Samuel Dorsey

(deceased) was during his life a prominent and well-known farmer of Fulton township, this county. He was born in Cecil county Md., Sept. 28, 1828, and died in Fulton township , Lancaster Co., Pa. March 23, 1896. He was a son of Nathaniel and Pheobe ( Enning ) Dorsey, natives of Maryland, who were the parents of four children; William A. is a retired farmer of Cecil county, Md., Oliver is deceased ; Samuel is deceased; John is a retired farmer of Drumore township, Lancaster county. The Dorsey family have nearly all Democrats in politics, and presbyterian in religious belief. Samuel Dorsey married Miss Martha Reynolds a daughter of Elisha and Sophia (Weeks) Reynolds, of Fulton township. The Reynolds family is a pioneer family of Lancaster county, and it's members have always enjoyed high repute for sterling worth. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey was blessed with a family of seven children. Sophia, born March 26, 1852, died in childhood, Melissa is also deceased, Mary L. , born Aug 4, 1857 died March 23, 1852, Annie, born Oct. 23, 1860 married Anson Ambler, and died July 13, 1899, leaving three children- - Clyde d., Norman E., and Martha M.; Elmer E. born Nov. 24, 1866, died in childhood; Oliver J., born May 21, 1868, died in childhood; Harriett Eliza, born Oct. 30, 1872 died young. Mrs. Martha Dorsey, widow of Samuel Dorsey, was born in Lancaster county, April 11, 1830. When she and her husband were married they were poor, but by toil and industry they owned, at the time of Mr. Dorsey's death, two fine farms and a nice mill property in Fulton township. Mr. Dorsey became a substantial citizen, and was well liked by his neighbors. For a time he followed the carpenter;s trade, and many of the houses in the vicinity were put up by him. Mrs. Dorsey is the only surviving member of her family, her husband and children having gone before. She is comfortably situated in McSparran village, where she enjoys the universal esteem of her neighbors.

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