Josef Dorris
William Dorris
(Abt 1710-1795)
Isaac Dorris
(Between 1745-1824)


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Isaac Dorris 2

  • Born: Between 1745 and 1750, Ireland
  • Marriage: Susannah Barker in 1771 in Louden County, Virginia
  • Died: 1824, Robertson County, Tennessee about age 79

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In December 1773 Isaac was leasing a 100 acre tract of land from Thomas Ludwell Lee in Cameron Parish Louden Co., VA. The condition of this lease demanded that while he was living on the property he was to build a tobacco house. This house was to either a frame house or built with good solid logs at least 30 feet long and 20 feet wide or a barn with the same dimensions. He was to also build a dwelling house at least 16 square feet built of logs or framed with a chimney on the outside. He was to also plant 100 winter apple trees that were no less than 30 feet from one another and one hundred peach trees that were no less than fifteen feet apart. Isaac lived on this land for three years before selling out his lease to John Holmes. He stayed in Cameron Parish for another year on land he was leasing from James Spinks. We next find Isaac in December 1778 when he attended the estate sale of Joseph Mabry in Caswell Co. NC. He moved to Orange Co. NC where he purchased 200 acres from the State of NC on Quaker Creek. In 1788 he purchased 7 acres on the Haw River near Stoney Creek from Adam Marley. He later bought another 150 acres from his nieces husband John McMurtry in 1793. His brothers John, William and Robert all witnessed this last deed. In 1792 and 1796 Isaac sold out his land in NC and prepared for his journey to Tennessee. In Robertson County TN Isaac bought 100 acres from Bazzle Boren on Sulpher Fork of the Red River. In 1798-1800 Isaac was a distiller of whiskey. His brother James appears to be somewhat involved in this with him in the last year Isaac was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He served in the NC militia where he was listed as a private in Captain John Johnson's company om Colonel Colliers regiment under General John Butler in the winter of 1780. This was the unit that marched to Salisbury to deliver prisoners from Kings Mountain. The unit camped there until the british arrived in the spring and the battle of Guilford Courthouse was fought. Isaac served as a juror in Orange Co. in 1789, 1790 and 1794 in the Court of Pleas quarter session. He served as constable of the court in 1792 and 1793. In June of 1796 he moved to Robertson Co. TN where he served as Court Constable in 1799, 1802, 1803, 1808, 1812, 1814, 1816, 1818 and 1824. Isaac and his son Joseph were were charged in court with force and arms assaulted Eppaphroditus Benton doing him great bodily damage. The jury aquitted them .

From "Dorris-Net"Vol. 2, Issue 3, Sept, 30, 1996:
"Isaac Dorris the Patriot appeared on two pay lists as a private in Captain John Johnston's Company, Colonel Collier's Regiment in North Carolina Militia under General John Butler in 1780. He was listed as Isaac 'Dorress' on one list and Isaac 'Dores' on the second. He was paid for 106 days from September 8, 1780, to December 22, 1780."


Isaac married Susannah Barker in 1771 in Louden County, Virginia. (Susannah Barker was born between 1751 and 1756 in Virginia.)

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