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Dobbins, Thomas L.

THOMAS L. DOBBINS, farmer and Justice of the Peace, P.O. Lincolnville, was born in Washington County, N.Y., January 17, 1841; son of Joseph and Martha Dobbins, the latter of whom died in 1879. Joseph Dobbins, now aged eighty-three, is still living on the old homestead. Our subject was principally educated in the home schools; at sixteen years of age he went to Minnesota and there engaged in lumbering and farming, and also went to school. During the late Rebellion he enlisted, September 28, 1861, in the Second Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, serving in the Army of the Cumberland. After his discharge, May 20, 1862, he returned to his native county; then attended school two terms at Union Village and there re-enlisted, December 28, 1863, in the Sixteenth Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery, and followed the fortunes of his regiment, participating in several engagements in Virginia. He received a severe wound in the left leg (from the effects of which he nearly lost his life) in front of Petersburg, Va., September 19, 1864, and was honorably discharged May 19, 1865, Mr. Dobbins came to this county in 1866 and was here married July 3, 1868, to Nancy A., daughter of John Hamilton, of this township. They have two sons: Harry L. and Frank P. Squire Dobbins is a Republican in politics. He has filled the offices of Clerk three years, Auditor nine years, Inspector of Elections one year and School Director three years. He was elected Justice of the Peace in February, 1882. He belongs to various local societies, takes a prominent part in every beneficial enterprise and has given the highest satisfaction in all the various offices he has filled.

History of Crawford Co PA 1885



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