Posts Tagged ‘Georgia’

New Dobbs Surname Websites

May 30th, 2009 Comments off

Stan Bevers, a Dobbs descendant and family history researcher, has recently established two new web sites:

Dobbs Genealogy Forum at Yahoo Groups which is described as follows:

While this Dobbs Discussion Group has been established to augment the Dobbs DNA Project, we have no wish to limit membership to DNA Project participants, nor do we wish to limit discussions to topics involving only genetic genealogy.

We want to create an open forum for all Dobbs researchers, and all researchers with any variation of the Dobbs spelling.

Dobbs Y-DNA Project at Family Tree DNA

The surname of DOBBS is found throughout Colonial and early America. We are looking to connect related DOBBS families, and also distinguish separate family lines. Even when two individuals are not a genetic match, this information is still important for genealogy studies. We hope to link the earliest American DOBBS families with not only each other, but also the European families from which they came.
The tests are administered by a company named "Family Tree DNA" . The actual test is quite simple. Participants are mailed a DNA Test Kit and all they have to do is swab the inside of their mouth a couple times. Then, mail the kit back, and that’s all there is to it. It takes about 4-6 weeks to get the results back. There are four types of tests, the 12-marker, the 25-marker, the 37-marker, and the 67-marker. Each male will have one of several possible "alleles" at each "gene site." These differences are what distinguish individuals and their close paternal line relatives from other individuals and paternal lines. The more differences between any two individuals, the more generations there are that separate the two individuals from a common paternal ancestor. Two or three allele differences out of 12 gene sites, and four or five among 25, generally indicate that the common paternal ancestor pre-dates the widespread use of surnames, which began about 800 years ago. Of course, this is statistical probability and not absolute.

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A Preacher Collecting Money

May 10th, 2009 Comments off

My ggg-grandfather, David Dobbs (c 1792 – 1872), was a plantation owner, a founder of Georgia Military Institute, and a founding member of the Baptist Church in Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia. In searching Google Books I have found him mentioned a few times in regards to business, military and political affairs in mid-19th century Georgia.

In a recent search for him in Google Books I once again found him mentioned – this time in a book described as  a "Burlesque reports of cases…before justices of the peace."  I found the following in “Joseph Gault’s fifth edition of his Reports: entitled A coat of many colors” by John Gault, published by Americus Law Book Co., 1902. The chapter is entitled “A Preacher Collecting Money”. In the story my ggg-grandfather refuses to drink with a drunken preacher who has come to town to collect a debt…

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Gone With The Wind

May 9th, 2009 Comments off

Once upon a time my gg-grandfather, David J. Dobbs, and his wife, Martha J. Prothro, owned a plantation outside of Marietta, Georgia. Apparently a portion of the plantation was owned by Martha’s father, Evan Prothro of South Carolina. Evan died in 1864 and Martha’s brothers became executors of Evan’s estate. Sometime in the early 1870’s the plantation was sold at which time Martha’s brothers claimed that money was owed to them. David J. Dobbs did not dispute that money was owed, but refused to pay the money saying that it made no sense to pay the debt on the grounds that Martha, being a daughter of Evan and therefore a beneficiary of the estate, was entitled to the money away.

A lower court ruled in favor of the executors of the estate, but David took the case to the Georgia State Supreme court and won. The amount of money in dispute? $370.

In a search of Google Books I found the State Supreme Court ruling…

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Reports of Cases in Law and Equity, Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, in the Year … By Georgia. Supreme Court

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Once I had a Railroad

May 9th, 2009 Comments off

In 1859 the Georgia State Legislature authorized the citizens of Marietta to build a railroad from their city to the Alabama state line. As seen below, my ggg-grandfather, David Dobbs, was part of the corporation formed to build the railroad.

I don’t know if the railroad was ever built or if it was built was it destroyed later by Sherman’s Army.

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Acts Passed by the General Assembly of Georgia By Georgia

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