Saturday, September 22, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ DOTY of the Mayflower


My 8th great grandfather, Edward Doty, was a passenger on the Mayflower in 1620 to Plymouth, Massachusetts, and signed the Mayflower Compact. His origins are still unknown.  He was a servant to Stephen Hopkins during the voyage and for the first few years in Plymouth.  The first duel (with a sword and dagger) in New England was in 1621 between Edward Doty and Edward Leister, both servants to Hopkins.  Both were wounded, and both were punished by being bound with their head and feet together.  The sentence was for them to be bound for 24 hours, but within one hour “because of their great pains, and at their own and their master’s humble request, upon promise of better carriage, they are released by the governor” [A Chronological History of New England, by Thomas Prince, 1852, pages 190-191]

After this and Doty was in court many times for fighting, trespass, slander and debt.  But he married twice, prospered, had an apprentice. In his will he left land and property to his sons and wife.  In Faith’s will she left her land, willed to her from her husband, to her son John Doty.

 I descend from his daughter, Desire, my 7th great grandmother, who married Alexander Standish, the son of Mayflower passenger Myles Standish.   Alexander also married Sarah Alden, daughter of Pilgrims John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.  Desire had eleven children by three husbands and outlived them all.  Her will written in 1723 mentions a sons William Sherman, Ebenezer Sherman, Israel Holmes, John Holmes, Thomas Standish and Ichabod Standish; and daughters Hannah Ring, Experience Standish and Desire Weston (my 6th great grandmother). 

For the truly curious:

The Great Migration Begins, by Robert Charles Anderson, Volume 1, pages 573 - 577.

The Doty - Doten Family in America, by Ethan Allen Doty, 1897. 

Mayflower Families Five Generations, Doty, published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Volume 11,  1996.

The Pilgrim Edward Doty Society:  

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants:

My DOTY genealogy:

Generation 1:  Edward Doty, born about 1599, died 23 August 1655 at Plymouth, Massachusetts; married first to unknown before 1634; married second on 6 January 1635 in Plymouth to Faith Clark, daughter of Thurston Clark and Faith Unknown.  She was born about 1619 and died before 21 December 1675 in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Faith was the mother of nine children.  She remarried to John Phillips on 14 March 1667 in Plymouth as his second wife.

Generation 2: Desire Doty, born about 1645 in Plymouth, died 22 January 1731 in Marshfield; married first to William Sherman on 25 December 1667 in Marshfield (six children); married second on 24 November 1681 in Marshfield to Israel Holmes (two children); and married third before 1689 to Alexander Standish, son of Mayflower passenger Captain Myles Standish and Barbara Unknown.  He was born about 1626 in Plymouth and died 6 July 1702 in Duxbury.  Desire and Alexander Standish had three children together. 

Generation 3:  Desire Standish, born 5 May 1689 in Marshfield, died 20 June 1766 in Plympton; married on 21 February 1716 in Plympton to Nathan Weston, son of Edmund Weston and Rebecca Soule (granddaughter of Mayflower passenger George Soule).  He was born 8 February 1689 in Plympton, and died 11 October 1754 in Plympton.  Four children.

Generation 4: Nathan Weston m. Hannah Everson
Generation 5:  Zadoc Weston m. Mary Clements
Generation 6:  Matilda Weston m. Joseph Edwin Healy
Generation 7:  Mary Etta Healey m.  Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 8:  Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 9:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (My grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ DOTY of the Mayflower”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 22, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 


  1. Heather. There’s been talk among other of my cousins p, who are long time genealogists, that we descend from Edward Doty. I would certainly love to prove it. I’m already a DAR member and the only other goal I have is to join the Mayflower Society. I’m still working on this. According to many records the name Doty was also later known as Doten. My 2nd great grandmother is Olive Doten, her parents are reported to be Issac Doten and Sally Follett.
    That’s as far as I’ve gotten in 15 yrs. Wish me luck.