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William Douglas

Male Bef 1763 - 1838  (~ 75 years)


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  • Name William Douglas 
    Born Bef 7 Jun 1763  Lincolnshire, London, Englan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 7 Jun 1763  St Martins, Church, Lincoln, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Nov 1838  St Alban's, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Old General Cemetery near St Albans, Macdonald Valley, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I27499  My Genealogy

    Father John Douglass,   b. Abt 1738, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Jonas (Johanna),   b. Abt 1740, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1760  Lincolnshire, England. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F66929  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Groves,   b. Abt 1758, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1798, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Married 1st June 1788  St Phillip's Church of England, Sydney Cove, Port Jackson Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William George Douglas,   b. 1768, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1852, Wilberforce Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Elizabeth Douglas,   b. 8 Feb 1796, Hawkesbury, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1877, St Albans, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     3. John Douglas,   b. 9 Apr 1793,   d. St Phillip's Church of England, Sydney Cove, Port Jackson (in the grounds of) Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Joseph Douglas,   b. 8 Feb 1796,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Possibly more children Douglas
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F66930  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The Douglass' originally came from Colsterworth, England

      William Douglass was held for trial "for picking the pocket of John Brown of a silver watch at Hornecastle on Tuesday the 20th day of April 1785." William was tried found guilty and sentenced at Lincoln on Saturday the 9th of July 1785 to transportation for 7 years. He was held at the 'Justitia' hulk while awaiting transportation.

      On the 6th of January 1787 William Douglass was delivered to the 'Alexander', a three-masted, barque-built vessel.

      William Douglass was about twenty-five years of age when the 'Alexander' arrived at Sydney Cove on the 25th of January 1788.

      William Douglass and Mary Groves married on Sunday the 1st of June 1788 at Port Jackson with the consent of Arthur Phillip, Governor.

      On Saturday the 18th of December 1789, William Douglas, William Bradbury and Jeremiah Leary were charged with assaulting two seaman from the supply ship 'Braydon and Storey'.

      In 1794 at the height of an "aboriginal and settler disturbance" William Douglas was granted thirty acre's of land, Portion 28 at Mulgrave Place on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, he and Mary were among the first settlers there, which was later commemorated with a plaque in honour of the first settlers. William and Mary Douglas nee Groves left the Hawkesbury and returned to Sydney due to heavy frequent flooding on their low-lying farmland sometime after their daughter Elizabeth was born in 1796. I believe it is very likely Mary died in Sydney soon after the baptism of Elizabeth on the 5th of September 1796. In 1804 the farm and "effects" were sold by the Provost Marshall to cover William's debts.

      It is highly debatable how many children William Douglas and Mary Groves had; the number is hotly contested. The Hawkesbury Pioneer Register had named seven; they were George, John, Elizabeth b.1796, James b.1797, Thomas b.1804, William b.10th of June 1809 and Sarah b.1810. Described as "The Douglas Controversy" it appears totally unlikely that James, Thomas, William and Sarah were the offspring of Mary Groves and William Douglas.

      Other researchers report that First Fleeters William DOUGLAS and Mary GROVES married in Sydney on 1 June 1788 and that their children included William George DOUGLAS or DOUGLASS, who, on 14 Nov 1814, had a daughter Mary Ann DOUGLASS with Mary Ann CROSS.