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Reginald Mordaunt Cecil Dobson

Reginald Mordaunt Cecil Dobson

Male 1884 - 1949  (65 years)

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  • Name Reginald Mordaunt Cecil Dobson 
    Born 19 May 1884  Hornsey, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • His grave marker has they year 1886 for his birth
    Christened 16 Mar 1902  Islington, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Agency: West Holloway St Luke 
    Baptism of Morduant Reginald Cecil Dobson
    Baptism of Morduant Reginald Cecil Dobson
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 8 Apr 1907  Ellis Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He arrivedon board the ship, Umbria. His residence was listed as Jerusalem. 
    Naturalization 17 Sep 1920  Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Naturalization Card of Reginald Mordaunt Cecil Dobson
    Naturalization Card of Reginald Mordaunt Cecil Dobson
    History Carol Lewis has done much research on this family, and she writes, "According to the 1909 Waltham, Massachusetts directory, Reginald M. C. Dobson resided at 176 Woodside and was listed as a clerk. Also at that address was W. H. H. Gary, physician. It should be noted that Reginald was not living with his wife of 1 year, but I assume that since he was a traveling salesman, he was probably listed at a Boarding House because his line of business took him elsewhere. According to the 1910 Waltham, Massachusetts directory, Reginald M. C. Dobson was listed as living at 49 Lowell Road West. Employed at 30 Winter Street, in Winthrop and had a house in Winthrop, a town north of Boston. He was 28 years of age at that time and his line of work was a Salesman. Also in that same year, the Winthrop Massachusetts, Suffolk County Census information District 1691, Page 7A Reginald Dobson was listed as a boarder (white, male, 28 years of age, married (2 years), number of children born this mother (none listed), born in England, mother and father were English, number of years immigrated (4), naturalization /Alien (1 year), Occupation: Salesman/Dry Goods. The number of weeks out of work in 1909 was 7 and that the person being enumerated could read and write. The information thus far tracks Reginald from his arrival in the U.S. to Boston where he is a resident. He is married, has one son and is a salesman. However, in 1914 Reginald finds himself in Charlotte, North Carolina. On August 1, 1914 Reginald M. C. Dobson applied for a marriage license in the State of North Carolina, Mecklenburg County (City of Charlotte). His bride was Mrs. Margaret Mary Harvey. …according to the document’s details it describes that Margaret Harvey was 30 years old at the time of the marriage and that she was the daughter of Richard Dunn and Margaret Dunn. The mother and father were both deceased at the time of this marriage. This document is the proof that Reginald Dobson was the husband of Margaret Mary (Dunn) Harvey. However, another twist in the story then surfaced. Who was Margaret’s first husband?(as she was listed as Mrs. Margaret Harvey) and subsequent to that, if she married Reginald in 1914 and Gerard was born in 1907, who was Gerard’s father? That continues to be on the top of my list of things to find out. It is also in 1914 that Reginald’s mother, Emily joins her son in the United States. She arrived on the ship “Franconia” at Ellis Island. On the passenger manifest, it lists Emily Dobson as being from Islington, England and traveling to Charlotte, NC. Her son paid for the ticket (R Dobson). Her son’s address was Box 43 Charlotte, NC. Mrs. Piper (from Southminster, Essex) an aunt, was the closest relative in England. She was able to read and write and was listed as a “lady”. She was born in Southminster. Reginald (son) lived at 604 e 4th. According to the 1916 Charlotte, North Carolina City Directory, Reginald was documented as living at h circle a with his wife Margaret and mother Emily. (widow of Henry). In 1917, according to the Charlotte City Directory, Reginald Dobson was boarding at the Mecklenburg Hotel. It was supposed to be around this time that Margaret moved to Nova Scotia and placed Gerard in an orphanage. She had said that she did not get along with her mother-in-law. It is unknown at this time which orphanage Gerard was placed and whether it was in Boston or in Charlotte. According to verbal stories, it was in Boston that Gerard remained for two years. In 1918 he was living at 604 E. 4th Street with his mother in Charlotte. He was listed as working as a salesman for George K. Hummel Company. In approximately 1919 Gerard was retrieved from the orphanage and went to Nova Scotia to be with his mother. He lived at the Randolph’s farm through until 1923. In 1920 the Charlotte Directory was the same as in 1918. It is unknown when information for the document was compiled. However, moving on, chronologically, according to the 1920 US Census for Waltham, Massachusetts, there was a Reginald Dobson listed in volume 139; ed 135; sheet; line 93. He was white, age of 11, born in Massachusetts location of Worcester City; Town of Petersham on East Street. He was enumerated with Louis N. Coolidge, age 58 (his grandfather). His father born in England, mother Massachusetts. He was a student. Others enumerated were Freda S, Dorothy P. This was most probably the son of Reginald and Alice Dobson. According to the 1920 US Census of Long Beach, California a Reginald M. Dobson (39 years of age) was enumerated with his wife Bertie May (born in North Carolina) age 23. He was listed to have immigrated in 1907, he lived in a rented home and was a contractor. Margaret remained in Nova Scotia and Gerard continued to live at the orphanage. The 1921 Charlotte, North Carolina Directory lists Emily Dobson as residing at h 400 e 4th Street. She was the widow of Henry. According to the 1930 Census (Los Angeles, California) he was listed as an Insurance Salesman. His mother was listed in the County of Mecklenburg; Charlotte Township; Charlotte City; Ward 7; line 65. Emily Dobson, Roomer, female, white, 58 years of age, born in England, father born in England; immigrated in 1914; a companion in a private home."
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    Died 12 Nov 1949  Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 6
    Buried Rocky Mount United Methodist Church Cemetery, Mooresville, Iredell County, North Carolina , USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Grave Marker of Reginald M. C. Dobson
    Grave Marker of Reginald M. C. Dobson
    Person ID I445  Delvee Family | Spouse of a Delvee
    Last Modified 4 Jul 2016 

    Father Henry Edward Dobson 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Emily Pipe 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 1883  Islington, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F281  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice Blanche Coolidge,   b. 19 Aug 1887, Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1963, Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 01 Feb 1908  Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7, 8
    Marriage Record of Alice Coolidge and Reginald Dobson
    Marriage Record of Alice Coolidge and Reginald Dobson
    Children 
     1. Reginald Coolidge Dobson,   b. 31 Aug 1908, Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1935, Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2015 
    Family ID F210  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 May 1884 - Hornsey, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - Agency: West Holloway St Luke - 16 Mar 1902 - Islington, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - He arrivedon board the ship, Umbria. His residence was listed as Jerusalem. - 8 Apr 1907 - Ellis Island Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 01 Feb 1908 - Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - 17 Sep 1920 - Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Nov 1949 - Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Rocky Mount United Methodist Church Cemetery, Mooresville, Iredell County, North Carolina , USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S443] Lewis, Carol Anne. email: Reginald Dobson Information (2004b), (E-mail message to Robert Roy from dclewis (at) eastlink.ca, 23 August 2004).

    2. [S47] Ancestry Member Trees, (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.).

    3. [S572] Find a Grave web site, (Provo, Utah: Find A Grave, Inc.).
      Find A Grave Memorial# 63872982

    4. [S1042] London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010).
      Baptism of Morduant Reginald Cecil Dobson

    5. [S883] U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., (2010)).

    6. [S356] State of California Department of Health Services. California, Death Index, 1940-1997, (Orem, Utah: Ancestry Incorporated, 1998).

    7. [S442] Lewis, Carol Anne. email: Reginald Dobson (2004a), (E-mail message to Robert Roy from dclewis (at) eastlink.ca, 22 August 2004).

    8. [S597] Vital Records of Petersham, Massachusetts, (Town Clerk of Petersham, Massachusetts).