Honorable Capt. John Dorsey of "Hockley-in-the-Hole"
(Abt 1645-1715)
Pleasance Ely
(Abt 1660-Bef 1734)
Captain Richard Hill
Edward Dorsey
(Abt 1678-1701)
Ruth Hill
(Abt 1681-1747)
Captain Edward Dorsey
(Abt 1701-Bef 1767)


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1. Sarah Todd

Captain Edward Dorsey 1 2 3 4

  • Born: Abt 1701
  • Marriage (1): Sarah Todd
  • Died: Bef 11 Nov 1767, "Dorsey's Inheritance", Anne Arundel (Howard), Maryland, (United States)

  Research Notes:

From The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland, pp. 61-62:
[The will of Hon. John Dorsey reads in part:]

'I give to my grandson, Edward Dorsey, son of my son, Edward Dorsey, deceased, "Dorsey's Advanture" and "Whitaker's Purchase" adjoining it. If he leave no issue, then to John, of Edward, and if he leave none, then as above, to Deborah's youngest three children....--JOHN DORSEY. (Seal).'

From The Dorsey Family, p. 144-145:

"Edward Dorsey inherited from his grandfather Hon. John Dorsey in 1714, two tracts of land, Dorsey's Adventure and Whitaker's Purchase.

In 1732 two tracts of land, Dorsey's Inheritance and Belly Ache Thicket were surveyed for Edward Dorsey. (Patents B.C.& C.S. No. 13, f. 344; No. 21, f. 311)

Dorsey's Thicket, a tract of 655 acres was surveyed for him in 1758, and in 1764 Ely's Lot Enlarged was laid out. (Patents B.C.& G.S. No. 13, f. 344; No. 21, f. 311)

On December 5, 1745, Edward Dorsey gave 2 negro girls to his daughter Elizabeth Dorsey (Balt. Co. Deeds T.B. No. E, f. 3)

In the settlement of his estate, Edward Dorsey is called Captain, but no record of his miliatry services has been found.

The will of Edward Dorsey made April 14, 1764 and probated in 1767 left:

To son Edward Dorsey, 200 acres land part of Dorsey's Inheritance devised to wife Sarah, to be his after her death or marriage, and wearing apparell, and on condition that he discharge two bonds, one to Charles Carrol and the other to John Brice

To son Lancelot Dorsey, 50 acres, Baltimore County, which I had of his brother Edward

To son John Dorsey, 230 acres part of Dorsey's Inheritance including the plantation where he now lives and 79 acres before deeded to him which adjoins his plantation, his mother to have use of the small meadow and Tobacco house which is on the land

To son Charles Dorsey, 40 acres of land in Baltimore County, adjoining his plantation taken up in a survey made by his father (the testator), John Gillis and Edward Dorsey of John

To sons Ely Dorsey and Richard Dorsey, remainder of lands lying in Baltimore County being part of Ely's Lot and part of Belly Ache Thicket to be equally divided between them, appoint Vachel Dorsey to divide same

To daughter Ruth Dorsey, 1 shilling

To daughter Sarah Gassawy, 1 shilling

To Ely Dorsey, one negro boy named Will

To Richard Dorsey, one negro boy named Jem

To wife Sarah, personal estate, during widowhood, but if she should marry then to be equally divided between 3 youngest sons, Charles Ely, Richard.

Whereas I have reason to believe there is a great deal of iron ore on the 200 acres devised to son Edward, and if so, the profits of the ore are to be divided amonst the six sons

Exrs: sons John and Ely Dorsey (Wills, 36, f. 109)

The inventory of the estate of Capt. Edward Dorsey was taken November 30, 1767. The relations were Richard Dorsey and Thomas Dorsey. (Invts. 99, f. 155)


The Edward Dorsey in the lists below may be a different individual (e.g., his son):

From Inhabitants of Baltimore County 1763-177, pp. 7-8:


[Among those listed are:]
Dorsey, Edward
Dorsey, John, Qtrs.
Wells, Valentine

"Note by William N. Wilkins: The last six pages of Delaware Hundred are missing. Last page of this Hundred is marked as #22. The names on these missing pages however, can be deterined from the index; thus, all of the names are shown.

ibid, pp. 16-23:


Aquila Hall was High Sheriff of Baltimore County and after Harford County separated from Baltimore County in 1773 he was appointed Colonel of Militia and one of the Lord Justices of the new county of Harford from 1774 to 1779. While serving as Sheriff of Baltimore County he compiled a tax assessment ledger of 145 pages which named 1,380 persons, their land tracts, and their assessments... Its index contains the following names...

"William Cockey,... Joshua Cockey,... Edward Cockey,... John Hammond Dorsey,... Caleb Dorsey, Bazil Dorsey, Edward Dorsey,... Caleb Dorsey,... Richard Dorsey,...John Dorsey,...Samuel Owings,... John Owings, Joshua Owings,... Sarah Owings,... Stephen Owings,... Samuel Owings,... Elijah Owings,... Henry Owings,... Christopher Randell,... John Ridgley,... Charles Ridgley, Jr.,... Capt. John Stinchcombe,... Nathan Stinchcombe,... Edmund Talbott, Thomas Talbott,... Philip Thomas,... Edward Talbott,... Samuel Underwood,... Benjamin Wells,... James Wells,... William Wells, James Wells, Jr.,... Charles Wells,... Elex Wells..."

  Noted events in his life were:

Inherited: "Dorsey's Adventure" from his grandfather, Hon. John Dorsey, 1715.

Inherited: "Whitaker's Purchase" from his grandfather Hon. John Dorsey, 1715. This property adjoined "Dorsey's Adventure."

Surveyed and acquired: "Dorsey's Inheritance," 1732. In 1732 two tracts of land, Dorsey's Inheritance and Belly Ache Thicket were surveyed for Edward Dorsey. (Patents B.C.& C.S. No. 13, f. 344; No. 21, f. 311)

Surveyed and acquired: "Belly Ache Thicket," 1732. In 1732 two tracts of land, Dorsey's Inheritance and Belly Ache Thicket were surveyed for Edward Dorsey. (Patents B.C.& C.S. No. 13, f. 344; No. 21, f. 311)

Surveyed and held: "Dorsey's Thicket," a tract of 655 acres, 1758.

Surveyed and acquired: "Ely's Lot Enlarged," 1764.

Will, 14 Apr 1764.

Probate: of his estate, 11 Nov 1767, Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States).

Edward married Sarah Todd, daughter of Lancelot Todd [Jr.] and Elizabeth <Rockhold>. (Sarah Todd died after 1767.)


1 Dorsey, Maxwell Jay, Jean Muir Dorsey, Nannie Ball Nimmo, The Dorsey family: descendants of Edward Darcy-Dorsey of Virginia and Maryland for five generations, and allied families (Orig. Pub. M. J. Dorsey, 1946; reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.), p. 144.

2 Warfield, J. D, The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland. (Baltimore: Kohn & Pollock, 1905), pp. 61-62.

3 Peden, Henry C., Jr, Inhabitants of Baltimore County 1763-1774. (Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1989.).

4 http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mdannear/firstfam/dorsey/b7812.htm#P7812.

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