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Revisiting Milford Pa. part 2

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.

The Dougherty y-Chromosome Story

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.

WDYTYA ~ Seeking William L. Dougherty descendants

Who do you think you are? Does this really change after you do a little genealogy research? How about after you get those DNA test results? I thought I knew a lot about who I am. My family was a normal dysfunctional family. We had our rascals and sweethearts. We knew what poverty and wealth looked like. I knew what I did and didn’t want my life to turn into. But who were my people? Maybe that is the question I keep asking and why I still love genealogy. I have learned so much of history and the world. I was not looking for connections to greatness (well maybe at first) and I was not surprised to find just the common folks. But they are still very interesting people that I have discovered. Now I am delving more into the DNA of my family lines and it is interesting and daunting. My motivation was to solve our Brick wall. William L. Dougherty. Click on William’s name to see my earlier blog to learn more about him.

DNA testing
I took my own DNA test back in 2013 with 23 and Me. Gosh was it really 5 years ago. It has not solved my brick wall. I have found lots of connections and we did solve one other brick wall. But not “The One” I was looking for.

So now comes the daunting or maybe tedious work. Finding those collateral descendants who will help us move backward in time.

Who was William L. Dougherty?

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The idea is that we need to duplicate our ancestors DNA. The yellow highlighted individual s  the ones that I have. Those with a red dot I am looking for and the orange highlighted ancestor is my target ancestor. The idea is the orange target ancestor gave 50% of their DNA to their children (the next tier to his left) and not the same 50%. Their children gave 25% of the targets DNA to their children (the next tier moving left) and again not the same 25%. The next generation only gets 12.5% of the targets DNA and again not necessarily the same DNA. So my generation only receives about 6.25% of the targets DNA. So ideally if we had 16 descendants tested we may be able to come close to duplicating our targets DNA. That’s a simplified illustration. (Theoretically we could hope to approximate a facsimile of our ancestors DNA but with the endless variables it will be statistically near impossible.)

Start the search

Who is there out there that falls into those boxes?

  • My parent only had two siblings. So my grandparent is as well covered as possible with 5 cousins tested.
  • My grandparent had 6 siblings. 3 died before reaching 10 years of age. Two sisters had children, in this group there are four 1st cousins once removed. I doubt that any here are still alive so I will look for their children &/or grandchildren. The grandchildren will only have 3.125% of targets DNA. Unknown # of 2nd. cousins
  • My great grandparent had 4 brothers. Some time ago I had been contacted by the descendants of one of the brothers. In the mean time we have moved and I lost contact. So I will try to find them again. Of the other three brothers I know of no children. Only one other ever married and I have not as yet found any children for him. That would be a possible 12 3rd cousins.

I will be reaching out to those known to me and see if they have tested or are willing to be tested. So if you are a descendant of William L. Dougherty and you are interested in solving the mystery of who William L. Dougherty was please contact me.



Excel and Genealogy

Jefferson County Genealogical Society held a workshop this weekend presented by Mary Kircher Roddy   Exel-lence in Genealogy.  I had noticed quite a few webinars lately were being presented on this subject and thought, “I know Excel, maybe this is something I should be looking into.” The class had a wide range of family historians from beginners to professionals along with a wide range of individuals familiar with Excel. Once we were through some of the basics of Excel in the remaining two hours Mary was able to show us lots of ways to use Excel for genealogy.

One of the cleaver things she showed us was how to insert the search results from Ancestry, Family Search and others into our spread sheet. Once we had done that we could sort the information by any of the fields.

So putting this into practice I was interested in finding all the Irish immigrants in Pike County Pennsylvania in the 1850. William L. Dougherty my 2x great grandfather had come from Ireland sometime prior to 1842. Understanding that rarely did an individual come by themselves to some arbitrary location, my sister and I had thought to investigate the others in the area to see if we could discover who William was, exactly when he arrived and perchance what became of him.

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So I did a search of Ancestry’s 1850 Census of those born in Ireland living in Pike County, Pennsylvania. This is just a fraction of the individuals that I was able to import to an excel spread sheet. From this I can start researching and making notes on this data sheet about the individuals: when they came, who they came with,  where they came from, and where they where in later census.

The second tip I am putting into practice is the tracking of records. Currently I have a Document Log for each individual.

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But if I combine those logs in a Spread sheet by families I might be able to see more patterns or holes.

I like to use colors to designate families. Blue my fathers fathers line and Red my mothers fathers line. It was a system that the original family research binders I bought utilized and I have stayed with it.





So now I can use colors to designate other patterns. This may help in finding those family members that went missing. I can already see that I might try looking at Port Jarves for Solomon in 1880.

i’ve used other programs such as Clooz but have spent time typing in data that I never got beyond the imput. What tools are you using to help handle data?

Favorite Family Photo’s #52 Ancestors

This weeks challenge is to write about my favorite photo. With my passion of genealogy also comes a love of all these old family photos. Instead of trying to choose one, I think I’ll show you a few that have changed how I view those in the photos from how I knew them.
It is great to be able to put a face and context to our family who we did not know in the prime of their lives.

Well that’s a real disappointment. The first photo I was going to go with I can not find. The photo is  of my maternal grandfather when he was at Cornell and when I look at it I see a different young man from the person I only knew as an elderly and stern man. Another one from that same time period is this one of my grandparents on the day they were married. It is not a formal photo and they truly look very happy and carefree. Nothing like the buttoned-up formal couple they were in latter life.

This next photo is of my paternal grandparents who were quite different from my other grandparents. Here they look to be teenagers, that would make it taken about 1900. Since grandpa Ike died when I was just 2 years old I have no memory of him but my grandma (Gay) lived to be 93 I felt I really knew her. She was a little rough around the edges but had a huge heart. This was said to have been taken on the Elliott ranch, where her parents worked, near Visalia in California and it looks like their home was also a little rough. They were most likely pretty poor. Ike is wearing both suspenders and a belt. Her hair is quite something.


This next one is my mothers brother, Walt, who as a kid appears to be a”class clown”.  I think he is about 10 years old here. He was a thespian and a swordsman in college and later in life was a drum major for his local Shriners unit. The man I knew was mechanically inventive and a hard worker.


And now  this is one of my father and his sister (Eunice). It was taken in 1926. This is his first car. I do not know why his sister has a bouquet but I am assuming it was a special occasion. But why are they so serious? My aunt was always one with a ready smile and always so stylish. She was very particular about her clothes. She did not have a lot of clothes but she always handled them with great care and put them away wrapped with tissue paper. Now my dad worked road construction jobs when I was growing up. He drove a grader and came home filthy dirt. He would always clean up before dinner but I did not consider him “dapper”,  but many of his pictures from his younger days show him fairly well dressed, and that car was a “Star” (brand name) and looks quite sporty.


12 Family Lines ~ 12 Months – #4 Dougherty Family

Well, here it is the middle of May and I have fallen behind. Each month I am taking one family line and reviewing what information I have, clean up the binder for that line, and determine what research questions I need to pursue. April was to be the month I devoted to my mother’s family line. That’s the Irish Dougherty line. Unfortunately while this is one of my primary lines, I was traveling a great deal of April and did not get anything accomplished.

Through this process of review in March, I was able to piece together information that shed light on the Clough line that had been overlooked previously. My sister and I each work on our family genealogy. She does the paternal lines and I do the maternal lines. We share our research but we had not previously spent much time really checking each other’s findings, but a second pair of eyes and some times a different style of research will see things differently. That was certainly true in that instance.

The 1850 US census is the first to list every member by name in each house on the day of the census. Unfortunately they do not list their relationship, that came in later census. They did generally try to follow some order. The first name in each household would be the “head” of the household , usually followed by the wife, the children, and the servants and/or boarders listed last. In 1850 the number of family members that live in close proximity to each other was a surprise to me but I quickly have learned to look at not only the people listed on the same page as my ancestor, but also the page immediately before and after.  Sometimes when I have had trouble locating a family member I have looked at the entire township. Of course that comes from having started doing family history back in the day when I would order microfilm at the local family history library and deligently look at the entire film, they were not indexed. The discoveries were more sweet and if you stopped when you found what you were looking for you might need to go back to that same film when you moved on to another family member.

Now the 1850 US census for the William Dougherty family in Pennsylvania, Pike county, Lackawaxen township lists: (name, age, male/female, …)

Wm. L. Dougherty, 36, M,

Jane “, 28, F,

John “, 6, M,

Clark “, 4, M,

William “, 2, M,

So who were these people?  This appears pretty straight forward. Father, mother and children. This is on page 46 . Now go back two pages(page 44) and you will find Jane’s father. (name, age, male/female, color, occupation, property value, place of birth.

John Westfall, 55, M, -, farmer, -, N.J.

William “, 31, M, -, farmer, 1500, “.

Soloman “, 28, M,-, farmer, -, Pa

Gabriel “, 22, M,-, student, -, ”

Maria “, 21, F, -, -, “

John “, 17, M, -, farmer, -, ”

Mary B. “, 14, F, -,-,-, ”

Amelia A. “, 24, F, -,-,-, ”

Franklin “, 10/12, M, -,-,-, ”

Joseph Petton, 18, M, -, laborer, -, ”

Hester Allwood, 17, F, -,-,-, N.Y.

Briton Falley, 26, M, -, laborer, -, Ireland

Martin Lawless, 32, M,-, “, -, ”

John Martin, 36,M,-, “, -, ”

Michael Quime, 34, M,-, “, -, ”

Steph Hine, 30, M,-, “, -, ”

James Rock, 20, M,-, “, -, ”

John Calley, 20, M,-, “, -, ”

Michael Lafters, 22, M,-, “, -, ”

John Neal, 23, M,-, “, -, ”

James Conner, 25, M,-, “, -, ”

James Gray, 26, M,-, “, -, ”

(continuing on the next page)

Roger Conner, 24, M,-, laborer, -,Ireland

Edward Bema, 26, M,-, “, -, “

So now it becomes more difficult to asertain how they fit together in this household. We recognize that John’s wife, Jane’s mother is not present, presumed died previous to this census and this was confirmed by later research. William is John’s son and Jane’s brother, as are Soloman, and Gabriel. Now the women are harder to determine if they are daughter’s or daughter-in-laws to John. Maria was a mystery for some time. She is yet to be verified but at this point, I believe, she was a daughter. Then John was a son and Mary B. is only 14 so it was assumed she was a daughter. Now Amelia turns out to be William’s wife and Franklin is William and Amelia’s son. This information was proven by later census. Next are John Petton and Hestor Allwood, one listed as a Laborer but Hestor has no profession so who is she, boarder, servant, relative? Then comes a whole slew of Irish laborer’s. Do they work for John, or merely board there. Hard to tell. Does anyone know? Maybe they are field hands working for John and his boys. Maybe that is how Jane met her Irish husband.

So now it is May and I am supposed to be working on the other Irish line, the Ferguson’s. So lets see if I can get anything accomplished on the Ferguson line this month.

If you need more on the Dougherty line check out earlier posts under Categories at the top right hand side of this post, and scroll down to “Dougherty Ancestors”.













52 Ancestors – School Days- Mrs. Putnam

Mrs. Putnam 1957-58

Mrs. Putnam


School Days, School Days
Dear olde golden rule days,
Reading and writing and arithmetic
taught to the tune of a hickory stick.

I have had that tune in my head for the last three days. Hopefully by passing it on to you I have ridden my self of that limerick. As you can see this weeks challenge was School Days. Most schools in my area started back this week. “Back in my day” we generally did not start school until after Labor day. Today some start as early as the middle of August. You would think that Arizona would wait until the last possible moment to begin what with the lack of snow days, but no they are one of the early ones to start. I digress this is an Ancestry blog.

My mother was Mrs. Putnam. She began substitute teaching about 1944. At Carrie Barnett school in Visalia California she taught a variety of classes from first grade to eighth grade. In 1952 she began teaching full time as a fourth grade teacher at Carrie Barnett. (Remember to click on photo’s to enlarge.)

Teaching Certificate California State Board of Education 1943 & 1952

Teaching Certificate
California State Board of Education
1943 & 1952

Carrie Barnett School Mrs. Putnam 4th Grade October 21 , 1952

Carrie Barnett School
Mrs. Putnam
4th Grade
October 21 , 1952 & October 6, 1953

Mom started at Mother Lode School in the Diamond Springs Area in 1956.  Once she was hired at Mother Lode School she taught 5th grade and sometimes P.E. (Physical Education).

School Directory of El Dorado County Schools pg 8 & 9

School Directory of
El Dorado County Schools
pg 8 & 9

Mother Lode School Mrs. Putnam Grade 5 March 21, 1957

Mother Lode School
Mrs. Putnam
Grade 5
March 21, 1957

Mom kept all the class pictures. Many students remembered her in later years and continued to send her their school photo and High School graduation invitation, which she kept.

In 1960 Dorothy Ada Putnam was issued a lifetime teachers certificate shown below as a Life Diploma.

Teacher Ceriticates 3

In 1962 through 1964 the class photo’s are designated as Marshal Lode School.

Marshall Lode School 1963-1964

Marshall Lode School 1963-1964

In 1964 due to physical & health reasons my mother had to take a leave of absence. She did so with a heavy heart. Later that fall she was given tenure.

Mother Lode Union School District Letter of Tenure Mrs. Dorothy Putnam

Mother Lode Union School District
Letter of Tenure
Mrs. Dorothy Putnam


For the school year 1968 & 1969 she has only the staff photo for Herbert C. Green School. That was most likely her last year teaching. From about 1966 until she retired she was on crutches and mostly did team teaching at Charles F. Brown. and/or Herbert C. Green, she also tutored. After retiring she continued to tutor from her home.


52 Ancestors – #41 William Westfall Pennsylvania State Represenative

William Westfall

William Westfall

William Westfall was my maternal 2x great uncle. Born to John Westfall and Elizabeth Clark on 1 December 1818 in Unionville New York.

According to John Westfall’s obituary the family relocated to Milford in Pike county soon after he and Elizabeth married, but it must have been after William was born in 1818 while Solomon was shown as being born in Pennsylvania in 1824 Jane who was born in 1826 is listed as born in Unionville, New York in three different census’. In a summary on William Westfall after his death it was stated that his family moved to Pike County in 1834 but in the below 1830 census they are already in the county.

1830 US Census Pike Co. Pennsylvania

1830 US Census
Pike Co. Pennsylvania

In the above 1830 US Census I have noted who the individuals might be. Click on the image to enlarge. In this census our William should be 12 years old, His father John should only be 36 and his mother Elizabeth should be 34.

From  John Westfall’s obituary we learned that Elizabeth died in a fire in 1839.

The 1840 US Census would have William just 22 years old.

1840 US Census Pike county, Pennsylvania

1840 US Census
Pike county, Pennsylvania

Sometime between the 1840 Census and 1848 William marries Amelia Ann Slocum. I have not found who Amelia’s parents were. William and Amelia have their first child in January of 1848, a daughter  Christen S. Christen dies on 4 August 1848. In 1949 their son Franklin is born.

1850 US Census Lackawaxen, Pike County, Pennsylvania

1850 US Census
Lackawaxen, Pike County, Pennsylvania

In the Census we find William (31) in his fathers household and Amelia A (24) is listed on line 28 and their son Franklin is just 10 months old. This census is done on 14 August 1850 so Franklin was most likely born in late October or early November of the previous year.

From 1851 – 1854 William served as an elected County Commissioner. 1858 – 1860 William county Treasurer.

The 1860 Census shows William (40) a farmer who was born in New Jersey. Amelia (32) born in Pennsylvania, Franklin (11), Allie (Alice?) (8), Delbert (6), Breckenridge (4) and Carrie (2).

1860 US Census Lackawaxen, Pike County, Pennsylvania

1860 US Census
Lackawaxen, Pike County,

Next is listed a John Westfall born in New Jersey who is supposedly 12 years old. Not sure who that would have been. The next person is Maria Westfall (23) and born in Pennsylvania. That is too young to be Williams sister, she would be 30. So are they a niece and nephew visiting with the family when the census was taken? Maria is too old to be a daughter of any of William’s brothers, but John could belong to any of them.

From 1864-1866 William served again as county Treasurer. In 1866 he was elected associate Judge and served a term of 5 years.

In the 1870 Census William (40) is listed as a farmer and Judge born in New Jersey value of real estate is shown as $6000 and personal property @ $2000. Amelia (44), Alice (17), Delbert (14), Breckenridge (13) and Caroline (11).

Also living in the household is John Westfall (75) who I believe is Williams father. Could the Census in 1860 also be Williams father listed as a 16 year old instead of being 65?

1870 US Census Lackawaxen, Pike Co. Pennsylvania

1870 US Census
Lackawaxen, Pike Co.

Breckenridge, William’s son, dies 22 June 1874 and John, Wiliam’s father dies in 1878.

In 1875 William was elected county auditor and remained in office until 1881.

In 1880 William decides to run for state representative from Pike Co. The Port Jarvis Evening Gazette

shows in the right hand column those running for elected offices in Pike County, Pennsylvania.


The Evening Gazette Port Jarvis, New York 28 October 1880

The Evening Gazette
Port Jarvis, New York
28 October 1880

A later edition shows that William Westfall won his seat at Harrisburg when the Milford column relays the information that his opponent Carlton A. Smith of Milford has gone to Port Royal, PA. since his defeat to William Westfall. (right hand column)

The Evening Gazette Port Jarvis, New York 20 November, 1880

The Evening Gazette
Port Jarvis, New York
20 November, 1880

The Port Jarvis Evening Gazette has been a fountain of information on my relatives in Pike County Pennsylvania. Thanks to Ancestry.com for the above digitized images.

William Westfall only served a couple of years as state representative and died while in office 22 November 1882. When my sister and I visited Pike County on our very first research trip to Pennsylvania we were delighted to find with the help of the local Historical societies much information that we had no idea about. The Westfalls had a long history in this area and they had on file  a Westfall family tree that someone had hand written and I refered to in my blog “My Brick Wall”. Also the Milford Historical Society had a copy of The Proceedings of the House of Representatives on the Occasion of the death of Hon. William Westfall (a member from the county of Pike) of Pennsylvania. Include in this publication was the Portrait at the beginning of this blog. When Madeleine and I saw this image we both said “Grandpa Dougherty” for William looks so much like our grandfather they could have both sat for that portrait. The Proceedings are too lengthy to include in this blog.

Hope you will join me in the new year as I continue to tell the stories of my ancestors. Since I started late on 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks I will continue this format for 11 more postings. Happy New Year!



52 Ancestors #29 Walter Lyle Dougherty 1919- 2010

My mother had two brothers Robert Edwin Dougherty who I wrote about in week 23 and Walter Lyle Dougherty.

Walter Lyle Dougherty

Walter Lyle Dougherty

Walter was the youngest, being born on 24 November 1919 in Davis, California to J. E. and Ada (Heap)Dougherty. When Walter was born the family was still living on ‘A’ Street across from the university. Soon after the ranch off Russell Blvd was built by his dad. Walter grew up mostly knowing the ranch as his home. His father was a Poultry Husbandry professor at UC Davis and his mother was very active in the community. His mother, Ada taught piano and Walter was one of her star pupils. He also loved building and flying his model planes along with his brother.

Walters model plan

Walters model plane

When the family went to Madison Wisconsin for J. E.’s sabbatical to work on his PHD, Walter was only about 10. Then the banks closed and they had to make the trip back to California and the ranch in the middle of winter. It was probably a little scary suddenly being uprooted again and the news and talk about loss of money, jobs and all their savings.

Back in Davis things sort of got back to normal. He was most likely the class clown.

Walter Dougherty circa. 1930

Walter Dougherty
circa. 1930


Walter continued to developed his talent with the piano. As a young man he tried his hand at writing music and published one of his compositions.

He attended Davis schools were he was active in many clubs including journalism, choir, and the yearbook. Upon graduation he attended San Francisco State in 1939 where he was active in the Little Theater.

1940 US Census

1940 US Census

The 1940 Census finds him on the Davis Ranch with his bother and sister-in law. Their parents were living in San Francisco at the time. Walter transferred to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. He was quite the man on campus. Active in the Men’s Glee Club, Swordsmen, Gamma Phi Delta, Poultry Club and Student Government.

Cal Poly Fencing Team Walter Dougherty third from the right

Cal Poly  Mustang Swordsmen 1941
Harvey Hutton, Walt Porter, Tom Galli, Doc Bowls, Walter Dougherty, Jack Aboudara, Warren Gin

In 1941-42 he was student body president.

Then World War II came along and instead of completing his college education he enlisted in the Army, and was attached to the Signal Corps.

Walter Dougherty Dec. 1943

Walter Dougherty
Dec. 1943

His father was not happy with either of his sons for going off to war when he felt they were more valuable at home on the poultry ranch. Walter recounted that most of his time was spent in New Guinea.

Native Village \New Guinea Jan. 1945

Native Village \New Guinea
Jan. 1945

Upon the close of the war Walter met and married Aimee Kesterson,  on 27 December 1947 in Woodland California.

Water and Aimee Dougherty

Water and Aimee Dougherty

Aimee had two daughters from an earlier marriage. I always thought they were twins because Madeleine and I often got their hand-me-downs. They were really cute outfits that were exactly alike accept in color.
In 1948 Walter and Aimee welcomed their son.

12 July 1957 Walter married Iris G. (Croft) Dickey. Iris had two daughters from an earlier marriage to Robert Dickey.

Iris and Walter Dougherty

Iris and Walter Dougherty

Walter had many talents one of his talents was inventing equipment. He had built an egg cleaning machine for the family poultry ranch. While working for George Croft, his father-in-law, he developed several parts for the family (Croft Trailers) industry. He managed the production and shop half of the family business in Kansas City, eventually Iris’ younger daughter went to work along side Walter being groomed to take the helm of the business.
One of Walters passions was playing the organ. He would have loved to have had his musical compositions published. An active Shriner, he was also a drum major for the Shriners for many years.

Walter Dougherty  Shriner Drum Major Kansas City, MO

Walter Dougherty
Shriner Drum Major
Kansas City, MO

As Walter aged he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, but he remained active. He was an avid reader, fiction and non fiction alike. He continued to play the organ and piano on occasion. His wife Iris died in 2000.

Walter then married Helen (Dumphey) O’Donnell, a women he had meet when he was going through his training during WWII. They had each moved on and married others. Helen had raised 5 children.  After Walter and Helen married, Walter ended up moving to Springfield, Mass. where Helen had lived for much of her adult life. Helen died in 2009.  After Helen’s passing her adult children continued to provide loving care for Walt. I truly appreciate all they did for him.

Walter L. Dougherty 2007

Walter L. Dougherty

I really miss my Uncle Walt. He was tall and slim like his father. He had a very expressive face. When ever I was around he was always easy going.   He loved to read, and he played the organ to relax. His interest were varied and I found him easy to talk with. He was a happy reminder of my mother. Walter died April 1, 2010?


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