Mary Ann Dorsett

Female17 December 1840–10 January 1925

Brief Life History of Mary Ann

When Mary Ann Dorsett was born on 17 December 1840, in Lafayette, Chambers, Alabama, United States, her father, John Dorsett Jr., was 40 and her mother, Dorothy Farrar, was 38. She married William Madison Boyd on 24 October 1861, in Boyds, Chambers, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Chambers, Alabama, United States in 1850. She died on 10 January 1925, in Lafayette, Chambers, Alabama, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Lafayette, Chambers, Alabama, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Madison Boyd
Mary Ann Dorsett
Marriage: 24 October 1861
William Ewell Boyd
Alice Pearl Boyd
Marie ( Bob) Boyd
John Houston Boyd
Maryetta Boyd
Edwin Lewis Boyd
Sue Ora Boyd
Hugh Kelse Boyd
Joseph Henry Boyd

Sources (25)

  • Mary A in household of Dorothy, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mary A Dorsett, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"
  • Dk in entry for Edwin Lewis Boyd, "Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    24 October 1861Boyds, Chambers, Alabama, United States
  • Children (9)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (10)

    +5 More Children

    World Events (7)


    Age 6

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


    Age 23

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

    Age 23

    The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from the county of Dorset, named from Old English Dorn, an early name of Dorchester (of British origin, from durn ‘fist’, probably referring to fist-sized pebbles) + sǣte ‘dwellers’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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