Posted By:Judy Hayden
Subject:Re: Nelson Co. Surnames of KY.
Post Date:November 27, 1999 at 14:31:36
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Forum:Nelson County, KY Genealogy Forum
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Many of the Dorsey family migrated to Nelson County, KY.

According to the book "Anne Arundel Gentry", Volume 2, pg 117, by Harry Wright Newman:
Edward Dorsey, son of Captain John Dorsey and Pleasance his wife, was born at his father's plantation on the Severn. Early in life he was interested in a maritime career and was second mate on one of the merchant ships of Captain Richard Hill, of Anne Arundel. He left the environs of the Severn and settled in the South Patapsco Hundred of Baltimore County, later to become a part of Anne Arundel County. He was tax-payer there in 1699. His wife was Ruth ______. Her patrimoney still remains a mystery. It has been suggested that she was a Howard, at other times a Gaither.

He predeceased his father and died intestate in 1761. Letters of administration were issued to his widow, Ruth Dorsey. Samuel Young and Cornelius Howard appraised the person estate at L279/16/3, including three white servants, three slaves and 130 gallons of cider, also books. By November 4, 1703, the widow had married John Greniffee. They filed an account on that date accounting for the value of the estate at L279/16/3. The widow as Ruth Greniffee filed an account on July 30, 1712, at which time the estate had increased to a value of L300.

John Greeniffee (Grenif) was the son of James and Anne (Howard) Greeniffe and the grandson of Mathew Howard of the Severn. At the death of John Greeniffee the widow married as her third husband, Captain John Howard of Elk Ridge. She died as his widow testate in 1747, bequeathing legacies to her sons, John Dorsey and Edward Dorsey.

Children of Edward and Ruth Dorsey:
1. John Dorsey married Elizabeth__________
2. Edward Dorsey married Sarah Todd

Source: Wills, Liber 25, folio 108

I hope this is of some help to you.