The Descendants of Patrick Dorsey and Elizabeth Ryan


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The Descendants of Patrick Dorsey and Elizabeth Ryan

Generation No. 1

1. PATRICK1 DORSEY was b. abt. 1800 in Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, poss. near Graiguenamanagh, and d. aft. 1861 in Charlottetown, PEI. He m. ELIZABETH RYAN May 23, 1831 at St. Johns RC Church, St. Johns, Nfld. She was b. abt. 1805 in Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, and d. bef. 1861 in Charlottetown, PEI. In some baptismal records of their children Elizabeth is listed at Elizabeth or Betty Craugh or Croak. Since the Ryan surname reappears in subsequent baptisms, Patrick Dorsey was not m. twice. Elizabeth could have been m. previously to a man named Craugh or could have had a stepfather named Craugh, or this could have been a patronymic for the very common surname Ryan. The couple and their children moved to Charlottetown, PEI abt. 1848. Patrick Dorsey was a fisherman, according to the 1861 census.

Children of PATRICK DORSEY and ELIZABETH RYAN are:

i. BRIDGET2 DORSEY, bap. Oct. 16, 1832, St. Johns RC Church, St. Johns, Nfld. Sponsors Thos Purcell and Mary Ryan.

2. ii. JOHN DORSEY, bap. July 20, 1834, St. Johns RC Church, St. Johns, Nfld.; d. Aug. 31, 1884, Charlottetown, PEI.

iii. MARY DORSEY, bap. July 3, 1836, St. Johns RC Church, St. Johns, Nfld. Sponsors John Ryan and Margaret Sheehan.

iv. KEARAN DORSEY, bap. Nov. 12, 1838, St. Johns RC Church, St. Johns, Nfld. Sponsors James [?] Lord and Ellen Hunt.

3. v. ELLEN DORSEY, bap. Aug. 16, 1840, St. Johns RC Church, St. Johns, Nfld.; d. Apr. 14, 1908, Cambridge, MA.

4. vi. JAMES DORSEY, bap. Jan. 21, 1844, St. Johns RC Church, d. Jan. 12, 1907, Charlottetown, PEI; d. Jan. 12, 1907, Charlottetown, PEI.

vii. WILLIAM DORSEY, bap. Nov. 30, 1845, St. Johns RC Church, St. Johns, Nfld. Sponsors Patrick Hickey and Ellen Shea.

viii. WILLIAM DORSEY, b. Sept. 11, 1849, Charlottetown, PEI, bap. Sept. 13, 1849, St. Dunstanís RC Church, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors John Murry and Catherine Maher.

Generation No. 2

2. JOHN2 DORSEY (PATRICK1) was bap. July 20, 1834, St. Johns RC Church, St. Johns, Nfld. Sponsors John Maher and Ellen Ryan. He d. Aug. 31, 1884 in Charlottetown, PEI, and was buried on Sept. 2, 1884 in Peopleís Cemetery, Charlottetown, PEI. He m. EMMA LUCRETIA LEPAGE Aug. 1, 1877 at Trinity Church in Charlottetown, PEI. She was born abt. 1844, d. July 27, 1934 in Charlottetown, PEI, and was buried on July 29, 1934 in Peopleís Cemetery, Charlottetown, PEI. John Dorsey was the cofounder and owner of Dorsey, Goff and Company Boot and Shoe Manufacturer, located on Queen Street in Charlottetown, PEI.

Children of JOHN DORSEY and LUCRETIA LEPAGE are:

i. ALFRED3 DORSEY, b. 1878, prob. Charlottetown, PEI.

ii. JOHN EZRA JAMES DORSEY, b. May 24, 1880, Charlottetown, PEI; d. Feb. 27, 1956, Toronto, Ont.; m. OLIVE ANN SHAW; b. Apr. 8, 1880, Goodwood, Ontario; d. Mar. 28, 1958, Toronto, Ont.

iii. FRED SMALLWOOD DORSEY, b. Aug. 6, 1882, Charlottetown, PEI; bap. Aug. 11, 1882 at Trinity Church, Charlottetown, PEI; d. Dec. 16, 1884, Charlottetown, PEI, and buried Dec.18, 1884, Peopleís Cemetery, Charlottetown, PEI.

iv. HENSLEY GOFF DORSEY, b. Dec. 7, 1884, Charlottetown, PEI; bap. July 17, 1885, Trinity Church, Charlottetown, PEI.

3. ELLEN2 DORSEY (PATRICK1) (also recorded as Helen in some records) bap. Aug. 16, 1840 at St. Johns RC Church, St. Johns, Nfld. Sponsors Thos Shaw and Esther Doran. She d. Apr. 14, 1908 in Cambridge, MA, and was buried Apr. 16, 1908 at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden, MA. She m. PATRICK KELLY Feb. 7, 1868 in Charlottetown, PEI, son of JOHN KELLY and MARGARET MCGLINCHY. Witnesses James Dorsey and Elizabeth Kelly. Patrick Kelly b. June 1845 in Fort Augustus, PEI, d. July 5, 1933 in Belmont, MA, and was buried on July 7, 1933 at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden, MA. Patrick Kelly was a shoemaker, and worked for Dorsey, Goff and Company in Charlottetown. Patrick and Ellen (Dorsey) Kelly emigrated from Dorchester St., Charlottetown, PEI to Cambridge, MA in 1892.

Children of ELLEN DORSEY and PATRICK KELLY are:

i. MARGARET JANE3 KELLY, b. Aug. 9, 1868, Fort Augustus, PEI, bap. Aug. 22, 1869, St. Patrickís Church, Fort Augustus, PEI. Sponsors Neil McCannell and Elizabeth Kelly. She m. 1) WILLIAM h. GALLAGHER and 2) ROY HIDDEN, and resided in Dorchester, MA.

ii. ELIZABETH EMELIA KELLY, b. Apr. 24, 1870, Fort Augustus, PEI, bap. May 14, 1870, St. Patrickís Church, Fort Augustus, PEI. Sponsors James and Bridget Kelly. She d. a short time after arriving in Cambridge, MA in 1892, and was never m..

iii. JOHN WILLIAM KELLY, b. June 26, 1872, Fort Augustus, PEI, bap. June 29, 1872, St. Patrickís Church, Fort Augustus, PEI. Sponsors Lucius Kelly and Elizabeth Kelly. D. as infant.

iv. PATRICK CARREN (KIERAN) DORSEY KELLY, b. Oct. 23, 1874, Charlottetown, PEI, bap. Oct. 26, 1874, St. Dunstanís Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors James Dorcey and Ann Dorcey [sic]. D. as infant.

v. JOHN WILLIAM KELLY, b. Sept. 23, 1876, Charlottetown, PEI, bap. Oct. 7, 1876 at St. Dunstan's Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors William Maher and Catherine Maher. He d. May 6, 1920, Cambridge, MA, and was buried May 8, 1920, Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridge, MA. He m. MARY ELLEN STEELE, dau. of JOHN STEELE and ELLEN NORTON, June 25, 1907, Cambridge, MA. She was b. Aug. 23, 1880, Cambridge, MA; and d. Dec. 12, 1918, Cambridge, MA. She was buried Dec. 14, 1918, Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridge, MA. They resided on Myrtle Avenue and Meacham Road in Cambridge, MA. John Kelly was a police officer for the City of Cambridge, MA.

vi. PATRICK D. KELLY, b. Aug. 28, 1878, Charlottetown, PEI; bap. Sept. 10, 1878, St. Dunstan's Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors Richard King and Mary Ellen Smith. He d. in New York City in 1926, and was buried in the grave of his brother, John William Kelly, in Cambridge City Cemetery. He was also a police officer for the City of Cambridge, MA. He m. HELEN AGNES DOODY, dau. of DANIEL DOODY and CATHERINE CASEY, in Cambridge, MA. She d. on Apr. 27, 1965. They were separated at the time of his death in 1926.

vii. JAMES ERNEST KELLY, b. Nov. 19, 1881, Charlottetown, PEI, bap. Dec. 4, 1881, St. Dunstan's Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors Michael Brownard and Ellie Devlin. He m. CATHERINE (KIT) CROWLEY, dau. of PATRICK J. CROWLEY and MARGARET LAMB, on June 11, 1915 in Cambridge, MA. He resided in Somerville most of his m. life, and d. in 197[ ].

viii. MARY FLORENCE KELLY, b. Sept. 24, 1883, Charlottetown, PEI; bap. Sept. 30, 1883, St. Dunstanís Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors Charles McLean and Catherine Costello. She d. Jan. 1, 1963, Watertown, MA, and was buried Jan. 1963 at St. Patrickís Cemetery, Watertown, MA. She m. JOHN JOSEPH AHERN, son of JOHN AHERN and BRIDGET TULLY, Oct. 25, 1911, St. Paul's Church, Cambridge, MA; b. Dec. 4, 1887, Boston, MA; d. Sept. 1968, Cambridge, MA.

ix. WILLIAM JOSEPH KELLY, b. Dec. 29, 1885, Charlottetown, PEI, bap. Jan. 25, 1886, St. Dunstanís Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors Mr. and Mrs. James Dorsey. He never m. and d. in the 1960s in Billerica, MA in the care of his niece, Clara (Kelly) Dufour.

4. JAMES2 DORSEY (PATRICK1) was bap. Jan. 21, 1844, St. Johnís RC Church, St. Johns, Nfld. Sponsors James Kavanagh and Johanna Raftis. He d. Jan. 12, 1907 in Charlottetown, PEI., and was buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Charlottetown, PEI. He m. ANNE MURPHY, dau of JEREMIAH MURPHY and HELEN POWER, on July 7, 1868 at St. Dunstanís Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Witnesses Michael Foley and Eliza Murphy. Anne Murphy was born in Nfld. in 1846 and d. on Feb. 23, 1939 in Charlottetown, PEI. James Dorsey worked with his brother, John Dorsey, at Dorsey, Goff and Company on Queen Street, and took over the operation of the business when his brother died. He resided on King Street in Charlottetown, PEI.

Children of JAMES DORSEY and ANNE MURPHY are:

i. MARY ELIZABETH3 DORSEY, b. Aug. 6, 1869; bap. Aug. 14, 1869, St. Dunstanís Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors Michael Foley and Eliza Murphy. D. Dec. 26, 1950, Charlottetown, PEI. M. JAMES JOSPEH JOHNSTON, and resided in Charlottetown, PEI.

ii. JAMES KYRAN DORSEY, b. Sept. 3, 1870, bap. Sept. 8, 1870, St. Dunstanís Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors Bernard Rodden and Bridget OíSullivan. Stud. medicine at University of New York City, and interned in ER of Bellevue Hospital, NYC. Returned to Charlottetown practice medicine in 1893, but by 1900 was living at 1408 Quincy St., Topeka, Kansas. He m. ANNA [ ] in 1894. His occupation in 1900 was solicitor. In 1910 census, he was living at 147 Johnson St., Wichita, KS with his wife, Anna C., and two sons. She was born in Michigan, her father in Canada, and her mother in Iowa. His occupation in 1910 was physician/surgeon. He d. on Dec. 24, 1916 in Wichita, Kansas.

iii. PATRICK EDMUND DORSEY, b. Mar. 17, 1872, and bap. Mar. 18, 1872, St. Dunstanís Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors Michael Murphy and Johanna Grimes. He d. May 23, 1921, Charlottetown, PEI, and was buried at the Catholic Cemetery, Charlottetown, PEI.

iv. JOHN WILLIAM DORSEY, b. Nov. 6, 1873, bap. Dec. 30, 1873, St. Dunstan's Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors Patrick Kelly and Mary Alice Foley. He d. Oct. 2, 1875 in Charlottetown, PEI.

v. ANN MAY DORSEY, b. June 30, 1875, bap. July 13, 1875, St. Dunstan's Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors Joseph Murphy and Helen Kelly. She d. Feb. 28, 1878 in Charlottetown, PEI.

vi. ELIZABETH FLORENCE DORSEY, b. Jan. 18, 1877, bap. Feb. 21, 1877, St. Dunstan's Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors Daniel McDonald and Mary Murphy. Occupation school teacher, resided on Haviland St., Charlottetown. Never m. She d. in Charlottetown, PEI on Aug. 26, 1951.

vii. ANN MAY DORSEY, b. Feb. 6, 1879, bap. Mar. 17, 1879, St. Dunstanís Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors William Joseph Murphy and Elizabeth Murphy. She m. ARTHUR EDWARD HOGAN in 1906 and emigrated from Charlottetown to Portland, Oregon in 1928.

viii. ELLEN JOSEPH DORSEY, b. Dec. 24, 1880, bap. Feb. 1, 1881, St. Dunstan's Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors Patrick Murphy and Teresa Murphy. She m. FRANK OíNEIL, who worked for the Bank of New Brunswick. They resided in St. John, NB.

ix. JOSEPH WILLIAM DORSEY, b. Dec. 31, 1882, bap. Jan. 8, 1883, St. Dunstan's Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors Owen Winters and Margaret Ellen Murphy. Stud. medicine at McGill University in Montreal, and was in military. D. in Bombay, India Nov. 21, 1920.

x. ETHEL AGNES DORSEY, b. Mar. 14, 1885, and bap. May 14, 1885, St. Dunstanís Cathedral, Charlottetown, PEI. Sponsors Patrick Kelly and Ellen Kelly. She d. Sept. 9, 1965, Charlottetown, PEI, and was buried on Sept. 11, 1965 in the Catholic Cemetery in Charlottetown, PEI. She m. (1) STEPHEN H. GILLIS, son of VENANTIUS GILLIS and CATHERINE MACLELLAN, and was b. 1883, Charlottetown, PEI, occupation physician, d. 1914, Charlottetown, PEI; and (2) FRANK F. SEGSWORTH, b. 1888, d. Feb. 9, 1965, Charlottetown, PEI.

xi. FRANCIS XAVIER DORSEY, b. Aug. 27, 1889 in Charlottetown, PEI. He d. Dec. 26, 1954 in Borden, PEI. He m. MARY MILDRED FARMER, dau. of PATRICK FARMER and CATHERINE GREENAN on Oct. 8, 1919. He was an engineer for the C.N. Railroad.


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