Monday, November 2, 2015

Isaac Doty, Wife and Kids Leave Minisink for Horseheads, NY

My first post OK DOTY’S—TIME TO TAKE IT BACK ANOTHER GENERATION introduced my readers to Isaac Doty. ISAAC DOTY’S STORY, MINISINK, NY continued the saga. Last week ISAAC DOTY’S STORY CONTINUES told more of 4th Great Grandfather’s life. Today’s post completes Isaac’s story.

Isaac Doty needed cash again in 1809. The Doty’s mortgaged 50 acres of farm land in Minisink to Mary Kimber for $159.52. You’ll find a transcription of the agreement in my next paragraph.

Transcription Orange County, New York Mortgages, Liber G, pages 209-210

    A Mortgage from Isaac Doty of Minisink in Orange County & state of New York & Elizabeth his wife To Mary Kimber of the same place Dated the sixth day of February one thousand eight hundred and nine for All that certain tract piece or parcel of Land situate lying and being in the town of Minisink aforesaid & is part of Lot number Nine in the first Division of drownded lands in Wawayanda patent and is part of the farm on which the said Isaac Doty now lives to be taken off the North west end of the farm the whole width of the farm so far as to include fifty acres of Land__To be Void on the payment of One hundred & fifty nine Dollars & fifty two cents on or before the sixth day of February next with Lawful interest according to the Condition of a bond of Equal date herewith__ and the said Isaac Doty for himself his heirs executors and administrators, grant and agree to and with the said Mary Kimber her heirs and assigns, that if in Case it should so happen, that the said Sum of money above mentioned with the interest thereon to become due, or any part there of should become due and unpaid, that then, and in such case it shall and may be Lawful for the said Mary Kimber her heirs or assigns, to grant, bargain, sell and dispose of the said premises above mentioned, or any part thereof, at public vendue or otherwise, as to her shall sum meet, to my person or persons, and for such sum or sums of money as may be reasonably had for the same, and out of the monies arising or to arise by the sale or sales thereof, to retain and keep in her hand the said sum of money above mentioned and the interest that may be due thereon, together with the Costs and charges for such sale or sales, rendering the Overplus (if any be) to the said Isaac Doty his heirs, Executors or administrators, which sale or sales so to be made by virtue of these presents shall be and are hereby declared to be a full absolute and entire [bar] both in Law and equity against the said Isaac Doty & Elizabeth his wife their heirs Executors administrators and assigns and all Claiming under him them or any of them, and all benefit and equity of Redemption of the premises or any part thereof    In Witness whereof the said parties to these presents have hereunto interchangeably set their hands and seals the day and year first above written
Sealed and Delivered in the presence of
Polly Hopkins
Reuben Hopkins

                                                                               Isaac Doty
                                                                               Elizabeth Doty  (her mark X)

Acknowledged by the said Isaac Doty & Elizabeth his wife personally before John Steward one of the Judges of the Court of Common pleas for Orange County the sixth day of February 1809

A true record entered the sixth day of February 1809
By Hopkins, Clerk

Grandfather was to pay Mary Kimber $159.52 and interest by Feb. 6, 1810. I’m certain the Grandparents felt appreciative to Mary Kimber for the financial help she gave. I’d like to know Mary Kimber’s relationship to Isaac and Elizabeth. Was she a neighbor, friend, or relative? I’m curious as I have Kimber ancestry too.

When February 6, 1810 arrived, Isaac couldn’t pay his debt. The United States was in the midst of an economic depression because of President Thomas Jefferson’s Embargo Act of 1807. Congress hoped the embargo would keep our country neutral from the wars being fought between Britain and France. The result was decreased trade with many industries negatively affected.

Mary Kimber’s attorney, Stephen Jackson, started proceedings to sell the Doty’s 50 acres on August 26, 1810. The land would be sold at a public auction at the Court House in Goshen, New York.  A notice, ‘Sale by Mortgage’ was published in the Goshen newspaper Orange County Patriot. The advertisement was printed weekly in the January and February 1811 issues and it also appeared in the March 5, 12, and 26, 1811 editions.

Sale by Mortgage Orange County Patriot March 12, 1811
Legal Notice from the Orange County Patriot
Published in Goshen, New York
March 12, 1811

Mary Kimber might have given Grandfather more time to pay the debt as the public auction was postponed until May 1, 1811. Who bought Grandfather’s land? A search of the Grantor indexes and deeds for Mary Kimber, Attorney Stephen Jackson, and Sheriff of Orange County provided no clues.

Isaac and his family lived in Minisink in 1810. According to the 1810 federal census the children at home included his sons—Isaac, Jr., Joseph, Benjamin, Abner, John and Jacob. Huldah was the baby of the family. Four year old Betsey died in 1809. Ruth, 17 years of age, still lived at home. The eldest, Hannah, wasn’t with the family. She had probably married Uriah Ferguson by this date.

Sometime between 1810 and 1811 Isaac left Orange County taking Elizabeth and the children to upstate New York.  Joseph, Isaac and Elizabeth’s son, told Ethan Allen Doty (the author of The Doty-Doten Family in America) that his father died about 1811 in Horseheads, New York. He was an 11-year-old boy when his father passed.

Did newly widowed Grandmother Elizabeth and the children return to Orange County after Grandfather died? I can’t say. Please contact me if you know what happened.

Back in Sussex County, New Jersey, Grandfather’s creditors claimed the proceeds from the sale of 9 acres in Wantage that had belonged to Isaac’s father, Benjamin Doty. The authorities in Sussex County didn’t know Grandfather had died and called him an “absconding debtor” in a legal notice published in the Orange County Patriot April 6, 1813. Poor Grandmother was left a widow with young children and debts.

Sale by Attachment Orange County Patriot April 6, 1813

Legal Notice from the Orange County Patriot
Published in Goshen, New York
April 6, 1813

My ancestry:
4th Great Grandparents Isaac Doty and Elizabeth Paddock
3rd Great Grandparents John Doty and Dolly Hemingway
2nd Great Grandparents Albert Doty and Fanny Jane Bennett
Great Grandparents Lewis Penny Doty and Emily Wight
Grandparents Frank Leroy Doty and Viola Lillian Wilson
My Mother

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