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Green Washington "Wash" Dorman
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Birth: Sep. 3, 1820
Twiggs County
Georgia, USA
Death: Jun. 30, 1907
Columbia County
Arkansas, USA

The eldest child of Wiley D. Dorman and Martha Dorman 'nee Newberry, born most likely in Twiggs County, Georgia and by Grace of our Lord Southern.

Wash Dorman spent his early years in Jones County, Georgia. Moving to Harris County, Georgia. where he lost his mother, and his father remarried to Elmina Jones in 1832.

At the age of 12 he drove one of two Conestoga wagons, from at least Troup County, Georgia to Chambers County, Alabama near where Chapel Hill is located today. Here he grew to manhood under the loving supervision of his father and step-mother, while helping his father grow the Dorman Plantation.

Near 20 years of age, Wash married Sarah Head at Troup County, Georgia. and about 1848 moved with his own family first to Dallas County, Arkansas and then on to Columbia County, Arkansas. Most reading this now will not realize that at that time there were very few roads that went anywhere. It is most likely that Wash and his family went either to Mobile, Alabama or up the Tennessee River, and then by flatboat up or down the Mississippi River and then either up the Red River to Shreveport, or up the Arkansas to around Pine Bluff, Arkansas and then to Dallas County. Just as the Indians did on the Trail of Tears.

In Southwest Arkansas Wash and Sarah had I think 13 children before Sarah passed away about 1874.

I have just recently found a service record for one Green Dorman in Company H, 16th Louisiana Infantry, at Camp Moore, Louisiana in 1861. It was a short enlistment as Green Dorman was discharged for physical disability 15 October 1861. I am not positive that this is my great great grandfather. But I have so far found no other Green Dorman's of appropriate age to be this person. Wash Dorman had two brothers in the Louisiana Infantry at Camp Moore, and four brothers that served in Alabama Units during the Uncivil War of Northern Aggression.

In 1875 Wash Dorman married a widow Mary Isabelle Altom 'nee McCraw, and together they had 5 more children. Giving Wash Dorman about 18 children in all. 15 of them reaching adulthood.

From what I have been told by my great grandmother Lurana Pillow 'nee Dorman. They were raised in a firm but loving Christian home, with strong moral guidance. Wash Dorman's daughters were at least 18 when they married and my great grandmother was 25.

I can think of several Ministers of the Gospel that have come from Green Washington Dorman and his wives.

Green Washington Dorman Jr.
Lushus Jefferson Brooks
Hollis Purtle
Grant Anderson Pillow
Douglas Ray Pillow Sr.
Douglas Ray Pillow Jr.
Finis Melvin Pillow
Garner Prince Altom
Wendell Dorman

At 80 years of age, Wash was still farming. In 1900 he harvested 3 bales of cotton, many bushels of wheat, corn and other vegetables. I know this, because I have a letter that he wrote to his step-mother Elmina Dorman 'nee Jones, dated 18 November 1900. In this letter he addressed Elmina Dorman as Dear Mother, and wrote with much affection.

Wash Dorman, was listed on the 1860 Census as a Cabinet Maker. I do know that he made fine furniture. For my great grandmother Lurana Pillow 'nee Dormans 16th birthday, he made out of Oak, a night stand. He turned the legs on a Lathe "they called it a Lay, at the time", Lurana turning the crank for the lay, and all four legs are identical and the Night Stand is finely made. All the joints are mortise and tenion, and put together with dowels. Not a single nail in it. The night stand is about 20" square and stands 3' high. It is now in the possession of my niece, who cherishes it very much.

Wash Dorman went to rest at his farm, near Wise, Columbia County, Arkansas on the 30th of June, 1907. I think that he was laid to rest beside his first wife Sarah Dorman 'nee Head, as I can think of no other reason other wise for him not to be resting beside my great great grandmother Mary Isabelle Dorman 'nee McCraw, who was laid to rest at the Patterson Cemetery, Near where Wise, Columbia County, Arkansas was located. I knew one of his daughters well, I wish that I had known him.

Michael E. Burk
1 September 2012 
Family links: 
  Wiley D. Dorman (1798 - 1872)
  Martha Newberry Dorman (1800 - 1831)
  Sarah A. Head Dorman (1825 - 1874)
  Mary Isabelle McCraw Dorman (1843 - 1913)
  Martha Ann E. Dorman Wagner (1842 - 1867)*
  Elmina Dorman Tucker (1844 - 1933)*
  Sarah Jane Dorman Russell (1846 - 1868)*
  Dulcena C. Dorman Brooks (1847 - 1938)*
  Susan Dorman (1850 - 1860)*
  Nancy Dorman Waldrep (1852 - 1880)*
  Mary Ann Dorman Altom (1854 - 1889)*
  Green Washington Dorman (1859 - 1946)*
  Allen Dorman (1861 - 1880)*
  Wiley Richard Dorman (1864 - 1946)*
  Roselia Dorman Franklin (1868 - 1925)*
  Lurana Dorman Pillow (1876 - 1967)*
  Lucy Idella Dorman Franklin (1878 - 1955)*
  Alabama I. Dorman Jackson (1882 - 1909)*
  Magdalena Dorman Harris (1887 - 1968)*
  Green Washington Dorman (1820 - 1907)
  James Monroe Dormon (1824 - 1880)*
  Sarah Ann Dorman Wilson (1827 - 1871)*
  Susan Ann Dorman May (1829 - 1869)*
  Nancy Caroline Dorman Higgins (1833 - 1859)**
  Allen Dorman (1835 - 1908)**
  Jesse Calvin Fincher Dorman (1837 - 1920)**
  William Monroe Dorman (1840 - 1862)**
  William Leonard Dorman (1842 - 1901)**
  Sanford Mitchell Dorman (1844 - 1844)**
  Edna Ann Dorman Bonner (1848 - 1933)**
  Henry Rudolph Dorman (1850 - 1912)**
  Elmina Catherine "Kate" Dorman Gaylord (1852 - 1931)**
  Louisa Cordelia "Delia" Dorman Lawson (1854 - 1940)**
*Calculated relationship
Beech Creek Cemetery
Columbia County
Arkansas, USA
Created by: Michael Burk
Record added: Sep 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58370527


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