THE DORSEY HOME

Program
NYS Historic
Subject
People
Location
1 King Street, Ulysses, NY
Lat/Long
42.541378, -76.650286
Grant Recipient
Village of Trumansburg
Historic Marker

THE DORSEY HOME

Inscription

THE DORSEY HOME
LLOYD DORSEY, ESCAPED SLAVE,
BOUGHT THIS PROPERTY...1851
OWNING ALLOWED HIM TO VOTE
IN NYS...BELIEVED THE FIRST
BLACK VOTER IN TRUMANSBURG
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2014

Lloyd Dorsey made his way from slavery in Maryland to freedom in Trumansburg in the early 1840s. His wife to be, Nancy M. Hemans, was a free black woman from the Town of Caroline who moved to Trumansburg and was enrolled in the First Baptist Church of Trumansburg in 1839. She and Lloyd were married in 1844. Lloyd worked as a carter hauling goods by horse and wagon in and around Trumansburg for hire. Nancy worked as a laundress and domestic. Together they had nine children. In 1851 they purchased “an acre of land with appurtenances” for $430 from Erastus R. and Mary Treman. Lloyd is believed to be the first African American to vote in the Town of Ulysses. At that time, African American males were required to own property valued at a minimum of $250 in order to vote.