I am searching for information on the family of Simeon & Elizabeth Doty of Columbia Co., NY.My ancestor, Elias Cady, son of Ebenezer & Prudence [Palmer] Cady, married Keziah Doty c 1776/77.She is believed to have been the daughter of neighbours, Simeon & Elizabeth Doty and to have been born c 1754, probably in the town of Sharen, CT.The Dotys were also early residents of Red Rock, Columbia County establishing themselves in that community about 1760.Simeon Doty's recorded family is made up of four sons: Source - The Doty-Doten Family in America, compiled by Ethan Allen Doty, 1897.
I. JOHN, m. Fanny Mervin and removed to Johnstown, N. Y.; nothing further known of him.[Perhaps locatedin the Town of Mohawk, Montgomery County, Census of 1790, with a wife and family of 5 daughters.John thought to have been born c 1754, Sharon, Litchfield Co., Connecticut.]John Doty is found in the 1800Census of Oneida County, page 209, with a large family.It is not known whether this isthe son of Simeon.
II. SAMUEL, b Sharon, Ct., June 4, 1756., died Burtonville, town of Charleston, Montgomery County, August 1843.Married Anna Shepherd or Shepard.She died May, 1804.Large family. Samuel Doty, age 84, was living in North Hero, Grand Isle Co., Vermont, with his son Abner Doty, in the 1840 Census of Revolutionary War Pensioners.
III. JOSEPH, m. Rhoda Beebe; lived Canaan, N. Y.;d1819 in the 66th year of his age; no children. Joseph & Rhoda Beebe were married December 13th, 1781. Rhoda Beebe was born October 5, 1763.Joseph Doty died May 28, 1824 according to pension records & was buried in New Concord Cemetery now called theEast Chatham Cemetery.
IV. SIMEON, not m.; killed accidentally when young.
[And although not mentioned in The Doty-Doten Family in America compiled by Ethan Allen Doty, 1897, there is circumstantial evidence of at least two daughters in this family- whose names follow:]
V. KEZIAH,who married Elias Cady, c 1777-1778.Her date of birth is unknown but if census information is interpreted correctly it was between 1750 and 1755.At thetime of her birththe family was living in Sharon, Connecticut.However there is no record in that town of Keziah's birth. Keziah & Elias Cady had a large family including William, born c 1779; Abijah, born c 1780; Elias, born c 1782; Ebenezer, b c 1784;Edward, born c 1786;John, born c 1788;Betsey Ann, born c 1789; Prudence, b c 1790;Simeon, b c 1792;Rhoda Ann, born c 1794; George, born 1796. All the children in this family were bornin Canaan, Columbia Co, NY.Elias & Keziah removed themselves with many members of their family to Burtonville, town of Charleston, Montgomery Co., NY and appear there in the censuses of 1810, 1820 & 1830. In Burtonville the Cady family & the Kneeland family, below, were neighbours. In Montgomery county,Ebenezer Cady married Anna Kneeland, and Prudence Cady married Simeon Kneeland.
VI. BULAH, born March 30, 1752, married Benjamin Kneeland, born November 22, 1847 in East Haddam, Connecticut.He moved to Canaan, Columbia County in 1767.The date of Bulah & Benjamin's wedding is unknown.Their first child, Mehetable Kneeland, was born April 1, 1773.This suggests a wedding date c 1772.They were the parents of seven children;Mehetable, as above; John, born December 27, 1774; Sarah, born January 2, 1777;Simeon, born October 23, 1778; Cyntha, born July 31, 1781;Betsey, born March 12, 1786; and Anna Kneeland, born September 18, 1788.In the year 1783 the family removed to the town of Milton, Saratoga County, NY.Ten years later 1793 they movedto the town of Charleston, Montgomery County and remained there the rest of their lives. In 1833, Benjamin Kneeland, age 86, wasliving with his son John in the town ofCharleston,Montgomery Co.drawing a war pension of $58.33 annually.
He served as a Sergeant in Captain George Darrow's Company under Col Van Dyke in the New York Continentals for his first tour of duty in 1776.In 1777 he was appointed a Sergeant-Major by Col Whiting in Col. Whiting's Regiment, 17th Albany County Militia (LBR) and histour of service included the Battle of Saratoga.The remainder of his service was under Col. Whiting.Bulah died on June 15, 1825.Benjamin died on October 31, 1835.It is assumed that they died in the town of Charleston, Montgomery County; their place of burial is unknown.
Elias Cady in a sworn statement dated 17 September, 1832, supporting Benjamin Kneeland's pension application states"that he has known Benjamin Kneeland for more than sixty years past...." and..... "that during the revolutionary[war] he lived a near neighbour to said Kneeland...."
Samuel Doty,also made a sworn statement, dated 7 September, 1832, in Chatham, Columbia County supporting Benjamin Kneeland's pension application.
Information aboutthe family of John Doty and help & assistance in establishing whether Keziah & Bulah Doty were members of the family of Simeon & Elizabeth Doty of Canaan, would be very much appreciated.I would be glad to exchange information with those interested.Thank You.David Rogers