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Michael Dougherty was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Information on Michael Dougherty
- 3. Michael Mor Dougherty-III was the sixth of twelve children born to Michael Mor Dougherty-II and his wife Mary nee Clark (both Michael Mor-II and Mary Clark were from ). Michael-III was married to a Miss Sarah Shelly on 23 February, 1769 in Augusta County, Virginia. Michael and Sarah were known to have had at least five children, all boys: Robert, William, John, Michael-III and Benjamin. It was around this time in history that the DOUGHERTY'S started to spell thier name as DAUGHERTY and for the next two generations it was spelled both ways, additionally other spellings were added as clerks and documents spelled the name in 8-9 different ways, however, the majority of the spellings were either Dougherty and/or Daugherty.
- Michael-III, just as his fore bearers and other relatives served in the military and in Michael's case he served in the local Virginia Militia as an Ensign to counter the attacks of the Indians against the settlers that were advancing westward. Michael-III was wounded in the battle of Whitsell's Mills on March 6, 1781 and died at his Reed Creek Farm in 1787.
- As the summer of 1774 came on, Indian threats multiplied. On July 4, 1774, Colonel William Christian wrote Colonel Preston that "people on New River up the mouth of Reed Creek... are gone and going today to Fort at Bell's Meadows. The threats were not idle, for on August 11, James Robinson wrote Colonel Preston the the Indians were harassing the frontier. Difficulty was experienced in raising men for outpost duty. George Daugherty (related to Michael-III) and Isaac Spatt who previously had difficulties over land boundaries, were at Upper Station. Michael-III was appointed ensign to raise a party from Captain Walter Crockett's militia company but could obtain the services of only six or seven men. A large number could not be raised, John Montgomery on October 2 wrote to Colonel Preston, "unless men were to leave thier wives and children exposed to the Mercy of the Enemy, which we in reason cannot expect--Mr. Daugherty is still willing to serve." Montgomery hinted that greater authority than he or Michael-III possessed would be necessary to recruit men "Most part of which" already had been out on the campaign. Eleven days later, Major Arthur Campbell wrote Colonel Preston that some of the men drafted by Michael-III had gone to a safer fort at Herbert's, rather than the Fort duty, "as an excuse. It seems Michael Dougherty-III is in the right, certainly there is no need yet for Men at that place, his party is only seven and himself which I have sent to Reedy Creek to assist as Guards in carrying out flour to Clinch." This note is the one carried to Preston by Daniel Boone with Campbell's recommendation that Boone be given a commission in the Militia." Reference for the above is "THE DOUGHERTYS OF KENTUCKY", By William C. Stewart, pages 235 and 236.
- In 1787 Michael Mor Daugherty-III was on "A list of New Grants & other Land not before valued in Augusta Co., VA as return'd the Sheriff for Collection of the year 1786," for 100 acres (part of his Grant given in Before remains), average price per acre 4/4, valuation 32 pds 10 shillings, tax at 1 & 1/2 percent: 9 shillings 9 pence. (Op cit: Sparacio, pp41-42.) In 1788 he was taxed on the same 200 acres and 150 acres at rate and value of 1787 tax, list of Samuel Vance (Op cit: Sparacio, p. 73)
- At this point in history it appears that Captain John D. Daugherty, Sr. son of Michael Mor Daugherty-II (Michaels-III's father) emerged as leader of the Daugherty family. Captain John was later to become famous for his part in exploring and helping to settle the Kentucky area along with parts of Tennessee. It should be noted that Captain John D. Daugherty, Sr. fought in the Revolutionary War and carried out many dangerous missions throughout the Revolutionary War. His claim to fame however, was his ability to explore and expand the western frontier of America. Again, the referenced data for the above information is from "The DOUGHERTYS OF KENTUCKY", By William C. Stewart, page 236.
- 1. Broderbund World Family Tree, volume 052, Tree Numbers: 0475/0476
- 2. freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com Family Pedigrees of Patterson-MaGill-Daugherty families.