Alva Dougherty was my great grand uncle on my mothers side. He was born 1851 – 1855. To Jane E. (Westfall) and William L. Dougherty, the fourth of five boys. Here he is in the 1860 census in Lackzwaxen, Pike County, Penn. Alva is shown as age 7. His father is not listed. We are thinking that his father William has died recently but no proof.

1860 US census Pike Co. Penn

In the 1970 US census for Lackawaxen, Pike County, Pennsylvania we find Alvah ( age 18) a Lock Tender in the household of Fernando Chamberlin(age 57)  also a Lock Tender who his mother Jane (age 44) has married. Along with his brother Solomon D. (Age 16), and step brother Albert W. (Warren) (age 11) and half sister Malvina (age 4). The Dougherty boys in this census are listed as Chamberlin. The US Civil war is over and older brothers John Lyle, Clark, and William have moved out on their own.


1870 US Census Pike Co. Penn.

In 1880 US census it shows Alva (age 25) living with his older brother William M. Dougherty (age 30) and Williams Wife Hannah J. (38). William has two boarders in the house plus a young female servant This is in Port Jervis Orange County New York which is just across the Delaware river From Pike Co., Pennsylvania. Alva is listed as a R Roader. I assume that means he was working for the railroad. William is in the Grocery business.


1880 US Census Port Jarvis,Orange Co. New York
1880 US Census Port Jarvis,Orange Co. New York

In the 1900 US Census we find Alva, living with his brother John Lyle Dougherty in New York, Richmond Borough. Alva is listed as being born in 1862 ( must be 1852 but sure does look like a six to me) and being 48. He is listed as a Foreman Farm.

1900 US Census Richmond New York w/Alva Dougherty
1900 US Census Richmond New York w/Alva Dougherty

I have not found Alva in the 1910 US Census, However in the 1920 US Census he is living on Forest Ave, Richmond borough, New York City, N.Y. with his neice Alice G. (Dougherty) Manchester. Alice is a daughter of John Lyle Dougherty my great grandfather. Alva is listed as 65 in this census and a Laborer in a shipyard.

1920 United States Federal Census-1We have his place of buriel in New York with his brother John Lyle. The New York City death index list Alva Dougherty as being born in 1851 and died in Feb. 1932. He is buried in the Moravian Cemetery, on Staten Island, Richmond Co., New York.

If he died in 1932 we still need the 1930 US Census. I guess I should look in other family members household on those Census records. Alva never married but traveled amongst the family members. it appears he helped his brother Johns wife on the truck farm while John worked as a US Customs Inspector. I have not seen any photo’s of him. Perhaps any descendants of Alice may have some I would love to know what he was like. I though I might also try the railroad pension files. He might not have worked for them long enough to have gotten one, but it’s worth a look.




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