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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.

headings:

  • 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.

 

 

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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.

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

 

 

52 Ancestors: #4 My Brick Wall

We all have them our brick walls, and this one has been stumping us (my sister & I) for decades.

William Lyle Dougherty b: 1818 (1)

William Lyle was our maternal 2x great grandfather.
In the 1850 US census Wm  L. Dougherty age 36 can be found in Pike county, Pennsylvania.

1850 US Census Pike Co., Pennsylvania

1850 US Census Pike Co., Pennsylvania

He is married to Jane E. age 28, with John Lyle age 6, Clark 4, and William E. 2.

In the 1860 census Jane E. Dougherty 38, is alone with John 18, Clark 16, William 12, Alvey 7, and Solomon 7.

1860 US Census Pike Co., Pennsylvania

1860 US Census Pike Co., Pennsylvania

Where is William L. Dougherty?  William Dougherty is a rather common name in Pennsylvania during this time period,  while I found many William Dougherty’s in Pennsylvania I could not locate one that I could say was ours.

We have searched for death records and divorce records to no avail. On our family history research trip to Pennsylvania in 1994  I visited the court-house in Milford, unfortunately  in Pike County Pennsylvania they have very few records. We visited cemeteries and we were fortunate to find Jane E.’s grave in a small church cemetery along with her daughter Malvina from a later marriage but alas no William.

Milford. Pike Co. Pennsylvania

Milford. Pike Co. Pennsylvania

While in Pennsylvania we visited the historical archives at the Library in Port Jarvis.  They had on file a handwritten  Westfall family tree.

Westfall Family Tree

Westfall Family Tree

Here we see Wm. L. Dougherty and below his name are the dates 1814- 185_ (suggesting a date of death in the 1850’s).

Well that is a clue but no answer.

Later on one of our trips to Salt Lake City Family History Library we found in a Family History of New York  book(1) the following.

Family History of NY

Family History of NY

In 2003 I heard from a 3x great granddaughter of William L. Dougherty  whom I had been unaware of and she was able to shed quite a bit of light on Williams son, Clark but nothing further on William. She contacted me through my Family History web site

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/-putnamsisters/

I have lost contact with her and would love to hear from her again. Kim, we need to share and get caught-up.

In looking for Wm. L. Dougherty I have searched Naturalization papers in Pennsylvania, again too many William Doughertys. I have searched boat passenger lists and have a possibility but without an arrival date I can not verify.

I would like to find a record of his death.  I do see where on the Internet on a Public Ancestry  Family Tree  they attached a death date from a William Dougherty who died (drowned in a river) in Philadelphia, about the right time that my William goes missing in the 1860 census. If that is our William what was he doing in Philadelphia and what proof do they have that he is Jane’s husband?

I would like to know when he arrived in this country. In looking at the Census records for his father-in -law I found that he (John Westfall) employed many Irish laborers. Was this how William meet and married Jane? Were any of the Irish working for his father-in-law in the 1850 census on the same boat with William when he came to the United States? We have been trying this line of search but have not found any connection.

I have looked for the marriage of Jane to her second husband ( Ferdinand Chamberlin) but Pike County marriage records only go back to the early 1900’s.

I am stumped. My sister and I also tried to jump the pond but without that arrival date and port of departure the time frame of connecting William Dougherty to the hundreds of Doughertys in Londonderry has been disappointing.

I have tried various forms of the spelling for Dougherty again no luck. Any Ideas?

Footnotes:

1.) Family History of NY, Vol. IV, New York Family Histories, page 220

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