Dobbins Family Tree
Parents of James Dobbins: RESEARCHING

James Dobbins  (b: 1826, Aberdeen, Scotland d: May, 1864 James River, Union Army, Civil War) RESEARCHING
Marriage: Rose (b: Scotland d: Lynn, Essex, MA, USA)
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, James enlisted in the Highland Guard (78th Highlanders), also known as the Blackwatch in 1843 (  With the unit, he served in India in connection with the Afghan uprisings and it was while at Sukkar Sind that the regiment suffered its greatest losses. In 1844 cholera wiped out 535 officers and more than 200 members of their families. In 1845 they limped back to Bombay where, as a result of home recruiting (interestingly enough of primarily non-Scottish recruits) they were restored to strength. The 78th remained in Bombay until 1849 when they were shipped to Aden. 

After 10 years of service, James returned to Aberdeen, with plans to immagrate to the United States.   He immigrated to United States in September 1854 aboard the Cornelia Gemmell, which departed Liverpool, England and arrived in New York in September 1854 at age 28, in which he indicates he is a skilled blacksmith. SHIP'S PASSENGER LIST

Residences in Lynn, MA  and Manchester, NH.  Married Rose Dobbins
Enlisted in 10th New Hampshire Infantry, Company F, serving in the Union Army.  Child, Margaret, born while on march South.  James Dobbins was killed on May 19, 1864, near Spotsylvania Court House, following an attack by the Confederates (Ewell's Corps), at James River, VA, on the Federal's right.  A historical photograph of Soldiers being buried near the courthourse, (which, according to the National Archives is located next to Mrs. Alsop's house), on the very day and site James Dobbins was killed in action, is exhibited in the Dobbins Photo Album, and could very well be the internment place of this veteran. HIs wife Rose, received a pension PHOTO COPY OF PENSION


Siblings of James Dobbins

Margaret Dobbins  (b: June 1, 1864 Lynn, Essex, MA, USA  d: Jan 23, 1933, Yarmouth, Cumberland, ME, USA)
Spouse: William Franklin Plant (b: Aug. 22, 1862 d: Apr 18, 1934) Married Jan 18, 1886 Newton, Massachusetts., 
Residence: Lynn, Massachusetts
Children: Everett Dunbar, William Franklin, Thomas Corey, Amy Elizabeth
Father: James Dobbins, Scotland
Mother: Scotland

The Dobbins were not of the MacKenzie Clan.

Margaret Dobbins father, James, served in the 78th Highlanders.  The regiment wore red doublets, kilts, sporrans, feather bonnets and red and white checkered hose stockings. Since the regiment was raised by the Head of the Clan MacKenzie, and most of the men of the regiment came from the Clan MacKenzie lands in Ross-shire, its tartan was the MacKenzie tartan. The regiment’s facings on collar and cuffs were buff, which gave rise to 78th also being known as the "Ross-shire Buffs". In keeping with the contemporary custom the regimental pipers wore contrasting green uniforms.

In honour of its founder, many of the regimental symbols and traditions of 78th are shared with those of the Mackenzie clan. The regimental motto of the Ross-shire Buffs is "Cuidich ‘n Righ" gaelic for "Help the King". Clan legend states that in 1266 King Alexander III of Scotland was charged by a stag while hunting. Colin of Kintail, then the MacKenzie Chief, charged to the King’s aid yelling "Cuidich ‘n Righ" and, with sword in hand, cleaved off the stag’s head. The king, as a token of his gratitude, granted the MacKenzies the motto "Cuidich ‘n Righ" and the stag’s head or "Cabar Feidh" as its clan crest. The 78th adopted the clan crest as it own regimental badge, and the 18th century pipe tune Cabar Feidh as their Regimental Charge.





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