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Collection Number: 04654-z

Collection Title: Dobson Family Papers, 1840s-1987

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Abstract Dobson family members included William Polk Dobson (1783-1846), lawyer, farmer, and merchant of Rockford, Surry County, N.C., who served in the N.C. Senate between 1818 and 1842 and was a member of the state's constitutional convention in 1835. William Polk Dobson married Mary Hughes, with whom he had twelve children, including John Hughes Dobson (b. 1807), who served as clerk of court and married Elizabeth Martin, with whom he had three children, including Bettie and Mary. Dobson (1856-1922), was a lawyer who also served as solicitor and represented Surry County in the state legislature. John Hughes Dobson's brother, Joseph Dobson (1822-1885), was a lawyer and solicitor of the N.C. Superior Court, who served in the N.C. House of Representatives, 1852- 1860, and was a member of the constitutional convention of 1875. Joseph married Sallie Jane Hamlin, and the couple had eleven children. Their son, John Hamlin Dobson (1856-1922), was a lawyer who also served as solicitor and represented Surry County in the state legislature. Letters, school compositions, and pictures relating to Dobson family members. Included are 14 letters exchanged by Bettie and Mary, daughters of John Hughes and Elizabeth Martin Dobson, when Bettie attended school in Mount Airy, N.C., 1864-1865. Most of the letters are from Bettie to Mary, describing her life at school and her course of studies. In 1865, slight reference is made to George Stoneman's raid around Mount Airy and to life in the town. Also included are a few school compositions, probably written by Bettie. There are also a few photocopies of other family letters from this period and of certificates and other documents relating to William Polk Dobson's medical education. Original pictures are cased images of family members from the 1840s to around 1860. There are also a few photocopies of more recent images.
Creator Dobson Family.
Language English
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Dobson Family Papers #4654-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Capp F. Shanks, Jr., of Englewood, Co., in March 1993 (Acc. 93049).
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Dobson family members included William Polk Dobson (1783-1846), lawyer, farmer, and merchant of Rockford, Surry County, N.C., who served in the N.C. Senate between 1818 and 1842 and was a member of the state's constitutional convention in 1835. Dobson was a cousin and political supporter of President James Knox Polk, who often visited the family home at Dobson Hill. When Surry County was divided in 1850, the county seat was named Dobson in the family's honor.

William Polk Dobson married Mary Hughes, with whom he had twelve children, including John Hughes Dobson (b. 1807), who served as clerk of the court and married Elizabeth Martin, with whom he had three children, including Bettie and Mary. John Hughes Dobson's brother, Joseph Dobson (1822-1885), was a lawyer and solicitor of the N. C. Superior Court, who served in the N.C. House of Representatives, 1852-1860, and was a member of the constitutional convention of 1875. Joseph married Sallie Jane Hamlin, and the couple had eleven children. Their son, John Hamlin Dobson (1856-1922) was a lawyer who also served as solicitor and represented Surry County in the state legislature. He married Alice Price Cornelius (1867-1946), with whom he had six children, including farmer, John Hamlin Dobson.

(Source: Simple Treasures: The Architectural Legacy of Surry County, Laura A. W. Phillips, Surry County Historical Society, 1987.)

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Letters, school compositions, and pictures relating to Dobson family members. Included are 14 letters exchanged by Bettie and Mary, daughters of John Hughes and Elizabeth Martin Dobson, when Bettie attended school in Mount Airy, N.C., 1864-1865. Most of the letters are from Bettie to Mary, describing her life at school and her course of studies. In 1865, slight reference is made to George Stoneman's raid around Mount Airy and to life in the town. Also included are a few school compositions, probably written by Bettie. There are also a few photocopies of other family letters from this period and of certificates and other documents relating to William Polk Dobson's medical education. Original pictures are cased images of family members from the 1840s to around 1860. There are also a few photocopies of more recent images.

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