William Dorris, Sr. (1715 - 1795) MP

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Birthplace: Kilkeel Parish, Down, Ireland
Death: Died in Orange, North Carolina, United States
Managed by: Gloria Jane Sidwell (Miller) (Mowrey)
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About William Dorris, Sr.

William Dorris Sr. was born Bet. 1710 - 1715 in County Down, Ireland and died 1795 in Orange Co., North Carolina, United States.

Parents: Josef Dorris was born Abt. 1678 in County Down, Ulster, Ireland.

Married

  1. in 1736 in Ireland to Mary possibly Williams possibly Roark. 5 children.
  2. Abt. 1752 to Mary Irvin or Nancy Irwin. (conflicting name information) 7 children.

5 children of William Dorris and Mary Roark include:

  1. Samuel Dorris was born 1740 in Ireland. He married Martha Hughes. They were married 1758 in Baltimore, MD He died Abt. 1824 in Sumner Co. TN.
  2. Mary Dorris was born 1742 in Ireland. She married Henry Gomer. They were married Abt. 1758 in Somerset Co., NJ She died Aft. 1800 in NC or TN
  3. Isaac Dorris was born 1748 in Ireland. He married Susannah Barker. They were married 1771. He died 1824 in Robertson Co., TN. Military Service in Rev War, NC.
  4. Rev. William Joseph Dorris was born 1749 in County Down, Ireland. He married Mary Griffin. They were married 1773 in Dorchester, MD. He died Abt. 1822 in near Cooperstown, Robertson Co., TN. Military Service in War 1812 Chaplain.
  5. Benjamin William Dorris. He was born 1750 in Hunterdon Co., NJ [7]. He died 1790 in Orange Co., NC. He married Ann Cockrell. They were married in Loudoun Co., VA.

7 children of William Dorris and Mary Irvin:

  1. John Irvin Dorris born 1752 in Ireland. He married Angel Mace. They were married Aft. 1787 in Dorchester Co., MD. He died 1830 in Marion Co. , IL.
  2. Martha Dorris born 1758 in NJ. She married Isaac Sebastian. They were married Abt. 1772 in Loudoun Co., VA. She died Abt. 1784 in NC.
  3. James Dorris born 1759 in NJ. He died Abt. 1820 in PA.
  4. Sarah Dorris was born 1760 in NJ. She married Rev. Willam Roark. They were married Abt. 1788 in Orange Co., NC. She died Abt. 1844 in TN.
  5. Robert Dorris born 1767 in NJ. He married Eleanor Smith. They were married Abt. 1793 in Orange Co., NC. He died Aft. 1860 in Hopkins Co., KY.
  6. William B. Dorris Jr. born 1769 in Hopewell Twp, Huntington Co.,NJ. Military Service Bet. 1777–1781 in Rev. War, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey, militia. He died on 22 Nov 1842 in Sumner Co., TN . Burial in Fountain Head, Sumner Co., TN.
  7. Agnes Dorris born 1770 in NJ. She married Isaac Drake. They were married Abt. 1791. She died Abt. 1820 in TN.

General Notes

  • Migrated from Northern Ireland to New Jersey sometime after 1750. Could have been the ship Funchal.
  • Probaby a bond servant of John Stevens
  • Probably a member of the Cranbury Presbyterian Church, Middlesex County, NJ
  • There is no known documented proof that William Dorris had two wives
  • 1758 Middlesex, NJ
  • 1772 Loudoun, VA
  • 1774 Sussex, NJ
  • 1789 Orange Co, NC

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Our Dorris Family

by Calvin Dorris

There have been many theories on the origin of the Dorris family. One such theory is that a group of settlers fled to Ireland from Greece in the province of Dorea on account of cruelties of their Turkish rulers. More than likely the Irish referred to these settlers as the Dories which later progressed to Doris or Dorris.

Another theory is that the original Dorris settler swam to the Irish shore from the wrecks of the Spanish Armada. Still another theory is that the Dorris patriarch came to County Tyrone or County Down Ireland in the 16th or 17th century and at that time was probably known as O'Daris or O'Dowrish. In the 18th and 19th century the name progressed to Dooras or Dowrish to Doris or Dorris.

Still another theory is that the original Dorris came from the border of County Fernaugh and County Monaghan and was originally known as O'Dubhruis. From there his descendants spread southward to County Langford and County Roscommon and some northward to County Tyrone to a little town based in the vicinity of Raugh and Neagh by the 16 and 1700's.

Our family has only been able to be traced back to William Dorris. He was born in Northern Ireland between 1710-1715. He is believed to have been from an area in Northern Ireland which was historically linked to the linen trade. William migrated to the American Colonies sometime in the 1750's, probably as an indentured servant. He first settled in Middlesex New Jersey where he made a pledge to the Cranberry Presbyterian Church of eight shillings eight pence to help purchase a parsonage in February 1758. By 1770 he was living in Fairfax County Virginia and moved to Louden County Virginia by 1772. William was back in New Jersey in 1774 where he remained until 1785 when he moved to Orange County North Carolina.

It is believed that William may have married twice. His first wife may have been Nancy Irwin and his second wife may have been a Mary Williams. We do know that when William died in 1795 in North Carolina his wifes name was Mary.

William may have had as many as thirteen children. Most of these children were mentioned by great grandson, William Dawson Dorris, to his daughter. "Our Great Grand Father, William Dorris, emigrated to New Jersey. His sons names, William,Samuel, Isaac, John, James, Joseph and Benjamin. His daughters, Mary, Sarah, Martha, Margaret and Nancy. Grandfather Joseph Dorris moved from Maryland to Orange County, North Carolina, on Stone Creek. His brother, Benjamin, died. He was cradling oats and died suddenly. The rest all moved to Tennessees in 1798, and settled in Roberston, Davidson and Sumner Counties in three settlements, and their farms joined so that they could visit each other as often as they wished and especially when there was preaching."

Fairfax Co. VA Court Record May 20, 1772

James Lane and Simon Triplett acting for Wm Carr Lane Estates versus William Dorris: The defendent confesses the plaintiffs action. Defendent ordered to pay 12.2.7 with legal interest from 7 March 1771 and costs. On motion of Plaintiffs, the defendent is committed to the goal of this county until discharged by due form of law.

James Lane and Simon Triplett acting for Wm Carr Lane estates versus Samuel Dorris and William Dorris. Defendents confess to plaintiffs action, Defendent ordered to pay 2.7.6 plus interest from May 27, 1771 and costs. On motion of the plaintiffs the defendants are committed to the goal of the county until discharged by due form of law.

-------------------- William Dorris He was born in Northern Ireland between 1710-1715. He is believed to have been from an area in Northern Ireland which was historically linked to the linen trade. William migrated to the American Colonies sometime in the 1740's, probably as an indentured servant. He first settled in Middlesex, New Jersey where he made a pledge to the Cranburry (or Cranberry) Presbyterian Church of eight shillings eight pence to help purchase a parsonage in February 1758. By 1770 he was living in Fairfax County, Virginia and moved to Louden County, Virginia by 1772. William was back in New Jersey in 1774 where he remained until 1785 when he moved to Orange County, North Carolina.

William married three times. His first wife was Mary Roake (born in Ireland), his second was Nancy Irwin, and third was Mary Williams. It is believed that William had at least 19 children with these three women.

He appears to have married 3 times- Mary Roake, Nancy Irwin and Mary Williams. Roake died in Ireland and Williams was his wife when he passed away. I have not been able to document which wife was the mother of which child but it apears he could have had up to 13 offspring between these 3 wives.

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William Dorris, Sr.'s Timeline

1715
1715
Down, Ireland
1731
1731
Age 16
Ireland
1739
1739
Age 24
1740
1740
Age 25
Ireland
1741
1741
Age 26
Tyrone, Ireland
1743
1743
Age 28
Hunterdon, NJ, USA
1745
1745
Age 30
Ireland
1747
1747
Age 32
NJ, USA
1748
1748
Age 33
Ireland
1749
1749
Age 34
County Down, Ireland