An American Family History

John Douglas and Catherine Heard

Alternate spellings of Douglas: Dougals, Doughlass, Douglace, Douglass, Dougless, Douglasse, Dowglas, Dowglass, Duglas, Duglass
The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.

John Douglas married Catherine Heard at the end of the 17th century in Charles County, Maryland.

John inherited 500 acres of Cold Spring Manor from his father.

Benjamin Douglas was born about 1685.

John Douglas was born October 29, 1686.

Anne Douglas was born March 22, 1691/92.

Joseph Douglas was born about 1695.

John died before January, 1705/06.

John Douglas (1636) bought Cold Spring Manor on May 10, 1677 from Josias Fendall for 22,000 pounds of tobacco. It consisted of a home on 1,050 acres on the west side of the Patuxent River in Mt. Calvert Hundred (now part of Patuxent Hundred) in Prince George's County, Maryland. The manor came with all rights of "Lord of the Manor."

500 acres was inherited by his John's son John Douglas (1664) who left it to his son, Benjamin Douglas (1685) who sold part in 1705. The residue of Cold Spring was inherited by John's younger sons, Joseph Douglas (1675) and Charles Douglas (1678).

Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.



Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin, Volume 8 number 3 Record of Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1654-1696, p 76

Douglas, John son of John and Catherie of Pyckyawaxon, b. 29 Oct 1686.
Douglas, Ann, (perhaps) dau of John and Catherine, b. Mar. 22, 1692

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