This website is an overview of my particular branch of the Dobie family – a branch whose tree is rooted in the tiny village of Tinwald, now little more than a church and a graveyard a few miles north of Dumfries, Scotland. The photo at right was taken by Robert Dobie in 2002.
There well may be early Dobie records on the Scotlandspeople website, but I haven't paid to look at them. For me, it's far too expensive. So I've limited myself to the free records on familysearch.org, and to correspondence with researchers and family members over the years. Because of this my research is mostly limited to my connected family branches in Canada and the United States.
Revised October 8, 2023.
Click on any link below to see more info on that family.
BAINBRIDGE, (Middleton-in-Teesdale, Durham, England). There were many marriages between them and the COATSWORTH family in Durham, back into the 1600's. The Coatsworth family tree, as detailed in the book "The Descendants of Thomas Coatsworth and Mary Bainbridge", by Eva M. Coatsworth, starts with the marriage of Thomas Coatsworth and Mary Bainbridge, in 1691.
BOWMAN, (emigrated from County Down, Ireland, to Albany, New York, circa 1770). There is a wealth of legal documents left by Samuel Bowman in his battle to receive his army pension. Soon after the family settled in or near Albany, N.Y., he was drafted, as a young teenager, into the Continental Army to fight the British. After he was released from the Army his release documents were stolen. Years later he had to go to court to get his pension. Even though the legal procedings left a huge paper trail, basic questions about him and his ancestry remain unanswered. Samuel Bowman's wife was Dorothy SMOKE or SMOAK, which was reputedly a "Pennsylvania Dutch" family, but I can find no records of her family or of this marriage.
CARLSON, (from Skaraborgs Lan, Sweden). They are my mother's ancestors. Her grandfather, Frans (Frank) Karlsson, brought his family from Sweden to North Dakota in 1888. In Sweden, because of Swedish naming convention, his children had the legal surname of Fransson, but they took on the surname Carlson in America. Prior to that, the research gets complicated as Swedish records are in Swedish and/or Latin.
CARLSON Connection to DOBIE: (dates are of marriages).
Karl Johan Lager & Johanna Henriksdotter, 1856 ——>
Frans Karlsson & Matilda Andersdotter, cir 1877 ——>
Charles Lugwig Carlson & Anna Long, 1905 ——>
Margaret Anne Carlson & William Lovell Dobie, 1936
COATSWORTH, (Middleton-in-Teesdale, Durham, England). This family has been in Durham since medieval times and appears in the records with many different spellings. Our line emigrated from Durham to West Virginia, circa 1835, then to Missouri for a few years, then to Bruce Mines, Ontario.
COATSWORTH Connection to DOBIE: (dates are of marriages).
Thomas Coatsworth & Mary Bainbridge, 1691 ——>
William Coatsworth & Mary Teasdale, 1718 ——>
Robert Coatsworth & Phillis Hurworth, 1772 ——>
Robert Coatsworth & Elizabeth Coulthard, 1801 ——>
Joshua Coatsworth & Sarah Bowman, 1837 ——>
Sarah Dorothy Coatsworth & William Currie Dobie, 1865
COULTHARD, (from Dumfries, Scotland). This is a peripheral line to my Dobie family. Coulthards emigrated from Dumfriesshire to Canada in the 1830's about the same time as many of my distant Dobie cousins, and there were several Coulthard - Dobie marriages in Canada and the United States after that. I don't have any of this info on this website because they aren't direct ancestors.
COULTHARD, (from Durham, England). Connected by marriage in the 1700's to my COATSWORTH family in Middleton-Teesdale, Durham, England. See the connection to Dobie in the Coatsworth paragraph above.
DOBBIE, (Lanark County, Ontario). Not related to our Dobie family although I did find one side connection by marriage. Several Dobie or Dobbie families emigrated from Scotland and Ireland around 1820 and settled in Lanark County. I researched them in the early days to see if we are connected. They started out with one "B" but added a second in the late 1800's. I've seen the name spelled both ways in the same document.
DOBIE, (from Tinwald, Dumfriesshire, Scotland). Our early Dobie ancestors were farmers at least since the 1500's. My great-great grandfather, John David Dobie, was a stone-cutter and farmer. Born in Dumfries, he moved to Liverpool where he worked building the docks. He then moved his family to Ontario in 1849, where he worked as a stone-cutter and mason in and near Toronto, then as a farmer in Chatsworth, near Owen Sound. Many of his Dobie cousins had preceeded him and were farmers in and around Ekfrid, Ontario (near Stratford). Families connected to my DOBIE line in Dumfriesshire before they emigrated to Canada include: GLOVER, MURDOCK, RUSSELL. Revised Dobie spreadsheet, Oct. 8, 2023.
GREENSHIELDS, (from Lanarkshire, Scotland). They have been in Lanarkshire since the middle ages. Our Greenshields ancestors emigrated from Glasgow to Montreal, about 1830. The family was prominent in law and business in Montreal up to nearly the end of the 1900's. Connected to our Dobies by marriage into the MEIKLE family.
INGLIS, (from Morayshire, Scotland). Not well researched because of the huge number of similar looking records on familysearch.org. Connected to our Dobies through marriage into the MILNE family.
LONG (from Sweden). This is most likely a Swedish military name -- one taken during military service to differentiate a soldier from all the similar "son" names in his regiment. Solomon Long and his wife Anna LINDBERG, appear in Princeton, Minnesota in 1870. He was a shoemaker and owned a shoe store in Princeton up to about 1920. They were the adoptive parents of my mother's mother, Anna Long, whose origins are a complete mystery. It was an un-registered private adoption and Anna was never told who her birth parents were. Looking at photos of her, it is reasonable to think that she was of mixed Native American and Swedish blood.
LOVELL, (from Harbour Hill, Cork, Ireland). Although well documented in Canada, this family is almost a blank in Ireland. They were Protestant, so their roots may be in England or Scotland. Robert Lovell and his wife Jane BEASLY emigrated from Ireland to Montreal in 1820. This family founded a publishing dynasty in Montreal which is still flourishing. See the MEIKLE family below for the Lovell connection to Dobie. Revised January 19, 2020.
MEIKLE, (from Glasgow, Scotland). Not much is known about the family before they lived in Glasgow in the latter part of the 1700's, except that they originated in Ayrshire, Scotland. They moved from Glasgow to Lachute, Quebec in the early 1840's, and their children moved on to various parts of Ontario and western Canada. Many of the families were large, with 10 or more children, many of whom in turn had 10 or more children, so the number of people to keep track of is daunting.
MEIKLE Connection to DOBIE: (dates are of marriages).
James Meikle & Janet Young, 1760 ——>
John Meikle & Mary Hoatson, 1793 ——>
John Meikle & Jane Greenshields, 1821 ——>
William Meikle & Theodorah Lovell, 1847 ——>
John Lovell Meikle & Jennie Milne, 1873 ——>
Dora Lovell Meikle & Joshua Coatsworth Dobie, 1905
MILNE, (from Morayshire, Scotland). The Milne name is one of the most common in Scotland, so there is an abundance of records, most of which look the same. Early records place them in Dyke and Speymouth, Morayshire. Alexander Milne and his wife, Isabella INGLIS, emigrated to Canada in 1860 with their ten children, and settled in Owen Sound, Ontario. Some of the children went to Victoria, BC and resided there from the 1880's to the 1930's.
WALLACE, (from Drumcliffe, County Sligo, Ireland). These are ancestors of my two nieces and their father, George RUST-D'EYE. Nathaniel Wallace emigrated to Canada in 1834, establishing a cooperage in Woodbridge, Ontario, north of Toronto. His several sons and their descendants were active in law and politics well into the 1900's.
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A400 1819:1860 AHL \ Forsby, Sweden / Sweden
A536 1850:1850 ANDERSDOTTER \ Skaraborgs Lan, Sweden / Skaraborgs Lan, Sweden
A536 1792:1822 ANDERSSON \ Sweden / Skaraborgs lan, Sweden
B516 1660:1660 BAINBRIDGE \ Durham, England / Durham, England
B240 1780:1780 BEASLY \ Bandon, Cork, IRL / Bandon, Cork, IRL
B420 1752:1752 BLACK \ Crawfordjohn, Lanark, Scotland / Crawfordjohn, Lanark, Scotland
B550 1760:1811 BOWMAN \ County Down, Ireland / Albany, NY & Mercer County, PA
C642 1878:1993 CARLSON \ Skaraborgs lan, Sweden / North Dakota, USA
C423 1819:1819 CLAËSDOTTER \ Forsby, Sweden / Forsby, Sweden
C326 1723:1876 COATSWORTH \ Durham, England / Michigan, U.S.A.
C436 1742:1742 COULTHARD \ Durham, England / Durham, England
D100 1700:2018 DOBIE \ Dumfries, Scotland / Canada & USA
D235 1744:1744 DUSTAN \ Scotland / Morayshire, Scotland
F600 1728:1728 FAIRY \ Scotland / Scotland
G416 1724:1724 GLOVER \ Dumfries, Scotland / Dumfries, Scotland
G652 1728:1992 GREENSHIELDS \ Douglas, Lanark, Scotland / Weymouth, Dorset, England
H562 1822:1822 HENRIKSDOTTER \ Skaraborgs lan, Sweden / Skaraborgs lan, Sweden
H325 1772:1772 HOATSON \ Argyleshire, Scotland / Argyleshire, Scotland
H663 1738:1738 HURWORTH \ Durham, England / Durham, England
I524 1705:1865 INGLIS \ Scotland / Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland
L260 1815:1993 LAGER \ Skaraborgs lan, Sweden / Sweden
L531 1859:1859 LINDBERG \ Sweden / Sweden
L200 1789:1789 LOGIE \ Morayshire, Scotland / Aberdeen, Scotland
L520 1844:1879 LONG \ Sweden / Minn. or Trempealeau, Wis.
L140 1810:1849 LOVELL \ Harbor Hill, near Bandon, Cork, Ireland / Montreal, Lachute, QC, Wolford, ON
M240 1770:1986 MEIKLE \ Loudoun Parish, Ayr, SCT / Ottawa, Ont.
M450 1813:1907 MILNE \ Dyke, Morayshire, Scotland / Victoria, BC
M600 1722:1722 MUIRE \ Scotland / Scotland
M632 1783:1783 MURDOCH \ Scotland / Scotland
M632 1781:1781 MURDOCK \ Scotland / Scotland
P625 1689:1689 PARKYN \ Brignall, North Yorkshire, ENG / England
P623 1792:1792 PERSDOTTER \ Sweden / Sweden
P362 1781:1781 PETERKIN \ Scotland / Scotland
R520 1705:1705 RHYNAS \ Rothes, Morayshire, Scotland / Morayshire, Scotland
R240 1813:1813 RUSSELL \ Scotland / Scotland
S520 1760:1760 SMOKE \ Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania
S525 1814:1879 SWENSEN \ Sweden / Minn. or Trempealeau, Wis.
T234 1689:1689 TEASDALE \ Durham, England / Durham, England
Y520 1732:1732 YOUNG \ Loudoun Parish, Ayr, SCT / Scotland
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