Putnam/ Dougherty family genealogy

Sarah Coe twin?

Small moments of joy come after spending 3 hours looking at Parish records one page at a time, online, when you finally find “That’s the One” and the only Sarah Coe in the last 233 pages of barely comprehensive writing. With pages so faded you think you will go blind, until you realize that changing the brightness and contrast really does help. There it is December 22 1799 christening record shows a Sarah Coe and Mary Coe daughters of John of Dukinfield, gardener and his wife Nancy. Also it lists a birth date, Sarah is listed as Nov. 16 … while Mary is listed as Nov 26 … No year. Are they twins born 10 days apart? Or were they born a year apart (see below)? What would you make of this?

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This was the begining of my searching into, “Who were Sarah Coe’s parents?” Sarah is my 3x great grandmother on my maternal line. She Married Samuel Hall in Stockport, Cheshire, England.

From the parish registry (see image to the right) Samuel Hall a widower of this Parish. (Profession) Iron Moulder and Sarah Coe of this Parish were

married by Banns on the 2 Day of January 1820 by E. Harwell Curate. A takeaway from this is that we see the actual signature of Samuel (Samel) and note that Sarah couldn’t sign her name. Couples were married either by Banns or License. Banns is where the intention of marriages is announced at the parish church three Sundays in advance of the actual marriage date, otherwise they have to apply to the bishop for a special license to be married.

This is the document that started me asking the question, “Who were the parents of Sarah Coe?” In order to do a comprehensive search I needed to understand the timeline of the local parishes jurisdictions during this time period.

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Stockport is a market town in Cheshire, England while Ashton Under Lyne is a market town in Lancashire. They are approximately 6 miles apart. Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire is just across the river from Cheshire. Historically while Ashton Under Lyne is in Lancashire they had been under the Court of the Bishop of Chester, and today many of the small townships such as Dukinfield and Staleybridge, in Cheshire, are part of what is called Tameside and the Ashton Under Lyne Civil Registration District since 1837 (see map below).

Parish jurisdictions 1851 https://www.familysearch.org/mapp/ Click image to enlarge.

Here is a simplified timeline for the Parish churches in the Area where Samuel Hall and Sarah Coe lived. For more detailed information visit: https://www.familysearch.org/mapp/#lists

StockportSt. May’s1584
Ashton UnderLyneSt.Michael1594
St. Peters1824
DukinfieldSt. Michael1594

So to search, the parish where Samuel and Sarah were married, for Sarah’s Christening, I looked at Family Search for the church records In Stockport somewhere between 1795 to 1805. For some reason there are no records from 1682 to 1812. So I started looking at the Ashton Under Lyne Records for my estimated time frame. Upon finding this entry of a Sarah Coe, I decided to continue looking. At first I was trying to determine if this Sarah Coe dies before reaching maturity. But since the Coe name was so infrequently found I just noted any other Coe’s in this film and put together the family of John and Nancy (Minshall) Coe of Dukinfield and their five daughters. John is consistently referred to as a gardener and in the 1841 UK census he is listed as living at Gardener House (see 1841 census below). In the 1851 census he is living with his daughter Judith’s Family. In the 1861 census he is gone and Judith has her sister Hannah living with her.

I then I began looking for the death of John Coe. I found him in Ashton Under Lyne burial records for St. Michaels. “Burial 22 May 1853 John Coe 97 of Ashton” (Note, not necessarily Ashton Under Lyne). Estimated birth year would be 1756. So I have now ordered the Civil Registration of Death and will see what other information I might be able to glean.

In the meantime I have the records of the other children of John Coe.

Continuing with the Parish registry Ashton Under Lyne film # 4006799. ” Born Oct. 10 Baptised Nov. 21 Coe Judith D(daughter) of John & Nancy (of) Dukinfield Gardener” is listed in 1803. “Born July 18 baptised Aug 25 Coe James S(son) of John & Hannah (of) Dukinfield Gardener” in 1805. ” Born Feby 26 baptised April 2 Coe Priscilla D of John & Nancy (of) Dukinfield, Gardener” listed in 1809. A few months later a Mary Coe is listed for a John and Sarah (of the)Town, Spinner. “March 14 Coe Charles S of John (of) Dukinfield 9 years” is buried in 1810 . Not sure if this is John and Nancy Coe’s son or John and Sarah’s son.

Moving on to the next Parish registry Ashton Under Lyne film # 4050285. “Born Apr’12 Baptised May 24 Coe Hannah D of John & Nancy (of) Dukinfield Gardener” in 1812. “834 Nancy wife of John Coe (Abode) Dukinfield (Buried) Mar 1 (age) 47 yrs” listing in 1815.

As we know from earlier, Sarah Coe married Samuel Hall in 1820 and 2 (two) years later 1822 Judith Coe marries a John Price. Now look at the marriage record for john Price and Judith Coe. …….. Whoa, “In the Presence of Samel Hall” (see below).

I take this as proof that Judith Coe and Samuel Hall’s wife Sarah Coe are related and most likely sisters. Therefore the Sarah Coe found in the Ashton Under Lyne Parish records is the Sarah Coe married to Samuel Hall . And I further feel confident that John Coe and Nancy Minshall are the parents of my 3x great grandmother Sarah.

The Shipp Family Line

This week I’m opening the Shipp binder. It has been quite some time since I’ve done anything with this family. When I start a new binder I usually grab a one inch view binder in white. I can print out the family name on a sheet and then make one for the spine also. If the pages are like the military record pages that are 8 1/2 x 14. I have ordered on-line special ledger size binders and sheet protectors . Until I did this I was finding that I was unable to keep these oversized pages from getting dog eared and worn. It was certainly, for me, a worthwhile investment.

Caroline ‘Clementine’ Jane Shipp

George Washington Francis married Caroline Clementine’ Shipp This line is on my fathers side (paternal) and my sister Madeleine is doing the research for the Paternal side. Madeleine has the Shipps back almost 300 years from Clementine to William Shipp born 1572 in Suffolk, England and his wife Margaret Balls.After quizing her on this information she said that this was primarily done very early on in our research and the Information was taken from The Shipp family Genealogy, compiled by Ralph D. Shipp.

As you may know these books are done to the best ability of the author and need to be verified. Hence started my quest into the Shipp line.

Caroline, my 2x great grandmother’s parents were George F, Shipp and Elizabeth Vaughn. I could have started this book with Caroline’s father but I like to be able to see the connection so I started with Caroline and file all her documentation here up until she marries. Then you will find a sheet that says ” See FRANCIS binder for further information on Caroline ‘Clementine’ Jane SHIPP”. She and George Washington Francis were married 2 September 1860 in Visalia, California. She had been born in Louisiana in February 1848 . In the 1850 US census the family is in Jackson county Louisiana. Caroline (3 years old) has an older brother William (5) a younger sister Salina (2) and brother Thomas (4 months). 10 years later the 1860 US Census shows the family in Visalia, California. The family includes: George Shipp, farmer; his wife Elizabeth, Clementine (13), Celina (11), Thomas (9), Catherine (7), Inez (5), Mary (4), Elizabeth (1). Wow all those girls and Thomas. Now what happened to William? Why did they leave Louisiana? From this 1860 US Federal Census we note that the last four children were born in California starting in 1853. Therefore the move to California took place sometime between 1850 and 1853. would that have been an overland trip? Was it on this trip that William died? Was Elizabeth pregnant during this trip? I try to picture what this would have been like for Elizabeth with three or 4 children under the age of 10 making this trek across the country. Thomas would have been a toddler and probably always in his mothers arms. Did Caroline get her nickname of Clementine on this trip. There are no family diarys or stories that I am aware of. I wonder if some of the family might know the story.

George F. Shipp

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Cambria San Luis Obispo Cemetery
from Findagrave.com not indexed thought to possibly be George F. Shipp

George F. Shipp is listed as being born in Mississippi about 1819. His father is Coleman Shipp and Jane W. Ford, who were married in Madison County Alabama 16 September 1813. George F. Shipp died in San Luis Obispo County California sometime after the 1880 US Census.

I was able to prove to myself that Coleman Shipp was truly George F. Shipp’s father with a 1842 probate, that lists George by name as Coleman and Jane W. Shipp’s son. The other children are not listed by name so I went in search of identifying as many as possible since he died prior to the 1850 US Census that list all individuals in the house on the night of the census.

One of the Executors was a Thomas Shipp. In reviewing the deeds of Holmes County Mississippi from the creation of Holmes county in 1833 up to 1860 I found two Thomas Shipp’s. One was actually Thomas C. Shipp. in checking with Ancestry and Family Search I found Thomas C. Shipp often shown as Thomas Coleman Shipp. And miss identified as Coleman Shipp. Thomas C. Shipp’s wife is listed in most of his personal deeds as Mary Ann. While Thomas Shipp’s wife is listed as Mariah. So what is the relationship of Coleman and Thomas Coleman Shipp.

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Again I have been distracted from the organizational task to the challenge of answering the question, ” who were his/her parents?” An on it goes.

Lets Get Organized!

Getting Organized, again!

Last year I was working on reviewing and updating each family line that I have in a binder. I was calling it 12 Family Lines 12 Months. I had completed through the Marsh family line. That was actually 14 Families and I had started back in 2018. Since then I was sidetracked, You know when that bright shiny object catches your attention and draws you away from your goal. That bright shiny object has been DNA.

Each Family Line has its own Binder

Some of you have used my forms previously. Today I updated my Forms page . You might take a look and if you find them helpful please leave a comment.

With this Stay Home, Stay Healthy mandate, it’s time to get back on track. I am not starting where I left off because I want to save the Putnam line for last, since it is a very large file.

Here is the layout to each binder

  • Index
  • pedigree chart of individual family line ( from software program i.e. Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic, Legacy, etc.)
  • Individual Tab
  • Individual family group sheet (again from software program)
  • Individual Timeline (again from software program)
  • Ancestor Document Log

The new Fan chart from My Heritage has two different views this one is the color mode. I really like this view. I can use it for a quick reference. I added the numbers to show how many ancestors in each generation. The only thing I do not like about the color chart is that I think the red should be for the Dougherty Line,the Red-orange the Ferguson’s the orange the Heaps and the Booths would be the yellow. The arrow is pointing to Alice Robinson the first individual that starts the Robinson Family Line.

Robinson Family

Alice Robinson along with her husband Joseph L. Booth were original immigrants to the United States in 1842 from Padham, Lancashire England. Alice was 34 when they immigrated leaving anyone left in her family behind. Both of Alice’s parents had died. Her father Henry Robinson was buried 24 March 1836 age 75, while her mother Nancy Robinson had died 25 January 1834 at 67 years of age. Henry was born about 1762 and baptized 13 April 1762 in Padham, Lancashire. He was listed as son of Margaret Robinson with no father identified. We will never know his father except possibly through DNA but I’m not going there.

In researching Margaret Robinson in Padham I found in the Parish registry Margaret daughter of John Robinson and his wife Alice. This Margaret is baptized 21 February 1739. That could be Henry’s mother. An interesting side note is that the parish registry went from March 26 1739 to March 25 1740. I had originally attributed Margaret’s birth year as 1739 and then recently I noticed that April was noted as 1740 so I thought that I had missed the change in year to 1740 when comparing the Bishops records to the Parish records. No, England and the American colonies were still using the the old calendar that had the new year as March 25th right up until 1752.

So if this is our Margaret in 1739.

Also in Padham we have John Robinson marrying an Alice Wilkinson in 1737.

If John and Alice married in 1737 the latest we would expect John to be born is 1719. Searching the same Parish book going backward from the marriage record I skipped the John that was baptized in 1723 as being to young and did not find another John being baptized until 1704. Unfortunately they had stopped listing the mothers name in about 1720 so John son of William Robinson was baptized on 6 January 1704 would make him 33 when he marries Alice. So maybe it was the other John that had been baptised in 1723 but as a young child and not an Infant.

I did go on to find a marriage that could be the parents of the John Robinson that was born in 1704. William Robinson and Margaret Wadington. Married Feb. 27th

In conclusion I have another family to sort out.

Forestburgh New York is a small area in Sullivan County where my great grandmother Margaret Helen Ferguson grew up. I had been researching the Ferguson’s for years and the censuses I had looked at for Forestburg were the 1855 New York State census and the 1860 US Federal Census. So when Madeleine and I went back to Pennsylvania last summer we drove up to Milford to do research.

I wanted to take the time to drive another 24 miles up NY42 to see Forestburg. So on our last day in Milford we took that drive. It was quite a pleasant drive. Once past Port Jarvis there were few buildings and very little traffic.

The first thing we spotted was the Forestburgh Town Hall. It was actually built much later (1895). By that time, as far as I know, they had all left the area. Driving on further I was pleasantly surprised that there were still quite a number of houses and buildings

Several historical markers through this sleepy little burg. The catholic church shown above was built in 1900. Forestburgh school district 1 was established in 1837 according to the sign and averaged 70 students it closed in 1952.

Margaret Helen Ferguson, her sister Maryetta and brothers David, Charles and Edwin were all born in Forestburgh, New York from 1850 to 1860. So the older ones probably attended the school that stood on this site.
it was really great to drive around this area to and try to visualize what it may have been like during this Civil War era when my great grandmother was growing up with her sister and three little brothers.
In the 1865 New York state census the family is living in Deerpark on June 8th 1865, which is South of Forestburgh just outside of Port Jarvis in Orange County New York. That census was taken in June of 1865. Margaret Helen’s father (Joseph Ferguson) who was in the civil war wasn’t mustered out until November 29 1865. According to his service record he had been at Steamboat Wharf June 30 1865. Did the family move to Deerpark to be closer to family? I need to search the rest of the 1865 state census to see what family member may also be living there.

I looked up Steamboat Wharf Connecticut and discovered its about 180 miles almost due East of Deerpark. So it is conceivable that Joseph was able to visit during the Summer before having to report to Steamboat Wharf for duty before being Mustered out.

Stay Home, Stay Safe

Day 31 or is it 38

2020 will go down in history as the year of the Pandemic. Instead of where were you when the twin towers went down the question will be “what did you do during the 2020 Pandemic?”
In 2014 I started working from home. I was employed by a Structural Engineer in California and my husband retired  and he and I decided we would move to Washington state. My boss offered to have me continue working remotely . By 2020 I was pretty comfortable in my position. I had all the tools needed to work from home. My large office had a plotter, printer, PC, laptop, and large screen monitor. So when everyone else was complaining about staying home it felt no different, well except for the lack of opportunities to get out of the house,
No meetings, no trips to the library, no trips to the dog parks, no evenings out or ferry rides to Seattle.

The lack of opportunities to get out affected my daily attitude. Instead of getting up and getting ready for work like I was going to an outside office, which I had been doing for 6 years, I started taking showers every other day and sometimes I did not shower for two days. I would forget to comb my hair or even brush my teeth. After getting my normal job work done I would laze around for a while. My hobbies were neglected. I read lots of fluff books. I would check my emails and facebook more often Ughhh………..
What was happening? With all this time to get so much done why isn’t my office spotless, my to-do list should have everything marked DONE.
So here is the plan it is day 31 or is it day 38. In case you had not noticed I am.big on lists. Here’s my daily list:

  • Get up, Shower, Comb hair, brush teeth,go to work (the trip to work about 20 steps from the kitchen counter). DONE!
  • Check work emails, do any outstanding jobs and return to client/boss. DONE!
  • Clean office DONE!
  • Finish one or two items on the To-Do list DONE!
  • Check work emails, do any outstanding jobs and return to client/boss. DONE!
  • Work on Blog

So here I am, working on my Blog.

The other morning I was looking at my emails and one site that I follow “Hound on the Hunt”  had a word search puzzle ,and for the heck of it I printed it out and circled each of the words as I located them in the puzzle. I looked at the time stamp and saw it had only been in my email box for about an hour so I thought what the heck I’ll just send this in. And low and behold that afternoon I got an email that I was a winner. WOW, my lucky day!

I get lots of emails everyday for different genealogy sites that I follow.  Ellen Thompson-Jennings is a genealogy hound and  her blog is Hound on the Hunt. She is Canadian and has a lot to offer every week. I always open her emails. There are others that I don’t always open. 

Rowland Pennsylvania

Bethel Lutheran church in Rowland PA was originally the Methodist-Episcopal Church until 1923. This is the little white church on Church Street that overlooks the Lackawaxen and the Delaware and Hudson Coal Canal Towpath. Across the street from this church is the stone house that the William Westfall family was reported to have owned.

The day that Madeleine and I stopped by was in June of 2019. The organist was practicing and invited us to look around. He told us a little about the church and the neighborhood. He directed us to the Rowland Cemetery that is situated further along the street back in the woods. It was not the same cemetery we had visited on our earlier trip to this picturesque area in 1994. According to the Pike county list of Cemeteries there is the “Rowland Cemetery” and “The Old Graveyard near Rowland on River Bank opposite the Church.” I believe the one we had previously visited was “The Old Graveyard”.

This is where previously we had found Vina (Milvina) Chamberlain’s Funeral Home marker (see photo). According to the obituary for Jane E. Chamberlain this is also where she was buried.

I was a little disappointed not to revisit “The Old Graveyard near Rowlands”. It must be completely overgrown now. It seems I never take enough pictures. I guess I still need to make one more trip back to the area just to get those photo’s of the rural areas that supported the Westfalls for several generations. They are not the farms I am familiar with, such as the open  wide expanses of the plains and valleys, but more rolling hills and lovely green expanses of woods along a narrow river or canal. Were they more like truck farms, or were they actually farming the timber? The Westfalls were listed as farmers but they also payed taxes on a sawmill on their property as shown in the 1840 tax assessment records

John Westfall Tax 1844 Lackawaxwn PA

Jane’s brother William Westfall, who’s home was pointed out to us, was not only a state assemblyman he was a Justice of the Peace and county Treasurer.Some of the records that Madeleine extracted from the records office included Williams signed oath of office along with bonds. Click on image to enlarge.


Next I will be covering our drive up to Forestburg in Sullivan County New York. Where the Fergusons lived prior to and during the Civil War. It was from there that Margaret Helen and John Lyle met and married . But that is another story.


This summers genealogy research trip included a trip into Washington D.C. for research at the National Archives.

Madeleine had made arrangements to meet with a researcher for help in finding the War of 1812 records for Benjamin Clough our 3x great grandfather. Benjamin Clough had not shown up in the pension files but it was known that he had served so we did the obligatory trek to do a little research in this countries greatest repository, the National Archives.

What an awesome experience. The building itself is impressive. Situated on the Capital Mall a short walk from our hotel. A monumental building amongst many.  The main doors are massive and are no longer how you enter.  Still I made my sister hike up those front steps to do another photo op. In order to be handicap accessible the entry is at the side, and not quite as impressive. Still if you are a genealogist you should try to make the trip at least once.

Once we were processed through to do research Madeleine quickly requested the file we were hoping to view. We were allowed to view only one file at a time and were not allowed to sit down together and share.

While they had many rules in place , I was amazed that papers almost 200 years old were available to look at  without  the required white glove  treatment. The file for Capt. Benjamin  J.  Clough contained 13 original sheets of paper  along  with  two original envelopes.

War of 1812

A conflict between the United States and Britain from June 1812 to February 1815. The conflict was an inconvenience for Britain who was heavily involved fighting the Napoleonic wars with France. The British embargoes on French shipping affected America economically and was further exacerbated by the many incidents where the British Navy pressed Americans merchant sailors into the Royal Navy. Furthermore Britain supported Indian raids on Americans migrating into the frontier. The Conflict was ended by the signing on December 24 1814 of the Treaty of Ghent. News of the treaty did not reach the states until February 1815.

  • June 18, 1812 Declaration of War signed by President James Madison
  • 1813  early death and disability pensions for disabled veterans and veterans’ widows and their children.
  • December 24, 1814 Treaty of Ghent signed.
  • 1816 Additional provisions for widows, orphans and disabled veterans. Allows guardians to turn over bounty and land warrants in exchange for half pay pension for five years.
  • 1850 Bounty Land Act for 9 month service 160 acres, 4 months 80 acres, and 1 month 40 acres.
  • 1855 Bounty Land Act for 14 days service 160 acres. Those who already received less could file for the balance up to 160 acres.
  • 1871 Service pension for minimum 60 days service and an honorable discharge. Veterans Widows married before February 17, 1815.
  • 1878 Service pension served minimum 14 days or in any battle, received an honorable discharge. Veteran widows married to pensioner prior to his death.

Captain Benjamin J. Clough applied for his first Land Bounty in October 1850. The following is that initial request that I have transcribed here. There are a few words I was unable to decipher and those are indicated as, ……. .  It is a great story of his time during this conflict. (Click on images to enlarge)

State of New York

County of Erie SS: On this 24 day of October 1850. Personally appeared before me, the undersigned, a Justice of the Peace, duly authorized by law to administer matters, within and for the county & state above named, Benjamin J. Clough aged 65, a resident of Hamburg in the county & state aforesaid ; who, being duly sworn according to law, declares, he is the identical “Benjamin J. Clough”, who was a Lieutenant & afterwards a Captain of the 48 Regt. of the NY State Militia, in the war with Great Britain declared by the United States on the 18th day of June 1812.

That in September of 1812 there being a vacancy in the captaincy of his said company – this deponent, as commandant thereof, received an order from Lt. Col Wm. Warren commandant of his said regt. to call out his company to form a guard having its headquarters at “Eighteen Mile Creek” to guard the coast at that point on the Frontier. That under that call about twenty or twenty five of his company volunteers, with whom, under his command, at that point he served for three months, when he was permitted to disband his men: he, this deponent was not discharged, but was directed by his commanding officer, to hold himself as a minute man.

After the Lake was frozen over in the winter of 1812.13 He received orders from Col Warren to raise a guard to guard the coast at and where the mouth of 18 mile creek which he did as before by calling upon his men to volunteer and actually served under the last …… order & in command of that guard for the space of two months when he was reinforced by Capt. Johnson & his company of the same regiment, who then, having a Captain’s .command …., took the command, and this deponent continued in active service in the …. …,

… … him, for the term of two months service, making 4 months service under the last …….. call. Soon after which he was again ordered by Col. Warren to raise a company of volunteers to guard the ……. at Buffalo and Mack Rock, which he did and actually served. in command of his said company for one month where he received orders to, & did, disband his men: but immediately afterwords received an order from Col. Warren to raise a company to go to Fort George in Canada which he did. He went with his company under command of Maj. C. Chapin & Genl. P.B. Porter to Fort George, in which detachment he served about one month, at the end of which time he marched his company home to Hamburg & disbanded them.

Again he volunteered with & in command of his company under General Harrison proclamation, crossed the river at Mack Rock, marched to Fort George to join the standard of that General, when, about one month after starting from home, Genl. Harrison, informed the volunteers that his purpose of taking Burlington Heights must be abandoned on account of orders, which had received from Head Quarters, to repair to Sackett Harbor, when he verbally discharged the said volunteers, but recommended them to go on under Genl. McClure as there would soon be a Pay Master along, when they could get their pay. Whereupon this deponent with his company continued under command of Genl. McClure & marched toward Burlington Heights, & when they had reached 20 Mile Creek, they were ordered to retreat, & they crossed the river to Fort Niagara where they were commanded by Genl. McClure to deposit their arms at that Fort which they did & returned home.

Immediately after which and about the last of November 1813 he again volunteered with his company to guard the lines at Mack Rock, which he did and continues to serve at that place until Buffalo was burned Dec. 31, 1813-14 – after which he was at home, chiefly, until the latter part of July 1814, when, again under an order from Col Warren he volunteered with his company to go to Fort Erie to join Genl. Brower, which he did, and continued to serve under that engagement in the said war until the 27th day of September 1814 where he was directed to discharge his men.

And he further declares, that from the time he was first called out in September 1812 until the fall of 1814 he was never discharged but after the occasions, on which he was called out as aforesaid, had ceased to require the aid of his force, he was told that he could let his men disperse with the understanding that he should and would hold himself in readiness at a moment’s warning which he did. He was not at home during all of that period more than two or three months, which was chiefly during the winter after the burning of Buffalo.  He may have made some mistakes in the order of some of the events above mentioned, but the leading facts are there and he believes the dates to be so. During all the said service, this deponent had actual command of his company though only a few: by commission; until the 2nd day of March 1814 where he received a commission from his Excellency D.D. Tompkins Gov. as Captain of said company, in the 48th regt. …….., which is herewith ………….

He makes this declaration for the purpose of procuring the bounty land to which he may be entitled, under the act granting bounty land to a certain officers & …….. rights have been engaged in the service of the United States … ………… 28, 1830                                         Benj am J. Clough

……… to & subscribed before me, the day and year above written. …. I hereby certify, that I believe the said Benjamin J. Clough to be the identical man who served as aforesaid, and that he is of the age above stated.                 C.T. Shattuck, Justice of the Peace of Erie Co N.Y.

Albert S. Baker is hereby appointed my agent and attorney, to whom I wish all correspondence to be addressed.           Benj am J. Clough

This deposition was sent in response to the Bounty Land Act of 1850 whereupon Benjamin received 40 acres. Benjamin recounts at least 11 months total as noted in the margins of this deposition therefore he could have received the full 160 acres at that time. But alas the government conclusion is stated in the document here dated January 24 1851.

It appears from documents in this Office that Benjamin H. Clough Captain Company of New York Militia entered service on the 25th of July 1814 and served till the 25th of September 1814 and from 20th of September 1814 to the 23 of November 1814. No other service has been found in this office..



That totals about 4 months.  What he received was for 1 month service. It appears they figured he was short 2 days for 4 months actual recorded service. Benjamin later made application and was awarded in 1856 the remaining 120 acre bounty he was entitled to.

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Milford, PA

While visiting Milford Pennsylvania last month my sister and I also visited the county tax office where we were able to view and copy the tax schedules for the early 1800’s.

Typical pages in the Pike County Pennsylvania Tax office.

We copied over 25 pages from the tax rolls, from 1840 -1855, any page that had Dougherty or Westfall. The woman at the county office who helped was wonderful and very accommodating and I’m sure the errors made in copying the pages were mine.  We missed a few pages but this really gives us a great picture of what the Westfall place must have been like and what William L. Dougherty was doing when he and Jane (Westfall) were first married. Why William L. Dougherty fell off the tax rolls is unclear. The last son to carry the Dougherty surname was Solomon Dougherty born 1853. By the 1860 US Census Jane was alone, and the last tax roll for William L. Dougherty we copied was for 1848.

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Above is the information from the tax rolls extracted for William Dougherty and his father-in-law John Westfall from 1842 – 1855.  In looking over this information I could clearly see that in 1848 John Westfall and William Westfall (John’s eldest son) combined their taxes under John’s name. By 1850 William Westfall and his brothers were on the tax rolls for the sawmill their father had been paying taxes on since 1842.


  • SF = single family
  • HH = Head of household
  • improved = # 0f acres,  tax
  • unimproved = # of acres, tax
  • taxable items= # of item, tax
  • mechanic and shoemaker was the profession of the individual that was listed for the tax year.
  • Do = ditto (?)

The 1850 census for William L. Dougherty listed him as a Laborer. This tax list him as a mechanic in 1842 and 1844, then as a shoemaker in 1843. I found it interesting that William was listed as a shoemaker, you may not recall one of the letters written during the war to John Lyle Dougherty from his mother Jane encourages him to come home and he could take up the trade of shoemaker. I thought that was an odd trade for his mother to suggest to a man who had just lost most of his leg due to a snipers bullet in the days following Gettysburg. Maybe shes thinking there are all those tools for the shoe trade laying about that John Lyle could make good use of.

These papers to not indicate what happened to William L. Dougherty, but we now know that he was in Pike county Pennsylvania paying taxes in 1842 The recorded deed (October 18, 1842) transferring the land from John Westfall to William Dougherty states:

This indenture made the nineteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one …. sum of Sixty Dollars……. a certain lot or parcel of grounds situated in the township of Lackawaxen, county & state aforesaid and bounded on the East  by lands of Almanza Griswould, on the South by lands of the said John Westfall and on the West by the Delaware & Hudson Canal. Being eight rods in width along the canal and twenty rods in depth containing  one acre strict measure more or less. Being the same piece or parcel of ground on which the said William Dougherty has lately erected a dwelling house in which he now resides.

We know that he was there as early as November 1841  when he built a house on the one acre of property that was  to be his for the sum of $60.

It looked like he was doing well for the first few years, things started going down hill and by 1850 he was not paying any taxes in Pike county. I have more questions in regard to William. What happened? The property went from approximately one acre to 3/4 of an acre  Taxes paid went from $260 down to $80.

In 1848 he now has three sons. two more boys are born by 1853. Is he working outside the community? Where did you go? Why did he go?  It seems the more I learn about William, the less I know. Time to move on.



Revisiting Milford PA

This month my sister and I took a trip back east to do genealogy. Our previous trip to Milford, PA, was 25 years ago. This time we drove up from York, PA where we were staying with our nephew. The last leg of the drive was along the lush Delaware River that divides Pennsylvania from New Jersey. It was a lovely day. Not a lot of traffic and we we able to enjoy our surroundings.

Milford, PA June 2019

The deep green vegetation lined the narrow two lane road from where we left the interstate till we were in Milford. We turned on to Broad street and recognized several buildings from our previous visit. That previous visit had been in the fall when the trees were magnificent yellow and orange this time they were lush green. We found our hotel and decided to have lunch on the porch and relax a bit before heading out to explore the picturesque town.

Milford PA Fall 1994

Our first stop was The Columns, a stately two story home that is the Pike County Historical Society museum. Our sojourn to Milford was to find the deeds and other records that we had previously  been told were not to be found.

Oh so not true. They are not online anywhere, and believe me I had looked. I continually had checked familysearch.com.


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The above was what I had been seeing the last 25 years. No deeds just (3) maps. I went ahead and emailed the records office prior to our trip to verify they had records from the early years when Pike County had been formed out of Wayne County. Now we were here and I was anxious to start searching the files for the Westfalls and Doughertys that had made their home in Lackawaxen township back in the mid 19th century.

Our first afternoon we stopped by the Historical Society’s museum and were able to copy items from their file on the Westfalls. So glad we had been there previously because some of what we had found 25 years ago was no longer  there or possibly the volunteer was unaware of where the information was filed.

The following day after a very pleasant breakfast at our hotel we walked the short distance to the Pike County  Administration Building where we spent the morning searching the index of Grantors and Grantees books. The Grantees index listed:

  • (24) for John Westfall from 1829 – 1848
  • (2) for Jane E. Chamberlain 1864
  • (1) for Jane Dougherty 1850
  • (1) for William Dougherty 1841

Wow, finally another source document for our 2x great grandfather William Dougherty.

A quick recap:

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The women in the records office were very helpful. We were able to get copies of many of the deeds. I extracted from the indexes the volumes and pages of any that we might be interested in getting copies for in the future.

vol 15 pg. 411 recorded Oct. 19, 1842

pg. 412

pg. 413









The above deed shows that William Dougherty purchased from his father-in-law an acre of land in Lackawaxen township for $60 and had constructed a “dwelling house”. the instrument was dated Nov. 19, 1841. William and Jane ‘s son John Lyle was born on July 18, 1842 and the deed was recorded on October 19, 1842. This parcel of land was bordered on the east by Abranesor Griswold, south by John Westfall, and on the west by the Delaware and Hudson Canal.

Jane Dougherty vol 18, pg 346

Jane Dougherty is noted in this record as the wife of William L. Dougherty.This instrument is dated April 12 1847 and is recorded on Jan. 5 1850. This deed  conveys 3/4 of an acre from Jane’s father to her for the sum of $37. This property is noted as located at lock #12 of the Delaware & Hudson Canal and adjacent to the John Westfall property.

The maps shows Lackawaxen Creek (where the Delaware & Hudson Canal was located?) running in a north/south direction and the toe path is on the western bank, I have yet to determine exactly where the John Westfall, William Dougherty/Jane Dougherty or even the Griswold property was located during this time frame.

Great finds in Milford thanks to my sister Madeleine and the staff in the records office.

More later on other finds during this adventure.

Last week was the y-chromosome story for the Putnams. Let’s take a look at my mothers brother’s y-chromosome. Just like my brother the Dougherty cousins haplogroup is R-M268 or R1b1a1a2. In order to  actually connect to each other on the y-chromosomes we might need to go back somewhere between 4,500 to 10,000 years ago to find their common primeval ancestor for that connection. Which is not going to happen in this lifetime.

For my genetic genealogical purpose we will only go back as far as my uncles, fathers, father. That would be John Lyle Dougherty who was a civil war solider the family had learned of from his son John Edwin Dougherty.

Dougherty Paternal Line

Here is the Dougherty y DNA line from our great grandfather to my cousin. Now I have three 1st cousins who are recipients of the Dougherty y DNA and they are represented here by the oldest son of my uncle Bob.

William Dougherty’s Male Descendants


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John Lyle Dougherty had four brothers, as far as I know only Clark had children. (See chart above).This chart is my attempt to see who we know that would also carry great grandfathers y DNA. In looking at this tree we see my three Dougherty 1st cousins have 6 male 3rd cousins and 4 male 3rd cousins once removed. Note the pink tick marks indicate female descendants, for clarity I did not record here.

If you are one of the descendants of Clark and have taken a DNA test please let me know or if you have not taken a DNA Test please let me know. We should talk.

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