I am not sure if your William Doherty is related to my Doherty's but they were all in Lanark County in or near Carleton Place. I have a lot of information that I would not be able to give you in this post. But if you can give me more info I might be able to figure out if this Doherty is related. I noticed that when Nellie Spence first married she married in the Weslyan Methodist Church. My Doherty's also belonged to this church. Also, my great grandfather, Ephraim Doherty and his brother Charles Doherty moved to Missouri so there could be a family connection. Also, you note that their first son was James E. The E could stand for Ephraim which was a common name in my Doherty/Tweedy family. Do you know William's middle name? I have in my tree a William Albert Doherty born 1863 in Lanark, Ont to James Doherty and Cloe Rose. Would love to know if there is a connection.