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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 – John Westfall

Live Long is this weeks theme for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge. Those who have lived the longest life span in our family tree are more recent ancestors, like grandpa Dougherty and “Gay”. Since I have already written about them last year I thought I would find one I have not had the opportunity to write about.
John Westfall is my 3x great grandfather. He was the Son of Wilhelmus Westfall and was born in 1794 in New Jersey. He lived to be 84 years old. This was not an outstandingly long life. But it was greater then the average lifespan for a man of this time. His life span saw the great western migration of the United States, War of 1812,and The American Civil War.

 John Westfall afterward owned the old Mordecai Roberts place in 1834. He raised a large family of children, among them Solomon and James, of Rowland’s, and Gabriel, of Columbia, D.T. Judge William Westfall, who died at the Westfall home in 1882, contributed many articles of a historical character to the press, and was for years a correspondent of the Milford Herald and Dispatch, a stanch Democrat. He was elected county commissioner in 1851, and served four years as county treasurer, five years as associate judge, five years as county auditor, and was a member of the Legislature when he died, besides being town clerk, justice of the peace and school director thirty-eight years.

The above quote has been taken from the following: http://www.pa-roots.com/pike/history/chapter11

Jane's house in Lackawaxen, Pennyslvania

Jane’s house in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania

Another photo identical to the above photo can be found on Ancestry attached to someone else’s family tree and identified as John Westfall’s home. My grandfather had identified it as his fathers childhood home. The family moved to  Lackawaxen township in Pike County, Pennsylvania. Could this be the old Mordecai Roberts place?

He saw his children move from the original 13 colonies west, two to the west coast and the Pacific Northwest. He saw his grandchildren fight on both sides of the civil war. He buried his wife when he was 45 and his son John Westfall when he was 70.

He lived to have 9 children, 23 grandchildren, and see 4 of his great-great grandchildren born.

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John Westfall died May 21, 1878 at Rowlands, PA.

52 Ancestors ~ #38 Elizabeth Clark – Burned to Death, it is Supposed

This week I am featuring Elizabeth Clark, my maternal 3x great grand mother.
Elizabeth was born about 1796 to Captain William Clark and her mothers name is unknown at this time, in Hampton, Orange County, New Jersey according to a published family history on her grandson John L. Dougherty.


Genealogical and Family History Staten Island, NY John L. Dougherty

Genealogical and Family History
Staten Island, NY
John L. Dougherty

Elizabeth married a John Westfall in Sussex Co., New Jersey and soon after moved to the Milford Area in Pike County, Pennsylvania. She and John had seven children. William Westfall was born about 1820 in New Jersey, James about 1821, Solomon about 1824 in Pennsylvania, Jane in 1826 Milford, Pennsylvania, Gabriel 1828 in Pennsylvania, Maria about 1829 in Pennsylvania, John about 1833 in Pennsylvania and Mary Catherine (Kate) about 1836 in Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth (Clark) Westfall died about 1839 and is buried in Rowland Cemetery, Pike County, Pennsylvania. From the obituary for John Westfall (d. 1878) we found this account on the death of his wife.

John Westfall Obituary

John Westfall Obituary

Mrs. Westfall died about 30 years ago, and was burned to death, it is supposed.

What does that mean? She was in a fire and they do not know if she died before the fire or from the fire? This was in the Port Jarvis, New York newspaper the Evening Gazette. I have looked for something from the time of Elizabeth’s death but have not located anything.  Would love to have more on Elizabeth.


52 Ancestors #7 Jane E. Westfall

Jane E. Westfall was the fourth child of Elizabeth Clark and John Westfall of Milford, Pike County, Pennsylvania. Jane is listed in her son’s biography as being born in 1820 but the 1900 US census list date of Birth as Feb. 1826 and her death record in Milford 1901 lists her age as 75, also making her birth year 1826.

Jane was one of seven children known to have been born to John & Elizabeth Westfall. From family letters, many written by Jane to her oldest son (John) , we know of the various family members locations or activities when the letters were posted. They are great clues about where to look for these family members.
Jane tells her son in one letter that they had not heard from Gabriel and Maria (one of Jane’s brothers and a sister) since their arrival in San Francisco. An earlier letter had spoken of Gabriel going down to Washington to enlist in the Army as a Chaplin. These little snippets have been a great aid in finding family members.

Jane E. Westfall marries William Lyle Dougherty prior to 1842. They had five boys, John, Clark, William , Solomon, and Alva. I Reported on W.L. Dougherty in my blog posting “My Brick Wall”, earlier. After William drops out of the picture we find Jane married to Fernando Chamberlin still in Pike County, Pennsylvania, with Warren (son of Fernando from a previous marriage?) and Malvina, Jane and Fernando’s daughter.

1870 US Census Pike Co., Pennsylvania

1870 US Census Pike Co., Pennsylvania

1880 Census Pike Co. Pennsylvania

1880 Census Pike Co. Pennsylvania


In a letter that John L. ( Jane’s eldest son) wrote to his mother, he asks if the boys are calling Chamberlin, father, yet. We can assume that would be the younger boys Solomon and Alva. Her other two boys Clark and William have by this time joined the war, Clark the Confederate and William the Union.

Jane's house in Lackawaxen, Pennyslvania

Jane’s house in Lackawaxen, Pennyslvania

Jane’s second husband in the 1880 census is shown as 56 years old. With out the 1890 census it is harder to determine when Fernando dies, but the 1900 US Census finds Jane living with her step-son Warren and daughter Malvina.

1900 US Census Pike Co., Pennsylvania

1900 US Census Pike Co., Pennsylvania

Also from the 1900 census it only shows 4 children born to Jane and only 3 still living. We know that Alva did not die until 1932, John L. died in 1924, Clark died in 1920, Malvina dies in 1946. Solomon and William are unaccounted for after the 1870’s. That still does not add up to the report in the census, another error?

The last and final piece for Jane E. Westfall shows the death record for Lackawaxen, Pike Co., Pennsylvania. It shows her place of internment Rowland. In 1993 we visited the area and saw where she was buried alongside her daughter Malvina.

Record of death- Jane E. Chamberlain

Record of death- Jane E. Chamberlain



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