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Philip Dossett (abt. 1730 - aft. 1783)

Philip Dossett aka Dorsett
Born about [location unknown]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1749 in Orange Co, NCmap
Descendants descendants
Died after at about age 53 in Orange, North Carolina, United Statesmap
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Phillip Dossett was a resident of Orange County, North Carolina from about 1762 until his death there in late 1783 or early 1784.


According to his Will, dated 7 December 1783, Phillip had a wife, Selah, and three children, Jeney, Susannah and William.[1]

Life in Orange County

In 1763, Phillip Doset purchased six pounds of wool from the estate of James Forrest.[2]
In May 1765, Peter Johnson filed a lawsuit against Phillip Dossett, and in August 1765, John Meherg filed a suit against Phillip Dossett Sr. (which suggests there was a Phillip Dossett Jr.). In both cases, Phillip Dossett filed an answer and asked for a trial (the outcome of the two cases has not been determined).[3]
In August 1766, Benjamin Forrist was granted letters of admistration for an estate;one of the bondsman was Phillip Dosset, Sr., [4]

Property and Estate

On December 15, 1762, John, Earl of Granville, granted 135 acres of land in Orange County, North Carolina, to Phillip Dossett and by deed dated November 8, 1763, John, Earl of Granville, conveyed 145 acres to Phillip Dossett.[5]
Philip Dosset died soon after executing a Will on December 7, 1783. The Will was proven (probated) in February 1784.[6]He appointed friends Benjamin and Stephen Forrest (Forrester?) executors of his estate. Although in the text or body of the Will he is identified as Phillip Dossett, his name is spelled Pilippe Dosete at the signature line (he signed with a mark--someone else wrote his name).
In his Will, Phillip granted his wife a life estate in the land he owned. Upon her death, the Will provided that the land would pass to his son, William.
Seelah probably died before February 1800, because on February 10, 1800, William Dossett Sr. (which suggests there was a William Dossett Jr.) used the 135 acres acquired by Philip Dossett in 1762 as collateral for a loan from Walter Alves.
William may not have been able to pay the loan, because on January 23, 1801, William Dossett Sr. conveyed the 135 acre tract to Walter Alves (who held the mortgage on the property). The deed refers to the 135 acre tract as "being the same more or less which tract of land granted by John Earl Granville to Phillip Dosett, the father of said William, by deed dated the fifteenth day of December, anno domini 1762 and bequeathed by the last Will of the said Philip to his son, the aforesaid William Dosset."[7]

Research Notes

  • Philip's son William may have been the William Dossett who married Drucilla Forrester, daughter of Benjamin Forrester. Walter Alves was a witness to the will Benjamin Forrester, father of Drucilla who was the wife of William Dossett.
  • Although no link has been established, a Philip Dossett [Jr.?] purchased 175 acres in the District of Cheraw, S.C., on the southwest side of he Pacolet (or Pecolet) River. Moses Dossett and Thomas Dossett, one time residents of Orange County, North Carolina moved to South Carolina, near the Pacolet River. Thomas Dossett later returned to Orange County, North Carolina before migrating to Muhlenburg County, Kentucky.


  1. Orange County, North Carolina. Will of Phillip Dossett.
  2. Orange Co. N.C. Inventories and Accounts of Sales, 1758-1785.
  3. Orange Co. N.C. Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas, Quarter Sessions of Sept. 1752-August 1766, #369 at pg. 125, and #432 at pg. 135 [Ruth Herndon Shields, Southern Historical Press Inc., Greenville, S.C., 1991].
  4. Orange Co. N.C. Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas, Quarter Sessions of Sept. 1752-August 1766, #458.
  5. Register of Orange County Carolina Deeds 1752-1768 & 1793, pg. 24.
  6. Will Records of Orange Co., N.C., Book A, pg. 298.
  7. Book 8, pages 324-326, and Book 9, pages 154-155, Deed Records of Orange County.

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Rebecca cannot be his mother because she was born in 1738. Possibly a brother of Francis and not his son?
Dossett-210 and Dossett-145 appear to represent the same person because: Profiles represent same person.
posted by JT Strong

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