Edward Ely
(Abt 1630-)
Pleasance Ely
(Abt 1660-Bef 1734)


Family Links

1. Honorable Capt. John Dorsey of "Hockley-in-the-Hole"

2. Thomas Wainwright

Pleasance Ely 1 2 3

  • Born: Abt 1660, Maryland, (United States)
  • Marriage (1): Honorable Capt. John Dorsey of "Hockley-in-the-Hole" in 1683 in <Anne Arundel>, Maryland, (United States)
  • Marriage (2): Thomas Wainwright on 30 Nov 1722
  • Died: Bef 14 Aug 1734, Baltimore Co., Maryland, (United States)

   Another name for Pleasance was Pleasence Ely.

  Research Notes:

From http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paxson/southern/dorsey.html

"Pleasance, "of austere memory" was described in family records: "between her name and her disposition there was no similarity." She married a second time, on 30 November 1722, Thomas WAINWRIGHT. With this marriage, "Troy" passed to her grandson Basil Dorsey, son of Caleb. Thomas died in 1729, leaving Pleasance the greater part of his estate. Pleasance apparently used her wealth to invest in land. A warrant was made out for her 17 December 1717 for 200 acres called "Isle of Ely" adjacent to "Troy". That year she also bought 100 acre "Oldman's Folly". In 1720 she bought 200 acre "Roper's Increase" (perhaps part of the original of which her husband had bought 79 acres in 1705), 50 acre "Howard's Addition", and 120 acre "Poplar Spring Garden" in Baltimore County at the head of the Patapsco River, adjacent to "Howard's Ridge".[30]

"Pleasance died in 1734. Her estate was appraised 14 August 1734, by Benjamin HOWARD and John HAMMOND, son of Charles. Her possessions included some items that had been in her first husband's inventory. Pleasance had wearing apparel, a silver tankard and cups, a silver spoon, thimble, and buckles, 3 silk handkerchiefs, taylor's shears, 2 small punch bowls, 4 ivory handled knives and forks, a pepper box, 1 caster, 1 tin baster, 1 flesh fork, 1 cutting knife and 1 pen knife, 2 chests, a pair of spectacles, 2 "Turkey-workt" chairs, 6 old books (unspecified), furniture and kitchen utensils, stock and feed, one old Negro man named Tom, one old Negro woman named Beck, and one Negro lad named George.[31]"


From Side-Lights on Maryland History, vol. 2, pp. 212-213:

"This Charles Ridgely married Deborah Dorsey, the daughter of Honorable John Dorsey and Pleasance Ely. Of this lady the family records say between her name and her disposition there was no similarity."

Ibid., pp. 87-91:

"...It was at the house on Prince George's Street that Major Edward Dorsey lived during the lifetime of his first wife, Sarah Wyatt, while the Honorable John Dorsey, captain of the Baltimore County militia in later years, took possession of Hockley, three miles from Annapolis, over which his wife, Madam Pleasance Ely, presided, of whom it has been noted--perhaps as a warning to her descendants, that her name was in no sense suggestive of her disposition.

"Certain it is that the amiable Sarah, wife of Major Edward Dorsey, died, after bearing six sons and two daughters to her liege lord, while 'Pleasance,' of austere memory, buried the 'Honorable John,' and was led a second time to the altar by Thomas Wainwright."


From The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland, pp. 61-62:

"Coming into possession of 'Hockley,' in 1683, Hon. John Dorsey married Plesance Ely, who later took up a tract of land on Elk Ridge, which she named 'The Isle of Ely.'... He left an exceedingly intelligent will of entail, which gives a summary of his large estate. It reads: 'My wife, Plesance, is to have one-third of my estate, and also the choice of my estate on South River, or my now dwelling place on Elk Ridge...

"Mrs. Plesance Dorsey became Mrs Robert Wainwright. Her tract, 'The Isle of Ely,' was sold by her grandson, 'Patuxent John Dorsey,' to Basil Dorsey, of Caleb, whose homestead, 'Troy Hill,' was the former residence of Hon. John Dorsey."

  Birth Notes:

FamilySearch.org AFN: 1563-GQC b. 1650? MD.

Wikipedia - Charles Ridgely II - has (ca. 1660-1734).

  Death Notes:

http://www.srdunn.net/Steve%20Dunn.pdf has d. 1733 in Baltimore Co., MD.

http://www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/dorsey/d221.htm#P221 has d. before 14 Aug 1734.

Wikipedia - Charles Ridgely II - has (ca. 1660-1734).

  Noted events in her life were:

Inherited: One-third of Hon. John Dorsey's estate, 1715, Baltimore Co., Maryland, (United States).

Inherited: Hon. John Dorsey's estate "Troy" on the South River or "Troy Hill" on Elk Ridge, 1715, <Anne Arundel>, Maryland, (United States). This estate passed to her grandson Basil Dorsey, son of Caleb, upon her marriage to Thomas Wainwright on 30 November 1722.

Acquired: "The Isle of Ely," 200 acres on Elk Ridge adjacent to "Troy," 17 Dec 1717, <Anne Arundel (Howard)>, Maryland, (United States).

Purchased: "Oldman's Folly," 100 acres, 1717.

Purchased: "Roper's Increase," 200 acres, 1720.

Purchased: "Howard's Addition," 50 acres, 1720.

Purchased: "Poplar Spring Garden," 120 acres at the head of the Patapsco River, adjacent to "Howard's Ridge," 1720, Baltimore Co., Maryland, (United States).

Conveyed: her inherited Dorsey holdings to her grandson Basil Dorsey upon her marriage to Thomas Wainwright, 30 Nov 1722.

Appraisal: of her estate by Benjamin Howard and John Hammond, son of Charles, 14 Aug 1734.

Pleasance married Honorable Capt. John Dorsey of "Hockley-in-the-Hole", son of Edward Darcy "the Colonist" and Ann, in 1683 in <Anne Arundel>, Maryland, (United States). (Honorable Capt. John Dorsey of "Hockley-in-the-Hole" was born about 1645 in Lower Norfolk Co., Virginia, (United States) and died on 11 Mar 1715 in Baltimore Co., Maryland, (United States).)

Pleasance next married Thomas Wainwright on 30 Nov 1722. (Thomas Wainwright died in 1729.)


1 Richardson, Hester Dorsey, Side-Lights on Maryland History with Sketches of Early Maryland Families. (Vol. 2. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1913.), pp. 87-91, 212-213.

2 Warfield, J. D, The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland. (Baltimore: Kohn & Pollock, 1905), pp. 61-62.

3 Website - Genealogy, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paxson/southern/dorsey.html.

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