Edward Dorsey
(Abt 1678-1701)
Ruth Hill
(Abt 1681-1747)
Captain John "Patuxent John" Dorsey of Dorsey's Search
(Abt 1695-Abt 1761)
Elizabeth <Brown>
(Abt 1703-Between 1775/1777)
Ely Dorsey [son of Patuxent John]
(Abt 1720-Bef 1794)


Family Links

1. Mary Crockett

2. Deborah Dorsey

Ely Dorsey [son of Patuxent John] 1 2 3

  • Born: Abt 1720, <Queen Caroline Parish>, Anne Arundel (Howard), Maryland, (United States)
  • Marriage (1): Mary Crockett on 24 Jan 1744
  • Marriage (2): Deborah Dorsey about 1750 in <Anne Arundel>, Maryland, (United States)
  • Died: Bef 3 Feb 1794, <Anne Arundel>, Maryland, United States

  Research Notes:

Eldest son of Patuxent John Dorsey.

From http://www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/dorsey/d17544.htm#P17544:

"[The will of Elizabeth Dorsey] made January 25, 1775 and proved March 23, 1777 left:

To daughter Lucy Dorsey, 2 negroes and personalty
All personal estate to be sold and debts paid and remainder of money divided equally among nine children, Ely, Basil, Benjamin, John, Samuel, Deborah, and Lucy Dorsey, Ruth Talbot, and Rachel Ridgely
Exrs: daughter Lucy Dorsey and nephew John Dorsey
Test: Samuel Brown Jr., Sara Brown, Rachel Todd (Wills 41, f. 421)"

From http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mrmarsha&id=I36906:

Provincial Court Land Records, 1762-1763
Volume 724, Page 40

This Indenture made the 23.d Day of April in the Year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and sixty two Between Ely Dorsey Eldest son & heir at Law of Cap.t John Dorsey jun.r late of Ann Arundel County deceased of the one Part and William Hall of Elk Ridge of the same county Merchant of the other Part Whereas the said John Dorsey deceased and William Hall did heretofore take up in Partnership a Tract or Parcel of Land called Dorseys Partnership lying in Frederick County containing one thousand four hundred and seventy five acres granted to the said John Dorsey in his lifetime by Patent bearing Date the first day of January in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty And Whereas the said John Dorsey by his last Will and Testament in writing duly proved and Registered in the Commissarys Office of this Province did amongst other things devise as follows Viz.t " I give and Bequeath unto my son Benjamin Dorsey two hundred and forty eight Acres of Land Part of a Tract of Land called " Partnership as laid out by Joseph Plummer
Item I give and Bequeath " unto William Hall of Elk Ridge all the Residue of the Land called Partnership not already Bequeathed upon the said Halls paying a Proportional part of the charges now due and that shall hereafter accrue thereon to the Quantity of Land that he shall have he having already paid his proportion of the other charges and the Caution Money as by the same Patent and Will Reference being thereunto had may more fully appear Now this Indenture Witnesseth that the said Ely Dorsey for and in consideration of the Caution Money and proportion of charges aforesaid pa of his Deceased Father as also for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings to him in Hand paid Hath Granted Remised Released and Confirmed and by these Presents Doth Grant Remise Release and Confirm unto him the said William Hall his Heirs and Assigns All that part of the Tract or Parcel of Land aforesaid called Dorsey's Partnership agreeable to the Division made by the said Joseph Plummer contained within the following Metes and Bounds ....... containing in the said Part One thousand two hundred and two Acres of Land more or Less, together with all and Singular the Improvements Profits and Advantages to the same part belonging and all the Estate Right Title and Interest either in Law or equity of him the said Ely Dorsey of into or out of the same and the Reversion and Reversions Remainder and Remainders Rents Issues and Profits of that part hereby conveyed or intended so to be To have and to hold the same Parcel of Land hereby conveyed agreeable to the courses aforesaid containing one thousand two hundred and two acres and other the Premisses with the appurtenances unto him the said William Hall his Heirs and Assigns forever to his and their own proper use and Behoof and to no other Intent or Purpose whatsoever In Witness whereof the Party to these Presents have hereunto set his hand and seal the Day and Year first above written
Sealed and Delivered Ely Dorsey (seal)
In Presence of
Henry Hall
John Weems

On the Back of the aforegoing Deed was thus Written to wit

Ann Arund.l County fs April 23.d 1762 Then came before us the subscribers Two of his Lordships Justices of the Peace for Ann Arundel County the within named Ely Dorsey and acknowledged the within Instrument of Writing to be his Act and deed and the Land and Premisses therein specified to be the Right and Estate of the within named William Hall his Heirs and Assigns according to the true intent and meaning thereof Henry Hall

John Weems

May 7.th 1762 Received of M.r William Hall Two Pounds eight shillings and one Penny sterling for the use of the Lord Baltimore being the Alienation Fine on the within one thousand two hundred and two Acres of Land by Virtue of a Commission from Edward Lloyd Esq.r his said Lordship's Agent and Receiver General
Recorded 10.th May 1762
Benj.a Beall

The "Ely Dorsey" below may be a different individual:

From Inhabitants of Baltimore County 1763-1774, pp. 27-41:


"The petitions for and against the removal of the county seat of Baltimore County from Joppa to Baltimore Town in 1768 are discussed at length in the Archives of Maryland, Vol. 61 (Appendix). Notices were posted in January, 1768 at the door of the courthouse in Joppa, at the church door of St. Paul's Parish, at the church door of St. Thomas' Parish, at the church door of St. John's Parish, at the church door of St. George's Parish, at the door of the chapel of St. George's Parish, at the door of the chapel of St. John's Parish, and at the house called St. Thomas' Chapel in St. Thomas' Parish, by Absalom Butler and sworn to before the Honorable Benjamin Rogers. Notices were printed in English and German. Tabulations indicate that 2,271 voted for the removal of the courthouse, and 901 voted against it. (It should be noted that some signatures are missing due to the disintegration of the paper, and there also appears to be some who signed more than once.) Five years later, Harford County separated from Baltimore County and set up its court house at Bush (Harford Town) in 1774 and at Bel Air in 1782.


"...Thomas Cockey...Joshua Owings...Charles Ridgely... Samuel Owings... John Cockey... Benjamin Wells, Charles Wells... George Wells... Caleb Warfield, Nathaniel Stinchcomb... William Coale...Christopher Randall, Jr.... J. Cockey Owings... William Wells, Jr.... William Wells...Edward Talbott... Edward Cockey... Benjamin Talbott... Charles Ridgely (son William)... Elisha Dorsey... Alexander Wells, Nathaniel Owings...Nathaniel Stinchcomb, Sr....Lott Owings... Anthony Arnold... Richard Owings... William Cockey... John Talbott (son Edward)... Richard Owings... William Slade... Edward Talbot... Vachel Dorsey... Christopher Owings, Richard Owings... Edward Dorsey (son John)... Lancelott Dorsey, Charles Dorsey (son Nathan), Ely Dorsey... Henry Dorsey...Samuel Dorsey, Jr.... Joshua Owings, Jr.... Samuel Owings... John Wells... Thomas Owings... Henry Butler... George Dorsey...


Greenbury Dorsey, Jr....William Wells..."

ibid, pp. 57-60:


[Among those listed are:]

Dorsey, Edward; Edward Dorsey; John Goodlan; Wm. Shavens; William Price; Joseph Holdin; Comfort

Dorsey, Basel (Qtr.); Thomas Gilbert; Henry Gilbert

Dorsey, Caly

Dorsey, Nicholas; Abrim, Soloman

Dorsey, Charles (of Nich.); Joseph Chapman; John Carter; John Langley; George Miller; Absilam Frisel

Dorsey, Nicholas Jr.; William Aston; John Martin; Thomas Miller

Dorsey, John (Qtr.); Ka(?)es Conener; Edward Gattle; Thomas Giffiry; John Poe; John Mikes; John Cocks; Richard Williams; Harry Cater Cub

Dorsey, Ely (Qtr.); John Randle; Will; Joe

Dorsey, Ely

Owings, Richard (son of Samuel); James Riley;l John Highnmarsh; Timothy Philips

Wilmoth, John (Qtr); Jiry; Bess; Dinis Downey

"On Reverse side: Delaware Hundred Taxes 462 examined by JSH. The Hole Amount of Taxes is 501: Richard Owings, son of Sam."

  Noted events in his life were:

Inherited: his father's portion of "Dorsey's Partnership" (1,202 acres), Abt Aug 1761, Frederick, Maryland, (United States).

Conveyed: his portion of "Dorsey's Partnership" in Frederick County to William Hall of Elk Ridge, 23 Apr 1762, Frederick, Maryland, (United States). Ely Dorsey's portion of was 1,202 acres.

Oath of Allegiance: before Hon. Reuben Meriweather, 2 Mar 1778, Maryland, (United States).

Served: on the Committee of Observation, 1775, Maryland, (United States).

Will: Signed will, 22 Oct 1789.

Codicil: Signed codicil to will, 9 Mar 1793.

Probate: Estate probated, 3 Feb 1794, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States.

Ely married Mary Crockett, daughter of John Crockett and Unknown, on 24 Jan 1744.

Ely next married Deborah Dorsey, daughter of Caleb Dorsey of Hockley in the Hole [son of Capt. John] and Elinor Warfield, about 1750 in <Anne Arundel>, Maryland, (United States). (Deborah Dorsey was born on 25 Nov 1722 in St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States) and died before 21 May 1807.)


1 http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mdannear/firstfam/dorsey/b17274.htm#P17274.

2 http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:3306552&id=I20111.

3 Peden, Henry C., Jr, Revolutionary Patriots of Anne Arundel County Maryland (Westminster, MD: Heritage Books, 2006.), p. 49.

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