Elizabeth Stokes was born on 27 January 1825, the daughter of Ann Stokes and an unknown Father. Ann was aged somewhere between 22 and 27 due to the uncertainty of her own birth year. Elizabeth was christened on 31 March 1825 in Hobart Town but her birth probably occurred in the Clarence Plains district as it is believed Ann was living there at the time with her mother Elizabeth and Joseph Genders.1
Elizabeth would go on to marry John Dobson who had arrived in the colony as a convict. John is reported to have been born on 1 November 1821 in Birmingham, Warwickshire but this has not been corroborated from other sources.2 His birth date was also reported as 24 January 1815 in Northampton, England in his later obituary but again this has not been substantiated.3
John Dobson was tried in Northampton on 27 February 1832 for Burglary and sentenced to 14 years transportation.4 He arrived in Van Diemen's Land aboard the Surrey on it's third voyage to the colony on 7 April 1833, although it was the ship's seventh voyage to Australia. According to Charles Bateson's book The Convict Ships 1787-1868 the Surrey was by then 22 years old, having been built in Harwich in 1811. Cha[rle]s Kemp was the master and Dav[id] Wyse the surgeon. They has embarked from the Downs on 4 December 1832, taking 124 days to complete the journey.5
John's convict conduct record reads as follows: Transported for House Breaking. Gaol Report: Character Very Troublesome. Hulk Report: Orderly. Single. Stated this offence "House Breaking". Single. On Board. Good.
July 26, 1834. Froy/Preferring a complaint ag[ainst] his Master, Grass Tree Hill
March 22, 1836. Geeson/Pilfering fruit from his Masters garden. Tread Mill for 2 Mo[nths] and then to be return[ed] to his Master
Jan[uary] 13, 1837. Geeson/Out after hours. Adm[onished?]
July 23, 1837.[?] Stealing a quantity of Onions and Apples, the property of A. Montague Esq[uire]. Disch[arged] [?]
April 3, 1839 [?] Being in a public house after hours
5/11/39. Conditional Pardon No. 398. 24th May 1842.6
A record in the Permission to Marry Index of the Archives Office of Tasmania relates that John Dobson sought permission to marry Betsy (Elizabeth) Stokes on 13 April 1840. John is recorded as arriving aboard the Surrey on it's third journey to the colony.7 The couple married the following month on 18 May 1840 in Hobart.8
John and Elizabeth's first child, George Dobson, was born 9 December 1840 in the Clarence district.9 For some reason there doesn't appear to be a census return for the family in January 1842, probably because of John's standing as a convict. When he received his Conditional Pardon (No. 398) on 24 May 1842, it is obvious that he started considering a different future for himself and his family. 10 Four months later his second child and another son, James Dobson, was born 9 September 1842 in Hobart Town.11 Potentially the Hobart birth represents the first stage of the migration of this family from the South to the North of the state. They moved to the Horton district, sometime between 1842 and 1843 as evidenced by the birth registrations of their children. Elizabeth's half-sisters and brothers the Smedleys moved with the family as well.
In the VDL Company Tenantry Returns at the Districts of Circular Head and Emu Bay to 31st Dec 1843 John Dobson was recorded as a Farmer with a wife and 2 children. He was renting 80 acres but none at the time of the census were cultivated, evidence of his recent occupation.12
The couple's first daughter, Rosetta Dobson, was born 12 July 1844 in the Horton district. Rosetta was baptised on 16 November 1844 in St. Paul's Church, Stanley, with her parents recorded as John Dobson, Farmer, and Elizabeth Stokes, Forest.13
Their fourth child was another daughter, Sarah Dobson was born 20 July 1847 in the Horton district. Sarah was baptised on 15 August 1847 in St. Paul's Church, Stanley with her parents recorded as John and Elizabeth Dobson, Farmer, Circular Head and Forest.14
Some of the Dobson children attended the Van Diemen's Land Company school as George, James and Rosetta are recorded as students there on 14 February 1848.15
A fifth child, Ellen Dobson, was born 25 October 1849 in the Horton district. Ellen was baptised on 25 November 1849 in St. Paul's Church, Stanley with her parents recorded as John and Elizabeth Dobson, Farmer, Forest.16
In the VDL Company Tenantry Returns for 1949...17
According to Kerry Pink in Beyond the Ramparts it was a 'Struggle in the Backblocks':
Despite early independent settlement in the Black River and Montagu districts, much of the best farmland lay inside the VDL Co. grants. Development of the Circular Head district was given added impetus with the company's decision to sell its first blocks in the middle of the century. (VDL = Van Diemans Land)
The company's 'Country Conveyancing' book records the first sale of land in the Circular Head Forest in 1851. Purchasers were John Dobson, a farmer who paid £160 for 80 acres: fellow farmer Frederick Wilbraham Ford, who began a vast family land holding with a total 388 acres purchased for £708; and Circular Head identity, Henry James Emmett, described as a 'gentleman', who paid £280 for 140 acres.18
John and Elizabeth registered the birth of an unnamed Female, born 5 March 1852 in the Horton district.19 The child was baptised Anne Elizabeth Dobson on 18 April 1852 in St. Paul's Church, Stanley. Her parents were recorded as John and Elizabeth Dobson, Farmer, Forest.20
An apparent error occurred with the registrations of their seventh child, an un-named Female was registered to John and Elizabeth Dobson on 9 June 1854 in the Horton district in the state records,21 while the baptism records for their church record a Joseph Dobson, born 9 July 1854 and baptised 15 October 1854 in St. Paul's Church, Stanley.22
John would appear to have had considerable land holdings, the following were listed on the electoral list for the House of Assembly in Devon in April 1856:
ALPHABETICAL List of Persons entitled to be placed on the Electoral Roll for the return of a Member for the House of Assembly for the Electoral District of Devon :-
Atkins, James; Forest, Circular Head; Leaseholder, Land, John Dobson, lessor.
Dobson, John Forest, Circular Head; Freeholder, land.
Hughes, John Forest, Circular Head; Leaseholder, Land, John Dobson, lessor.23
John and Elizabeth's eighth child was registered as an un-named male, born 28 August 1856 in the Horton district.24 The child was baptised John Forrester Dobson, recorded as being born 29 August 1856 and baptised 21 September 1856 in a 'public' ceremony at Black River.25
As previously reported in the biography of Ann Stokes and William Smedley:
Among the jurors listed for Horton in October 1856 were John Dobson and William Smedley, both listed as Farmers at Forest and real and personal estate of 500 pounds each. This was a lot of money for the time, Samuel Horton, a farmer at Forest had an annual income from real and personal estate of only 50 pounds."26
An un-named male was born to John and Elizabeth Dobson on 20 January 1859 in the Horton district.27 The child, their ninth, was baptised Albert Basil Dobson on 27 March 1859 in St. Paul's Church, Stanley.28
It was only the following year after Lucy's birth that the older Dobson children started marrying and creating their own families. Rosetta Dobson married James Forth on 18 August 1863 in the Horton district.31 Origins of James Forth? Seven children have been traced for the couple.
George Dobson married Julie Lapham on 10 September 1863 in the Horton district.32 Again, seven children have been traced for this family.
Ellen Dobson married Patrick Russell on 9 June 1865 in the Horton district.33 Four children have been traced.
In the 1870s the fortunes of the Dobson took a turn for the worse. Rosetta Forth (nee Dobson) and her husband James are mentioned in a newspaper report about the loss of their daughter Sarah Ann to burns:
(From our own Correspondent.)
An inquest was held on Saturday last, 15th inst. at the hut occupied by one James Forth, a laborer in the forest, before H. J. Emmett, Esq., Coroner, and a respectable jury, on view of the body of Sarah Ann, aged five years and seven months, daughter of James and Rosetta Forth, when a verdict was given in accordance with the medical testimony of Dr. John Kaldo Pring, that deceased came by her death by the effects of a shock to her nervous system from accidental burning.
During the holding of the above inquest, and immediately after the jury had been sworn in, when 15 or 10 persons were crowded within a small room, the weather being extremely stormy and boisterous at the time - a man who had remained outside through fear of a tree which he had seen bending and swaying to an unusual degree, suddenly exclaimed at the top of his voice, indistinctly heard through the violence of a raging squall from the west - 'A tree is coming down right across the house!" when a sudden rush was made for the only door; but the females who were present to give evidence, from natural love or instinctive feelings engendered thereby, thought of their children first, thus creating confusion, and helping to wedge in those who could have made their escape. In the meantime the tree broke off, and fell with an astounding noise, within a few yards of the building - one fragment of an immense size splitting from the main trunk, and bounding with the impetus to within a few paces of the back of the room. After such a narrow escape, the Coroner prudently adjourned the inquest to the residence of a Mr Perkins, in the vicinity where, however, the danger from falling trees was nearly as great. It is quite marvellous the amount of apathy displayed by the residents in the forest fixing their dwellings within reach of dead trees, which have been allowed to stand for years in such dangerous proximity, and which are liable to be laid prostrate by the northerly gales of winter - the most severe for this season occurring on the day in question, and during the night of the 14th inst., when many hundreds of trees were blown down all over the district. The gale was accompanied by torrents of rain, exceeding in quantity any rainfall during the last 14 years; the result being that the country is flooded everywhere, and the most ordinary duties difficult to perform.34
Rosetta and James would ultimately lose three children in infancy or childhood before James Forth died on 8 May 1874 in the Horton district.35 Two or three years later Rosetta was in a relationship with Thomas Williams and they had a further three children. No marriage has been found for the couple.
Rosetta's sister Ellen also endured the loss of her husband Patrick Russell when he died on 28 December 1875.36 The circumstances of Patrick's death were reported in the newspaper when in April 1876 Ellen Russell (nee Dobson) sought to sue the local doctor for not attending to her husband during his fatal illness, even though they were explicit subscribers to his service:
SMALL DEBTS JURISDICTION
Several cases were tried before Mr Mayson, on Wednesday the 19th inst., in the £10 Court, in all of which judgement was given for the plaintiffs. In the £30 Court then were two cases. In the first, Edwards v. Lindley, the jury were sworn in, but as no defence was filed the Commissioner said the law gave the plaintiff a verdict without the necessity of a hearing. The second case was one of considerable importance to the whole of the residents in the district, and the court was uusually crowded. Ellen Russell sued Doctor Edward Govett for damages through breach of agreement, in that the defendant did, at Stanley, on the 26th and 28th days of December last, refuse and neglect, as a paid medical attendant, to visit the huiband of the plaintiff, a subscriber, who died wanting that medical treatment which the defendant had contracted to supply, and the plaintiff claimed £30. The defence was not indebted. Messrs George Anderson, John Ferguson, and James George King were the jury. Mr Dobson, the father of the plaintiff, was allowed by the Commissioner to watch the case on behalf of his daughter. The preliminary forms having been carried out by the registrar, Mr A. Grubb, Ellen Russell deposed — I am the wife of the late Patrick Russell, who was a farmer living in the Forest about 7 1/2 miles from Stanley ; he was a subscriber to the defendant, Dr Govett, and had agreed to pay £2 per annum for medical attendance to himself and family without medicines ; on the 28th December last my husband died of a violent cold and inflammation; I sent to defendant a verbal message by my brother Albert Basil Dobson, on the 26th December last, that I wanted him out expressly, for my husband was very ill, and that I did not think he would live all night ; defendant sent my husband out some medicine, but did not come himself ; on the 28th December, two days after, I again sent a message to the defendant by Mr Jonathan House, asking him to come out and see my husband, who was very ill ; he did not come out, but sent some medicine ; my husband was dead before the medicine arrived ; defendant sent a message out on the 26th that he was engaged, and could not leave the township ; on the same day, to my knowledge, defendant left the township and proceeded to Mr Boyes' residence at Rocky Cape.
Albert Basil Dobson deposed - I am the brother of the plaintiff in this case. I remember on Sunday, 26th December last, being sent to Stanley by my sister, Mrs Russell, for Dr Govett ; I reached the township about 8 o'clock in the morning, and an hour afterwards delivered my sister's message to defendant, which was that Patrick Russell was very ill and not expected to live till night, and defendant was wanted out to see him ; I explained that he had pains in his side, and wished defendant to go out with me ; defendant said he could not go out with me, as he had two urgent cases of confinement on the township, which he could not leave ; he did not come with me, but he gave me a prescription.
By the jury - I don't remember defendant asking me any questions after my stating that Patrick Russell has pains in his side; I did not explain whether it was the side of the chest or lower down ; I think I was asked how long he had been ill.
By the defendant — I don't remember yon asking me any further questions than I have stated.
Jonathan House deposed — I remember that on the day the late Patrick Russell died his wife's brother, James Dobson, asked me to go in to the township for defendant, Dr. Govett ; I arrived at Stanley not late in the day, and saw defendant ; I can't exactly remember what was said, or whether I told defendant that Russell was dangerously ill, but I told him I was sent in to ask him to go out ; he gave me a prescription, but did not go out, stating that he was required for some urgent cases on the township ; Russell was dead when I got back.
Albert Basil Dobson was recalled, and cross-examined by the defendant — I don't remember you asking me to come in and report how Patrick Russell was next day.
Edward Govett deposed - I wish to state that I did not refuse to attend the late Patrick Russell, but explained that I was engaged for two confinement cases on the township, viz - those of Mrs Wm. Edwards and Mrs John Edwards, jun. ; the former was actually under treatment at the time ; I received no written communication, but simply a statement from the first messenger that Patrick Russell was suffering from what I considered to be (after particular inquiry) a severe cold in the chest ; I prescribed accordingly ; on the same day Mr Boyes, of Rocky Cape, afterwards sent for me by his son to attend his daughter at Rocky Cape, giving me full particulars, and urging me to go at once, as his sister would probably not be alive when I got there ; before young Dobson went I particularly requested him to come in and report next morning how Patrick Russell was ; he did not come next day, and I supposed the patient was better; I went to Rocky Cape to attend Miss Boyes professionally ; I am satisfied that the medicines I prescribed were exactly the same as I should have administered to Patrick Russell had I seen him ; the message on either occasion did not impress me with the fact that Russell was seriously ill, nor did the messengers appear discontented at my sending a prescription instead of going out to see him ; the second messenger, Mr Jonathan House, could give me no information beyond the fact that the patient was no better ; I then sent a blister.
Cross-examined by plaintiff — I did not return the same night from Mr Boyes, Bocky Cape.
By the jury — Mr Boyes is not one of my subscribers ; one of the confinement cases had been under treatment a few days before, and both were expected every hour.
By the Commissioner — There was a written agreement between myself and certain residents, denominated subscribers, that I was to attend them when called on, and I considered attendance necessary, in consideration of an annual payment by each of them to me as a resident medical practitioner ; the late Patrick Russell was one of my subscribers ; I cannot say whether the words to the effect that 'I considered attendance necessary' were inserted in the agreement, but I believed it to be understood that, in accordance with usual club rules ; I was not called upon to attend if the parties were able to come to me ; the document produced contains the wording of the agreement between myself and subscribers, and is a portion of the whole.
By the jury — I did not call at Mr Russell's place when going to or returning from Mr Boyes' residence, because I did not know the locality, and I was treating a serious case ; my first inquiry upon my return was as to whether any messenger had come from Russell, and finding none had I presumed he was better.
The jury retired, and after one hour's consultation the foreman said that they were unanimous in their verdict for the plaintiff, and two out of the three awarded £10. — Communicated.37
In the month prior to that court case, Ellen's sister Sarah Dobson married William Edmund Smith on 6 March 1876 in the Port Sorell district.38 Sarah and William would have seven children have been traced.
In September 1877 John Dobson was reported as a resident at Circular Head in the Tasmanian Mail.39
James Dobson married 28 August 1878 Catherine Ellen Harris in the Horton district.40 3 Children Traced
Lucy Jane Dobson married James Blizzard on 26 March 1879 in the Horton, TAS 41 8 Children Traced
John Dobson married Mary Alexander on 26 December 1884 in the Emu Bay district.42 0 Child Traced
Albert Basil Dobson married Selina Alderson on 8 July 1896 in the Stanley district.43 9 Children Traced
In July 1900 John and Elizabeth Dobson celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary which was reported in the Advocate and Emu Bay Times:
ROCKY CAPE. A diamond wedding was celebrated by a social in Mrs Boys' barn on Friday night, the aged couple being Mr John Dobson, aged 85 years, and Mrs Dobson, aged 76, who have been united in the bonds of wedlock for over 60 years. The Rev R. Penty presided. A substantial supper was provided, of which over 100 guests partook, the majority of this number being close connections of the bride and bridegroom, who have lived in the Circular Head and Rocky Cape districts for the past 58 years ; they were among the earliest settlers, of whom only themselves and another settler living in the Circular Head district (Mr C. O'Connor) now remain. The Rev. Penty defined at length the meaning of a diamond, golden, and silver wedding. dwelling upon the raritv of such an occurrence. The bridegroom responded very suitably in a clear and concise manner. After the speech-making had been very satisfactorily accomplished, a purse containing 14 sovereigns, voluntary subscribed and collected by an energetic committee from the connections and friends of the aged couple, was presented by the Rev. B. Penty. Again the bridegroom returned thanks suitably, and in a very feeling manner, being quite over come by the congratulations offered him and his wife. There will still be a trifle more to be added to the subscription as the committees had not sufficient time to balance accounts and there were some lists yet to come in. Next upon the programme were a number of songs : Mr Gibson, song, ' Boys of the old brigade '; Mr Ruffles, song, ' They've all got a down on me '; Mr Rockwell, song, 'Rhine wine'; Rev Penty, song, 'A woman's way'; Master Alf. Brakey, song,. 'The diamond wedding'; Mr E. Hazlewood also gave a comic song, and Mr. Hoskins a recitation, ' Sweet Jennie of the moor.' Last but not least, was a song from the bride, 'A soldier's tear,' which was much appreciated by the company. Dancing then commenced and was kept up until 4 o'clock the next morning with great spirit. A noticeable feature of this part of the programme was that the bride danced entirely through the Albert quadriile. The committee consisting of Miss Dallas and Messrs Rockwell, A J Boys and John Bauchop deserve great credit for the able manner which they carried through the programme. Special mention must also be made of Mrs E. Boys' kindness and untiring energy top make the function a complete success; the sons also did all in their power by kind attention to visitors to make everything most agreeable. Mr H. Boys (Forest) deserves mention for his energy throughout the undertaking in bringing matters to a very pleasant conclusion.44
On 21 July 1900 the Tasmanian Mail reported the same event:
The diamond wedding [60 years] of Mr and Mrs John George Dobson was celebrated on Friday Evening, the 6th inst. at Rocky Cape, by a social held in Mrs Jas. Boys' barn, which was specially prepared and decorated for the purpose by many willing hands.
Mr Dobson arrived in Hobart in 1815, being then quite a child, which makes him over 85 years of age. Mrs Dobson is a native of Hobart, her maiden name was Elizabeth Stokes, and she was born in 1824, being now 76 years old. They were married at Clarence Plains by the Rev. Mr. Fry on May 18, 1840. The photograph was taken a few days ago by Mr. Alfred Bock, the well-known artist.
The attendance at the social was very numerous. Three relays at the supper table had to be made with accommodation for 50 guests at each relay. The proceedings were presided over by the Rev. R Penty, who, in presenting a purse of 14 sovereigns to the happy couple, took the opportunity to explain the meaning of a silver, a golden and a diamond wedding, and alluded to the rarity of the latter. He congratulated the bride and the bridegroom upon their having attained such a green old age together, and wishing them many future celebrations of the day. The bridegroom suitably and feelingly replied.
[The photograph accompanying the article is of John and Elizabeth and an unknown child. It was reproduced in the Circular Head Local History Journal, submitted by Mrs. Lesley Margetts, and acknowledged as provided by The Advocate, although it originally appeared in the Tasmanian Mail.]
Mr. and Mrs. Dobson were amongst the earliest settlers in the Circular Head and Rocky Cape districts, where they have resided for the past 58 years; besides themselves only Mr. C. O'Connor remains of the earliest pioneers.
A lengthy programme of songs and dances wound up one of the most pleasant reunions ever held at Rocky Cape, the bride signalising the occasion by dancing the Alberts from beginning to end. The committee, Miss Dallas, Messrs. J. Bauchop, A. Boys and H. Rockwell, worked most energetically to make the gathering a success. While the thanks of the guests are due to them, as also to Mrs. E. Boys and Mr. H. Boys, for their attention to the visitors, and generally in securing so successful a meeting."45
John George Dobson lived for another four years, dying on 26 December 1904 at Detention River, Tasmania.46
ROCKY CAPE. Mr Dobson, one of the oldest and most respected residents of the Circular Head district, passed away at his residence, Detention, on Monday evening, after having been ailing for some time, at the age of 90 years. Deceased was born at Northampton, England, on January 24, 1815, shortly after sailing for Tasmania and binding at Hobart,' where he spent the early part of his life; and then, leafing Hobart before the railway was built, landed at Circular Head, where he went in for farming, which pursuit he followed for some years with good success, but eventually sailed with some old friends (Mr C. Connor being the only one alive at the present day) for the gold diggings in Victoria. He passed some years in fortune-hunting with varied success, but again returned to Tasmania, landing at Stanley, and going to Black River, where he continued farming till 26 years ago. Then he came to Detention, where he lived the remainder of his days. He leaves an aged widow and grown-up family, with numerous relatives.47
Elizabeth Dobson (nee Stokes) died on 8 May 1911 in Deep Creek, Tasmania.48
The sudden death occurred on Monday last of Mrs. Elizabeth Dobson, an old identity of this district, at the advanced age of 86 years. Her husband pre-deceased her seven years ago, at the ripe old age of 94. The funeral took place on Wednesday at the Black River cemetery, and was conducted by the Rev. G. W. Ratten, a fair number of residents paying their last tribute of respect to the deceased lady.49
The fate of John and Elizabeth's children is mostly incomplete. There are various reports of Albert Dobson dying in 1938 but that was Albert Ernest Dobson, husband of Lily and son of William Dobson and Ann Richardson.50 There are also various reports that Albert and his wife Selina moved to Victoria and there is an Albert Basil Dobson living in the district of Fawkner, Victoria in 1943.51 Selina is reported to have died in 1945 in Victoria but that information has not been confirmed.
Details of the fate of the other children will be recorded here as they are revealed.
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