Self Portrait as John Dorsey – Pioneer – Born ca. 1756 in Maryland. This is the next stage of the portrait series in progress – my self portrait as my ancestor.
John Dorsey was a pioneer. He boldly left Maryland sometime after 1799 with his wife Arah and their kids and journeyed into the wilderness of Virginia to claim a land grant. He appears on the 1818 tax roll in the newly formed Nicholas County.
The 1830 Census shows John’s son Benjamin and John’s brother James listed as neighboring households.