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Re: Mary DORTRY, Henry County, Ga


Based on the information you posted about your family on forum, you said your great-great-grandmother was Mary F. Dortry, born c. May 1870.

Besides the Mary Dortry of Oglethorpe Co.,daughter of Daniel & Betsy Dortry, the only other person I found that might also be your Mary is "Cherra M.F. Dougherty, 12 yrs old, mulatto," on the 1880 federal census, Dekalb County, GA, pg 313A, living at the location of Shallow Ford & Cross Keys, Georgia, with her parents: Samuel Dougherty, 50 yrs, mulatto, b. GA, and Cinthia A. Dougherty, 34 yrs, black.

This family is again listed in Dekalb Co. Cross Keys, GA on the 1870 census, pg 302. I do not know what the initials "M.F." stand for. Dekalb Co. borders Henry County where your Mary married Amos Grant and lived at Locust Grove, GA. So your great-great-grandmother Mary POSSIBLY might be connected to this family in Dekalb County.

If instead Mary WAS the daughter of Daniel & Betsy Dortry, then here is some additional info for you: In 1860 an attorney named William "DOUGHETRY", b. 1805, had 8 slaves in Clarke Co. Athens, GA. The oldest slave he listed on the 1860 slave schedule was an 80 yr old female (pg 16). This William DOUGHETRY may very likely be the same slaveowner listed on the 1850 Muscogee County, Columbus, GA slave schedule with 15 slaves, one of them a 70 yr old female (pg 807).

The 1860 slave schedule also shows a William MARABLE with 34 slaves in Clarke Co. Scull Shoal District, GA (pg 38) and with 18 slaves in Scull Shoal in 1850 (pg 569). ALSO in 1850 was another William MARABLE (french name, b. 1772 Virginia, who owned 15 slaves in OGLETHORPE CO. in 1860 (pg 133). His widow FRANCES MARABLE is listed with 8 slaves in Oglethorpe Co. in 1860 (pg. 43).

The two slaveowners DOUGHERTY and MARABLE may have traded slaves between each other, or permitted a marriage between two of their slaves who possibly was later brought to Oglethorpe CO. via Clarke County.

Did your great-great-grandmother mention the names of her siblings or parents? Did Mary mention any blood nephews/nieces?

Have you checked slave deeds in Clarke and Oglethorpe counties under DOUGHERTY and MARABLE?

Also try contacting a public library or genealogy group in Henry & Dekalb counties to ask about any records on African American Doughtrys-Doughertys-Doughterys-etc.

If you know anything more about Mary Dortry's siblings I might be of more help. You can email me at:

Take care
Stephen Hanks

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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