Rev. Francis Doughty of Maspeth

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Rev. Francis Doughty

Also Known As: "Doughterty"
Birthplace: Oldbury Parish, Hempstead, Gloucestershire, England
Death: March 02, 1682 (76)
New York City, New York County, Province of New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis Alderman Doughty, Sr. and Margaret Doughty
Husband of Bridgett Doughty and Anne Doughty
Father of Mary Van Der Donck; Elias Doughty; Miss Doughty; Enoch Doughty; Rev. Francis Doughty and 1 other
Brother of Frances Doughty; Elizabeth Cole; Margaret Doughty and Jacob Doughty

Occupation: D1669-1683??
Managed by: David Clifton Majors
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About Rev. Francis Doughty of Maspeth

Biography and References at above URL

Reverend Francis Doughty was born on Nov. 4, 1605 in Oldsburg, Gloucester Co., England. He married Bridget Stone there in 1624. Francis was formerly the rector of Sudbury, Gloucestershire. He came to the Massachusetts Colony in 1638, at a time of religious persecution in England and after getting into trouble with Bishop Laud in England. Francis' first position in the new world was that of pastor in Taunton, Massachusetts. However, he soon fell out of favor with the Puritan leaders, causing him to move for a short time to Rhode Island and in 1642 to the New Netherlands colony of Maspeth in modern Brooklyn, in order that he may, according to Dutch Reformation, enjoy freedom of conscience, which he unexpectedly missed in New England. He then went to Long Island and became a minister in Flushing.

In 1642 the director granted and conveyed to Francis an absolute patent with manoral privileges, which enabled him to found the town of Maspeth, Long Island. The deed was for 6,666 acres of land, at Maspeth, from Gov. Keift. [1642 Colonial Records Newtown, Long Island]. Francis added some families to his settlement, at Maspeth, in the course of a year, but in 1643 the Indian wars broke out, and they were all driven off their lands, some were killed - and almost all they had was lost. They fled as all refugees did, to Manhattan, and Francis was minister there. But he was without means and his land was seized by the Director; due to the fact that Francis had been preaching that Abraham's children should have been baptized. Francis appealed, but the Director said there was no appeal, his decision must be final, and for Doughty's remarks (about Abraham's children), he was sentenced to 24 hours imprisonment, was expelled from Cohasset and was fined 25 Guilders.

After that, he went to Manhattan and later back again as pastor to Maspeth and Flushing. Francis finally left Flushing NY in 1648 for the English Virginias (Northampton Co, VA); he had previously conferred on his daughter Mary, on her marriage, in 1645, with Adrian VonDerDonck, his farm on Flushing bay, now owned by Abraham and John Rapelye.

He entered into an agreement with the commissioners and housekeepers of the Lower Parish of Northampton County Virginia on 1654/5, 28 February, and they accepted him as their minister. [Northampton Co. Deeds, Wills &cc 5, 1654-55, page 117].

Francis Doughty's first wife, Bridget Stone, died in 1657 and Francis promptly married Anne Graves, his second wife, on June 8, 1657 in Virginia.[Northampton Co. Deeds & Wills 7, 1655-58, p48]. And they divorce around 1668 -- apparently because Francis was getting kicked out of Virginia due to his "nonconformity and scandalous living," and Anne did not want to leave her family and friends.

By October 1659 Francis had moved to Charles County, Maryland, and by April 1662 to Rappahannock County where he was minister of Sittenbourne and South Farnham parishes, 1662-68. [Old Rappahannock County Record Bk. 1656-65, p. 256; Record Book 1668-72, p.119].

In 1668 JOHN CATLETT and HUMPHREY BOOTH referred to his (Francis Doughty's) "nonconformity & Scandalous living" in a petition to the Governor and on 13 March, 1669/70, stating that he wished to "Transport myself out of the Colony of Virginia into some other country and clymate that may prove more favorable to my aged, infirm & decayed Body," DOUGHTY conveyed to RICHARD BOUGHTON of Charles Co., Md., 200 acres on the Rappahannock River for the use of his wife ANNE, she being "unwilling to Depart the said country, shee finding the same best agreeing with her health, Besides her loathness and unwillingness to Bid Farewell to her more Deare & Beloved children, and to her Beloved kindred & Relacons, all or least most of them Residing in the said Colony of Virginia and in the Neighboring province of Maryland. She moved from thence to Charles Co. Md where her will, 26 Dec 1682-18 July 1682 [Maryland Proprietary Wills 4, p. 210], named six of her eight grandchildren and her deceased son Samuel3 EATON. IBID, Page 330: By 1656 he had migrated to Accomack County, Virginia where he remarried, revitalized the church, and presided over some witchcraft trials. By 1665 he had moved to Sittingbourn and Farnham parishes in Old Rappahannock County, Virginia. Eventually he left everything to his wife and departed Virginia to parts unknown.

In 1685 the sons of Rev. Francis Doughty: Francis, Charles, Elias and Jacob, of Flushing, NY petitioned for a grant of 250 acres each on Long Island, with Mary, Francis, Elias & Enoch.

of a much later generation

The Reverend Francis Doughty, Jr. was successor to William Cotton as Anglican rector to the Eastern Short of Virginia, and he was the third husband of Ann Graves Cotton.

Benjamin Moore. — Born at Newtown, October 5, 1748; went to Eng- land and was ordained ; was assistant of Trinity Church till 1800, when he succeeded Bishop Provost. He became president of the college and Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal'Church of New York. He married, April 20, 1778, Charity, daughter of Maj. Clement Clark, and had one son, Clement Clark Moore, born July 15, 1779. Benjamin, the graduate, was son of Lieut. Samuel and Sarah Fish ; grandson of Benjamin and Anna Sackett. He was son of Samuel and Mary Reed, and his father, Rev. John Moore, an Englishman licensed to preach in New England, was settled at Newtown, L. I., till his death in 1657. His widow married Francis Doughty, son of Rev. Francis Doughty of Maspeth

Francis Doughty (1616 – c. 1670) was an English-American Presbyterian minister.


From retrieved Dec 2018

oughty was born in Bristol, and was ordained as a priest in the Church of England by William Piers.[1] He served the parishes of Boxwell, Leighterton and Rangeworthy in Gloucestershire.[2] In 1635 he got in trouble by referring to Charles I as "Charles by common election and general consent King of England".[3]

Doughty decided to emigrate to America, going first to Massachusetts, where he probably arrived in 1638.[4] He pastored churches in Taunton and Cohasset, but was persecuted on account of his beliefs regarding infant baptism.[5] He had preached that all children of baptized parents were children of Abraham, and therefore ought to be baptized as well.[6]

Doughty then moved to Long Island, where in 1642, Director of New Netherland Willem Kieft granted him and his associates a large tract of land at Maspeth, "with power to erect a church, and to exercise the Reformed Christian religion which they profess."[7] The following year, however, war with Indians forced him to relocate to New Amsterdam, where he pastored a church in Flushing for five years.[5] He came into conflict with Kieft, and Captain John Underhill ordered his church doors to be shut.[7] Doughty migrated again, and pastored churches in Northampton County, Virginia, Charles County, Maryland, and Rappahannock County, Virginia.[2] In Virginia he became known for "troublesome but unsuccessful witch-hunting proclivities".[1]

William Gray Dixon calls Doughty the "Apostle of Presbyterianism in America", and suggests that his character "seems to have well befitted his name.[5]


  1. Bell, James B. (2013). Empire, Religion and Revolution in Early Virginia, 1607–1786. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 90. ISBN 9781137327925. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  2. Dorman, John Frederick (2004). Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5: Families G-P. Genealogical Publishing Co. p. 134. ISBN 9780806317632. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  3. Parker, Henry Ainsworth (1906). "The Reverend Francis Doughty". Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Volume 10. p. 262. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  4. Parker, "Reverend Francis Doughty," p. 261.
  5. Dixon, William Gray (1930). The Romance of the Catholic Presbyterian Church. p. 233.
  6. Lechford, Thomas (1642). "Plain Dealing, or Newes from New-England". Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Volume 23. p. 96. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  7. "Rev. Francis Doughty". Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. 5 (3): 290. 1898. JSTOR 4242057 – via JSTOR. (Registration required (help)).


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Rev. Francis Doughty of Maspeth's Timeline

November 4, 1605
Hempstead, Gloucestershire, England
Age 22
Of Oldbury, Gloucs, England
Age 26
Oldbury, Gloucestershire, England
Age 31
<, Massachussets>
Age 32
Virginia Colony
Age 35
Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 52
March 2, 1682
Age 76
New York City, New York County, Province of New York