Martha Dorsey (1840-1926)
Mrs. Martha Lucas-Dorsey, née Johnson, was born in Warren County, North
Carolina, May 5, 1840; and died at Newark, Ohio, June 29, 1926. At the age of two years her father moved his family to Columbus, Ohio. When seventeen years old she was married to Alexander Lucas, and lived in Beloit, Wis. One daughter was born to this union, Mrs. Dora Guy. Being left a widow when quite young, she was later united in marriage to Clement Dorsey. The family was increased by the birth of six children, two sons dying in infancy.
Mother united with the Adventist church in Columbus, Ohio, under the efforts of Elder E. J. Van Horn, and was baptized by Elder E. H. Gates in 1886. The same year the family moved to Coshocton, Ohio, where Mrs. Dorsey was the only witness for the third angel's message in the county, excepting one lady who lived in the country. Through mother's many appeals, Elder O. F.
Guilford and C. P. Haskell held a tent effort in Coshocton, arousing an interest there. After similar efforts by others and the holding of a camp-meeting at this place, a church was organized, from which one minister, several colporteurs, and other workers have gone out. She attended twenty-seven consecutive Ohio State camp-meetings, and by her life and means sought the advancement of the cause she loved so much.
She passed away suddenly, leaving one son, Isaac C. Dorsey, and four daughters,—Mrs. Dora Guy, Effie Cunningham, Jessie Green (wife of Elder W. H. Green, secretary of the North American Negro Department), and Gertrude H. Brown, besides one brother, one sister, twelve grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, with other relatives and a host of friends. We feel confident that she sleeps in Jesus, and if faithful we shall see her again.
-Jessie Green, Adventist Review, September 30, 1926, 22