Joseph Rochester Doty

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About Joseph Rochester Doty

Joseph Doty, son of Edward and Faith Clarke-Doty was born at Plymouth, Massachusetts, April 30, 1651. His birth being entered on the colony records. At the death of his father, he was but four years of age. He probably lived with his mother at Plymouth, up to the time of her marriage to John Phillips in 1667. The colony records show that in 1672, and it is probable that he did not remove with her mother and sisters to Mansfield. He was about sixteen years of age at this time, and living with his brother, John Doty. So he soon began to work for himself.

He was married first to Elizabeth Warren, who was born on September 5, 1654, the daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah Walker-Warren. She died at Sandwich, Massachusetts in 1679.

He married again, at Sandwich in 1680, to Deborah Hatch, who was born at Scituate, Massachusetts in 1662, the daughter of Walter and Elizabeth Holbrook-Hatch.

She died at Rochester, Massachusetts on June 21, 1711.

He married again at Rochester on March 9, 1712, to Sarah Edwards.

The Colony records show Joseph Doty to be a very large land owner. He was a surveyor as well as a farmer and his services were greatly in demand to layout farms and roads, and to establish boundry lines, both public and private.

In 1697, Mr. Doty laid out the main roads of the towns of Rochester and Wareham, Massachusetts.

In 1698, he was elected treasurer of the town of Rochester and re-elected in 1700.

The descendants of Joseph Doty are found in almost every state in the United States at this time.

Joseph Doty's name before he left Plymouth, Massachusetts, is written on the records there as "Doten".

The name, in no case appears in that way after he left Plymouth, Massachusetts. While he lived at Sandwich and Rochester, it was written Doty or Dotey. For a few years during the next generation, some members of his family were known as Dotey and Douty. But since that there is little spelling other than Doty among the entire family of the Rochester branch.

Wherever any of this branch have gone they have been noted for their intelligence, their enterprise and their public spirit. Almost every man of this branch, living at the time of the Revolutionary War fought on the side of the Colonies. Many of their descendants have been men of influence in their communities and many have held honorable positions in public life. Rochester has been the birth-place of many noble men and women. But no people does more credit to its native town than the stalwart and patriotic descendants of Joseph Doty.

The date of his death is not upon the records, but occurred about the year 1732 or 3.


When the father was unknown, it was customary for midwives at the time of chilfbirth to get the mother in her weakness to disclose the name of the father. Efforts were made to get the father to marry the mother, and this was not just a matter of morals, but also of economics, so as to prevent the mother and child from becoming public charges. Such a marriage did not alwaystake place, though, as when Elizabeth Warren, a granddaughter of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren, accused Joseph Doty, a son of Mayflower passenger Edward Doty, of fathering her child.Doty put up a bond of 80 pounds on 27 October 1674 to ensure his answering the charges, but no more appears about it in the records; however, Doty was apparently married at the time, and Elizabeth Warren later married William Green. Doty married Deborah Ellis, whose parents, Lt. John Ellis and Elizabeth Freeman, daughter of Sandwich's leading citizen, Edmond Freeman, are mentioned above as being fined themselves for fornication before marriage.

Joseph Doty. Born on 30 Apr 1651 in Plymouth, MA.3 Joseph died ca 1732 in Rochester, MA.213

(Joseph did not marry Elizabeth Warren; Elizabeth married WIlliam Green about 1683.213)

ca 1674 Joseph first married Deborah Ellis (13540) , daughter of Lieut. John Ellis (-bef 23 Mar 1676/7) & Elizabeth Freeman (4644) (ca 1624-aft 24 Jun 1692).24 Born ca 1652 in Sandwich, MA.280 Deborah died on 21 Jun 1711 in Rochester, MA.277

Their children include:

i. Theophilus Doty (22 Feb 1674-18 Jan 1746)

   	        ii. 	Ellis Doty (16 Apr 1677-aft Mar 1728/9)

iii. Elizabeth Doty (ca 1680-)

iv. Joseph Doty (31 Mar 1683-aft 18 Jun 1749)

v. Deborah Doty (31 Mar 1685-13 Jan 1781)

vi. John Doty (1 Mar 1688-aft 1749)

vii. Mercy Doty (12 Jan 1691-)

viii. Faith Doty (18 Jan 1696-18 May 1770)

ix. Mary Doty (28 Jul 1699-aft 11 Oct 1761)

On 5 Mar 1711/2 when Joseph was 60, he second married Sarah Woodin, daughter of John Woodin (-29 May 1678) & Mary Johnson (-12 Feb 1680/1), in Rochester, MA.277 Born on 31 Jan 1657 in Salisbury, MA.24 Sarah died aft 18 Sep 1734.213

Sarah, widow of John Edwards.

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Joseph Rochester Doty's Timeline

April 30, 1651
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
Age 21
February 22, 1674
Age 22
Sandwich, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
February 22, 1674
Age 22
Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
April 16, 1677
Age 25
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
April 16, 1677
Age 25
Sandwich, Massachusetts, United States
Age 26
Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 26
Sandwich, Barnstable, MA, USA
Age 28
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
March 30, 1683
Age 31