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Re: Dobsons in GA
Posted by: Jeffrey Randall Dobson Date: August 25, 2001 at 19:59:30
In Reply to: Re: Dobsons in GA by Joseph R. Dobson Jr. of 2270

My mother Margaret Evenlyn Tippens Dobson and I have done a lot of research on the Dobson line in Georgia and North Carolina.
She has written a book entitled The Family History of Jefferson Lafayette Dobson (my father). Neely Dobson, b. 1797 is actually Neely Jr. He was born in SC and married Zilpha Goss January 4, 1820. She was born c. 1803 in Pendleton District, SC.

Neely Junior was an interesting character. In 1820 he served along with his father, Neely, Sr, and two uncles, Joseph Dobson and Starrett Dobson, on the grand jury that established Habersham County Georgia. He then moved to Alabama for one year in 1821 and moved back to Hall County Georgia the following year. He left Hall County around 1831, leaving unpaid taxes which caused his land to be forclosed (a common occurrence in those days no doubt.) In 1834 he was a charter member of Goshen church near Amicalola Falls. In 1836, he joined the militia and participated in the Indian removal effort which led to the Trail of Tears.

In 1851 he was in Calaveras County California as a gold miner, along with his son, James Whitten Dobson.

On April 9, 1853, Zilpha was "brought up on charges" back in their home church. The charges were brought by Brother William Washington Ayers, who had grubstaked Neely Jr. Ayers, who was married to Zilpha's sister Louisa Goss, claimed Neely had sent gold back to Zilpha without giving him his rightful share. She was acquitted.

Neely died in the California gold fields some time before the 1860 census.

Neely Dobson, Senior was born in 1774 in North Carolina and died in St. Francis County Arkansas April 20, 1831. Hw was a Colonel in the Georgia Militia. I have his obituary from the Little Rock, Arkansas Gazette. He married Polly c. 1795. (I have reason to believe that he may have had a second marriage, but that is unconfirmed.) He had two younger sons who moved to Texas in the 1830s.

Neely Dobson Sr.'s father was Henry Dobson, b. c. 1754, died 1834. He was a Revolutionary War soldier. His first wife was Elizabeth Neely. They married c. 1773 and she died in 1787 (possibly in childbirth). She was the daughter of Robert and Martha Neely. Robert died in 1785. (Robert likely the brother or son of James Neely, Jr. who died in 1777 whose father was James Neely, Sr. who died Feb. 10, 1779, but that is unconfirmed. All three are buried in Alamance Church Cemetery, Guilford County, NC.)

Henry's second wife was Esther Starrett. They married in 1787, the year of his first wife's death. Her father was Benjamin Starrett, who served in the Revolutionary War.

Henry's father was Joseph Dobson, b. c. 1733. He was married to Mary c. 1754. They lived in Guilford County NC. Their home was on the route Lord Cornwallis took after his victory at Guilford Courthouse in 1782. Joseph died in 1786. Henry was adminstrator of his will.


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