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Children of Molly Quigley and William McLaughlin Sr.
Elizabeth McLaughlin (1817-1906)

Elizabeth McLaughlin was the second of nine children of William McLaughlin Sr. and Molly Quigley of Linsfort Glebe, County Donegal, Ireland. Like most of her siblings, Elizabeth emigrated to the United States and settled in Skaneateles. She married Patrick Doherty (1811-77) in Donegal and they had seven children, the first four of whom were born in Ireland. They arrived in Skaneateles in 1851. (The photo was provided by Lisa Rigge of Camillus, NY, who has done extensive research on the McLaughlin family.)

Jim Dougherty of Skaneateles, who also is researching the family and has done a lot of work for the village's historical society, sent me some family trees, copies of several newspaper articles and notes. For example, he told me that Patrick and Elizabeth Doherty sailed on the Hannah-Kerr on May 14, 1851 from Port Londonderry with their children, Hugh, Mary, Michael and Ellen. On the family tree I've prepared (below), there are three other children, all born in the United States.

However, Jim Dougherty's notes indicate the 1900 census said Elizabeth had nine children, and that five were living in 1900. My family tree accounts for those five; perhaps there were two children who died in infancy. Dougherty's notes say Elizabeth and Patrick Doherty could neither read nor write. In 1863 they bought a farm.

According to those note, Patrick Doherty had a long history of drinking large quantities of cider which was contaminated with lead. This was said to cause depression, prompting him to purposely take arsenic with his cider in 1877, causing his death.

Elizabeth McLaughlin Doherty died at the home of her son, James, on Railroad Street, Skaneateles, at noon on Saturday, January 27, 1906, at age 88.

Her granddaughter, Lauretta "Sweet" Dougherty frequently told of how, after reaching Syracuse in 1851, Elizabeth McLaughlin Doherty walked to Skaneateles with her spinning wheel strapped on her back. The spinning wheel is still with the family. In her later years Elizabeth Doherty smoked a clay pipe and warmed her feet in the oven of the cooking stove, much to the annoyance of Lauretta's mother, who had to prepare the evening meal.

The spelling of Doherty seems to be an ever-changing thing. Patrick is identified as Patrick Dougherty in the records of St. Mary's Cemetery in Skaneateles. Elizabeth McLaughlin Doherty is listed as "Mother Dougherty."

Elizabeth McLaughlin and Patrick Doherty had seven children:

1. Hugh Doherty (1844-1921)
Hugh Doherty married Catherine "Kate" Buckley (1842-1899). Both Hugh Doherty and "Kate" Buckley were born in Ireland. They settled in San Jose, CA, where they had three children: William, Hugh and Thomas:

William J. Dougherty (1869-1911) m. Mary "May" Joseph Dwyer (1870-1939)

Claire Evelyn "Danny" Dougherty (1895-1965) m. Lloyd Byron Fletcher (1891-1945) Their wedding took place in 1912. In 1916 Claire Dougherty Fletcher m. John Edgar "Jack" Britschgi (1894-1980), a native of Switzerland.

Lloyd Byron Fletcher II (1913-63) m. ?? Wilson

Clare William "Bill" Fletcher (1913-44) m. ?? Mackenzie

Bonnie Jean Britschgi (1919-97) m. James Howard Paul (1918-1990). Obituary below.

Lynn Paul m. William "Bill" McChristian
Susan Paul m. ??? Helzer
John Helzer

William L. "Willie" Dougherty (1897-1941) m. Marcia Carlton (?) (1898-1983)

Hugh Joseph Dougherty (1872-1923) m. Anna Matilda Smith (1876-1965)

Thomas Richard Dougherty (1874-1935) m. Viola Belle Stillwell (1884-1960)

The spelling of the last name varies by family member, some of whom preferred Doherty, others preferred Dougherty.

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2. Mary Doherty (1846-1918)
Mary Doherty married Theodore William Petersen (1837-1902). Peterson was a native of Denmark. The couple was married in San Jose, CA, where their three children were born.

Frederick Theodore Petersen (1869-99)

Lillie Petersen (1872-1905) m. Frederick Dreischmeyer Jr. (1866-??)

William Thomas Petersen (1880-1940) m. Mary (1882-??)

 

3. Michael Doherty (1847-1915)
Michael Doherty married Mary ?? (1853-??) They lived in Troy, New York. Two children, Chester and Mary.

Chester A. Doherty

Sean Doherty m. ?? Fox

Willard Doherty

Mary E. Doherty (1872-1905)

 

4. Ellen Doherty (1849-1852)
Notes provided by James Dougherty included an item from the Dec. 24, 1853 issue of the Skaneateles Democrat that says a girl named Ellen, daughter of Patrick Daugherty, died seven days earlier by inhaling steam from the spout of a tea kettle. Her age was given as 2 years and 9 months. This doesn't quite fit the dates of the girl's life or the spelling of her last name obtained from other sources, but those dates might be incorrect, and names often were misspelled (or spelled inconsistently) in newspapers, Doherty/Daugherty/Dougherty being a prime example. So the girl who died might well be the Ellen who belongs on this family tree. Such tragic household accidents were not uncommon in the 19th century. – JSM.

 

5. William Doherty (1853-1893)
William Doherty married Ellen McDonald (1858-1901). William Doherty was born and died in Skaneateles. His last name is spelled Dougherty in the St. Mary's Cemetery records. He and Ellen had ten children – William, Frederick, Mary, Ada, Hugh, Grace, Genevive, Walter, Fanny and James:

William P. Doherty (1877-1923) m. Julia M. McCarthy (1877-1965). Two children, Ida and Helen.

Ida J. Dougherty (1906-2004) m. Herbert Leroy Slack (1905-48)

George W. Slack (1935-2002) m. Sally Tretsch

Stephen Slack
Karen Slack
Patricia Slack
David Slack
Thomas Slack

Mary Lou Slack (Preske)

Leonard Slack

Helen C. Dougherty (1915-1998) m. Maurice J. Loveless (19??-1972). She worked for the Baldwinsville School District.

Beverly Loveless m. William Quartz. In 1998 she lived in Pulaski, NY.

Julia Loveless m. Michael Doran of Baldwinsville

Jennifer Ann Doran (1972- )
Kenneth Andrew Doran (1974- )

Maurice "Butch" J. Loveless (1938-2002) m. Janet M. Pendergast; they lived in Fulton.

Lisa Loveless m. Matthew Vickery, Gloversville
Alexander Vickery
Jennifer Vickery
Kimberly Loveless m. ??? Pickard, Fulton
Robin Loveless m. ??? Smith, Fulton
Mark Loveless

Frederick Doherty (1880-??)

Mary Doherty (1882-1953) m. Owen Haley (1879-1958) The 1920 U.S. census indicated they had no children.

Ada Catherine Doherty (1883-1982) m. William John Binns (1879-1952).

Hugh Dougherty (1885-1948) Unmarried. He survived an accidental shooting when he was a boy. Story below.

Grace Alita Doherty (1888-1972)

Genevive Ellen Doherty (1889-1976) m. Pete Schneider (1889-1955); she was a life resident of the Skaneateles area.

William Donald Schneider of Fort Worth, Texas

Peter J. Schneider of Skaneateles, NY

Dorothy Schneider m. Kenneth Lansbury

Walter M. Doherty (1891-1892)

Fanny Louise Doherty (1893-1980) m. Fritz Campbell (1892-1963).

James Martin Doherty (1894, died in infancy)

 

6. Daniel C. Doherty (1856- ?? )

NOTE: What follows involves more speculation and guesswork than usual. And if I am wrong, then apologies to this particular Daniel Doherty, whose nickname (according to information provided by Jim Dougherty of Syracuse) was Dapper Dan. Jim and I believe this Daniel Doherty was married to Ellen McGuinn, but at least one family tree online does not mention a wife, saying only that Daniel was somewhere in Texas in the early 1900s.

My theory is based largely on Skaneateles and Syracuse newspapers, with some support from census and cemetery records. My guess is this: Daniel was in Erie, Pennsylvania, when he was counted for the 1880 United States census. New York-born Daniel Doherty was listed as an unmarried carpenter living in either a hotel or a boarding house with several other people. I believe he later returned to Skaneateles, and got married about 1887. His wife was born in Ireland, the daughter of John McGuinn and Bridget Stenson.

There were three men named Daniel Doherty in or around Skaneateles in the 1880s. One was a horse trainer, one was the local highway supervisor, and the other had a wife named Ellen. The first two died around 1894. The third Daniel Doherty left Skaneateles and was reported living first in Solvay, then in Syracuse, where in 1899 his wife, Ellen, charged him with deserting the family. A Syracuse Post-Standard story (Oct. 31, 1899) identified her husband as a carpenter. It was also about this time that Dougherty became the preferred spelling for most of those previously known as Doherty.

The 1906 obituary for Elizabeth McLaughlin Doherty listed among her survivors a son named Daniel who was living in Texas, where he might well have gone – and remained.

When Ellen McGuinn Dougherty died in 1930 she was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Skaneateles. There is no Daniel Doherty (Dougherty) buried nearby, but she does share a plot with three of her four sons – James, John and Emmett.

To me, it's also significant that her other son, Paul Augustus Dougherty, had the same unusual middle name as Daniel's younger brother, James. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking with it. For now.

– JACK MAJOR

 
Daniel C. Doherty married Ellen McGuinn (1867-1930). They had four children:

James M. Dougherty (1888-1906). An obituary in the Auburn Citizen Advertiser (March 29, 1906) seems to refer to this James Dougherty (though the online listing of burials in St. Mary's Cemetery, Skaneateles, lists his year of death as 1908).

The family moved to Auburn after the death of Daniel Doherty. James died at Auburn's City Hospital after a long illness that followed an attack of typhoid fever. The obituary said he was survived by his mother, Mrs. Ellen Dougherty, and three brothers. (Information provided by Jim Dougherty of Skaneateles indicates the boy had recently had his appendix removed and was recoverinng, but he and another boy engaged in some rough horse play, opening his stitches. As a result, he bled to death. This note also indicated James' middle name was Patrick, though the 1892 U.S. Census and his obituary give him the middle initital M.)

Paul Augustus Dougherty (1890-1959) m. Mabel "Marie" Spaulding (1891-1986). They lived in Scipio Center, New York, near Auburn, and he was a guard at Auburn Prison for 39 years, retiring in 1958. He was a member of the Prison Guards Association, a communicant of St. Bernard’s Church in Scipio and a member of its Holy Name Society. He was a member of the Auburn Council of Knights of Columbus for more than 40 years. Paul and Mabel Dougherty had six children:

1. Elizabeth Marie Dougherty (1918-1996) m. Albert Ilion Waddington. Waddington was from Pontiac, Michigan. Elizabeth Dougherty, a native of Auburn, graduated from Alma College, Alma, Michigan. At the time of their wedding in January 1949, she was a Navy lieutenant stationed in Washington, DC; he was a Marine sergeant stationed at Quantico, VA. Later they lived in Aiken, South Carolina, where she died.

2. Paul Dougherty Jr. (1919- ) m. Kathleen Barrington. Paul Dougherty Jr. was a pilot with the Army Air Force in World War II. In 1986 he and his wife were living in Deerfield, Illinois.

3. Linnette Dougherty (1920-2008) m. Robert Chester Slightam Jr. Slightam was from Madison, Wisconsin. Linnette was in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) in World War II, he was in the Army. They were married in 1946.

4. Ellen Irene Dougherty (1922-2001). Ellen Dougherty was a nurse and a nun. In 1959 Sister Paul Marie was at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, New York; later she moved to Rochester, where she died. She is buried in St. Joseph's Cemetry, Auburn.

5. Margaret Ann Dougherty (1924- ) of Scipio Center, NY

6. Edwin J. Dougherty (1928-2004) m. Elsie Nicpon. Home: Salisbury, MD

John Michael Dougherty (1892-1935). He was a veteran of World War I and was worked for a funeral home in Auburn. During the war both he and his brother, Emmett (below), were exposed to mustard gas.
Emmett Daniel Dougherty (1894-1936). He was a veteran of World War I, lived in Auburn and Rochester. He also had worked as an undertaker in Auburn.

 

7. James Augustus Dougherty (1857-1936)
James Augustus Dougherty married Anna Elizabeth Walsh (1863-1945). They had six children:

Marie Irene Dougherty (1891-1969)

Francis Leo Dougherty (1894-1981) m. Agnes Veronica King (1894-1974). An article in the Skaneateles Press said he was better known by his nickname, "Con," and was noted as a star baseball player at Skaneateles High School and Colgate University.

Francis Leo Dougherty Jr. (1917-1994) m. Blanche Stewart. Francis Dougherty and Blanche Stewart were married in 1943 in Jackson, Mississippi. He was a native of Syracuse, graduated from Saint Michael's College, University of Toronto, Canada, and studied law at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He was a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His wife, a graduate of the Mississippi College for Women in Columbus, also worked at the FBI. When he died he was a resident Wilmington, Delaware.

Francis Leo Dougherty III (1943-1999) m. ?? Townsend; 2nd wife: Anne Lefferts (1941-1981); 3rd wife: ?? Harris

Stephen King Dougherty (1950-1955) in Wilmington, Delaware

Robert King Dougherty (1920-1999) m. Helen Fitzgibbons (1927-2006)

Raymond Patrick Dougherty (1897-1969). Apparently Raymond Dougherty never married, though he and Anna C. Shea (1897-1967) maintained a relationship for about 40 years. He was a life resident of Skaneateles and attended Skaneateles High School and served in the U.S. Navy in World War I. He retired as a postal mail carrier after 37 years of service.

James Henry Dougherty (1898-1956) m. Catherine Marie Heffernan (1894-1976). He was born in Skaneateles, but lived the last 34 years of his life in Syracuse where he was employed as a salesman for the Ward Baking Company. He also worked for the City Taxi Company of Syracuse. His obituary indicated he was often referred to as Hank Dougherty. She was born in Cazenovia, the daughter of Patrick Heffernan and Barbara Ryan. James and Catherine Dougherty had four children:

1. James Henry Dougherty Jr. (1928- ) m. Joanne Wills (1925-95). Her obituary said she and her husband lived in Long Island, and returned to Skaneateles in 1991 to retire. Location of their four children was taken from that 1995 obituary. Jim lives in Skaneateles, works with the local historical society and has been extremely helpful by providing me with much of the family information on this website. Joanne Wills Dougherty was born in Buffalo, the daughter of James Gardner Wills and Mildred Schwingle.

Peter John Dougherty (1954- ) of Eastport, Long Island

John Edward "Teddy" Dougherty (1955- ) of Steelton, Pennsylvania

Nancy Dougherty (1959- ) of Sayville, Long Island

Joseph Michael Dougherty (1964- ) of Smithtown, Long Island

2. Thomas Patrick Dougherty (1933- ) m. Margaret Ann Clemons (1934-1985). They were married in 1956, settled in Virginia Beach, Virginia, later moved to Chester, VA.

Theresa Anne Dougherty (1957- ) b. Emporia, Virginia

Thomas Patrick Dougherty Jr. (1958- ) m. Robin Scott Peterson

Dennis William Dougherty (1962- ) b. Hopewell, Virginia

3. Barbara Dougherty. According to the 2001 obituary for her brother, John Terrance Dougherty (below), Babara Dougherty was living in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

4. John Terrance Dougherty (1935-2001). John T. Dougherty was born in Syracuse, died in Hua Hin, Thailand; he was married three times, to Janet Ruth Fuller in Skaneateles in 1966, Virginia Pemberton in California in 1977 and, finally, to Ead ?? He was an alumnus of the Manlius Military Academy, attended the University of Alabama and was in the Marine Corps. For many years he was associated in business with his uncle in the J. W. Dougherty Construction Corp., later running the firm after his uncle died. Still later he worked for Aramco, a Saudi Arabian oil company. Known as Terry Dougherty he grew up in Skaneateles living wih his uncle and aunt, John and Dorothy Fraser Dougherty (below), who legally adopted him when he was 21. As a young man he briefly dropped out of sight, something not unknown in our family (see bottom of page).

Kim Elizabeth Dougherty (1967- ) m. Thomas Bursler; Dover, Del.

Lisa Colleen Dougherty (1969- ) m. Walter Upham Jr.; Central Square, NY

Anna Loretta Dougherty (1901-1987). She was a life resident of Skaneateles and for many years worked as secretary at the Don Clark Oil Company in that village. Her obituary said she was known to many by her nickname, "Sweet." Also, she also was known by her middle name, which is often spelled Lauretta.

John Walsh Dougherty (1904-1968) m. Dorothy Fraser (1901-1971). John W. Dougherty was a self-made man who bought a dump truck in 1926 and started a trash-hauling business that eventually became two companies, one for collecting garbage, the other for road work. John and Dorothy Dougherty had no children, but in 1956 adopted their nephew, John T. Dougherty (above). Obituary for John W. Dougherty below.

 
Miscellany

Santa Rosa Press Democrat, February 14, 1997
Bonnie Jean (Britschgi) Paul entered into rest on February 12, 1997 after a heroic struggle with cancer.

The wife of the late James Howard "Jim" Paul, Bonnie was born on January 14, 1919 in San Jose to the late Jack and Claire Britschgi.

The granddaughter of the late William Dougherty, a prominent pioneer San Josean, Bonnie spent the biggest part of her life in San Jose until moving to Santa Rosa in 1970.

During a short period in the 1930's, Bonnie lived with her family in Hollywood. She took great pride in recalling her father's accomplishments at Warner Brothers Studios as part of the team that invented "talking pictures."

After returning to San Jose, she attended San Jose and Los Gatos Highs and Heald Business College. Bonnie was a member of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church of Santa Rosa, a lifetime member of Sigma Alpha national Sorority, a member of Rose Valley Chapter #33 Order of Eastern Star and a life member of the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Rose Ladies Auxiliary.

Bonnie is survived by her daughters Susan Helzer and Lynn McChristian, son-in-law Bill McChristian and grandson John Helzer, all of Santa Rosa. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Emily Rudd, niece Leslie Evans and nephews Larry Fletcher and Gary, Bob and Jim Rudd.

 

Syracuse Herald, May 31, 1896
SKANEATELES, May 30 – What may possibly prove to be a fatal shooting accident occurred at Glenside this afternoon.

Hugh Dougherty, the 10-year-old son of Mrs. “Tom” Dougherty was fishing from the bank of the outlet, and behind a nearby clump of bushes Thomas Sheridan, also a Glenside boy, was shooting with a 22-calibre rifle at birds.

A bullet went through the bushes and struck Dougherty in the stomach. Sheridan summoned assistsance and the wounded boy was taken home. Dr. D. J. McLaughlin has probed for the bullet, but has been unable to find it. He says he does not think the wound is fatal, although it is serious.

The Sheridan boy feels very badly and it is evident that the shooting was purely accidental.

NOTE: There are several interesting elements here.

First off, Hugh Dougherty did not die of the injury. He didn't pass away until January 13, 1948, at the age of 63.

He was attended to by a relative, Dr. D. J. McLaughlin, and his widowed mother was referred to as Mrs. "Tom" Dougherty. "Tom" must have been the nickname for his late father, William Doherty.

Hugh seems to be the only one in a family of ten children who chose to spell his name "Dougherty." For a while he lived in Solvay.

 

Skaneateles Press, May 2, 1968
John W. Dougherty, 64, who started a one-truck business in 1926 and developed it into one of the largest businesses in Skaneateles, died Tuesday morning of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Mr. Dougherty was a native and life resident of Skaneateles and attended Skaneateles High School. He worked at the Draycott Paper Mill in Skaneateles Falls and started his business when he bought a Model T dump truck in 1926 from the late Mert Wieks. With it he started a trash-hauling business for the downtown stores and its grew into a residential enterprise. In 1932 it became a weekly house-to-house business.

In Mr. Dougherty’s own words, the sand and gravel and excavating business started with a lot of hand shoveling, but in 1938 he acquired a power shovel and he business had continued to grow. The firm now employs some 40 men and uses about 100 pieces of equipment.

The two businesses, while operated out of the same location on Fennell Road, are separate concerns — John W. Dougherty Inc. and J. W. Dougherty Construction Corp.

Mr. Dougherty was president of both companies, with his wife, the former Dorothy Fraser, acting as secretary-treasurer, and son John T. (Terry) Dougherty serving as vice president.

A colorful contractor well known in all the Skaneateles area, Mr. Dougherty had a hand in a considerable amount of the blacktopping work done around the village. His firm for years has handled the snow clearance from the downtown area, and one of its triumphs was the speed with which it cleaned up after the big blizzard of 1966.

He was a son of James Augustus Dougherty and Anna Elizabeth Walsh.

 

On the road again ...
The story of William McLaughlin's 19-year disappearance is perhaps the strangest family tale, but he's not the only relative who dropped out of sight, at least briefly. Tragedies, accidents and resultant injuries can result in behavior that is unusual, but understandable. Or you might just be acting on an impulse that is not uncommon for someone your age.

 
Skaneateles Press, August 29, 1952
Terry Dougherty back home
after his nine-day trek

A wandering boy came back home last Thursday night, probably wiser if not sadder than when he went away, after a nine-day trek in the South

The youthful wayfarer is John (Terry) Dougherty, 16, nephew of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Dougherty, East Lake St., who disappeared after his uncle’s truck he was driving became involved in an accident after he tried to avoid hitting a dog in Auburn on the night of Tuesday, Aug. 12.

According to Mr. Dougherty, the lad’s uncle, Terry suffered a concussion at the time of the accident and knew nothing more until he came to sometime later to learn, to his surprise, he told his relatives, he was in Dallas, Texas.

Without funds, the boy set out for a cotton field and picked cotton for two days, being remunerated with the munificent sum of $4 for the two days’ work.

With four simoleons now in picket and remembrance of an aunt in Washington, DC, in his mind, Terry took off for the Capital and Miss Irene Dougherty, U.S. Government employe and the aunt of his quest.

Once arrived at Miss Dougherty’s home, that lady promptly put in a telephone call here to assuage the boy’s worried folks that Terry was safe in her home in the nation’s capital.

A few hours later and Terry was aboard a plane and back in Skaneateles where it is now related he is back on the job working for his uncle with no special hankerings for cotton pickin’ or other chores necessitating far removal from his native heath.

 

John Terrence Dougherty (1935-2001), better known as Terry, lived an interesting life, much of it in foreign countries. He died in Hua Hin, Thailand.

There are Doughertys who prefer to spell their last name Doherty. One of them had an even weirder odyssey than did Terry. What happened to James Doherty in 1886 sort of set the stage for what was experienced four years later by William McLaughlin. How — or even if — this James Doherty belongs in the Major-McLaughlin family tree is unknown. He did, however, live in Skaneateles, which suggests a connection, perhaps back in Ireland a few generations earlier.

 
Syracuse Journal, January 18, 1887
Escaped His Captors
James Doherty, who until a short time ago resided in Skaneateles, was found in a demented condition in a barn at Palmyra Saturday night. He said that he left his home about a year ago and went to El Paso, Texas. He was pursued by some stranger, he says, who tried to lasso him. He thereupon bought a ticket for Auburn, but on reaching Rochester saw the same man with a lasso and since that time has been spending his nights in the woods. Arrangements have been made for taking Doherty to the Lyons asylum, but while going to Lyons he eluded his captors and escaped to the woods. He is thought to be in Syracuse. He has a wife living in Skaneateles.
 
Skaneateles Press, January 22, 1887
James Doherty, early last fall living on the west side of the lake, near Mandana, in this town, set out for El Paso, Texas, where his brother-in-law lived. It was his intention to locate there if he liked the country. He was accompanied to his destination by his daughter, aged about 14 years.

On his arrival at El Paso he obtained work in a railroad depot and attended his duties for two months with satisfaction to his employers.

He somehow became seized with the idea that some person had followed him to Texas from Skaneateles, with the intention of robbing him, and one day while setting a switch he said he saw this man coming to catch him with a lasso.

Alarmed by these fears, he bought a railway ticket and started home about three weeks ago. As he proceeded on his journey, it appears he still retained the idea that the man with a lasso was following in his wake.

Arriving at Rochester, he still imagined he saw his pursuer and jumped from the train. Making his way to Palmyra, Doherty spent Friday night of last week in a swamp near that place where he built a large fire and later was found by the Palmyra chief of police in a barn nearby.

He was taken to Palmyra Saturday, and word sent to his relatives in this place, and also to a sister residing in Syracuse, from whence he was brought to this village by the 4:30 p.m. train, and taken to his house. It is expected that he will recover from the strange hallucination that has possessed him for several weeks.

He is about 40 years of age and has a wife and six children. The daughter he took with him is still with her aunt at El Paso, in Texas.

 

Fourteen months earlier Doherty's two-year-old son, Henry, died as the result of a horrible household accident when the toddler fell into a kettle of boiling potatoes. The Skaneateles Free Press (November 7, 1885) reported the boy "was scalded in a terrible manner. The little one lingered in great agony until 5 o’clock Thursday morning, when death put an end to his sufferings."


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