Dorsett family papers
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Dorsett family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Dorsett family.
Title: Dorsett family papers
Dates: 1834-1893
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (2 folders)
Identification: MS 0219

Biographical/Historical Note

John Dorsett married Sarah Fletcher (1810-1898) in 1838. In the 1850 census, Sarah Dorsett was listed as the head of the household with three children, Maria, Frances (Fannie), and Charles. Sarah's sister, Cardine Lucia Fletcher (1812-1866) married R.K. Ten Brook (also spelled "Ten Broek") in 1826. According to the 1850 census, she was living with her sister, Sarah, and had two children, John and Eliza. Sarah's son Charles married Josie F. Gross in 1871 and had at least one daughter, Josie E. Dorsett.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of letters to R.K. Ten Brook from his mother and brother, a newspaper article on the sinking of the barque Isaac Mead, Fannie Dorsett's school essays and commonplace book, children's correspondence, correspondence to Sarah Dorsett concerning family matters, poetry, and alternative lyrics to the song "Dixie."

Index Terms

Commonplace books.
Dorsett family.
Dorsett, Frances.
Dorsett, John, b. approximately 1810.
Dorsett, Sarah Fletcher, 1810-1898.
Isaac Mead (Barque)
Letters (correspondence)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from descendant of creating family.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Dorsett family papers, MS 219, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Estate of Josephine E. Dorsett Bacon (except commonplace book), 1962.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Sarah Ten Brook to her son, R.K. Ten Brook in Savannah. New Brunswick, 1834 August 13 ( 2.0 p. )
Regarding family news.


1Peter V. Ten Brook to his brother, R.K. Ten brook. New Brunswick, 1843 September 19 ( 2.0 p. )
Regarding family news and inquiries about health of his brother.


1Newspaper article on the collision of the Barque Isaac Mead and steamship Southerner and the sinking of the Isaac Mead, 1850 October 7
Gives list of passengers aboard the Isaac Mead who were lost. From Savannah Daily Republican


1Poem by K. Humphreys. "Written for Miss Catherine Johnston on the Death of Miss Maria Dawsey, age 14 years", 1865 January


1Essays by Fannie A. Dorsett, 1860; 1861
"Is conscience in all cases a correct moral guide?" November 20, 1860. "Non semper malum venit procure." March 25, 1861. Addressed to Mrs. S.R. Dorsett, Miss F.A. Dorsett, Savannah.


1Fannie A. Dorsett to "My Precious Mother." Providence, 1880 September 8 ( 4.0 p. )
Regarding news of family and friends.


1Letter from a child (Josie E. Dorsett?) to Dear Aunt Fannie (A. Dorsett), 1888 December 21 ( 1.0 p. )
Unsigned. Tells aunt about Christmas present.


1Josie E. Dorsett to Aunt Fannie (A. Dorsett). Savannah, Ga., 1893 January 17 ( 2.0 p. )
Regarding news of family and friends.


1Verse of "Dixie" which was struck, unsigned, undated


1Essays by Fannie A. Dorsett, undated
Success in studies and "What is Life?"


1Chas (Charles H. Dorsett) to Mother. Tells of birth of his daughter, Josie, undated


1Poem. "Alls for the best," by Martin Tupper, undated


2Commonplace book of Fannie A. Dorsett, 1860-1869
Entitled Philopena Album. Decorated with cutout flowers, birds, valentines, etc. Includes messages and verses written by fellow students and teachers of Fannie A. Dorsett at Chatham Academy and other friends. One verse entitled "To Fannie" is signed Carrie Bell Sinclair, Savannah, March 5, 1860.