When Gilley Dorsey was born on 25 February 1805, in Hardin, Kentucky, United States, her father, Beall Dorsey, was 40 and her mother, Nancy P Stigler, was 45. She married John Columbus Calvin on 20 March 1820, in Hardin, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She died on 11 August 1825, in her hometown, at the age of 20.
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.