|Although the family photo
album lists the surname as
"Dooty", it appears the family
name is Doty, and they were descendants
of Edwin Doty, who came over to America
on the Mayflower.
sketch of Peter Munson Doty states that
he was the son of Munson Smith Doty and
Eliza (Knowlton) and was born in
Schenectady, March 25, 1846, and was
enumerated with his parents in the 1850 and 1860 census records.
After his schooling, he took up
railroading and served as fireman for
five years, after which he became an
engineer on the New York Central
Railroad. After leaving this business,
Peter took a clerkship in the hat
business with Van Horn & Son, and
remained with them until 1875, after
which he was a traveling salesman for
Cottrell & Leonard of Albany, for one
year. He owned a bakery on the corner of
Union and Jay streets, Schenectady, for
three years, and then embarked in the hat
business, owning his own successful
business until he retired in 1900.
married in 1874 to Lavinia Ella Diment,
daughter of James and Elizabeth of
Schenectady, New York, and prior to her
marriage was listed with them in the 1870 census. Peter and
Lavinia were the parents of three
children, namely, Daniel K., born in 1875
; Bessie, born in 1879, and Leila, born
on 09 Jul 1922, age 74 and his wife,
Lavinia, died on 26 Sep 1943. Both were
laid to rest in Vale Cemetery.
to be Peter Munson Doty or a descendant,
listed as No.
34 in the Knowlton family album owned by Robert