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Children of Lt Col Edward Douglas and Isabella Dale

1) Edward Douglas, Jr.

2) Sarah Douglas

3) Elizabeth Douglas

1)Edward Douglas, Jr.(1Edward Douglas) was born in 1643 in Northampton Co, Virginia, and died prior to 1664 in Northampton Co, Virginia. Edward Douglas, Jr. never married. In 1661 he secured a patent for 3700 acres, representing the acreage his father held at the time of his death. (See Ralph Whitelaw, page 98, "Virginia's Eastern Shore".) Edward was recognized as an adult at the age of eighteen, as requested by his father, Lt Col Edward Douglas in his will probated in 1657. Captain William Willett, a grandson of Lt Col Edward Douglas, both in a deed of sale and in his will clearly shows that title to the 37000 acre patent went to Elizabeth Douglas, sister of Edward Douglas, Jr., and from Elizabeth to her husband, John Willett, and from John Willett to their only child, Capt William Willett. This transfer of land will be presented in detail when I provide information on Capt Willett.

2) Sarah Douglas (1Edward Douglas) was born 1646 in Northampton Co, Virginia, and died in 1658 during childbirth. She had married Edward Littleton that same year. See Whitelaw pages 98 and 430. Also, Deeds, Wills, etc ix #7, 1657-1666, Northampton Co, Virginia, "marriage intended."

3) Elizabeth Douglas (1Edward Douglas) was born 1648 in Northampton Co., Virginia. married John Willett Oct 1670 See Order Book x, #10 1664-1673, Northampton Co, Virginia, pages 83, 86, and 102, reference the marriage of John Willett and Elizabeth Douglas.See will of John Martyn, Merchant, probated 29 Dec 1669 who speaks of his love and affection "I bear to Miss Elizabeth Douglas all my estate in the hands of Thomas Teackle." He mentions, too, Mary Douglas aboard the same boat with him returning to England. Mary Douglas could very well have been a sister of Lt Colonel Edward Douglas and had come to Virginia to help stabilize the family and was returning to England knowing Elizabeth was about to marry John Willett.  John Willett's estate was administrated 28 July 1680. Adminx was Elizabeth Willett, widow of the dec'd. Apprs Thomas Hunt, Provost Nelson and William Guilden.John Willett had no cattle marks or horse brands. He did not purchase or sell any land. John was appointed, along with Thomas Eyre, to serve as an alternate for Colonel Southy Littleton and Col William Kendal, serving on a commission called by Governor Andros of New York, in 1679, to meet with the Iroquois Indians, to work out a prospective treaty.. Wills, Orders, X111, #11, 1679-1683, pages 84, 90, and 103, Northampton Co, Virginia. It was not administrated because Elizabeth Willett"left the country". On 30 August 1681 the estate of John Willett was administrated by Capt Nathaniel Walker as principal creditor of the dec'd., the administration having been relinquished by the former widow and Adm. who is gone out of the country. Same source page 184.

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Comment by James David Douglas on November 26, 2015 at 1:47

Mr Hunt do we know the relationship of John Martyn to Elizabeth Douglas ?  Where could a copy of his will, probated 29 Dec, 1669 be viewed ?  Did I understand correctly that he and a Mary Douglas returned to England ?  Do we know where Elizabeth Willett went and how long she was absent when she left the country ?   This has turned out to be an interesting puzzle.   Could it be that Edward Douglas was from England and not born in Scotland ?

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