Joseph Doty, b. 30 April 1651 (son of Mayflower passenger Edward Doty) was accused (in 1674) of fathering an illegitimate child with Elizabeth Warren (daughter of Nathaniel Warren, granddaughter of Mayflower Passenger Richard Warren).
In Elizabeth's entry (#40) in "Mayflower Families Through Five Generations," Vol. 18 (Richard Warren) the incident is mentioned only briefly: "On Oct. 27, 1674 Elizabeth accused Joseph Doten (Doty) of being the father of her unborn illegitmate child." Below this statement, the child is listed as such: Child (unknown surname) b. Plymouth: i. illeg. child b. 1675
Here's my question - does anyone know what became of this child? For whatever reasons, the above genealogy (published by the Mayflower Society) is very sketchy on the details of the incident - this seems strange to me. It's not mentioned that the child died young, probably died young, or that no further records had been found (in which case I could understand why it's given so little attention) - instead, the child is listed just as her other (legitmate) child, except that he/she is lacking a name and a birthdate. WHY IS THIS?
Even if we assume that the child did die "young," he/she would certainly have still been baptised no more than a week or two after birth. While there is no mention of these records in the genealogy, there is also no mention that these records (or any other records relevent to this child's existence) have NOT been found. WHY IS THIS?
This child (despite it's "illegitmate" birth) could very well have descendants living today if it survived into adulthood.
I'd appreciate any and all input on the subject!
-Karen (a descendant of Elizabeth through a "legitimate" line)
P.S. I emailed this question to my state chapter of the Mayflower Society, but I have yet to receive a response.