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Descendants Of John David Dobie & Isabella Russell :

John David Dobie and Isabella Russell were probably both born in Dumfries, Scotland, c. 1812, and were married there c. 1834. The family moved to Birkenhead, England, just across the Mersey River from Liverpool, where John, a stonecutter, worked on construction of the Liverpool docks. Coming to Canada in 1849, they settled first in Toronto and then in Chatsworth, Ont. where they both are buried. Their nine children lived in Bruce Mines, Thessalon, Owen Sound and Port Arthur (now part of Thunder Bay), all in Ontario.

DOBIE inscription on gravestone in Chatsworth cemetery.

Detail from the gravestone of John Dobie and Isabella Russell in Chatsworth, Ontario.

Descendants Of William Currie Dobie & Elizabeth Coulthard :

William Currie Dobie was the older brother of John David Dobie (box above) and the two families sailed from Liverpool to New York City together in 1849 (see the article and passenger list above). I don't know much about this family except what I extracted from Ontario Archives records. The family settled in or near Mosa or Ekfrid Twps., and their children seem to have settled in the London, Ont. area. Information is needed on this line.

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The so-called "Gracie Tree" :

small image of the gracie tree Based on a family tree drawn up in 1873 by James Campbell Gracie of Dumfries, the Gracie Tree shows the ancestors of an Alexander Dobie of Tinwald, Dumfries-shire, from about 1560 to about 1870. John David Dobie and William Currie Dobie (see the two boxes above) are descended from a branch of this tree. There are many gaps and inconsistencies, so your help is very much needed if you have any information.
2022 Click here to see the transcription. Included in the transcription is much new and corrected information sent to me by Dobie researchers, as well as census information about a few of the families.
Surnames in the transcription are: Aitcheson, Anderson, Bell, Black, Blair, Boyd, Broach, Burgess, Byers, Cleeland, Cowan, Craig / Craik, Currie, Dalziel, Dickson / Dixon, Dobie, Downing, Earnshaw, Ferguson, Fullarton, Gamble, Glover, Gold, Goodsir, Gordon, Haining, Hallett, Halliday, Helme, Herb, Hunter, Jardine, Jeffrey, Johnstone, Koykka, Lawson, Limont, Link, Little, MacGillivray, MacMillan, Martin, Mathieson, McClure, McDonald, McFadzean, McGeorge, McKinnol, McMurdo, Meumann, Miller, Murray, Palmer, Paterson, Ritchie, Robson, Ronald, Scotland, Scott, Seton, Sloan / Sloun, Small, Smith, Somerville, Sproat, Stewart, Stirling, Strathearn, Swan, Telfer, Turner, Wagner, Ward, Webb, Wilkins, Wright. (Revised May 23, 2022)

John David McEachern John David McEachern (1923 - 2008) son of John Allan McEachern and Mary Tina Dobie, was shown the original Gracie Tree when he was visiting Dumfries while stationed near there during World War II. He had it copied and brought it back to Canada. The tree shown above is a hand-drawn copy of John's copy.
Click here to see his obituary and a much larger photo.
See a full-size image of the Gracie Tree. This image is about twice the width of your screen, and was con­structed from about 15 scans. There are several versions in circulation – this one was hand-copied in 1972 – so if you have an earlier version I sure would like to hear from you.

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