this is a wonderful suprise!!
I am actually in grad school in Wash DC...
When you're in the Reston area, I'd like
to get together with you and trade some
more info. You have obviously done
a lot of research yourself.
My email address is:firstname.lastname@example.org
my address is:
401 Michigan Ave, NE
Wash DC 20017
I have copies of the 1860 census
from Blakely Township, which encompassed
Archbald proper at that time. According
to it William Dougher was 45 years old
and listed as a Day Laborer. He was
married to Bridget who was 40 years old
and they had three children: Thomas 15
years old, Julia 8 years old, and
Michael 2 years old. According to the
census report, both William and Bridget
were born in Ireland. No date of
immigration is given though.
As an aside: I was only able to find
one Dougher reference in the Carbondale/
Blakely area in 1840. His name was Thomas
and he was a miner. The report only
lists him specifically and indicates
that there are four members of the household.
One male between 20 and 30 years old. One
female between 20 and 30 years old. One
female between 10 and 15. And one female
under 5 years old.
From my research this summer, there are
a couple of invalualbe places for info:
the Carbondale Library which has Carbondale
newspapers on microfilm from the mid 1850s.
They also have an Archbald paper, the Archbald
Citizen on microfilm from 1898 ? till the
1920s. There's a wealth of info in
there is you know the specific dates you're
Also the Scranton Public Library, downtown,
has all the census reports for the area
And the Mormons have a place in Clarks
Summit with even more microfilm.
St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church
in Carbondale has all of the early church
records available. St. Thomas Aquinas
Church in Archbald has a good deal of
record starting around 1863 although
some were destroyed for whatever reason.
Also another helpful research tool
was a book put out in 1976 celebrating
Archbald's centenial. It's a wealth
of knowledge of the local history and
gives a list of the early pioneers of
Archbald on page 37. According to it
Thomas Dougher came in 1846 as one
of the first settlers. Anthony, Frank
John, Martin, and Patrick Dougher all
came a year later in 1847. Also in the
book on page 36 is a map of Archbald Boro
(Blakely Township) from 1873. I have
found Patrick Dougher's residence listed
around the corner of Pike St. and Cherry
My conjecture is that they were all
brothers, born relatively close
to each other, and according to the
census material, living mostly next
to each other (1850 and 1860 census).
In the 1850 census, you have to look
closely for the family. First, Archbald
was still part of Blakely Township.
But more so, the census taker mispelled
the name. For John Dougher, it's spelled
John "Ougher" or "Dugher...can't quite tell.
For the others it's spelled "Daker" or
"Doker" or "Doher" Again it's hard to
read the handwriting.
Assuming that they were all brothers, in
the 1860 census Martin Dougher and his
wife, Bridget, are living with a 66
year old woman listed as Elizabeth ".
I assume that is Martin's mother and
noth Bridget's since the last name
is still listed as Dougher. ???
From William and Bridget, again, I have
Thomas, Julia, and Michael. I assume
you descend from Michael (and Mary
McNulty) and one of their 10 children??
Michae's brother, Thomas, was born around
1845/48 and married Ann ? I believe
they lived on Wayne Street in Archbald
and had four children:
William (b. oct 1871)
Julia L. (b. 1878 or 1884 and d. 3/26/1965)
she was a nurse in WWI and is burried in the
St. Thomas Cemetery.
Edward (b. april 1880) - had three children:
Fredrick, Eward, and Catherine.
Harry (b. 1885 d. 1/21/1927) married Margaret
Connor and had 8 children: Mary Margaret,
Thomas, Joseph, Paul (married Dorothy O'Connor),
Rita Loretta, Rose Mary, Ann Teresa, Joan Loretta.
Paul Dorothy O'Connor's daughter Dorothy Dougher Jones
live down the street from my parents on Poplar St.
I've been trying to piece together other
pieces of the Dougher family in Archbald
from family stories, local neighbors,
grave markings, census reports, etc. It
gets hard though because the Dougher
family from #5 Hill is quite large and
the names start repeating!
Any way....write some more. Again I nor
my father know where or when the Doughers
came in to the USA or where exactly
they came from in Mayo or Sligo. I've
only seen a few instances on the Web
of Dougher's and I think it was in
a listing someone did of the castle
you mentioned. I have a friend who
has 2nd cousins still in Mayo and
he asked them if there were any
Doughers left there and they said
yes...around Crossmolina, 10-15 miles
west of Ballina.
Also, have you come across other
spellings (ie Doher or Dooher). It
seems fairly consistent here in
the Carbondale and Blakely censuses
that it was spelled Dougher, however
there was one census where they spelled
it Doher (maybe phonetically).
How do you pronounce it also?? DO-ER
(Dewar) or DOW-ER. There's a piece
of my family in NJ that's been removed
from the area and they began pronouncing
Anyway, keep in touch!!!
and let me know when you'll be in the
Wash DC area.