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Re: Alexander DOBKINS (c.1815-1869) TN>MO>TX
Posted by: Beth Garrison (ID *****0826) Date: October 10, 2003 at 20:57:22
In Reply to: Alexander DOBKINS (c.1815-1869) TN>MO>TX by Mr. Weaver of 59

I have a copy of Cecil Smythe's book 'The Dobkins Family in America 1730-1978", and Mr. Smythe was a descendent of William Calloway Dobkins, who in turn was a descendent (son) of Alexander Dobkins. John Dobkins Sr. was the first Dobkins of record we can find in the U.S. having come from Ireland.His wife's name was Mary. In 1735 he is recorded as receing a bond to make patent on 150 acres of land in Virginia. He died before May 12, 1746 when his will was proved in Augusta County, Va. His son John Dobkins Jr. settled in what was then Augusta County. In August of 1750 he received a title to 400 acres of land from Lord Fairfax. He married Elizabeth _--(last name unknown) It is uncertain how many children they had, but these are listed as living in the area from 1750-1784, and are surely offspring, as there was no other Dobkins on the land grants, or rolls. Jacob Dobkins was born in 1751, married Darcus Johnson in September 1775. They had 6 children. He had two brothers, Reuben and Evan (sometimes written Kevin in records). Jacob's name and that of John and Reuben appears as heads of family in the census of Shenendoah County in 1783, but they do not appear in the one for 1785. Jacob died in December 1835 at the age of 84, in Claiborne County, Tennessee. Reuben married Elizabeth Holman, daughter of Capt. Holman, his commanding officer in the militia. On August 4, 1784, he and Elizabeth sold their land, and Reuben died in 1823 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. A wife, Polly, (obviously a second wife?) was named executrix of his estate. Evan was a member of the 1775 Dunmore County militia, and married Margaret Johnson (possibly a sister of his brother's wife Darcus) on January 30, 1775. John may have had a daughter Rebecca. On June 19, 1783, she married Patrick Shields and John Dobkins was the bondsman. Jacob and Darcus had two more children after they all went to Tennessee, and the 6th and last was Solomon, who was born in 1787. Darcus died in 1831 and Jacob died in December of 1835. Solomon raised a nephew bound to him by a court order in May of 1808. He married Elizabeth (last name unknown) also in 1808. They had nine children. The 5th child of Solomon and Elizabeth was named Alexander. He was born November 14, 1815. On April 27, 1839, he married Mary Ann (Polly) Neal. He and Polly left Tennessee and migrated to Texas. Along the way their 5th child was born in Missouri. Solomon and Elizabeth soon followed them to Texas. Elizabeth, however, died in New Orleans in 1851 and Solomon died in Kaufman County, Texas in 1852. Alexander and his family arrived in Tarrant County, Texas in 1852. He was 37 and Mary Ann was 34. Their five children were : Cornelia 13, Joseph 12, William Calloway 11, Robert, who was born in Claiborne County Tennessee before they left, and Sarah 1, who was born in Missouri en route to Texas. Alexander lived a busy life, was well-known and respected, and died January 19, 1869. His widow, Mary Ann, died November 4, 1880 and is buried beside him. The land where they were buried, which was their farm, was later incorporated into the airport property, thus the burial 'at the airport'. William Calloway Dobkins was married 3 times: first to Nannie J. Yeager on April 8, 1868. They had seven children. She died August 13, 1887. He married then, Josephine Elizabeth Roberts on June 26, 1889. They had 6 children; three survived. Aline was the second of the children who survived, and Lizzie was one. Lizzie died in 1902. His third marriage was to Emma W. Thurman on October 13, 1904. He died February 15, 1928.

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