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Kenneth Warren
Elk Grove, California 95758-5656
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Remembering the pioneer families who forged a beginning in
the Butterfly Country
Barnett, Bertken, Daut, Egenhoff, Floto, Garber
Leidig, Pendola, Saunders, Scott, Trabucco

A biography written by Flora L. Savage with documents,
photographs and footnotes added for parties interested
in the lives of the early pioneers of California.

DONALD DOBBIE, 1817 to 1875
His life and family from Scotland to Skull Valley, AZ

Beginning with SCHLEY WARREN, 1823-1903, and his marriage on Jan 8, 1852 in Lowndes Co, Georgia to SARAH AROLINE FRIER, 1830-1908, the daughter of JARVIS FRIER and NANCY WILLIAMS. Sometime after their marriage, they left Georgia and located in the area of north Florida in Madison Co. Schley's first Land Patent of 40 acres appears Aug 10, 1850 and describes the North West quarter of the North East quarter of Sec Two, in Twp One North of Range Nine East, in the District of Lands, Madison Co, Florida. Twelve children were born from this marriage that included a son, LUCIOUS SCHLEY WARREN, 1859-1924. Lucious married LILLAR EMMA PORTER, 1869-1954, the daughter of JAMES PORTER and MALISSA DAVIS. The seven children from this marriage included grandfather, PORTER A. WARREN, 1886-1963. Porter married grandmother FLOYCE MAE CORBETT, 1889-1984, the daughter of ARREN CORBETT and SARAH SOWELL. Porter and Floyce raised their family of six children at various locations
in Florida and both died in the area around Jacksonville.

Related Family Names:
Jacob CARTER 1718-1815, Thomas CORBETT, Sr. unk-1792, Willis T. DAVIS 1811-unk, Ludwig LINDER 1706-1758, John PORTER 1803-1873, Francis PRINE 1744-unk, Gustavs REEB 1699-1748, Obediah SOWELL, Sr. 1715-1784 and George W. WARREN 1770-unk.............

JOHN SAMUEL WILLIAMS, 1822-1909, arrived with his parents by wagon train in Grand Cane, Louisiana circa 1839. He married MARY ADELINE FLETCHER, 1827-1882, on Dec 27, 1849 in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana and raised a family of eleven children. One daughter, MELISSA ADELINE WILLIAMS, 1857-1879, would become the wife of JOHN HOWELL DARBY, 1854-1893, on Dec 7, 1876. John was the son of JAMES DRAYTON DARBY, 1810-1858, a prominent merchant in Keachi, Louisiana, and JANE FRANCIS ROBERTS, 1815-1869. Melissa died at an early age but not before the birth of grandfather, ARTHUR LLEWELLYN DARBY, 1877-1941. After the death of Melissa, John remarried and moved his family to Downey, California where Arthur married GEORGIA BENBROOK SMART, 1879-1937, on May 12, 1901. Georgia was the daughter of DAVID SMART and GEORGINIA DOBBIE. Georginia, 1858-1931, was born in Illinois but her father, DONALD DOBBIE, 1817-1862, and mother, AGNES ARMOUR, 1817-1862, had been married Nov 7, 1837 in Cambuslang, Lanark, Scotland and arrived in the United States circa 1854. Sometime after her birth, her father left the family behind in Illinois and traveled overland to become a miner in the area around Mariposa, California. Agnes later brought the children through the Isthmus of Panama to join Donald in California. Agnes was in the 45th year of her age when she died in Mariposa. After working the mines for a few years, Donald took his family to Los Angeles, California where he worked for a short time as a farmer. At some point, he continued on without his grown family to the area around Prescott, Arizona where he died in Skull Valley in 1875.

Related Family Names:
Joseph DARBY -1767, Robert Randolph Darby 1827-1894, Hiram FLETCHER 1800-1852, Benjamin GILBERT, Sr. 1729-1791, Robert GLOVER 1725-1794, William HEATH 1720-1775, Elisha Carter SMART 1756-1832, John H. Williams 1804-1854

Family Photos

  • John Borriegard Corbett, Sr. (67 KB)
    Front Row L-R: Sarah Adeline Carter (Corbett), John B., Sr., Mary Elizabeth Corbett (Zipperer) Back Row L-R: Sarah Prine (Corbett) & John Borriegard Corbett, II.....John B., Sr. was born Apr 1, 1841 in Lowndes Co, Georgia and died Jan 8, 1919 in Echols Co, Georgia. He married Sarah Adeline Carter in 1860 and they raised a family of ten children.
  • Fannie Neighbours (83 KB)
    Fannie was the wife of Andrew Ferguson Dobbie and the daughter of Burrell Allen Neighbours and Susan Green Roberts. She was born Sep 14, 1856 in Lampasus Co., Texas prior to the families departure by covered wagon for California in 1868. She died Jul 10, 1923 in Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., California.
  • Perry Polk Keith (278 KB)
    Founder of Keithville, Caddo Par, Louisiana. Perry married Narcissa Miller on Feb 23, 1871, and to this union were born five children; William Henry, Daniel Wesley, Perry Polk Jr., Mary Slaughter and Beulah. Beulah was born Sept 1, 1885 and married Jeb Stewart Darby, son of John Howell and Francis Darby. Obituary from the Shreveport Times, Feb 7, 1935, pg 1.
  • David Patrick Smart (56 KB)
    David Patrick Smart, the son of John Thomas Smart and Virginia L. Smart, was born Nov 27, 1838 in Missouri. He married Georginia Dobbie in Downey, Los Nietos Twp, California in 1875. Early records indicate that David was a teacher in the local school district and later became involved in local administrative matters of the area and in 1896 became a partner in one of the local saloons. He died in Downey, Sep 16, 1905.
  • Agnes Armour Leidig 1867-1868 (60 KB)
    Second of eleven children of George Frederick & Isabella Dobbie Leidig. Agnes died from eating some spoiled frozen peaches. She was originally buried near Lamons cabin & her remains were removed to Yosemite Pioneer Cemetery possibly in the early 1900's
  • Georginia Dobbie (38 KB)
    Georginia, the daughter of Donald Dobbie and Agnes Armour, was born Nov 20, 1858 in Bellville, Illinois. She was only three years old when she came to California with her parents settling in Mariposa County. Georginia arrived in Downey, California around 1874 where she met her husband and resided until her death, Jan 11, 1931.
  • Agnes Armour Gravesite (97 KB)
    Agnes Armour, the wife of Donald Dobbie, died "At Princeton, Maripose county, Dec 6th, Mrs. Agnes Dobbie in the 45th year of her age." (The Daily Bee, Sacramento, Fri, Dec 12, 1862) The cause of her death has not been determined but is probably related to the trip with her children across the Isthums of Panama on her way to join her husband in Mariposa county.
  • George Andreas Leidig & wife, Josephine - 1876 (92 KB)
    A Second Chance.....George Andreas Leidig (13 July 1810-9 Oct 1877) left Rot am See, Wuerttemberg (Germany) during 1855, another year of great famine. He left behind a wife and two nearly grown-up children, Magdalena Catharina Leidig and Johann Georg Jacob Christian Leidig (who emigrated to London, England during the same year). Josephine Meyers Floto (about 1831, Wuerttemberg, Germany-15 Sep 1899) was widowed when her first husband, Henry Floto was killed in a mining accident on 9 May 1863, Josephine married George A. Leidig on 16 June 1864 and set up home with him and her two children, Eliza Floto and Frank H Floto. The family grew by two more children, namely Lousia A. Leidig (6 Nov 1867) and George Henry Leidig (14 Mar 1874). Photo Source: Harold "Jack" Garber
  • George Andreas Leidig - IOOF Cem, Mariposa, CA (64 KB)
    "Uncle George as he was called, was an industrious and provident husband and father. His circuit about our town morning and evening, supplying the demands of our people with meat and milk, which business he pursued for several years, by his sudden death is made vacant, and his smiling face will be missed by many that have been so promptly furnished at his hands." Source: Mariposa Gazette; October 13, 1877
  • Charlie Dobbie - Shot by a Renegade Indian (146 KB)
    Arizona Republican, June 2, 1892
  • Josephine Meyers (33 KB)
    Josephine Meyers was born circa 1831 in Wuerttemberg, Germany and found her way to the Mariposa area in California where she first married Henry Floto sometime before 1859. On May 9, 1863, Mr. Floto was involved in a mine accident in Princeton, California, which resulted in his untimely death at age 30. He was assisting in propping up under the tunnel, when some of the timbers gave way, causing a mass of earth and rock to bury Mr. Floto. Timely efforts to extricate him were unsuccessful. He left behind, wife, Josephine and two children, Eliza Floto and Frank H. Floto. Photo Source: Harold "Jack" Garber
  • John D. Loper (50 KB)
    Born in Belmont Co, Ohio, April 2, 1870. Son of Benjamin M. and Eleanore (Davies) Loper. Married Agnes Dobbie, daughter of Andrew F. and Fannie (Neighbours) Dobbie, on June 22, 1898 in Phoenix, Arizona. Three children were born from this marriage before Agnes died Jul 14, 1928. John remarried and continued his career in the Phoenix public school system before his death, Sep 25, 1955.
  • Flora Lizette Darby & Philip Mulky Savage (72 KB)
    Flora and Philip were married on June 4, 1873, at the Darby family home in Gordon Valley, Yolo Co, California. Their family life together was documented by Flora in her writing "Philip Savage-A California Sage." Photo Source: Geraldine Nathan Collection
  • Leidig Family in Yosemite Valley, California (86 KB)
    Top row: Hulda, Emma, Mrs. Leidig w/baby Catherine, Mr. Leidig and Alice....Bottom row: June, Donald M., Isabella, & John "Jack"...Charles and George F., Jr. are not in this group. Photo from Yosemite National Park Research Library.
  • Mariposa Front Page Cover (76 KB)
    The book describes the lives of eleven pioneer families who resided and raised their families in Mariposa Co., California. Contains over 100 memorial sketches and photographs taken from library microfilm files and offered by members of the Barnett, Garber and Leidig families.

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