Reverend Joseph Dorris

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About Reverend Joseph Dorris

Son of William and Mary (Roake) Dorris. He married Mary Griffin in 1773 and had two sons, John Irwin and William Dawson Dorris.

He married 2nd Katherine McDaniel about 1779 and had 9 children, Thomas M., James S., Sarah, Elizabeth, Isaac, Benjamin, Samuel, Stephen C., and McDaniel Dorris.

Joseph and Katherine's tombstones are not marked but they are speculated to be buried in Murphey Cemetery. It is the oldest known cemetery in the vicinity of Coopertown. There are 4 rows containing over 50 graves all marked with rough limestone rock.

Joseph Dorris, born Bet. 1748 - 1753 in Ireland or New Jersey; died 1825 in Coopertown, Robertson Co., Tennessee; married (1) Mary Griffin Abt. 1773 in Dorchester Co., Maryland; born Bet. 1753 - 1758; died Abt. 1780 in Orange Co., North Carolina; married (2) Katherine McDaniel 1783 in Orange Co., North Carolina; born 1757.

Notes for Joseph Dorris:

Joseph was living in Louden Co. VA by 1772 and moved to Maryland a short time. Later he moved to Orange Co., North Caroline where on November 24, 1778 he registered 390 acres on the north side of the Haw River. In 1788 he was listed in the tax rolls of Orange Co., North Carolina in St. Asaph's district.

In 1791 he sold most of his land and moved to Tennessee where he became involved in a road building scheme to attract settlers to the new frontier. Shortly after the Reverend Joseph had begun work on the roads the government made a treaty with the indians, the roads were no longer needed. This left Joseph with contracts that he could not fulfil and was involved in a number of lawsuits as a result.

In 1796 he moved to Robertson Co TN where he was involved in a scandal of "imprudent or criminal conduct" with the women in his congregation and was forced to resign as Reverend of his church. Despite this scandal he was successful in opening his own church.

In 1812 he served as the Brigade staff Chaplain for the west TN militia under Major General Andrew Jackson under the command of General Isaac Roberts,john,dorris::dorris::816.html

Reverend Joseph Dorris was born in 1741, County Tyrone, Ireland and died 21 January 1825 in Cooperstown, Robertson County, Tennessee. He is thought to be buried in Murphey Cemetery, Robertson County, Tennessee, USA

Parents: William and Mary Dorris


  1. in 1773 to Mary Griffin (two children)
  2. abt 1779 to Katherine McDaniell (9 children)

Children of Mary Griffin and Joseph Dorris:

  1. John Irwin Dorris b. October 22, 1773 in Maryland died after 1820 in Tennesse
  2. William Dawson Dorris

Children of Katherine McDaniell and Joseph Dorris:

  1. Thomas M. Dorris
  2. James S. Dorris
  3. Sarah Dorris
  4. Elizabeth Dorris
  5. Isaac Dorris
  6. Benjamin Dorris
  7. Samuel Dorris
  8. Stephen C. Dorris
  9. McDaniel Dorris


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Reverend Joseph Dorris's Timeline

County Down, Ireland
October 22, 1773
Age 24
Age 37
Age 41
Age 76
Coopertown, TN, USA