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Benjamin B. Doughty, Sr., Mullica, Atlantic, New Jersey
Posted by: hconrath (ID *****1017) Date: July 16, 2009 at 21:00:48
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My husband's 2nd great grandfather was Benjamin B. Doughty, Sr., Blacksmith of Mullica, Atlantic County, NJ. In the search to find family origins, I would like to share a copy of a letter found in family notes dated June of 1935. It was written by one of Benjamin B. Doughty, Sr.'s sons, Andrew K.H. Doughty, to his nephew, Herbert C. Doughty, 1st (my husband's grandfather).

"I take pleasure in giving you some of the information which I have gathered concerning the Doughty Clan.

"There were four brothers who came over in 1682 with William Penn and one sister.

"Enoch Doughty settled in Absecon. He was commissioned a brigadier general under Washington and distinguished himself at the battle of Chestnut Neck along with Count Pulaski.

"Daniel C. Doughty came from Maine, later, settled at Fostertown, Burlington County, and enlisted under George Washington and was captured on Long Island in the battle with Lord Howe.

"William Doughty settled at Millville, Cumberland County, NJ.

"John Doughty settled at Doylestown, Bucks County, PA.

"Louisa Doughty settled in North Jersey, about the Oranges. She married a man named Ward. Her son was named Marcus Ward. He became the great War Governor of New Jersey and came near to being nominated for the presidency of the United States.

"Daniel Doughty, after the close of the Revolutionary War, settled at Old Buttonwoods in Atlantic County. He had one son, Benjamin Doughty, and I am Benjamin's son.

"All of the New Jersey Doughtys are related, I believe. I got this information from Judge John Doughty (Andrew's brother) of Absecon who went over to Great Britain and spent six months in London searching the royal records to find out who came over with William Penn; so I get this information almost direct." signed Andrew K. H. Doughty...brother of Henry Clay Doughty (Harry C. Doughty).

Also, among family notes, Harry C. describes the personal tragedies that his parents, Benjamin and Elizabeth (Cramer)suffered when they lost their two sons, Daniel C. and Benjamin B., Jr., to the Civil War. Benjamin was a prayerful man. Harry C. recalled that Benjamin spent practically the whole day on his knees praying for the Union and his boys, who he knew were in battle. Benjamin told his family that "the rumble of cannons could be heard at Pleasant Mills, NJ., by holding one's ear to the ground at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg."

I also have a letter written in 1958 to Herbert Clair Doughty, 1st, from Arthur J. Gill of the Batso-Pleasant Mills Church in NJ. It says:

"The records of the church indicate that your grandfather (Benjamin B. Doughty, Sr.) was a very active member of the Batso 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 (first Methodist Minister in NJ) on the life of Charles Pitman. In Rev. Malmsbury's book he devoted about a page to Benjamin B. Doughty....He 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."

The page devoted to Benjamin B. Doughty, Malmsbury described him as being "a good man, a happy person, always cheerful, with a meek, gentle spirit.. in spite of his sufferings and frailty of health -- a tribute to his Christian faith."

In trying to piece all of this family history together, I believe we may have two Daniel Doughtys -- one born in 1740 who was in the Revolutionary War (See AGBI) -- the other, Daniel C., Benjamin's father, born in 1789, whom we find in Galloway Township in the 1830 Census. He, reportedly, was in the War of 1812 (AGBI).

As to the story of Louisa marrying a Ward, I have not been able to verify that information. John Doughty's name appears on the roster of the BUCKS COUNTY ASSOCIATORS First Battalion, Lower Makefield Company, August 19, 1775. I have not found a link to William Doughty in Millville yet.

There is a strong Doughty line in Cumberland, Maine. Based on the information in Andrew's letter, maybe someone out there can link the William Penn story and Maine to our Benjamin B. Doughty of Mullica, New Jersey. On the other hand, descendants of Judge John E. Doughty may have his notes and will be able to help further. I would appreciate any input.




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