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Dorsey/Darsey/Darcy/Dawsey/Dossey/D'Arcy DNA Project
Posted by: Nancy Custer (ID *****4125) Date: June 21, 2009 at 02:16:41
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In spite of the fact that I have not updated our public website for a very long time, The Dorsey/Darsey/Darcy/Dawsey/Dossey/D'Arcy DNA Project is alive and well. We presently have over 100 members with Y-DNA results for about 80 men whose surname is one of the variant spellings above along with a few with different surnames who have reason to believe that their surname has been changed either recently or in the distant past.

We are still hoping to have some Dawseys--especially from the Carolinas join!

I have finally had the time to update the whole project website at and hope that everyone will enjoy reading about our many exciting findings. Most people will probably want to jump directly to the results chart and summery at

I am perhaps a bit premature in this announcement as I am still tweaking all the new pages. However, it seems appropriate to debut on Father's Day. I had the main results page looking perfect in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari but managed to insert some piece of code in the page to make it go wild in Safari. Iím still working on trying to figure out what I did:( I also have not redone the pages to accommodate low resolution monitors but will be working on that soon. (Although for the next three weeks, I will be putting on my grandma hat which does not work well with the computer.) I will appreciate any comments, critiques or corrections. However, I may not be able to get to them soon. We are ambitiously taking our four and six year old grandchildren on a cross country vacation--another motivation for me to get this done. I'm afraid I spend too much time obsessing over minutae and not enough time just getting it done.

And, though I try to abide by the non-commercial guidelines for Rootsweb, I would like to let everyone know that one of the testing companies is offering an incredible sale on DNA tests. Unfortunately, it is due to close on June 24. If you are interested, you will find details at the head of most pages of the Dorsey DNA Project site.

We currently have identified ten separate lineages or family groups and also have an assortment of members who have not yet found matches within this surname project. Some lineages of particular interest to members on this list may be

Lineage I ( which includes a number of descendants of Edward Darcy/Dorsey as well as a number of members who have well documented Irish roots.

Lineage II ( which includes a group of families who have consistently used the surname Dossey in spite of having gone their separate ways from the mid-Atlantic colonies in the 1700 and 1800's. This group has an intriguing match with a family of Cranfords from Calvert County, Maryland. The families appeared together in a number of court documents and marriages in colonial times. It would appear that their common ancestor was either a Cranford raised as a Dossey or a Dossey raised as a Cranford. Much work remains but the DNA results have given and exciting new direction for research for both families.

Lineage III ( includes the descendants of Andrew Dorsey who moved from Baltimore County, Maryland to Rowan County, North Carolina about 1766. Andrew Dorsey's origins have long been a mystery. Very exciting new evidence strongly suggests that Andrew Dorsey was actually a Norwood child born around 1721 who was raised in a Dorsey household. We have had close 67 marker matches with descendants of Captain John Norwood who was closely associated with Edward Darcy/Dorsey in many records of early Virginia and Maryland. Very soon after that discovery, we were notified by Family Tree DNA of a match with a gentleman named Norwood in England whose well documented ancestry traces back to Richard Norwood who was born c1420 on the Isle of Thanet, Kent. That match also prevailed at 67 markers.

Lineage V, the Anglo/Norman D'Arcys have added a few new members and solved the question I have always wondered about--who was the Benjamin Dorsey/Darsey who showed up in southwest Mississippi in the late 1700/early 1800's. (I had my eye on him for a brother of my fourth great grandfather but I guess I'll have to keep looking.)

We also have several new lineages including one African American group ( and the descendants of William Greenberry Dossey who came from South Carolina in the late 1700's moving through Tennessee and Arkansas to Texas and Oklahoma now make up Lineage VI (

Apologies for cross-posting this. However, most of us with Dorseys in our background, know that you cannot study one variant without studying them all.

Nancy Custer
Dorsey et al DNA Project Administrator

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