Old and New Westmoreland, Vol. 3
Editor: Capt. Fenwick Y. Hedley
New York: The American Historical Society, Inc., 1918
DOTY GUTHRIE – DOTY GUTHRIE, a prominent citizen of New Alexandria, comes of old stock in this country, the original GUTHRIE having landed in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1797.He settled and lived in Franklin County, Pa., for 3 years, and then decided to move to Westmoreland County.This he did in 1800, and purchased a farm in Derry Township, and here his son, JOHN GUTHRIE, was born.
The property acquired by this first GUTHRIE has remained in the possession of the family for more than 100 years.It was sold by DOTY GUTHRIE, the son of JOHN GUTHRIE, to the Alexandria Coal Company.JOHN GUTHRIE was brought up and received his education in Derry Township, and here he followed the occupation of farming all his life.He was a Democrat, and he was an attendant of the Presbyterian church.He was a school director for 25 years.He was a captain of a militia company, and also served as a lieutenant for a term in a cavalry company of the militia.He married (first) March 26, 1844, ABIGAIL DOTY, an account of whose family follows.MRS. GUTHRIE died after 15 months of married life, and MR. GUTHRIE married (second) in 1854, MARY KENNEY.There were no children of this marriage; she died in 1876.
DOTY GUTHRIE, son of JOHN and ABIGAIL (DOTY) GUTHRIE, was born in June, 1845, and was educated in the township schools.After he was through school, he took up farming on his father's farm and continued there until 1890.He then moved to an adjoining farm, where he remained until 1907, and at that time moved to his present farm in New Alexandria.MR. GUTHRIE was as much interested in school work as his father, who had served the township for 25 years as a director.He took up the work when his father gave it up and was elected in the board in 1876, and served until 1907, resigning when he moved to New Alexandria.He served continuously except for a period of about three and half years.When he moved to New Alexandria he was after three years elected a school director for a term of two years and a term of six years.He is the president of the New Alexandria National Bank, and has been since its organization, March 15, 1903.The capital stock is $25,000.He is connected with the Union Mutual Insurance Company, being one of the managers, and 14 years ago was elected the president and adjuster of the company.He is a member of the Presbyterian church and was elected a trustee in 1876, and has also been a member of session for the past eight years.
MR. GUTHRIE married, June 5, 1873, HANNAH RACHEL PEOPLES, born in Ligonier, Pa., August 22, 1853, daughter of JOSEPH and JEMINA (BIGELOW) PEOPLES.They have had three children: 1. JOHN M., born Aug. 7, 1875, married MATILDA REED, of Mercer County.They were both students at Grove City College, and they (pg. 313) live in Grove City, where MR. GUTHRIE is in the shoe business.2. MARGARET ELLA, born Aug. 28, 1879, married, Sept. 19, 1906, SAMUEL C. STEELE, who is cashier of the Homer City Bank.Their children are: GUTHRIE, born Sept. 20, 1908; ROBERT, born May 28, 1912.3. ABIGAIL JANE, born April 27, 1884.
The DOTY line - There is much doubt in connection with the origin of this name which was one of the first to come from England to the New England colonies, the progenitor of the family, EDWARD DOTY, having sailed on the first trip of the famous “Mayflower” and landed with the Pilgrim fathers at Plymouth.We have a record of him in the appendix attached to the very interesting history of Plymouth plantation, written by Governor William Bradford, the second Governor of the Plymouth Colony, who succeeded Governor Carver in 1621, the work being completed by him in 1650.We find in this appendix a list of the passengers of the “Mayflower,” which begins thus:
“The names of those who came over first in ye year 1620, and were by the blessing of God the first beginners and (in a sort), the foundation of all the Plantations and Colonies in New England: and their families.”In the list which follows occurs the following entry: “Mr. Steven Hopkins and Elizabeth, his wife and 2 children caled, GILES and CONSTANTA, a doughter, both by a former wife; and 2 more by this wife, caled DAMARIS and OCEANUS: the last borne at sea; and 2 servants caled EDWARD DOTY and EDWARD LITSTER.”There is reason to believe that this same EDWARD DOTY had been an apprentice or servant in the family of a London tanner for possibly as much as seven years before his emigration to America, and he certainly was a young man at the time he came here.In spite of this fact, however, there is very little evidence to show the place of his birth.The name is one not found elsewhere in England, either in the contemporary histories and records of that time, nor yet today.We have indeed what might first appear to be modifications of the name in such forms as DOUGHTY and DOTTEN and in those days there were several immigrants of the names DOUGHTYS and DOTTENS of English origin in the New England colony.Careful search, however, fails to reveal any relationship between these and EDWARD DOTY, so there is a strong presumption in favor of its having other than an English origin.According to ETHAN ALLEN DOTY, who has compiled a very complete record of the family in this country, there is strong supporting evidence of this view in the fact that the original ancestor appears to have been a man of quick and even violent temper who was by no means infrequently in trouble with the authorities, a fact that he believes to be indicative of a warmer and more Southern blood.In this country the name for a considerable period of time is indifferently spelled as DOTY or DOTEN, but it is probable and indeed almost certain that the latter form is a corruption of the former.It is certain that in Governor Bradford's history the name is spelled DOTY and it seems probable that such forms as DOTEN, DOTON, and DOTIN were brought about by colloquial pronunciations, just as the name DOUGHTY was pronounced and spelled DOUGHTEN and is sofound in the records of Scituate, Massachusetts.MR. DOTY, the historian, refers to the authority of Baylie, who is his “Chronicles of Plymouth” states that “The names of Bompasse, DeLa Noye and Doten are unquestionably of French origin.The same authority, however, goes on to state that the “persons who originally bore them were probably admitted into the Plymouth company from among the French Protestant resident at Leiden.They have been changed by English pronunciation and uses into Pumpus, Bump, Delano and Doty.”This is unquestionably incorrect in the case of the latter name, however, as there is no doubt at all of having been a resident of London before coming to America and to have been originally called Doty.There are several other theories in regard to this derivation, one of which claims for it a German origin, but the amount of evidence which can be deduced in favor of any one of them is decidedly meager and we can only conjecture whence EDWARD DOTY or his ancestors (pg. 314) originally came.That he arrived with the first company on board the “Mayflower” is certain, and it is probably that he formed one of the party which volunteered to go on land and look for a suitable place for the party to settle.This was rendered necessary by the damage done to the shalop which was brought on the “Mayflower” to the New World in order that the Pilgrims could coast in shallow waters while looking for a place to camp.The shalop was afterward repaired, however, and was put to its originally intended use, the party which set forth in it being in the quaint words of Governor Bradford, as follows:
“So ten of our men were appointed who were of themselves willing to undertake it, to wit, Captaine Standish, Maister Carver, William Bradford, Edward Winsloe, John Tilley, Edward Tilley, John Houland and three of London, Richard Warren, Steeuen Hopkins and Edward Dotte, and two of our Seaman, John Alderton, and Thomas English, of the Ship's Company.There were two of the masters mates, Master Clarke and Master Copin, the Master Gunner and three saylers.” When after the final settlement the land was allotted to the various members of the expedition, Edward Doty undoubtedly shared with the family of his master, Stephen Hopkins, and continued with him until the further allotment in 1624.He was one of those who endured the hardships of the first terrible winter which nearly proved the end of the little settlement, but he was young and strong and lived through it without any recorded harm to himself.It has been mentioned that he was frequently in trouble with the authorities and on one occasion was severely punished for being a participant in the first duel ever fought in New England, his fellow-servant, Edward Litster or Leister, as it is also spelled, being his adversary.They were both wounded and were condemned to be tied feet and head together and to remain so for 24 hours without eat or drink.However, after the first hour, “because of their great pains at their own and their master's humble request, upon promise of better carriage, they are released by the Governor.” The name EDWARD DOTY appears very frequently on the records of the colony and by means of them may be traced his gradual rise to the position of prominence and influence in Plymouth.He married, probably as his second wife, FAITH CLARKE, and they were the parents of the following children, all born at Plymouth: EDWARD, born probably about 1637; JOHN, born 1639-40; THOMAS, born probably 1641; SAMUEL, mentioned below; DESIRE, born 1645; ELIZABETH, born probably 1647; ISAAC, born February 8, 1648-49; JOSEPH, born April 30, 1651; and MARY, born probably 1653.
SAMUEL DOTY, the fourth son and child of EDWARD and FAITH (CLARKE) DOTY, was born at Plymouth on the High Cliff, probably in 1643.He was the ancestor of one of the largest and most important branches of the DOTY family, which, in his person, originated in the State of New Jersey and which has sent its members forth into many parts of the South and West and pioneers.We find his name mentioned first in the Plymouth's records as of the date of January 1, 1667-68, where he is spoken of as one of a coroner's jury, who held an inquest on a child found dead in the woods.His name is there spelled SAMUEL DOTEN, but on July 16, 1668, he is mentioned as SAMUEL DOTEY, of Eastham, in the government of New Plymouth.His name is mentioned quite frequently during the years between these dates and October 29, 1669, but then cease abruptly, and the next we find him he is a resident in the town of Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey, where in 1675 he was commissioned lieutenant of the military company of New Piscataway, of which Francis Drake was captain, his commission being renewed in 1678.The village of Piscataway is situated about two miles east of New Brunswick, and was at that time a far more important place than it is today, being one of the flourishing settlements of the State, where the Governor and Council frequently met to enact laws and hold general court.In 1678 SAMUEL DOTY was licensed to marry JANE HARMON, also of Piscataway, and in 1682 his name appears in a list of freeholders.He seems to have prospered greatly from this time on, and his (pg. 315) name frequently appears as the purchaser of properties in and about Piscataway.He was one of the first members of the first congregation of Seventh Day Baptists in New Jersey, which was founded at Piscataway in the year 1700.SAMUEL DOTY was married to JANE HARMON, Nov. 15, 1678, and they were the parents of the following children, all of whom were born at Piscataway, New Jersey: SAMUEL, Aug. 27, 1678; JOHN, who was probably born about 1680; SARAH, March 2, 1681-82; ISAAC, Aug. 12, 1683; EDWARD, May 14, 1685; JAMES, Sept. 17, 1686; JONATHAN, mentioned below; BENJAMIN, May 14, 1691; ELIZABETH, Feb. 26, 1695; JOSEPH, Oct. 30, 1696; DANIEL, March 9, 1701-02; MARGARET, March 5, 1704-05; NATHANIEL, probably about 1707-08.
JONATHAN DOTY, seventh child and six son of SAMUEL and JANE (HARMON) DOTY, was born Feb. 24, 1687-88, at Piscataway, New Jersey.There is an interesting entry concerning him on March 25, 1717, as follows:
“The marks of SAMUEL DOTY are now the marks on his ongly, JONATHAN DOTY,” these marks referring to the brand which he placed upon his cattle to distinguish them from others.What is meant by the expression “his ongly son” is decidedly mysterious, since he was certainly far from being his father's only son, nor was he the only one residing at Piscataway at that time.He was probably the first of the family to settle in that beautiful and fertile region of New Jersey known as Basking Ridge, in Somerset County, and here he was accompanied by his own children and so many of his nephews that the town appears to have been little more than a family settlement.Among the papers of Lord Sterling we find among the earliest leases recorded one of the date of Aug. 16, 1739, to JONATHAN DOTY, of Somerset County, 150 acres at Basking Ridge, on the east side of Dead River.The name is spelled in the body of the lease, DOUGHTY, but it is signed JONATHAN DOTY.There is little else found concerning him on the records, but we know that his children were all prosperous and that at a later date they all possessed comfortable and fertile farms at Basking Ridge.It is curious that there is neither record nor any family tradition throwing light on the name of his wife, especially as she bore him 8 children, as follows: WILLIAM, born at Piscataway, Sept. 11, 1719; JONATHAN, mentioned below; DANIEL, about whom there is very little information, but who was probably born about 1727; JOSHUA, born about 1730, probably at Basking Ridge; JOSEPH, born about 1735, probably at Basking Ridge; MARY; JANE, registered of the first town of Morristown, New Jersey, recalling her marriage on Oct. 21, 1747, to JOHN JOHNSON.
JONATHAN (2) DOTY, son of JONATHAN (1) DOTY, was born at Piscataway, New Jersey, probably about 1724.He moved with his father to Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and there lived during his entire life.Like most of the other members of his family, he became a farmer, and though there are not many records concerning him, there is enough to show that he prospered highly during his life.Either he or his son JONATHAN was a teamster in Captain Asabel Hinman's team brigade of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War.He married, at Basking Ridge, PATIENCE SUTTON, and they were the parents of the following children: JONATHAN, mentioned below; ZEBULON, born about 1758, at Basking Ridge; NATHANIEL, born Oct. 19, 1761, at Basking Ridge; JOSEPH, born Aug. 31, 1764, at Basking Ridge; WILLIAM, born Oct. 8, 1767, at Basking Ridge; and REBECCA, born at Basking Ridge, probably about 1770, and became the wife of ___ KENNAN, or CANNAN, and moved with her husband to Pennsylvania and probably settled in Westmoreland County in that State.
JONATHAN (3) DOTY, son of JONATHAN (2) and PATIENCE (SUTTON) DOTY , was born about 1754, at Basking Ridge, New Jersey.He was the first of the name to come to Westmoreland County, Pa., and settled in this region shortly after the close of the Revolutionary War, probably in the year 1784.He located in the town of Derry and here his children were born.Later, however, he moved to Blairsville, (pg. 316)
where he lived until his death, which occurred at the venerable age of 96 years, about 1850.While living at Derry, JONATHAN DOTY operated a large and successful farm and in addition to this kept a tavern, which apparently paid him well, as he became one of the wealthy members of the community and acquired a very considerable property there.In latter years he became an exhorter of the Methodist Episcopal church, and during his entire life was highly regardedfor his probity and virtue.JONATHAN DOTY was twice married, his first wife he was united to, probably in New Jersey, being ABIGAIL McPHERSON, or, as her name was sometimes written McFARSON.She died at Blairsville, Pa., about 1813, and he married (second) there, MRS. NANCY SIMPSON DIXON, widow of SAMUEL DIXON, her maiden name having been SIMPSON.The children of JONATHAN DOTY by his first wife were as follows: JONATHAN, born about 1780, probably in New Jersey; JOHN, born about 1783, probably in New Jersey; ROBERT, born about 1785, probably at Derry, Pa.; BETSEY, born about 1787, at Derry, Pa.; NATHANIEL, mentioned below; and GILLIS, born 1795, at Derry.
NATHANIEL DOTY, son of JONATHAN (3) and ABIGAIL (McPHERSON) DOTY, was born in the year 1789, in Westmoreland County, Pa.He became a prominent man in the community, and followed the occupation of arming during practically his entire life.He married, in Westmoreland County, February 10, 1814, MARGARET REED, born July 16, 1793, a daughter of WILLIAM and ELIZABETH (CHARLTON) REED.They lived in Westmoreland County until the times of their deaths, which were, respectively, February 13, 1844, and November 26, 1867.They were the parents of the following children, all of whom were born in Westmoreland County: BETSEY, born Nov. 18, 1814, became the wife of ROBERT GILSON, and died Nov. 7, 1834, without issue; ABIGAIL, mentioned below; WILLIAM, born Jan. 22, 1819, married, in 1848, REBECCA SLOAN, moved with his wife to Jewell Center, Kansas, where he engaged in the hardware business as a member of the firm of Doty Brothers & Company; JONATHAN, born March 27, 1821; NANCY, born Nov. 29, 1823, married,in 1844, DANIEL SIMONS, died July 6, 1863, without issue; MARY, born May 10, 1826, died, unmarried, Nov. 2, 1854; McQUADE, born March 12, 1831; MARTHA JANE, born June 20, 1834.
ABIGAIL DOTY, daughter of NATHANIEL and MARGARET (REED) DOTY, was born October 10, 1816, in Westmoreland County, Pa.Her childhood was spent in her native place and she there gained her education at the local school.She married, March 26, 1844, at New Derry, Pa., JOHN GUTHRIE, who is mentioned above, and in course of time became the mother of DOTY GUTHRIE.
Old and New Westmoreland, Vol. 1
Author: Boucher, John N.
New York: The American Historical Society, Inc., 1918
ZEBULON DOTY was born in New Jersey, in 1760.After the war he came to Derry Township, and settled near Salem Presbyterian Church.He died at Blairsville, Pa.
NATHANIEL DOTY died at his residence in Derry Township, March 24, 1848, in the 86th year of his age.He was a native of New Jersey, and served in Captain Carter's company, Colonel Hathaway's regiment, New Jersey Line.His remains were interred in Salem Presbyterian churchyard, Derry Township.