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Re: Enoch Doughty son of Rev Frances Doughty daughter
Posted by: Susan Perong (ID *****5347) Date: February 25, 2010 at 15:22:45
In Reply to: Re: Enoch Doughty son of Rev Frances Doughty daughter by sandra ferguson of 1432

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states "I have found a record of Enoch Doughty in Maryland as early as Sept 1658. He had then a wife, Mary, and a daughter, Joy. Joy Doughty was living in 1668, but I have found no record of the names of the other children."

Another source I received from a descendant of Margaret Berry indicated four children - Joy, Rachael, John and Margaret. It indicated they were born in King George Virginia. According to this other source Margaret married in Hannover Parish, King George County Virginia. Perhaps that is where she and perhaps Joy were raised.

As Enoch died in 1677 and did not mention a wife in a will I believe it is quite possible she had died leaving very young children (between the ages of 3 and 11 in 1677). One source names wife as Ann and another Mary. Perhaps there were two wives that both died.

It is quite possible the children were farmed out to relatives, perhaps sibllings of their mother or father or even grandparents. The children had resources and would have been wanted. Enoch had siblings in Maryland and New York I believe and his step mother ended up in Maryland where she died in 1683 according to this source I quoted.
Although Enoch wanted his children to return to England there really wasn't much there for them as all of his siblings were in the US and only cousins were in England, cousins he probably had never met as he was born in Mass. He didn't name a guardian either to care for them in England. It would have been too difficult to send the children to England and likely the maternal grandparents and mother's siblings would not have wanted them to be so far away.

The name of the child's maternal grandparents are unknown but perhaps Margaret's children's names would provide a hint as to who raised her.

It is a mystery to be solved.... thanks so much for your help. I wish I lived closer to Virginia to check on this..but perhaps the records are missing, it was so long ago.


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