July 7, 2012

Joseph Doty (Sr.) and Elizabeth Cogswell Doty

Since I've taken a break in posting about the Doty ancestors, I'll take just a moment to review.  So far, I've posted five generations of Doty ancestors, beginning with myself, Donna, Dorothy - my grandmother, George Washington - my great-grandfather, and Joseph Doty - my great-great grandfather.  
That brings us to the father of Joseph Doty, also named Joseph, and his wife, Elizabeth Cogswell Doty, my great-great-great grandparents.  At this point, there will be no photos to enhance this post.  Oh, how I wish I had a photo, but so far, none of turned up in my research.
Joseph Doty Sr. was born in Schaghticoke, New York, on May 23, 1774, just as the American Revolution was forming.  He married Elizabeth Cogswell, daughter of John and Lucy (Todd) Cogswell on May 23, 1798, his 24th birthday.  Elizabeth, born on February 19, 1779, was just 19.  Most sources cite that all fourteen of their children were born in New York.  So far, I know a little bit about some of the children, but there is much more research to be done. (I have not confirmed personally the data given here.)

Children of Joseph Sr and Elizabeth Doty:

1. Peter.  Their firstborn son arrived on October 1, 1799...an 8 month baby.  
Peter never married and died in August 1837 at the age of 37.

2. Catherine.  The firstborn daughter was born May 12, 1801.  She married James Norris on November 9, 1841 and the couple lived in McComb County, Michigan where she died on April 18, 1865. James lived on until 1875.  Their children were: Henry, Benjamin, Julius, Clarinda and Lucy.

3. John.  Possibly died in Wisconsin

4. Joseph.  My great-great grandfather, born August 29, 1804 and married Sarah True.  

5. Ann.  Born September 15, 1806, married ? Smith and lived in Lansing, MI

6. Martin.  Born May 26, 1808 and died in April 1872 in Michigan.  He married Eunice Banning in Connecticut in 1845.

7. Benjamin Franklin.  Born June 29, 1810.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army to fight in the Mexican War, Company D, 2nd Infantry and died of disease in Jalappa, Mexico on June 12, 1848.  

8. William.  Born May 24, 1813.

  He died in 1895. 
9. and 10. Solomon and David, twins born February 2, 1815.  David died April 2, 1815 at the age of 2 months.  Solomon married Julia Lnu and they had one son, George M.  Solomon died at age 46 in Monroe, Michigan.  His obituary:

Monroe Commercial, Thursday, February 14, 1861
"Died - At his residence in the township of Exeter, on the 9th inst. of inflamation of the lungs, Solomon Doty, aged 46 years and 7 days.  The deceased settled in Exeter 25 years ago and has since been a prominent resident of that town.  Perhaps the loss of no man would ever more seriously be felt in any community than his.  He was ever ready to help the needy and alleviate suffering, and very many have experienced his liberality and neighborly kindness.  His loss is felt as a calamity not only by his own family, but by all his friends and neighbors."

11. Mary.  Born May 28, 1817

12. Stephen.  Born August 12, 1819, served in Co. K, 8th Michigan Volunteers and discharged for disability.  He as admitted into the National Home for Disabled Soldiers in 1881 and died there in 1883.  A farmer and a widower, when he died his personal effects were valued at zero.

13. Abraham Lewis.  Born March 13, 1822, he married Catherine Donnathy, an Irish girl, in Monroe County, Michigan in 1843 and they had six children together - James Edward, Mary E., Julius Benjamin, Olivia, Samantha and Joseph Allen.  One source said he died at age 36 in 1856 and another said he ran off with another woman and was never heard from again.  Looks like a mystery to be solved.  One of his sons, Julius served in the Michigan Volunteers, Company D, 4th Infantry during the Civil war and died of typhoid fever four months after his enlistment.
14.  Elizabeth.  Born October 11, 1824 when her mother was 35, the last child.
Some sources have her married to Daniel Finch and living in Iowa, but I can not verify that.

Joseph and Elizabeth Doty were in Michigan by 1840 as they were enumerated on the census and probably came even before that with their children, probably the 1837 date found for son Joseph.  Solomon also bought land in 1837, so that date seems most likely. They are buried in the Doty Cemetery in Monroe, Michigan.  I could find no obituaries for them at this time.  

Much to do on this generation! 



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