Edward Hill "Iron Head Ned" Dorsey 1 2 3
- Born: 2 Sep 1758, Queen Caroline Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States)
- Marriage (1): Elizabeth Dorsey on 25 Mar 1786 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States
- Died: 24 Mar 1799, "Belmont", Anne Arundel (Howard), Maryland, United States at age 40
Another name for Edward was Edward Hill Dorsey.
From Revolutionary Patriots of Anne Arundel, p. 48:
"DORSEY, EDWARD (OF CALEB). Took Oath of Allegiance before Hon. John Dorsey on March 12, 1778 (Ref: B-26...). Edward Dorsey of Caleb, was drafted in October, 1780 to serve until December 10, 1780 (Ref: H-369)."
From Revolutionary Patriots of Anne Arundel, p. 49:
"DORSEY, EDWARD HILL (September 2, 1758 - March 24, 1799). Son of Edward [Caleb] Dorsey and Priscilla Hill. Married Elizabeth Dorsey in 1786 and they had nine children: Mary Dorsey Murray, Caroline Dorsey Donaldson, Priscilla Dorsey Hanson, Hill Dorsey, Robert Dorsey, Hammond Dorsey, Sarah Dorsey, Elizabeth Dorsey, and an unnamed infant son. Edward may have been the Edward Dorsey of Caleb who was drafted during October, 1780 (Ref: R-191, R-192...)."
From Wikipedia - Elkridge Furnace:
The site of the Elkridge Furnace and forge (located in the US state of Maryland ), known today as Avalon, was a tract of land patented as "Taylor's Forest" purchased in 1761 by Caleb Dorsey, an ironmaster. The land was located on the Patapsco river near Elkridge Landing, today being part of the Patapsco Valley State Park . The site first produced pig iron for export to England and after the addition of a forge produced crowbars, some of the earliest tools produced in America. The manufacture of tools in America had been banned for years by England. In 1771, after the death of Caleb Dorsey, the forge was operated by Caleb's sons, Edward Dorsey "Iron Head Ned" and Samuel Dorsey. In 1775 and during the American Revolution (1775-1783), the forge manufactured cast-iron parts for muskets by William Whetcroft. During the time of Mr. Whetcroft, the height of the dam (Avalon pictured here) , was increased to allow for constructing a millrace to feed a slitting mill on the property. In 1783, operations at the site were closed due to tax problems and the site was auctioned off in 1815. Benjamin and James Ellicott became the owners and incorporated the site as the Avalon Iron Works in 1822 and manufactured nails. "
First Elkridge Furnace
The existence of iron was known from the time John Smith sailed up the Patapsco in 1608 and the settlement of Elkridge Landing is given as 1690, Likely many attempts at iron production took place after 1690.
Caleb Dorsey built his home "Belmont" on a tract of land patented in 1695. The "Save Belmont Coalition" credits Caleb Dorsey and his brother as building several iron forges on the creeks that ran into the nearby Patapsco River. This seems likely, considering the effort that would be required to move the iron ore some distance to one furnace. A Journal in the Maryland Archives by Caleb Dorsey & Co. operator of Elk Ridge Furnace has dates of 1758/10/01-1761/08/31.
The existence of more than one forge was recorded in the following extraction. Extract: Elkridge Landing description by Louis-Alexandre Berthier of the French Army during the March to Yorktown, Va. in 1781 - "The detour that must be taken to cross by the ford is not great and I estimate the difference as about three-fourths of a mile, or a mile. The road leading to the ford is bad and filled with stones and foot-high stumps. As it approaches the ford the road is dangerous along the bank of the river, which is very deep in those places where the waters are dammed up to operate the forges. This ford is very good if you pass between the big stones as marked here; if you stray from this line, you find large rocks and holes."
Edward married Elizabeth Dorsey, daughter of Colonel John Dorsey [son of Capt. Edward] and Mary Hammond, on 25 Mar 1786 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. (Elizabeth Dorsey was born on 10 Apr 1766 in Baltimore Co., Maryland, (United States) and died in 1802 in "Belmont", Anne Arundel (Howard), Maryland, United States.)