HUGH DOBBINS, P. O. Bucyrus, This gentleman was born Feb. 11, 1830, in Wayne Co. Ohio. he is one of a family of two sons and three daughters, born to John and Annie (McCollough) Dobbins, both of whom were natives of the "Keystone State". The father's people were early settlers of Mahoning Co., and the mother's of Harrison Co., this State. They were married in Harrison Co. but soon after this event, moved to Wayne Co., where the father had entered 72 acres of land. In 1832 Mr. Dobbins entered 160 acres of land in Sec. 4, Bucyrus Township, Crawford Co., Ohio. and two years later, removed with his family to it. The entire family went to work with a will, and after a few years of toil and economy, had the satisfaction of seeing their wilderness home quite nicely improved and themselves surrounded with conveniences they had been strangers to on first coming to the country. In 1858, the parents left the farm and moved to Bucyrus, where they later died July 13, 1859. The mother died Sept. 14, 1880. Hugh Dobbins youth and early manhood were passed upon his father's farm and in attending the common schools of the neighborhood. He was united in marriage to Miss Rachel Cleland, May 19, 1859. She was born in Crawford Co., Ohio, April 30, 1836 and is the daughter of William and Rachel Cleland, who settled in Vernon Township, this county in a very early day. Eight children have been born to Mr. and Mr. Dobbins, seven of whom are yet living: William J. Curtis L., Rachel E. A., Hugh M, Joshua E., Dora D. and Pearl B. The one deceased was Cora E. Mr. Dobbins owns the old homestead upon which are good, substantial farm buildings. He is conservative in his views, but usually votes with the Democratic party. He is a successful farmer, and a man respected be all his neighbors and acquaintances.
From History of Crawford County and Ohio, Baskin & Battey, Historical Publishers, Chicago, 1881