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I am unsure of how to do all of this so here is the best that i can fill in i have traced back and forth to try to make sure this information is correct and make sure that this is indeed my lineage.


The first known douglas in my line is:

Archibald Douglas b. 1503 Glenbrieve, Scotland d. Sept.29,1570 married Agnes Keith 1503-1548 they had William Douglas b.1532 Glenbervie, Scotland who married Egidia Graham they had William Douglas 1554-1611 (10th earl of Angus)  who married Elizabeth Oliphant 1558-1619 they had William Douglas 1589-1660 (11th Earl of Angus) he married Mary Gordon 1610-1674 and they had William Douglas 1634-1694 who married Anne Hamilton 1634-1716  ( William  became Douglas-Hamilton) they had William Douglas 1659-1688 who married Christian Jargon b.1660  Now is where it becomes confusing in the records. They had a child named  John Douglas  1695-1788 he was born in Scotland and came to the U.S. he married Eunice Ratliff Rattleleaf and they had John Douglas 1722-1779 who married Mary Braley 1730-1788 they had John Douglass (and here is the first occurrence of a double S in Douglas) he married Lydia Southworth 1759-1846 and they had Warren Douglass 1786-1842 he married Rhoda Thrasher 1792-1843 and had Philander Philadelphia Douglass 1823-1889. Philander married Roxcinda ( no last name) and had Franklin Douglass (1859-1929). Franklin married Charlotte (no last name) and had Foster George Douglass (1882). Foster Married Carrie M. Campbell and had William John Douglass Sr. (1916-1982). William married Ione Elizabeth Cumber and had Nelson Foster Douglass Sr. 1950-. Nelson married Marie E. Maiura and had four children 2 male and 2 females. that is where my line is to date. i am the child of Nelson and Marie.

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Comment by Nancy Withers Yanagidate on March 6, 2016 at 19:15

( William  became Douglas-Hamilton) they had William Douglas 1659-1688 who married Christian Jargon b.1660  Now is where it becomes confusing in the records. They had a child named  John Douglas  1695-1788...Hi Jenifer. This confuses me also. Not sure how John Douglas can be a descendant of William Douglas-Hamilton if the latter died in 1688 and the former was born in 1695. I've seen quite a few folks who list this connection in their family trees but this is definitely problematic. As much as I'd like to think I might be a descendant of a Scottish Duke...

Comment by Lane Kraft on July 21, 2014 at 2:22


As far as I am aware there is no proof at this point. What we need (or so I've heard) is a male descendant of this line with the surname of Douglas for DNA testing in order to prove a link. 

Comment by James F. Thoma on July 21, 2014 at 0:00
Search as I may, I have found no proof that John (1695) is a son of William (1659). Does anyone have such proof?
Comment by Lane Kraft on August 3, 2011 at 20:32
I also am a descendent- My line of order is John, John, John, John, John (5 in a row!) then Alonzo and finally Cynthia. I have wondered where the original John comes from- I am glad to find someone else is searching too! If anyone finds out anything more, please let me know.
Comment by Bruce Douglass on February 19, 2011 at 15:21
Hi Jenifer, I too am descended from John Douglass 1695 of Middleborough Massachusetts through his son Elisha (no, not his other son Elijah) who went to Maine (and Married Abigail Libby) and had John (and Mary Stone) who had John who married Mary Pugsley, Followed by Seth and Irene Haley, then Alonzo and Ruth Martin, followed by Asa and Geneva Libby and finally my father Lloyd and Ruth Rumery. Unfortunately there is no evidence of the parents of John and Eunice/Agnes other than internet sites which are unreliable. William of the Douglas-Hamilton's apparently had no children and died in France. The William who evidently married Jargon or Vergon can't be verified. But here's an interesting tidbit. We are closely related by DNA to William Douglass 1610 of New London Connecticut. I'm a member of the Douglass DNA group and have shown with the help of many "cousins" that we are probably related to the father or grandfather of that William. I have an extensive genealogy of John 1695 and had your line to Warren and Rhoda.
Comment by Jan Shaw on February 18, 2011 at 11:04

Jenefer Rebecca Douglass, my Douglas line goes back to Archibald Douglas of Glenbervie b. 1502/3

please contact me --we need more Earls of Angus line to do dna test.

Comment by Betsey Heath Howes on February 7, 2011 at 2:45


RI Vital records, 1636 - 1850, (NEHGS)

DOUGLASS John, and Agnes Ratleff; m. by Nicholas Carr, Warden, March
  -, ---.

  Town Page Detail: Jamestown
  Jamestown, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Marriage

  John, Jan. 4, 1717-8.

Town Page Detail: Jamestown
 1717 Jamestown, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Birth

This is the earliest proven record of John b 1695, called of Middlebrough MA, in America (and John and Eunice/Agnes's first child, John).   Perhaps Jamestown RI (Newport Co) can help with further information about John Sr. 


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