Charles Dobson
Woodford County, Illinois
source: Past and Present of Woodford County, Illinois 1878, pg 549
Transcribed by Dena Whitesell

Tax-Payers of Woodford County: Minonk Township

(Charles Dobson & Co.), miller; P. O. Minonk; born in Yorkshire, England, Oct. 19, 1922.  Removed to this country in early childhood, with his parents, who settled in Beaver Co., Pa., in 1831.  He came to Illinois in 1838, locating in Marshall, then Putnam County; removed to Minonk, his present home, in Aug., 1854; here he built the first dwelling; also served as the first Post-master and School Director.  Engaged in the grain trade that year, and the following Fall opened a store.  Owns 160 acres of land, valued at $16,000.  Married April 17, 1845, to Miss Susan Hollenbeck.  She was born in Ohio; died Dec. 21, 1844.  One child - Mary E., wife of Benj. Pope; was again married Aug. 29, 1850, to Mary E. Perry.  She was born in Kentucky; six children by this union - Franklin P., Susan A., Hattie, Fannie, Alfred B. and Charley.

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