THE DOBIE FAMILY IN AUSTRALIA

 
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Thomas Dobie and Sarah Dobie
Thomas Dobie and Sarah Crone Dobie
Thomas Dobie and Sarah C Dobie
Thomas Dobie and Sarah Chron Dobie

According to the on-line 1851 Census records, Thomas and Sarah C Dobie are recorded as having three children - all born in Johnsfield, Dryfesdale, dumfriesshire, Scotland. I believe that this is the family of Thomas Dobie (married to Ann McNicol). The time frame is about right and other sources of information mention a Sarah Crone or Sarah Chron partnered with a Thomas Dobie from Dryfesdale, dumfriesshire, Scotland. Further support for this interpretation is that Thomas and Sarah's oldest male child is called Matthew Crone Dobie i.e. in honour of his paternal grandmother. At this time, 1851, Thomas and Agnes are already 3 years in South Australia and do not appear on the 1851 Census.

Name: DOBIE , Thomas
Address: Johnsfield(820):
Parish: Dryfesdale
Relationship: head of household
Marital Status: married
Occupation: PROPRIETOR
Age: 60 (i.e. 1791)
Born: born Dryfesdale Dms
Household No: 3/4

Name: DOBIE , Sarah C
Address: Johnsfield(820):
Parish: Dryfesdale
Relationship: wife of Thomas Dobie
Marital Status: married
Occupation:
Age: 59 (i.e. 1792)
Born: born Dryfesdale Dms
Household No: 3/4

Name: DOBIE , Matthew
Address: Johnsfield(820):
Parish: Dryfesdale
Relationship: son of Thomas Dobie
Marital Status: unmarried
Occupation: LABOURER
Age: 27 (i.e. 1824)
Born: born Dryfesdale Dms
Household No: 3/4

Name: DOBIE , Sarah
Address: Johnsfield(820):
Parish: Dryfesdale
Relationship: daughter of Thomas Dobie
Marital Status: unmarried
Occupation: SEAMSTRESS
Age: 18 (i.e.1833)
Born: born Dryfesdale Dms
Household No: 3/4

Name: DOBIE , Elizabeth
Address: Johnsfield(820):
Parish: Dryfesdale
Relationship: daughter of Thomas Dobie
Marital Status:
Occupation: SEAMSTRESS
Age: 15 (i.e. 1836)
Born: born Dryfesdale Dms
Household No: 3/4


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The Church of Latter Day Saints mentions two other children born to a Thomas Dobie and a Sarah Chron (Chrone) residing in Dryfesdale, Dumfries, Scotland.

Charlotte Dobie born on 22 December 1837 to a Thomas Dobie and a Sarah Chrone at Dryfesdale , Dumfries, Scotland.

Agnes Dobie was born on 01 February 1831 to a Thomas Dobie and a Sarah Chron at Dryfesdale, Dumfries, Scotland.

Both Charlotte and Agnes Dobie are also mentioned in some correspondence (2005) from Louisa Shermehorn (nee Dobie), living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada which originated from Norma Schnekenburger, Rodney, Ontario.

"Thomas Dobie (who married Ann McNicol) had 2 sisters also in Australia, Agnes and Charlotte. They were known to be in Adelaide, South Australia in 1865. They seemed to disappear from South Australia at the same time as Thomas and Ann moved to Victoria."

Charlotte Dobie and Agnes Dobie arrived in Adelaide on 8 February 1864 on the "Utopia" from Plymouth (Ref no 313. 64/2. servants from Dumfries Scot.)

The fact that Charlotte and Agnes did go to Australia would explain why these two sisters do not appear in the 1851 Census. Charlotte and Agnes would have been 26 and 20 years old respectively.

I would very much like to hear from anyone who might have further information about Charlotte or Agnes Dobie and what happened to them after they arrived in Australia.

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Mary Dobie is also mentioned in the 1851 Census (see below) as coming from the same Household No. (i.e. 3/4) but the location etc. is quite different. If this was a daughter of Thomas Dobie it would mean that he was only 16 when he fathered a child.

Name: DOBIE , Mary
Address: Campletown(883):
Parish: Twynholm
Relationship: household of William Brown
Marital Status: unmarried
Occupation: COOK
Age: 44
Born: born Caerlaverock Dm
Household No: 3/4

 
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