Looking for parents of Col Edward Douglass (1713-1795)

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Searching for parents of Col Edward Douglass 1713-1795, of Sumner County, Tennessee.  Memoir of his son, James says that his father Edward said he was born in the Grampian region of Scotland, that his father died when he was young, and that he had one brother, named John.  His father's name is not known but has been said to be James, or possibly Edward. Some researchers have tried to link the line of Lt Col Edward Douglas 1590-1657, of Northampton, Va through his son, Edward.  There is a Scottish christening record for a Edward Douglass, son of James, dated 1715 that may be his father, but uncertain.   Edward's date of immigration is unknown but entry is likely Virginia.  His presence in Virginia prior to 1740 is documented.

YDNA results indicate a potential Gordon DNA ancestor.  

Any help would be appreciated to get over this brick wall.
WikiTree profile: Edward Douglass
in Genealogy Help by David Douglass G2G6 Pilot (128k points)
edited by David Douglass

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Col Edward Douglass was born Oct 3 1713, either Grampian Hills Scotland,

or Fauquier Virginia..

He died Feb 2nd 1795, was buried , Gallatin, Tennessee.

his fathers name was Edward Marvin.

his mothers Barbara Lena [Bal]

his wife Sarah Elizabeth [George]

siblings  James and John.

 There are lots of family trees on My Heritage, all vary quite a lot,

Some say he had a 2nd wife called Elizabeth [Howard]

Hope this helps       Phyllis
by Phyllis Adamson G2G3 (3.8k points)
Thanks Phyllis !

That gives me something to look at.  I had heard of the Edward Marvin Douglass and Barbara Lena Ball connection before but have never followed up on it.  Were there any kind of sources given ?  I guess the reason I never looked into it was because their given names do not sound very 17th century.  Will check it out though and see where it leads.  Thank you for your help !
I have Col Edward Douglass (b. 1713) as being the son of James (b. abt. 1690 and  Barbara Lena Ball (b. abt. 1690) and the grandson of Edward Douglas (b. abt 1633) and g-grandson of Edward Douglas ( b. abt 1600) and Isabella ?.  Please inform if you have verification of this info being in error. I have found it from several different sources.
I am a direct descendant of Samuel H Douglas, born 1850 in TN. which is this lineage.
Thanks for any help or further information.

Hi Sharron,

I have researched the possible connection of Lt Col Edward Douglas, of Northampton, Va to Col Edward Douglass in depth using the existing colonial records of Virginia.  While Edward Douglas b about 1590, did have a son named Edward, primary records show that Edward the son, who was named in Lt Edward Douglas' 1657 will, and who was still a minor at the time, died unmarried and without having children.  This means that he could not be the father of the James Douglas/s, who is indicated in numerous family trees as being the father of Col Edward Douglass.   Additionally, James Douglass, the younger son of Col Edward Douglass 1713-1795 stated in his memoirs that his father, Col Edward Douglass was born in Scotland.  That fact alone would rule out Col Edward Douglass being born in Virginia, which is what would be expected if his father were James, son of Edward, son of Lt Col Edward Douglas, husband of Isabella Dale.  My research, which can be reviewed in greater detail, along with supporting sources, leads me to believe that that Col Edward Douglass is not the son of the James Douglas/s who is said to have married a Lena Ball, and said to be the son of Edward Douglas, son of Lt Col Edward Douglas There are no sources that support this lineage and in fact the sources that do exist indicate Edward Douglas had no son named James, or that Edward ever married.  No verifiable sources or documentation has ever been produced that conclusively identifies the parents of Col Edward Douglass 1713-1795.  If you will notice, all the web references that propose this James Douglas as the father of Col Edward Douglas give no sources or hard evidence to support this claim making such a claim unsupported and questionable.  Please review http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Douglass-957 for additional information.

However, recently I found some evidence in Scottish parish records that may contain important clues.  I have researched Scottish birth and christening records and believe I may have potentially identified Col Edward Douglass' parents, however my findings are not yet conclusive.  I am still in the process of researching this information further.  This information along with supporting documentation and sources can also be found at http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Douglass-957

Additionally,  I have researched the line of Lt Col Edward Douglas of Northampton, Virginia and documented my conclusions regarding the connection of these two Douglas/s lines.  Joining me in providing invaluable information on Lt Col Edward Douglas' and his line was Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr, a descendant of Lt Col Edward Douglas, through his daughter. The link between Lt Col Edward Douglas and Col Edward Douglass seems to have been originally proposed in a book published in 1979, by Ruth Eleanor Poole Harris.  However, I believe this line is in error.  For more information on Lt Col Edward Dougllas 1590-1657 and the oft proposed connection to Col Edward Douglass 1713-1795 you should review  http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Douglass-1127

If possible, I would like to connect your Douglass line to the existing Wikitree family of Col Edward Douglass.  Please consider joining the Wikitree family.  Your efforts and collaboration on the line of Col Edward Douglass would be appreciated.  I can be reached at davidd1103@gmail.com if you have additional questions or information.





You are awesome David Douglass. I’d love to learn from you. I have limited access to do research. I descend from Domini Douglass. I have a question about Sarah Douglass, his daughter. I’ll post it in public. Happy hunting!

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