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Sept 14, 2015 Source for information regarding the Dale Plantation 'Dales Gift' is Ralph Whitelaw "Virginia's Eastern Shore" page  95. Dale,s Gift has been traced from Sir Thomas Dale who died in 1619, down to Capt William Willett, who upon his death, bequeathed it to his numerous children and grandchildren, in effect, destroying Dale's Gift as an entity, with its own history.

This is Edward's second marriage. There was probably an earlier marriage in the Norfolk area of England. I have yet to see evidence of this. Edward Douglas' father was born in Scotland. The given name 'Edward' is rarely seen in Scotland. As mentioned earlier, Edward passed away in the home of his cousin, Edmund Bowman. Edward may have had a brother named 'Thomas' This is all that I have on Edward;s antecedents. I have not looked at Visitations or church records. We may surmise that Edward's marriage to Isabella Dale took place in Middlesex Co, England c 1639. Edward carries the distinction of being the earliest Douglas ti arrive in the English colonies. He was appointed a comissioner in 1642 and served many terms. He served a term as High Sheriff and two terms as a Burgess at Jamestown.(As James pointed out Edward Douglas was born 1690)

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Comment by William Douglas on November 15, 2015 at 21:20

Thank you Henry.

I think descendants of William Douglas (Born 1610) and who married Anne Mattie arrived in 1640, so Edward would be next to earliest!

But he is not on my list of early arrivals - yet!

Comment by James David Douglas on November 15, 2015 at 10:00

I picked up on your statement that you believe there may have been an earlier marriage.  So it could be he had children from this earlier marriage.  Have you seen any evidence that his brother was also in Virginia ?  And I've noticed that some try to connect a George Douglas, also an early Virginia Burgess with Lt Col Edward Douglas.   Do you know if there was any connection ?

Comment by James David Douglas on November 15, 2015 at 9:49

Do we know if Edward Douglas had any direct male descendants ?   YDNA testing would answer a lot of questions.  Strange as it may seem now that I have my DNA results back it appears that my Douglas line may have had a Gordon ancestor.  I have been reading all the posts/discussions I can find on Douglas - Gordon connections.  Do we have any Douglas members in the I-M253 Haplogroup that may have Douglas - Gordon connections ?

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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