DOUGHTY was born in
New Jersey around 1847 to Samuel and Elizabeth Doughty. At the
time of the 1850 Census, Samuel Doughty was working as a clerk,
and the family lived in Camden's Middle Ward.
When the Census was taken in 1850 the family still resided in
the Middle Ward. Samuel Doughty was at this time working as a
steamboat captain, for the Federal Street ferry, and Albert
would, when old enough, work aboard ship with his father. At the
time of the 1860 Census the family included older brothers
William and Samuel, and a younger sister, Laura. Oldest son John
was not at home. Samuel Doughty captained a ferry until his
passing in 1878.
1870 Census Albert Doughty living in Camden's North Ward with
his wife, the former Amelia Bowers, Amelia and four month old daughter
Elizabeth. He was
working on a steamboat at the time of the Census. The Doughty's
lived on the same block as John M. Gray family. John M. Gray and his
sons Peter S. Gray and
John Gray all would be called to serve as
members of the Camden Fire Department, as would Albert Doughty,
also on the block were brothers John
Anderson and Isaac
Anderson, who also served with the Fire Department.
Doughty was living at 35 North
5th Street and
working as a "steamboat man", when, on September 8, 1872
he was appointed to the Camden Fire
Department, as a Driver with the Hook and
Ladder Company, known more recently as Ladder Company
1, replacing George
Horner, who had been resigned. City Directories from
1872 through 1877 show an address of 30 North 5th Street, rear.
The 1878 Directory has an address of 4 England Place.
and Amelia Doughty would lose their daughter, but two more
children were born to the couple, Ida and Samuel. Sadly, Albert
Doughty died young, on August 7, 1878, leaving his wife to raise
the two children. Albert Doughty had been working on one of the
Pennsylvania Railroad's flat boats when he fell overboard and
drowned. Because Albert Doughty had attempted suicide by taking
an overdose of laudanum the previous September, a coroner's
inquest was held. After reviewing the circumstances surrounding
Albert Doughty's drowning, the jury his death was ruled due to
1880 Census shows Amelia Doughty working as a laundress, and
living with her two children, Ida, 7, and Samuel Christian
Doughty, 5, at 5 James Court. Also living there were Amelia's
brother, Fred Bowers, and a boarder, Rebecca Harris.