John McAvoy Dotterer

19 November 1876–22 November 1953 (Age 77)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of John McAvoy

When John McAvoy Dotterer was born on 19 November 1876, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Amos B. Dotterer, was 38 and his mother, Mary Ann McAvoy, was 34. He married Sadie Emily Lentz in 1896, in Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in 1900. He died on 22 November 1953, in Bryn Mawr, Lower Merion Township, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Bala, Lower Merion Township, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States.

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John McAvoy Dotterer
Sadie Emily Lentz
Marriage: 1896
Mary Dotterer
Amos Dotterer
Evelyn Dotterer

Spouse and Children

Pennsylvania, United States



    Amos Dotterer


    Evelyn Dotterer


Parents and Siblings

    Amos B. Dotterer


    Mary Ann McAvoy




World Events (8)

1877 · First National Strike in U.S. Begins In Pittsburgh Against Pennsylvania Railroad

Age 1

Coming out of an economic crisis, everyone was worried when cuts started happening in the railroad. They went on what would the great railroad strike of 1877.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 5

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 22

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

German:1. ( Dötterer ): variant of Dötter ( see Dotter ). 2. possibly a nickname for a person with a tottering gait, from a dialect agent noun based on dottern ‘to totter’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John M Dotterer, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John Dotterer in household of Amos Dotterer, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John Mc A. Dotteren, "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906"

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