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Mary Lydia "Thompson" Doe (1836-?)
Residence 922 N. Monroe Jefferson St., Bay City, MI.

Added July, 2009.

Woman of the Century, 1893


A Woman of the Century, 1893 Mrs. Mary L. Doe, woman suffragist, temperance reformer and business woman, born in Conneaut, Ohio, 27th July 1836. She is of Puritan ancestry of Scotch-Irish blood, who came over the seas in the third ship after the Mayflower. Her immediate ancestors, the Thompsons and Harpers, emigrated from Vermont and settled in that portion of Ohio known as the Western Reserve. The men of her family have been brave and patriotic, taking part in all the country's wars. The women, left at home, in addition to their family cares often took up the business that their war-going husbands laid down. It is not strange, therefore, that Mrs. Doe should be a self-reliant business woman, strong in her disbelief of the “clinging-vine” theory. Mrs. Doe's early instruction was received from a private tutor and in select schools. At nine years of age she was sent to the Conneaut Academy, then just completed. At fifteen she began to teach a country school for one dollar a week and “boarded around.” Later she attended the State Normal School in Edinboro, Pa. When she was eight years old, she attended a temperance meeting addressed by one of the original Washingtonians, and she then and there signed the pledge. In 1853 she joined the Good Templars, which was then a new organization and one of the first to embody the principles of equal rights for women and the prohitibition of the liquor traffic by the State. In 1878 she became a member of the Michigan Grand Lodge of Good Templars, and she has attended every session since. She has held the office of grand vice-templar for two years and of grand assistant secretary for nine years. She has further shown her interests in temperance by joining the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and the various other temperance organizations in the towns where she has lived. In 1877 Mrs. Doe went to Saginaw, Mich., led there by her husband's business interests. There she at once made friends with the advocates of equal suppfrage, a movement that has always been dear to her heart. In 1884, in a meeting called in Flint by equal Suffragists of national prominence to organize a State suffrage association, Mrs. Doe was chosen president of the association. That office she held for six years. She has been active in securing many of the privileges grant to women by the Legislature of Michigan, and has spent much of her time with other equal suffragist in the State capital. She is at present chairman of the legislative committe, and also a member of the advisory committee of the Michigan Equal Suffrage Association. Mrs. Doe changed her residence from Saginaw to Bay City in 1886, and opened a store for fancy goods. That business she still continues. In Bay City she is a member of the board of education, doing important committee work in connection with that body. Most of her church work has been done in the Methodist Church. Her father was a preacher of that denomination.

Added Jan., 2009.

Woman's Who's who of America, 1914


Teacher; b. Conneaut, Astabula Co., Ohio, July 27, 1836;

dau. Rev. Volney and Lovina (Singer) Thompson;

ed. By tutors and in State Normal School, Edinboro, Pa.

Mem. Good Templars; has been grand vice-templar of Mich. Grand Lodge two terms; ass't sec. Eight years; prepared and published the minutes while holding that office.

While a mem. Of Methodist Espiscopal Church taught classes of various ages from infant to Bible class; held office of trustee, steward and Sabbath-school sup't.

Has worked for equal suffrage for nearly 30 years; elected pres. Mich. Equal Suffrage Ass'n, 1884; chairman Legislative Com. for many years; chairman of Com. on Labor Organizations; in charge of Mich. Woman Suffrage headquarters at Detroit during suffrage amendment campaign of 1912.

Recreations: Trips to the water and reading. Author of book on parliamentary law;

Has conducted departments on various papers on various subjects – temperance, labor, woman suffrage.

Additional Notes:

    1890 Bay City Directory:

  • Doe, Mrs. Mary L., Propr the Bazarette Stamping, Embroidery and Painting Materials for Fancy Work, 419 Center ave., res 713 Jefferson.

    1891 Bay City Directory:

  • Bay City Equal Suffrage Association -- Organized May, 1887. Meet second Thursday in each month. Mrs. M.S. Knaggs, president; Dr. Sara B. Armstrong, vice-president; Mrs. B.L. Stonebraker, secretary; Sarah Munn, treasurer; Mrs. M.L. Doe, corresponding secretary.

    1894 Census: Bay City, MI:

  • Root, Melvin A - age 55
  • Martha E., wife - age 55
  • Doe, Mary L., border - age 58

    1900 Census, Bay City, MI:

  • Mary L. Doe, widow, born Jul., 1836, father: born Ohio, mother: born N.Y.
Related Pages/Notes

Mary L. (Thompson) Doe

Related Pages:
Bay City Womans Club.
MI Women Suffrage Assoc.
Armstrong, Sarah B.
Knaggs (Stocking), May
Root (Snyder), Martha E.
People Referenced
Armstrong, Sarah B.
Doe Mary L. (subj)
- Nee Thompson.
Knaggs, M.S. Mrs.
Munn, Sarah
Root, Martha E. Mrs.
Root, Melvin A.
Singer, Lovina (mother)
Stonebraker, B.L. Mrs.
Thompson, Volney Rev.(father)
Subjects Referenced
Astabula Co., OH
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Conneaut, OH
Conneaut Academy
Detroit, MI
Equal Suffrage Assoc.
Edinboro, PA
Flint, MI
Good Templars
Methodist Episcopal
MI Woman Suffrage Ass'n
MI Grand Lodge Good Templers
Saginaw, MI
Woman's Christian Temperance Union
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