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Pete Doty
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.

A biographical 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.

He was 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 in 1883.

Peter died on 09 Jul 1922, age 74 and his wife, Lavinia, died on 26 Sep 1943. Both were laid to rest in Vale Cemetery.

Speculated to be Peter Munson Doty or a descendant, listed as No. 34 in the Knowlton family album owned by Robert Burnham.

Biographical Sketch of Peter M. Doty
Knowlton Family Photographs - Robert Burnham Collection
Peters' Photo Index
Knowlton - Descendants of John & Mary of Saratoga Co., New York
Vale Cemetery Family Burials


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