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The Story of the Doughertys, Compiled by Jean Dougherty, 6/99

Generation No. 3

4. JOHN CHARLES3 KEATING (ELLEN2 DOUGHERTY, MICHAEL1)65,66 was born 187566, and died 195766. He married CHARLOTTE EDNA STILES66. She was born 188166, and died 199766.
Child of J
  i.   MATTHEW EDWARD4 KEATING, b. Private; m. ANNA MARIE GORDON, Private; b. Private.

5. ANNA CATHERINE3 KEATING (ELLEN2 DOUGHERTY, MICHAEL1)67,68 was born 188368, and died 195168. She married (1) EDMUND RICHARD68 Bef. 1913. He was born 187868, and died 191368. She married (2) JOHN RICHARD REIMER69,70 Aft. 1913. He was born 187770, and died 196170.
Child of A
  i.   THEONE4 REIMER, b. Private; m. MR. DILLON, Private; b. Private.

6. DENNIS3 KEATING, JR. (ELLEN2 DOUGHERTY, MICHAEL1)71,72 was born 188773,74, and died 194775,76. He married MARY THERESA ROTH77,78. She was born 188979,80, and died 197380.
Child of D
  i.   DENNIS4 KEATING III, b. Private.

7. EMMA3 KEATING (ELLEN2 DOUGHERTY, MICHAEL1)81,82 was born 189282, and died 197982. She married JOHN A. BANTNER83,84. He was born 189384, and died 195984.

Notes for E
I spoke to Jean Bantner, widow of Carlye Bantner, of Assumption, Ill. in May 1999. Jean told me that Carlyle's parents were Emma and John Bantner. Carlyle's sister, Zelma Bantner Wing, still lives in Assumption. Emma and Dennis Jr. were brother and sister.
Children of E
  i.   CARLYLE4 BANTNER, b. Private; m. JEAN, Private; b. Private.
  ii.   ZELMA BANTNER, b. Private.

8. PATRICK3 DOUGHERTY (PATRICK2, MICHAEL1)85,86 was born Abt. 1879 in Philadelphia, Cass County, IL87,88, and died Bet. 1916 - 192389,90,91. He married ?MARY E. ROHRER91,92 October 26, 1899 in Fulton Co., IL92. She died Unknown.

Notes for P
Patrick's middle initial is G. or D.

Patrick lived in Chicago in 1907 according to his father's obituary.
P. D. lived in Bluffton, IN, in 1916 according to his brother, Joseph's, obituary.
Patrick was a pall bearer at the funeral of his sister-in-law, Martha Stegall Dougherty, May 1917.
Patrick had died before Ruby in 1923 (see below).

Ruby may be Patrick, Jr.'s daughter. I haven't verified it, but he would be about the right age and he was born in Fairview. If Ruby is his daughter, then his wife was Mary E. (Mamie) Rohrer (Roher).

In the Funeral Home Records of Fairview, Fulton County, Illinois, Volume 3, May 24, 1920-Dec. 30, 1933 is the following listing:

age- 23y, 10m, 24d
born- Canton, IL
d. Aug. 8, 1923, Fiatt, IL.
bur. Aug. 10, 1923, Cuba Cem.
Charged to-Floyd TOMPKINS
fa. Patsy DAUGHERTY, b. Fairview, IL.
mo. Mamie ROHER, b. Fiatt, IL.
Gray crepe Octagon Casket W
Motor Hearse & Ser.-$164.00
Ref. Obit. in Book-Mrs. Floyd TOMPKINS & her 2yr. old son, (Meredith) died of diptheria. Mrs. TOMPKINS formerly Miss Ruby DAUGHERTY was a d/o Mrs. Edward UTSINGER of Fiatt, IL. She was born, Sep. 7, 1900. Surv. is her mo. & hus. & one dau. Maxine, about 4 yrs's. old. And 2 step-ch.-Valera & Harold TOMPKINS. Also Surv. is 1-1/2bro.-Harley UTSINGER, Fiatt, IL.-Meredith was 2 yr's. old, Mar. 10. Burial will be in the Fiatt Cem. NOTE-Funeral records shows bur. Cuba Cem. & death certificate shows bur. in Cuba Cem. Also see Vol. 9 Cem. Book of Fulton Co. IL.

In the Marriages of Fulton Co. Ill. - Vol G, Jan. 2, 1898-Dec. 31, 1910:

DOUGHERTY, Patrick married ROHRER, Mary E. Oct. 26, 1899 - Vol. G/Pg. 33, License #270

Kenneth Dougherty said that his uncle Patrick was buried in the old Catholic part of St. Mary's cemetery, Canton, IL, but I could find no record nor tombstone there.

More About P
Cause of Death: Tuberculosis (consumption)93
Fact1: Burial location unknown
Fact2: Extra Gang Foreman on Santa Fe RR in Armandie93
Fact3: 1907, Lived in Chicago, IL94
Fact4: Had children95
Fact5: May 1917, Pall bearer at Martha Stegall Dougherty's funeral96
Fact6: Bet. 1918 - 1923, Died of consumption (tuberculosis)97
Children of P
  i.   DAUGHTER4 DOUGHERTY, b. Private; m. J. H. HARRINGTON, Private; b. Private.
  ii.   ?RUBY DOUGHERTY98, b. September 07, 1900, Canton, IL98; d. August 08, 1923, Fiatt, IL98; m. FLOYD TOMPKINS98; d. Unknown.
Fact1: August 10, 1923, Buried in Cuba, IL, cemetery98
Fact2: August 08, 1923, She and 2 yr. old son died of diptheria98

9. JAMES FRANCIS3 DOUGHERTY (PATRICK2, MICHAEL1)99 was born January 15, 1881 in Philadelphia, Cass, IL100,101, and died December 14, 1961 in Galesburg, Knox, IL102,103. He married (1) MARTHA JANE STEGALL104,105 September 16, 1903 in Canton, Fulton Co., IL106,107,108, daughter of FREMONT STEGALL and HANNAH DUNHAM. She was born September 03, 1884 in Knox Co., IL109,110,111,112, and died May 18, 1917 in Galesburg, Knox, IL113,114,115,116. He married (2) ANNIE THOMAS CLARK117 March 01, 1919 in Burlington, IA118. She was born April 06, 1890 in Versailles, IN118, and died April 23, 1959 in Monmouth, IL119,120.

Notes for J
The following is from a letter to Kenneth R. Dougherty, on letterhead of The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company, Illinois Division, from R. J. Yost, Superintendent:

"December 18, 1961

"Dear Kenneth:

"I was indeed sorry to hear of your Father’s death and extend my sincere sympathy to you and yours. As you know your father and I worked together for many years. He was an excellent trackman and handled rail laying extra gangs for me whenever we had new rail to lay. He had an outstanding ability of doing an excellent job in laying new rail and was always able to accomplish this without interruptions.

"Needless to say I depended upon him a great deal in work of this type as he had the ability to organize his gang so they would work efficiently and obtain desired results.

"Sincerely yours,

Following is the obituary for James Francis Dougherty from The Galesburg Register-Mail, Galesburg, Ill., Dec. 15, 1961:

"CAMERON--James F. Dougherty, 80, a retired Santa Fe Railway foreman and a resident of the Cameron community for more than 40 years, died Thursday evening in the Galesburg State Research Hospital where he had been a patient three months.

"He was born Jan. 15, 1881, at New Philadelphia, McDonough County, and was married to Martha Stegall Sept. 16, 1903. She died in 1917. He was married to Annie Thomas Clark March 1, 1919. She preceded him in death in 1959. Mr. Dougherty retired from the Santa Fe in 1946. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Mary Moloney of Chicago; a son, Kenneth of Lomax; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Velma Vanderwert of Wichita, Kan., and two brothers, John of Des Moines and Mart of Galesburg.

"Funeral arrangements are pending at the Turnbull Funeral Home, Monmouth."

From the Galesburg Register-Mail, Tuesday, December 19, 1961 (copy provided by Mrs. Ottis (Mary Lou) Hesson, Springfield, IL):

Monmouth -- Funeral services for James Francis Dougherty, 80, of Cameron, who died Thursday at Galesburg State Research Hospital were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Turnbull Funeral Home by Rev. Michael Arms, assistant pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Mrs. Marie Gabby played organ selections, Pall bearers were O. C. Efflund, T. L. Morford, Arthur Harison, George Sheldon, Frank Fisher and Bert Johnson; burial was at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Galesburg.

St. Joseph's Cemetery is located on the west edge of Galesburg, IL, on Monmouth Blvd. (Rt. 41). Frank and Martha are buried in Section O. Take a right at the circle and stop at the pine tree. There are two small stones: one for James F. and one for his wife, Martha. They are near the east drive. Larger stones near them are McNamara and McCusker.

More About J
Cause of Death: Coronary occlusion121
Fact1: December 18, 1961, Buried in St. Joseph's cemetery, Galesburg, IL121
Fact2: Known as" Frank"122
Fact3: 1907, Lived in Cuba, IL123
Fact4: 1916, Foreman of Section Gang on Santa Fe Railroad, Smithshire, IL124
Fact5: 1917, Santa Fe Yard Foreman, Galesburg, IL124
Fact6: 1895, Started working for railroad when 14 years old125
Fact7: 1946, Retired from Santa Fe Railroad after more than 50 yrs.125
Medical Information: Due to pulmonary edema and arteriosclerotic heart disease.126

Notes for M
[I have conflicting dates/places of birth for Martha. Obituaries provided by Mary Lou Hesson in September 1999 indicate Martha was born Sep. 3, 1884 in Lawrence, Nebraska. Information provided by Francis Sawyer via the Internet shows Martha was born in April 1886 in Knox Co, IL. Martha's death certificate indicates she was born in Nebraska in 1884. Death certificate information was provided by her husband, J. F. Dougherty. Martha's birth date on her tombstone is 1884.]

      I have always been curious about Martha Stegall. She died relatively young and our branch of the family did not know anything about her. After several "dead ends" in my research of the Stegalls, I had the good fortune to make contact with Francis Sawyer via the Internet. Fran is a descendant of Martha's sister, Cora May Stegall Moore. She has done a great deal of research on the Stegalls and generously provided me with a copy of her work. I wrote the following biography of Martha Stegall based on my research and the information Fran provided:


      Martha Jane Stegall was born about September 3, 1884, most likely in Knox County, Illinois. She was the daughter of Fremont and Hannah Jane Dunham Stegall. Fremont Stegall was a farmer. Fremont and Hannah lived their entire lives in Knox County, IL. Hannah died in 1898 when Martha was about 14 years of age. Martha was the sixth of their eight children. Martha's father married Emma Heudel Laas in August 1900. He married Phebe Dickeson Morss in January 1903.

Martha's siblings:
Cora May Stegall born July 28, 1872 in DeLong, Knox Co., IL; died October 30, 1924 in Chariton, IA
Laura Elnora Stegall born March 5, 1873 in Knox Co., IL; died July 31, 1920 in Earlham, IA
Frank Milton Stegall born April 20, 1875 in Knox Co., IL; died August 8, 1931 in Knox Co, IL
Solomon Mender Stegall born March 17, 1879 in Knox Co., IL; died August 21, 1944 in Earlham, IA
Elizabeth J. Stegall born October 21, 1881 in Knox Co., IL; died July 30, 1955 in Knox Co, IL
Bessie Ellen Stegall born March 11, 1888 in Knox Co., IL; died June 7, 1967 in Abingdon, IL
Charles Martin Segall born February 21, 1892 in Knox Co., IL; died December 20, 1945 in Knox Co, IL

      Martha married James Francis Dougherty on September 16, 1903 in Fulton Co., IL. Martha and Frank had three children: Mary Relief born in 1904, Leo F. born in 1906, and Kenneth Raymond born in 1908. Mary was born in Galesburg, IL. Leo and Kenneth were born in Cuba, IL, when Frank worked for the railroad in that area. Leo died in 1909 when he was nearly three years of age. He is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Canton, IL, near his grandparents, Patrick and Mary Ann Dougherty.

      Martha died May 18, 1917, in Galesburg, IL, leaving two young children, her husband, father, four sisters and three brothers to mourn her passing. In addition to her son, Leo, she was preceded in death by her mother. Her cause of death was septic infection from gall bladder. She was about 32 years of age when she died. Martha is buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Galesburg, IL, next to her husband, Frank.

The following obituaries were provided to me by Mary Lou Hesson, Springfield, Illinois in September 1999:

Galesburg Mail, Galesburg, Illinois, May 19, 1917, p. 2
      Mrs. Martha Stegall Dougherty died at her home, 611 West Second street, last night at 9:50 o’clock after an illness of four weeks. She had suffered from a complication of diseases for the last two years but her condition did not become alarming until a month ago. For the last few days she was confined to her bed.
      Miss Martha Stegall was born in Lawrence, Neb., Sept. 3, 1884. Here she grew to womanhood, and was united in marriage on September 16, 1903 to J. F. Dougherty at Canton, Ill. To this union were born three children, Mary, Kenneth and Leo. Surviving are Mary and Kenneth and the husband of the deceased, together with her father, Fremont Stegall, of this city. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Mrs. Bess Parker of Abingdon; Mrs. Eliza McWilliams, of Avon; Miss Cora Morris of Chanton, Iowa; Mrs. Laura Buck of Baralhau, Ia.; Milton Stegall of Abingdon; Sol Stegall of Earland, Iowa; and Charles Stegall of DeLong, Ill.
      The deceased had lived in Galesburg only since April but had formerly been a resident of this city. Her husband is yard foreman of the Santa Fe at this city. He was previously located at Smithshire, Ill. Mrs. Dougherty recently became a member of the St. Patrick’s church.
      The funeral will be held from the St. Patrick’s church Monday morning at 9 o’clock.

Galesburg Republican Register, May 19, 1917, p.4
      Mrs. Martha Stegall Dougherty who has been a resident of this city since the first of April, passed away at her home, 611 West Second street Friday evening about 9:50 o’clock. Her death was caused by complications of diseases. Mrs. Dougherty had been seriously ill during the past four weeks. She had been in poor health for over two years.
      Martha Stegall was born at Lorance, Neb. September 3, 1884. She was united in marriage to J. F. Dougherty, September 16, 1903 at Canton. To this union was born three children. Mary, thirteen years: Kenneth, nine years, and Leo, deceased.
      Mr. and Mrs. Dougherty lived in this city a little over a year ago. Later they moved to Smithshire, where Mr. Dougherty was employed as foreman of the section gang of the Santa Fe. They came back to this city the first of April. At the present time Mr. Dougherty is foreman of the construction work in the Santa Fe yards.
      Mrs. Dougherty was a patient sufferer. She was a kind mother and was dearly loved by all who knew her. She was a member of St. Patrick’s church, having been taken in recently by Father Baines.
      She is survived by her husband and two children, Mary and Kenneth. She also leaves her father, Fremont Stegall of this city, and four sisters and three brothers: Mrs. Bess Parker of Abingdon, Mrs. Elizabeth McWilliams of Avon, Mrs. Cora Morris of Chariton, Iowa, and Mrs. Laura Buck of Earliham, Iowa, and Milt Stegall of Abingdon, Sol and Charles of Delong.

Galesburg Republican Register, May 21, 1917, p. 9
      The funeral services of Mrs. Martha Stegall Dougherty were held from St. Patrick's Church this morning at 9 o’clock. The Rev. Father Baines was in charge. Requiem Mass was held over the body.
      The pall bearers were Sam Camper, Milt Stegall, Charles Stegall, John Dougherty, Pat Dougherty and Mark Dougherty. The interment was made in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.


The following history of Martha Stegall’s family was provided to me via email by Francis Sawyer ( in July-August 1999:

1.Pedigree chart from the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. reads;
1William Steggall
2 William Steggall (Jr) born 1609 Eng
3 Moses Stegall born 1660 VA
4 George Steagall Sr Born 1700 Kent Co, VA, M Mary Bottom
5 George Steagall Jr Born 1725 Henrico Co, VA M Agnes Bottom
(I added the following pedigree information):
6 John Stegall Born 1758 Brunswick Co, VA, M Susannah Short
7 Frederick Stegall Born 1788 Mecklenburg, VA, M Susannah Sarah Warren
8 Solomon Stegall Born 1812 Pike Co, OH, M Elizabeth Pool
9 Fremont Stegall Born 1850 Knox Co, IL, M Hannah Jane Dunham
10 Martha Stegall Born 1886 Knox Co, IL, M James Francis Dougherty

The first Steggall to come to America was William Steggall, single, 26 years old, who came from England in a sailing boat called Plaine Joane, out of London, 15 years after the Mayflower, 15 May 1635. We have no record of the marriage but in the nestery book of St. Peters Episcopal Church, New Kent and James County, VA, we find the grandchildren and children entered, beginning , "Samuel Steggall, son of Samuel, by Jane his wife, was baptized March 26, 1699". The Father Samuel could only be a son of William.

From E-mail message from Charles B Stegall ( Moses Stegall died Aug 19 1721. Fact is contained in the St Peter's Parish Church Registry. His burial was listed as "charge to Robert Wingfield". Robert Wingfield's father Thomas Wingfield was married to a Mary Stegall who was born about 1670, which fact is assumed because of Robert's birth date which is also about 1670. Mary died Jan 31, 1713/14 in New Kent Co, VA. Her husband Thomas Wingfield died eight months before. Source: Genealogies of VA Families, Vol 5, p 838.

GEORGE STEAGALL SR (Gave aid to the American Revolution)
Came to Amelia Co, VA, 1735 on a Royal land Grant. Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine 6 Oct 1924 , pgs 106-115, listed George Steagall Jr, has given aid to the American Revolution. Sold his land in 1760, in Amilia Co, VA, to Daniel Jones. Conveyed 400 acres to George Steagall, Jr, on 25 Oct 1751. (Source: Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of VA Land Patents and Grants. VA Genealogical Society, Vol 4 1732-1741, pg 101 patent Book 17.) George Steagall and Mary, his wife, by their deed of 8 July, 1760, sold to Daniel Jones 200 acres in the fork of West Creek and Buckskin Creek, in Amelia Co, VA. The said Mary cannot conveniently travel to our county court to make acknowledgement of our deed. You are therefore authorized to go to Mary to receive her acknowledgement. Signed 5 Oct in the year of our reign--Thomas G Peachy, Brunswick Co, VA. Mary relinquished her right of dower to the conveyed lands. Certified 15 Aug 1767, by William Thornton and Jno Jones. Recorded 27 Aug 1767. Birth source, VA Genealogical Society. Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of VA Land Patents and Grants, Vol IV 1732-1741, pg 101 Patent Book # 17. 10 Jan 1735-36 to 16 June 1738.


JOHN STEGALL (Served in Revolutionary War)
1777 drafted Rev War, Lunenburg Co, VA, Mason's Reg, Capt Blackwell and Capt Joseph Winn: moved to Mecklenburg and Rockingham Co. NC. Pension App Rockingham Co, NC 1832, declaration widow Stokes Co, NC 27 Feb 1839
TRANSCRIPT OF REV WAR RECORD- CASE NO W4876 First record relates to the pension received by Susannah Stegall, widow of John Stegall.
3158- North Carolina. Susannah Stegall, widow of John Stegall, Decd: who was a pensioner under the act of 7 June, 1832 and who died on 8 April, 1838 of Stokes Co in the state of NC who was a private in the Co commanded by Capt Blackwell of the Regt commanded by Col Mason in the Va line for one year inscribed on the Roll of NC at the rate of $40.00 per annum to commence of the 9th April 1838--Certificate of Pension issued the 10th day of June 1839 and sent to Hon A H Shepperd, Wentworth, NC. Arrears to the 4th of March 1839, $36.12. Semi-annual allowance ending 4 Sept $20.00. Total $56.12. Act July 7, 1838. Recorded by A M Stewart-Clerk Book A Vol 2 Page 189.
Susannah Short Stegall or Steagall, wife of John, lived to be 112 years old.

FREDERICK STEGALL (Served in War of 1812)
From the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and Knox County FREDERICK STEGALL AND FAMILY
      Frederick and Sarah Warren Stegall came to IL and settled in the Fall of 1836 in Knox County. There were seven children in the family and they came to IL from Pike County, OH. Frederick had been a soldier in the War of 1812. The Stegall's first settled near Cherry Grove and later moved to Abingdon. Later Frederick and Sarah moved to Henderson-- where Frederick died in Sept of 1869 at the age of 81. Sarah died several years later at the age of 87.
The National Archives Bounty Land Files Act of 55(?) - 120 wt 43797 Veteran Frederick Stegall 1812 Grade Private Service Capt Munn----Col Cosgrove-----Ohio Mil Can no 597 Bundle no 14
********* No32537 Treasury Dept
Third Auditor's Office
      Feb 24 1852
      Frederick Stegall, a Private in Captain William Munn's Co, Ohio Militia, entered the Service 16 Feb 1814 for six months and served to 16 April 1814, the expiration of the service. His name does not appear on the rolls of Lt James Kruisen's Co, Ohio Militia. Capt Wm Kilgore died at Putin Bay 14 Apr 1814. The co was then commanded by LT James Kruisen co in service from 16 Feb 1814 for 6 months to 16 Aug 1814. The name of Owen Reeves as LT Commanding A Co Ohio militia is not on file in the Office.
R F Gallaher

Obituaries---- Knox Co, Galesburg Il, Newspapers 1898--1901
SOLOMON STEGALL-- Solomon, born Sept 3 1812, in Pike Co, OH, died of old age at his home near DeLong Thursday morning, Feb 9, 1899, aged 86 years, 5 months, 6 days. He came to this county 1833 or 1834 and soon after moved here. Jan 16, 1845, married Elizabeth Pool. They celebrated their 54th wedding Jan 26, 1899. The last 45 years resided on their farm. Father of nine children, three of whom preceded him. The others are the aged wife, all his children were present at the funeral, which held Haynes Chapel, Rev C G Kindred of Abingdon officated. His son, Leonard, IA was not present. He left a few days before his father's death after having made a visit. Feb 17, 1899, DeLong, IL
In 1853 the Cedar TWP organization was "perfected." The first township election was held in Louisville. Solomon Stegall was elected Constable. "Annals of Knox County." Commemorating Centennial of Admission of Illinois as a State of the Union in 1818. From the chapter entitled "Townships: Cedar Township" by Mrs A I Sargent pages 34-60.

The Abingdon Kodak, Tues June21, 1927, page 2
Funeral Services at Haynes Chapel, in charge of Rev J L Connolly
      The funeral services for Fremont Stegall were held from Haynes Chapel Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, in charge of Rev J L Connolly, pastor of the Congregational Church in Abingdon.
      The floral offerings were in charge of Louise Parker, Edna McWilliams, Jessie Hovel, Elizabeth Stegall. The casket bearers were Sam McWilliams, Rollin Stegall, Everett Stegall, Kenneth Daugherty, Albert Stegall, Lloyd Clark. Interment was in the Haynes Cemetery.     
      Fremont Stegall was born in Knox Co, IL, Sept 9, 1851, and passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs James Parker, Friday June 17, 1927, at the age of 76 years, 8 months and 29 days. He has been in failing health for two years, and bedfast for ten months. Mrs Parker has cared for him for the past five years.
      He was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Jane Dunham on July 17, 1870, at Knoxville, who preceded him in death on Aug 30, 1898. To this union were born eight children. Three preceded him in death, Cora Moore, of Chariton, IA; Laura Buck of Earlham, IA; and Martha Daugherty, of Galesburg.
The living children are Elizabeth McWilliams and Bessie Parker, Milton and Charlie Stegall, of Abingdon; and Solomon Stegall, of Earlham, IA. He has two sisters and two brothers, Mrs Martha McCoy of DeLong; Mrs Mary Belle Fulmer, of NY; Asbury Stegall of Knoxville, and Leonard Stegall of Colorado. He is also survived by twenty four grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.
      In 1902 he was united in marriage to Mrs Phoebe Morris, who preceded him in death in Feb 1912. His earlier life was spent in farming, from which he retired in later years.

[NOTE: Fremont Stegall also married Emma Heudel Laas August 26, 1900 in Knox County Illinois.]

More About M
Cause of Death: Septic infection from gall bladder and exhaustion127
Fact1: May 21, 1917, Buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, Galesburg, IL127
Fact2: Member of St. Patrick's Church128

Notes for A
Annie had one daughter by a former marriage, Mrs. Velma Vanderwert of Wichita, Kansas (from obituary of James F. Dougherty, Dec. 15, 1961).

Children of J
  i.   MARY RELIEF4 DOUGHERTY129, b. May 04, 1904, Galesburg, IL130,131; d. May 23, 1986, Palos Park, IL132,133; m. ERNEST DANIEL MOLONEY134,135, January 05, 1925, Waukegan, IL135; b. February 25, 1903, Galesburg, IL135; d. January 15, 1967, Chicago, Cook, IL135.
Her confirmation name was Patricia. Her middle name may be spelled Relieth. She died in Palos Hospital, Palos Park, Illinois.     

Fact1: May 27, 1986, Buried in St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park, IL136

  ii.   LEO F. DOUGHERTY137, b. August 04, 1906, Cuba, IL138,139,140; d. May 29, 1909141.
  Notes for LEO F. DOUGHERTY:
Death date on tombstone appears to be May 23, 1909. Death date on prayer card is May 29, 1909. Leo is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Canton, IL, near his grandparents, Patrick and Mary Ann Dougherty.

  More About LEO F. DOUGHERTY:
Fact1: May 1909, Buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Canton, IL near Patrick & Mary Ann Dougherty142

  iii.   KENNETH RAYMOND DOUGHERTY143, b. June 26, 1908, Cuba, IL143; d. March 10, 1998, Marionville, MO144; m. ERMA ROZETTA CURRY145, June 28, 1927, Wenona, IL146; b. June 04, 1909, Auburn, CA147; d. January 23, 1985, Burlington, IA148.
Kenneth's nickname was "Kenny". Almost everyone called him Kenny except his sister, Mary. She always called him Kenneth.

The Doughertys were written about in The Hawk-Eye newspaper, Burlington, Iowa, February 26, 1962:


"LOMAX, Ill. -- While discussing Project Mercury at the Lomax postoffice recently, Kenneth Dougherty, Santa Fe operator, said the space flight prevented him from having eggs that day, according to Mrs. E. T. Carlson.

"Mrs. Carlson said Dougherty's wife became so engrossed in the television account of the flight that she forgot about the eggs she was boiling in the kitchen. They boiled dry, then blew up all over the kitchen, burned a hole in the pan and the pan fell off the stove onto the rug and burned a hole in the rug."

The following article is from the Henderson County Quill, Stronghurst, Illinois, December 1973:


"K. R. Dougherty local freight agent here retires at the close of work December 14, 1973 after 47 years of service.

"Mr. Dougherty started work as a operator at Decorra, Ill., March 10, 1925. He worked on the extra list until coming to Decorra in Sept. of that year. In April 1927, he was forced to move near Joliet. He met Erma Curry and they were married June 28, 1927.

"They moved back to Stronghurst in July 1931 and remained here until 1939 when they moved near Toluca then returned to Lomax September 1941 where they now reside.

"They plan to spend Christmas in New Jersey with the grandchildren and then return and travel west to Arizona and California."

The following teletype message was sent to Ken by Mr. Rose, The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, Topeka, Kansas:

"TOPEKA 406PM DEC 13 1973




The following is from the retirement certificate presented to Kenneth Dougherty:

"Santa Fe Certificate of Honor

"Presented to Kenneth R. Dougherty upon retirement and in recognition of 46 years of faithful service in the employ of The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway System

"(signed) J. R. Jones, Chairman, System Retirement Bureau
"(signed) John S. Reed, President
"December 14, 1973"

Following is the obituary for Kenneth Raymond Dougherty (from the Hawkeye, Burlington, Iowa) :

"Mr. Kenneth R. Dougherty, age 89, of Marionville, Missouri, formerly of Lomax, Illinois, died Tuesday, March 10, 1998 at 9:50 P.M. at the Ozark Methodist Manor in Marionville.

"He was born June 26, 1908 in Cuba, Illinois, the son of James Francis (Frank) and Martha Stegall Dougherty. On June 28, 1927 he married Erma Curry in Wenona, Illinois. She died January 23, 1965.

"Mr. And Mrs. Dougherty moved frequently during the early years of their marriage. They moved to Lomax in 1941 where Mr. Dougherty lived until 1994. He was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad for 46 years until his retirement in 1972.

"Mr. Dougherty came from a family of railroaders. He started working for the railroad when he was 16 years old. He was the Santa Fe station agent in Lomax for 25 years. When the Lomax station closed, he transferred to Stronghurst until he retired in 1972.

"Mr. Dougherty was active in the Lomax Senior Citizens. He moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1994, and later moved to Marionville, Missouri, where he resided until his death.

"He is survived by one son, Lynn Dougherty of Kimberling City, Missouri, 3 grandchildren, Shawn Dougherty of Shreveport, Louisiana, Colleen Borgers of Palmyra, New Jersey, and Erin Dougherty of Cinnaminson, New Jersey, 2 great-grandchildren, Krista and Ryan Dougherty of Shreveport, La., and 5 nieces. He was preceded in death by his wife, Erma, one son, Donald, one sister, Mary Moloney, and one brother, Leo who died in infancy.

"Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, March 14, 1998, at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst, Illinois, with Rev. Marian Stone officiating. Burial will be in the Stronghurst Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lomax Ambulance Service or the Lomax Senior Citizens."

The following eulogy was written by Kenneth's son, Lynn, and daughter-in-law, Jean:

"Known as "Kenny" to his friends, Kenneth Raymond Dougherty was a simple man--a kind and gentle man.
"His mother died when he was 10 years old. He had a ninth grade education. He quit school when he was 16 to work for the railroad, along side his father and uncles. He married Erma when he was 19.
"He lived through the Great Depression. He told of taking jobs doing gardening, or any job he could get, to support his family. That period greatly influenced his life. Ken became a fiercely independent man who valued financial security.

"Ken’s career with the Santa Fe railroad spanned almost 50 years and gave him and his family the opportunity to travel extensively across this country.

"In their early marriage, Ken and Erma moved frequently. They lived in places such as Leeds and Chillicothe on the Santa Fe line. During one period, when Don was young, they lived in a bunk car with no electricity or running water. Don used to tell of waking up and finding a pan of water had frozen overnight.

"Ken was a self-educated man. He taught himself to type. He could type messages on the teletype faster with 2 fingers than most people could who used all 10!

"Ken’s Irish heritage was very evident in his tastes and interests. He was a "meat and potatoes" kind of guy. He liked to sing, harmonize, and whistle a tune. He could also pick out a tune on the ukelele. He passed his love of music on to his sons and grandchildren.

"He also loved to dance. In their younger days, he and Erma belonged to a square dance club. Anyone who ever watched him and Erma dance together, saw the joy it gave him.

"Ken’s hobbies were fishing, watching sports (boxing, in particular), playing cards, and shooting pool. Even though he was susceptible to motion sickness, he endured many boat rides with Lynn just to go fishing. He didn’t care if he caught anything. He just loved to fish. He used to get off work at midnight and go to Carthage Lake and fish all night. Erma would be so worried--and then she would get so mad at him because she didn’t know if he had fallen in the lake or not. Occasionally, he would bring home a nice stringer of fish.

"He liked to talk politics. Although he was a "die-hard" democrat, he swore he was an independent. It was common to get into heated and lengthy political discussions at the dinner table.

"Ken always had a friendly hello for everyone he met and had a keen sense of humor. When Lynn was in high school, Lynn and Don Bowen were driving around Lomax in Don’s car. They drove up alongside Ken, who had pulled over on the side of the road. Lynn and Don teasingly yelled out the window to him, "What have you got under the hood of that thing?" To their utter disbelief, Ken stomped on the gas, spun gravel, and left them sitting in the dust!

"Ken was a modest man who avoided the limelight and always put other people’s needs ahead of his own. He was proud of his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments. He was always supportive of his family and friends. When he visited his kids, he always took his "work clothes" along—to help on the latest project. He enjoyed helping out at the Lomax Senior Center. He swept floors, did dishes, or whatever needed to be done.

"Ken was devoted to his family and his wife of over 50 years. When Erma was ill, he was always at her side.

"From humble beginnings, Ken built a successful life for himself, his wife, and their 2 sons. A man of his word, "Kenny" was a model of honesty, integrity, loyalty, and hard work. That is his legacy."

Cause of Death: Vascular collapse149
Fact1: March 1998, Buried in Stronghurst, Illinois, cemetery in Curry family plot150
Fact2: 1924, Started working on railroad when he was 16 years old151
Fact3: Worked for the Santa Fe Railroad 46 years151
Fact4: 1972, Retired from Santa Fe Railroad151

Following is the obituary for Erma (Curry) Dougherty:

"Mrs. Erma Dougherty, 75, died in Burlington Medical Center at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, January 23 (1985).

"She was born at Auburn, California, June 4, 1909, to Nathaniel and Jessie McIntyre Curry. She married Kenneth R. Dougherty at Wenona, Ill., June 28, 1927.

"Mrs. Dougherty lived at Stronghurst before settling at Lomax 44 years ago. She was a member of the Lomax Christian Church.

"Surviving: Her husband; two sons, Donald, Hammonton, N. J., and Lynn, Crystal Lake; three grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

"Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst. Rev. Richard Boyd officiated with burial in the Stronghurst Cemetery. A memorial for the Lomax Ambulance Service has been established."

Fact1: January 1985, Buried in Stronghurst, Illinois, cemetery in Curry family plot

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