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Samuel Dorris 2

  • Born: 1733, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Marriage: Martha Hughes about 1761 in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Died: 1818-1825, Sumner County, Tennessee at age 85
  • Buried: Robertson County, Tennessee

bullet  General Notes:

Have seen birthplace listed as Down, Ireland
Possible mother's name: Mary Williams or Mary Roake

It is believed that Samuel migrated to New Jersey with his parents, probably early 1750's. By 1772 Samuel was living in Fairfax Co., Virginia and in June of that year was paid 315 pounds of tobacco by his brother the Reverend Joseph Dorris, for traveling back and forth four times to appear as a witness in a court case in which Joseph sued a Samuel Smith for a debt that was owed to him. The court awarded Joseph his debt but also ordered him to pay his brother an additional 106 pounds of tobacco for his attendance. Samuel moved his family to Louden County the following year and remained there until the later part of the 1770's when they moved to Baltimore Maryland. During their stay in Baltimore Samuel and his sons ran freight to the new frontier. This lasted until the 1780's. They next apparently went to Kentucky for a short stay then they moved to Hardy Co., Virginia(Now West Virginia) where they remained until 1795 when Samuel and several of his children moved to Sumner County Tennessee and then on into Robertson County Tennessee by 1797 and in 1803 Samuel purchased land next to his brother Isaac. In 1809 he bought an additional 40 acres from Thomas Johnson. In 1807 Samuel and his sons went to Sumner County to attend the estate sale of John Wyle where he purchased a large kettle, a barrell and a tub. In 1808 he attended the estate of Solomon Squires and bought a saddle. He also attended the estate sale of John Appleton where he purchased 10 barrels of corn. Samuel moved back to Sumner Co., Tennessee by 1820 and was living with his son William.


Samuel married Martha Hughes about 1761 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Martha Hughes was born in 1738 in Baltimore, Maryland and died in Tennessee.)

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