James Monroe Dobbs Sr.

M, #94, (1859 - 1922)
James Monroe Dobbs Sr.|b. 4 Jul 1859\nd. 25 Dec 1922|p94.htm|David Judson Dobbs|b. 14 May 1835\nd. 18 Jul 1877|p462.htm|Martha Josephine Prothro|b. 2 May 1834\nd. 9 May 1928|p608.htm|David Dobbs|b. c 1792\nd. 1872|p614.htm|Elizabeth McMullan|b. 16 May 1800\nd. 6 Mar 1859|p612.htm|Evan Prothro|b. 1790\nd. 6 Dec 1864|p715.htm|Sarah "Salley" Hickson|b. 1798\nd. 28 Nov 1865|p716.htm|

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J M Dobbs, Sr. 1893 - Atlanta Constitution

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James Monroe Dobbs Sr. was born on July 4, 1859 in Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia. He was the son of David Judson Dobbs and Martha Josephine Prothro. He married Emma Charlotte Hahr, daughter of Franz Josef Carl Johan Hahr and Alice Mulvinal Hartman, on December 10, 1891 in Marietta, Georgia. He married Helen D. Spiegel, daughter of George C. Spiegel and Sophia B., on September 3, 1901 in New York City, New York.1 He died on December 25, 1922 in College Park, Georgia, at age 63.2,3,4 He was buried on December 26, 1922 in Marietta City Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia; Grave stone has July 8, 1925 as his death date, but this contradicts all other documents including his death certificate which gives the date of death as 25 Dec 1922 and shows that his body is to be removed to Marietta for burial on 26 Dec.5

He ran away from home and became a merchant marine after his father and grandfather passed away about 1875. He resided in South America about 1878. It is known that he traveled exstensively throughout South America. There are at least two records of a James M. Dobbs arriving at New York from Panama in the late 1880's: arrived at New York on 8 June 1886 from Aspinwall, Panama on-board the SS Newport and arrived at New York on 23 February 1889 from Aspinwall, Panama on-board SS City Of Para. In the first record his occupation is listed as employeed by railroad and that he is in-transit. In the secod record his occupation is listed as conductor and that he is a sojourner. In both cases the age listed in consistent with the known age of James M. Dobbs.6 He returned to the United States and took up residence in Atlanta, Georgia about 1889. He owned an interest in the Fulton Lumber Company about 1890 in Atlanta, Georgia. As of 1890, James Monroe Dobbs Sr. lived at Atlanta, Georgia.7 He was in the U.S. Consular Service from 1893 to 1916. He was consul-general during the second Cleveland administration from 1893 to 1898 in Valparaiso, Chile.8,9,10 He was in the U.S. consular service from 1898 to 1900 in Brazil.11 He may have worked on Panama Canal about 1900.5 He was found on a passenger list on June 18, 1903 in Ellis Island, New York, New York. Arrived from Rio de Janeiro onboard the SS Egyptian Princess. Image of original ship's manifest lists James M. Dobbs as US citizen age 45 without any other information.12 He was a superintendant of farms in 1920 in College Park, Fulton County, Georgia.13 His obituary reads: "James Monroe Dobbs, well-known resident of College Park, died Monday at the residence on Princeton Avenue, following a short illness. Mr. Dobbs was 63 years of age, and until six years ago, when he retired, was with the United States consular service. Mr. Dobbs was the son of the late Colonel David Dobbs and Mrs. Mattie J. Dobbs. Much of his early life was spent in and around Marietta and he had numbers of friends in that section. He is survived by his mother, a daughter, Mrs. W. H. Smith; a son, James Monroe Dobbs, Jr; two sisters, Mrs. Lillian Finn, College Park, and Mrs. S. H. Smith, Lynchburg, VA; and three brothers, E.P. and H.C. Dobbs of Marietta, and Max D. Dobbs of College Park. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at St. John's Episcopal church, College Park."2

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1860Marietta, Cobb County, GeorgiaJames Monroe Dobbs Sr. appeared on the census of 1860 in the household of David Judson Dobbs and Martha Josephine Prothro in Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia; Occpation farmer; listed with family is D.S. Gray, the plantation overseer.14
1870Marietta, Cobb County, GeorgiaHe appeared on the census of 1870 in the household of David Judson Dobbs and Martha Josephine Prothro in Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia; occupation listed as farmer.15
1910Fulton County, GeorgiaHe and Helen Dobbs appeared on the census of 1910 in Fulton County, Georgia, - listed in the same household: James Monroe Dobbs Jr.16
1920Fulton County, GeorgiaHe and Helen Dobbs appeared on the census of 1920 in Fulton County, Georgia.
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Citations

  1. [S309] In The Social World, Atlanta Constitution, column 3, September 9, 1901, 6. Hereinafter cited as Atlanta Constitution.
  2. [S80] Obituary Of J. M. Dobbs, Sr., Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, 26 December 1922. Hereinafter cited as Obituary Of J. M. Dobbs, Sr.
  3. [S83] Unknown article title, Unnamed Atlanta Newspaper, Atlanta, Georgia, 26 December 1922, Mr. James Monroe Dobbs died Monday morning, December 25, 1922, at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Lillian E. Finn, at College Park, Ga. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. W. H. Smith, wife of Colonel W. H. Smith, U.S. Army; one son, Mr. James Monroe Dobbs, Jr., two sisters, Mrs. Lillian E. Finn, College Park, and Mrs. S. H. Smith, of Virginia; three brothers, E.P., H.C., and Max D. Dobbs, all of Marietta, Ga. Mr. Dobbs was formerly consul-general to Valparaiso under President Cleveland's administration. Friends are invited to attend the funeral services which will be held today (Tuesday) at 1 P.M. from 123 E. Princeton Ave., College Park. Rev. H. R. Chase, of St. John's Episcopal church, officiating. Interment at Marietta, Ga. Pallbearers selected will please meet at the residence. Barclay & Brandon Co., funeral directors.
  4. [S85] Atlanta History Center, compiler, Garrett Necrology (Atlanta, Georgia: Atlanta History Center), Age 63, resident of Princeton Avenue in College Park, GA. Born in Marietta, GA, son of Col. David and Mrs. Mattie J. Dobbs. Much of his early life was spent in and around Marietta. Until his retirement six years ago was in the U.S. Consular service, having served as consul to several South American countries. Resident of College Park past six years.. Hereinafter cited as Garrett Necrology.
  5. [S18] Shelly Dobbs Dooley, Descendants Of Josiah Dobbs (Descendancy Report with Notes), 1999.
  6. [S267] New York. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Micropublication M237. Rolls # 95-580. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  7. [S84] Atlanta City Directory (Atlanta, Georgia: R. L. Polk and Co., 1889). Hereinafter cited as Atlanta City Directory (1889).
  8. [S81] Ex-Consul Dobbs At Home Again, Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, 30 January 1898, 6, See exhibit. Hereinafter cited as Ex-Consul Dobbs at home again.
  9. [S82] Hon. James M. Dobbs, Something About the New Consul to Valparaiso, Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, 23 April 1893, See exhibit. Hereinafter cited as Something About the New Consul to Valparaiso.
  10. [S208] To-Day's Nominations, Syracuse Evening Herald, Syracuse, New York, April 4, 1893, 1. Hereinafter cited as Syracuse Evening Herald.
  11. [S109] In The Social World, Atlanta Constitution, column 3, May 28, 1900, 1, Hon. James M. Dobbs has arrived in city from Brazil where he has been for three years past.. Hereinafter cited as Atlanta Constitution.
  12. [S252] Ellis Island Passenger Records, online http://www.ellisisland.org. Hereinafter cited as Ellis Island Passenger Records.
  13. [S87] 1920 United States Census, Fulton County, Georgia (E.D. 172, page 27), Washington: National Archives And Records Administration.
  14. [S55] 1860 United States Census (Free Schedule) Cobb Co., Georgia, Washington: National Archives And Records Administration, page 292.
  15. [S89] 1870 United States Census, Marrieta, Cobb Co., Georgia, population schedule, National Archives micropublication , page 301.
  16. [S86] 1910 United States Census, Fulton County, Georgia, E.D. 127, page 43, Washington: National Archives And Records Administration.
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