An Olive branch extends down from Asa Douglas, founder of Hancock, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, a town which split into Stephentown, Rensselaer County, New York. Douglas is better known, however, as the great-grandfather of Lincoln’s debater, Senator Stephen Arnold Douglas from Springfield, Illinois. This branch seems to spring from the wife of Asa Douglas, rather than from the Douglas kinfolk back at Plainfield, Connecticut, who were clearly affixed to the Olive branch. Asa Douglas married at Concord, Massachusetts, Jonathan Wheeler’s eldest daughter, Rebecca. They extended an Olive branch to their daughter Olive, wife of General Samuel Sloane, from whence it grew. But it is the naming of Rebecca’s sister Olive that suggests extension of the Olive branch by way of their mother Sarah, wife of Jonathan Wheeler.
Who gave Sarah her “Olive Branch”?