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Anne Douglass (Mattle)

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
Death: September 16, 1691 (81)
New London, New London, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Mattle and NN
Wife of Dea. William Douglas
Mother of Ann Bishop; Robert Douglas, of New London; Elizabeth Chandler; Sarah Keeney and Deacon William Douglas, Jr.
Sister of Robert Mattle; William Mattle; Catherine Mattle and Thomas MATTLE

Managed by: Jonathan William Shea
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About Anne Mattle Douglass

Ann Mattle

  • Born: 1610, Ringstead, Northampstonshire, England 1155
  • Daughter of Thomas Mattle
  • Marriage: William Douglas in 1636 in Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England 1154,1155
  • Died: 10 Sep 1691, New London, New London, Connecticut at age 81 1155


They had but five children as far as known:

  1. Ann, b. in Scotland* in 1637; m. Nathaniel Geary. Sic: no proof of Scotland birth
  2. Robert2, 1). in Scotland* in 1039; m. Mary Hempstead. Sic: no proof of Scotland birth
  3. Elizabeth, b. in Ipswich, Mass., Aug. "26, 1641; m. Pea. John Chandler.
  4. Sarah, b. in Ipswich, Mass., April 8, 1643; m. John Keeney.
  5. William2, b. in Boston, Mass., April 1, 1645; m. 1st, Abiah Hough, 2d, Mrs. Mary Bushnell


From A Collection of Family Records: With Biographical Sketches, and Other Memoranda of Various Families and Individuals Bearing the Name Douglas, Or Allied to Families of that Name (Google eBook) Charles Henry James Douglas E.L. Freeman & Company, 1879 - 563 pages. Page 61:

"Ann Mattle was the only daughter of Thomas Mattle, of Ringstead, northamptonshire, England, where she was born in 1610, the year of her husband's birth.

"She had two brothers, both older than she, Robert, born in Ringstead, Oct. 5, 1595, and William, baptized at the parish church, April 6, 1599. Of these, William appears to have died young, no mention being made of him when the family estate was inherited by Ann; and Robert, the eldest of the children, was unmarried or without descendants at the time of his death, for Ann was the "next heare." Robert and the father, Thomas, both died previous to 1570, the latter probably many years before, and their property fell to Ann. It thus appears that Ann's descendants are the only descendants of Thomas Mattle, who, judging by the birth of his son Robert, was born as early as 1575), more than three hundred years ago.

"How and where William Douglas became acquainted with his wife, Ann Mattle, is unknown; but their marriage must have taken place at his parish church, probably in 1636, when they were, each of them, 26 years old, as their daughter Ann was born in 1637."

"William Douglas emigrated to New England with his wife and two children, Ann and Robert, in 1640, though the exact time of their arrival and the name of the ship which brought them are unknown. The very common tradition is that the company landed at Cape Ann. William settled at Gloucester nearby, but removed to Boston that same year. The first mention of him on the Boston records is under date of "The 31st of the 6th moueth, 1640,i" [Aug. 31, 1640]

  • "William Douglas is allowed to be a townesman, he behaving himselfe as becometh a Christian man."

"He did not, however, remain in Boston .... Soon after in 1660, he removed with his wife and three of his children, Robert, Sarah and William, to New London, where, that same year, he purchased "a house on the so. side of meeting-house hill."

".... As may be seen from the foregoing and from the frequent mention of his name on the records of the town, Dea. Douglas was one of the most prominent members of the flourishing community of New London. His education, for those times, was liberal. ...

">In May, 1670, Mrs. Douglas made a journey to Boston and appeared before Gov. Bellingham in order to establish her claim to an inheritance which had fallen to her in the old country, t James Johnson and the widow Elizabeth Meares, then of Boston, but formerly of Little Broughton, Northamptonshire, testified that they had known her and her family in England, and that she was the daughter of Thomas, and sister of Robert Mattle of Ringstead. But father and brother were now dead ...."

"William was chosen deputy to the General Court at Hartford in 1672, and once or twice later. He continued to take an active part in the affairs of the church and town until the time of his death. The Rev. Simon Bradstreet, in his diary, which is still preserved, says:

"1682, July 26, Mr. William Douglas one of ye Deacons of this Church dyed in ye 72 year of his age. He was an able Christian and this poor ch'h will mvch want him."

"Ann (Mattle) Douglas married, second, Thomas Bishop. She died at New London about 1685."




from Edward F. Douglass on 7/14/2004 "It is reported -- again, without documentation -- that William married Anne Motley (a genealogist determined that this was her family name, rather than "Mattle.") in Ringstead in Northamptonshire. I have a copy of the Will of Anne's Father."

A Thomas Mattle was born in Ringstead, England 1575. Thomas died: 22 Jan 1611/12 Ringstead, Northampton, England . I am unsure if this is the same as is referred to above.

It is possible his father was Robert Mattle, Birth : 1545 Ringstead, Northampton, England

General Notes:

~ Leslie Mahler, "The English Origin of Anne Motley/Matley/Mattle, Wife of William Douglas," TAG, Oct. 1999, pp. 278-9


  • 1154 George Norbury Mackenzie, Nelson Osgood Rhoades, Colonial families of the United States of America: In Which is Given the History, Genealogy and Armorial Bearings of Colonial Families Who Settled in the American Colonies From the Time of the Settlement of Jamestown, 13th May, 1607, to the Battle of Lexington, 19th April, 1775, Vol. VI, The Grafton Press, 1917, found on Google Books.
  • 1155 Charles Henry James Douglas, A Collection of Family Records: With Biographical Sketches, and Other Memoranda of Various Families and Individuals Bearing the Name Douglas, E.L. Freeman & co., 1879, Found on Google Books


  • There arc several Hingsteads in England. Hingslead in Northamptonshire, is a parisli pleasantly situated in the midst of a gently undulating, upland country, on the London and Northwest Railway, Ц miles northnortheast of Hicham Ferrers, where there is a fine old church. The parish is now united with benford parisli, the vicar residing at Thrapston.
  • "Cape Ann Lane," the first street settled in New London, Conn., whither William subsequently removed, is said to have received its name from his owning land on it.
  • See Savage's Genealogical Dictionary of New England, p. 83.
  • Previous to 1752 the year began with the 25th of March, that month being reckoned as the first.
  • Boston Town Records, Vol. I, p. 45.
  • The original MS. journal of Mr. Bradstreet is in possession of Henry Stearns, Esq., of Springfield.
  • A copy of her deposition is on file in New London, and is printed in the Appendix to this volume.

Ann was proved to be legal heir to both. She was at this time 60 years of age, and was, consequently, born in 1610. She must have been possessed of great energy and endurance, to have performed, at her advanced age, the journey from New London to Boston and back, when the conveniences for traveling were extremely limited.


Förnamn Anne Anne (Mattle Mottle Motley) Ann Ann

Efternamn Douglas Motley Mable Mattle Mattle Efternamn vid födelse Mattle Födelsedatum 9 augusti 1610 1601 1610 1610 1610

Födelseort Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England Denford, England Ringstead, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England Ringstead Parish, Northamptonshire, England

Dödsdatum 16 september 1691 16 september 1641 ca 1685 1685

Dödsort New London, New London, CT, USA New London Ct New London, New London, CT New London, New London, CT New London, Ct, Usa

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Anne Mattle Douglass's Timeline

August 9, 1610
Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
Ringstead, Northampton, England
Age 26
Age 28
New London, New London, Connecticut
August 26, 1641
Age 31
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
April 8, 1643
Age 32
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
April 1, 1645
Age 34
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
September 16, 1691
Age 81
New London, New London, CT, USA