Edward B. Dorsey


EDWARD B. DORSEY, a respected citizen of Richmond, Jefferson county, was born May 22, 1831, at New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas county, Ohio. He is a son of S. W. and Harriet (Benesse) Dorsey, of Tuscarawas county, both natives of Maryland. Both are now deceased, the father having died in 1879 and the mother ten years later. They had seven children, of whom five are living. Edward being the oldest. The subject of this sketch at fifteen years of age, having previously been employed with a miller went to Akron, Ohio and learned the trade of blacksmith at which and as a machinist, he has since been occupied. For some time he worked at various places, beginning at Canal Dover, whence after a few months he went to Canton, and remained three years. He then spent two years at New Philadelphia with A. T. Rape, was subsequently at New Cumberland five months, then at New Philadelphia then at Leesburg seven months. From there he went to Worcester, Ohio where he was employed by the stage company and railroad company one winter. He then conducted a shop of his own at Canal Dover one year, and subsequently was at Canton nine months, Bakersville ten months where he became a partner in a shop. Afterward he farmed two years, then worked at Canal Dover three years, and finally made his residence at Richmond, which has since been his home. In 1854 Mr. Dorsey was married to Martha, daughter of John and Lucinda (Norman) Myers, and they have five children: Lucinda A., Sarah E., William H., Ella and John F. Mr. Dorsey and wife are devoted members of the Methodist church, and are among the town's most esteemed citizens.

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