Saturday, 20 August 2016

Our Immigrant Ancestors -- the Kingston, New York Doughertys

Despite the name of the county in which it is located, Kingston was originally settled by the Dutch. Later, there was an influx of German immigrants, and then in the mid 19th century, the Irish began to arrive, including six of my 1st cousins 3x removed, five of whom remained in Kingston or New York City. Today, Kingston is about an hour north of Manhattan.

Only one of their spouses was born with certainty in New York. I wonder if my other cousins' spouses were born in or near Dungiven.

Rev James Dougherty
Michael (abt 1810-1853) m Ann O'Reilly (abt 1816-1852). I haven't found a record of their marriage either in Ireland or New York so far. They were in Rondout/Kingston by 1843, when the first of their four children were born, but they both had died by the time their eldest was ten years old. Their children:
  • James (1843-1906) ordained as a priest
  • Mary Anne (1845-1933) m David P. Hallahan, 1 daughter
  • Isabella (1848-1924) took vows as an Ursuline nun (Mother Ambrose)
  • Elizabeth (abt 1851-1931) never married
Isabella Dougherty McReynolds 
Isabella (abt 1813-1897) m Bernard MacReynolds, childless. From Bernard's marker, we know that he was born in Dungiven.

Margaret (abt 1819-1893) m  James McGranahan, who was born in Rosenale, Ulster, New York. They were in Rondout/Kingston by about 1850 when their first child was born:
  • Anna (abt 1850-?)
  • Margaret (1852-1931) never married
  • Isabella (abt 1855-?)
  • William J. (abt 1857-1892) became a lawyer, never married
  • Margaret & James McGranahan
  • Rosemary (1864-1940) m James W. Allen
Mary O'Reilly
Mary (1820-1908) m Andrew O'Reilly (possibly a sibling of Ann O'Reilly). Here again, there is no record of their marriage in either New York or Ireland. They had nine children, all of whom were born in Kingston:
  • John C. (1839-1906) an ordained priest
  • Andrew B. (1842-1872) never married
  • Terrence J. (abt 1845-1886) never married
  • Mary Theresa (abt 1847-aft 1880)
  • Margaret (abt 1847-?)
  • Joseph A. (abt 1850-aft 1880)
  • Thomas (1851-1855)
  • James Augustine (1854-1855)
  • Roseanna (1859-1938) married and had three children
Mary, Andrew and three of their children are listed on a monument in St Mary's Cemetery in Kingston. It's not clear what happened to Joseph, Margaret and Mary Theresa. 

Bridget Dougherty Hayden
Bridget (abt 1821-1916) m. William B. Hayden, I believe in New York. I have found an immigration record noting that Bridget arrived in 1849. Bridget and William had five children:
  • Thomas (1853-1855)
  • Mary M. (1856-1921) m James W. Allen, childless 
  • Isabella (1858-1941) never married 
  • Helen E. (1862-1940) m1 John Fitzgerald; m2 John Kearney, no children
  • William J. (1865-1926) m Anna Sweeney, eight children
Thomas (abt 1823-1854) appears in the 1850 census in Kingston, living with his brother Michael and his family, but soon returned to Ireland. He died, unmarried in 1854 in Dunvigen.

Isabella, Margaret and Bridget each outlived their husbands, and all died in New York City. Bridget's children all settled in and around Jersey City, New Jersey. 

I did make an interesting discovery in researching these families. Mary E. Hayden married James W. Allen in New York City. After her 1921 death, James then married Mary's cousin Rosemary McGranahan. Both marriages were childless. Rosemary survived James. 

There were other Doughertys in Kingston as well, census and other records reveal. Were these relatives? As I've asked before, why did my cousins choose Kingston over Vermont or Cincinnati or Granby? Once one arrived there, the rest seem to have followed. As I noted here, Fr James officiated at several baptisms, marriages and funerals of his uncle Judge Marcus' family. Bridget Dougherty Hayden's obituary notes that she was sister to Judge Marcus. 

There were family ties. But did the Kingston Doughertys stay in touch at all with the Cincinnati Doughertys or my 2nd great grandfather (farmer) Marcus? When were those family ties lost? 

The never ending story continues...

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