Photos and Documents
Dobbs Family
Little Bethel Cemetery, Parker Co. TX
George Lee Dobbs obituary & photos
Obituary, James Dobbs
Cleveland Banner, Friday, June 7, 1872
Died,
In this county, 10 miles south of Cleveland, on Sunday last, Mr. JAMES DOBBS, aged about 80 years.
Abstract of probate record James Dobbs, Bradley County, TN
Accounts for distribution widow and heirs,
Mary Dobbs, George L. Dobbs, Martha E. Hedrick, Lydia A. McCowan, Emily Underdown, Clarinda Hayes, Alice Texas Hayes, John Dobbs, Jesse Dobbs
Abstracted from a copy in my possession (Thanks, Meredith)
I also have copies of various deeds which place James Dobbs in Smith Co. TN as early as 1812. James was drafted into the war of 1812 in Fayetteville, Lincoln Co. TN in 1814. In trying to determine where James was born, I have compiled the following information:
Bradley Co. census 1850 states James was born in NC.
Bradley Co. census 1860 states James was born in VA.
Bradley Co. census 1870 states James was born in NC.
On the 1880 Bradley Co. TN census, Clarinda Hayes, wife of Franklin Hayes, states her father was born in Tenn. Jesse Dobbs gave no response to the question on the 1880 Bradley County census. George L. Dobbs, replied NC to the question in 1880 Parker Co. TX.
On her claim for bounty land made when she was 82 years old and 24 years after James died, Mary Ann Dobbs stated her husband was born in Smith Co. TN.
I am inclined to believe that James was born in North Carolina, as the VA response was made when he was married to Mary Ann Epperson Sandridge, who was born in VA, and she did not reply when asked in 1880, and replied Smith Co. TN in 1906 at age 82.
Census Info - James Dobbs
1820 Smith Co. TN pg 53 - James Dobbs 010010-00010
One male 10-16, One male 26-45 [James would be abt. 26], One female 26-45
There is also a William Dobbs on the same page of the census - 010010-20010
making William 26-45: could be brother or father
 
1830 there are three James Dobbs/Dabbs in Tennessee
Claiborne Co. finds James Dobbs 2210004-010001 (Head(s) of household aged 40-50)
Hardeman Co. finds James Dabbs with one male 30-40, one male under 5, one female under 5, and one female 15-20
Perry Co. finds James Dabbs 20001-00001 on page 231 (age 20-30) He is still there in 1850 so we can eliminate this one.
Our James Dobbs family group should have a head of household aged 36, George Lee age 5, and Martha Elizabeth age 1. Assuming that all three entries have the correct ages(!), our James would be the one in Hardeman County. Any of these counties would indicate a strange migration pattern for that time period.

1840 Bradley County pg 38
2 males 10-15, two unknown boys
1 male 15-20, George Lee
1 male 40-50, James
2 females under 5, Clarinda & Emily
3 females 5-10, Penelope, Sarah, unknown girl
1 female 10-15, Martha Elizabeeth
1 female 30-40, wife Sarah
one female 80-90 unknown woman, possibly mother or mother-in-law
 
1850 Bradley County 1452-482
James (56) b. NC
Sarah (44) b. NC
Sarah (19), Penelope (17), Emily (15), Clarinda (11), Lidia (9)
 
1860 Bradley County
James (66) and wife Polly A. (37) both born VA.
Harvey Sandidge (17) TN
James M. Sandidge (14) TN
William L. Sandidge (11) TN
Nancy C. Sandidge (9) TN
Mary E. Sandidge (6) TN
Clarinda Dobbs (21) TN
John E.B. Dobbs (1) TN
1870 Bradley County
James Dobbs (76) born NC and wife Mary A. (46) born VA.
Nancy C. (18)TN
Mary E. (15)TN
John (11)TN
Jesse (6)TN