FAMILY OF ROBERT NEWTON DOBBINS
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
DOBBINS CEMETERY - VERMONT, FULTON CO., ILLINOIS
Robert Boyd Dobbins and the Dobbins Cemetery full of Immortal Dobbins Nobodies.
Not all cemeteries have a lock on the land they fill. When I was a little kid growing up in Whittier California, there was a wonderful cemetery near our house that my dad often took my sis and I walking thought. Mother did not like cemeteries, and she wasn't crazy about daddy taking us there; she always said it is sacrilegious to walk over graves. But dad was respectful of those buried there, and the only reason he let us walk up to the headstones was he was teaching us the letters of the alphabet by having us touch the letters in the words and say what they were ' H, E, R. E. L. I. E. S...."
and eventually we began knowing the letters and putting them together into words.
Many years later I had occasion to be in Whitter and I drove to that cemetery.....but it wasn't there anymore. In its place was "Pioneer Park" and a single large stone with names inscribed on it. I was SO disappointed.
In the prairie area of Illinois not too far from the Spoon River the Dobbins Cemetery still stands. Like many rural cemeteries, it was set aside buy Rev. Robert B. Dobbins when he bought property in Illinois after retiring as a circuit riding Presbyterian minister who covered Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. He bought enough property to give each of his children a farm when he died. All the people buried in this cemetery are related to Robert B. Dobbins and his wife Katy Alexander Dobbins. And thus to me.
Just in the event that this cemetery disappears, I want to put the names of all these Immortal Dobbins Nobodies in my blog today. There are a couple of people that I do not recognize, but I am sure there was a reason they were there.
DOBBINS FAMILY CEMETERY
VERMONT TOWNSHIP, FULTON COUNTY, ILLINOIS
Robert B. Dobbins, b Aug 23, 1773 d in 82nd y of his age
Catherine Alexander, wife of Robert B. Dobbins, d Nov 18, 1849 74y 6m
FAMILY OF JAMES A. DOBBINS
Robert Gaston, son of James Alexander & Elizabeth Perkins Dobbins, d July 28, 1851 23y 1m 9d
Emma S., dau of Levi J. & Paulina .Jane Dobbins Sperry d Sept 13, 1852 7m 24d
Olive Alvira Winton b June 19, 1862 d Dec. 21, 1885 (Olive is daughter of Caroline Elizabeth
FAMILY OF ELIZA DOBBINS THOMAS
William Thomas d June 8, 1882 81y 11m 25d
Eliza Dobbins, wife of William Thomas, d Feb 25, 1894 87y 2m 4d
John F., son of William.A. & M.S. Kost Thomas d Jan 12, 1848 3y 3m 7d
FAMILY OF MARY GAGE DOBBINS MILLER
Abram Miller d Dec. 5, 1889 85y 4m 14d
Mary Gage Dobbins., wife of Abram Miller, d Apr 16, 1891 82y 7m 13d
Addie, dau of J.C. & A.F. Cadwalader, d Apr 1, 1863 3y 3m 9d
FAMILY OF JOHN CALVIN DOBBINS
James H., son of John C. & Harriet A. Miller Dobbins d June 20, 1842 1y 8m
Laura C., dau of John C. & Harriet A. Miller Dobbins d Nov. 22, 1858 2y 18d
William A. Dobbins (son of John C. & Harriet A. Miller Dobbins) Sept. 1863 age 28y
FAMILY OF ROBERT NEWTON DOBBINS
Robert Newton Dobbins b Jan 20, 1814 d March 26, 1892
Martha J. Ewing, wife of Robert Newton Dobbins, b 19 Sept. 1819 d 22 June 1891
Ady Clemens b May 15, 1839 d Feb 14, 1914
Mary J. Dobbins., wife of Ady Clemens, (dau of Robert Newton &
Martha Jane Ewing Dobbins) b Aug 30, 1845 d Mar 9, 1908
Martha L, dau of Robert.Newton & Martha Jane Ewing Dobbins d Apr 1, 1862 6y 11m 1d
Eliza M., dau of Robert Newton & Martha Jane Ewing Dobbins d Jan 23, 1860 1y 11m 23d
Catherine E., dau of Robert Newton & Martha Jane Ewing Dobbins, d Oct 9, 1854 11y 5m 7d
James Ewing d Mar 8, 1869 89y 7m 28d
Jannat, wife of James Ewing d Sept 8, 1854 70 y
Eliza Amelia Ewing d Apr 20, 1880 65y 2m 14d
Fanny J. Clemens b Dec. 22, 1892 d Mar 29, 1908
James, son of A. & M.J. Clemens d Apr 2, 1866 (age illegible)
FAMILY OF AMANDA JANE DOBBINS MILLER
Phyletus N. Miller, son of Jacob. & Amanda Miller, d Oct 21, 1863 19 yr 7m 7d
Jacob Miller, d Aug. 30, 1894 79y 8m 24d
Amanda J. Dobbins Miller, his wife, d Feb 22, 1894 76y 6m 18d
Eliza Miller, 1848-1910
Charles O. Hickson,, d Nov. 3, 1888 29y 5m 8d
Caroline J Hickson (dau of Jacob & Amanda., wife of Charles O. Hickson,) b Jan 6, 1853
d June 19, 1915
Clyde M. Hickson, b June 21, 1887 d March 13, 1968
FAMILY OF WILLIAM STEVENSON DOBBINS
William S. Dobbins d Jan 25, 1847 25y 8m 27d
Ann Eliza O’Brien d Sept 24, 1852 age 41y ( Anne appears with Levi J. Smith family on the 1850 census – age 38. No relationship shown. Born in N.Y. Also an 18 year old Ann O'Brian with her.