Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Jesse Carl Stanfill & Drusie Dorsey

Jesse was born in Campbell County in 1863, the 5th child of Milton and Rachel.  He died in Madison County, Arkansas on June 15, 1946.  In 1889, he married Drusie Dorsey, the daughter of Alexander Bowden Dorsey and Elizabeth Boyd.  Drusie was born in October of 1868 in Arkansas City, Arkansas.  He father, Alexander, was a prominent farmer.  From "The History of Benton County:"

Alexander Dorsey,one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of Richland Township, Madison Co., Ark., was born in Warren County, Tenn., in 1830, January 29, and is a son of Bennett and Ann (Dennis) Dorsey, who were natives of North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. The father's birth occurred January 19, 1800, and he died in Madison County, Ark., when about [p.1090] eighty-three years of age. He became an early resident of Tennessee. but came to Arkansas in 1838. He was a farmer, and accumulated a fine property, which was lost during the war, his houses and barns being burned, and his property being destroyed. He was a Southern sympathizer. His wife was born in 1807, and died in 1886, being a worthy and consistent member of the Baptist Church. Twelve children blessed their union, Alexander being their fourth child. He made his home with his parents until his marriage to Lavina Hillis in 1854. She was born in Tennessee, and died about 1858, leaving two children, Mary E. and Joseph. December 29, 1859, Mr. Dorsey married Eliza Boyd, and their marriage resulted in the birth of four sons and four daughters. He is a prosperous farmer, being the owner of 860 acres of fine land, and one of the most extensive stock raisers in Madison County. In February, 1863, he enlisted in Company B, First Arkansas Infantry, Federal service, and was a faithful soldier until the close of the war. He is now a member of the G. A. R., and belongs to the Republican party. 

Alexander's two children with Lavinia Hillis were Mary Elizabeth and Joseph Michael.  His children with Eliza were Bethena, Drusie, Alexander, Neil, Rutha, Charles, Eliza and Jason.  Charles married Jesse's cousin, Cinthia Stanfill.  

Elizabeth "Eliza" Boyd Dorsey

Rutha Dorsey & family

Rutha Dorsey

Charles Dorsey & family

Charles Dorsey & family

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