Patrick Dougherty died October 1935

Thanks to the generosity of Jim Murray’s offer of a death certificate [1] look-up to the New York City Genealogy Facebook Group, I discovered a few more details about my Dougherty line. (It should be noted that Mr. Murray made this offer of a look-up as a way to honor the passing of John Martino who was a fundamental part of the I. G. G. at, and from which I was able to obtain the death certificate number to give Mr. Murray. This database is a hugely valuable resource for anyone researching in New York City and Mr. Martino’s presences will be greatly missed, I am sure.)

Patrick J. Dougherty Oct 28, 1935 death certificate transcription
Death Certificate Transcript, Patrick J. Dougherty

The exciting bits were, of course, the names of Patrick J.’s parents, Patrick and Margaret Convoy. Finding Patrick alone wouldn’t have led very far as the name is as common as John or James in the USA, but with the addition of his mother’s name, especially her maiden name, I was launched on a wide array of wildcard, shotgun-style browsing over the last few days.

Most of my time was spent in the online resources of and I feel that I’ve made a possible connection in their Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881 database [2]. This database is an index only, which means I’ll be ordering the relevant films when able. However, it does spark some curiosity and for potential connections to be made – a speculative outline, if you will – of the next generation back for my Dougherty line.

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Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 1 & 2 – July 8, 1981

Link to MCKONS: Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 1 – July 8, 1981

by Edward Akin, published by B. B. Comer Library and located at the Alabama Mosaic website.
8 June 1994
[BIO 101]

Part One (Audio File)

Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 1 – July 8, 1981

Part Two (Audio File)

Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 2 – July 8, 1981


Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 1 & 2 – July 8, 1981

Akin, Edward. “Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 1 – July 8, 1981.” Alabama Mosaic. July 8, 1981. Accessed December 4, 2015.

Biography of John C. McKemy, 1835-unk

Added to the McKemie One Name Study Biography section today:

From: A History and Biographical Cyclopaedia of Butler County Ohio, With Illustrations and Sketches of its Representative Men and Pioneers; Cincinnati Ohio. Western Biographical Publishing Company, 1882.
Pages 361 – 366.

John C. McKEMY, late judge of the common pleas court in Darke County, but now a resident of Hamilton, was born May 5, 1835, in Lexington, Virginia. His father and mother, William and Elizabeth (KIRKPATRICK) McKEMY, were both natives of Virginia, and descendants of the earliest settlers of that State. Both are now dead, the former having died April 8, 1882, aged seventy-nine. Farming was their life vocation, and they resided in their native State until death. W. D. McKEMY, a brother of John C., who was educated by the latter, after serving in the rebel army throughout the Rebellion, and for a long time a prisoner, being captured at the battle of the Wilderness, is now judge of probate at Dayton, and a lawyer of excellent ability.

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Veterans Day Salute to Charles T. Dorrie, 1925-2002

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I thought I would do a little profile of one of my DORRIE ancestors.

Charles T. Dorrie, 1925-2002

My maternal grandfather served as a Marine during WWII and Korea. The most memorable image I have of him is the one here. He looks so young, but so very proper and gentlemanly. This, naturally, led to my being curious about his military career.

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The Life and Infamy of Robert “Little Reddy” McKimie

     Several years ago, I found an old-timey Wild West paperback featuring the exploits of Robert “Little Reddy” McKimie.Cover of Bridwell book I didn’t have the book, and at the time, Googling was a dead end. (Yes, really, there was such a time when Googling led to diddly squat!) More recently, I was trying to decide what to do as an inaugural post for the blog, something that would set the tone and yet not be all “well, here I am”. Once I decided to begin as I meant to go on, deciding to explore the shenanigans of Little Reddy was a no-brainer.

Robert is mentioned in a number of books featuring tails of the “Wild West” of Texas and Ohio. He gained a rather solid reputation, both as a kind and generous man and as a notorious killer, depending on who you asked.

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