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Edward Dorsey, Senior

Male 1619 - 1659  (40 years)


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  • Name Edward Dorsey 
    Suffix Senior 
    Born 1619  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Aug 1659  Kent Island, Queen Anne's County, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1629  Carl
    Last Modified 30 May 2013 

    Family Anne 
    Children 
     1. Joshua Dorsey
     2. John Dorsey
     3. Sarah Dorsey
     4. Edward Dorsey, Colonel,   b. 1645, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1705, Major's Choice, Baltimore County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F584  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "ANNE ARUNDEL GENTRY--DORSEY FAMILY" by Harry Wright Newman "No
      familY of early Anne Arundel is better known thruout the State than
      the prolific Dorsey family. More descendants have qualified for
      lineal-patriotic societies, especially the Colonial Dames, than any
      other family in Maryland." "The family had its beginnings in
      Virginia around Lower Norfolk and the emigrant Edward did not figure
      to any marked degree in the public life of Virginia or even
      Maryland..." "Amidst a strictly agricultural and fur-trading
      economy, Edward Dorsey, a shipwright, was one of the early
      industrialists and thus constucted much-needed watercrafts for the
      early planters along the Bay and the several inlets on which he and
      the first settlers established their plantations." "The persistent
      belief has prevailed among all early historians of the family that the
      name was at one-time D'Arcy, and the belief is not without merit. The
      D'Arcy was an ancient family of Old England and was raised to peerage
      in 1332...The name is derived from the Norman-French of 'de Adreci'
      which is found in Britian by 1086..." "The Virginia records indicate
      that sometime before Oct. 7, 1646, Edward Dorsey entered Virginia.
      Edward Dorsey either left the colony and returned..." "Edward Dorsey
      married in Virginia and his wife was undoubtedly Anne--who later
      became convinced of the Quaker preachings....By Edward Dorsey arriving
      in Maryland from Virginia with the early contingencies of the
      non-conformists, his political beliefs coincided with those of the
      Puritans, but during his 9 or more years in the Province, he was
      inactive politically...his seat and shipyard was at 'Dorsey' on the
      south side of the Severn. It formed a promontory between 'Freeman's'
      or 'Norwood's Cove' and Dorsey Creek." "Ultimatley, Edward Dorsey and
      his wife became 'convinced' of the Quaker doctrine. ...a letter of
      Robert Clarkson of the Severn dated 14th of ye ...1657 '...and
      likewise Ann Dorsey is a more larger measure, hir husband I hope
      abideth faithfull in his measure.' ("Quakers in the Founding of Anne
      Arundel Co". by J. Reany Kelly, pp. 15, 17) "Edward Dorsey with
      others was drowned off the Isle of Kent during the summer of
      1659....petition to court of Anne Arundel County Tues, 2 Aug 1659:
      "Whereas Thomas Hinson hath petitioned this Court Shewing that hee
      having taken up the Boate wherein Edward Darcy and some others were
      drowned, neare the Isle of Kent, being desyred by the said Darcys
      Overseer to take up the same Which he did deliuery the same Boate to
      the cheife in Authority...." "No inventory or adm. of his personal
      estate is recorded at Annapolis...On Aug. 20, 1664, the three sons of
      Edward Dorsey were granted...a plantation on Cabin Neck Branch of the
      south bank called 'Hockley-in-the-Hole' some distance from the
      Severn."
      "DORSEY" "The Dorseys of Maryland are a branch of the British family
      of Darcy, which appears both in England and in Ireland. The first
      Darcy in England was Sir Norman d'Areci, who was one of the Norman
      knights who accompanied his cousin, William the Conqueror in the
      conquest of England. English genealogists have traced Sir Norman
      d'Areci back to Rollo, the Viking leader, who became the first duke of
      Normandy. (Rollo d. 931, was known to his warriors as Rolf the Ganger
      because he was so large a man that no horse could carry him. He
      therefore led his troops on foot. His statue may be seen in Rouen.)
      His son, called William Longspee (d. 942) was the second duke of
      Normandy. Richard Sans Peur (d. 996) a grandson was the third duke.
      His son Richard II, the fourth duke, was married several times. His
      oldest son, Richard III, the fifth duke, died early and Robert, the
      next son, became the sixth duke. Robert's son was William then
      Conqueror. The son of Richard II, the fourth duke, by his third wife
      Pavia, was William, who became Count of Arques. Among other titles
      which he possessed was that of Count of Areci, a Norman town near
      Dieppe, which title he passed to his son Norman. The latter became
      known as Sir Norman d'Areci or Darcy. He was first cousin to William
      the Conqueror." "After the conquest of Sir Norman d'Areci was
      rewarded with vast possessions. He was lord of 33 manors in
      Lincolnshire. The family became known as Darcy and spread into
      Yorkshire and Essex. Hockley in Essex, where the Darcys were lords of
      the manor, is generally believed to have been the source from which
      the Dorseys of Maryland and Virginia are derived, as the first land
      grant which Edward Dorsey, the founder received in Md. was called
      Hockley...The Darcy coat of arms with its three cinquefoils also
      appears at nearby St. Nicholas Church (in Essex, England)...Joshua
      Dorsey, son of Edward Dorsey, affixed a seal to documents he signed
      bearing the cinquefoil of the Darcys, thus indicating, prior to 1688,
      the fact that he considered himself to be a descendant of the ancient
      family of Darcy."