I am looking for any legit primary sources that prove who William Grant's Parents are/if his name was really William Douglas back in Scotland. Any help would be greatly appriciated.
Here is what I have so far:
1. World Family Tree by Family Tree Maker Vols. 3-7
[Establishes that William Grant fought for the Pretender’s Army and Immigrated to the American Colonies when he was 16 years old, which is 1716].
“My mother's maiden name was Grant. My grandfather and great grandfather both Wm Grant. Wm Grant, Senior was born in Scotland and pressed into the Pretender's Army at 16 years of age was taken by Wm as prisoner and owing to his youth was sent as a convict or pressed man into America and sold into seven years service, while his companions were all shot. By his morality and industry he secured the good will of his masters and in the fourth year of his service he married Margaret Vemon, the daughter of an English Lord of that name in Ireland, and who had suffered in the siege of Deny. (1688) She had become estranged from her friends on account of the settlement of an estate and followed the fortunes of a female friend whose husband had purchased the time of my great-grandfather.
An anecdote is told of him, that, on the day of his marriage, he thought he could not afford to lose the day, as his master would have him make it up at the end of three years yet to serve, so he went to his plowing, as usual but of course and in his shirt sleeves. When he saw the clergyman coming, he hitched his horses and came into the house. After the ceremony was over, he kissed his bride, picked up his hat and started back to his plow. His master watched him until he returned to his horses, then called him to come in and fetch his horses. He then told him he was free but if he would stay with him, he would give him $50 per year and after that higher wages.
His wife had a diamond ring she had retained from since the estrangement from her father's house, which she now exchanged for ten cows and they afterwards became wealthy and their sons andgrandsons were honored and respected citizens. Their grandson. Gen. John Grant, at one time was supposed to be the richest man in Kentucky.
I relate these things to show what industry and honest perseverance will do. My grandfather, Wm Grant (Jr.) married Elizabeth Boone, sister of Daniel Boone, who was Wales, who imigrated (sic.) to Pennsylvania and with my grandparent to North Carolina and settled near the line between that state and Virginia. When I look back at that colony and trace it, through three generations, not to say four, that it has passed, I am forcibly reminded of the great advantages of a right start in laying the foundations of society. If it is well done, it will tell to the future generations, we may well say to all eternity. And though I fear the example of our Pilgrim fathers is fast passing away from their descendants, we can still trace it throughout New England and their commerce, manufactories and their natural resources, enterprise or go-aheadiliveness.”
2. Whitley County and Its Families. By Whitley County Historical Society (Ind.), Turner Publishing Company. p.148
[This source confirms his immigration to the American Colonies in 1716 on page 100]
3. Whyte, Donald. A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to the USA. Vol. 1. Baltimore: Magna Carta Book Co., 1972. 504p. 2nd pr., 1981.]
[Confirms Immigration of William Grant was to Maryland in 1716]
4. Dobson, David. Directory of Scots Banished to the American Plantations, 1650-1775. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1984. 239. p. 67.
[This Immigration of William Grant was from Scotland to Maryland in 1716]
5. Smith, Clifford Neal. Transported Jacobite Rebels, 1716. In National Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol. 64:1 (Mar. 1976), p. 29.
[This suggests that William Grant was captured fighting for the Pretender’s Army in the Battle of Preston, Lancashire in 1715, and was send to American colonies in 1716. This coincides with comments about the Pretender’s Army in Source 1].\
6. Richardson, Hester Dorsey. Names of Those Who Were Sent Over as King's Rebels in the Ship Friendship of Belfast, August 20, 1716, to Maryland. In Side-Lights on Maryland History.... Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1913, vol. 1, pp. 214-215. Reprinted (2 vols. in 1) by Tidewater Publishers, Cambridge, Md., 1967; and by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1967. Page: 214
[William Grant was sent over on the ship Friendship of Belfast on August 20, 1716 to Maryland]
7. The Draper Manuscripts
[Establishes a William Grant family connection to William Grant Jr. who married Elizabeth Boone, and places a Douglas in the family, saying that William Grant’s wife potentially had the maiden name Douglas]
In a letter to Mr. Draper, Sarah Grant (Lamond) Winston states that ".....with respect to the name of my Grandfather's mother, it was forgetfulness certainly on the part of my cousins also, you will no doubt think so, when I tell you my cousin's oldest son is named Douglas, after my Grandfather'sgrandmother, whose maiden name was Douglas and their second son is named Verner after my Grandfather's mother whose name was Marjory Verner--I have a sister whose middle name is Verner...." (Sarah Winston was referring to her cousin's Wm. S. and Lydia Ann (Grant) Grant and their sons, Douglas Boone and William Verner Grant)
8. A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians. By E. Polk Johnson, Lewis Publishing Company. Volume III 1912.
[William Grant as seen in American records could have been William Douglas at birth and taken on the name Grant Douglas in Scotland]
Page 1290: “…was called “Grant” Douglas to distinguish him from others of that same name. And when he came to America he assumed the name grant.”
Page 1590: “Her great-grandfather, William Grant Sr., was born and reared in Scotland, where for a deed of bravery, he was given a grant of land, and his name which was originally William Douglas, was changed to William Grant.”