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At 22:17 on June 19, 2018, Linda Ann Goblirsch said…

Hello William, 

I have exhausted my resources to find my 4th Great Grandfather, Alexander Douglas’s parents.  I have a little more information than I sent you before and I may have sent a wrong date before.  Can you point me in a direction to find my Great Great Great Great Grandfather and mother?  Here is the information I know.

1. My 3rd Great Grandfather was Alexander Douglas, who was born about 1811, but I do not know where.

2. He married Catharine Gardner on Nov 23, 1846 in Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland. I have the marriage record, but does not indicate his parents.

3. I did find Catharine Gardner’s parents.  They were Samuel Gardner and Catharine Rodgers.  Catharine Douglas was born June 3, 1818 in Gorbals, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

4.  Alexander Douglas and Catharine Gardner had a daughter, Isabella Douglas, was born  Feb 1, 1847.

5.  Alexander Douglas and Catharine Gardner also had another daughter, Janet Douglas.  I do not think there are any other children.

6.  There was a census in 1841 that showed Alexander, Catharine, Isabella, and Janet Douglas living in the Village of Whitburn.

6. Alexander Douglas died some time between 1847 and June 12, 1868.

7. Isabella Douglas married John Pow on June 12, 1868 and the marriage document indicated that Alexander Douglas was deceased.  John Pow and Isabella Douglas were my 2nd Great Grandparents.

Any information would be helpful.  I did look through every Alexander Douglas listed in Douglas history and there is no matching record.

Thank You,

Linda Goblirsch

At 22:00 on May 30, 2018, Linda Ann Goblirsch said…

Are you talking about the picture?

At 1:46 on May 30, 2018, Linda Ann Goblirsch said…

Hello William,

Thank You for the information.  I am confused and not sure how to add this information into my tree.  Is Ann Gardner Catharine’s mother?  Here is what I have so far on my tree in


Looking forward to talking with you,

Linda Goblirsch

At 15:07 on May 1, 2018, Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. said…

Hi William- I learned yesterday that one of the many pills I take is a 'black box' pill and I was told yesterday to cease taking it. It has had bad side effects. I still have a way to go with my Douglas line and hope to return in a month or so. I regret my physical problems are interfering with my interests. Hope things are all right with you. Regards, Henry

At 20:18 on April 28, 2018, Nigel John Douglas said…

Hi William,

Thank you for your message.

Ernest Alfred Douglas was my grandfather,born 1903 in Winkfield Berkshire,died in 1988.As far as I know,he lived in Berkshire all his life. His regiment was the 17/21st Lancers,and I would assume this would be in the 1920's.

I have no knowledge of previous family prior to my grandfather,other than a comment made by my grandmother when I was a child,who mentioned that my grandfathers family came from Bray near Maidenhead Berkshire.



At 21:15 on April 2, 2018, Sharon Douglass Camp Ward said…

Thank you, William.  I will be sure to check out the message and also the Find A Grave posting. Hopefully, we will some day find Samuel Douglass of Pittstown, Rensselaer County, New York's correct father. The answer is out there somewhere! This looks like an interesting and information site.  Looking forward to seeing what is on it.


At 22:00 on March 7, 2018, Marc Joseph Douglas said…

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At 11:40 on March 7, 2018, Eddie Roberts said…

Sorry do not have the time to add to this but Percy Douglas junior was in the royal flying corps during the first world war he had a Sister Flora and a younger brother Robert Flora left no decendants Robert left a son but do not have an knowledge of Him and I am the son of Heather Roberts (nee Douglas) daugher of Percy Douglas

the Rev Percy Douglas was my Great grandfather and his wifes name was Annie

hope this helps sorry I do not have much time as I am a carer for my mother Heather who is 92 this year like many of the Douglas family has had a long life.

if you want more to this let me know and will do my best to respond as soon as I can

At 8:04 on March 7, 2018, Eddie Roberts said…

sorry not had time to visit the site for a long time

this is my great grandfather thanks !

Rev Percy Douglas 1900-1925 Vicar of Great Sutton from 1900 to 1925. (Same as above?) Son of Rev Robert Douglas

At 20:54 on March 6, 2018, Richard William Maginis Douglas said…

Hi William,

This is a bit embarrassing since we have commented back and forth a bit, but i have just now noticed that the family page is Listed as "Douglas of Devrock", rather than the correct "Douglas of Dervock" as is the location in N. Ireland and listed in Burke's.


At 15:16 on March 2, 2018, George H Douglass said…

Hi William,

Thanks for the welcome to this forum. The information I have comes from the book The John Douglas Family of Mississippi by Edgar Lamar Douglas (my great uncle) published in 1962. His book does a pretty thorough job of tracing my lineage back to John Douglas. My ancestor, John Douglas was an orphan in North Carolina USA. His book states that in 1758 a William Douglas from north Ireland was living in Pennsylvania with his wife Mary and children. In 1773, the will of a William Douglas in Rowan County, North Carolina, USA mentions his wife Mary and two sons Solomon  and David. In 1801 John Douglas sold a section of land that was granted to David Douglas. John Douglas b.10/4/1764 d.11/9/1839 married Nancy Denman Walden b.5/20/1774 d. 8/1836. Children: Ransom Douglas b.8/9/1805 d.6/5/1889; Jepthah Douglas b.1808; Joel Douglas b.9/13/1810 d.11/8/1884; Elisha Douglas b.6/9/1814 d.9/1/1900; and Elijah Douglas b.6/9/1814 d.1817.

At 20:12 on February 6, 2018, Terri Ward said…

I have many files of documents, which I have not had time to ruffle through.  I will start doing that and see what I can find.  

At 19:47 on February 6, 2018, Terri Ward said…

I am not 100% sure.  I am looking into it but her name is very familiar - I will check my paperwork when I get home - and my family has resided for many years in and near Canandaigua

At 19:34 on February 5, 2018, Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. said…

William when I am writing a blog-I am having a severe problem and I need your help. For the past week when I write a blog I am unable to post it. What happens is a notice pops up in capital letters RECAPTCHA with a statement 'I am not a robot.'Also it states privacy terms and just nor it is attached to my note to you. I just clicked on terms and it brought up Google privacy terms.  My blog is frozen and then disappears. I have rewritten the blog twice. Regards, Henry

At 16:50 on February 4, 2018, Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. said…

HI William- Thanks for your comments on the Seniors, but sorry to say, all I get is that you have left me comments. This also happened when you made comments on Gertrude Harmanson. There is, absolutely, nothing for me to read. You give me some hope when you tell me of your frustrations with softwear. I, certainly, know the feeling when I am unable to communicate with computers.Regards, Henry

At 14:26 on February 4, 2018, ANGELA TATTAN said…

Hi William,

My hunt for my birth mother ( I have adopted in 1958) has led me to the Douglas archives as all indications are that she was married to James Malcolm Palmer-Douglas as follows, 

My adoption paperwork indicates that her name was Dorothy Margaret Palmer Douglas DOB 14 July 1926 and that she had two children, one possibly adopted. An affair with my birth Father, Frank Eley, saw her head down to Surrey before I was born on 14 August 1958 and named Alison Sylvia Douglas, thereafter adopted myself.

It appears that they were both 'circuit judges' in the the equestrian or dog fields.

It has been difficult to find any information about her, but her date of birth, name and the fact that her daughter Helen is mentioned in the adoption paperwork,  now means that I have probably discovered her maiden name, Dorothy Margaret Campbell which is a big step forward.

Naturally, and a decision I respect, James Malcolm Palmer-Douglas wanted nothing to do with Dorothy, me or the adoption as so recorded in a letter from his solicitors, Andrew Haddon and Co.

My search is solely to trace my birth Mother and not to cause any distress to anyone involved at that time.

If any of your records show anything to do with my birth Mother it will greatly assist me in endeavor.

With kind regards,



At 1:37 on January 27, 2018, Dennis Gordon Douglas said…

William...regarding :Dorothy Moore:  Yes, Dorothy Louise (Ray) Moore (Douglas) was my stepmother.  Dorothy was born 16 June 1916 and died 26 April 2004.  Dorothy had three daughters from her previous marriage: Beverly Jean (Ray) Chelf (21 August 1935 - 11 December 2014); Bonnie Lou (Ray) Vawter (22 October 1936 - 28 November 1999) and Karen Sue (Ray) Morrelli (7 October 1947 - ...).  My dad(Durward George Douglas) married Dorothy after my folks divorced.

At 6:10 on January 26, 2018, Dennis Gordon Douglas said…

Hi William.  Thank you for your welcome message and for the first gambit in what seems like an endless game.  

The information I have starts with father, Durward George Douglas (born on 25 March 1912 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; died on 25 January 2003 in Tulare, California) and his father, George Gordon Douglas (born on 26 June 1885 in South Shields, Durham, England; died on 26 May 1966 in Oakland, California).  George Gordon Douglas (1885-1966) married in 1911 to a lady named Anna Lydia (Bligh) Bleich (1894-1976).  

My father had given me a swath of cloth (a tartan?) with what he said were the colors of our clan from olden times.  It’s put away somewhere but I recall it being a green background, with some yellow and perhaps a bit of red in it. My dad said told me we came from the Black Douglas side of things.  Years ago, when I was in the UK on business, my wife and I went ‘up North’ a visited what was left of ‘Castle Douglas’; not very impressive, but fitting for relative that hung his enemies from the entrance of his castle (“he dangled his tassels from his knob”).  Hah!

I’m trying to put together things that might interest my granddaughter-to-be, so the Douglas family history could be an important facet.

Dennis Douglas

At 18:46 on January 23, 2018, John Brent Alley said…

The information I have on Catherine Anne Douglass is quite limited and my efforts to research her ancestors have been met with many dead ends.  What information I have has largely been passed down from my grandfather and my father. My father did some further research as follows:

Alan Judd notes in his research on the Aitken family of a cathedral in Limerick that Catherine, daughter of William Douglass, merchant married Thomas Alley in 1793. One of my grandfather’s notes referred to Catherine Douglas, daughter of William Douglas was born in Carlowrock, Scotland.  Thomas Alley and Catherine are said to have emigrated to Canada with their children in 1775 sailing from Cartshorn on May 1. 

I have more more information which I will research and send more information that I dig out out from the files 


At 13:15 on December 29, 2017, John Douglas said…

Thank William,

This is a great resource, I'm sure I will find it very useful.

Best regards,


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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