John Dobbs


JOHN DOBBS, an old and highly respected citizen of Island Creek township, was born in Beaver county, Penn., June 8, 1807. His father, Charles Dobbs, was one of the pioneers of Beaver County, where he settled in 1782, coming there from Ireland, his native land. In that county he was married to Nancy Shephard, also a native of Ireland, and in 1823, they removed to Carroll county, Ohio. He was the father of eight children, two of whom survive. The father died at the home of the subject of this mention about 1852 and his widow passed away seven years later. John Dobbs was reared and educated in Carroll county, and there began his career as a farmer, which he has ever since continued in, gaining thereby through perseverance and economy, a comfortable and influential station in life. He came to Jefferson county and made his home on the farm which he now owns as early as 1829. In August of the previous year he had been married to Mary, daughter of Robert Arbuckle, then a resident of this county and their home has been blessed by twelve children, six of whom are still living: William, Sarah, Mary, John, Lucinda and Alexander. Mr. Dobbs and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. One of their sons, George, they offered to the service of their country, and he died from disease contracted in the army. Mr. Dobbs is a republican. Through his many years residence in the county, he had made many friends, and is highly regarded.

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