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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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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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