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)
Colonel John Dorsey [son of Capt. Edward]


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1. Mary Hammond

Colonel John Dorsey [son of Capt. Edward] 1 2 3

  • Born: 1736
  • Marriage (1): Mary Hammond on 23 Aug 1757 in <Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States)>
  • Died: 2 Jan 1810, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States at age 74

  Research Notes:

There were apparently two men named John Dorsey, and both may have held the rank of colonel during the Revolutionary War.

From Revolutionary Patriots of Anne Arundel, p. 50:

"He is styled Colonel in Source R-130, but the fact that he was a member of the Maryland Convention in 1775 and a Colonel in the Elk Ridge Battalion from 1776 to 1778 also applies to another John Dorsey (1734-1779), q.v., cited in that same reference (R-27), which also refers to the death notice of a Colonel John Dorsey on January 2, 1810 in his 76th year... Simple arithmetic shows that this John was born in 1734, not 1736. (It is difficult to ascertain which historical facts pertain to which John. Perhaps there were two Colonel John Dorseys)."


This person may be the John Dorsey found in the following, although some or all are more likely the other one (Hon. John Dorsey, 1734-1779).

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


[Among those listed are:]
Dorsey, Charles
Dorsey, Lanslot
Dorsey, Andrew
Dorsey, Edward
Dorsey, John, Qtrs
Wells, Valentine

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,... William Talbott's heirs, …Philip Thomas,... John Talbott, …Edward Talbott,... Samuel Underwood,... Benjamin Wells,... James Wells,... William Wells, James Wells, Jr.,... Charles Wells,... Elex 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); Jamees Riley; John Highnmarsh; Timothy Philips...

Ibid., pp. 89-102:


"This list of taxables is recorded in Reverend Ethan Allen's book entitled Historical Sketches of St. Paul's Parish in Baltimore County, Maryland which he compiled in 1855. A copy is available in the Maryland Historical Society Library in Baltimore. Each person named therein is followed by a number which represents the number of taxables in his house. This list, in 1774, ony gives the household head by name. The list also contains names of persons in Rev. Dr. West's list in the year 1786/7, and these names (marked with an * asterisk) appear to have been in St. Paul's in 1774 as well.


"...*Col. John Dorsey,...William Richardson, carpenter, acct., Charles Ridgely, Jr. - 3,... Ridgely & Nicholson, acct., William Robinson - 0,...

  Birth Notes:

Source: The Dorsey Family by Maxwell J. Dorsey, Jean Muir Dorsey and Nannie Ball Nimmo,2006, p. 145 "b. 1736 (Chanc. Rec. 13, f. 837)"

  Noted events in his life were:

• Administration: of his estate, 20 Oct 1810.

John married Mary Hammond, daughter of William Hammond and Elizabeth Hughes, on 23 Aug 1757 in <Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States)>. (Mary Hammond was born in 1738 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States) and died on 22 Jun 1783 in Baltimore Co., Maryland, (United States).)


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

2 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. 145.

3 http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mdannear/firstfam/dorsey/b17238.htm#P17238.

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