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John Douthit, Sr

Also Known As: "Douthitt"
Birthplace: Ireland
Death: February 22, 1784 (74)
Rowan County, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Clemmons, NC, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Andrew Douthit and Mary Elizabeth Douthit
Husband of Mary Elizabeth Douthit
Father of Nancy Elizabeth Riddle; Catherine McKnight; John B Douthit, Jr.; Mary Mariah Howard; William M. Douthit and 10 others
Brother of Solomon Douthit; Thomas Douthit; David Douthit and Mary Catherine Elrod
Half brother of Nathan Douthit

DAR: Ancestor #: A033870
Managed by: Michael Lee Adams
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About John Douthit Sr.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor # A033870 _____________________________________________________________________________

Born in Coleraine Ireland. Immigrated to America at 15 yrs of age with his parents. Lived in Monocacy Md. on a 50-acre tract of land known as Douthit's Chance. Was a weaver by trade. He is listed in "Accounts for Quartering Soldiers" Under command of Stephen Ransburger in The French and Indian Wars

In 1750 migrated to Clemmons N.C. In 1757 obtained land of 640 acres from the Earl of Grandville near the Yadkin River. John was an active Patriot who furnished Wheat to the Militia's of North Carolina and southern Virginia and was a soldier himself under General Nathaniel Greene as shown by payments in the Revolutionary Army Accounts.

John Douthit contributed greatly to the founding of the Hope Congregation of the Moravian Church, Helping to build the first church there about 1772 known as the Salem Congregation. He and his wife Mary are buried in the adjacent cemetery. The original church no longer stands.


PLEASE NOTE: There are subtle variations of detail between the above and below Sites. I will defer to another family researcher with more knowledge than I as pertains to the information shown for both. Jlphawn


A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor # A033870

Researcher notation: Some family researchers entitle their John Douthit, Sr. as "Sir". I have nothing currently to support that claim. Anyone with information on this is kindly encouraged to contact me, Profile Manager.

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  • Birth.......May 9 1709 - Coleraine, Londonderry, Ireland
  • Death.....Feb 22 1784 - Hope, Rowan Co, NC
  • Father....Robert Andrew Douthit
  • Wife.......Mary Elizabeth Hope Douthit
  • Child......Rev John B. Douthit, II
  • This is an important piece of my family genealogy, as it demonstrates the connections between the Douthit, Riddle, and Elrod lineages through naming of individuals, as highlighted in the text.

John Douthit (son of Robert Andrew Douthout) was born May 09, 1709 in Coleraine, Londonderry, Ireland and died February 22, 1784 in Hope, NC. He married Mary Scott in 1738 in Monacasy, Frederick Co, MD.

Includes Notes for John Douthit: (From WFT Vol 1,#816) 11/13/94

  • Re: "The Douthit Family in America"
  • This book is from the Sutro Library, S.F., CA Sub-title: The descendants of John Douthit, Sr., 1709-1784

Compiled by: W. Cary Anderson - Publisher: Marilyn Gibson Publishing Co. 1983

I have discovered that my ancestors (DOUTHIT) played a large part in the Moravian Church. Here is what I found out through a response to a message I posted in the Religion Forum of Compuserve recently.

"The Moravian Church was perhaps the most radical church of its day (circa 1700's).It was made up of believers from all over Europe, mainly.They moved to an area in Moravia where a noble promised them security from persecution.From there they sent out missionaries around the world, particularly to the Americas. Some even sold themselves into slavery so they would be able to reach the lost slaves in America.

Much of what is known about the Moravian church may have just been a footnote in history if it were not for a "chance" encounter by some Moravian's with a young Anglican minister on a ship from the Americas back to England.That young minister's name was John Wesley. He credited the Moravians with having a life-changing influence in him.And it was from John and his brother Charles that the Methodist church swept through England and the USA generating one of the largest and longest revivals (8 generations) the world has seen; along with giving us most of the hymns we sing today. So, you see that John Wesley played a large role in my personal history."

The Moravians began work as missionaries in England in 1734. They went to North America the following year. The sect is still going strong, especially among the German communities of America. Now, for a quote from the above named book on DOUTHIT'S.

The origin of the Douthit line--it is said that the Douthit family first lived in France (hear, hear!!). Their name then was Doucette, pronounced Dow Shay. Because of wars and religious persecution, they left France about 1600 and went to Holland. They were in Holland less than 40 yrs. They went to England, where the name was changed to Douthwaite. They gained some prominence in England and were given a Coat of Arms in 1675.

We learn of Andrew James Douthout (whose father was Robert Andrew Douthwait) born in Scotland. He was asked by the King of England to settle in N. Eire. (why, I wonder) His son Robert Andrew was born there. This was in the Scotch-Irish area of Ireland. The people were mostly English and French Hugenots. Robert settled in Coleraine, Ireland and his son John was born there in 1709. He came to America in 1723 as an apprentice an apprentice in Boston and N.Y.C. He moved to Frederick County, Maryland and married Mary Scott of PA. In 1725, on to KY..lived 2 years there..then Lord Grenville granted John a huge tract of land in North Carolina on the Yadkin River (now Rowan County) More interesting stuff from that book:

"...The Douthitt family were first cousins to Charles Edward Louis Philip Casimir Stuart of Scotland, son of ...James Francis Edward Stuart (King James II) and Maria Clementine Sobieski, granddaughter of the King of Poland. "...If this is true, then the father or mother of John Douthit (1709-1784) would have had to been the child of King James II of England, King James II (1633-1701) had many illegitimate children that he recognized..." "...Could it be that Andrew James Douthout married one of the illegitimate daughters of King James II about 1675 and received from the present king, Charles II, brother of James, a Coat of Arms and a grant of land in Ireland? Could it be that the Douthits in Ireland supported the Jacobite efforts to restore the British throne to the Stuarts and thus had to flee to the colonies or were exiled to the colonies?..." Note the various spellings of the name DOUTHIT.

John Douthitt, born 9 May 1709, Goleria, Ireland, came to America in 1724 at age 15. Settled first at Monocacy, Md.His father was a Quaker and his mother a Presbyterian. He was baptized a Presbyterian, and brought up in that faith. He learned the trade of a weaver, He worked as a weaver in N.Y.: Pa.Then to Monocacy, Md., where he married Mary Scott in 1738.

They had 7 sons and 4 daughters. John died at Hope, N.C. 22 February 1784. Mary Scott born 1721 Pa., died Hope, N.C. 29 June 1794.

They moved to Rown County, N.C. in 1750, settling near land later taken by the Brethren, called Wachovis. They were friendly neighbors. They attended English service (She belonged to English Church) at Bethabars, and they invited the Brethren to meet at their house. He had first Moravian service in his home 4 April 1763. He and Christopher Elrod, Sr., helped round and build the Hope Church. On 10 June 1781, both John and Mary were received into the Hope Congregation and on 28 March 1782 partook of Lord's supper. They are buried in Hope Cemetery.Two sons and a daughter died before mother. Two sons and a daughter belonged to the Moravian Church.

After John Douthit died, Mary lived with her son, Jacob. She had been in good health, but on 28 June, she complained of chest pains, and she died about noon on 29 June 1794. He had consumption several years.On 21 February, he said, "The Saviour will soon put an end to all my misery, and will take me unto Himself." He died between 4 and 5 a.m., 22 February, 1784.

There were 17 who purchased supplies for Revolutionary soldiers, and he was one of these as was his son-in-law, Stephen Riddle, and also Christopher Elrod Jr. Mary Scott had a sister Sarah Scott, and she married Robert Elrod, brother of Christopher Elrod Sr.

...Slayden W. Douthit

Note by Donna KNAPP Williams:

The first 4 children of John and Mary were born in Maryland, near Fredrick. Between 1749 and 1753 when the fifth child was born they moved to NC. The first five children had common English names. Starting with the sixth in 1756, Bible names were used. Is this when they started to worship with the Moravians? WFT #816 says they moved to NC in 1750.This fits.He also says that John helped build the Hope Moravian church in 1763.This was an English speaking church.The other Moravian churches in the area were German speaking.

More About John Douthit and Mary Scott:

  • Marriage: 1738, Monacasy, Frederick Co, MD.

Children of John Douthit and Mary Scott are:

  • Elizabeth Douthit........b...April 22 Unknown.
  • John Jr. Douthit..........b...April 10 Unknown.
  • William Douthit...........b...December 27 Unknown.
  • James Douthit............b...December 25 Unknown.
  • Thomas Douthit..........b...February 04 Unknown.
  • Isaac Douthit..............b...August 10 Unknown.
  • Sarah Douthit.............b...March 10 Unknown.
  • Abram Douthit............b...March 09 1762 Hope NC..d...February 05 1828 Lexington NC.
  • Rebecca Douthit........b....March 09 Unknown.
  • Jacob Douthit.............b...July 23 Unknown.
  • Mary Douthit..............b..? Unknown.

Following 'second' corroborative narrative information from:


Birth: May 9, 1709 County Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Death: Feb. 22, 1784 North Carolina, USA

Son of Robert Andrew Douthit.

Husband of Mary Elizabeth Hope Scott.

Father of:

  • Elisabetha Douthit (m. Stephen Riddle)
  • Nancy
  • John
  • Mary
  • William
  • James
  • Thomas
  • Isaac
  • Sarah

Grandparent of John Riddle and Sarah Ann Riddle (m. John Elrod)

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  • Birth.............IR 9 May 1709
  • Service........NC
  • Rank............Patriotic Service
  • Death...........NC 22 Feb 1784
  • Patriot Pensioned.....No Widow Pensioned: No Children Pensioned: No Heirs Pensioned: No Spouse: (1) Mary Scott

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Spouse: Mary Elizabeth Hope Scott Douthit (1721-1794)


  • Elizabeth Douthit Riddle (1739-1790)
  • John Douthit (1740-1813)
  • Mary Mirah Douthit Howard (1743-1789)
  • Thomas Douthit (1753-1819)
  • Isaac Douthit (1756-1823)
  • Sarah Douthit Elrod (1759-1821)

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  • Hope Moravian Old (Original) God's Acre
  • Clemmons, Forsyth County, North Carolina, USA
  • GPS (lat/lon): 36.02827, -80.34872
  • Created by: Stephanie
  • Record added: May 03, 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 8717640



  • Census Records 1759 Rowan Co, North Carolina.
  • Moved to America when he was 15 years old (with parents).
  • Lived in Monocacy, Maryland.
  • He was a weaver by trade and worked in PA, NY and MD.

Patriot during the American Revolutionary War and furnished wheat to the Militia's of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. He helped organize and build the first Hope Moravian Church in 1780 at Clemmons, North Carolina (information from Brandon Hough). Has a Bronze DAR Plaque on his grave. A record from the S.A.R. Lineage Book states that ...

..."John Douthit was an active patriot and furnished supplies to the Rev. Soldiers as shown by NC Revolutionary Army Accounts." It further states that...

..."John Douthit was a soldier in the Army of Gen. Nathaniel Greene as shown by payment in the NC Revolutionary Army Accounts...."

  • Father......Robert Andrew DOUTHITT
  • Mother.....

Family links:

Spouse........Mary Elizabeth Hope Scott Douthit (1721-1794)


  • Elizabeth Douthit Riddle (1739-1790)
  • John Douthit (1740-1813)
  • Thomas Douthitt (1753-1819)
  • Isaac Douthit (1756-1823)
  • Sarah Douthit Elrod (1759-1821)

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John Douthit Sr.'s Timeline

May 9, 1709
April 29, 1739
Monocacy Chaple, Prince Georges County, Maryland, British Colonial America
Rowan, North Carolina, United States
April 10, 1742
Monocacy, Frederick, Maryland, United States
June 1, 1743
Monocacy, Frederick County, Colony of Maryland, British Colonial America
December 17, 1746
Monocacy Chapel, Prince George, Maryland
December 25, 1747
Monocacy, Frederick, Maryland, USA
February 4, 1753
Hope, Rowan, North Carolina, USA
August 10, 1756
Hope, Rowan, North Carolina