Samuel Doty Sr

Samuel Doty Sr (1644 - 1715)

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Captain Samuel Doty Sr
Born in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts,map
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Husband of — married in Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jerseymap
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Died in Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jerseymap
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Samuel Doty, the son of Mayflower passenger Edward Doty and his wife Faith Clarke Doty, was born at Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts about 1642 to 1644.[1] Samuel was christened in 1701 in the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Piscataway, NJ.

Samuel removed from Plymouth to Eastham in Massachusettes Colony before July 16, 1668. After October 29, 1669, he moved to Piscataway, New Jersey. He was a lieutenant in the Piscataway militia and a member of the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Piscataway. [2]

Samuel Doty died in October 1715 at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey, now USA[3]

Burial: Date: OCT 1715[4]

-------- The Doty-Doten Family in America. Ethan Allen Doty, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1897:

On 10 July 1668, Samuel Doty sold land in Dartmouth that he had inherited from his father to Benajah Durham for a sum of eight English pounds. He last appears in Plymouth records on 29 Oct. 1669. A vessel was cast ashore on Cape Cod and a controversy arose between Thomas More, owner of the cargo, and Samuel Doty and others of Eastham who salvaged the shipwreck. The dispute was settled in court.

In 1670, Samuel left for Piscataway, New Jersey, where he became one of its first settlers.

In 1675, Samuel was commissioned a lieutenant in the Military Company of New Piscataway under Captain Francis Drake. His commission was renewed in 1678.

Samuel married Jane Harmon in 1678, purchased hundreds of acres of land in Piscataway in the period 1678-1696, and built a home there. Samuel was a founding member of the Seventh Day Baptist church of Piscataway. The first record of its members made in 1707 lists both Samuel and his son John.

To quote Ethan Allen Doty, in "The Doty-Doten Family":

"He was the ancestor of the very large and influential branch of the Doty family, who, from the State of New Jersey, have gone forth as pioneers to the West and the South.

"Samuel Doty may possibly have spent some of his early days on the sea as several of his brothers did, but it is probably that he generally found his occupation on the land, and that he was on Cape Cod, as he certainly was in New Jersey, a farmer. There is nothing to indicate that he had another occupation. It will be noted that his marriage was late in life, he being, if the date of his birth be correctly given, thirty-five years of age, and yet there is no indication of earlier marriage, and certainly not of any other issue. He lived to a greater age than his father or his elder brothers; it is probably that the warmer and more congenial climate of New Jersey conduced to this, for his posterity have been noted for longevity.

"It is evident from the record that he was intelligent, industrious and thrifty, a man of ability and authority, as appears by his selection as Lieutenant of the military company soon after his arrival at Piscataway, and yet of blameless life, an affectionate husband and father, and a consistent member of the church. The sterling character of his children, and their uniformly unright and Christian lives, show good training on the part of their parents; and that patriotism was one of the virtues inculcated as evident by the services of his immediate descendants in the Indian Wars of 1756 and the Revolution."

Samuel's will is dated September 18, 1715 in Piscataway, New Jersey.

In Bernard Township, Somerset County, names Doughty and Doty were said to have been pronounced Dowty (vol. v, #3. July 1916, Somerset County Historical Quarterly). Two children died in New Jersey and are not listed. He and Jane Harmon had 13 children and he used the Doughty spelling more than the other form.

Merging Notes

From duplicate profiles 5/10/2015

Birth Info: Plymouth, High Cliffe, Mass. He must have been of age when he served on a coroner's jury on 5 March 1667. Ref: Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Vol 11, Part 2, pg 6 and 7;

Death Info: Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey. Dates of signing and proving his will -- dated 18 Sep 1715 proven 9 November 1715. Ref: Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Vol 11, Part II, pg 6


He was the ancestor to a very large and influential branch of the family, who from the state of New Jersey, have gone forth as pioneers to the west and south. He is first mentioned on the records of Plymouth, January 1, 1667/8 as one of coroner's jury in an inquest on a child kept by John Smalley, Sr., of Eastham, on Cape Cod, which had been found dead in the woods. His name was written Samuel Doten. In the same year, 1668, July 16th, it is recorded that Samuel Dotey of Eastham in the Government of New Plymouth, in New England, conveys to Benajah Dunham of said town of Eastham for the consideration of 8 lbs., "All his upland and medow land in the township of Dartmouth in the Government of New Plymouth, in which was granted to said Samuel Dotey, as divided by the will of his father, Edward Dotey, deceased, and said Dartmouth commonly known as Coaksett."

He last appears in Plymouth records on 29 Oct 1669, when a dispute between Thomas More, Samuell Doty and others was settled in Court. Samuel Doughten first appears in Piscataway NJ on 15 July 1675, when he was made Lieutenant of the Piscataway Militia company.
No known document conclusively proves Samuel Doty of Piscataway NJ to be the son of Edward Doty of the Mayflower, but it is highly probable. The known events involving Samuel Doty in Plymouth and in Piscataway can easily be ascribed to the same man. The name Samuel Doty was unusual , there was no other person of that name in either colony - or any other - with whom he could have been confused.
Samuel Doty of Piscataway NJ m Jane Harmon on 13 November 1678. Jane's youngest child was b after 1704 therefore she was probably born ca 1660. She may have been the Jane Harmon who was born ca 1661 in Saco ME, dau of James and Sarah (Clark) Harmon. She was living on 18 October 1717 when she was named in the will of her son Edward.
All of Samuels children were recorded in Piscataway NJ Vital Records with the exception of Nathaniel. Nathaniel is included solely because he was identified as a member of the family in the memoir of Miss Susan Doughty, a granddaughter of Samuel who d in 1825. No records, other than birth records, for Sarah and Margaret exists. They are presumed to have died young. Doty genealogy includes a John Doty as a son of Samuel and Jane. The Susan Doughty memoir names John Doty but it does not show his connection to the rest of the family. In addition, the memoir of Azariah Doty identifies John Doty as his ancestor and recounts family tradition of his arrival in America from England. If true, this would almost certainly exclude him as a descendant of Edward Doty of the Mayflower.
Samuel died sometime between 18 September and 9 November 1715, Piscataway, NJ. His will was filed in Trenton New Jersey. Names his wife Jane and son Samuel.
He was affiliated with the 7th Day Baptist Church.


Spouse's Name: Jane Hennon
15 Nov 1678 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey[5]


Evergreen Cemetery, New Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey

Find A Grave Memorial# 175956807]


  1. Great Migration Begins p.573-5
  2. Ethan Allen Doty, The Doty-Doten Family in America (Brooklyn, New York, 1897, pp. 276-83.
  3. Citation? Profile by Matthew Gallop
  4. Citation? Profile by Matthew Gallop
  5. "New Jersey, Marriages, 1678-1985," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 3 September 2015), Samuel Doty and Jane Hennon, 15 Nov 1678; citing 974.941 D2M PT 1,2

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On 12 Sep 2018 at 16:15 GMT Linda Williamson wrote:

Where is the reference to membership in the Piscataway Seventh Day Baptist Church found? I found a list of 12 of the 18 and he was not included--but that left 6 more?

On 29 Oct 2015 at 17:22 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:

Am planning to organize this profile a bit (chronologically, per Style Guide). Also would like to paraphrase and cite some of the longer quotes.

Is everyone OK with that idea?

On 10 May 2015 at 09:35 GMT Tim Blosser wrote:

Doty-1401 and Doty-33 appear to represent the same person because: They are the same person.

On 10 May 2015 at 09:34 GMT Tim Blosser wrote:

Doty-1401 and Doty-1333 do not represent the same person because: They are the same person, but Doty-1401 and Doty-1333 should both be merged into Doty-33.

On 28 Apr 2015 at 15:53 GMT Tim Blosser wrote:

Doty-1333 and Doty-1401 appear to represent the same person because: They are the same person.

On 21 Mar 2015 at 19:59 GMT Chase Ashley wrote:

This profile should be merged into Doty-33.

On 14 Apr 2014 at 04:33 GMT Patricia (Sparkman) Thomas wrote:

Doty-892 and Doty-33 appear to represent the same person because: Hi,

I would like to propose a merge between Your Samuel Doty (Doty-892) and the same Samuel Doty (Doty-33)

On 6 Oct 2013 at 00:56 GMT Toby Rockwell wrote:

This profile has been identified as a duplicate by an Arborist. Please review the proposed merge - bottom of the profile on the left. If they are duplicates please approve the merge. If you have questions or would like assistance please ask an Arborist. Thank you.

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