These are some extracts of articles from "The Dobie Connection", an
annual newsletter of the Dobie Clan of North America.
Newsletter editor is: Mr. George Dobie,
17154 Valley Creek Drive,
Cleveland, OH 44136,
Comments of mine are enclosed in [square brackets].
LOOSE ENDS (From The Dobie Connection, 1987)
First U.S. Census lists Nathaniel Dobie 1753-1823 in Sussex County,
Virginia, recorded as the ancestor of the branch that migrated
to Texas about 1830 by Richard Lee Dobie of Three Rivers,
closely related to the author J. Frank Dobie of Austin.
Tracking leads in Virginia, Sara Jean Dobie Collins of
Arlington talked with Vicki Dobie Sharpets of Joppetown, Md.,
formerly of Springfield Ohio and Wisconsin, who claims
connection to the Texans. From Madison Wis. we heard from
Jeannette and brother Robert who trace back to their father Wm.
Dobie born April 12, 1873 in Dumfries, emigrating to America in
1892. Their grandfather was either Joseph or Robert, married
to an Agnes Harris. Another letter from Donna Dobie Herbert of
Sidney Ohio, lists a John Austin Dobie, b. 1-22-1824 Culpepper
Cty. Va., and a James Doby b. 1795 in Va. The Culpepper Cty.
census for 1820 lists James Doby and William Doby, a different
spelling thought to be connected by the Texans. City of
Richmond list for 1782 has Samuel Dobie a chemist b. 1730 and
wife Ann b. 1742. Where do these trails lead?
DID A DOBIE MEET A ROBBIE? (From The Dobie Connection, 1987)
Robert Burns, famed Scottish bard, born at Alloway Scotland 1759,
moved to Dumfries in 1791 where he died 1796. Alexander Dobie,
born 1758 at Dumfries remained thereabouts until his death in
1826. Did they meet? Two accounts place their family homes
nearby and Burns' wife lived in the neighbourhood until 1834.
According to James Mitchell Dobie Sr., Ann Swan who married his
g-g-grandfather Alexander in Dumfries 1793, received a
moustache cup from one of the Burns family (back door
neighbours from 1791) which has been passed down to James'
daughter Carolyn Dobie Duryea. During 1981 visit to Dumfries,
we were unable to find the original tombstone in St. Michael's
Churchyard, said to bear the name of John Dobie as one of the
pall-bearers. The remains had been moved to a vault under the
mausoleum erected there in 1815. John Dobie was the son of
Alexander born 1787. Over this period Dobies farmed the area
around Tinwald Parish, Dumfrieshire for over 400 years. The
"Kirkpatrick Dobie & Son Grain, Game and Provender Merchants
since 1795", is still being operated by the family in Dumfries.
Kirkpatrick, now 79, a published poet in his own right, was
recently commissioned to write an article about Robert Burns
for the international Scotish Magazine. . . .
LOOSE ENDS / MISSING LINKS (From The Dobie Connection, 1989)
Middle names using spouse family name may give clues to branch
connections. William Little Dobie of Winnebago, Miss., born
1934 in Amboy, Minn., has traced back to GGG John Dobie born
1791 in Gillenbie Scotland and GG Wm. born 1806 same place, to
grandfather Joseph H. born 1826 in Hutton Dumfrieshire, to
father William H. (Note: Kirkpatrick Little Dobie, currently of
Dumfries, has the same middle name of Little, passed on to him
by his father and mother Helen Little).
Mrs. B.L. Hanson of Adelaide, S. Australia . . . her g-grandfather
Thomas Dobie emigrated there from Lockerbie Scotland in 1848
(wife Ann McNicol) with records back 3 more generations to John
Dobie of Kirkborn [Kirkbean, I think] born 1715. She noted many
of her forbears used Alexander as 2nd names . . . She has good
records of their descendants in Australia . . .[1994 Connection
also mentions a "gt. grandaughter Rae Georgene Harris now in
David Leslie Dobie of Tulsa Okla. left for Scotland this month,
hopes to locate home of grandfather David who left there for
Canada with 3 brothers about 1840. His father, also David,
moved from Ontario to Okla. . . .
Links are missing to some famous Dobies, including J. Frank (1888-
1964), of Texas, author. Also Samuel Dobie, builder of Va.
State Capital Bldg. in Richmond. Another is Gilmore (gloomy
Gil) Dobie, great Cornell NY football coach from 1920 to 1936,
born before 1900 in Minn. Who has links to these trails?
LOGGING IN WISCONSIN 1882-1895 (From The Dobie Connection, 1991)
From research by Eldon Marple of the Sawyer County Historical
Society accounts of Dobies operating in the Hayward Lakes
Several Dobie brothers settled in Barron County in 1880. A Malcolm
Dobie married a sister of Milton Stratton and they joined with
Thad Thayer who had a license to trade with the Chippewa
Indians. An 1854 Treaty with the Chippewa Tribes had alloted
80 acres to each adult Indian, who could then sell timber only
through traders licensed by the government. In 1882, this
Dobie, Stratton & Thayer Co. opened an office at Thayers
Trading Post, buying and harvesting 3 million bd. ft. of timber
from the Indians the first year. In 1883 Thayer left the
company. Dobie & Stratton moved to Round Lake and by 1887
harvested a total of 118 million bd. ft., then worth $817,646,
according to a Weyerhauser account. When Stratton died in
1888, David Dobie reorganized the company, moving to Douglas
County at Lake Nabagmon, building a railroad named Superior &Southwestern to reach new operations. After selling their
holdings on the Reservation to Valley Lumber Co., the Dobie
Brothers built a new HQ in 1888 on land now known as the Henk
Farm, Highway 27 South. . . .
SCOT LINKS (From Dobie Connection, 1995)
Mrs. John Carey of Prosper, TX, wants to connect her relative Thos.
Bell Dobie (d. 1913 in TX) to James/Jane Carruthers of Scotland
Evelynn Dobie Swan wants Scotlinks to George E. Dobie of Ireland
1896 and George R. of Winnipeg descendants.
Wilma Dobie Dougherty of Palm Beach, who may write the story of her
relative Capt. Bill Dobie of Civil War fame . . . has parts of
their line from a David Dobie, b. Dundee, Scotland, m. Ellen
Turner in Virginia. He died 1851, she died 1856 Hanover,
Alan Griffiths of Bristol, England, seeks links to his line Robert
Dobie & Isabella Hunter whose dau. was Elizabeth (1844-99). He
thinks this Robert was the son of a James Dobie & possibly the
grandson of an Alexander of Tinwald parish.
DOBIE LINES BEING RESEARCHED (From Dobie Connection, 1995)
1716-1760 Robert of SCT to William of Virginia 1777-1835 to Texas.
1724-1772 William & Jean Bell of Dumfries, SCT.
1718-1807 John & Mary Glover, Hardbush, SCT.
cir. 1750 William & Mary Murdock, Dumfries, SCT.
1750-1806 William & Mary Jarden [Jardine] of Applegarth, SCT.
1761-1847 James & Agnes Brown of Dumfries, SCT.
1815-1899 Joseph & Ann McLarty of Applegarth, SCT.
1762-1826 Alexander & Ann Swan, Woodside, SCT.
(others are listed but they are all branches of one of the above)
THE DOBIE PAPERS
NOW STORED AT BROUGHTON HOUSE LIBRARY, KIRKCUDBRIGHT, SCT.
Captain Percy Dobie's Collation of Records Obtained from Various
Vol 1. - Index of Places in SCT with Dobie connections;
Vol 2. - ditto
Vol 3. - Directories, Wills & Voters [voters' lists?]
Vol 4. - Extensive search papers - session records, Dumfriesshire.
Vol 5. - Births & baptisms, marriages & deaths
Material obtained from various sources & in the main collated &
included in the above volumes:
1. Various branches of the Dobie Family Tree.
2. Information from records.
4. Wills -- copies.
5. Copies of Birth, Death & Marriage certificates
6. Some information on the one-time Percy Dobie family home in
7. Dobies of Chesley & Perth, Ontario.
8. Dobbies of Ayr, Scotland.
9. Dobies in Texas - particularly James Frank Dobie.
10. GALLOCHERs & Dobies.
11. Dobies in Canada & U.S.A.
12. Items of information regarding Captain Percy Dobie.
13. Various items of interest regarding early shipping. Also
list of Solway Shipping 1821.
14. Sir Robert Dobie of Stonyhill. (Four Square Dobie).
15. The Gen. Soc. of Salt Lake City, some Dobie records.
16. ANDERSONs - related to Dobies.
17. Correspondence with Mrs. Moorhouse, grand-daughter of
Admiral W. H. Dobbie of Malta.
18. Miscellaneous - various genealogical articles.
19. Newpaper cuttings yet to be arranged in chronological
Research into some family histories by Capt. Dobie, but with little
or no connection to the Dobie family:
20. FLETCHER of Huddersfield & ASHWORTH of Bolton.
21. STOCKTON; ASHWORTH & HOPWOOD; HALES; LEATH; WEST & JACKSON
22. Mrs. TANNER's affairs - some names mentioned: BARON;
EDDINS; RADIOFF; RIDEOUGH; TANNER; TOLTON; TOMLINSON; VINE;
23. Robert BURNS - some correspondence regarding Burns' family