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The first Irish Catholic settler in what is today known as Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania, was James McGuire. He arrived in America in 1793 after fleeing the political turmoil in Ireland with his friend Hugh White.
Edward and Alice Morrow Daugherty
Edward Daugherty was an Irish Catholic from Londonderry, where he was associated with the McGuire, White and Black families through the Bovevagh Parish in the Derry Diocese, Ireland.
Daugherty Cemetery, Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania
In 1801 tragedy struck the Daugherty household. Edward, and brothers John (he settled in North Sewickley Township along Bennett’s Run) and Manassah, were helping friend, John Black, build a log barn. During construction Manassah was crushed to death by a falling log. Since there was no Catholic cemetery in area at the time, Edward donated one-half acre of his farm to become a Catholic burial ground. While burials continued in the cemetery, it wasn’t until after Edward’s death that his heirs officially donated the land to the Pittsburgh Diocese in 1844.
On January 25, 1802 Edward, whose debt to Mr. Wilcox was paid in full, went to the Beaver County Courthouse to secure a deed to the farm. The deed included all improvements to the land, buildings, waterways, buildings and mine rights, and the deed was recorded in Vol. Q, Page 418.
Early New Sewickley Township Tax Record
Court records show Edward and his son, John D., were land speculators who bought and sold tracts of farmland throughout the area. Edward owned over 400 acres from 1808-1830. He also acquired an assortment of livestock including sheep, cows and horses.
From 1802-1821, John D. Daugherty owned between 200 and 300 acres in New Sewickley Township.
On March 3, 1808, Edward petitioned in the Beaver County court to become a naturalized citizen of the United States before the Honorable Samuel Roberts.
To the left is the actual petition on file in the Beaver County Courthouse in the Prothonotary’s Office.
Here is page two of the petition. It is a statement from Joseph Irwin who appeared before the court to testify on behalf of Edward.
The fee charged for filing the petition for Naturalization was $2.00 and due at the time of filing.
The following is the court account of a murder that happened in what is today Daugherty Township that was held at the Beaver County Courthouse in 1821.
In April Term of 1821 Edward Daugherty, his son John D., daughter Mary Agnes, and his son-in-law James Black were called as Witnesses for the Defense in the murder trial Commonwealth vs. Charles McLaughlin.
After deliberating for three hours, the jury rendered the verdict of Guilty of Murder in the Second Degree; Mr. McLaughlin was sentenced to confinement in the Gaol and Penitentiary house of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for 14 years. For two years of that period he was placed and kept in the Solitary Cells on a low and coarse diet. The court ordered he do hard labor for 12 years and pay the costs of prosecution. His court cost totaled $10.01.
Edward Daugherty was a devout Catholic. He was well known and respected throughout the community. He died on July 31, 1830 at the age of 90. He is buried in the Daugherty Cemetery on the farm he called home for over 30 years.
Settlement of Estate of Edward Daugherty, registered in the
Children of Edward and Alice Daugherty
John D. Daugherty was born 1787 in Londonderry, Ireland. He married Mary Boggs, born February 19, 1785. She was a daughter of John and Aletha Boggs. Their union was blessed with the following children: Edward, date of birth unknown, Ellen, date of birth unknown (she married Samuel Majors), and Elizabeth, born in 1822 in New Sewickley Township, she never married. John D. died on August 22, 1869 age the age of 82. He is buried in the Daugherty Cemetery, Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania.
Daniel D. Daugherty was born 1790 in Londonderry, Ireland. He married Elizabeth Black, daughter of John and Mary Black. Their union was blessed with the following children: Alice M., Mary Ann, Edward B., and Daniel M. Daugherty. He died on June 14, 1874 at the age of 85. In Pulaski Township, Pennsylvania, and is buried in the Daugherty Cemetery, Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania.
Mary Agnes Daugherty was born 1792 in Londonderry, Ireland. She married Hugh McGuire. Their union was blessed with the following children, Hugh Jr. (married Anna Reel); James and Marie (married Joseph Whistler).
Ellen Daugherty was born February 15,1801 in New Sewickley Township. She married John Tait, born February 20, 1803. To their union were born the following children, Edward, Martha, David, Eliza, and Catherine. Ellen and John and their children farmed Ellen’s share of her father’s farm. John died December 15, 1875. Ellen died three years later on September 3, 1878. They are buried in the Daugherty Cemetery, Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth Daugherty was born 1802 in New Sewickley Township. She married James Black, son of John and Mary Black. Their union was blessed with the following children, Mary Jane, John, Ellen Lucinda, Eunice, Margaret Elvira, Edwin R. and James Fernando. She died on April 6, 1878, at the age of 84. She is buried in the Daugherty Cemetery, Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania.
Unity Daugherty was born 1805 in New Sewickley Township. She married Henry Good on June 26, 1825. Their children were: John, Edward, Rosanna, Henry M., Nicholas, Daniel, Mary E., James, Jerome, and Hugh. They resided in New Sewickley Township before moving to Pine Township, Allegheny in 1850. Later they moved their family to McCandless Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Manassah & Catherine Daugherty
Manassah Daugherty, younger brother of Edward, came from Ireland to Delaware County, Pennsylvania, in 1796. He met and married Catherine O’Grady, daughter of William and Mary Catherine O’Grady, a few months after his arrival in the states.
John and Mary Black
John and Mary Black, Irish Protestants and close friends of the Daugherty families, were married on April 14, 1789 at St. Andrew’s Church in Dublin, Ireland.
Children of John and Mary Black
Elizabeth Black, was born 1802 in New Sewickley Township. She married Daniel D. Daugherty, a son of Edward and Alice Daugherty. Their union was blessed with the following children: Alice M., Mary Ann, Edward B., and Daniel M. Daugherty.
Margaret Black was born 1803 in New Sewickley Township, She never married and later in life moved to Neshannock Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. On July 5, 1864, she sold her share of the farm to her brother-in-law, Daniel D. Daugherty, for the sum of $400.
Marion (Mary) Black was born in 1805 in New Sewickley Township. She married North Evans. Their children were Oliver, Hiram, North, Margaret, Elizabeth, Kirby, Anne, Francis, Eli and Elmira Evans.
James Black was born April 26, 1801 in New Sewickley Township. He married Elizabeth Daugherty, a daughter of Edward and Alice Daugherty, on June 2, 1825. Their union was blessed with the following children: Mary Jane, Eunice, John, Ellen, Margaret, James and Edwin R.
Children of James and Elizabeth Black
(grandchildren of John and Mary Black & Edward and Alice Daugherty)
Mary Jane Black was born on March 22, 1826 in New Sewickley Township. She married Christian Helbling on February 1, 1852. They had a son, James A. Helbling and a daughter Ellen Helbling, both born at Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. Mary Jane died on March 19, 1855 at the age of 28. She was buried in the Daugherty Cemetery, Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania. Her husband gave their two young children to her parents, James and Elizabeth, to raise.
John Black was born December 18, 1827 in New Sewickley Township. He died on October 12, 1854 at the age of 27. He was buried in the Daugherty Cemetery, Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania.
Ellen Lucinda Black was born on February 21, 1830 in New Sewickley Township. She died on June 6, 1853 at the age of 22. She was buried in the Daugherty Cemetery, Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania.
Eunice Black was born June 18, 1832 in New Sewickley Township. She married John McLean. Their children included Louis R., Sula G. (married Perry Smith), Elizabeth, and Eunice M. (married a Mr. Blocher). Eunice Black McLean died on June 25, 1907 at the home of her daughter, Sula Smith, on Marion Hill, New Brighton, Pennsylvania. She was 67 years old. Her funeral was held at St. Joseph Church, New Brighton, and internment was in Daugherty Cemetery, Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania.
Margaret Elvira Black was born March 7, 1838 in New Sewickley Township. She died on June 2, 1843 at the age of five. She was buried in the Daugherty Cemetery, Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania.
Edwin R. Black was born April 17, 1835 in New Sewickley Township. After the death of his mother, Elizabeth, Edwin took on the responsibility of raising his nephew, James Helbling and niece, Ellen Helbling. He died on October 19, 1890 at the age of 55. He was buried in the Daugherty Cemetery, Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania.
James Fernando Black was born on September 22, 1841 in New Sewickley Township. He died on May 31, 1843. He was buried in the Daugherty Cemetery, Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania.
Daniel D. and Elizabeth Black Daugherty’s children (grandchildren to Edward and Alice Daugherty and John and Mary Black)
Alice M. Daugherty was born July 23, 1825 in New Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania. She was baptized at the age of 13 months, on August 12, 1826, at St. Patrick’s Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Mary Ann Daugherty was born on August 21, 1828 in New Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania. She married Patrick. Coyle. Their children were Elizabeth A., Daniel, Henry J., and Alice M.
Edward Black Daugherty was born on October 22, 1832 in New Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania. He was baptized on December 14, 1834 at the age of two, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a well-known attorney and when Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania, was formed it was named in his honor. He died on March 31, 1896 at his home in Beaver, Pennsylvania. He married Mary Cunningham on May 5, 1870. They were blessed with two children, Samuel Wilson Daugherty, born March 26, 1871, and Mary Daugherty, born July 1876. She married Charles Green. They had three children. Samuel E. Green, Mary Nina Green and Mary Kathryn Green.
Daniel M. Daugherty was born in May 1855 in Pulaski Township, Pennsylvania. He married Annie E., maiden name unknown, in 1888. Their children were James J., born November 1889; William J., born September 1892; Margaret C., born February 1895 (she married M. Conrad); Viola M., born 1896; and Thomas L., born 1909. Daniel and his family lived in Frackville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, where he was employed on the railroad.
Children of Patrick H. and Mary Ann Daugherty Coyle
(grandchildren to Daniel and Elizabeth Daugherty)
Elizabeth A. Coyle was born in 1860 in Pulaski Township, Pennsylvania. She died January 16, 1934, from complications resulting from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on December 23, 1933. She is buried in the Daugherty Cemetery, Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania.
Daniel Coyle was born in 1861 in Pulaski Township, Pennsylvania. He died on August 25, 1935 in the Providence Hospital in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He willed the family farm to his niece, Adele Rowley upon his death. He is buried Daugherty Cemetery, Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania.
Henry J. Coyle was born in 1865 in Pulaski Township, Pennsylvania. He studied medicine under the direction of Dr. Constantine T. Gale, a physician in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. Later he entered the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, from which he graduated when he was 21 years old. He had a private practice in Canton, Ohio, for a few years. Due to health problems, Dr. Coyle gave up his practice and moved to New Brighton. He resumed a practice there and was a member of the Beaver Valley General Hospital. Dr. Coyle never married and died on January 15, 1909 at the age of 43. His funeral was held in St. Joseph Catholic Church in New Brighton. The pallbearers were six physicians, Dr. J.K. White, Dr. William F. Beitsch, Dr. J.F. Elder, Dr. J.S. Louthan, Dr. B.C. Painter and Dr. J.C. Fish. He is buried in the Daugherty Cemetery, Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania.
Alice M. Coyle was born in 1868 in Pulaski Township, Pennsylvania. She married William J. Dick. They had a daughter Adele, who married Earl Rowley and they resided in New Kensington for many years. Alice died on July 11, 1934. According to her will, registered in the Beaver County Courthouse in Will Book 31, page 285, she devised her tract of land to her brother, Daniel Coyle, to live out his life and then after his death the land would go to her daughter, Adele Dick Rowley.
This photo was taken before June 1874
Standing from left to right, Patrick Coyle, Mary Ann Daugherty Coyle, Daniel M Daugherty, Daniel D. Daugherty (family patriarch over 80 years of age) and Alice M. Daugherty. The children are Harry J. and Alice M. Coyle. The house, owned by Patrick and Mary Ann Daugherty Coyle, was near the site of the log cabin built by Edward Daugherty in 1797.