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James Douglas, born 27 Aug 1740 in Scotland, is said to be the son of of Hugh Douglas, 1713-1763 and Margaret Colerider. However, this Hugh Douglas was having children - lots of children by his wife Margaret Gilmour at the time. He lived in New Cummnock, Ayrshire, Scotland.

James married Hannah Houston in 1764 in Virginia.
they were the parents of of Mary Ann Douglas and Hugh H Douglas

Between 1776 and 1779, he was a Seaman in the Virginia State Navy during the Revolutionary War. He served on Brig. Liberty, from May 18 until June 30, 1776, (James Douglas, Master at Arms).

In 1782, he was a resident of Cumberland County, Virginia.

James and Hannah were apparently married in Scotland, although both were living in the United States at the time. One of their children (Alexander) later returned to live in Scotland throughout his adult life. James and Hannah Douglas lived in August County, VA in 1768. James served during the Revolutionary war as a Seaman in Virginia State Navy (1776-1779) Granted 1000 acres of land in Kentucky, Montgomery Co. for service. He is on the list of non-commissioned offers, seamen, and marines in State Navy entitled to Bounty land for three years' service. (Brumbaugh, pg 66).

Montgomery County Kentucky was formed in 1796 from a part of Virginia. When James Douglas received the 1000 acres of land for service in the Revolutionary War, his land was in Virginia. Note date surveyed (1797) when it was then a part of Kentucky.

Douglas appears as one of the representatives of Boonesborough at the convening of the Legislature of Transylvania at Boonesborough, May 23, 1775, the first legislative body of Americans to assemble west of the Cumberland Gap.

James died in 1816 in Mount Sterling, Madison, Ohio and was buried at Five Points, Pickaway, Ohio, United States.

James and Hannah are buried in the Tanner Cemetery, on the T.S. Alkire Farm in Darby twp, Pickaway County, OH, near Mt. Sterling, OH. North side of graveyard, James is buried "north of grave of Hannah his wife, which has a marker. No marker found for the grave of James."

• Rev. War Records, Vol 1, Virginia by Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh, pg 19: Grant 12, pg 258 "1259, Land Office Treasury, warrant entered May 31, 1780. Grant 12 Page 258, No. 1259, Land Office Treasury Warrant 1800, Madison and Pickaway Counties. Surveyed Nov 1, 1797, Montgomery County, Liking River

•  Chalkley Records show James and Hannah signed deeds in KY 1795, 1796 pg. 66-68
   •  g 477, pg 168 - November 11, 1768 James Douglas and Hannah to John Stevenson, 50 pounds, 355 acres patented to Adam Stephenson June 5th 1765 and conveyed same to James August 16, 1766, corner Daniel Stephenson, Daniel Smith corner, Delivered J. Stephenson October 1769
   •  pg 442, pg 545 - August 16, 1766 Adam Stephenson & Rebecca to James Douglas for 17 pounds, 355 acres patented to Adams.



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