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The entries for people & families with the surname Dobson are gathered together in this SideTrack.

This Page does not include people with other forms of the surname.

The individuals listed are not necessarily related to each other.

Mr Dobson [17??-18??]
Derek Dobson [1932-1958]
Frank Dobson [18??-19??]
Frank Dobson [1899-1918]
George Granville Dobson [1912-1943]
Harry Dobson [1881-1916]
Hermione Dobson [1907-1998]
Isabel Dobson [15??-15??]
James Dobson [14??-1???]
James Dobson [1799-1853]
James Scarber Dobson [1872-1954]
John Dobson [1791-1843]
John Scarber Dobson [1816-1886]
John Scarber Dobson [1875-1961]
Jonathan Dobson [16??-16??]
Joseph Dobson [18??-19??]
Joseph Dobson [1818-1844]
Joseph Dobson [1829-1885]
Joseph Dobson [1865-1???]
Joseph Dobson [1884-1917]
Joseph Dobson [1914-2003]
Luther Herbert Dobson [1893-1917]
Matthew Graham Dobson [1832-1902]
Nicholas Dobson [1819-1876]
Percy Dobson [1911-19??]
Reginald Dobson [1917-1941]
Richard Dobson [1???-1543]
Robert Armstrong Dobson [1864-1???]
Robert Henry Dobson [1859-1905]
Squire Dobson [1864-1933]
Thomas Dobson [1???-1???]
Thomas Dobson [1777-1848]
Thomas John Dobson [1869-1???]
Rev Thomas Robert Dobson [18??-18??]
William Dobson [15??-1541]
William Dobson [1852-1919]

Dobson, Mr
[17??-18??] Of Barnard Castle, Durham.

He married Unknown.


  1. Nicholas
  2. Matthew

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

Dobson, Frank
[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 on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Dobson, George Granville
[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 460 Squadron (R.A.A.F.)  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He died 8th April 1943 (aged 31).

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

Dobson, Harry
[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 the Lonsdale Cemetery Authuille, France [IX C 10].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance,

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

Dobson, Hermione
[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, Isabel
[15??-15??] Maiden name: Unknown.

She married (1) William Dobson.

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

Dobson, James
[14??-1???] Of Sowerby.

He married Unknown.


  1. John
  2. Richard
  3. William

Dobson, James
[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 Scarber
[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, John
[1791-1843] A weaver at Mount Tabor.

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

Dobson, John Scarber
[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 Scarber
[1875-1961] Son of John Scarber Dobson.

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

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

He was working in a car factory in Buffalo, New York [1920].

In the US census returns, he describes himself as

a composer of music

Question: Can anyone tell me anything about the composer or his work?


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

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

He lived at Athol Mount [1905]

Dobson, Joseph
[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, Joseph
[1829-1885] The Dobson family came from York. He 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 [born 1853]
  2. Celia A. [born 1856]
  3. Robert Henry
  4. William Charles [born 1861]
  5. Eleanor [born 1863]
  6. Joseph
  7. Emma [born 1867]
  8. Thomas John

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, Joseph
[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, Joseph
[1884-1917] Son of Robert Henry Dobson.

Born in Elland.

During World War I, he served as a Rifleman with the 1st/8th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He died 9th October 1917.

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

Dobson, Joseph
[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 Herbert
[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].

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Stannary Congregational Church, Halifax, and in Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 2930]

Dobson, Matthew Graham
[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.

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, Nicholas
[1819-1876] Son of Mr Dobson.

Born in Barnard Castle, Durham.

He was a carpet weaver [1851].

He married Annie [1818-1???].


  1. Charles K. [b 1847]
  2. Christopher [b 1849]
  3. Frederick [b 1850]
  4. William
  5. Arthur Nicholas [1860-1884] who went to live in New Zealand where he died
  6. Rose Annie Ingham [b 1864] who married [1892] Thomas Sydney Kuper Brown

The family lived at

Dobson, Percy
[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, Reginald
[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 on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Dobson, Richard
[1???-1543] Of Sowerby.

Son of James Dobson.

He married Margaret.


  1. James
  2. John

Dobson, Robert Armstrong
[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 Henry
[1859-1905] Eldest son of Joseph Dobson.

He was a confectioner, like his father and brothers.

In 1883, he married Harriet Haigh.


  1. Joseph
  2. Robert [b 1887]
  3. Edith [b 1891]

The family lived at

  • 63 West End Crescent, Elland [1905]
  • 30 Victoria Road, Elland

Dobson, Squire
[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.

The family lived at

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

Dobson, Thomas
[1???-1???] Of Stones, Sowerby.

He married Unknown.


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

Dobson, Thomas
[1777-1848] Timber merchant in Sowerby Bridge.

He was buried at Bolton Brow Wesleyan Chapel

Dobson, Thomas John
[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 Robert
[18??-18??] Minister at Christ's Chapel, Elland [1866-1868]

Dobson, William
[15??-1541] Son of James Dobson.

He married Isabel.


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

Dobson, William
[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 surname

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

There are over 30 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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