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The authenticity of the information from The Marksberry Family History has not been verified. However, it appears that Marksberry males do carry Douglas dna.

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1.  The Queensbury title, one of many with which the Scottish house of Douglas is associated, originated in the creation of Sir William Douglas (d 1640) as Earl of Queensbury in 1633. He was the eldest son of Sir James Douglas of Drumlanrig (d 1616). His grandson William, the 3rd Earl (1637 - 1695) was created Marquess of Queensbury in 1682, and Duke of Queensbury in 1694. William had 2 sons, James and Samuel.

Samuel decided to go out on his own breaking all ties with his family. He went to England around 1680. There he changed his name, using his title of Marquess of Queensbury, he created the name "Marksbury".

After 1680, the name Samuel Marksbury begins to appear in English records. Samuel was 18 and learned the trade of surveyor. Samuel migrated to America around the late 1680's, settling in Prince William County, VA. He married around 1700, possible to an indian woman. He had one son in 1711, and named him Samuel Marksbury, Jr.

Samuel Marksbury Sr died in Prince William County, VA in Nov 1745. After his father's death, Samuel Marksbury Jr moved to Amhurst County, VA. He married, but his wife's name is unknown. He had 2 known children, Samuel and Prudence.

Samuel Marksbury Jr died in Amhurst County, VA in 1784. His son Samuel Marksbury III was born in Prince William County, VA in 1740. In 1784 Samuel Marksbury III and his wife Isabell Owens(?)sold their land and moved to Garrard County, KY. There Samuel died in 1813.

Children of Samuel Marksbury III and Isabell:
John married Caty Franks 4 Feb 1793
Samuel IV married Lucy Banks 15 Nov 1793, he died 1798
Isaac married Susanna Radcliff 1794
Nancy married Ephraim Tongate 1799
Milly married William Franks
Delilah married Zachariah Hogan
William married Peggy Phillips 18 Apr 1810
Rachel married William Banks 1790, she died 1801
Jane married John Banks in 1798, and after his death married Richard Owens

2.  There is a suggestion that the origins of the Marksberry name stem form an illegitimate child of 'Old Q', the 4th Duke of Queensberry.

3.  The surname Marksberry was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Markby, held by Gocelyn FitzLambert, a Norman noble, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.



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