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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published by John M. Gresham & Co. in 1891.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ALEXANDER H. DOTY, a farmer and long resident of the town of Gerry, Chautauqua county, New York, is a son of George W. and Mary (English) Doty, and was born in the village of Norway, Herkimer county, New York, on June 18, 1820. His father was a native of Washington county, a farmer of recognized standing, a whig in politics and attendant member of the Baptist church. He died in Herkimer county at the age of sixty years. His mother (grandmother of Alexander H. Doty) was of Scotch descent and passed away in Herkimer county at the extreme age of one hundred and five years.

Alexander H. Doty was reared in Herkimer and Oneida counties, in whose common schools he gained his early education. He learned the trade of a carriage-maker at Herkimer and Sinclairville, but came to Chautauqua county in 1851 and engaged in the occupation of farming. He practically relinquished his trade and has hitherto made agriculture and dairying his life’s occupation. Mr. Doty has always voted the democratic ticket, is a man of unblemished life, and unqualifiedly honest in all his business relations and transactions. He has been a member of the Free and Accepted Masons for the past thirty years, in which he holds the office of junior deacon. He also belongs to the Grange of his town and takes an active interest in all movements relating to agriculture and agricultural development.

Alexander H. Doty was twice married; first to Emily Cummins, a daughter of the late Charles Cummins of Floyd, Oneida county, New York, who bore him one child: Smily Holmes. His second wife was Abbey Scott, daughter of the Rev. John Scott of Gerry, New York, to whom he was united on November 9, 1882.

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This family biography is one of 658 biographies included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published in 1891. 

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