Hi Bev'., Possibly you already have some of the following?
Sorbie Parish: Cruggleton & Kirkmaiden Kirkyards.
No4. 'Broken, only pieces fitted together on ground'. Erected by Isabella -missing - to the memory of her husband, James Douglas, who died June 4, 1816, aged 49 years. Also John Douglas, their son, who died in infancy.
Sure to be Isabella Smith?
Memorials of Whithorn Parish - No 2
94 South.In loving memory of William Douglas, beloved husband of Mary Morrison, who died at Burgess Outon, 18 Dec., 1904, aged 64. Also James their youngest son, who died at Port Mackay, Queensland, 15 March, 1883, aged 21. Also the above Mary Morrison who died at 51 George Street, Whithorn, 16 May, 1928, aged 87.
Sorbie Parish Old Kirkyard
135Erected by Margaret McKie in memory of husband James Douglas, who died 25 July, 1843, aged 37. Also their daughter, Janet, who died 2 April, 1840, aged 2 years 9 months. Also the above Margaret McKie who died 27 Sept., 1905, aged 96.
136Erected by the heirs of the late William Douglas who died 29 March, 1882, aged 79 years. Also John Douglas, died 4 Dec., 1921, aged 87.
Also hit (with hope) on James and Isabella which gives a birth for their James as 04.12.1808, at Garlieston, but shelved it in the event something more 'concrete' may turn up.
Given James was married at Sorbie on 03.06.1834, and that his two sons, John born c1835, and William 15.06.1839, I have been searching for a death date for James on, or after, 1855. Although there are many entries, they most unusually fail to provide the mothers name, suggesting the possibility that she may have died prior to James.
Do you happen to know who her sister, Janet, married?
Will keep on this as time permits but please continue to send your findings/thoughts.
Sorry, Beverly, no success on tracing your James. The irony is I had a Douglas relation in Whitehills, Sorby, but I'm now positive they were unconnected. 'My' Margaret died at Whitehills during 1799 and was married to the farmer there, Peter Broadfoot. A further coincidence; my Margaret's father was James Douglas in the farm of 'Kilsture', Sorbie, who married Mary Martin. Their two sons, William and James, emigrated to Norfolk, Virginia. Naturally, I will continue to keep an eye open for your James and I wonder if you have any scraps of information on him?
Finding it extremely difficult with this one, Beverly, on two accounts. Firstly, many records for Kirkcowan were destroyed by fire long ago and secondly, as there were so many 'Douglii' about Wigtownshire I feel it is going to be nigh impossible to whittle them down to who you are looking for. The only OPR entry I noticed - which in all likelihood you also noticed - was a marriage date of 5/10/1743 for a James Douglas and Janet McKie, at Kirkcowan. I realise this is before the date you were looking for but I thought the may somehow be relevant given the names but, so far, I haven't been able to tie them in. Do you have any more material which would assist searches or even a transcript of the memorial inscription, unless I've overlooked this somewhere?
I would suggest searching the records James with the church records in Scotland's people. A basic search is free, birth, death and marriage certificates can be viewed and downloaded but you have to pay a fee for that.
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?