Major Edward Dorsey [Jr.] of "Dorsey"
(Abt 1640-After 1704)
Sarah Wyatt
John Elder
(Abt 1663-)
John Dorsey [of Major Edward]
Honor Elder
(1689-After 1756)
Edward Dorsey (of John)


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1. Elizabeth Gillis

Edward Dorsey (of John) 1

  • Born: 25 Oct 1728, Elk Ridge, Anne Arundel (Howard), Maryland, (United States)
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth Gillis on 29 Jul 1750 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States)
  • Died: 1788, <Anne Arundel>, Maryland, United States at age 60

  Research Notes:

From Revolutionary Patriots of Anne Arundel, p. 48:

"DORSEY, EDWARD (OF JOHN), October, 1728 - after 1790. Son of John and Honor Dorsey. Married Betty Gilliss and had six children: Ezekiel John Dorsey, Joseph Dorsey, Edward Hill Dorsey, Mary Hill Dorsey, Elizabeth Hill Dorsey Van Bebber, and Henry Dorsey. He served on the Committee of Observation in 1775 in Anne Arundel County (Ref: F-222), and he may have taken the Oath of Allegiance in Baltimore County in 1778 (Ref: R-25)."

The following Edward Dorsey may not be this individual unless he held land in Baltimore County as well as Anne Arundel County, or if his property on Elk Ridge was in Baltimore County. The boundary between Anne Arundel and Baltimore changed several times.

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) 2

Edward married Elizabeth Gillis on 29 Jul 1750 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States).



2 Peden, Henry C., Jr, Revolutionary Patriots of Anne Arundel County Maryland (Westminster, MD: Heritage Books, 2006.), p. 48.

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