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Joseph D. Doty

Birthplace: Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
Death: Died in Rochester, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Doty, "Mayflower" Passenger and Faith Phillips
Husband of Elizabeth Greene; Deborah Doty and Sarah Doty-edwards
Father of Ellis Doty; Elizabeth Lewis; Joseph Doty, Jr.; Deborah Landers; John Doty and 6 others
Brother of Edward Doty, II; John Doty; Thomas Doty; Capt. Samuel Doty, of Piscataway; Elizabeth Carver and 3 others

Occupation: Surveyor and farmer.
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About Joseph D. 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 had a tryst with 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 1673, to Deborah Ellis not Hatch, who was born at Scituate, Massachusetts in 1652, the daughter of John Ellis and Elizabeth Freeman.

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

He married again at Rochester on March 5, 1712, to Sarah Woodin.

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 boundary 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 childbirth 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 always ake 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 1673 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 1675-)

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.


  • DOTY, Joseph
  • b. 30 APR 1651 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.
  • d. 1732 Rochester, Plymouth, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: DOTY, Edward
  • Mother: CLARK, Faith
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 1673 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.
  • Spouse: ELLIS, Deborah
  • b. ABT 1652 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.
  • d. 21 JUN 1711 Rochester, Plymouth, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: ELLIS, John
  • Mother: FREEMAN, Elizabeth
  • Children:
    • DOTY, Theophilus
    • DOTY, Ellis
    • DOTY, Elizabeth b. 1678 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass. d. BEF 1688
    • DOTY, Joseph
    • DOTY, Deborah
    • DOTY, Elizabeth
    • DOTY, John
    • DOTY, Marcy b. 12 JAN 1690/1 Rochester, Plymouth, Mass.
    • DOTY, Faith
    • DOTY, Mary
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 5 MAR 1711/2 Rochester, Plymouth, Mass.
  • Spouse:WOODING, Sarah
  • From:


  • Joseph Doty
  • M, #73299, b. 30 April 1651, d. circa 1732
  • Father Edward Doty b. 3 Nov 1600, d. 24 Sep 1655
  • Mother Faith Clarke b. 1619, d. 21 Feb 1675
  • Joseph Doty was born on 30 April 1651 at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA. He married Deborah Hatch, daughter of Walter Hatch and Elizabeth Holbrook, circa 1680 at Sandwich, Barnstable, MA. Joseph Doty died circa 1732.
  • Family Deborah Hatch b. 1662, d. 21 Jun 1711
  • Children
    • Ellis Doty+1 b. c 1681, d. c 1728
    • John Doty+ b. 1 Mar 1688, d. a 1749
  • Citations
  • [S11597], Submitted by carolodell77.
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  • Edward Doty (c. 1599 – August 23, 1655 in Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony) was a passenger on the 1620 voyage of the Mayflower to North America; he was one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact.[1]
  • .... etc.
  • Edward Doty married (possibly) twice:
  • 1 Faith Clarke was Doty's second wife. He had no known children with his first wife, and she may have died young. Neither her name nor anything more has been found out about this wife.."[16]
  • Per Banks, the register of St. Mary-le-Strand, London, gives the marriage of an Edward Dowty and Wynifryd Waryner, dated December 12, 1613 which may possibly be the first wife of Edward Doty.[3]
  • 2. He married Faith Clarke on January 9, 1635. Faith was the daughter of Thurston (Tristram) and Faith Clarke, arriving on the ship "Francis" in 1634. Since several of Doty's court cases involved Thurston and George Clarke, it would appear that some of his legal situations, including fights, were the result of in-law domestic problems. Bradford stated that Doty "by a second wife hath seven children, and both he and they are living." They later had two more children.[19][1]
  • After Doty's death, Faith married John Philips on March 14, 1666/7 as his 2nd wife. She moved to Marshfield and died there December 21, 1675. She was buried at Winslow Cemetery in Marshfield.[1] [20]
  • Children of Edward and Faith Doty:
    • Edward was born about 1636 and drowned in Plymouth Harbor on February 8, 1689/90. He married Sarah Faunce on February 26, 1662/3 and had eleven children. Her death is unknown.
    • John was born about 1638 and died May 8, 1701 in Plymouth. He married:
    • 1. Elizabeth Cooke by 1668 and had nine children. Her mother was a daughter of Mayflower passenger Stephen Hopkins and her father was a son of Mayflower passenger and pilgrim Francis Cooke.
    • 2. Sarah Jones on November 22, 1694 in Plymouth and had three children.
    • Thomas was born about 1640 and died in December 1678 in Plymouth. He married Mary Churchill by 1675 and had three children.
    • On January 17, 1671 Mary Churchill confessed she had gotten pregnant by Thomas, son of Edward Doty, with whom she had "carnall coppulation" three times – first time on July 15, second time on August 8 and the third was about "senight" after. A sergeant went to Mary Churchill's house, found Doty there and took him into custody. Doty was warned to "take heed lest evil come of such carriages". Mary Churchill was fined and at the time of his court hearing Doty fled the colony, but the two finally married about the time of the birth of their first child.[21]
    • Samuel was born about 1642 and died between September 18 and November 9, 1715. He married Jeane Harman on November 13, 1678 in Piscataway, New Jersey and had twelve children.
    • Desire was born about 1645 and died on January 22, 1731 in Marshfield. She was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Marshfield, Massachusetts.
    • She married:
    • 1. William Sherman on December 25, 1667 in Marshfield and had six children. He died in 1679.
    • 2. Israel Holmes on November 24, 1681 in Marshfield and had two children. He drowned in 1684.
    • 3. Alexander Standish by 1689 and had three children. His father was Pilgrim Myles Standish. His first wife Sarah was a daughter of Mayflower passenger John Alden.
    • Elizabeth was born about 1646 and died on April 7, 1742 in Marshfield Massachusetts.
    • She married:
    • 1. John Rouse on January 13, 1674/5 in Marshfield and had three children. He died in 1717.
    • 2. William Carver on January 28, 1718/9 in Marshfield but had no children.
    • Isaac was born on February 8, 1647/8 in Plymouth and died after January 7, 1728 in Oyster Bay, New York. He married Elizabeth England in 1673 and had five children.
    • Joseph was born on April 30, 1651 in Plymouth and died in Rochester about 1732.
    • He married:
    • 1. Deborah Ellis in 1674 and had ten children. She died in 1711.
    • 2. Sarah (Woodin) Edwards on March 5, 1711/2 in Rochester.
    • Mary was born about 1653 and died before June 13, 1728. She married Samuel Hatch after July 10, 1677 and had nine children.[1]
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Joseph D. Doty's Timeline

April 30, 1651
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
February 22, 1674
Age 22
Sandwich, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
April 16, 1677
Age 25
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Age 26
Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
March 30, 1683
Age 31
March 31, 1683
Age 31
Rochester, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
March 31, 1685
Age 33
Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
March 1, 1688
Age 36
Rochester, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States