James Warren BRISCOE Elizabeth Emaline BRISCOE William Greenberry BRISCOE Sarah M BRISCOE Phereby Jane BRISCOE Thomas F BRISCOE Nancy E BRISCOE Mary O BRISCOE Martha BRISCOE Rachel Lucinda BRISCOE Emily BRISCOE Perminda Adeline BRISCOE Rebecca BRISCOE James M BRISCOE George W BRISCOE Mini tree diagram

Mary DOSSEY1,2,3,3

about 18071,2,3 - about 18514,3

Life History

about 1807

Born in Tennessee.1,2,3


Married James Warren BRISCOE in Morgan County, Alabama.12,2,3

12th Mar 1822

Birth of daughter Elizabeth Emaline BRISCOE in Morgan County, Alabama.3,5

16th May 1824

Birth of son William Greenberry BRISCOE in Apple Grove, Morgan, Alabama.6,5,7,8,9,10

15th Jul 1827

Birth of daughter Sarah M BRISCOE in Morgan County, Alabama.3

17th Jun 1830

Birth of daughter Phereby Jane BRISCOE in Morgan County, Alabama.3

about 1832

Birth of son Thomas F BRISCOE in Alabama.1

13th Feb 1834

Birth of daughter Nancy E BRISCOE in Morgan County, Alabama.1,3

about 1836

Birth of daughter Mary O BRISCOE in Alabama.1

about 1838

Birth of daughter Martha BRISCOE in Arkansas.1

2nd Jan 1840

Birth of daughter Rachel Lucinda BRISCOE in Sevier County, Arkansas.1,3

about 1842

Birth of daughter Emily BRISCOE in Arkansas.1

about 1844

Birth of daughter Perminda Adeline BRISCOE in Center Point, Sevier, Arkansas.1,3

about 1846

Birth of daughter Rebecca BRISCOE in Arkansas.1

about 1849

Birth of son James M BRISCOE in Arkansas.11

about 1851

Birth of son George W BRISCOE in Arkansas.11

about 1851

Died in Sevier County, Arkansas.4,3


  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
    Mary Dossey
    Birth 1807 TN
    Spouse James W. Briscoe
    Spouse Birth 1800 VA
    Marriage AL

    James Warren Briscoe
    Born 1804 in Verginia [Virginia]
    Died December 1,1862 in Sevier Co., Arkansas.
    James W Briscoe served as Justice of the Peace In Morgan Co, Alabama in 1836 and also in Sevier Co Ark in 1847
    He had 14 children
    Married Marry Polly Dossey 1820 in Alabama
    Born 1807 in Tennessee
    Died 1851/52 in Sevier Co, Arkansas
    He married Margarett Knauls (Nobles) (Naules) the widow of Taplay Knauls (Knolls) April 15.1854. in Sevier Co, Arkansas
    They had two sons, Hannon W and Joseph Wallis
    She was born Abt 1816 in Tenn. and died July 4,1876 in Sevier Co Ark
    --  Briscoe Genealogy, http://www.briscoe-fam.com/James_w_briscoe/james_w_briscoe.htm

    Gender Female1850 Federal Census, Sevier County, Arkansas, 18 October, Madison Township, p 422, Hse/Fam #346
    James W Briscoe 46 M Farmer $0 Real Estate b Virginia [born abt 1804]
    Polly Briscoe 43  Tennessee [born abt 1807]
    Thomas F Briscoe 18 M b Alabama [born abt 1832]
    Nancy E Briscoe  16 M Alabama [born abt 1834]
    Mary O Briscoe 14 M Alabama [born abt 1836]
    Martha Briscoe 12 M Arkansas [born abt 1838]
    Lucinda Briscoe 10 M Arkansas [born abt 1840]
    Emily Briscoe 8 M Arkansas [born abt 1842]
    Perminda Briscoe 6 F b Arkansas [born abt 1844]
    Rebecca Briscoe 4 F b Arkansas [born abt 1846]
    James M Briscoe 2 M b Arkansas [born abt 1844]

    James and Polly Briscoe's first child born in Arkansas was Martha, age 12, so born about 1838  They also have a daughter Mary O born in Alabama in about 1836.  This means they moved to Arkansas about 1837, matching the dates for William G Dorsey (Dossey).  Polly's father next door seems to have moved with them.  The last child of William Dorsey (Dossey) next door, Sarah, is 14 and born in Alabama.  This means William moved his family to Arkansas after Sarah was born in about 1836, matching the information from the Briscoe census.

    The family name may be Dorsey instead of Dossey, as appears on the marriage certificate.

    In 1850 living next door to James W Briscoe and his wife Polly (Mary) Briscoe is William G Dorsey, who appears to be Mary's father.  Two teenaged daughters are still in the household of widowed William Dorsey.

    1850 Federal Census, Sevier County, Arkansas, 18 October, Madison Township, p 422, Hse/Fam #345
    William G Dorsey 46 M Farmer b SC [born abt 1804]
    Elizabeth Dorsey 16  AL [born abt 1804]
    Sarah Dorsey 14 M AL [born abt 1836]

    From 1850, there are Dorseys that live near the Briscoes, and Dorsey is a given name among the Briscoe line in later generations.

    A couple of houses away is also Joseph Dorsey, who appears to be Mary's younger brother.  Some genealogies also report his last name as Dossey.  He is reported to have died in Limestone, Texas.  Their parents moved on to San Antonio and died there.

    1850 Federal Census, Sevier County, Arkansas, 18 October, Madison Township, p 422, Hse/Fam #342
    Joseph Dorsey 25 M Farmer $0 Real Estate b Alabama [born abt 1825]
    Mary Dorsey 22  Tennessee [born abt 1828]
    James Dorsey 7 M Arkansas [born abt 1843]
    Mary I Dorsey  3 F Arkansas [born abt 1847]
    William G Dorsey  5mos M Arkansas [born abt June 1850]

    But a marriage record appears to match this William G, with the name William G Dossey, born in 1790, which matches the age of William G Dorsey, who lives next door to Mary Dossey Briscoe in Sevier County, Arkansas.  The birth in South Carolina also matches.  "Dossey" or "Dawsey," as the name is sometimes found with the phonetic spelling, matches the Southern genteel pronunciation of the name spelled Dorsey.  The spelling of the actual proununciation of Dorsey led to it becoming a seprate surname spelled Dossey.

    US. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
    William G Dossey
    Gender Male
    Birth 1790 SC

    Some family genealogies report his full name as William Greenberry Dossey.  Though the following marriage record appears to be for Mary's father, and has a middle initial G, it seems odd that his middle name is Greenberry, when this is the mainden name of his wife.

    William Dossey
    Birth 1787 in South Carolina
    Death 1860 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas
    William Dossey 1760 - 1792
    Mary Greenberry 1767 - 1792
    Marriage to Mrs. William G (Cherokee Maiden) Dossey 1809 Morgan, Alabama
    --  Standlee/Roberts, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/11449671/person/-396976483

    Mary Dorsey/Dossey died before 1854, when James married his second wife, the widow Margaret Parker Nauls/Knaules/Knolles in Sevier County, Arkanass.  Some genealogies report Mary's date of death as the year 1852, but provide no documentation.  Some report the year as 1851, again with no documentation.  I have found no record on her death or burial, but it would have been in Sevier County, Arkansas.


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