Edward Dorsey
(Abt 1678-1701)
Ruth Hill
(Abt 1681-1747)
Lancelot Todd [Jr.]
Elizabeth <Rockhold>
Captain Edward Dorsey
(Abt 1701-Bef 1767)
Sarah Todd
(-After 1767)
Lancelot Dorsey [of Edward]
(Abt 1731-1778)


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1. Deborah Ridgely

Lancelot Dorsey [of Edward] 1 2

  • Born: Abt 1731, Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States)
  • Marriage (1): Deborah Ridgely
  • Died: <1778> about age 47

  Research Notes:

This is probably the Lancelot (Lancelott, Lanslot) Dorsey listed in the following:

From Inhabitants of Baltimore County 1763-1774, pp. 7-8:


"...Dorsey, Charles
Dorsey, Lanslot
Dorsey, Andrew
Dorsey, Edward
Dorsey, John, Qtrs...."

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.


"…Edward Dorsey (of BC), Nicholas Dorsey, Jr….Edward Talbot… Vachel Dorsey... Christopher Owings, Richard Owings... William Arnold… Edward Dorsey (son John)... Lancelott Dorsey, Charles Dorsey (son Nathan), Ely Dorsey... Henry Dorsey... James Dorsey… Charles Dorsey… Nicholas Dorsey, Sr…. (Petition endorsed by George Ogg)
"…Edmund Talbott… (Petition endorsed by Thomas Jones)
"… Samuel Owings (of Thomas)… (Petition endorsed by Abraham Walker and Benjamin Rogers)
"… Samuel Dorsey, Jr.... (Petition endorsed by Moses Galloway)
"… Joshua Owings, Jr.... (Petition not endorsed)
"…Joseph Cole… John Hall (son of Joshua)… (Petition endorsed by Capt. Richard Richards)
"… Henry Dorsey, Jr. (Mutilated petition; at least five names torn away)
"… Henry Griffith Dorsey, Sr… Leakin Dorsey… Thomas Gist… (Petition endorsed by John Riston)
"… Philip Coale… (Petition endorsed by Richard McCallister)…
"… Samuel Owings... John Wells... (Petition endorsed by Daniel Bowers)

  Death Notes:

Source: The Dorsey Family by Maxwell J. Dorsey, Jean Muir Dorsey and Nannie Ball Nimmo,2006, p. 145 "d. intestate"

  Noted events in his life were:

• Oath of Allegiance: before Hon. John Dorsey, 12 Mar 1778. 3

Lancelot married Deborah Ridgely, daughter of William Ridgely and Elizabeth Ridgely. (Deborah Ridgely was born about 1730 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States).)


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

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

3 Peden, Henry C., Jr, Revolutionary Patriots of Anne Arundel County Maryland (Westminster, MD: Heritage Books, 2006.), p. 52.

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