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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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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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