JOHN DOCHERTY, farmer, section 32, Barton Township, was born in County Bennegal, Ireland, Oct. 31, 1839, and is a son of Charles and Sarah (McConn) Docherty. The parents were natives of the emerald Isle, and set out for the New World in 1846. The mother died on the passage; the father settled in Tyrone Co., Ont., for a time, and went thence to Compton County, where he resided until his death in 1880.
Mr. Docherty remained with his father until he was 23 years old, and obtained such education as the schools of the Dominion afforded. In 1862 he went to the western part of Canada, and three years after came to Ionia Co., Mich., where he spent 18 months in the capacity of farm laborer, returning at the expiration of that time to Canada and residing there some years. In 1868 he entered a claim of 80 acres of land under the provisions of the Homestead Act, in Barton Township, where he has since principally resided. In addition to his labors as a farmer he has engaged in lumbering, working in the woods and in shingle-mills. He was first married to Hulday E. King, a native of Ohio. Of this marriage two children were born, both of whom are deceased. Mr. Docherty was a second time married in 1880, to Mrs. Lena M. (Corbett) Lee, widow of Seth Lee, who died in 1879, leaving her with two children, William L., born Aug. 29, 1873, and Clyde L., born Jan. 1, 1877. Mrs. Docherty was born in Maine, Oct. 15, 1853, and is the daughter of Abel P. and Lydia F. (Tracy) Corbett, also natives of Maine. Twin daughters, Jessie May and Grace May, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Docherty, Sept. 14, 1882.
Mr. Docherty is a Republican in his political principles.