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)
Ely Dorsey [son of Capt. Edward]


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1. Ruth Dorsey

Ely Dorsey [son of Capt. Edward] 1 2 3

  • Born: 1744, Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States)
  • Marriage (1): Ruth Dorsey on 1 Dec 1765
  • Died: 14 Mar 1803, Frederick Co., Maryland, United States at age 59

  Research Notes:

From Revolutionary Patriots of Anne Arundel, p. 49:

"DORSEY, ELY (1744 - March 14, 1803, Frederick County). Son of Edward Dorsey and Sarah Todd. He married Ruth Dorsey in 1765 and they had six children: Mary Dorsey, Edward Dorsey, Michael Dorsey, Honor Dorsey Poffenberger, Ruth Dorsey Davey, and Allen Dorsey. Ely served on the Committee of Safety in 1775 and was later commissioned a Lieutenant in 1776 in Capt. John Watkins' Company. On December 10, 1776 he became a Captain in the 2nd Maryland Line. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Staten Island on August 22, 1777, later released, and served through March, 1779 (Ref: R-133, R-134, T-277)."


This may be the Ely Dorsey in these lists:

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.


"…Edward Owings…Charles Ridgely (son William)... (Petition endorsed by Jonathan Plowman)
"Elisha Dorsey... (Petition endorsed by Charles Rogers)
"…Alexander Wells, Nathaniel Owings...Stephen Hart Owings…(Petition endorsed by Alexander Wells)
"…Nathaniel Stinchcomb, Sr., Thomas Wells…Richard Wells…(Petition endorsed by Dr. William Lyon)
"...Lott Owings... Anthony Arnold... John Calvert (Petition endorsed by William Lux and Benjamin Rogers)
"…Richard Owings... William Cockey.(Petition endorsed by Joseph Cromwell, Sr.)
"... John Talbott (son Edward)... William Worthington…Larkin Randall…Bale Owings…John Fishpaw…Richard Cole…(Petition endorsed by John Merryman, Jr. and John Leet)
"…Benjamin Rogers…William Cole… (Petition endorsed in the Market Place by John Leets)
"…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)
"… Thomas Owings… (Petition endorsed by George Risteau and Benjamin Rogers)

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...

Ely married Ruth Dorsey, daughter of Michael Dorsey and Ruth Todd, on 1 Dec 1765. (Ruth Dorsey was born on 17 Mar 1743 and died before 25 Jun 1805 in Frederick 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. 145.

2 http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mdannear/firstfam/dorsey/b17240.htm#P17240.

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

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

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