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Capt William Douglas

Male Bef 1750 - 1783  (~ 33 years)


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  • Name William Douglas 
    Prefix Capt 
    Born Bef 1750 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1783 
    Person ID I14011  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 21 Sep 2019 

    Father Hugh (of Garrallan) Douglas,   d. 1776 
    Mother Katherine (Catherine?) Hume 
    Family ID F8324  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Offutt,   b. Bef 1761 
    Married Bef 1761 
    Children 
     1. Catherine Douglas
     2. Elizabeth Douglas
     3. Nancy Douglas,   b. Abt 1765
     4. Margaret Douglas,   b. Abt 1765
     5. Brigadier General Hugh Douglas,   b. Abt 1761,   d. Jan 1816  (Age ~ 55 years)
     6. Hannah Douglas,   b. Abt 1765,   bur. Old Stone Church Cemetery, Leesburg, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 21 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F8392  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah Orrick,   b. 3 Apr 1741, Ann Arundel Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 12 Dec 1778 
    Children 
     1. Dr. Patrick Hume Douglas,   b. Abt 1780,   d. 1829  (Age ~ 49 years)
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2014 
    Family ID F12901  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • William Douglas emigrated to Loudon CO VA, ca. 1750 from Ayr, Scotland. He and Elizabeth were married before 1761. He was a prosperous landholder, Justice, Sheriff and supporter of the American Revolution. His Scots ancestry and descendents are documented in Col. John Wise of England and Virginia (1617-1695) by C. Jennings Wise. He owned "the handsome estates of "Garrallan" and "Montressor" in Loudoun CO, the former lying along the Potomac River north of Leesburg. His second marriage was to Sarah Orrick, widow of William Chilton (d. 1782); they had one son, Patrick Hume Douglas.
      Elizabeth Offutt was the widow of Stephen Lewis of Fairfax Co, Va. They had five children: Elizabeth (1747-) m. Patterson; Thomas (1749-) m. Elizabeth Payne 1773; Jane (1752-) m. William Neilson of Scotland; Sally, m. Dr. Shrope, and Elizabeth, m. Smith. She was the daughter of Samuel Owen Offutt (18/10//1710 Berkeley Co-1761) and Elizabeth Hite (1/13/1715-). Wise says he is the son of Nathaniel Offutt and gives his birth date as 1710 (the same year his son is born!). He is said to be the son of William Offutt of Montgomery CO who patented land called the "Younger Brother" in Prince George CO, and Mary Brock, daughter of Edward Brock of "Brock Hall."
      William Douglass' executors gave bond for 10,000 pounds. His will (written 1780) mentions five daughters and two sons. Nance was left "five hundred Pounds Current money and her Second Choise of my horses & Mares for a Riding Creature for herself a Womans new Saddle and Bridle and a feather Bed and furniture the horse saddle and Bridge to be paid immediately after my Death & the money As soon as she Arrives at the Age of Eighteen or immediately after her marriage if She Shold marry Sooner." He divides his father's inheritance (if it can be obtained from England) between his children. On 9/24/1782, after his wife's death, he added "the Negroe Wench Molly I Leave her to be Sett free for the Good Services she has done me since I have been sick." He purchased the rank of Captain from William Fitzhugh at Fort Pitt.
      The Douglas motto is Fortis et Fidelis; the crest is a heart proper; and the ancient Douglas coat of arms is, Argent, a heart imperially crowned ppr. between two buckles azure, all within a bordue gules; on a chief of the third three stars of the field.