When Rensellair Vaught Dorsey was born on 16 December 1854, in Curry, Logan, West Virginia, United States, his father, John Basil Dorsey, was 32 and his mother, Margaret A Summers, was 29. He married Samantha Victoria Neal on 23 January 1879, in Nicholas, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Jefferson District, Nicholas, West Virginia, United States in 1870 and Curry District, Putnam, West Virginia, United States for about 40 years. He died on 27 July 1934, in Hurricane, Putnam, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Ridgelawn Memorial Park, Barboursville, Cabell, West Virginia, United States.
English (East Yorkshire): of French origin, a habitational name, with French preposition d(e), from Orsay in Seine-et-Orne, France, or from Orçay in Loire-et-Cher, recorded in the 13th century as Orceiacum, from the Latin personal name Orcius + the locative suffix -acum.
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