I’m so glad the info is useful and that I hit the mark on at least some of the folks.
I think you are right about David not being Ed & Sarah’s son, but I think they had at least 9 children. I tried to merge all the data I had for the family to get an overview, but I can't attach the file, as it's a Word Document. I'll be happy to send it personally, if you care to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
That being said, Dave might have been Ed’s nephew. I think the fact that he’s as old as he is yet living with Ed (and not on his own) and that he’s the only Dobbins listed as a border, suggests he had no surviving siblings.
Meanwhile, here are some additional findings…
William Dobins b 9 Jan 1883 d Jul 1962 issd MS
Link Dobins b 10 Nov 1888 d Aug 1969 Greenwood, Leflore, MS
Pearlie Dobins b 21 mar 1893 d Oct 1980 issd MS last ben: Sumner, Tallahatchie, MS
(I don’t know if Pearlie is a man or woman.)
WWI DRAFT REGISTRATION CARDS
Will Dobin, 34y
Address: State Insane Hospital [an employee per occupation below.]
Date of Birth: “Don’t know. Don’t know.” [RE month and day.] Year: 1884 [b Apr per 1900]
Occ: Attendant at State Insane Hospital
Nearest relative: Father, EDWARD DOBIN, Ruleville, MS
Registration place: Jackson, Hinds, MS
NOTE: I did find him working/living at the asylum in 1920. I think it was indexed as Dobs or Dobbs.
1930 US MS LEFLORE SWIFTOWN Dist 18
9 Apr sh 7B beg ln 85 dw 151 fam 161
Link Dobbin head rents farm negro 40 md 1x@20 MS MS MS farmer/genl farm wks own acct farm #139 on schedule
Velma wife negro 30 md 1x @16 MS MS MS
W. T. son negro 14 single laborer/farm MS MS MS
Harret dau negro 12 single MS MS MS
Clothield Wade niece negro 21 single laborer/farm MS MS MS
ED DOBBIN FATHER negro 66 wid md 1x@20 laborer/farm MS MS MS
Henry brother negro 21 single laborer/farm MS MS MS
1920 US MS WAYNE Beat 5 dist 154
19 Jany sh 4b beg ln 56 dw 67 fam 67
Aaron Dobbins blk 26 md birthplace: Unk, crossed out, “US” written on top of it] US US laborer/turpentine wage
Valonia blk wife 21 md AL AL AL
R. T. blk son 2-6/12 MS MS MS
James Will boarder blk 35 single FL FL FL laborer/turpentine wage
I’m quite disappointed that I could not find more of the family on the 1920 especially when they are on both the 1910 and 1930.
You are most fortunate to have the collection of obituaries. I am envious.
I know I did not answer one of your first questions RE records searching tips. I have a complete subscription to Ancestry which allows me to cross reference findings in the various databases – a great asset. In searching for the Dobbins, I found I had to cast a wide net, often using DOB* (WIM* for Wimberly) or even less criteria, sometimes just race and approximate age, which also needed to be a wide range, and then scroll through the hits. I also mostly use Ancestry’s “old” search engine format and the “exact” name option.
I did think that if you’re reasonably sure Dave was b. in Baton Rouge, that you might try to locate and contact some of the older black churches there and see if they have his birth/bp record. I work in Utica, NY and at least one local black church, still in existence, began in the early to mid 1800s.
I wish you continued success. I’m sure you are as eager as I am for the 1940 to be available to help with the hunt.
My very best regards,