Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 481 & 480 (out of sequence)
submitted by Ronna Thuman, December 12, 2007


MRS. ELIZABETH DOBBS departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles S. McNichols, at 8 o’clock Wednesday morning, May 14, 1902, at the age of 87 years and three months. Mrs. Dobbs had been sick since Easter from chronic gastrilis, followed by senility.

Elizabeth Longstreth was born at Phoenixville, Pa., Feb. 15, 1815, and on March 11, 1845, was united in marriage to Andrew Dobbs, who survives her. To them seven children were born, four of whom are yet living to comfort their aged father. They are: Marion B. Dobbs, of Creston, Ia.; Chester P. Dobbs, of Clark, South Dakota; Mrs. Charles S. McNichols, of this city, and Mrs. Anna E. Sinclair, of Chicago.

In 1845, Mr. and Mrs. Dobbs left their home in the east and settled on a farm near Muscatine, Ia., where they resided until 1880. In that year they left the farm on account of advancing years and removed to Creston, Ia., where they made their home until last fall, when they came to Momence to make their home with their daughter, and be near the daughter in Chicago.

Mrs. Dobbs was of Quaker parentage and lived in that faith until her removal to Iowa, when she united with the Presbyterian church, to the principles of which faith she consistently adhered through many years. Her early training instilled noble traits of character and a kind spirit into her nature that remained with her through her long life. Her thoughts were always for the welfare and comfort of her children and those around her. During her late illness her sufferings were at times intense, yet she bore them with a remarkable degree of patience and fortitude lest her daughters be troubled and worried.

Short funeral services were held at the house Thursday forenoon at 10 o’clock, Rev. A. W. Higby, of the Episcopal church, officiating. The remains were taken to Muscatine on the 11:45 train for burial in the family burial lot at Melpine. The Melpine services will be at 1 o’clock Friday at the Presbyterian church and interment in the cemetery. The remains were accompanied here by Dr. and Mrs. Sinclair, of Chicago. The aged husband of the deceased was too feeble to attempt the long journey.

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Death of MRS. A. DOBBS.

The remains of the late Mrs. Andrews Dobbs will arrive in this city tonight from Momence, Ill., and the funeral service will be conducted at the Melpine church by Rev. S. H. Parvin, of Morning Sun, on Friday. Mrs. Dobbs was over 80 years of age. She came to Muscatine county in 1845 and lived in Sweetland township until thirty years ago, when she moved to Union county. She passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Emma Sinclair. Her aged husband survives.

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