Don't take this the wrong way--but to rephrase that famous line: "show me the records"
Have you found a record of Thomas' birth? Thomas did not know exactly when he was born. In his affidavit made in 1834, submitted to this forum previously, he says he was born in 1758 or 1759.
Have you found a record of his death? As discussed below, some say he died in 1834.
One of our relatives found a genealogy pblished in KNOX COUNTY HISTORY 1988, by Vincennes Historical & Antiquarian Society, Turner Publishing Co., Paducah,Kentucky, at pg. ___? She quoted part of the genealogy in an e-mail message, but I have not yet obtained a copy of the genealogy. This is what I was told the genealogy says:
Moses Dossett was living in North Carolina County of Orange when his son Thomas was born in 1759. In 1761, he applied for a license to establish an Ordinary, a meeting house serving food and drink, and sometimes lodging was made available. Later the family moved to South Carolina and settled between the Broad and Pacolet Rivers. During the Revolution, Lt. Moses Dossett and son, Private Thomas Dossett served in the same company, South Carolina Militia. After the war, Thomas removed to Orange County, North Carolina and married Nancy Cate, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Cate. After 1800, the family moved
to Tennessee. Thomas Dossett (Dawset) is recorded on the tax list of 1811 and 1812. Their son John, born circa 1790, enrolled in the Tennessee Militia and fought in the war of 1812. The family soon moved farther west and settled in Hopkins County, Kentucky. John Dossett married Margaret Whitover [Whitmer] June 12,1816 in Muhlenberg County. Thomas Jr. born 1802, married Sally Shank, July 1824 in Muhlenberg County.
Sally was the daughter of Adam Shank and Elizabeth Frantz. Elizabeth was the daughter of Michael Frantz III, granddaughter of Michael Frantz II, and great grand daughter of Michael Frantz I, born at Canton near Basel, Switzerland and came to America September 1727 and settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Thomas Dossett Sr., died September 4, 1834. The following year, John and Margaret Dossett, Thomas Jr. and Sally Dossett, John and Ann Dossett Troutman, and Adam and Frankie (Dossett) Rumble moved to Gibson County, Indiana. Thomas and Sally Dossett’s children were: Elizbeth (married Robert Williams), Susannah (married John Anderson), Henry (married Nancy Ann Hayden), Catherine (married Ezekiel Field); Eliza (married Joshuah Proctor), and John (married Angeline Hartwell), William Harrison (married Martha Cloud and Roselle Hicks, daugher of Joseph Hicks, she was the widow of Henry Hicks who died in the Civil War, leaving Rosella with two minor children, Joseph Balim and Fayvella Hicks); Andrew Jackson (married Mary Reneer,2nd Celia Stone, 3rd Elizabeth Cash); Nancy Ann (married Clark Kirk); Sarah; and Martha Jane (married William Wilhite).
Have you found a record of Thomas's children? I have found no such a record. Those that say Thomas had 14 children can not provide any source for this statement. Some say that there was a George Dossett born to Thomas in 1806, which would make 15. The geneaolgy quoted above does not list 14 or 15 children (on the other hand, it appears to discuss only those who migrated to Indiana).
Ola Cates lists 14 children. I asked him for the source of this statement. I have his response, but not in front of me. Paraphrased, he could not provide a source for the list. My theory is that some of the 14 were grandchildren rather than children of Thomas.
Has anyone found a record of Thomas receiving a license for an ordinary? I have not found such a record. There is a record of him being in Orange County in 1761:
Moses was sued for a debt in Orange County in 1761 (Abstracts of Minutes of Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, November 1761).
There is also a record of him being in Orange County in 1764;
In August 1764 “Moses Dossett being brought before the Court on Suspicion of having
passed several Bills Counterfieted to the likeness and Similitude of the Bills of Publick Credit of Virginia Knowng
them to be Base, Faulse & Counterfiet It is Ordered that he stand Committed to the County Goal & from thence to be
convey’d to the next Superior Court to be held for the District of Hallfiax”. August Term 1764, Orange County N.C.
court Minutes, 1762-1766), Book II, pg. 66. (The ultimate disposition of the case has not been determined). At the
same term of court, William Mebane was ordered jailed on the same charge. In the August Term 1765, William
Mebane, who had been sued on a debt, attempted to bring Moses in as a third party, alleging that Moses owed him
(Mebane) money. The motion was denied). This suggests that Moses was in Orange County as late as August 1765.
The records the last name of Nancy's and her father as CATE. I appears that "s" was added later.
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