Joshua Dorsey of "Hockley" 1 2
- Born: Abt 1646, Virginia, United States
- Marriage (1): Sarah Richardson
- Died: 1688, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States about age 42
Patented "Hockley-in-the-Hole" on the south side of the Severn with his brothers John and Edward.
From The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland, p. 56:
"The following record is taken from 'Our Early Settlers.'--A list of our early arrivels up to 1680.
"'Robert Bullen demands lands for bringing over a number of passengers, amongst whom was Edward Dorsey, in 1661.'
"The same record adds, 'Aug. 25th, 1664, patented to him, John and Joshua Dorsey, a plantation called "Hockley-in-the-Hole," four hundred acres.'
"In 1683, this land was resurveyed for John Dorsey, and found to contain 843 acres. 400 acres first surveyed being old rents remaining new, whole now i the possession of Caleb Dorsey.
"Such is the record of 'Hockley' upon our Rent Rolls, at Annapolis."
Ibid., p. 30:
"South-side Severn settlements were increased in 1662. Matthew Howard, who had come up from Lower Norfolk, Virginia, in 1650, with his neighbor and relative, Edward Lloyd, had died before 1659, but his five sons now came. They were Captain Cornelius Howard, of 'Howard's Heirship and Chance'; Samuel Howard, of 'Howard's Hope'; John Howard, of 'Howard's Interest'' all adjoining near Round Bay. Philip and Matthew were on North Severn. In 1664, the three sons of Edward Dorsey, the immigrant of 1650--relatives of the Howards--took up and patented their father's survey of 'Hockley-in-the-Hole.' They were Colonel Edward Dorsey, Joshua and Hon. John Dorsey, prominent leaders in political movements and representatives in legislative measures."
(1a) 1681, 6 Dec: Edward DORSY, "Son and heir of Edward DORSY late of the County of Ann Arundell" sold the parcel Hockley in the Hole granted to "the said Edward DORSY, Joshua DORSY and John DORSEY my brothers" on 20 Aug. 1664. (2) 1681: Edward DORSEY of Anne Arundel Co., son and heir of the late Edward DORSEY, gentleman, deceased, transfered to my brother John DORSEY, for 24,000 pounds of tobacco, my right in a tract of land called "Hockley-in-the-Hole," granted to Edward, Joshua, and John DORSEY in 1664. Joshua DORSEY deeded to his brother John DORSEY, for 8,000 pounds of tobacco, his right in the same tract.
(2) He located upon "Taunton," a tract taken up by Lawrence RICHARDSON and left by him to his sons, one of whom, Lawrence Jr., conveyed his interest to Joshua DORSEY.
(1b) 1687, 20 Feb: (2) 1687/8: (1b,2) Joshua DORSEY made his will. (1b) Made bequests to his "cousins" John, Samuel and Matthew HOWARD. (1) Though not stated, these were children of Matthew HOWARD, Jr. [who married Joshua's sister Sarah DORSEY]. (2) Granted one third of his estate to his widow, Sarah DORSEY, and made his brothers Edward and John DORSEY guardians for the education of his son John DORSEY, to whom he left his estate. Gave to loving cousin John HOWARD a grey gelding; to cousin Samuel HOWARD, two hogsheads of tobacco. Gave to cousin Sarah DORSEY 20 shillings to buy her a ring.
(1c) 1688, 3 May: John ACTON made his will. Sarah DORSEY called widow and relict of Joshua DORSEY.
Noted events in his life were:
• Patented: 400 acres 3 miles from Annapolis called "Hockley-in-the-Hole" with his brothers Edward and John, 20 Aug 1664, Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States). The entire "Hockley" grant may have consisted of 2,000 acres.
• Deeded: his interest in "Hockley" to his brother John, 1681.
• Located: upon "Taunton," 1681, Maryland, (United States). "Taunton" was a tract taken up by Lawrence Richardson and left by him to his sons, one of whom, Lawrence, Jr., conveyed his interest to Joshua Dorsey.
• Will: Signed will, 20 Apr 1688. From Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, p. 59:
Joshua Dorsey's will, of 1687-8, granted one-third of his estate to his widow, Sarah Dorsey, and made his brothers, Edward and John, guardians for the education of his son, John Dorsey, to whom he left his estate. His will further reads:
"To my loving cousin, John Howard, a grey gelding; to cousin Samuel Howard, two hogsheads of tobacco. I bequeath to my cousin, Sarah Dorsey, twenty shillings, to buy her a ring."
• Probate: Estate probated, 21 Jun 1688, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States.
Joshua married Sarah Richardson, daughter of Lawrence Richardson and Unknown. (Sarah Richardson died in 1705.)