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Do11 Edward Dorsey

Major Edward Dorsey (Do11) of Baltimore County, Maryland, was supposedly the son of Edward Dorsey (Darcy) (Do12) and Margaret (?Anne Howard) but DNA studies have refuted this Dorsey/Darcy connection. Edward Dorsey is most likely to have come from Ireland, not England.
Born: about 1645 in Ireland.
Married: first Sarah Wyatt (Wy11), daughter of Nicholas Wyatt. (Wy12), pioneer surveyor of the Severn, who may have come from Boxley, Kent, England.
second Margaret Lacon-Larkin, who survived him, according to his will. (some give her name as Margaret Leavin).
Died: 1705 at Lang Reach, Baltimore County, Maryland.
Will dated 1704, October 26; 1705, December 31, Baltimore Co., Mary1and.


Do10-1 Charles Dorsey
Do10-2 Levin Dorsey
Do10-3 Edward Dorsey (bef. 1677 - ), m Sarah Todd and had
Do10-4 Francis Dorsey
Do10-5 Anne Dorsey
Do10-6 Joshua Dorsey (1686 - 8 Nov. 1747) married  Ann Ridgely, and had Philemon Dorsey, who married Rachel Lawrence La8-2.
Do10-7 Samuel Dorsey  b. 1682
Do10 John Dorsey b 15 Jun 1688
Do10-9 Nicholas Dorsey  b. 1689 in "Major's Choice", Anne Arundel, MD
Do10-10 Benjamin Dorsey  b. about 1692
Do10-11 Sarah; Dorsey m2? John Pelticoate ?m1 1695 in Anne Arundel Co John Norwood b c 1672 at Anne Arundel MD
3 children of daughter, Hannah Howard. The names are copies from his will.

Major, or Colonel, Edward Dorsey (Do11) was a Barrister in England. He later became an outstanding resident of Maryland, where he came, about 166l.
 He was a Burgess of Anne Arundel County in 1693, 1697.
 The Colonial Dames Register says he lived in Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland.
 He was Justice of .Anne Arundel and Howard Counties from 1679 to 1685, May 1687 to 1694.
 He was a member of the Ässemb1y from 1701 to 1705, and was Keeper of the Great Seal, December 6, 1695.
 He was Judge of the High Court of Chancery 1695, and Member of the House of Burgesses from 1693 to 1697.
 This 18 copied from the Coonial Dames Register of the Kentucky Society and is on page 111.
 All references of this kind should be checked, as the Colonial Dames records are often puzzling.
There is no doubt, however, that his services entitle his descendants to membership in the Colonial Dames and other similar kinds.
 It is said that while the Capitol was being built, that the sessions of the General Assembly were held in his house, in 1694 and 1695; and that when the building was destroyed by fire in 1704 the sessions were again held in his home.
Colonel Dorsey is said to have joined in a petition to Make Maryland a Crown Colony, and in a subsequent petition to have Lord Baltimore's forfeited estate returned to him.
His wife, Sarah Wyatt (Wy11), was a great niece of Sir Francis Wyatt, 1st Governor of Virginia under the 2nd Charter to the London Company.
 One of his sons, Joshua Dorsey, had a daughter Rachel, who married John Warfield, and was the ancestress of Wally, wife of Edward Windsor, ex-king of England.

The first member of the Dorsey (Darcy) family who came to Maryland was Edward Darcy (Do12). He went first to Virginia in 1635, and from there to "Hoxley Hole”, Maryland, in 1649.
 He was a boat builder from Darey, Essex County, England.
 It is said that "Hoxley Hole", afterwards "Hoxley" was named for a Parish in Middlesex County, England. It was also known in Maryland as "Hacksley" .
 Edward Darcy was drm'i!1ed off the Isle of Kent, near the East Shore of Maryland, in Chesapeake Bay, in 1663.
This is shown by a Court Petition of one Thomas Higson, who, in 1663 asked for 100 lbs. of tobacco for raising the boat in which Dorsey and others were drowned.

His children were::

Colonel (or Major) Edward Dorsey (Do11) who married Sarah Wyatt.
 He died in 1705. .
(Do11-2) Honorable John Dorsey who married P1easance Ely.
 . He died in 1715. Will 1714, :November 26; 1715, March 22, Liber A 1 of Wills, Folio 128, Baltimore County, Maryland.
(Do11-3) Joshua Dorsey who married Sarah Richardson. . He died in 1688.
(Do11-4) Sarah Dorsey who married Matthew Howard.

 There are conflicting dates in the Dorsey records, which shou1d be cleared. Also, conflicting statements as to children.  {'-rO 1 J../ 6.;?(;"  'r,)
 The main line of ancestry seems to be correct from ? back to Colonel (or Major)
Edward Dorsey (Do11). Will of Colonel Edward Dorsey:
“to my -son Levin at 21, “Hockley" at Potaspoco Falls.
to sons Charles)
  Levin       )
Edward ) lands on north side of Potaspoco River.
  Francis   )
to my wife, Margaret
 my daughter Anne"
to my son Joshua  “Barnes' Folly"
Samuel "Majors' Choyce"
Nicholas  "Long Reach" at Elk Ridge
Benjamin) Under 16 in 1705
John  )  Under 16 in  1705
Sarah Pelticoate
3 children of Hannah Howard. “

Reference:  Baldwin' s Calendar of Maryland Mills.  Volume 3, page 68.
Other sources:

1. Col. Edward DORSEY died in 1705. He served in the military. MILITARY SERVICE

Captain of the militia in 1686
Major in 1687
Field Officer 1694
Colonel in 1702

References: (Archives of Maryland, XXV, V, XIII, XXIV,XX, XIX, XXVI)

The land holding of Colonel Edward Dosrsey in both Anne Arundel and Baltimore coounties were extensive. Some of these holding he had inherited from his father, "Hockley-In-The-Hold" and Major's Choice. The land remained with different familyn members for generations. He also owned other holdings, and a great deal of land in the town and port of Annapolis. Edward held a great ionterest in the developement of his lands as tabacco plantations. He also gave a great deal of his time to Civic Affairs. Many governmentmettings were held at his home in Annapolis.

On 2 April 1706, COLONEL EDWARD DORSEY was listed as desceased at a meeting of the assembly. (Ibid.,561, 562)

His widow Margaret LACON-LARKIN DORSEY married John Israel in 1706. He signed a will. THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF COLONEL EDWARD DORSEY
Page 15-18
From the files of Lois Colette Dorsey Bennington, obtained for the HALL OF RECORDS, Annapolis, MD. The will has reduced in size.

Box 2, fld, 33
31 December 1705
Copy of the Original Will

(I can't read all four pages)

In the name of God, amen Edward Dorsey, Baltimore County in the province of Maryland
Leah Peringe of West Ky He resided in Majors Choice, MD. The first Edward Dorsey at the time of his death was living on "Major's Choice," now Howard County. Col. Edward Dorsey's services during Colonial period were such as render his descendents eligible for "Colonial Danes."


He was married to Sarah WYATT (daughter of Nicholas WYATT) in 1711. Aided in the Revolution by contributing money and supplies. See Maryland Archives, 18 Vol. folil 104 at Annapolis, M. D. Sarah WYATT was born about 1670. She died in 1692. She was. Col. Edward DORSEY and Sarah WYATT had the following children:

2 i. Edward DORSEY was born before 1677 in MD. He died in 1703 in A.A. Co., MD.
+3 ii. Hannah DORSEY.
+4 iii. Sarah DORSEY.
+5 iv. Joshua DORSEY.
+6 v. Samuel DORSEY.
+7 vi. Nicholas DORSEY.
8 vii. Benjamin DORSEY died in 1717 in Baltimore County, MD. He was born Calc.1692. He was Unmarried.
+9 viii. John DORSEY.

He was married to Margaret LARKIN. Col. Edward DORSEY and Margaret LARKIN had the following children:

10 i. Locon Larkin DORSEY was born about 1694. He died in 1712 in Baltimore County, MD. He was Will of his father.. Name in his fathers will, Lacon died before coming of age. He had chosen John Petticoat (brother-in -law as guardian) His three brothers divided his land, provided in their fathers will.
+11 ii. Charles DORSEY.
+12 iii. Francis DORSEY.
+13 iv. Edward DORSEY.
+14 v. Ann DORSEY.

Long Reach takes its name from the land grant of the same name,
patented to Major Edward Dorsey in 1695.

History of Long Reach

Hills and valleys that once grew tobacco have sprouted houses, townhouses, apartments, pools, shops, and pathways. The name is the same -- Long Reach -- but the visage is different from the days when Major Edward Dorsey's plantation covered this narrow stretch of land on the frontier of Anne Arundel County.
On August 20, 1664, Lord Baltimore granted the Dorsey brothers (John, Joshua, and Edward) a 400-acre plantation on the Cabin Neck Branch west of the Severn River in Anne Arundel County. On November 10, 1695, Edward patented a 448-acre plantation on the county's frontier, which later became part of Howard County, and today is Long Reach, the name of the original land grant. It is likely that some of the impetus Edward felt for settling on his own land came from the size of his family -- he sired 13 children in two marriages.

Edward was a prominent military and civic leader. He rose to colonel in the local militia, served as justice and commissioner of Anne Arundel County, and was a delegate to the Maryland Assembly from 1696 to 1704. The Assembly met at his townhouse in Annapolis until the Court House was completed. He was a supporter of religious freedom and helped to fund free schools.

At his death in 1704 or 1705, Edward Dorsey divided Long Reach among three of his sons -- Nicholas, Benjamin, and John. Dorsey descendants have been Howard Countians ever since, but the Long Reach lands passed from the Dorseys to other families. When James Rouse was purchasing land for Columbia in the early 1960's, the Long Reach area had three owners: Gerald Joseph & Mary Lee Muth, Gertrude K. Winkles, and Henry Kinder.

Construction plans for Long Reach were outlined in Fall 1969. The Village would have four neighborhoods and the opening of the first Neighborhood Center was set for June 1970 (actually, Locust Park Neighborhood Center, did not open until February, 1973: Phelps Luck N. C. followed in September 1973). The Village Center was scheduled for completion by Spring 1971 (actually, the Center did not open until April 1974).

As in the other villages of Columbia, all types of housing were planned for Long Reach: townhouses, single-family detached homes, garden apartments, low-income housing. The Village was to retain a large wooded stream traversing the neighborhoods while ponds and naturally wooded areas would remain as neighborhood parks.

In June 1971, Howard Research and Development Corp. (HRD) announced that Long Reach would be "the first comprehensively planned village in Columbia." Other villages had been planned neighborhood by neighborhood, but the total concept of integrating open space and dwelling space had been considered in planning Long Reach. Although the neighborhoods would be planned prior to construction, resident input was still a vital part of the planning process. Cluster housing was used to preserve as much open space (20% of the land) as possible, and unique measures were taken to protect the Little Patuxent River from collecting further sedimentation during the construction phase.

Construction of Long Reach began in Spring 1971 when grading for sedimentation control started. In Fall 1971, the first residents moved into some single-family houses, well over a year after the orginal projected date. On February 10, 1972, these residents (65 of 204 eligible household units) elected the first Long Reach Village Board (Miriam Schiffman, Irvin Moore, Gerald DeBaun, Ken Aaronson, and Don Klein, chairperson) and the first Long Reach Representative to the Columbia Council (Richard McCloud). Lucy Lather was hired as the first Village Manager. On March 11, 1972, the first issue of the Village newsletter, REACH OUT, founded by Gini Edwards, was published.

The newly elected Board passed a resolution supporting the Oakland Mills Village Board against the proposed rezoning of the Duncan-O'Neill property (now Glenmont) which lay between both villages. In 1973, the Board again joined with its counterpart in Oakland Mills to fight the rezoning of Sewell's Orchard. Both boards jointly hired a lawyer to represent their interests, and to pay the legal fees, the LR Board launched a Village-wide canvess for funds: more than $1300 was collected by LR volunteers and placed in a separate account for legal fees. Long Reach is also indebted to Oakland Mills which provided meeting space for Board meetings until Phelps Luck Elementary School opened.

While waiting for CA to provide neighborhood centers, pools, paths, and other recreational services, Long Reach developed its first legend: "Sam the Man with the Van". CA supported Sam Andelman as a roving recreation leader: his van made eight scheduled stops in Long Reach each week. A high school art teacher, Sam spent the summer amusing the younger set with field trips, games, films, and the silk-screening of Long Reach T-shirts. He saw 75 to 90 children each day and made up for much of the lack of tot lots and pools.

In March 1972, HRD announced that Phelps Luck Elementary School would open in September 1972 (it did, on time) and the middle school would open in Fall 1974 (it never did). The fourth, still unnamed, neighborhood, would start in 1975 (actually, it would be four years before residents moved into Kendall Ridge). The first three neighborhoods would have 3,430 dwelling units (1,024 single-family homes, 954 townhouses, and 1452 garden apartments).

A town meeting in 1972 yielded a resident opinion poll that firmly established an "arts and crafts center" as the Village's recreational facility; in July 1974, Antioch University's Visual Art Center opened. In September 1974, Stonehouse, the Village Community Center, opened. Earlier that year (in April), the long-awaited commercial center, featuring the largest supermarket in Columbia and many other variety stores, opened a year late.

On the night of May 16, 1972, the Village suffered, and weathered, its first tragedy. Residents on Storm Drift watched helplessly as the house of David and Rosemarie Kumpe was destroyed by fire. Mrs. Kumpe had just delivered the couple's first son and her husband was visiting her in the hospital when the fire began. Nearly everything, even the family cat and her litter of kittens, was lost.

"However, I cannot help but marvel at the quick action, the warm response, and the quiet heroism which the night's tragedy called forth," said Gini Edwards, REACH OUT Editor-in-Chief. Long Reach residents responded with money, clothing, food, housewares, and furnishings. Enough furniture was donated to furnish a whole house. A total of $200 was collected for clothes and food. The Kumpes were overwhelmed by the idea that total strangers cared enough to contribute so much. From that tragedy, a community spirit that had begun with elections, town meetings, committees, and beer busts, began to grow.

A word about Long Reach names. "Phelps Luck" is a modification of the original land grant, "Phelps His Luck", a 238-acre plantation patented by Walter Phelps on December 10, 1695. "Locust Park" was originally "Locust Thicket" on the land-grant map. "Treover" and "Majors Lane" are also from land grants. "Kendall" appeared on two land-grant maps in 1707. "Jeffers Hill" was named for poet Robinson Jeffers.

Read about Kings Contrivance and Hickory Ridge.

From Fonda Flax Carroll.

Sarah Dorsey
Sex: F
Birth: 1677 in Elk Ridge, Baltimore County, Maryland
Death: AFT 1727 in Anne Arundel, Maryland
"Anne Arundel Gentry", written by Harry Wright Newman, Annapolis, MD 1971 Vol 1 pg 18: Sarah, the second child of Edward and Sarah (Wyatt) Dorsey, married John Petticoate. He lived at the site where Annapolis, Maryland now stands.
Father: Edward Dorsey b: ABT 1645 in Virginia
Mother: Sarah Wyatt b: 1657 in Anne Arundel County, MD
Marriage 1 John Norwood b: ABT 1672 in Anne Arundel County, MD
Married: ABT 1690 in Anne Arundel
 Thomas Norwood b: ABT 1690 in Anne Arundel , MD
 Samuel Norwood b: ABT 1692 in Anne Arundel, MD
 John Norwood b: ABT 1693
Marriage 2 John Petticoat b: ABT 1669 in Baltimore, MD
Married: 1 OCT 1702 in Maryland
 William Petticoat b: ABT 1703 in Anne Arundel, MD
 Keturah Petticoat b: 1706 in Baltimore Co, Maryland
 Janet Petticoat b: ABT 1708 in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland

Hannah Dorsey
Birth: ABT 1679 in Annapolis, MD
Death: MAY 1704 in Anne Arundel, MD
Father: Edward Dorsey b: ABT 1645 in Virginia
Mother: Sarah Wyatt b: 1657 in Anne Arundel County, MD
Marriage 1 Joseph Howard b: 1676
 Hannah Howard b: 1701 in Anne Arundel, MD
 Ruth Howard b: ABT 1702 in Prince Georges, MD
 Henry (Sir) Howard b: 14 JAN 1702/03 in Anne Arundel County, MD

Samuel Dorsey
Birth: ABT 1682 in Annapolis, Anne Arundel, MD
Death: 14 FEB 1723/24 in Annapolis, Anne Arundel, MD
Father: Edward Dorsey b: ABT 1645 in Virginia
Mother: Sarah Wyatt b: 1657 in Anne Arundel County, MD
Marriage 1 Jane Unknown b: BET 1685 AND 1694
 Jane Dorsey b: 1714

Joshua Dorsey
Birth: 1686 in Anne Arundel County, MD
Death: 8 NOV 1747 in Queen Caroline Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland
Father: Edward Dorsey b: ABT 1645 in Virginia
Mother: Sarah Wyatt b: 1657 in Anne Arundel County, MD
Marriage 1 Ann Ridgely b: 1691 in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland
Married: 16 MAY 1711 in Queen Caroline Parish, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland
 Henry (Judge) Dorsey b: 8 NOV 1712 in Anne Arundel County, MD
 Philemon Dorsey b: 20 JAN 1714/15 in Maryland
 Rachel Dorsey b: 6 JUL 1717 in Anne Arundel, MD
 Elizabeth Dorsey b: 6 MAR 1719/20 in Anne Arundel
 Nicholas Dorsey b: 2 JUN 1725 in Queen Caroline Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland
 Anne Dorsey b: 15 OCT 1730 in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland
 Sarah Rachel Dorsey b: 27 MAY 1733 in Anne Arundel , MD

Nicholas Dorsey
Birth: 1689 in "Major's Choice", Anne Arundel, MD
Burial: 25 SEP 1717 Elk Ridge, Anne Arundel, MD
ANNE ARUNDEL GENTY, Harry Wright Newman
Nicholas Dorsey, son of Col Edward Dorsey & his wife, Sarah Wyatt, was born about 1690 in Middle Neck Hundred of St.Anne's Par. At the writing of his father's will in 1704, he was mentioned as being less than 16 yrs of age. From his father's estate he inherited 100ac of "Long Reach", which lay in old Baltimore Co.
Dorsey, Nicholas,Baltimore Co.,16th Sept., 1717;
13th Feb., 1717-8. To 4 sons, Thos., Nicholas, Benjamin and Edward, and hrs., personalty at age of 21 yrs. Sons to have liberty to choose guardians at 18 yrs. Should any of sd. sons die before of age, their portion to be divided among survivors. To son Thos. and hrs., 50 A. of “Long Reach,” near Patuxent.
To son Nicholas and hrs., 50 A. of “Long Reach.”
To son Benja. and hrs., dwelling plantation at decease of wife.
Wife Frances extx. and residuary legatee.
Test: Henry Ridgely, John Dorsey, son of E. Dorsey, Josh Dorsey, Timothy Regan, Thomas Smith, John Dorsey.
14. 478.
Father: Edward Dorsey b: ABT 1645 in Virginia
Mother: Sarah Wyatt b: 1657 in Anne Arundel County, MD
Marriage 1 Frances Hughes b: 18 MAY 1692 in Herring Creek,St.James Parish,Anne Arundel,MD
Married: 20 DEC 1709 in Anne Arundel
 Nicholas Dorsey b: 1712 in Baltimore , MD
 Benjamin Dorsey b: 1715 in Anne Arundel , MD