Relationship=Grandmother of James Monroe Dobbs Jr.
Last Edited=4 May 2008
The 1850 Census shows her age as 14 years. This would make her birth year as 1836.2 Martha Josephine Prothro was also known as Mattie Dobbs.
She had ten children; six of which were living in 1900.3
On April 1st, 1919, from Kitchings Mills, South Carolina, she wrote the following to one of sons (probably Clifton Dobbs): "My dear son,I have just got home from a great trip. I went to Denmark (S.C.) to see Mat Gress(?) (Lyness? Yuess?), and had a lovely visit to her family from then Julian Gress (?) came in his auto for me to go to Appleton (S.C.) to see Maud and her mother. I spent a week there. Julian has a fine horse, he drove me every where in his buggy over the great Walker estate, and his plantation. David, I was so glad you wrote to me. I wanted to hear from you all the time I was at Appleton. I wished that you were there to go with us. I went to the old semitery (sic) near the town to see some of my ancestors graves. I was standing with my hand on the tombstone of Uncle John Hickson, and right at my feet was a spreading adder snake. You ought to have seen me leave there, but we went back and Walter Guess(?) killed it. I went to your cousin Wilson Prothro from Appleton, he lives in Williston, S.C; they gave me a lovely time. Their daughter came home from Converse College for two days and Wilson and Louise drove me back to Della's. Wilson has been to see me four times since I came to S.C. Your cousin says you must come to see her some day. I went yesterday with Della and the girls to Wagener (S.C.) Della went to sell some cotton, we spent the day at the hotel. Tell Yiah I will write her the next letter I write. You must take a hole (sic) lot of love for you, and give some to everybody, and write me again. Devotedly, Mama."
Upon her death the First Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia composed the following memorial: "To the First Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga., in conference assembled: Your committee appointed to draft a memorial of your beloved member, Mrs. Mattie Dobbs, begs leave to submit the following: Memorial of Mrs. Mattie Dobbs "Mrs. Mattie Dobbs, whose funeral was held in this her Church on the 11th day of May, 1928, was born at Shaw's Creek, South Carolina, on the 2nd day of May, 1835. At the early age of twelve, she became a member of the Church in Aiken, S.C. in the year 1847. In the year 1857 she was married to David J. Dobbs, who was a member of this Church, and who for a time served as its Clerk, and she moved with him to the City of Marietta in the year 1857, where they lived together until his death some fifty-one years ago. On September 25th, 1858, shortly after her coming to this community, she united with the First Baptist Church of Marietta, Georgia, and from that date down to the date of her death, a period of nearly seventy years, she was a faithful member of this Church. She faithfully and constantly attended the services of the Church, always occupying her same pew, and her presence Sunday after Sunday in that place was an inspiration not only to the many Pastors who served the Church during her life-time and membership in it, but to the other members of the Church as well. Up to the time of her death, although she had reached the ripe old age of ninety-three years, she was always to be found in this House of the Lord on Sunday morning, unless away from the city of providentially hindered, and often have the Pastors of the Church expressed their deep appreciation of her faithfulness.
"Not only was she faithful in attendance, but in every other branch of the Church's activities. She was constantly in prayer for her Pastors and those others charged with the responsibility of carrying of the Church work. Never a word of criticism did she offer, but was always ready with a smile and a word of encouragement for those who became discouraged. She lived close to her Maker, and was a blessing to all those who came in contact with her. Needless to say that with a character such as hers, she was a faithful and dutiful wife, a loving mother, and a splendid citizen, and that her life meant much to the betterment and upbuilding of social and civic conditions, and to everything that tended to the moral uplift of the community.
"We thank God for the long and beautiful life of this devoted Christian and Saintly woman in our midst. We commend her life as a shining example to be followed by other Christians. We feel sure that her immortal soul has found a safe and final resting place within the circle of the brooding care of our Creator, and that she now occupies a place close to the throne of God.
"We recommend that this memorial be spread upon the minutes of the Church, and that a copy thereof be furnished by the Clerk to her children, Mrs. Lillian E. Finn, Mrs. Mattie D. Smith, Mr. E. P. Dobbs, Mr. H. C. Dobbs, and Mr. Max Dobbs, who survive her.
"Respectfully submitted, (Signed) Harold Hawkins, Committee.
I, C.B. Dickson, Clerk, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the Memorial of Mrs. Mattie Dobbs, adopted by the First Baptist Church of Marietta, Ga., in conference duly assembled on December 5th, 1928, as the same appears upon the minutes of the Church.1
For more information see article The Prothro Family.
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Descendants of Thomas Hickson
Children of Martha Josephine Prothro and David Judson Dobbs
- [S18] Shelly Dobbs Dooley, Descendants Of Josiah Dobbs (Descendancy Report with Notes), 1999.
- [S54] 1850 United States Census (Free Schedule), Cobb Co., Georgia (Washington: National Archives And Records Adminstration) ,.
- [S130] 1900 United States Census, Marietta, Cobb, Georgia, Washington: National Archives And Records Administration.
- [S76] 1850 United States Census (Free Schedule), Barnwell Co., South Carolina Washington: National Archives And Records Administration,.
- [S55] 1860 United States Census (Free Schedule) Cobb Co., Georgia, Washington: National Archives And Records Administration, page 292.
- [S89] 1870 United States Census, Marrieta, Cobb Co., Georgia, population schedule, National Archives micropublication , page 301.
- [S129] 1880 United States Census, Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky Washington: National Archives And Records Administration,.
- [S130] 1900 United States Census, Marietta, Cobb, Georgia, Washington: National Archives And Records Administration, ED 38, pg 23.