Mary Duggins

Well, I had this typed up for last week but my profession got in the way. Life is tuff when you still have a job-job. Let’s talk Duggin’s.

Philip married Mary F. Duggins on 24 November 1867 in Boyle County, Kentucky, probably Danville. Mary Duggins was born on 17 February 1845 and was the only child of Peter Duggins of North Carolina and Emily Wilson of Kentucky.

Most of the time, her maiden name is spelled Duggins but was occasionally spelled Dugans.

In 1850, 5-year-old Mary and her parents were in Knox County, Kentucky.  By 1860, they were in Lincoln County.  Her father died when she was 26, but her mother outlived her by 19 years.  

Mary died from consumption on Sunday, 6 July 1890 in Danville.  According to her obituary, Philip and five children who were not named in the article survived her, two of whom were married.  One of them would have been Sarah, my husband’s paternal grandmother. 

Mary’s obituary clipped from Kentucky Advocate (Danville, Kentucky), Tuesday, July 8, 1890, pg 3.

While her obituary says she and Phillip came to Danville from Louisville around 1876 to 78, records show this to be inaccurate.  They married in Danville in 1867 and the 1870 census records their residence in Danville.  Several things may have contributed to this misinformation: 1) Mary’s father died in a Louisville hospital in 1871; 2) before Mary’s death, her mother left Danville for New Albany, Indiana (just across the river from Louisville), and; 3) Phillip’s family was also in New Albany by this time.

Marriage bond for Mary Duggins and P.M. Batey. Her father, Peter Duggins signed as principal. Kentucky, County Marriages, 1783-1965,

Mary is buried in Bellevue Cemetery, Danville, Kentucky next to a son who died young (William).  Her oldest son, Nathan died four years later in New Albany, Indiana.  In his will, two of his requests were to erect a headstone for his mother, Mary (and William), and to be interred in Danville, next to her and his infant brother.

The Batey family section of Bellevue Cemetery in Danville, Kentucky. Mary Duggin Batey is on the front right. Infant, William is behind her. Nathan was originally next to her on the left and Phillip was interred between them. Lucille Coomer was Phillip and Mary’s grandaughter through Sarah and Hugh Coomer.

Philip and Mary had at least six children:

  1. Mary E. Batey, b. abt. 1865 in Kentucky (Date implies she was born before formal marriage.  1880 Census identifies her as a stepchild to Philip Batey and with the last name of Dugin). May have married a man named Lancaster per Nathan’s will and would be the second child who was married in Mary Duggin’s obituary. 
  2. Sarah Catherine Batey, b. 22 August 1867 probably in Boyle County, Kentucky, marries Hugh Coomer on 22 December 1886, dies 7 February 1958 in Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky (date implies she was born before formal marriage).
  3. Nathaniel B. Batey, b. 24 September 1869 in Kentucky, died 30 December 1894 in Floyd County, Indiana.  Buried in Bellevue Cemetery, Danville, KY. No known children.
  4. William Frank Batey, b. 30 October 1877 and died 22 November 1878 (both events probably occurred in Danville, Boyle County, KY.  Buried in Bellevue Cemetery, Danville, KY. Died young.
  5. Robert Wesley or William Batey, b. October 1881 in Kentucky.  By 1920, Robert was in the Navy.  He was stationed most of the time in California.  He retired in San Diego, California. Robert died in July 1957 and is buried at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, in San Diego. Only Nathan’s will names him as Robert Wesley.  Military records have him as Robert William, but most of the time he is Robert W or “R.W.”  No known marriage or children.
  6. Lillian F. Batey, b. 4 or 6 June 1887 in Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky and died 10 July 1911 in Floyd County, Indiana.  Married twice, died as Lilly Gardner.