** Updated 1 July 2020 **
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We have so much new material!
A whole new family of Dohertys in Michigan
Another family in Alberta.
- Pictures, stories, biographies, anecdotes . . .
- Information about the Doherty land records
- Wills of the original Doherty settlers
- Proof from the tombstone that William Doherty is the brother of James Doherty
It is all in the book: Finding Lawrence’s Family . . . From Ballywilliam to Asphodel.
Note to family members: The above file has been privatized. This means that the personal data of all living individuals has been made private. I welcome all enqiries, corrections, additions. E-mail Me if you wish to get more information. If the software included your name by error it probably means I do not have your birth date. Contact me and I’ll fix it. I am also starting with William Doherty’s unknown parents so that I can show his two brothers.
We have confirmed a major break-through on the Doherty and Heffernan families. We have confirmed that Lawrence’s parents are William Doherty and Catherine Maxy (or Mackey) from Ballywilliam, a townland in Ballyporeen Parish in County Tipperary, Ireland. The Irish records say Maxy and the Canadian records say Mackey. Since the new immigrants were illiterate at this stage, it is impossible to know which is correct. They were at the mercy of the person transcribing William and Catherine’s marriage record in Ireland or Lawrence’s marriage record in Canada .
We have a potential connection between Margaret Doherty who married Patrick Heffernan since she also was married in Ballyporeen Parish. I conjecture that she is William’s and James’sister but have no proof. However, the fact that the Dohertys and Heffernans from Ballyporeen Parish and the Heffernans from nearby Mitchelstown and Kilworth are so closely related in Ireland and in Ontario leads me to suspect that Margaret is from the same Doherty family.
According to Paul Heffernan, William also has a younger brother, John Doherty with wife Mary and three daughters, Margaret, Mary and Anne, living in the Peterborough area but I have not been able to confirm this.
Records from the Library and Archives Canada tell of the immigration in 1847 of the Doherty families arriving in Cobourg on their way to Gores Landing. James and his family (wife Norry and two sons, William & Patrick) arrived on July 25, 1847 and William and his son, Lawrence, arrived on August 26, 1847. They were listed as indigent families arriving at the height of the famine.
I have received information from KARA in Peterborough confirming this research. Our Lawrence Doherty came from Tipperary with his family: his father, William Doherty, Uncle James Doherty, Aunt Honora (O’Donnell) Doherty and their two sons. This matches the six people that Aunt Mary Wilson said sailed from Cork. She believed they were 6 brothers but I believe they were 6 members of the same family.
I would like to especially thank Patrick Doherty from Kitchener, who shared his many boxes of files on the Doherty family. Patrick, a second cousin, is absorbed with hockey and has pointed out the many relatives who have been involved in hockey. Patrick even has an arena named after him and we write every year to share the genealogical “news”. He’s not into computers and keeps his files in well-organized binders and boxes. It was wonderful to meet you, Patrick. He is a “pure” Doherty, since my great-aunt and Patrick’s grandmother, Mary Winnifred Doherty, married Patrick Joseph Doherty (no relative to me).
Thanks also to the late Fred and his wife, Shirley O’Grady who shared their massive research with me. They welcomed us into their home in Peterborough and we had a wonderful visit.
More recently, thanks to Bernadette (Doherty) Guyatt and husband Paul for sharing their information.
Another coincidence here- where the Heffernans and the Dohertys are on both sides of my family tree. My ancestor, Lawrence Doherty was married to Johanna Elizabeth Heffernan, another situation where the Doherty and Heffernan families are linked, just as Margaret Doherty married Patrick Heffernan in another part of this large family tree file. But my ancestor is Lawrence’s second wife, Hanorah Mahoney. I have no information on her so if you are reading this and know about her, E-mail Me.