The Dobson Family in
Lancaster, Lancashire, England
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Welcome to my family history website. This page covers the family of John Angus' mother, Judith Dobson. The Dobson family comes from Lancashire, England where their ancestry can be traced back to the mid-1700s with some uncertainty. Unfortunately we don't know very much about the early history of this family. If you are just arriving here for the first time then you may wish to start here.
Please Note: This page is intended only as a narrative historical overview of this family. There is additional detailed information available for almost ever person presented on this page. To avoid the unnecessary work of double-entering some data, the additional information can be found in the accompanying GEDCOM database. Please make sure you click on the INDEX button at the bottom of the page so you don't miss out on potentially valuable additional information.
The research presented on this page is not mine alone. It contains information submitted by all the Fellow Researchers listed below. I am indebted to them for their generous contributions. This page is intended as a place for researchers to freely and cooperatively share our research with each other. It would be too cumbersome a task to reference each piece of data as to which researcher it has come from. The information shown on this page should be understood as a product of ALL of the Fellow Researchers. I am merely the editor and not the sole author. - Ryk
The surname Dobson has two known origins.
The first is Scots and/or Welsh in origin. In southern Scotland and northwest England (especially Cumbria) "Dob" is a nickname form of "Robert", similar to the modern "Bob". Thus, Dobson means "son of Robert". In southern Scotland Dobson is associated with the Robertson Clan.
It has been suggested that the surname can also be found as an Anglicization of the an early Norman or French Huguenot name, "D'Aubison", meaning "from Aubison", however no such place can be found. It may also be a derivative of "d'Aubigne" which is a place in France where the Reformation had a strong influence and many Huguenots did come from this area. (More information can be found on the Huguenots here.)
Given that our family came from Lancashire, it seems more likely that the first origin pertains to our family.
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The earliest verifiable ancestor for our Dobson family is Richard Dobson, a weaver, who was born in England around 1760. It is believed that he was born in Lancaster as the son of another Richard Dobson, but this is not certain. A vast number of possible Richard Dobsons exist in the IGI. The following entry has the most promise:
RICHARD DOBSON, Male, Christening: 07 JUN 1766 Saint Mary, Lancaster, Lancashire, England, Father: RICHARD DOBSON, Batch No.: P005901
It is believed that Richard Dobson, the weaver, had the following siblings:
Richard Dobson, the weaver, lived in Silverdale, west of Warton on the west coast of Lancashire. Richard married on 4 FEB 1788 in Warton Near Lancaster, Lancashire, England to Margaret GELDART. She was born ABT 1768 probably in Warton, Lancashire, England as the daughter of Rev. William Geldart, curate of Silverdale in Warton parish. Richard and Margaret had the following children:
Mary DOBSON b: 13 FEB 1789 in Warton near Lancaster, Lancashire, England of whom nothing is known.
William DOBSON b: 12 JAN 1796 in Warton near Lancaster, Lancashire, England. William was baptized by his grandfather, Rev. William Geldart: Lancashire: Warton - Parish Register, 1568-1812, County: Lancashire, Country: England, Wm s. of Richd & Margaret Dobson of S[ilverdale]; 12 Jan 1796 23 Jan 1796 N. B. Both grandsons of Revd Wm Geldart, curate of S[ilverdale] & baptd by him. William is believed to be found in Blackburn in 1841 and shown as born in Westmorland. To be followed up.
John DOBSON b: 18 MAR 1798 in Warton near Lancaster, Lancashire, England of whom nothing is known. It is believed that in 1841 he was working as an innkeeper and caring for his nephews Geldart and Richard. (to be followed up)
Richard DOBSON b: 9 FEB 1800 in Warton near Lancaster, Lancashire, England who married Ann, whose birth surname is unknown. They had the following known child:
William DOBSON b: ABT 19 MAR 1836 in St. John's, Preston, Lancashire, England
Geldart DOBSON b: 20 OCT 1802 in Silverdale, Warton Near Lancaster, Lancashire, England. He married Jane Knowles and the story of their family continues below.
Edward DOBSON b: 13 MAY 1807 in Lonsdale, Yorkshire, England of whom nothing is known. It is not certain that Edward is from this family. Believed to be the Edward Dobson shown in 1841 living in Blackburn and having been born in Westmorland.
Geldart Dobson was born 20 OCT 1802 in Silverdale, Warton Near Lancaster, Lancashire, England. His unique name comes from his mother's maiden name. Some records mistakenly refer to him as "Gilbert Dobson". Geldart married firstly on 3 SEP 1826 in Samlesbury, Lancashire, England to Anne RIGBY. It is presumed that Anne died shortly after they were married. There are no known children from this marriage. Geldart married secondly on 11 SEP 1830 in St. John, Preston, Lancashire, England to Jane KNOWLES, who was born 24 SEP 1806 in Preston, Lancashire, England, probably the daughter of Thomas Knowles of Preston, Lancashire. The 1851 census records Geldart as a cotton factory manager. The 1861 census records his widow, Jane, as a "publican's widow". A publican was the owner of a public house, or "pub". Strangely, his family was living in two separate houses next door to each other with the adults residing at one address and the children at the other. Perhaps one address was the pub and the other was their residence. They had the following children:
John Preston DOBSON was born in Lancaster, but baptized on 29 NOV 1845 in St. Peter, Liverpool, Lancashire, England. He lived most of his life in the Castle district of Lancaster, Lancashire, England. In his teens, he worked as an apprentice millwright, presumably with his brothers in his father's factory. Later he worked as a coal carter and then as a general cart driver. He married firstly ABT SEP 1868 in Lancaster, Lancashire, England to Alice WILKINSON b: 1848 in Glasson, Lancashire, England. It is believed that she died sometime between 1881-1884, possibly in childbirth with Isabella. John married secondly ABT DEC 1886 in Lancaster, Lancashire, England to Rachel Elizabeth BORWICK b: 1848 in Lancaster, Lancashire, England. There are no known children from the second marriage. John Dobson and Alice Wilkinson had the following children:
This ends the known descendants of our Dobson family in Lancashire.
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