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Two weddings on the same day - what's the connection?

Intrigued by the marriage between a Douglas and a Middleton, and wondering if there was a royal connection, I worked to find out who Rev M Middleton was, and indeed, who was Mr Douglas?

He appears to be James Alexander Douglas (abt 1762-1830), son of William Douglas and Mary Higginbotham.  James married Charlotte Douglass on 7th March 1796, in Loughborough.

But I could find no Rev M. Middleton.  However, Rev William Middleton was rector of Hathern, and had been for many years. And a Mr Hall had married a Miss Middleton at Hathern!

He and his wife, Mary Morrison, had several children baptised and buried at Hathern, including Mary, born 4th June 1773; who married John Hall on 7th March 1796. They also had a daughter named Charlotte, baptised 18th March 1777.

Descendants of James Alexander Douglas live in South Africa, one being a famous ostrich farmer, and several being soldiers in the various South African wars.  

And Rev M Middleton?  I think I misread it.  M was an abbreviation for Middleton - not his first name!

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Comment by William Douglas on November 16, 2018 at 13:30

James Alexander Douglas is a descendant of Thomas Douglas of Yarm.

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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