2015 at 6:40

The Deed between William Willett and William Baker can be found by following this link:  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~johnsonsofva/vaco... 

The page is a bit difficult to read so I will post it here,

From William Willett to William Baker.

To all Christian people to whom this present writinge or deed of sale shall come, I, William Willett, of the County of Northampton in Virginia, Gent. the only Son and heire of John Willett late of the said County, Gent. deceased, and Elizabeth his wife, the daughter of Capt. Edw. Douglas, late of the County aforesaid, dec'd, the sister and heire of her brother Edward Douglas, Son of the said dec'd Capt. Edward Douglas of the place aforesaid dec'd, send greeting in our Lord God Everlasting, know you that I the said William Willett for and in consideration of the sum of 20,000 pounds of good tobacco and caskes to me in hand paid by William Baker of the County of Northampton aforesaid planter, the Recept whereof I doo surely acknowledge, and thereof and of every part and parcel thereof doo hereby Acquit exonerate and discharge the said William Baker, his heirs Exc. Admr. & Assigns and every of them forever by these prsents Have given, granted Aleined, Bargained, sold enfeoffed, confirmed and livery and seizen and possession delivered And by these prsts Doo fully freely cleerely and absolutely give, grant Alein, Bargain, Sell Enfeoffed confirm liverey & seizen and possession deliver Unto the said William Baker.  All that prt of my tract or divident of Woodland ground containing six hundred Acres of Land (bee the same more or less) According to and within the following bounds, Expressed (viz) Scituate lyinge and being in the county of Northampton, aforesaid and is marked and bounded about partly on the West by Old Plantation Creeke including the church
or chappell rock thereon and from An Oak att the spring by the said church or chappell.  Alonge the horse or foote way or path goinge by some of the plantations of and towards Capt. Nathl Littleton's By a line of trees newly marked on the Eastward side of the said Path to the northermost line of the said
Littleton's land and Running from the said old Plantation Creeke along the Northerne Brannch of the said church or chappell Neck towards the head the said Brannch till it meets with the Westermost line of Six Hundred Acres of land which I hold by Pattent as hereafter mencioned And so Running along the said line of marked tres to the northermost corner tree of Jerom Griffiths senr., his Land on Pemino Brannch or Creeke for its Northermost Bounds and running along the said Jerom Griffith's Senr. his Westermost line to its Eastern bounds till it meets with the northermost line of the said Capt.
Littleton's land.  Finally alonge and bounding on the said Capt. Littleton's Northern bounds to the aforesaid path and now marked line of trees as above mentioned for its Southern bounds.

Which said pr bargained land and premises containing Six hundred Acres (more or less) according to the bounds aforesaid is part of and contained in two Patents comprised in one pattent (with other lands) of three thousand seven hundred Acres granted by Francis Moryson Esqr Gov. etc. to Edward Douglas, son & heire &c., to Capt. Edward Douglas in Northampton Co. etc.   Six hundred acres other part thereof formerly granted to Capt. Edward Douglas aforesaid dec'd April 26th, 1657 on the south side of the Old Plantation Creeke bounded westerly upon a Brannch of the said Creek and the
Pattent land of Wm. Burdett southerly on the land of Mr. Edwd. Littleton Northerly on a former divident of the said Douglas and Easterly on the lands of the Seaboard side, etc. which said last mentioned Six Hundred Acres of land parcel of the prebargained at afore granted premises was since granted to me the said Willis Willett by Patent of Excy.

Edmund Anders Knt. Governr &c. bearing date this 28th day of Octbr, 1697 (relation being thereunto had) mo: at large and planely it doth and may appear.  (Excepting out of the said probargained premises One Acre of land whereon the aforesaid church or chappell now stands to Remaine for that use at longe as the parish are minded to continue to same).  To have and to hold the said Six hundred Acres of land & c. & together with all and singular, Houses Edifices, Buildings, Orchard Gardens, fences, which now are or shall hereafter be built Erect, or Sitt upon the probargained premises or any part or parcel thereof timber, timber trees, wood, underwoods, waters, water courses pasture movres, marshes, meadows, immunities, provileges of Patents &c. &c.

And in the Testimony and confirmation hereof I the said Wm. Willett have hereunto sett my hand & Seale the thirtieth day of May anno Regix X Anno
Dom. 1698.    WILLIAM WILLETT.

 

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