Descendants of James Barnes Dobie
& Mary Caroline Lobb
Family of James Barnes Dobie and Mary Caroline Lobb.
Back Row - standing:
Joseph Beecher Dobie (b. 1885); Fred Russell Dobie (b. 1881);
Ellen Isabelle Dobie (Nell) (b. 1879);
Sitting, L to R:
James Barnes Dobie (b. 1852); Norman Herbert Dobie (on lap) (b. 1893);
John Draper Dobie, (b. 1877); Mary Tina Dobie (in front) (b. 1883);
Mary Caroline (Lobb) Dobie (b. 1854); James Samuel Dobie (b. 1873);
his wife Esther Maude Smedley (b. 1877); Minna Kathleen Dobie (in front) (b. 1890).
Laser photocopy courtesy of John McEachern.
- James Barnes Dobie, born 20-Jul-1852, Toronto, Ont.163 occupation:
Merchant, married 18-Sep-1877164 Mary Caroline Lobb, born
31-May-1854, Bruce Mines, Ont.165 (daughter of Samuel Lobb
and Ellen Trainor) died 25-Oct-1920, Thessalon, Ont.166
buried 28-Oct-1920, Thessalon, Ont.; Little Rapids
Cemetery167 James died __-Feb-1938, Sudbury, Ont.168
buried Thessalon, Ont.; Little Rapids Cemetery169 Canadian
Almanac 1875 lists J.B. Dobie as Postmaster of Bruce Mines,
Ont. Lived in Sudbury, Ont. in 1928 (W.C. Dobie death notice).
- James Samuel Dobie, born 15-Oct-1873, Bruce Mines, Ont.170, occupation:
Civil engineer, surveyor, married 26-Oct-1898, in
Toronto, Ont.171, Esther Maude Smedley, born
18-Feb-1877172, (daughter of Charles Smedley and Esther
Graham) died about 1958117, buried Thessalon, Ont.;
Little Rapids Cemetery173, James died 28-Oct-1942, Blind
River, Ont.174, buried 31-Oct-1942, Thessalon, Ont.;
Little Rapids Cemetery175, Marriage witnesses: George
Graham, Gertrude Smedley. Married by I Odery, Methodist.
James was a Dominion Land Surveyor. Dobie Township in Rainy
River District was named after him. Note reference in
1987 Dobie Connection, Pg. 4.
See obituary of James Samuel Dobie.
- Marjorie Ellen Coatsworth Dobie, born 16-Jul-1901, Bruce Mines,
Ont.176, married177, David Munroe, . Lived in
Ormstown, Quebec in 1942 (father's obituary). Full
name in birth record is "Coatsworth Ellen Marjorie Dobie".
- Marian Harriet Dobie, born 24-Feb-1914 in Thessalon, Ont., died 1986, occupation School teacher.
Lived in Thessalon in 1942 (father's obit).
She married John Arthur Fullerton, 1938, born 1912, (son of James Albert Fullerton and Jane McAulay) died 1965.
John: A researcher says he was an MP for 8 years before he died. Four children.
- Two more children possibly living. Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Connected surnames:
Beemer, Derby, Hocken, Hoogendoorn, Keith, Mundell, Perkins, Rosenfield, Wardell, Wilson, Wing.
- John Draper Dobie, born 8-Mar-1877, Bruce Mines, Ont.180, occupation:
Auditor, married 23-Apr-1902, in St. Catharines,
Ont.181, Jessie Lucilla Fenton, born __-___-1873,
Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A.182, (daughter of Solomon Fenton
and Ellen Palmer). John died 20-Mar-1946, Clearwater,
Fla., USA183, Marriage witnesses: F.G. Coy, Anita
Fenton, St. Catharines. Married by Herbert Lee, Methodist. John
McEachern says "no issue".
Ellen Isabelle (Nell) Dobie, born 22-Jan-1879, Bruce Mines,
Ont.184, married 31-Oct-1906, in Thessalon, Ont.185
James Anton Town, born 22-Sep-1882, Orillia, Ont.186
(son of William Henry Town and Mary Ann Tiffin) occupation:
Merchant. Ellen died 25-Nov-1920, Thessalon, Ont.187
buried 27-Nov-1920, Thessalon, Ont.; Little Rapids
Cemetery187, Listed as "post mistress" in 1901 census,
Thessalon, Ont. Second name spelled "Isabel" on birth
record, "Isabelle" on tombstone (per John McEachern), who
also says "no issue".
Marriage witnesses: Lorne Fowler, Sudbury; M. Tina
Dobie, Thessalon. Married by Rev. A.N. St. John, Methodist.
- Frederick Russell Egerton Dobie, born 2-Jan-1881, Thessalon,
Ont.188, occupation: Clerk in Gen. store, died about 1916,
France. "Russell Egerton" from back of photo provided by
John McEachren, June/97.
- Mary Tina Dobie, born 29-Sep-1883, Thessalon, Ont.189, married
22-Jan-1913, in Thessalon, Ont.190, John Allan
McEachern, born 1878191, (son of Allan McEachern
and Margaret Brown) occupation: Mine promoter, died
2-Jan-1938177, Mary died 6-Mar-1954, Toronto, Ont.192
John: Marriage witnesses: Walter McGuine(?), Thessalon;
Minna Dobie, Roosevelt(?) Hospital, New York, NY.;
Minister: Howard H. Eaton, Thessalon. Surname is spelled
"McEachren" and "McEachern" in marriage documents.
- Six children. Connected surnames: Briscoe, Cook, Cooper, Maley, Swain.
- Joseph Beecher Dobie, born 25-Jun-1885, Thessalon, Ont.193, occupation:
Prospector194, died __-Apr-1954, Thessalon, Ont.192
"Beecher" from back of photograph provided by John
McEachren, June/97 (see photo at the top of this page). Obituary states he died on a Sunday,
making it April 4th, 11th, 18th or 25th. Birth date of
11-July-1885 given on 1901 census (Thessalon) and in
This is the obituary of Joseph Beecher Dobie, as
published in the Sudbury Daily Star, April, 1954.
Photocopy sent me July, 1997 by John McEachern.
Developer of Thessalon Dies Following Stroke
The Sudbury Star)
THESSALON--A man who had played an outstanding
part in the development of not only the District of
Algoma, but the whole of Northern Ontario, is dead.
Joseph Dobie, who would have marked his 69th
birthday in July, died in the Thessalon Red Cross
Hospital Sunday morning, the aftermath of a stroke.
The man who claimed the distinction of being the
area's oldest living person to claim Thessalon birth,
succumbed to his illness just one month after the death
of his sister, the late Mrs. John A. McEachern, of
Sudbury, who died in Toronto on March 6.
Joseph Dobie, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James
B. Dobie, was born here July 11, 1885. He grew up in
Thessalon and following his graduation from the local
public school, he enrolled in Upper Canada College,
Toronto, where his secondary school education was
In 1914, he shared with another local man, Milton
Kinsley, the distinction of being the first Thessalon
volunteers to join the Canadian Army in the first world
conflict. He had four years of overseas duty.
Upon his return from England in 1919, he took up
prospecting, a life which he followed religiously for
many years. Working with his brother, the late James S.
Dobie, he travelled to every corner of the northern
portion of the province. In 1919, the brothers ran a
continuous traverse line following the course of the
Albany River from the Manitoba boundary to Hudson's and
James Bay, over to the Quebec boundary.
In later years the late Mr. Dobie was employed
with various Northern Ontario mines, including the Dome,
in the Porcupine area and simultaneously, continued his
prospecting career. For the past year he had been in the
employ of the McFadden Lumber Company.
The late Mr. Dobie is survived by one sister, Mrs.
F. R. Hutchinson, of Huntington, Penn., one brother,
Norman Dobie, of Sudbury and numerous nieces and nephews.
The body will be at rest at the home of his niece,
Mrs. John A. Fullerton and Mr. Fullerton, from Tuesday
afternoon until Wednesday afternoon, when the funeral
service will take place at Zion United Church, here.
- Minna Kathleen Dobie, born 1-Aug-1890, Thessalon, Ont.195, occupation:
Nurse196, married 18-Jul-1916, in Thessalon, Ont.197
Fred Rudy Hutchison, born about 1887, Alexandria, PA,
USA198, (son of George R. Hutchison and Mary E. Piper)
occupation: Medical doctor196, "Minna" spelling from marriage
record. Marriage witnesses: Norman H. Dobie and J. B.
Dobie, both of Thessalon. Married by Joseph Denny,
Fred: Lived in Huntingdon, Pa., USA in 1942 (J.S. Dobie
obit, Bruce Mines Spectator, Nov. 5, 1942). "Hutchison"
spelling in marriage record.
- Four children. Connected surnames include: Dunkle, Dutlinger, Steel.
- Herbert Edmund Dobie, born 19-Apr-1893, Thessalon, Ont.199
Possibly a twin of Norman who died young.
- Norman Herbert Dobie, born 19-Apr-1893, Thessalon, Ont.200
married 179, Ellen Elizabeth Graham, born
1-Jul-1898, Spragge, Lewis Twp., ON201, died
27-Oct-1978, Meaford, ON201, Norman died 4-Jan-1962201
Ontario birth record #001579-93 (MS 929 Reel 114) gives
the name of "Herbert Edmund".
Ellen: Surname from John McEachern, "Elizabeth" from
This obituary was emailed by
Jay A. Nellis, October, 1997.
MRS. ELLEN ELIZABETH DOBIE
Mrs. Ellen Elizabeth Dobie
passed away at her residence in Meaford on Friday,
October 27th, 1978, in her 81st year. Mrs. Dobie was born
July 1, 1898 in Spragge, Lewis Township. She married
Norman Herbert Dobie in Thessalon 60 years ago, and he
predeceased her on January 4, 1962. She came from Sudbury
9 years ago to reside in Meaford. Mrs. Dobie devoted her
life to her family. She is survived by sons Norman of
Sault Ste. Marie, Donald of Toronto and Jerry of Meaford.
She is also survived by daughters Mrs. Barbara McCarron
of Malton, Mrs. Gay Lemaitre of Scarborough, and Mrs.
Betty Ogloff of Toronto. There are 15 grandchildren and
three great grandchildren. Also survived by two sisters,
Mrs. Mable Baxter of Sault Ste. Marie and Mrs. Lila Towle
of Orilla. The funeral service was conducted at the
Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford on Monday, October 30th
at 2 p.m. Rev. William Rowles officiated. Pallbearers
were Messrs. Ed Besworth, Dr. David Robinson, Barry
Jacks, Wally McCarron, Frank Lemaitre, and Terry
Lemaitre. Interment at Lakeview Cemetery.
- Six children. Connected surnames include: Kane, Lamaitre, McCarron, Ogloff.
- Claude Salisbury Dobie, born 6-Nov-1895, Thessalon, Ont.203, Not
listed in 1901 census (Thessalon). Ontario birth record
#001475-96, with "Norman Claude" crossed out, gives birth
date of 15-Nov-1896. John McEachern says "died in