I've had several inquiries into typos on the Bible entry that was emailed to me. I do
have much more on all these people but figured it was a little too far off on a tangent
for most of you Poythress researchers. Note it was Oliver Jasper Dortch who was living
with Charles Poythress on the 1870 Census.
The Bible was emailed to me from "Curly", Vera Moore, grand daughter of Hester
Anne Dortch. I emailed and wrote (mailed) a letter to ask if it still exists, where she
got it etc. I am awaiting a reply.
I noticed a few typos.
I think it's much more likely Henrietta's middle name is Speed, not Spaud. I asked
her about that too.
Thomas Newman Dortch cannot be the son of Elizabeth and William. Because Tom was on the
1850 Census with Sarah and William. The only record we have of Elizabeth Mise is the
marriage record. (probably because she died before the 1860 Census.) Thomas was born a few
years before Elizabeth and William Dortch married.
Here is the dates I have on this family. I believe this to be the most accurate listing of
my family. We have spent 50 years looking for descendants to confirm info. (starting with
my grandma) I have letters from descendants of all 10 of Alvy and Tennessee's children
that grew to adulthood. We have many records to back up these dates. And we have letters
from Sally, Jasper, and Richard Oliver Dortch (while they were living) listing the names
and birthdates and spellings of names of all their siblings. All their letters match on
dates and names.
Note: All places Mecklenburg Co., VA unless otherwise noted.
Children of William Archer Dortch and Sarah G. Poythress:
A. Martha W. Dortch born 15 Jan 1838. She married John S. Vaughan 8 Dec
1863. They had two children:
1. Matthew C. Vaughan born 31 May 1866
2. Fannie Vaughan born 5 Oct 1869
B. Henrietta Dortch born 30 Oct 1839, died 9 Jan 1843 (did not know about
her before the Bible. She is accounted for on the 1840 Census.)
C. Oliver Jasper Dortch 3 Feb 1843, died 23 May 1929 in Nutbush, Warren,
NC. He married Jennie Vanlandingham about 1893 in Warren Co., NC
D. Alvin Newton Dortch born 6 Dec 1844, died 24 Aug 1915 in Kankakee, IL.
Tennessee Jordan Glover born 26 Jul 1847, died 25 Oct 1919 buried: Mays
Chapel. Alvy and Tennessee married 5 Apr 1866
1. Theresa India Dortch born 29 May 1869, died 5 Sep 1896
married Alginon Noel Gray 21 Dec 1887. Had two children,
Fannie (my great ...grandma) and Maude Gray, both raised by Alvy and
Tennessee Dortch when Theresa died.
2. Charles William Dortch born 23 Jun 1871, died 10 Nov 1939
buried Perkinson Dortch, Smelley Evan Cemetery of Country Club Rd. in
LaCrosse with wife and 2 children.
married Rosa Lee Perkinson 1899.
3. Mary Belle Dortch born 16 Aug 1873, died unknown.
Married Clement Thomas Bryant 23 Dec 1891, divorced 1917.
4. Weldon Hall Dortch born 2 Jan 1876, died Edgewood, KY.
married Sarah Frances Pool 20 Feb 1910 in Kankakee, IL
5. Hester Ann Dortch born 16 Apr 1878, died 4 Jan 1928 in Dinwiddie Co.,
VA. Buried on family farm in Dinwidie. Married William J. Cliborne 26 May
6. Walter Gee Dortch born 21 Jan 1880, died 4 Feb 1880.
7. Sally Gooden Dortch born 11 Mar 1882, died 17 Aug 1968 in Weldon, NC.
Married Vernon Coswell Vick 7 Jan 1900 in Weldon, NC.
8.Martha Newton Dortch born 27 Jul 1884, died 19 Feb 1959 Winston Salem,
NC. Martha married Alginon Noel Gray 5 May 1904 in Jackson, NC. They
divorced in 1911. Martha then married Arthur "Artie" Sherman Oakley 20
Jan 1913 in Kankakee, IL.
9. Richard Oliver Dortch was born 4 Dec 1886, died 30 Jan 1948 in
Kankakee, IL. He married Laura Catherine George 5 Feb 1913 in
10. Jasper Newton Dortch was born 17 Jun 1889, and died 14 May 1974 in
Kankakee, IL. He married Lucy D. Nussbaum 5 Mar 1913 in Kankakee,
11. Millard Seal Dortch was born 13 May 1892, and died 12 Nov 1941 in
Newark New Jersey. He married Minnie Belle Sirles about 1916. (most
likeley married in Chesterfield Co., VA)
E. Thomas Newman Dortch born 7 Jul 1847, died 8 Oct 1857 (did not know
death date before Bible)
William Dortch's marriage info, emailed from my cousin. I have seen this on
myself. Have not gotten the actual record yet.:
According to North Carolina Marriage Bonds 1741-1868 database on Ancestry.com
, there were
2 marriages for William A. Dortch:
Groom: William A. Dortch, Bride Sarah G. Poythress. Bond Date 31 January 1837, Warren
County, North Carolina; Record No. 01 060, Bondsman John L. Smith, Witness Burl Pitchford,
Bond # 000160472
Groom: William A. Dortch, Bride Elizabeth A. Mise. Bond Date 9 May 1854, Warren County,
North Carolina; Record No. 01 060, Bondsman George W. King, Witness R.B. Robinson, Bond #
000160471. Performed by Richard B. Robinson, Justice of the Peace.
Note that they both have the same record number (does this indicate it's the same
groom for both marriages, rather than two different people who happen to have the same
name?) and that the bond numbers are consecutive, despite the passage of 17 years between
marriages (does this also suggest that the groom was the same exact person for both
marriages?). Hope this helps.____________________________________________
Other notes about the Bible:
I asked why they didn't spell Dortch with a "t". On every record we have and
every tombstone I've seen, and they way other living Dortch's from this family
spell it, it's all with a "T". I asked about that too, and await the reply.
My cousin Annie has been doing research on Oliver Jasper's family and will send me
info soon. She said Oliver had many children, I think 12 ? with Jennie Vanlandingham.
A family letter says William Archer Dortch is son of Newman Dortch and Sally Speed.
We are wondering if there may be a typo on Sarah Poythress' death date. If the Bible
listing (email version) is correct, then William married Elizabeth Mise or Mize about 7
months before Sarah Poythress died. I looked on an index on Library of VA's websight
and did not see any listing in Chancery cases for a divorce, but I will double check at
the actual library. It said Elizabeth was born 6/19/1859. But that's impossible. She
would've married 4+ years before she was born. I think 6/19/1859 is her death date. We
have not been able to find William, Sarah, Elizabeth or Tom after the 1850 Census. And
this Bible shows they all died before 1860.
Hope that clears things up some.