An American Family History

Elizabeth Land Douglas

Alternate spellings of Douglas: Dougals, Doughlass, Douglace, Douglass, Dougless, Douglasse, Dowglas, Dowglass, Duglas, Duglass
A society's legal system reveals much about it. A broad spectrum of behavior was considered criminal in Colonial Maryland and punishment was harsh.

Elizabeth (Eliza) Land Douglas was born on April 4, 1691 in Charles County, Maryland. Her parents were Richard Land and Penelope Theobald.

She married Captain Benjamin Douglas. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Benjamin and Elizabeth Douglas.

In 1711 Ann Lynes left her some of her personal property.

She died shortly after her husband in January, 1749/50 in Charles County. She was about 58 years old.

Elizabeth did not leave a will. When her estate was probated in Portobacco on January, 23, 1749, Susanna Clements and her half niece, Charity Story Chandler deposed that they and Ann Causen were present on January 8, 1749, between 3 and 4 in the afternoon when Elizabeth expressed her wishes at to how her estate should be divided.

She said it should be equally divided between her daughters, Sarah and Penelope and her sons, Thomas and Jesse. Elizabeth directed that Thomas would be considered of age at 18. Thomas and Sarah were appointed administrators.

Old Style Calendar
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Abstracts of Maryland Wills

Liber 27, folio 177
23 Jan 1749
Douglass, Elizabeth, Charles County
On 8 Jan. 1749, betw. 3&4 p.m. Susanna Clements and Charity Chandler deposed that they and Mrs. Ann Causeen were present with sd Elizabeth, now dec when she said her whole e. should be equ. div. among the 4 chldn. that were with her, her daus. Sarah & Penelope and her sons Thomas & Jesse, & added that sd Elizabeth desired that her son Thomas should be of age at 18 & he and her dau. Sarah should hae the admin of her e.
Portobacco, 23 Jan 1749

Port Tobacco Village or Portobacco, is a town in Charles County, Maryland which was settled about 1634 by English immigrants fleeing religious turmoil. It was first called Chandler's Town.

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