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I have recently discovered I am a descendant of John Bruce Douglas who was born in Edinburgh around 1698-1700. According to the writings found in, Bristow-Douglass and allied families : the Rev. James Jackson Bristow and Sarah Douglas Bristow, their ancestors and their descendants, 1640-1961 by Julia J. Bristow, John was in line for an Earldom, but was apparently kidnapped as a baby. He was then brought to the United States and settled in Virginia. Does anyone have more information concerning John Bruce and who his family was in Scotland? His daughter Elizabeth is one of my grandmothers on my father's side. I do have information from an uncle concerning John Bruce's lineage, but as a researcher myself, I always like to double check information and sources. Any information would be so helpful.

Thank you!

Carey Blackerby Hanson
Associate Professor: Costume Design
University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)

May 15, 2016 | Registered CommenterCarey Hanson

Hello, Carey
I am interested in finding information about John Bruce Douglas/s. My branch (we are 2 s Douglasses) has a clear path back to John Bruce but attempts to confirm the identify of his parents have so far met a dead end. Most sources link him to William Douglas (1668-1741) who married Grisheald (or Grizzel) McKeand (also with several variations), but there seems to be no concrete proof of John Bruce's birth or baptism nor of his father's antecedents. They may have been too humble to have left a record but there is that family legend, passed down through the family in and around Barboursville Virginia, that John Bruce was kidnapped so he could not inherit something. Nothing is known about his early years in America. The next known event is his marriage to Judith Moorman, from a well established Quaker family, which makes it seem likely John Bruce's circumstances weren't very dire.

Interested in anything you have uncovered,

April 15, 2018 | Registered CommenterMary Douglass