Mary Swan McElhatton (born circa 1805) married Samuel Dougherty (born circa 1811) in Londonderry, Northern Ireland around 1830. I have no documentation for Mary's maiden name but it is probably "McElhatton" or some variation of it.
The couple's first three (of 9) children were born in Ireland: Mary Dougherty (1832) and twins Lavinia and Nancy Dougherty (1837). Mary was my great grandmother.
The family emigrated shortly after the birth of the twins as their fourth child Elizabeth was born circa 1838/9 in the United States. They are thought to have landed in Pennsylvania.
After a short stay in the USA the family continued on to Ontario, Canada where the remaining five children - all boys - were born: Samuel Jr., John, George, William James, and Robert. The boys were born between 1842 and 1855. Samuel died (cholera?) shortly after the birth of the last child.
The family appears in the 1851/2 Canadian Census living in Stamford Twp., Welland County, Ontario. Stamford Township is now part of the popular tourist destination of Niagara Falls, Ontario.
I have not been able to trace back either Samuel's Dougherty family or the McElhattons. It is possible there is some connection between the McElhattons and McLeans but this information comes from family lore only and is not documented. It is also possible the "Swan" name is a connected family.
I would appreciate ANY help to learn more about my Dougherty/McElhatton ancestors.
Welland, Ontario, Canada