Tuesday, December 2, 2014

TOMBSTONE TUESDAY; Fannie Jane (Bennett) Doty 1839-1883, Wallkill Cemetery, Middletown, NY

I’m dedicating today’s Tombstone Tuesday post to my 2nd Great Grandmother Fannie Jane Bennett. I have to admit I don’t know much about Fannie Jane. I have no documents or photographs to share. What information I gathered came from federal and New York State census records. She shares a tombstone with her husband Albert Doty and this provided me with her birth and death dates.

 Albert Doty Monument
Plot No. 284, Old West Section
Wallkill Cemetery
160 Midway Road, Middletown, NY

Albert Doty and Jane Bennett Tombstone, Wallkill Cemetery, Middletown, NY

Born Apr. 28, 1833
Died Sept. 21, 1903

Died Nov. 22, 1883
Aged 44 ys. 6 Ms. 7 Ds.


2nd Great Grandmother was born May 15, 1839 in Wawayanda, Orange Co., New York. Fannie Jane was the 3rd child born to Alvah Bennett and Esther Penny. Her two older siblings were Theodore and William H. Bennett. Nine younger brothers and sisters were Esther Almeda, Abby Anna, John F., Harriett Augusta, Sarah Elizabeth, Abraham, David Winfield, Christianna and Ida L. Bennett.

Fanny Jane and her husband Albert Doty must have been childhood friends since the Bennett’s and Doty’s were neighbors as early as 1850. Albert and Fanny married a few years before the start of the American Civil War. Virginia H. Gardner published their Dec. 22, 1859 marriage in her book “Whig Press Marriage Notices”.

They made their home with Albert’s family for a short time before they decided to set up their own household in Mt. Hope, Orange Co., New York.

You can read more about Albert and Fanny Jane by clicking on the link below.

Albert worked as a farm laborer in Orange and Ulster Counties while Fanny took care of their home and ten children.

John Willis was Albert and Fanny Jane’s first child born Nov. 12, 1860 in the Town of Mt. Hope, New York. When he was 21 years old, he married Hannah T. Moore. John Willis Doty was a farmer and lived much of his life in Mt. Hope. They were the parents of 6 children: Mary J. (Doty) Blauvelt, George W. Doty, Oscar H. Doty, Lena M. Doty, Albert Doty and Arthur Doty.

Another son, George Wallace Doty, was born Nov. 3, 1862 also in Mt. Hope. George W. married Mary Elizabeth Decker Nov. 3, 1888. They had 3 children: Charles Miller Doty, Nellie E. (Doty) Arnoys and George William Doty. George Wallace was an Ice and Coal merchant in Middletown, New York.

A daughter, Fannie B. Doty, was born May 5, 1864.

Charlotte Palmer Doty was born Jan. 3, 1866. Charlotte married William O’Brien and they resided at Middletown, Orange Co., New York. They had one son, Burt O’Brien.

My Great Grandfather Lewis Penny Doty was the next child born on August 17, 1867 in Ulsterville, Ulster Co., New York. Please see my earlier posts about Lewis Penny.

Lewis Penny was followed by Carrie Doty’s birth in Ulsterville Jan. 25, 1871. Carrie would marry Omer Hayes and become the mother of seven children: Anson, Pearl (Hayes) Pritchard, Edith (Hayes) Struble, Florence (Hayes) Vogt, Stanley, Leslie and Jennie.

Mae Doty was born about 1872. Mae was sometimes called Lillian as a married woman. Perhaps her full name was Lillian Mae. Her husband was John A. Rancier from New Jersey.

The eighth child was Charles W. Doty born June 22, 1874 at Wawayanda, New York. Charles married Harriet B. Hulse and their family consisted of six children: Elizabeth, Martin G., Roland C., Bessie, Frederick E. and Clara L. Doty.

Sarah E. Doty, also known as Sadie, was born March 8, 1875.

The youngest and tenth child was Alice born in December of 1882. Alice married Oliver L. Wells.

1883 was a difficult year for the Doty family. In July the oldest girl Fannie B. passed when she was only 19 years old. A little over four months later the family was grieving another when mother Fanny Jane (Bennett) Doty died Nov. 22, 1883. Only two of Fannie Jane’s sons were over 21 years of age when she died. The rest of her children ranged in age from 17 years to 1 year.

Sadie Doty died a young woman Sept. 18, 1895 (20 years old) and is buried beside her parents with her sister Fannie B. at the Wallkill Cemetery.

Fannie B. and Sadie E. Doty Tombstone, Wallkill Cemetery, Middletown, NY
Dau. of
Born May 5, 1864.
Died July 13, 1883.

Dau. of
Born Mar. 8, 1875
Died Sep. 8, 1895

Line of Ancestry:
2nd Great Grandmother Fannie Jane Bennett and husband Albert Doty
Great Grandfather Lewis Penny Doty and wife Emily Wight
Grandfather Frank Leroy Doty and wife Viola Lillian Wilson
My Mother

NOTE: The Wallkill Cemetery is also known as the Phillipsburgh Cemetery. While the cemetery is physically located within the Town of Wallkill, the mailing address is Middletown, New York

Albert Doty Family Plot

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