Caleb Dorsey of Hockley in the Hole [son of Capt. John]
Elinor Warfield
Captain Joshua Dorsey
Ann Ridgely
John Dorsey (son of Caleb) of "New Year's Gift"
Elizabeth Dorsey
Captain John Dorsey


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1. Margaret Ann Boone

Captain John Dorsey 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 31 Mar 1751, Christ Church, Queen Caroline Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States)
  • Marriage (1): Margaret Ann Boone on 19 Mar 1782 in Baltimore Co., Maryland, (United States)
  • Died: Jan 1796 at age 44

  Research Notes:

From Revolutionary Patriots of Anne Arundel, pp. 50-51:

"DORSEY, JOHN, OF JOHN (March 31, 1751 - January, 1796). Son of John Dorsey and Elizabeth Dorsey. Married Margaret Boone in 1782 and had six children: Humphrey Dorsey, Caleb Dorsey, Charles Boone Dorsey, Stephen Boone Dorsey, Richard Dorsey, and Margaret Anne Dorsey Gaither. John was a Captain in the Elk Ridge Battalion in 1778 under Col. Thomas Dorsey and Lieutenant Colonel John Dorsey... He also took the Oath of Allegiance before Hon. John Dorsey on March 12, 1778, according to Source R-184, which cites as its source The Maryland State Papers, Red Book, Part 4, Item 155. However, this published list appears to be in error as the original lists show the name as 'John Dorsey of Ml.', which twould indicate John Dorsey of Michael, not John."


From The Dorsey Family, p. 158:

"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 Elizabeth and son Caleb Dorsey, empowered to sell house and lot in Frederick Town (Wiulls 35, f 258)

...The will of Elizabeth Dorsey made May 3, 1802 and proved December 10, 1803 left:
To son Richard Dorsey, one-half of a tract of land in Anne Arundel County
To orphan children of son John, remainder of tract of land
To son Richard Dorsey in trust, all lands in Montgomery County, which I derive from my brother Joshua Dorsey, to be held by said Richard for the use and benefit of daughter Elizabeth Boggess during her natural life and after her death to granddaughter Elizabeth Dorsey Boggess
To grandchildren Mortimer and Eliza Anne, children of son Richard, Caleb and Peggy Dorsey, children of son John, and Ellen stringer, daughter of daughter Eleanor, personalty
To son Richard Dorsey, all other property
Exr: son Richard Dorsey (A.A. Co. Wills J.C. No. 2, f. 259)"

This may be the John Dorsey who appears in the following lists:

From Inhabitants of Baltimore County 1763-1774, 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. 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...

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."

Ibid., pp. 97-99:

[Among those listed are:]
*Col. John Dorsey
William Lux -25
*Ann Lux, widow
Charles Ridgely, Jr. - 3
Ridgely & Nicholson, acct., William Robinson - 0
*Richard Ridgely

John married Margaret Ann Boone, daughter of Humphrey Boone and Ann Slade, on 19 Mar 1782 in Baltimore Co., Maryland, (United States). (Margaret Ann Boone was born on 9 Nov 1758 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States) and died in Jul 1834.)


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.), pp. 158-159.


3 Peden, Henry C., Jr, Revolutionary Patriots of Anne Arundel County Maryland (Westminster, MD: Heritage Books, 2006.), pp. 50-51.

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

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