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52 Ancestors #10 – Clark Dougherty A surprise from the Internet

This week I am going to talk about Clark Dougherty my great grand uncle on my maternal line.

Clark Dougherty

Clark Dougherty

Clark was the second son born to William L. Dougherty and Jane E. (nee) Westfall in 1844 in Lackawaxen, Pike County, Pennsylvania. In the 1850 census Clark is listed as 4 years old. In the 1860 census Clark is listed as 16 years old.

That was the extent of what I knew about Clark other then the mentions of him in the family letters (circa Civil War era). I had spent quite some time looking for Clark in other census, since Clark was not as popular a forename as John or William I thought he would be easier to find, wrong.

In the 1990’s I had started a family history free website on Rootsweb prior to Ancestry.com taking them over. Through that web site a woman researching a Clark Dougherty contacted me. What a thrill! She turned out to be Clark Dougherty’s 2x great grand daughter. She had lots of information that she so generously shared. It seems that Clark, a Pennsylvania native and brother of a wounded Union Soldier, joined the Confederate Army (date unknown). What a surprise for me, but it was the story of that war we hear over and over again of brother against brother. For me this made it more real and not just a phrase often used to describe the war between the states. There are lots of questions I would have for both my Union solider and my Confederate soldier. Ah, to just have the opportunity to sit and visit with them about their personal experiences and the reasons for their choices. But me I’m a 100 years to late.

Clark E. Dougherty  (fourth from the right, standing)

Clark E. Dougherty
(fourth from the right, standing)

 

Clark E. Dougherty & John Lyle Dougherty

Clark E. Dougherty & John Lyle Dougherty

My cousin had not, at that time, found any information on his war time records but had several photos she shared plus lots of family information. Her records show Clark born on March 5, 1844.

After the war we know (thanks to cousin Kim) that Clark went back to Pennsylvania.  We have not been able to find him in the 1870 census but Kim was able to find him in the 1880 Census. Here he is listed as C.E. Dougherty (34 years old) a Candy and Baker Manuf. in Wilkes Barre, Luyene Co., Penn., born in Penn., father born in Ireland and mother born in Penn., living at 114 South Main Street. Clark is shown married to Sarra (Sarah) (26 years old) a Prop. Candy & Baker Manuf. who was born in Penn. as were both of her parents. Also listed in the household is;  S.W. Dougherty (26 years old) brother to Clark and working as a clerk, born in Penn., father born in Ireland and mother born in Penn. (could this be Solomon?) , R.L. Seaman (24) brother-in-law also a clerk, born in Penn. the same as are both parents., one servant Mary Black (22) born in Penn whose parents were both born in Ireland, (2) boarders John McCurtrie (34) a baker of bread and Etta Schunk (18) a Baker Apprentic. The Baker is from Scotland and his apprentice is from Penn. Also in the house for the census is a visitor Ada Rowland (22) born in Penn, as are her parents.

1880 US Census Wilkes Barre, Luyene Co., Pennsylvania

1880 US Census Wilkes Barre, Luyene Co., Pennsylvania

There is no 1890 census and in the 1900 census I have not been able to locate him, but Kim once again has Clark in the 1897 city directory for Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

 

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania City Directory 1897

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania City Directory 1897

 

 

So he has moved to Florida and his wife and son (same directory) have moved to Teedyuskung. Pa.

Sarah Dougherty Wilkes Barre 1897 Directory

George F. Dougherty Wilkes Barre 1897 Directory

My cousin Kim made the notes on the above items. All my information on Sarah comes from cousin Kim. Sarah was born Oct. 28, 1853 in Hawley, Pa. daughter of George Seaman and Jane LaBar. She married Clark on June 10, 1872 in Port Jarvis, New York. (Remember that is right across the Deleware River from Lackawaxen, Pa.) She has George F. Dougherty born Sept. 27, 1873 in Wilkes Barre, Pa., but he is not in the 1880 US census with his parents, a mystery I want to eventually solve.

So on with Clarks history. Alas no Clark indexed in the 1900 census, but Cousin Kim once again finds Clark in the 1910 US census

1910 US census Fitzgerald, Ben  Hill County, Georgia

1910 US census Fitzgerald, Ben Hill County, Georgia

Clark E. Dougherty is listed as 88 years old (has to be a mistake). Under number of years present marriage, 10. Trade or Profession is listed Engineer in a CarShop and he owns his home, born in Penn. His wife  is listed as __ Ida G. (29), mother of 1,  born in Georgia and both her parents are from South Carolina. On the next page is listed Harry H. Dougherty, son, 8 years old born in Florida, father born in Pennsylvania and mother born in Ga. So definitely the son of Clark and Ida.

The final information is Clarks death in Fitzgerald, Ben Hill, Georgia on December 22, 1920.

Special thanks to my cousin Kim for so graciously sharing her family research with me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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52 Ancestors: #6 Margaret Helen Ferguson

I need to apologize for those who may have been waiting for this weeks post. I was hoping that my sister would be presenting this weeks blog but things didn’t work out. So instead I will be continuing with some of the Women in our family in honor of Women’s History Month. Today I want to introduce you to Margaret Helen Ferguson my maternal great grandmother.

 

Margaret Helen Ferguson

Margaret Helen Ferguson

Margaret was born: April 18, 1850, in New York State, possible Forestburgh in Sullivan County.

1850 Census Forestburgh, Sullivan Co., New York

1850 Census Forestburgh, Sullivan Co., New York

She was the eldest child of Mary Agnes (Lambert) and Joseph Ferguson. Her sister Maryetta was born in 1852, her brothers were David W. b: 1857, Charles T. b:  1859, and Edwin H. b: 1860

Margaret was only 11 when the Civil war started. Her Father volunteered in August of 1862. We are Lucky to have a couple of letters her father wrote while serving for the 1st Mounted Rifles New York . The following letter is addressed to “My Dear Children” it was written from Williamsburgh Virginia on Oct. 6, 1863, he talks of “having the fever without the chills” and having to stay in camp and take care of his horse. He also talks of sending $20 to them and their mother the day before when he “got payed” and would send another $10  in this letter and the rest soon.

letter to children 1863 pg.1

letter to children 1863 pg.1

 

letter to children 1863 pg. 2

letter to children 1863 pg. 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph re-enlisted in 1864 and was mustered out in 1865. When Margret was 15.

Three years later she married John Lyle Dougherty (subject of Our Civil War Soldier) On 10 February 1868, in Waymart, Penn.

Marriage certificate Margaret H. Ferguson & J.L. Dougherty

Marriage certificate
Margaret H. Ferguson &
J.L. Dougherty

The new family started in Pennsylvania, then moved to New York City, and soon moved to Staten Island where they remained.

Margaret & John had seven children (Hattie)May b: 1869, Hammond (Howard) b: 1872, Inez b: 1874, Alice G. b:1879, William E. b: 1882, Dorothy Grace b: 1885, and John E. b: 1887.

Margaret lost three of her children during their childhood. Howard died 1n 1883 at 11 years of age,  William died in 1885 at three years of age and Dorothy Grace died in 1894  at 9 years of age. They also almost lost my grandfather John E. when he was a young child. I remember Grandpa as a very finicky eater. When John (my grandfather) was quite ill Margaret had to get up in the middle of the night to give him medicine. One night she picked up the wrong bottle and gave him something , I do not recall exactly what it was, but it was very extremely hard on his stomach. Margaret must have been beside herself trying to save him from her mistake.

 

In 1908 John and Margaret renewed their vows on their 50th Wedding anniversary

50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary

 

Margaret Helen letter to her son (J.E. Dougherty) is transcribed below and you can clearly see her personality in this letter.

1916 Letter pg.1

1916 Letter pg.1

 

1916 letter pg.2

1916 letter pg.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 30th 1916

310 Jewet Ave.

West New Brighton,

S.I., New York

My Dear Boy

Your letter recd. & we were all very glad to hear that you were being so well cared for not many women could belong to so many clubs & study music & do her own housework & entertain without the help of a maid. Say Boy cut it out & don’t give me any more “Duff”. Ada is all right and just the wife for you she will always be a great help to you & take good care of you & that Baby, believe me.

Papa has wrote you that he has an acoustican but he does not say what it is for, it is to hear with, your Father has been steadily getting a little more deaf in the last four years until it is hard work to make him hear so he went up to 23rd St. & tried one of their ear phones & he has one on trial now, which I think he will keep he pays $35.oo for it $5.00 per month & he may sell a couple of them which will give him a percentage & make his that much less.

Now what do you think of the war. I am very much afraid that we may get in it yet __ but I hope not for we do not want war

Ada wants me to write what are our plans about the house but it is not settled yet & I don’t know as it ever will be when it is I will write you all about it but until then we have no plans only do the best we can. I sent a little present to the baby of some things that were once yours I will find some more & when I do I can send them to her & if she lives she can have them for her children

she is a very health baby now & I hope she will always keep so Alice says she always will if you only giver castor Oil & I guess she is right

All the folks her get it & we all keep prety healthy

I will now close hopeing to hear from you when you get the time as “Ada cant get time with all her club duties & Studies”

Give my love with a big hug to Ada & Dorothy & also keep some for yourself from your loving old Mother

Margaret Helen died 10 October 1919 and is buried on Staten Island with her mother, sister, husband, 2 of her daughters, and a brother in-law.

Death Certificate - Margaret H. Dougherty

Death Certificate – Margaret H. Dougherty

 

52 Ancestors: #2 – Our Civil War Soldier

John Lyle Dougherty 1842-1924

John Lyle Dougherty circa Civil War

John Lyle Dougherty
circa Civil War

John Lyle Dougherty, my maternal great-grandfather was born in Lackawaxen, Pike County, Pennsylvania in 1842 to William L. Dougherty and Jane E. Westfall.

I had been aware, since forever, that grandpa Dougherty’s father (John Lyle) had fought in the civil war. There was a set of books in the living room in the Dougherty house in Davis, California that were all about the Civil war. Wish I had those books today. I think they were Shelby Foote’s The Civil War.
When I started this quest my cousin Ron gave me copies of  letters he had, that had been written during the civil war.Letter to JL Dougherty 1864_cropped

These letter spoke of his healing amputation, overall health and what he could do after the war.

My mother remembered her grandfather having a peg leg. When my mother became a double amputee, due to poor circulation in her legs from rheumatoid arthritis, she spoke of having a greater understanding of her grandfathers coping for so much of his life with the lack of a limb. My mother had retired from teaching several years prior to her becoming an amputee, and all of use kids were adults.

Back to John Lyle, he married after the war, went on to raise 6 children, run a truck farm, and lived to be 82.

John Lyle Dougherty

John Lyle Dougherty

John L. & Margaret H. Dougherty

John L. & Margaret H. Dougherty

The question became how did John come about having his leg amputated?

The journey we took to answer this question took several years. Since this quest was prior to Ancestry.com or even the general use of the computer, We wrote lots of letters. I wrote to the US Archives in Washington, D.C. for a copy of John L. Dougherty’s war records. We knew he was in the 18th Pennsylvania Calvary. What I received was quite a few pages regarding his military service during the civil war. In these papers where the muster rolls that showed were he was during each of the quarters of his service.

John-Lyle-Dougherty-Roll_cr

It shows that John had been wounded in Hagerstown on July 6, 1863. That his leg was amputated and he spent much of the following year in hospital. From the letters we know that later he had more amputated due to infection.

Madeleine (my sister) and I had planned a trip to visit our maternal Uncle Walt and his wife, Aunt Iris in Kansas City, MO. Knowing of our interest in genealogy Aunt Iris called and said that maybe while there we might like to go the library in Independence that was reputed to have a very good genealogy section, The Mid-Continent Public Library. So we took our family history notes along.

It was a great library and we did return there several more times on our visits to Uncle Walt’s. In 2008 the library  relocated the genealogy collections to their new facilities the “Midwest Genealogy Center”. http://www.mymcpl.org/genealogy
The library had quite a collection on civil war records, there I had the opportunity to read the Action accounts written by the officers. I actually found the account of the incident in Hagerstown where John Lyle was shot.

Hagerstown incident Report

Incident Report for July 6th 1863

 Several years later Madeleine, her husband, my husband, and myself made our first big trip for genealogy to Pennsylvania, there were several ancestral places we wanted to visit. We went to Gettysburg and Hagerstown, Pennsylvania. Gettysburg was quite  an educational experience.  There we found a large monument for Pennsylvania with the 18th Pennsylvania Calvary roll, with John Lyle Dougherty’s name.

Gettysburg Pennsylvnia Monument

Gettysburg Pennsylvania Monument

We also visited the area in Pike County, Pennsylvania were John Lyle was born and grew up. We visited Libraries, the Court House, Museums, and Cemeteries. What other nuggets of information we found I will talk about when I tell some of the other stories.

Come back next week for the poultry farmer/University Professor’s  story.

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