Daugherty Family History

   The original Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a proud, ancient past. The original Gaelic form of the name DAUGHERTY is O Dochartaigh, from the word dochartach, which means hurtful or obstructive. The Coat of Arms is a silver shield with a red deer, and three silver stars on a green chief. The family motto is "Ar Ndutcas," which means "Our heritage."
   The family was first found in Inishowen, in County Donegal, where the family held a family seat from ancient times. This line of the family can be traced back to JAMES DAUGHERTY, who was born in 1760 in Donegal, Ireland. His spouse is unknown, but he came to America, settling in Virginia, where he had a son, DANIEL DAUGHERTY.
   Daniel married ELIZABETH (Unknown) in Wythe County, Virginia.

   They had a son, HIRAM MAHLON DAUGHTERY, SR., who was born in 1804 in Wythe County, Virginia. Hiram was a farmer who married KEZZIAH WHITEHEAD (1805 - 1878), in 1791, in Virginia. Farmland was getting hard to come by in Virginia. The Daugherty land had been divided between heirs to the point of being too small to earn a living, and most of the larger tracts had been swallowed up by larger, richer planters.
   So in search of cheaper land, Hiram and Kezziah moved to Pike County, Kentucky, and acquired a land grant of 100 acres in Peter Creek, Pike County, Kentucky (Survey 5 December). Kezziah had some schooling. At least enough to read, but not enough to write, according to census reports.
   Hiram and Kezziah had eleven children (the more free help the better on a 100-acre farm).
   Altogether, Hiram and Kezziah had the following children:


  • FRANCIS MARION "FRANK" DAUGHERTY b: Apr 1825 in Wythe Co., VA. Married Rhoda Whittaker (b: Bet 1831 and 1833) in Russell Co., VA. Children: Fatima b: ABT 1848 in Russell Co., VA; Joseph b: ABT 1850 in Kentucky; George Franklin b: ABT 1853 in Kentucky; Keziah b: ABT 1854 in Kentucky; Angeline b: ABT 1857 in Virginia; Caroline b: ABT 1858 in Kentucky; Nancy A. b: ABT 1861 in Kentucky; Rebecca b: ABT 1865 in Virginia; Milley b: ABT 1868 in Kentucky; Mary W. b: ABT 1870 in Virginia; and Hiram M. b: ABT 1874 in Virginia. Death: AFT 1910 in Pike Co., Kentucky.
  • ELIZABETH DAUGHERTY b: Sep 1827 in Wythe Co., VA. Married George Smith (b: ABT 1828 in Kentucky) on 4 Apr 1850 in Pike Co., KY. Children: Kezziah Smith b: Aug 1853 in Pike Co., Kentucky. She married again, to John Charles on 6 Mar 1853 in Pike Co., KY. Then she married a third time, to Godfrey Daniel Dotson (b: ABT 1827 in North Carolina) on 29 Aug 1871 in Pike Co., KY. Elizabeth died between 1900 and 1910 in Peter Creek, Pike Co., Kentucky.
  • LOVENIA DAUGHERTY b: ABT 1830 in Wythe Co., VA. Married Jonathan Smith (b: ABT 1826 in Kentucky or Virginia) on 14 Apr 1850 in Pike Co., KY. Children: Vashtie b: ABT 1850 in Pike Co., KY; George H. b: 1858 in Kentucky or Virginia; John Silas b: 1859 in Virginia; Juliana b: 1863 in Virginia; Joseph F. b: 1867 in Pike Co, Kentucky; Aaron W. b: ABT 1872 in Pike Co., KY; Hiram M. b: 1856 in Kentucky. Lovenia died after 1910 in Pike Co., Kentucky.
  • HIRAM MAHLON DAUGHERTY, JR., b: Aug 1833 in Smythe Co., VA. He married Mary Coleman (b: Feb 1839 in Pike Co., KY) on 24 Aug 1854. Children: Hiram b: ABT 1858 in Kentucky; Curtis L. b: ABT 1861 in Kentucky; Francis M. b: ABT 1867 in Kentucky. Death: BET 1900 and 1910 in Pike Co., Kentucky. He was a Surgeon in Co. H, of the 39th Kentucky Infantry (Union side).
  • DANIEL JAMES "DAVID" DAUGHERTY b: Jul 1835 in Smyth Co., VA. He married Elizabeth Prater (b: 1851 in Pike Co, Kentucky) on 29 Jul 1869 in Pike Co., KY. Children: Leveniah Malissa b: 22 Nov 1878 in Pike, KY; Kezziah Elizabeth b: Jun 1871 in Pike, KY; George Grant b: Jun 1871 in Pike, KY; Hiram E. b: 2 May 1873 in Pike, KY; John Daniel b: Nov 1874 in Pike, KY; Mariah L. b: 1876 in Pike, KY; and Harrison. Death after 1910 in Pike Co., Kentucky.
  • KEZZIAH VIRGINIA DAUGHERTY b: 1837 in Smyth Co., VA. Married George Charles (b: ABT 1843) on 3 Aug 1860 in Pike Co., KY. Children: John G. b: 1863 in Pike Co., KY; James Mount b: 1866 in Pike Co., KY; Mary E. b: 1868. Kezziah died on 11 Apr 1885 in Buchanan Co., VA.
  • MARIA LOUISA "MAHALA" DAUGHERTY b: Feb 1840 in Smyth Co., VA. Married James M. Francis (b: 24 Sep 1841 in Pike, KY) on 19 Jul 1860 in Pike, KY. Married by Justice of the Peace, William H. Francis Jr., James' father. Children: Melissa Jane b: 1 Jun 1861 in Pike, KY; James Nelson b: 20 Apr 1862 in Pike, KY; Elizabeth G.V. b: 23 Sep 1866 in Pike, KY; Georgia A.C. b: 29 Jan 1868 in Pike, KY; William Baswill b: 23 Jul 1870 in Lawrence Co, KY; Kezziah V. b: 11 Nov 1872 in Minnesota; and John M. b: 1 Jun 1878 in Minnesota.
  • NANCY J. DAUGHERTY b: 1843 in Smyth Co., VA. Married GEORGE WASHINGTON DOTSON (b: ABT 1837 in North Carolina or Tennessee) on 1 Aug 1861 in Pike Co., KY. Family listed below. Death in Pike Co., KY.
  • WILLIAM HENRY DAUGHERTY b: Jul 1845 in Smyth Co., VA. Death: 31 Dec 1857 in Pike Co., KY.
  • ALLEN P. J. DAUGHERTY b: 1857.
  •    NANCY JANE DAUGHERTY (b. 1843 in Smythe County, Virginia) married GEORGE W. DOTSON (b. 1837) on August 1, 1861, at his father's home in Pike County.
       Altogether, George and Nancy had the following children:


  • HARRISON DOTSON, b. in 1862. Married his cousin ARMINDA WOLFORD on 27 Apr 1883 in Pike Co., KY. Family listed below. They are buried in the family cemetery at Bone's Branch, Phelps Pike County, Kentucky. He died on 17 Oct 1938. She died on 2 Jun 1951 in Pike Co.
  • MARY DOTSON was born in 1864.
  • ARRENA DOTSON was born in 1866.
  • KEZIAH DOTSON was born in 1867.
  • JOHN B. DOTSON was born in Oct of 1869 in Pike Co., KY. He married his cousin Mary "Polly" Wolford (b: Nov 1863 in Pike Co., KY) on 1 Dec 1887 in Pike Co. They had the following children: Anie Dotson b: Sep 1888; Calvin Dotson b: Oct 1891; Stella Dotson b: Jan 1894; Vada Dotson b: Jun 1895; and Grayson Dotson b: Jul 1898.
  • GEORGE W. DOTSON, JR. was born before 1875. He married Tennessee Blankenship (b: 1882) in Pike Co, Kentucky, and they had the following children: Esther Dotson b: 1900 in Pike Co, Ky; William Billy Dotson b: 1902; Ora Dotson b: 8 Oct 1906; Virginia Ginny Dotson; Edith Edie Dotson; Stewart Dotson; Mary Dotson; Wheeler Dotson; and Grant Dotson.
  • Personal Information
    1880 Census Image
    Name:   Nancy J. Dotson
    Age:   37
    Estimated birth year:   <1843>
    Birthplace:   Virginia
    Occupation:   Keeps House
    Marital Status:   Widowed
    Home in 1880:   Peters Creek, Pike, KY
    Father's birthplace:   North Carolina
    Mother's birthplace:   Virginia
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    Year: 1880; Census Place: Peters Creek, Pike, Kentucky; Roll: T9_439; Family History Film: 1254439; Page: 660.4000; Enumeration District: 101; Image: 0177.
       In the 1870 census, they live near the Mouth of Pond Creek, and George is a farmer. They apparently rent the land, as no value is given to their farm property.
       The census taker lists George as being able to read and write, while Nancy can only read. Meanwhile, their son, eight year-old HARRISON, is attending school. Other children listed at home are Arena (age 4), Kizziah (age 3) and John B. (age 1). One more child would be added in 1875, George W., Jr.
       George W. Dotson died in 1875 at the age of forty. The circumstances are unclear, but the family soon fell apart.
       In the 1880 census, his widow Nancy is raising their son George W. near Peters Creek, while her children John B. and Keziah were living with 75 year-old Grandpa Jordan and Grandma Polly, working the farm (listed here).
       Arena was living nearby with G.D. Dotson and his wife, Elizabeth, as a laborer.
       George's eighteen year-old son, HARRISON DOTSON, was nowhere to be found on the census, so it can be assumed he was an itinerant day laborer until he could find a permanent home. The economy of the area was changing drastically. You could no longer survive by farming alone, because the coal mining industry had taken over.


    JAMES DAUGHERTY (b. 1760) begat...

    DANIEL DAUGHERTY, who married ELIZABETH and begat...

    HIRAM DAUGHTERY (b. 1804), who married KEZZIAH WHITEHEAD (1805 - 1878) and begat...

    NANCY JANE DAUGHERTY (b. 1843), who married GEORGE W. DOTSON (1835 - 1877) and begat...

    HARRISON DOTSON (1862 - 1938), who married ARMINDA WOLFORD and begat...

    WILLIE DOTSON (b. 1884), who married NANCY McCOY (1887-1960) and begat...

    GREEN JR. DOTSON (1921-1957), who married JACQULENE BALDRIDGE (1926-2003) and begat...

    TERRY LEE DOTSON (b. 12 May 1950), who married CYNTHIA ANN PALMER (b. 03 Jan 1951) and begat...

    LORI ANN DOTSON (b. 07 Oct 1973), who married JEFFREY HAUSE (b. 07 Jun 1961).