John Dougherty


In 1800, the households of two similarly named individuals were configured on the Albany city census. This sketch organizes information on the life of John Dougherty, a resident of the second ward. This character is not the Albany contemporary known as John Doty.

From the census we surmise that Dougherty had been born between 1756 and 1774. Living in his household was a women in his age bracket and a boy and girl each aged 10-16. We seek defining information on his origins and path to Albany. We're guessing that he was of Irish background.

In 1799, his personal property only was valued modestly on the second ward assessment roll. He probably resided in a house (perhaps owned by one Joseph Walsh) on Barrack Street. In 1800, Dougherty's second ward household (in the same location) included a boy and a girl, a man over the age of 45, and a woman between the ages of 26 and 45. No other information was given and that was the sole reference to that household on any Albany social survey.

In November 1799, he was among those "trustees and principal members" of St. Mary's Catholic Church signing a letter to Bishop Carroll praising the late pastor, Rev. O'Brien.

We recognize that this offering on the life of this Albany resident variously referred to as John Dougherty is premature.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of John Dougherty (of the second ward) has no CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

Research notes: At this point, we have sought to develop the profile of the John Dougherty who lived in the second ward in 1800. We have not opened an exposition on the same-named individual living in the first ward at that time.
    In April 1767, a John Dougherty and six others began the process of petitioning the provincial government for land located along the west bank of the Connecticut River. Perhaps our subject was a next-generation kin.

first posted 6/10/14; last revised 1/2/15