Francis Doughty was a reverend from Massachusetts. In the year 1642, Doughty founded the village of Maspeth, known as "Mespat" at the time of founding from the Indians living in the area. In time, the village became part of Queens County.
Kroessler, Jeffrey A. New York, Year by Year: A Chronology of the Great Metropolis. New York: New York University Press, 2002.
Queens Chamber of Commerce. "Maspeth." http://www.queenschamber.org/QueensInfo/NeighborhoodPages/maspeth.html