An American Family History

Jesse Douglas

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves,
and, under a just God cannot retain it."
― Abraham Lincoln
Alternate spellings of Douglas: Dougals, Doughlass, Douglace, Douglass, Dougless, Douglasse, Dowglas, Dowglass, Duglas, Duglass
Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.

Jesse Douglas was born about 1733 in Charles County, Maryland. He was the son of Captain Benjamin Douglas and Elizabeth Land.

When his sister, Sarah Stone died in 1775, she left him the "use of [the] Negro boy Walter."

During the American Revolution he was a private in the 26th Battalion, Charles County Militia, Colonel William Harrison's Regiment.

In 1778 Jesse Douglas took the Oath of Fidelity in Charles County, Maryland.

In 1790 a Jesse Douglas appeared in Charles County, Maryland. The household consisted of a man and a woman. They had one person enslaved.

The American Revolution was ended in 1783 when the Treaty of Paris was signed.



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