Edward Dorsey, the first son of Edward Dorsey, “The Immigrant,” and his wife Anne were born in Virginia. On August 25, 1664 he and his two brothers received jointly 400 acres of the plantation Hockley-in-the-Hole in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
Before 1670 Edward Dorsey married Sarah Wyatt, daughter of wealthy planter Nicholas Wyatt. Children of this marriage include: Edward, Sarah, Samuel, Hannah, John, Joshua, Nicholas, and Benjamin. Sarah died about 1690 and Edward took a second wife, Margaret Larkin, daughter of John Larkin and his wife Katherine. Children of this union include: Charles, Larkin, Francis, Edward (the Younger), and Anne.
In 1679 Edward Dorsey entered into public and political life in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He was made a Justice of the Peace and a Gentleman Justice of the Quorum. He ascended through the military ranks: Captain of the Militia in 1686, Major in 1687, Field Officer in 1694, and Colonel in1702. He entered the General Assembly in 1694 as a delegate from Anne Arundel County and continued to serve until his death. He was Judge of the High Court Chancery and Keeper of the Great Seal of the Province. Edward Dorsey served as a member of the House of Burgesses from Anne Arundel County from 1694 to 1697 and from Baltimore County from 1701 to 1705.
Anne Arundel Gentry by Harry Wright Newman, Volume Two, published by the author, Annapolis, MD, 1971 The Dorsey Family by Maxwell J. Dorsey and Jean Muir Dorsey, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore MD, 1947 --Dame Barbara Harding
Colonel Edward Dorsey c.1646 — 1705
No other family of early Anne Arundel is better known throughout the State than the prolific Dorsey family. More descendants have qualified for lineal-patriotic societies, especially the Colonial Dames, than any other family in Maryland.—Harry Wright Newman, Anne Arundel Gentry