The Joseph Dorsett Sr. line, which is first found in the deed records of Laurens County, 96th District of SC., where Joseph witnessed a deed for Robert Dennis[Dennison] of the Reedy River Settlement, 14 March, 1785. SEE GEORGIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 1970 issue, page 173 Laurens County SC Deed Bk "A", pages 45-52.
Issue 1975, page 266 "Laurens County, SC Deed Bk "C", pages 212-214, dated 6 April 1790, recorded 3 Aug 1790 Lewis Saxon of Laurens, Co. to Joseph Dorsett, planter of same, for 35 pds, 10 sh,/150 acres on N-sd of Reedy River bounded by James Dorrough, Major Pierce Butler, granted to Lewis Saxon, Aug 14 1786. Wit: John A. Elmore, Joshua Downs"
Issue 1977, page 121 "Laurens County, SC Deed Bk "C", pages 309-310 Thomas, James and Joseph Dorsett, of Laurens County, to Benjamin Towers, late of the state of NC for 100 pds sterling/150 acres in Laurens County on N-sd of Reedy River bounded by James Dorough & Pierce Butler, ESQ. Orginately granted to Lewis Saxon .... being the same land deeded BY JOSEPH DORSETT BY DEED OF GIFT TO HIS SONS, THOMAS AND JAMES DORSETT on 7 April 1790. Witnessed: Isaac Towers, Wm. Dorough, James Dorough. Wm Dorough made probate 14 Aug 1791
James Dorsett died intestate 1803 in Pendleton District,SC.
The 1790 SC census Laurens County Dorsett, Joseph 3 males un 16,-Joseph, Jr., John, Elijah 3 males 16 or over, - Joseph Sr, James, Thomas 6 females of all ages - names unknown
1800 SC census, Pendleton District, page 23 Dorset, Joseph 2 males 10 to 16 - John, Elijah 1 male 16 to 26 - Joseph Jr. 1 male ov 45 - Joseph Sr. 1 female 10 to 16 2 females 16 to 26 1 female ov 45
[same page] Dossey, James [another census book list as Dosset] 1 male 26 to 45 1 female 16 to 26
I've had to collect the Dosset as well as the Dorsett information regarding this family for both surnames are used for this family as late as 1900, sometimes in the same documents.
Using the deed records, it is clear that Joseph Sr. had five sons: James - Thomas - Joseph Jr. - John - and Elijah. by using the deed records where Joseph deeded land to them.