Hi, Peggy- How wonderful to have that diploma and those old portraits - do you know the portraits' present whereabouts? I'd love to see them and would pay for photocopies.I do have a photo of my g-grandfather Edward Garland Dorsey somewhere, but none of any earlier Dorseys.He had dark hair, a mustache, and large dark eyes and was a very handsome man. BTW, one of my grandmother's little sisters who died in infancy was named Cecilia - can't be sure of her middle name, but think it may well have been Elizabeth. She is buried along with her parents in St. John's Cemetery in Halifax, VA. I am glad that pretty name still survives in the extended family. The other daughter who died in early childhood was little Anna Ferrell, named for a maternal relative.
If I am correct, we are third cousins once removed, as my grandmother Peachie Dorsey Booker was the first cousin of your g-grandmother Margaret Camilla Dorsey Joyner. Do you know where the Lynchs and Joyners lived? I will look up my Dorsey records and send them along to you - btw, there was a great deal of cousin-intermarriage in this Dorsey line, so it gets somewhat complicated. I believe Washington Dorsey's father Lloyd Dorsey's parents were first cousins, and his mother,Anna Green, may have also been related to the Dorseys, as her mother was a Howard. There is a lot of repetition of the surnames Todd, Howard, Green, Warfield and Elder within the Dorsey line back in the 1700s and early 1800s, and as you noted, names were used and re-used, often for first cousins who were about the same age and who lived in the same area. This makes it quite a challenge to sort out at times. I will be glad to pass on what I know of the Dorseys to you. Thanks again for getting in touch.