William J. Dority, my maternal 3rd great grandfather has been one of my challenges for several years.
Born in about 1820 most likely in the Sumter District area of South Carolina, William's parentage is still unknown to me.
Several researchers have parents listed for him, but none have been able to prove with any type of document why they feel that they have found his parents. One researcher felt that a certain person was William's father simply because he lived next to him in the census.
The Dority name has been found spelled many different ways. Dorrity, Darity, Darrity to list a few, as well as the modern Daughrity. This has lead to challenges in researching the family.
William married Martha Mathis (1820-1905) in about 1836 and together they had at least 12 children. He served during the civil war with his sons in the 20th South Carolina Infantry.
The 1880 Sumter County census reports that William had consumption and by 1897 Martha is listed as receiving a Widow's Pension in a Sumter County newspaper.
While wife Martha Mathis Dority's grave can be found in the St. John's Methodist Cemetery in Springhill, Lee, South Carolina, Williams's grave is unmarked. His actual death date is unknown.
|Martha (Mathis) Dority|
St. John's Methodist Cemetery
Springhill, Lee, South Carolina
Land, probate and church records have not produced information leading to his death date or the names of his parents. Researching his children has not helped either. Currently, I am working on the FAN principle. Researching his friends, associates, and neighbors to see if those that he knew from his community can lead me to the answers.
William J. Dority remains a challenge.
Are we kin? Please contact me. Together we can find our people.
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