I would be interested in knowing how you came across a copy of the same letter written by Andrew Doughty, son of Benjamin B. Doughty, Sr. Our line is through Henry Clay (Harry C.) Doughty, brother of Andrew.
The part that intrigues me is the mention of Portland, Maine. A bit of research reveals that Benjamin Doughty is a common name in the Portland, Maine area. Perhaps, we need to be looking at that area of the country for origins.
Benjamin B. Doughty, Sr., was a man held in great respect by the Colonists around the headwaters of the Mullica River. For many years he was Justice of the Peace and Township Clerk for Galloway Township, of which Pleasant Mills was then a part. He served as Superintendant of the Pleasant Mills Sunday School for more than fifty years.
Letter written to Herbert C. Doughty 1st, Grandson of Benjamin B. Doughty, Sr.:
Vineland, N.J., March 11, 1958
Dear Mr. Doughty:
Your informative letter of March 3rd is indeed appeciated. As I mentioned in my letter of recent date, the records of the church indicate that your grandfather was a very active member of the Batsto-Pleasant Mills Church. I visited the Historical Society of Old St. George's Church in Philadelphia and there consulted a book written by Rev. Malmsbury on the life of Charles Pitman. In Rev. Malmsbury's book he devoted about a page to Benjamin B. Doughty and of course, all this information will be tied in with the splendid data which you have supplied. During the summer months, there will, no doubt, be various anniversary programs and of course, at the present time, no schedule has been adopted. As plans materialize, I will keep you posted and as you say, possibly you may be able to work in your trip north with one of our anniversary days.
ss// Arthur J. Gill
Excerpt from Rev. Malmsbury's book:
Benjamin B. Doughty was born March 12th, 1806, and died at Pleasant Mills, N.J., April 7, 1886. In his nineteenth year he gave his heart to God under the labors of Rev. Charles Pitman, and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, and from that period to the close of his earthly career, his pilgrimage and pathway was like that which is described by the Patriarch Job, as a "shining light which shineth more and more unto the perfect day." Being possessed of a frail constitution, and often a prey to disease, he was the subject of much affliction, but always was cheerful in the happy assurance of his hope of immortality and eternal life. In all his afflictions and trials his faith failed not, but maintained a firm and constant hold upon God. His Christian life comprised a period of over sixty years, in which time he filled consecutively the office of class-leader, Sunday-school superintendent, steward and trustee of the Church for more than fifty-five years."
"He was of a meek and gentle spirit, calm and modest in the discharge of his duty, and always could be relied upon, whenever duty or conviction required firmness and principle. His whole Christian life was one of earnest effort, to build up and maintain the church with which he was connected, it being one of the oldest land-marks of Methodism in New Jersey, where the now-sainted Asbury, Abbott and Pitman used to preach the gospel "in demonstration of the Spriit, and of power." He had a profound reverence for the place, and always enjoyed its services, which to him had presented both scenes of great historic interest and wonderful spiritual power. For fidelity to the church, for consistency in Christian life, and for faithfulness in the discharge of his religious duties, none have surpassed, and few have equalled Benjamin B. Doughty.
The author of this volume, under a promise made to him more than twenty-three years ago, and subsequently renewed at a family gathering (Christmas day 1885), preached his funeral sermon on Sabbath, April 11th, 1886, from a passage of Scripture selected by himself, recorded in 2 Tim. iv., 6-8, to a large and appreciative congregation of relatives and friends, after which his mortal remains were committed to their last resting place in the church yard at Pleasant Mills, where sleep in blessed hope, hundreds who, through his instrumentality, had been led to Christ, to await with them the resurrection of the just. It was estimated that nearly seven hundred persons attended his funeral, and followed his remains to their final resting place. He was a good man, and full of faith and the Holy Ghost, -- a bright example of Christian purity, and sincere and benevolent Christian brother, with a heart all aglow with the love of God, and a home with a door always open to welcome the itinerant minister of the gospel to his hospitality. He died in great peace, and with a glorious hope of being soon at the right hand of God. Pleasant Mills church is one of the oldest landmarks of Methodism in New Jersey."
We have one last male member of our Doughty line who might be interested in joining the Doughty DNA project to see if we can determine who the progenitor of this line may be. Hopefully, we may gain a little more knowledge.
I would be interested in sharing whatever other notes that I have on the Doughty family.