An American Family History

Sarah Douglas Gifford Barnes

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

Sarah Douglas Gifford Barnes was born about 1670 in Charles County, Maryland. Her parents were Colonel John Douglas and Sarah Bonner.

In 1688 Peter Carr left her and her siblings some of his personal property to pay, in part, a debt he owned their mother.

She married Henry Gifford (Giffard).

Sarah and Henry's children included:
Douglas Gifford (married Rosamund Compton, daughter of Samuel Compton) and
Anne Gifford Gardiner (about 1686, married Howard Gardiner).

They lived in Charles County, Maryland where Henry owned Gibson's Close, Gibson's Neck, and Gibson's Pound.

In March 1703/04 Henry registered cattle marks for himself and his son, Douglas.

Henry Gifford died on December 6, 1714. His estate documents named Joseph Douglass as his brother and Benjamin Douglas as "one of nearest of kin."

Sarah then married Matthew Barnes. Matthew and Sarah were administrators of Henry's estate. He had been married before and had children.

After her death Matthew married Mary Fendall Theobald the widow of John Theobald.

Matthew died on January 10, 1746.

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.
Children of Colonel John Douglas and Sarah Bonner:
  • John Douglas
  • Robert Douglas
  • Sarah Douglas Gifford Barnes
  • Elizabeth Douglas Brandt Howard Thompson
  • Joseph Douglas
  • Charles Douglas
  • Charles County is in south central Maryland and was created in 1658. The first settlers were mainly English tobacco planters, their indentured servants and enslaved people. Many of of the settlers were Roman Catholic. The county, as originally laid out, also included parts of present day Calvert, Prince George's and St. Mary's Counties.



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