Elisha Dorr was born in March 1764. He was the sixth son of Matthew and Elizabeth Palmer Dorr of Lyme, Connecticut. His mother died in 1775. His father re-married and raised a large, combined family. A Matthew Dorr died in Athens, Ohio in 1801.
His wife was the somewhat older Dutchess County native Elizabeth Brouwer. Between 1797 and 1810, the marriage produced six children. While his wife first was a Lutheran, he was a member, deacon, and elder of the First Presbyterian church.
In 1798, his name appeared on an Albany jury list. At that time, he was identified as a hatter. Perhaps he was among the founders of the Albany Mechanics Society. He served as a trustee for a number of years.
From 1808 to 1810, he served as surrogate of Albany County.
Mostly after 1800, he was a trustee and director of a number of Albany-based civic and corporate entities.
Later, he became a noted horticulturalist - in particular developing new varieties of plums.
Over the years, he lived in a number of residences - mostly along North and South Market Streets.
Elizabeth died in September 1837. Elisha Dorr died in April 1843 at the age of eighty. He had lived in Albany for sixty years. His will passed probate on June 8.
Sources: The life of Elisha Dorr is CAP biography number 7877. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. A collection of family papers is held at the Albany Institute of History and Art.
first posted: 5/30/09