18 June 2014

Richard Dobson 1869-1948



Further to the above photograph published here, I have further information on Uncle Dick & Aunt Sarah Ann. Uncle Dick was Richard Dobson, he was the brother of Millicent Dobson who was married to Thomas Watson Catlow, the parents of the ten Catlow girls featured in previous pages on this blog.

Richard & Millicent were the children of James Dobson of Halifax in Yorkshire and his wife Elizabeth Ashworth of Bacup in Lancashire. Richard was the youngest of five children, born about 1869 in Bacup. He married Sarah Annie Clegg in the Hyndburn Registry Office, Lancashire in 1895. Richard & Sarah Ann had two sons, Harry & Fred and they are the two young boys in the above photo.


sarah-ann-clegg                                     Sarah Annie Clegg


These two photos of Richard Dobson & his son Harry were in the Catlow Collection of photographs I found on eBay. In the course of my research I found Ruth, a Dobson descendant, who has in her possession a photograph of a family with no identification on it. After she saw the above group photograph she finally knew who they were – a younger version of Richard & Saran Ann Dobson & their two sons, along with an older woman, we can’t say for sure who she is yet but she is most probably the mother of either Richard or Sarah Ann. And yes that is a little boy! There is also another photo with Harry Dobson, aged about 21, in an army uniform, previously published here.


Richard Dobson died in 1948 aged 79 in Nelson, Lancashire, his wife Sarah Ann, died in 1954 aged 81, also in Nelson. Nothing more is known of their two sons.

References: FreeBMD; ancestry.com.au; familysearch.org; Google; FindMyPast


If anyone knows anything about or is connected to this DOBSON family please do contact me, I would love to pass the photos onto a family member, even a distant one. Contact by email is preferable but if you are going to leave a comment please don’t forget to include your email address.

Dawn Scotting

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