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Bassell, Benjamin, and John Dorsey Land Transactions

The signatures of Bassell, Benjamin, and John Dorsey,  probable sons of Andrew and Patience Dorsey, appeared together in a variety of land and legal records in Lincoln,County, North Carolina between 1790 and 1810.  Please consult the  cited source directly  before referencing any of these records in your own work.

It is tempting to speculate that the sales of lands in July and August of 1790 from Bassell to Benjamin and John represent some sort of division of their parent's estate.  However, they could also be the result of some business agreement amongst the three.

Of additional interest is the transfer of property from Bassell to William Harbison in the same time frame.  It is tempting to speculate further that William was the husband of a sister of Bassell--an idea that surely merits further investigation.  It should be noted also that William Harbeson was the witness for the deeds of sale to Benjamin and John.  If this were true, however, it is curious that there was no transfer of property to Richard Harrison,  on behalf of his wife, Andrew and Patience's daughter Rachel. 

Event Date Research Notes Source Citation
1790/07/04 Deed of Sale from Basil Dorsey to William Harbison for 125 acres Dated July 4, 1790 Proved by Benjamin Forsey [Dorsey] Anne Williams McAllister and Kathy Gunter Sullivan, compilers, Lincoln County, North Carolina Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions April 1789 through April 1796 (Lenior, NC: Privately printed, 1987)
1790/07/28 793. Jul. 28, 1790 Basil Dorsy (Lincoln Co) to John Dorsey (same); for 25 NC money sold 175 ac; border: Richard Harris' "second" corner and edge of an old field; part of grant Oct. 28, 1782 to William Craig. Signed Bassell Dorsey. Witness David Falls & William Harbison. Wit. oath Jan. 1793 to David Falls. Book 16 p. 333 Pruitt, Dr. A. B., compiler, Abstracts of Deeds: Lincoln Co. NC 1786 -1793 (Books 3, 4, and 16) (?: Privately published, 1988), 107, no. 793
1790/08/02 591. Jul. 28, 1790 Basil Dorsey (Lincoln Co.) to Benjamin Dorsey (same); for 25 NC money sold 175 ac; border: William Sloan; part of a grant Oct. 28, 1782 to William Crage. Signed Bassell Dorsey. Witness Matthew Willson & William Harlson (or Harbson). Rec. Apr. 1791. Book 16 p. 76. Pruitt, Dr. A. B., compiler, Abstracts of Deeds: Lincoln Co. NC 1786 -1793 (Books 3, 4, and 16) (?: Privately published, 1988), 80 no. 585 & 591
1792/11/03 796. Nov. 3, 1792 John Dawsey (Lincoln Co) to George Musconnonck (same); for 50 sold 175 ac on S side of Mecklins Cr; border: William Sloan, Richard Harris' "second" corner, a meadow branch, & edge of an old field; part of grant Oct. 28, 1782 to William Craig who sold July 28, 1790 to Basil Dawsey. Signed John Dorsey. Witness David Falls & Rich Haris. Wit. oath Jan. 1793 by David Falls. Book 16 p. 227. Pruitt, Dr. A. B., compiler, Abstracts of Deeds: Lincoln Co. NC 1786 -1793 (Books 3, 4, and 16) (?: Privately published, 1988) 108 no. 796
1793/03/29 658. Mar. 29, 1793 Isaac Robinsons (Lincoln Co) to son-n-law Bazil Dorsey (same); for love and affection and to grandson Andrew Dorsey gave 141 ac on Hagins fork; border: Phifer and a branch land given for Bazil Dorsey's lifetime to cultivate for support of his family and not to sell and then to Andrew Dorsey and if he dies land goes to the rest of Isaac Robinson's grandchildren. Signed Isaac Mobinson (sic). Witness David Falls, Wm Harbison jr. & Benjn Dorsey. Rec. Apr. 1797. Book 18 p. 246. Dr. A. B. Pruitt, Abstracts of Deeds: Lincoln Co. NC 1793 - 1800 (Books 17, 18, and 19) (?: Privately printed, 1988) 88, no. 658
1793/07/04 41. Jul. 4, 1793 Basil Dorsey (Lincoln Co) to Wm Harbison (same): for 60 sold 125 ac; border: David Falls, an old field. & Tipongus. Signed Basell Dorsey. Witness Benjamin Dorsey jurat & Isaac Justice. Wit. oath Jan. 1794 by Benjamin Dorsey. Book 17 p. 47 Dr. A. B. Pruitt, Abstracts of Deeds: Lincoln Co. NC 1793 - 1800 (Books 17, 18, and 19) (?: Privately printed, 1988) 7, no 41.
1798/05/21 154. May 21, 1798 Benjamin Dorsey (Lincoln Co.) to Basel Dorsey (same); for  55 sold 184 ac. border: Hagins fork and Phifer; part of a grant Sept. 29, 1799 to Isaac Robinsons [signed] Benjamin Dorsey; witness Isaac Robison [sic] and Griffith Edward. Rec. and acknowledged Jul. 1801. Book 20 p. 230. Dr. A. B. Pruitt, compiler, Abstracts of Deeds: Lincoln Co, NC Books 20, 21, and 22 (?: Privately printed, 1992) 18 no. 154
1802/06/26 349. Jun. 26, 1802 Basel Dorsey (Lincoln Co) to John Douglass (same); for $100 sold 144 ac on S side of Hagins fork; part of a grant Sept. 29, 1779 by the State to Isaac Robinson. [signed] "Bassell" Dorsey; witness Benj Dorsey and Isaac Robinson jurat. Rec. Jul. 1802 Book 20 p.515 Dr. A. B. Pruitt, compiler, Abstracts of Deeds: Lincoln Co, NC Books 20, 21, and 22 (?: Privately printed, 1992) 40 no. 349
 

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