An American Family History

The Dorsey Family

  Also spelled: Darcy  
Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.

Edward Dorsey was born about 1614.

His wife was named Ann. She was not Ann Howard.

Ann and Edward's children probably included:

Edward Dorsey (1639),
Joshua Dorsey (1641),
John dorsey (1643),
Sarah Dorsey (1645, married Matthew Howard).

They lived in Virginia before he came to Anne Arundel County in 1650.

In 1650 he received a land warrant for 200 acres and his partner John Norwood received 200 acres.

Before 1655, Edward and his partner, Thomas Manning bought 600 acres in Ann Arundell from Thomas Marsh.

He called a plantation Hockley-in-the-Hole.

In 1659 Thomas Gates' will asked his heirs give to the Edward's children free outlet to the woods and springs.

Edward Dorsey, Boatwright, died August 2, 1659 in Kent County (Present Queen Anne's County), Province of Maryland. Cause of death: Drowned while traveling by ship to the island.

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.



from Out of the Past

With the arrival of Governor Nicholson, matters began to change. He called the assembly into session in Anne Arundel Town, and at that session, held February 28, 1694, (O.S.-1695 N.S.), in the home of Major Edward Dorsey. It was decided to move the seat of government from St. Mary's to Anne Arundel Town. It was decided at this session to rename the town Annapolis, in honor of Princess Ann

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