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Capt. Matthew Dorr, Revolutionary War veteran

Birthplace: Old Lyme, New London County, Connecticut, Colonial America
Death: September 18, 1801 (77)
The Plains, Athens County, Ohio, United States
Place of Burial: The Plains, Athens, Ohio, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edmond D. Dorr and Mary Dorr
Husband of Elizabeth Dorr; Lydia McLean Dorr and Elizabeth Dorr
Father of Judge Matthew Dorr, II; Edmund Dorr; Barruch Dorr; Lydia Wolf; William Dorr and 4 others
Brother of George Dorr; Eve Griffin; Elizabeth Tracy; Edward Dorr; Mary Dorr and 1 other

Occupation: Clothier; Revolutionary War Soldier
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About Capt. Matthew Dorr, Revolutionary War veteran

"According the lineage book of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Matthew Dorr had a distinguished war record, having served as Captain of the Sixth Company (or Train Band) in 1775. He also commanded a company in Colonel Jonathan Lattimer's regiment of militia, a unit praised by General Gates for excellent performance at the Battle of Saratoga. It was as a result of this military service that he became generally known as Captain Matthew; however, his military record on file at the National Archives says "Corporal."

The "Record of the Connecticut Men in the Military and Naval Service During the War of the Revolution 1775 - 1783," lists him as "Capt. Matthew Dorr," while another Connecticut reference says "Capt. Matthew Dorr served as a Corporal." Many of his female descendants have been admitted to membership in the DAR on the basis of his military record. Four sons, Edward, Matthew, Samuel G. and Elisha,also served.

Capt. Matthew was a part of the Militia at Saratoga in 1777. He was in Captain Calkins' Company, and Colonel Latimer's Regiment. They were a part of the Militia at Saratoga in 1777. Two large Regiments of militia, composed of detachments from all the Brigades, were ordered to re-enforce Gen. Gates at Saratoga in the summer of 1777. They were assigned to General Poor's Continental Brigade in Arnold's Division, and fought in both the battles with the enemy, September 19 and October 9, 1777. In the first battle they lost more than any two other regiments in the field. Upon their dismissal after the surrender of Burgoyne, Gates spoke of them as "two excellent militia regiments from Connecticut." They were commanded by Colonel Jonathan Latimer, of New London, and Thaddeus Cook, of Wallingford. Gen. Oliver Wolcott, Capt. Mathew Dorr's 2nd cousin and signer of the Declaration of Independence, also joined Gates with a body of volunteers, and several militia regiments were sent to Putnam on the Hudson during the campaign."


Matthew Dorr was born on 14 June 1724 in Lyme, Connecticut. Matthew died in Athens, Ohio, on 18 Sept. 1801; he was 77.

On 4 Nov 1747 when Matthew was 23, he first married Elizabeth Palmer, daughter of Jonathan Palmer (7 Aug 1668-26 Aug 1726) and Mercy Manwaring (ca. 1682-ca. 1739), in Lyme, Connecticut, born on 28 Nov 1724 in Stonington, Connecticut. Elizabeth was baptized on 28 Mar 1725. Elizabeth died ca. 1775 in East Haddam, Connecticut.

Children of Mathew and Elizabeth (Palmer) Dorr, born at Lyme:

i. Phebe D. Dorr, b.1 Aug 1748, d. 16 Feb 1831 at West Bloomfield, Ontario Co., NY, m. at Lyme 28 Feb 1765 Jasper Peck (b. 20 Sep 1737 at Lyme, d. there 16 Jan 1821, son of Jasper & Sarah (Clark) Peck);

ii. Edward Dorr, b. 28 May 1752, d. 19 May 1839 at Kinderhook, Columbia Co., NY, m. at Lyme 26 May 1774 Judith Champion (b. ca. 1756 at Lyme, d. 14 Oct 1852 at West Stockbridge, MA, dau. of Henruy & Sarah (Peck) Champion);

iii. Helena Talcott Dorr, b. 16 Jul 1754, d. 24 Mar 1824 at Burlington, Otsego Co., NY, m. at Lyme 20 Jun 1773 Andrew Sill (b. 20 Apr 1745 at Lyme, d. 29 Oct 1835 at Burlington, son of Andrew & Phebe (Mather) Sill);

iv. Matthew Dorr, b. 28 Mar 1756, d. 26 May 1843 at Chatham, Columbia Co., NY, m. there 15 Jan 1784 Dinah Mudge (b. 6 Sep 1759 at Sharon, CT, d. 30 May 1841 at Dansfille, Livingston Co., NY, dau. of Abraham & Anna (Gray) Mudge);

v. Samuel G. Dorr, b. 15 Sep 1758, d. 1794 at London, England, m. Harriet Smith;

vi. Jonathan Dorr, b. 25 Dec 1759, d. 22 Apr 1825 at Cambridge, Washington Co., NY, m. 31 Jul 1787 Maria Faulkner (b. 22 Jul 1770 in New Jersey, d. 11 Mar 1844 at Cambridge, dau. of James & Anne Faulkner);

vii. Joseph Dorr, b. 15 Jul 1761, d. 8 Aug 1833 at Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer Co., NY, m. at Cambridge 1 Sep 1785 Sarah Bull (b. 29 Jan 1769 at Hoosick Falls, d. 10 May 1751 at Troy, NY, dau. of Isaac & Amy (Chase) Bull);

viii. Elisha Dorr, b. 27 Mar 1764, d. 30 Apr 1843 at Albany, NY, m. there 14 Sep 1796 Elizabeth Brower (d. 19 Sep 1837 at Albany);

ix. Elizabeth Dorr, b. 14 Mar 1766, d. 25 Mar 1850 at Lockport, Niagarqa Co., NY, m. at Chatham 1786 Jacob Delameter (b. 1 Jun 1762 at Oblong, Dutchess Co., NY, d. 27 Jun 1828 at Florida, Montgomery Co., NY, son of John & Maria (Kipp) Delameter); and

x. Russell Dorr, b. Apr 1771, d. 30 Mar 1824 at Burlington, Otsego Co., NY, m. 21 Mar 1801 Palsapeanna Bull (b. 25 Feb 1783 at Cambridge, d. 1869, sister of Sarah Bull who married Russell’s older brother Joseph).

In 1776 Matthew second married Lydia Wood, daughter of John Wood & Lydia Mack, in Lyme, CT. Born on 4 Mar 1741/2 in Lyme, CT. Lydia died in Athens, OH, on 8 Dec 1814; she was 72.

Children of Matthew and Lydia (Wood) (McLean) Dorr, born at East Haddam, CT:

i. Edmund Dorr, b. 29 Jun 1777, d. 1 Jun 1842 in Athens Co., OH, m. in Washington Co., OH 11 Feb 1799 Annie Farnam (b. 4 May 1780 in Maryland, d. 17 Apr 1844 in Athens Co.;

ii. Baruch Dorr, b. 29 Aug 1778, d. 4 Mar 1841 in Porter Co., IN, m. in Licking Co., OH, 1 Jun 1809 Phebe Ward (b. 21 Feb 1788 in rockingham Co., VA, d. 23 Apr 1877 in La Porte Co., IN, dau. of Jonas & Phebe Ward);

iii. Lydia Dorr, b. 30 Jan 1780, d. 3 Oct 1842 in Porter Co., m. in Athens Co., OH, 1 Apr 1806 Jacob Wolf (b. 13 Aug 1784 in Blairsville, Indiana Co., PA< d. 15 Apr 1850 in Porter Co., son of Andrew & Eva (Krebs) Wolf);

iv. William Dorr, b. 13 Oct 1782, d. 19 Mar 1832 in Athens Co., m. 1st in Athens Co., 19 Jun 1806 Janes Lyons (b. 22 Feb 1787 in New York, d. 14 May 1870 in Athens Co., dau. of Joseph & mary (Cary) Lyons), m. 2nd Jane Lewis-Lyons; and

v. Rhoda Dorr, b. 15 Jul 1784, d. 9 May 1845 at Haydenville, Hocking Co., OH, m. in Washington Co., OH 20 Mar 1804 Christopher Wolfe (b. 23 Feb 1780 in Westmoreland Co., PA, d. 21 Sep 1845 at Haydenville, son of Andrew & Eva (Krebs) Wolfe).



Pvt. Samuel G. Dorr and Edward Dorr, sons of Capt. Matthew Dorr were included in the list of men who marched to the relief of Boston in the Lexington Alarm of 1775.

News of the battle at Lexington reached Lyme in the early hours of April 21, 1775. Israel Bissell, a post rider, set out from Watertown, Massachusettt, on Wednesday, April 19, with a letter giving some of the details of the Lexington engagement and starting that the bearer "is charged to alarm the Country quite to Connecticut." Riding hard he reached New London at seven o'clock Friday morning. The men listed left immediately to join other Connecticut troops in defense of Boston.

By 1790 Matthew had moved his young (second) family to New York; some of his older children had moved there also, they are listed in the First Census of the United States of New York, in Hoosick, New York, the same residence as his son Joseph. Eventually, all the older children had settled in New York, and all but one died there.

According to "Some Branches of the Dorr Family Tree," published by James Bryan Dorr, a descendant of Capt. Matthew's first family, and several other publications, he began an arduous journey about 1794, with Lydia, their five children (Edmund, Barak, William, Lydia, and Rhoda), plus his wife's daughter (Mary McLean) from her first marriage, to Athens, Ohio. On reaching western Pennsylvania, news of the Indian warfare against the frontier settlements west of the Ohio River caused them to delay their journey several months. They probably arrived at Marietta about 1795, then living there for about two years because of Indian raids, but there is no record of them having lived at any o fthe Marietta stockades during that time. The earliest evidence of the family in Ohio is the Washington County marriage record of Mary (Polly) McLean to Neal Courtney in 1796.

Early records show Matthew, Edmund and Barak receiving "donation tract" lands -- in order to encourage the development of the land, and as a protection from the Indians, the Ohio Company proposed to donate to each settler 100 acres of Ohio Company land. Each donee was required to have arms and ammunition and maintain, upon each tract thus donated, a man able to bear arms (age 18 and over) for a period of five years, after which the donee was to receive a deed for the land. Being age 15 at the time, Matthew's son William did not receive these lands from the government. Matthew received Sec. 32 and 33, Donation Lot 17, of Township 5, Range 10, by deed dated 18 April,1797. In June of 1797, he purchased 100 acres, Sec. 3, Lot 13, for $20, which he then sold in December 1798 for $200.

Athens County formed a part of the original Ohio Purchase and was included in the limits of Washington County. Athens and Alexander Townships were surveyed in 1795, forming Townships 8 and 9, in Washington County, and were known as the University Lands. The survey was made under the direct supervision of General Rufus Putnam, the surveyor and local manager of The Ohio Company. Athens Township was the first to receive permanent settlers in the spring of 1797.

"Walker's History of Athens County," as well as other local histories,mentions the names of Alvan Bingham, Silas Bingham, Isaac Barker,William Harper, John Wilkins, Robert Linzee, Edmund, William and Barak Dorr, John Chandler and Jonathan Wilkins as being among the number. They traveled overland by the usual methods of those days to the headwaters of the Allegheny, making the remaining part of their journey in flat-bottom boats or large canoes. Selecting their locations, they soon made little openings in the dense forest, and over the ashes of the "burnt offal's" of these cleanings, there arose the log cabin, with its clapboard roof and door, puncheon floors, and windows of oiled paper.

The group of men mentioned above had been sent from Marietta to scout the wilderness 40 miles west of Marietta, Edmund, Barak and William were so pleased with the area now known as The Plains that they persuaded their father to move there in 1798 (probably the reason he sold 100 acres of Section 3 mentioned above.) A substantial log home was built and Matthew resided there until his death in 1801.

Estate records of Washington County for 1802 show "100 acres donation tract" in the inventory of Matthew's possessions, and in 1820 his heirs, Edmund, Barak, Lydia, William, and Rhoda, sold that land to Henry Coverston of Washington County.

A couple of New England (Massachusetts) Dorr's, Ebenezer (great grandson of Edward) and his son Joseph, also owned property in Athens and Washington Counties, but they were non-resident owners.

Matthew's children by his first wife all stayed east. His second family were in Athens County. Edmund had no children of his own, but was a leader in the community; Barak had a large family in Athens County; Lydia and Rhoda Married in Athens County but eventually moved out of Athens, Lydia to Indiana, and Rhoda to Haydenville (Hocking County), Ohio, about 1839.

Family records say that Matthew was buried in the old Davis-Friday Cemetery, even though Revolutionary War books say he was buried in Wolf's Plain Cemetery. The Davis-Friday Cemetery (which no longer exists) was only a very short distance from the Wolf's Plains Cemetery.


Matthew Dorr, Athens County, Ohio - Daughters of the Revolutionary War # A033094. Captain in the Battle of Saratoga in Col. Jonathan Latimer's Regiment, Connecticut Militia, was born June 14, 1724 or 1725 in Lyme, Connecticut, the son of Edmund and Mary Griswold Door. He married first November 4, 1747, Elizabeth Palmer, and they had many children, including Phebe, Matthew, and Russell (who married Pulsa Piana Bull). Elizabeth died in about 1775, and Matthew married second Mrs. Lydia (Wood) McClean in 1776. Their children were Edmund, Barruch, (married Phoebe Ward), Lydia, William, and Rhoda. There were other children. Matthew died September 18, 1801, in Wolfs Plains, Athens County, Ohio.

Revolutionary Soldiers, 1775-1783. Buried probably Wolfs Plains Cemetery. Ohio Tombstone evidently decayed. There are a number of disintegrated tombstones in the cemetery. His oldest son and wife, Edmund and Anna Dorr, were buried in the same cemetery and their tombstones are intact.

Captain Matthew Dorr, clothier, of Lyme, Connecticut, moved East Haddam, Connecticut, where his first wife died. In 1795 he removed with his second wife to Athens County, Ohio. Reference: National No 38330, and 2257- Ohio, and 10110-2, Vol. 103, D. A. R. Lin. Further information Elizabeth Zane Dew Chap.



Capt Matthew Dorr BIRTH 14 Jun 1724 Lyme, New London County, Connecticut, USA DEATH 18 Sep 1801 (aged 77) The Plains, Athens County, Ohio, USA BURIAL Hocking Cemetery The Plains, Athens County, Ohio

Children Photo Phebe Dorr Peck 1748–1831

Photo Helen Talcott Dorr Sill 1752–1821

Photo Edward Dorr 1752–1839

Matthew Dorr 1756–1843

Photo Jonathan Dorr 1760–1825

Photo Joseph Dorr 1760–1833

Photo Elisha Dorr 1764–1843

Photo Russell Dorr 1771–1824

Photo Edmund Dorr 1777–1852

Photo Baruch Dorr 1778–1841

Photo Lydia Dorr Wolf 1780–1842

Photo William Dorr 1782–1832

Photo Rhoda Dorr Wolf 1783–1845

Capt Matthew Dorr VVETERAN
14 Jun 1724
Lyme, New London County, Connecticut, USA
18 Sep 1801 (aged 77)
The Plains, Athens County, Ohio, USA
Hocking Cemetery
The Plains, Athens County, Ohio, USA
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DORR, MATHEW, (Athens Co.) DAR A033094

Capt in battle of Saratoga in Col Jonathan Latimer's Regt, Conn Mil. Br June 14, 1724-5 Lyme, Conn. Parents: Edmund and Marv (Griswold) Dorr. Married 1st Elizabeth Palmer (d about 1775) Nov 4, 1747. 2nd Mrs. Lydia (Wood) McClean in 1776. Children: Edmund, Baruch, (mar Phoebe Ward) Lydia. William, Rhoda, There were other children. D Sept 18. 1801, Wolfs Plains, Athens Ohio.


Co, O. Buried probably Wolfs Plains cemetery Ohio Tombstone evidently decayed. There are a number of disintegrated tombstones in the Cemetery. His oldest son and wife, Edmund and Anna Dorr, were buried in same cemetery Tombstones intact. Capt. Mathew Dorr, clothier, of Lyme, Conn, removed to East Haddam, Conn, where his first wife died. In 1795 he removed with his second wife to Athens Co, Ohio. Reference: National No 38330, and 2257- Ohio, and 10110-2, Vol 103, D. A. R. Lin. Further information Elizabeth Zane Dew Chap.
Family Members

Edmund D. Dorr

Mary Griswold Dorr

Elizabeth Palmer Dorr
1724–1775 (m. 1747)

Lydia Wood McLean Dorr
1742–1814 (m. 1776)


George Dorr

Rev Edward Dorr

Mary Dorr

Eve Dorr Griffin

Elizabeth Dorr Tracy

Deborah Dorr


Phebe Dorr Peck

Helen Talcott Dorr Sill

Edward Dorr

Judge Matthew Dorr

Dr Jonathan Dorr

Joseph Dorr

Elisha Dorr

Dr Russell Dorr

Edmund Dorr

Baruch Dorr

Lydia Dorr Wolf

William Dorr

Rhoda Dorr Wolf

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Capt. Matthew Dorr, Revolutionary War veteran's Timeline

June 14, 1724
Old Lyme, New London County, Connecticut, Colonial America
August 1, 1748
Lyme, New London, Connecticut, United States
March 28, 1756
March 28, 1756
Lyme, New London, Connecticut, United States
April 20, 1771
Lyme, New London County, Connecticut, United States
June 29, 1777
August 29, 1778
East Haddam, Middlesex, Connectictu, United States
January 30, 1780
Lyme, Connecticut, United States