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Manufacturers Index - William S. Doig, Inc.

William S. Doig, Inc.
Brooklyn, NY; Haverstraw, NY; Hewitt, NJ, U.S.A.
Manufacturer Class: Wood Working Machinery

Last Modified: Apr 14 2016 12:02PM by Jeff_Joslin
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This company dates back to 1889 or earlier, and survived until at least 1988. They made nailing machines, primarily for the box-making trade.

The founder, William Spencer Doig, died in about 1900, but the company continued on without him. For a time, patents related to the company were assigned to Emma Doig, probably his widow. John Doig received a couple of nailing-machine patents, in 1918 and 1920. The former patent was assigned to Emma Doig.

The company was located in Brooklyn until it moved to Haverstraw, NY, sometime between 1940 and 1966. In 1988 they were located in Hewitt, NJ, which is the last listing we have for them. They are no longer in business in that town.

Morgan Gage Co. says on their web site that they provide parts and service for Doig nailers.

Undated trade card, image courtesy Ken Doig

Information Sources

  • 1889 ad from "The Wood-Worker": "Superior box nailing machinery".
  • A listing of trade catalogs for nails and nail-making machines compiled by David Moyer and available online:
    • The New York Public Library has an 1894 catalog from William S. Doig, Inc. The 64-page catalog shows the company's box nailing machinery.
    • The Brooklyn Historical Society has a 1916 catalog from W. S. Doig, Inc., a 96-page "sectional catalog of standard nailing machines."
  • 1894 and 1897 trademark registrations: No. 24,520 and No. 30,779, both granted to William S. Doig of Brooklyn, and both a "trademark for box-nailing machines".
  • Ad in the May 1898 issue of "The Wood-Worker", for box nailing machinery.
  • A December 1900 patent to William S. Doig noted that the inventor was deceased.
  • A web search turned up a 1988 directory listing for William S. Doig, Inc.. The address was given as 856 Warwick Tpke, of Hewitt, NJ.
  • A Doig family genealogy website has the following entry:

    William Spencer Doig, born 1847/48 in NY; died 20 Mar 1900 in Kings Co., NY; buried 23 Mar 1900 in Green Wood Cemtery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY. He married Emma (Nott) Doig, born Oct 1850 in Cheltannam, England; died 30 Oct 1934 in Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY; buried in Green Wood Cemtery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, daughter of John Nott and Ellason (Wardrop) Nott.

    Notes for William Spencer Doig
    In 1876 William was a machinist living with his parents at 172 Newell, Brooklyn. William became a manufacturer of box nailing machines. In 1880 they lived at 41 Broome Street, Brooklyn, NY. He last lived at 85 Hewes Street, Brooklyn.

    William's will was probated 3 Apr 1900 and a letter of testament was file 4 Apr 1900 in Kings Co., NY.

    Obituary: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 22, 1900.
    Doig—Entered into rest on Tuesday, March 20, William S. Doig.

    Relative and friends of the family, also members of Reliance Lodge No. 776, F. and A. M.; Altair Chapter. DeWitt Clinton Commandery and Mecca Shrine are invited to attend the funeral services at his late residence, 83 Hewes st, Brooklyn, N.Y., on Thursday evening, March 22, at 8 o'clock. Interment private. Oasis of New York, Mecca Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. - Illustrious Noble William S. Doig has been admitted to the Unseen Temple

    Notes for Emma Nott
    In 1920 Emma was living at 796 Park Place, Brooklyn; she was alone, except for a maid and cook. In 1928 Emma lived at 780 St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn. She died 30 Oct 1934 at her home. She had been President of the Woman's Community League of St. Bartgholomew P.E. Church. Also a member of Chitopean and Rubinstein Clubs.