I saw your postings and thought I'd jump in.
I am not related to the Foley or Dorsey families, but I have been doing quite a bit of research on African American families in Brazos Co. and have a few notes which might be of interest ?
Unfortunately, while I have several notes which mention various folks named "Dorsey," I only have one that mentions someone named "Foley".
Good luck with your research.
Mack DORSEY (fmc) to Hester HALL on 15 Aug. 1874 (Brazos Co. Marriage Records Book D, p.135) -- Rev. F.M. Law, a white minister who assisted African American Baptists, performed this ceremony.
DORSEY, Francis, d.15 Dec.1928, African American, widowed, parents names unknown, Brazos County Death Records, vol.3, p.60 -- Buried in All Seeing Eye Cemetery in Brazos Co.
Brazos Co. Deed Book 90, p.564 (1936): This was an extension of time for Rev. S.E. DIGGS, pastor, and Gus RICHARDS, Ed FULLER, B.K. ROBINSON, M.R. WASHINGTON, Jerry FORD, Will GIPSON, Ervin DORSEY and John DAVIS, trustees, to pay M.L. PARKER -- for New Chapel Baptist Church in Bryan.
Brazos Co. Deeds of Trust Book Book 49, pp.259-260 (1952): Willie WORKMAN, L.B. FOSTER & Ervin DORSEY, New Chapel Baptist Church trustees, gave a deed of trust to Bryan Building and Loan Association
1868: Oct. 15 -- Robert DORSEY (fmc) to Eliza DAVIS (fwc) [Brazos Co. Marriage Records, Book B, p.256] This service was performed by Rev. Charles B. Foster, an African American Methodist minister. In 1867, Rev. C.B. FOSTER had been assigned to the Bryan City Mission in Brazos Co. [See H.T. KEALING, History of African Methodism in Texas, Waco: C.F. Blanks, 1885,p.36]
1875: Mar. 17 -- Phil DORSEY to Margaret ADAMS, at Bryan. [Brazos Co. Marriage Records, Book D, p.193] Rev. Cambell Siler, also an African American Methodist minister, performed this service.
Dan WARD to Clara FOLEY, 21 Oct. 1880 (Brazos Co. Marriage Records, Book E, p.251) Rev. Wade Hamilton, also an African American Methodist minister, performed this service. He preached at Turner Methodist Episcopal Chapel, near Boonville.
Dorsey Died: Negro Who Shot Off His Hand With Firecracker Succumbed
Sam Dorsey, the Negro residing out on Little River, who shot his hand off with a firecracker on the night of Christmas eve, died yesterday as a result of his injuries. Dorsey was a hard working, faithful Negro. He had sold turkeys here in the afternoon preceding his injury, one of which tipped the scales at slightly more than forty pounds, and was bought by a prominent business man of the city. He was regarded as an industrious darkey, and was getting along quite nicely in his farming operations.
(weekly) Bryan Eagle, 7 January 1909, p.3
Sunday was pastoral day at Bethel Grove Baptist Church. Sunday school opened at the usual hour with Mrs. Mary Dorsey in charge. Twelve o’clock service was carried out with Pastor Sanders in charge. His subject was, “Same Jesus.” At 3 o’clock, Mrs. Harris of Hearne spoke on the subject, “A Changeless Christ in a Changeable World.” At 6:00 o’clock B.Y.P.U., with the president in charge, began. The night service was carried out with Pastor Sanders in charge. (Houston) Informer, 1 May 1943, p.14.
The colored community barbecue given at Allen Springs, near Kit Davis' place, eight miles northwest of Bryan on the Mumford road, on last Friday was a great success. There was plenty of barbecued meats on hand, and manager S.D. Dorsey handled everything satisfactorily. Bryan Daily Eagle, 21 June 1896, p.4, col.1
Fifty Two Negroes Notified to Report Friday for Service
Notices have been sent to 52 Brazos County Negroes to report to the local exemption board June 14:
Henry McCall, Jack Odom, Clifton Johnson, Donovers Robertson, Roy Armstrong, Willie Wood, Louis Oliver, Joe McWilliams, Michael Nero, Jack Wilson, Walter H. Peterson, James Burde, Jack Richardson, Ollie Childs, Theodore Dorsey, William F. Triggs, Willie B. Webster, Pete Williams, Douglas Mays, Sam Swaringer, Tate Demit, Leonard Jones, Holly Peterson, William Turner, Jacob Littleton, Wesley Major, Tom Pencil, Andrew S. Brown, Henry Brown, James Smith, John Frear, Walter Myles, George Seymore, Dunny Vanhook, Daniel H. Gay, Cornelius Sargeant, Walter Wilson, Taylor Martin, Orlano Williams, Charley Powell, Louis Meador, Jr., Mahtia Gillam, Rufus W. Lane, Richard Jackson, Henry Smith, Johnie Green, John Kerr, Terry Pollard, Jonis Jones, Calvin McMillan, Brunk Finley, Meredith Hunter. Bryan Weekly Eagle, 13 June 1918, p.4.
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