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Dobson, MrRef 267-838
[17??-18??] Of Barnard Castle, Durham.

He married Unknown.


  1. Nicholas
  2. Matthew

Dobson, AlbertRef 267-3
[1880-19??] Son of Hollins Dobson, farmer.

He was a silk weaver of Riding Hall Farm, Shelf [1908]

On 26th December 1908, he married Mary Thorp at Halifax Parish Church.

  • Mary was the daughter of Arthur Thorp

    Dobson, DerekRef 267-319
    [1932-1958] Of Calder Brook, Mytholmroyd. He and his brother, Norman, aged 25 were killed on 10th September 1958 on a motor-cycling holiday in the Isle of Man when their machine collided with a car on a section of the T. T. course

    Dobson, FrankRef 267-790
    [18??-19??] Lodging house keeper at Winding Road Lodging House, Halifax [59 lodgers in June 1903]

    Dobson, FrankRef 267-362
    [1899-1918] He was a costing clerk with Denham Engineering Company Limited at Holmfield.

    He lived at Athol Mount, Ovenden.

    During World War I, he served as a Private with the South Staffordshire Regiment.

    He was reported missing and assumed to have died 21st March 1918 (aged 19).

    He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

    Dobson, George GranvilleRef 267-1043
    [1912-1943] Son of Sarah Ellen & George Dobson of Halifax.

    In [Q1] 1942, he married Audrey Dyson in Halifax.

    They lived in King Cross, Halifax.

    During World War II, he served as a Sergeant with the 460th Squadron (R.A.A.F.)  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

    He died 8th April 1943 (aged 31).

    He was buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany [Grave Ref 9 C 7-8]

    Dobson, HarryRef 267-688
    [1881-1916] He worked for Frederick Smith & Company.

    He married Unknown.

    They lived at 6 Well Street, Charlestown Road, Halifax.

    During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

    He was killed on the Somme (hit in the head by shrapnel) [18th July 1916] (aged 35).

    He was buried at Lonsdale Cemetery Authuille, France [Grave Ref IX C 10].

    He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance,

    He is remembered on the Memorial at Saint Thomas the Apostle, Claremount

    Dobson, HermioneRef 267-1046
    [1907-1998] Daughter of James Scarber Dobson.

    Born in Todmorden.

    She was educated at Todmorden Secondary School and was Head Girl [1923].

    She later became a teacher – known as Battleaxe – at Todmorden Secondary School.

    In 1949, she married (1) George Wadsworth in Halifax.

    After George's death, she married (2) her childhood sweetheart Richard Ashworth, whom her parents had forbidden to see her in her younger days

    Dobson, IsabelRef 267-469
    [15??-15??] Maiden name: Unknown.

    She married (1) William Dobson.

    After William's death, she married (2) James Robinson

    Dobson, JamesRef 267-466
    [14??-1???] Of Sowerby.

    He married Unknown.


    1. John
    2. Richard
    3. William

    Dobson, JamesRef 267-320
    [1799-1853] Of Heptonstall.

    He married Betty Marshall [1801-1852].


    1. Sarah [1839-1879] who married Charles Horner

    The couple were buried at Heptonstall Slack Baptist Cemetery

    Dobson, James ScarberRef 267-937
    [1872-1954] Son of John Scarber Dobson.

    He was landlord of the Rose & Crown, Todmorden [1905, 1911, 1914] / in the Navy [WW1] / landlord of the Wellington, Todmorden [about 1920]

    He married Beatrice Atkinson.


    1. Tom
    2. John Scarber
    3. Hermione
    4. Percy
    5. Joseph
    6. Albert

    The family lived at Rawson Field [1926-1935].

    Dobson, JohnRef 267-D471
    [1791-1843] A weaver at Mount Tabor.

    On 4th July 1843, he was murdered by his son, Joseph

    Dobson, John ScarberRef 267-281
    [1816-1886] Son of Jane (née Hargreaves) & Thomas Dobson.

    Born in Habergham, Lancashire.

    He was an engineer [1851].

    He played the fiddle and created a handwritten book with 90 pages of dance music [1864]. Some samples from the book can be seen in the attached images.

    In 1842, he married (1) Sarah Gordon [1815-1868] from Burnley.


    1. Thomas Scarber [1842-1851]
    2. James Gordon [1849-1866]
    3. John Hargreaves [1852-1853]

    In 1870, he married (2) Emma Heyworth [1836-1???].


    1. Thomas [b 1871] who married [1896] Jane Alice Clegg
    2. James Scarber
    3. John Scarber
    4. Benjamin Hargreaves [b 1877] who married [1902] Phoebe  Ingham

    The family lived at Portsmouth, Todmorden [1851].

    Dobson, John ScarberRef 267-939
    [1876-1956] Son of John Scarber Dobson.

    Born 19th April 1876.

    He was a composer of music / a music & lyric writer / writing the music & lyrics for I'm saving my kisses for the  soldier boys [1917] / a clerk in a lubricant (?) works / working in a car factory in Buffalo, New York [1920] / a barber in a barber shop [1940].

    He held a patent in sheet music printing. which he assigned to Niantic Sheet Music Company of Buffalo who published his work.

    In 1901, he married Katherine M. Lynch [1875-1963].

    In 1903, they emigrated to New York, sailing on the SS Cedric and disembarking at Ellis Island.

    They lived at 204 Grape Street, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA [1917-1918]

    He died in 1956.

    He was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York.

    Dobson, JonathanRef 267-681
    [16??-16??] A yeoman of Blackwood in Sowerby. He rented Milner Place, Sowerby [1664]

    Dobson, JosephRef 267-673
    [18??-19??] Worsted coating manufacturer at Grove Mills, Ovenden.

    He lived at Athol Mount [1905]

    Dobson, JosephRef 267-D472
    [1818-1844] Son of John Dobson.

    He murdered his father, John Dobson.

    He was tried at York on 19th December 1843 and found guilty of wilful murder. He was executed on 20th January 1844

    Dobson, JosephRef 267-45
    [1829-1885] The Dobson family came from York.

    Joseph was orphaned when his parents died there in an outbreak of cholera in 1831 /2. He trained and then worked as a confectioner for M. A. Craven & Son Limited in York.

    He married Eleanor Berry whose family were involved in the business which later became Terry's of York.


    1. Jane [b 1853] who married Henry West
    2. Celia Ann [1855-1935] who married William Carver Womersley
    3. Robert Henry
    4. William Charles [b 1861]
    5. Eleanor [b 1863]
    6. Joseph
    7. Emma [b 1867]
    8. Thomas John

    They lived at Northgate, Elland [1871].

    When he was 21, he inherited money, land and property in Northgate, Elland from a relative.

    The family – and Eleanor's brothers – moved to Elland where they established Joseph Dobson's Sweet Factory in 1850.

    When Joseph and Eleanor went to their lawyer to claim their legacy, they learned that the lawyer had disappeared with the money.

    He collapsed and died whilst running for a train.

    The business was taken over by his 3 sons

    Dobson, JosephRef 267-176
    [1865-1???] Son of Joseph Dobson.

    He was a confectioner, like his father and brothers. He conceived the company's range of conversation lozenges

    Dobson, JosephRef 267-982
    [1884-1917] Son of Robert Henry Dobson.

    Born in Elland.

    During World War I, he enlisted [31st March 1916], and was posted as a Rifleman with the Leeds Rifles. He was then transferred to the 1st/8th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), and went to France.

    He was reported missing and assumed to have died 9th October 1917.

    It was over a year before his death was confirmed. The Halifax Courier [19th October 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

    He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 42-47 & 162], on Elland War Memorial, and on the Roll of Honour at Saint Mary the Virgin, Elland

    Dobson, JosephRef 267-667
    [1914-2003] Son of James Scarber Dobson.

    Born 20th June 1914.

    He played saxophone and had a small dance band which won the All Lancashire Dance Band Championship. The band was offered a one-off radio broadcast, but the members of the band were too nervous to accept.

    He married Mary [1918-1988].


    1. Stephen
    2. Alec
    3. Janet

    Mary died 7th April 1988.

    Joe died 9th January 2003

    Dobson, Luther HerbertRef 267-848
    [1893-1917] Son of Squire Dobson.

    Born in Thornton.

    He was a wool comber / employed in the butchering department of the Halifax Industrial Society.

    In 1914, he emigrated to Canada.

    During World War I, he enlisted [April 1916] and served as a Private with the 78th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment).

    He died at Passchendaele [30th October 1917].

    The Halifax Courier [17th November 1917] reported his death with a photograph, and

    He is remembered at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2930], on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Stannary Congregational Church, Halifax

    Dobson, Matthew GrahamRef 267-713
    [1832-1902] Son of Mr Dobson.

    Born in Barnard Castle, Durham.

    He trained with Messrs Pratt, carpet manufacturers of Barnard Castle.

    In 1851, he moved to Halifax and became the manager of several departments at John Crossley's carpet works.

    He was a member of the Halifax Choral Society / a member of the Halifax Glee & Madrigal Society / a member of the choir of Square Congregational Church, Halifax [for  16 years] / a Freemason and member of the Probity [No 61] Masonic Lodge / an official at St James's Church, Halifax.

    In [Q4] 1858, he married Caroline Tetley [1832-1???] in Halifax.

    Caroline was born in Southowram, the daughter of William Tetley


    1. George G. [b 1861]
    2. Robert
    3. Sarah [b 1867]
    4. Mary [b 1869]
    5. Emily [b 1870]

    The family lived at 4 Stannary Hall, Halifax [1871].

    He suffered a seizure whilst at work at Dean Clough and died shortly afterwards.

    He was buried at St Paul's Church, King Cross.

    See John Cooker

    Dobson, NicholasRef 267-429
    [1819-1876] Son of Mr Dobson.

    Born in Barnard Castle, Durham.

    He was a carpet weaver [1851] / manager of carpet works [1861] / a warehouseman [1862] / manager of carpet works [1871].

    In [Q2] 1845, he married Anne (Annie) Feetum [1818-1879] in Halifax.

    Annie was born in Darlington / Richmond


    1. Charles Kirkup [b 1846] who was a cotton spinner's clerk  [1871]
    2. Christopher [b 1849]
    3. William who was a woolsorter [1871]
    4. Frederick who died 18th May 1856 (aged 5 years & 9  months) 
    5. Annie Isabella who died 26th November 1862 (aged 1 year)   
    6. Thomas H. [b 1860]
    7. Arthur Nicholas [1860-1884] who went to live in New Zealand where he died
    8. Rose Annie Ingham [b 1864] who married [1892] Thomas  Sydney Kuper Brown

    They lived at

    Nicholas died 15th November 1876 (aged 57).

    Annie died 25th July 1879 (aged 61).

    The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3393]

    Dobson, PercyRef 267-173
    [1911-19??] Son of James Scarber Dobson.

    After leaving school, he attended Helliwell's Business Training School, Hebden Bridge.

    He was a clerk, then company secretary, with James H. Sutcliffe & Son Limited.

    He was a well-known musician in Todmorden. He played the clarinet and saxophone. He was a founder member of the Imperial Dance Band, and a member of other bands and orchestras in Todmorden and Mytholmroyd.

    His younger brother Joe also played alto saxophone and sang.

    Percy taught John Helliwell.

    In [Q2] 1939, he married Ada McManus in Todmorden.

    Dobson, ReginaldRef 267-364
    [1917-1941] He worked for Oates Brothers at Ryburne Mill, Halifax / Branxholme Combing Company.

    In [Q2] 1939, he (possibly) married Margaret Bonnall in Lancashire.


    1. son

    The family lived at

    • 20 Winn Street, Halifax
    • Low Moor, Bradford

    During World War II, he served as an Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the battlecruiser HMS Repulse.

    He died 10th December 1941 (aged 24)  when his ship was bombed by the Japanese and sank in the South China Sea, with the loss of 508 of her crew of 967.

    He is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

    Dobson, RichardRef 267-467
    [1???-1543] Of Sowerby.

    Son of James Dobson.

    He married Margaret.


    1. James
    2. John

    Dobson, Robert ArmstrongRef 267-712
    [1864-1???] Son of Matthew Dobson.

    Of Stannary Hall, Halifax.

    He was Secretary of the Square Young Men's Society [1885, 1886] / a school teacher living at Lewis Street, Halifax [1891] / owner of the Aerated Water Company.

    In [Q3] 1891, he married Sarah Ellen Mitchell [1864-1???] in Halifax.

    Sarah Ellen was the daughter of John Mitchell


    1. Edith Mary [b 1892]

    Dobson, Robert HenryRef 267-294
    [1859-1913] Eldest son of Joseph Dobson.

    Born in Elland.

    He was a confectioner, like his father and brothers, and was listed as a confectioner [1891] / a sugar boiler [1901, 1911].

    On 6th August 1883, he married Harriet Noble [1858-1937] at Elland Parish Church.


    1. Joseph who was a sugar boiler [1901, 1911]
    2. Robert Duncan [b 1887] who was a sugar boiler [1901, 1911]
    3. Edith [b 1891] who was a confectionery saleswoman [1911]
    4. Hilda [b 1893] who was a confectionery saleswoman [1911]

    They lived at

    • Northgate, Elland [1891]
    • 63 Albert Street, Elland [1901]
    • 63 West End Crescent, Elland [1905]
    • 63 Albert Street, Elland [1911]
    • 30 Victoria Road, Elland [1918]

    Robert died 26th May 1913 (aged 54).

    Harriet died 12th May 1937 (aged 79).

    The couple were buried at Elland Cemetery

    Dobson, SquireRef 267-388
    [1864-1933] Born in Thornton.

    His family – many of whom were weavers – moved to Halifax around 1866.

    He was an overlooker [1883].

    On 16th June 1883, he married Emma Tidswell in Halifax.

    Emma was the daughter of
    Joseph William Tidswell


    1. Florence [1888-1950] who never married and left  £1,291 7/1d to her brother Luther Herbert and her  cousins Annis Hirst & Doris Metcalf
    2. Luther

    The children were born in Halifax.

    They lived at

    • 99 Industry Street, Thornton
    • 8 Peel Street, Woodside, Halifax [1917]

    Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2930]

    Dobson, ThomasRef 267-202
    [1???-1???] Of Stones, Sowerby.

    He married Unknown.


    1. Mary [1???-1667] who married Robert Tillotson

    Dobson, ThomasRef 267-1033
    [1777-1848] Timber merchant in Sowerby Bridge.

    He was buried at Bolton Brow Wesleyan Chapel

    Dobson, Thomas JohnRef 267-177
    [1869-1???] Youngest child of Joseph Dobson. He was a confectioner, like his father and brothers. After the death of their father, he and his brothers took over the family business – Joseph Dobson & Sons Limited. By the 1930s, he was running the business alone. He conceived the company's cough candy and voice tablets, and the famous Yorkshire Mixture.

    His grandson, Tony Chadwick, is Managing Director of the Joseph Dobson & Sons Limited.

    See Rose & Crown, Elland

    Dobson, Rev Thomas RobertRef 267-538
    [18??-18??] Minister at Christ's Chapel, Elland [1866-1868]

    Dobson, WilliamRef 267-468
    [15??-1541] Son of James Dobson.

    He married Isabel.


    1. John
    2. James [bapt 1540]
    3. Margaret
    4. Isabell
    5. Christabel
    6. Agnes

    Dobson, WilliamRef 267-715
    [1852-1919] Son of Nicholas Dobson.

    He married Henrietta Georgina [1853-1905].


    1. daughter
    2. Marjorie [1891-1938] who died at 8 Hawthorne Terrace,  Halifax

    The family lived at Stannary Hall, Halifax [1905].

    Members of the family were buried at Christ Church, Pellon

    Dobson, William CharlesRef 267-2
    [1861-1???] Born in Elland.

    He was a manufacturing confectioner (employer) [1891].

    In [Q3] 1885, he married Priscilla Garbutt [1860-1???] in Halifax.

    Priscilla was born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire


    1. Eleanor [b 1886]
    2. Mary [b 1888]
    3. Annie [b 1890]

    They lived at 23 Langdale Street, Elland [1891]


    Dobson surnameRef 267-1

    The Surname is discussed in the book Halifax & District Surnames by George Redmonds.

    There are 38 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Dobson, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

    Unattached BMDs for Dobson

    Marriages 1835, 1892


    See Patronymic Surnames

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