This page was last updated on 11 August 2021

Click here to 
Print this page

Biography finder





























Index of first names

Col Edward Douglas









This page is a Stub - you can help improve it


Research notes:

Col Edward Douglas married widow Isabel Dale, sister to Sir Thomas Dale, royal governor of Virginia. Isabel was born in Middlesex County, England. Edward Douglas was born in Scotland 14 Dec 1590 and died in Northampton County, Virginia 2 Nov 1657. Upon the death of Elizabeth Throgmorton Dale, the widow of Governor Dale it is presumed Edward married Isabel and his rights to an inheritance over-rode those mentioned in the will of Elizabeth Throgmorton Dale. Edward became seized, by patent, the land called "Dale's Gift" in Northampton County, Virginia."Dales Gift" was the very first patent issued in America. Upon Col Edward Douglas' death Isabel married the Rev. Thomas Teackle and in time they moved to Accomack County, Virginia.


Edward carries the distinction of being the earliest Douglas to arrive in the English colonies(1). He was appointed a commissioner in 1642 and served many terms. He served a term as High Sheriff and two terms as a Burgess at Jamestown.

In his will Edward Douglas mentions his cousin Edmund Boweman of Accomack County. Edmund was probably born in Scotland. It was disheartening to find only one reference to an Edward Douglas of Scotland. (See Fife County, Scotland, Dunfermline Parish Register 1561-1700} 11 Nov 1632 Andrew Elder and Janet Phine hand Isabel; wit- Edward Douglas, Thomas Douglas, William Pillonis

Edward was a leader in Northampton County and always addressed as a gentleman.

Looking for the Douglas connection, I found this in Vaughan Baker's website :
Baron Throckmorton remarried the daughter of Thomas Baynum who left his estate in Gloucester, Clearwell, to Lady Dale’s brother. In a 1609 deposition involving Clearwell, we found the mention of the testimony of John Dale, son of Edward Dale. Subsequently, we found the 1593 will extract of a John Dale of Castle Morton in Worcestershire, which was less than twenty-five miles north of Clearwell. He was a cooper at the castle and left sons John Dale (baptized 1563), Robert Dale (baptized 1566), daughters Agnes (baptized 1568), and Joane (baptized 1570).

Castlemorton is/was the residence of Simon Douglas-Pennant, 7th Baron Penrhyn (The Old Vicarage, Castlemorton, Malvern, Worcestershire)

The same website has this:
In 1641, Lady Dale was mentioned as the widow of “Sir Thomas Dale of Stepney in Middlesex, deceased in parts beyond the seas. We also found another entry dated 1622 about Thomas Dale, “Thomas Dale deceased in parts beyond the seas to brother Richard Dale”. We then found a 1619 will of a Richard Dale of Saint Swithin (near Stepney) and he mentioned sister Isabella Gayer, alias Dale. Subsequently, we discovered that Richard Dale was also “deceased in parts beyond the seas”.

Is it thought that she married Edward Douglas after Mr Gayer died?


The genealogy database records his marriage to Sarah George, and nine children:
1. John Douglass, b. 1741, Virginia, USA , d. 1777 (Age 36 years)
2. William Douglass, b. 31 Jul 1742, Culpepper, Virginia, USA , d. 3 Aug 1814, Sumner Co. Tennessee, USA (Age 72 years)
3. Edward Douglass, b. 1745, Virginia, USA , d. May 1825, Wilson Co., Tennessee, USA  (Age 80 years)
4. Elmore Douglass, b. 16 Jan 1753, Culpeper County, Virginia, USA , d. 8 Oct 1819, Smith Co, Tennessee, USA  (Age 66 years)
5. Elizabeth Douglass, b. Aug 1754, Culpeper County, Virginia , d. 1842, Sumner County, Tennessee, USA  (Age ~ 87 years)
6. Ezekial Douglass, b. 1756, Virginia, USA, d. 1825, Pulaski County, Arizona, USA  (Age 69 years)
7. Sally Douglass, b. 20 Mar 1759, Virginia, USA, d. 11 May 1829, Sumner County, Tennessee, USA  (Age 70 years)
8. James Douglass, b. 13 Mar 1762, Virginia, USA, d. 29 Mar 1837, Sumner County, Tennessee, USA  (Age 75 years)
9. Reuben Douglass, b. 6 Apr 1767, Fauquier Co., Virginia, USA, d. 26 Aug 1832, Sumner County, Tennessee, USA  (Age 65 years)



1.  Actually, William Douglas, b1610, may have been the first to arrive in 1640.

2.  The 8 year gap between children Edward and Elinmore needs some examination.


See also:

  • Col Edward Douglass


    Any contributions will be gratefully accepted



    Errors and Omissions

    The Forum

    What's new?

    We are looking for your help to improve the accuracy of The Douglas Archives.

    If you spot errors, or omissions, then please do let us know


    Many articles are stubs which would benefit from re-writing. Can you help?


    You are not authorized to add this page or any images from this page to (or its subsidiaries) or other fee-paying sites without our express permission and then, if given, only by including our copyright and a URL link to the web site.


    If you have met a brick wall with your research, then posting a notice in the Douglas Archives Forum may be the answer. Or, it may help you find the answer!

    You may also be able to help others answer their queries.

    Visit the Douglas Archives Forum.


    2 Minute Survey

    To provide feedback on the website, please take a couple of minutes to complete our survey.


    We try to keep everyone up to date with new entries, via our What's New section on the home page.

    We also use the Community Network to keep researchers abreast of developments in the Douglas Archives.

    Help with costs

    Maintaining the three sections of the site has its costs.  Any contribution the defray them is very welcome



    If you would like to receive a very occasional newsletter - Sign up!



    Back to top


    The content of this website is a collection of materials gathered from a variety of sources, some of it unedited.

    The webmaster does not intend to claim authorship, but gives credit to the originators for their work.

    As work progresses, some of the content may be re-written and presented in a unique format, to which we would then be able to claim ownership.

    Discussion and contributions from those more knowledgeable is welcome.

    Contact Us

    Last modified: Monday, 25 March 2024