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WDYTYA ~ Seeking William L. Dougherty descendants

Who do you think you are? Does this really change after you do a little genealogy research? How about after you get those DNA test results? I thought I knew a lot about who I am. My family was a normal dysfunctional family. We had our rascals and sweethearts. We knew what poverty and wealth looked like. I knew what I did and didn’t want my life to turn into. But who were my people? Maybe that is the question I keep asking and why I still love genealogy. I have learned so much of history and the world. I was not looking for connections to greatness (well maybe at first) and I was not surprised to find just the common folks. But they are still very interesting people that I have discovered. Now I am delving more into the DNA of my family lines and it is interesting and daunting. My motivation was to solve our Brick wall. William L. Dougherty. Click on William’s name to see my earlier blog to learn more about him.

DNA testing
I took my own DNA test back in 2013 with 23 and Me. Gosh was it really 5 years ago. It has not solved my brick wall. I have found lots of connections and we did solve one other brick wall. But not “The One” I was looking for.

So now comes the daunting or maybe tedious work. Finding those collateral descendants who will help us move backward in time.

Who was William L. Dougherty?

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The idea is that we need to duplicate our ancestors DNA. The yellow highlighted individual s  the ones that I have. Those with a red dot I am looking for and the orange highlighted ancestor is my target ancestor. The idea is the orange target ancestor gave 50% of their DNA to their children (the next tier to his left) and not the same 50%. Their children gave 25% of the targets DNA to their children (the next tier moving left) and again not the same 25%. The next generation only gets 12.5% of the targets DNA and again not necessarily the same DNA. So my generation only receives about 6.25% of the targets DNA. So ideally if we had 16 descendants tested we may be able to come close to duplicating our targets DNA. That’s a simplified illustration. (Theoretically we could hope to approximate a facsimile of our ancestors DNA but with the endless variables it will be statistically near impossible.)

Start the search

Who is there out there that falls into those boxes?

  • My parent only had two siblings. So my grandparent is as well covered as possible with 5 cousins tested.
  • My grandparent had 6 siblings. 3 died before reaching 10 years of age. Two sisters had children, in this group there are four 1st cousins once removed. I doubt that any here are still alive so I will look for their children &/or grandchildren. The grandchildren will only have 3.125% of targets DNA. Unknown # of 2nd. cousins
  • My great grandparent had 4 brothers. Some time ago I had been contacted by the descendants of one of the brothers. In the mean time we have moved and I lost contact. So I will try to find them again. Of the other three brothers I know of no children. Only one other ever married and I have not as yet found any children for him. That would be a possible 12 3rd cousins.

I will be reaching out to those known to me and see if they have tested or are willing to be tested. So if you are a descendant of William L. Dougherty and you are interested in solving the mystery of who William L. Dougherty was please contact me.

 

 

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Excel and Genealogy

Jefferson County Genealogical Society held a workshop this weekend presented by Mary Kircher Roddy   Exel-lence in Genealogy.  I had noticed quite a few webinars lately were being presented on this subject and thought, “I know Excel, maybe this is something I should be looking into.” The class had a wide range of family historians from beginners to professionals along with a wide range of individuals familiar with Excel. Once we were through some of the basics of Excel in the remaining two hours Mary was able to show us lots of ways to use Excel for genealogy.

One of the cleaver things she showed us was how to insert the search results from Ancestry, Family Search and others into our spread sheet. Once we had done that we could sort the information by any of the fields.

So putting this into practice I was interested in finding all the Irish immigrants in Pike County Pennsylvania in the 1850. William L. Dougherty my 2x great grandfather had come from Ireland sometime prior to 1842. Understanding that rarely did an individual come by themselves to some arbitrary location, my sister and I had thought to investigate the others in the area to see if we could discover who William was, exactly when he arrived and perchance what became of him.

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So I did a search of Ancestry’s 1850 Census of those born in Ireland living in Pike County, Pennsylvania. This is just a fraction of the individuals that I was able to import to an excel spread sheet. From this I can start researching and making notes on this data sheet about the individuals: when they came, who they came with,  where they came from, and where they where in later census.

The second tip I am putting into practice is the tracking of records. Currently I have a Document Log for each individual.

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But if I combine those logs in a Spread sheet by families I might be able to see more patterns or holes.

I like to use colors to designate families. Blue my fathers fathers line and Red my mothers fathers line. It was a system that the original family research binders I bought utilized and I have stayed with it.

 

 

 

 

So now I can use colors to designate other patterns. This may help in finding those family members that went missing. I can already see that I might try looking at Port Jarves for Solomon in 1880.

i’ve used other programs such as Clooz but have spent time typing in data that I never got beyond the imput. What tools are you using to help handle data?

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

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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