Honorable Capt. John Dorsey of "Hockley-in-the-Hole"
(Abt 1645-1715)
Pleasance Ely
(Abt 1660-Bef 1734)
Captain Richard Warfield
Elinor Browne
Caleb Dorsey of Hockley in the Hole [son of Capt. John]
Elinor Warfield
John Dorsey (son of Caleb) of "New Year's Gift"


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1. Elizabeth Dorsey

John Dorsey (son of Caleb) of "New Year's Gift" 1 2

  • Born: 7 Oct 1708, St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States)
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth Dorsey
  • Died: 22 Jul 1765, "New Year's Gift", Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States) at age 56
  • Buried: Christ Church, Queen Caroline Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States)

  Research Notes:

FromThe Dorsey Family, p. 158:

"John, who signed his name, John Dorsey son of Caleb, received from his father in 1732 a tract of land containing 700 acres called New Year's Gift. In 1735 John Dorsey and his father Caleb deeded two acres of this tract for a site for Christ Church of which John was a member. (Arch. of Md. XXXIX, 167, 229) He bought other tracts of land and lots in Frederick Town...

The will of John Dorsey made April 8, 1765 and proved in 1765 left:

To sons John Dorsey, Richard Dorsey and their heirs to be equally divided, the tracts Dorsey's Range, the Addition to Dorsey's Range, Duvall's Range, the Defendant, Mineral Hill, and part of a tract What's Left, and also a parcel of land that Philemon Dorsey is to convey to me, and if either die without heirs, the whole to go to survivor and if both should die without heirs to be divided among other children
To son Caleb Dorsey, 3 negroes
To daughters Elinor Stringer, Achsah Dorsey, Ann Dorsey, Elizabeth Dorsey, and sons John Dorsey and Richard Dorsey, 150 pounds Sterling and 1 negro each
To granddaughters Elizabeth Dorsey and Mary Stringer, 1 negro each
To wife Elizabeth, 200 pounds Sterling, 8 negroes, one-third of estate
Exrs: wife Eliazabeth and son Caleb Dorsey, empowered to sell house and lot in Frederick Town (Wiulls 35, f 258)"


Possibly this John Dorsey:
From index of Maryland Historical Archives
1758 Nov.
Grant of tract of land called Walker's Lane, Anne Arundel Co., to John Dorsey. Originally granted to Joseph Walker.

The John Dorsey referenced below may be a different individual:

From the book Inhabitants of Baltimore County 1763-1774 by Henry C. Peden, Jr., Westminster, Maryland, 1989, pp. 7-8:


[Among those listed are:]
Dorsey, Charles
Dorsey, Edward
Dorsey, John, Qtrs.
Dorsey, Lanslot
Dorsey, Vachael
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,... Charles Dorsey,... Andrew Dorsey,... Joshua Dorsey,...Caleb Dorsey, Bazil Dorsey, Edward Dorsey,... Caleb Dorsey,... Richard Dorsey,...Vachell 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..."

ibid, pp. 57-65:


"...Dorsey, John (Qtr.); Ka(?)es Conener; Edward Gattle; Thomas Giffiry; John Poe; John Mikes; John Cocks; Richard Williams; Harry Cater Cub..."
[This may be a different John Dorsey, not the son of Caleb]

  Noted events in his life were:

Received: "New Year's Gift," 700 acres, from his father, 1732, Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States).

Will, 8 Apr 1756.

Probate: of his estate, 8 Aug 1765, Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States).

John married Elizabeth Dorsey, daughter of Captain Joshua Dorsey and Ann Ridgely. (Elizabeth Dorsey was born on 6 Mar 1720 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States), christened in Christ Church, Queen Caroline Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States), died in Dec 1803 in Montgomery Co, Maryland, United States and was buried on 8 Dec 1803 in Montgomery Co, Maryland, United States.)


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. 158.

2 http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, http://www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/dorsey/d8035.htm#P8035

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