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Dorchesters of Bellevue, Iowa

Dorchesters of Bellevue, Iowa

Kevin O'Brien (View posts)
Posted: 23 Jun 1999 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dorchester
Hello Iowa,

I AM SEARCHIG FOR ANYINFORMATION ANYONE CAN PROVIDE ME ABOUT THE DORCHESTER FAMILY OF BELLEVUE, IOWA. RIGHT NOW I HAVE VERY LITTLE INFORMATION OTHER THAN THE FAMILY MOVED TO BELLEVUE FROM NEW YORK IN THE LATE 1800S. ANY INFORMATION, NO MATTER HOW SCANT WOULD BE APPRECIATED VERY MUCH.
Thanks,
Kevin O'Brien
Laguna Hills, CA

Re: Dorchesters of Bellevue, Iowa

Posted: 22 Oct 2001 3:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 8 Nov 2001 3:42PM GMT
I don't have very much on the Dorchesters of Bellevue, except that they had a lumber business there at one time and if you are still interested will try and find the name of a person who would have some info on them but will wait until I hear from you. Marge

Re: Dorchesters of Bellevue, Iowa

Posted: 24 Oct 2001 4:26AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 2 Mar 2005 10:17PM GMT
Testing.

Re: Dorchesters of Bellevue, Iowa

Posted: 24 Oct 2001 4:32AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 2 Mar 2005 10:17PM GMT
Dear Marge,
Thank you for the reply to my posting from quite some time ago. Our Dorchester's in Bellvue were the family and descendants of Anthony J. Dorchester. There's also a connection to an E. G. Potter. My cousin Jon Sielck is a direct descendant of that line. I am descended from A.J.'s sister Martha Dorchester Perkins.
Both of us would be very interested in any connection you could make for us on this. Here's Jon's telephone number in Los Angeles (213) 380-2159. He does not have E-mail. I use the E-mail address above for all my research so pardon me if it has taken a while for me to reply. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,
Kevin O'Brien
Laguna Hills, CA

Re: Dorchesters of Bellevue, Iowa

Marge M. DeGear (View posts)
Posted: 15 Jan 2004 12:16AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Kevin, I am sorry that I am a little late in answering your query regarding the Dorchesters of Bellevue, Iowa, (like three years)? But I have been going over some old info and wanted to get this persons address to you. He is Earle Swanson from Ft. Wayne, Ind. and his e-mail is eswnsn@email.nsn.com, His wife isk a relative of the Dorchesters and would have quite a bit of info for you. Sorry to be so late and hope you are still interested in genealogy. Marge

Re: Dorchesters of Bellevue, Iowa

Posted: 24 Jan 2004 8:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 2 Mar 2005 10:17PM GMT
Hi Marge,
Thank you for remembering my search. I have been in touch with Earl Swanson and Janis Dorchester and have both their books. I'll take any further tidbits of information you can sahre in the future too though!
Sincerely,
Kevin O'Brien

Re: Dorchesters of Bellevue, Iowa

Posted: 2 Dec 2008 3:21AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Kevin..I replied to your 1999 request just a few moments ago. AJ Dorchester would be my gg grandfather and I was in contact with Earl S. as well but would like to make contact with Janis Dorchester if possible. I have Earl's book but am pursuing more info . Thanks Wanda (Alberta Canada)

Re: Dorchesters of Bellevue, Iowa

Posted: 2 Dec 2008 9:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dorchester, Grow, Warren, Allen, Potter, Shipley, Hughey
I believe that Hooker G. Dorchester is probably a nephew of the Andrew Jackson Dorchester you are researching.

From: "DJMWalker" >
Subject: [IAJACKSO] Bio of HOOKER G. DORCHESTER
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 06:50:29 -0700
~ HOOKER G. DORCHESTER, b. 9 Oct 1848 ~
Related Surnames - GROW, WARREN

The history of the American people is a history of work, and those men only gain wealth and honor who appreciate this fact, and govern their lives accordingly. Many of the wealthiest men in our Western States are men who have become so only by the most careful use of all means to that end. Such a man is our subject, Hooker G. Dorchester, of the firm of Dorchester & Hughey, proprietors of the steam sawmill of Bellevue, this county.

Mr. Dorchester is a native of Jefferson County, N.Y., and was born Oct. 9, 1848. He was the son of Alfred T. and Susan A. (Grow) Dorchester. His parents were also both natives of New York State.

The paternal ancestors of our subject were of English birth and parentage, and his paternal grandfather was a soldier in the War of 1812. "Dorchester Heights," of Revolutionary fame, was named after the Dorchester family. Our subject grew to the responsibilities of manhood in his native county and State, and received his preliminary eduction in the public schools there. He subsequently finished his education at a private school at Watertown, N.Y.

In the spring of 1870, Hooker G. Dorchester came to Bellevue, this county, and for three years ran a steamboat between Bellevue and Galena, Ill. This boat was the "Belle of Bellevue," a small packet steamer, carrying freight and passengers. He then engaged in the produce business, in partnership with three other men, namely: A.Allen, L.B. Potter, and P.Shipler, the firm being known as Allen & Co., with headquarters at Bellevue. Their partnership was in existence about two years. In 1875, in company with A.J. Dorchester, our subject engaged in his present business. This partnership existed some nine years, and since its dissolution Mr. Dorchester has been in partnership with Mr. Hughey. They enjoy a large trade, and their sales amount to perhaps $50,000 per annum.

Our subject was married Sept. 20, 1873, to Josie E. Warren, daughter of Corporal William A. Warren, now deceased, but a former resident of Bellevue. Of the children of this marriage three are now living - Ethel, Alfred W., and A.J. Mr. and Mrs. Dorchester take an active interest in the social life of their town. He has filled the position of Recorder in his village, and for several years has been a member of the School Board. He is a Republican in politics, being a strong supporter of that party, and is also a member of the Masonic fraternity of Bellevue.

Our subject came to Iowa virtually without means, and the wealth which he now possesses has been accumulated by careful and persistent efforts, and controlled by the strong will that overcame all obstacles.

("Portrait and Biographical Album of Jackson County, Iowa", originally published in 1889, by the Chapman Brothers, of Chicago, Illinois.)
Posted online at: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/IAJACKSO/2004-...

Re: Dorchesters of Bellevue, Iowa

Posted: 4 Feb 2009 6:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for the info on Hooker g. Dorchester. The dates I am working with do not however coincide..I am searching for Hooker...DOB 8 May 1788 married #1 Mercy Thompson and #2 Maria Van Schaick. His son Andrew Jackson would be my g.g.grandfather. I have a book...the Dorchester chronicles and I am certain I will be able to establish the link. Thank you for all the information you have forwarded.

Re: Dorchesters of Bellevue, Iowa

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 3:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dorchester
Andrew Jackson Dorchester is my g.g.grandfather too. What info are you looking for? I'll help if I can.
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