Part 659d – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – 1870 Census – Doherty (aka Docherty, aka Dougherty) – Wilmington, Delaware

07 April 2012

Good Day,

The genealogy journey continues.

Today I decided to update the Doherty Descendant Chart… and boy, oh boy, have I found some new information. And I will be posting these finds and my notes in a number of Parts. You will have to keep coming back to get the latest and greatest updates.

(1870 US Census, Wilmington, Delaware)

I finally discovered the 1870 US Census highlighting the Philip Docherty Family. Docherty? And so we now have three possible spellings of the surname Doherty: Doherty, Docherty, and Dougherty. The 1870 US Census for Wilmington enumerates that the family surname is Docherty.

The 1870 Census is dated 6 July 1870 at Wilmington, Subdivision No. 27 in the County of New Castle, in Delaware.

In the household included gg-grandparents Philip and Margart Docherty; their five-year old son Jerald (aka Gerald); their six-month old daughter Margartt; and two Boarders, Daniel and Hugh Docherty. There is no immediately apparent relationship indicated between gg-grandfather Philip and the two Boarders, Daniel and Hugh, excepting their last names.

According to the enumeration gg-grandfather Philip there is a possibility that he and the Board Daniel may have been joint owners of the house as it is listed that each has a "Value of Real Estate" of $2,000 for a total of $4,000. Could they have been joint owners of the house?

Is there a chance that there may be some immediate relationship between gg-grandfather Philip and the two Boarders? Based on the ages enumerated there could be a calculated possibility that as the Boarder Daniel Docherty is listed at 60 years old and the Boarder Hugh is noted at 28 years, they may be related as father and brother of gg-grandfather Philip. GG-grandfather is given the age of 38 years. Just a thought...

My source citation for the 1870 US Census is The National Archives, 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C. The image is downloaded via

And now we have a few more pieces to the puzzle of the Doherty Family genealogy. Stay tuned for the next episodes. And stay tuned for the forth coming update to the Doherty Descendant Chart.

If you have any comments and/or ideas, or any actual documentation pre-dating the Year 1870, please feel free to contact me. Does any reader have any idea(s) regarding a possible relationship between gg-grandfather Philip and the Boards, Daniel and Hugh Docherty?




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