Abstract of pension application of widow of William Leander Dobson (husband of first wife Isabella Vinson, daughter of Mary C Thaxton and Andrew J Vinson, granddaughter of Thomas G Thaxton and Isabella Murray, great-granddaughter of William Thaxton and Lucy Clay):
22 Feb 1929. Julia Dobson, a resident of Auburndale, Polk County, Florida, declares that she is the lawful widow of William Leander Dobson, who enlisted in Co. K, 1st Georgia Reserves, and who was discharged at Jacksonville, Florida (surrender). “Mr. Dobson, applied for his pension while he was living in Georgia, and soon after he applied for said pension he moved to Florida, that he received a pension from the state of Georgia from 1920 and 1926, that his death occurred in the year of 1926, and that the State of Georgia stopped paying said pension.”
She first married 20 Apr 1881 in Polk County, Georgia. Her first husband Josef Moncreif died 03 Sep 1897. She has resided in the state of Florida since 01 Oct 1920. Inconsistency: Says that she was a pensioner in the state of Georgia until the death of her husband in 1920 [sic]. Witnesses: Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Cooley attest that the death of Dobson occurred at Auburndale, Polk County, Florida, 24 Jun 1926.
Pension was denied, resubmitted in 1934, and denied again. File includes three handwritten letters from Rev. J. M. Cooley of Auburndale, Florida, asking grounds for denial, stating that she is “nothing to me,” that she is a destitute old widow who deserves a pension. Cooley mentions (apparently 1929?) that Julia is 70 years old, and has only a stepson for support, but he is 52 and in poor health. Denial was due to her marriage to Dobson on 27 Apr 1908, rendering her ineligible for a pension, also alleged uncertainty about Dobson’s service, and (initially) insufficient length of residence in Florida. One of Cooley’s letters (undated) states that Julia moved to Florida 12 years ago, and that Dobson died seven years ago.
Handwritten letter from Julia dated 03 Sep 1934 resubmits her claim, because she has now been a resident of Florida for eight years since her husband William Leander Dobson’s death. She states that Dobson originally applied for a pension at Cedar Town, Ga., where they lived at the time, but that his health grew so poor that they had to move to Florida.
File includes a letter from Dr. C. C. Deal, Auburndale, Florida, stating: “This is to certify that I attended Mr. W. L. Dobson during his last sickness and that I signed his Death Certificate, Dated June 24th, 1926.”
From the Atlanta Constitution, 04 Oct 1921:
DOBSON–Died, Monday morning, at a local hospital, Miss Elizabeth Dobson, in her thirty-seventh year. She is survived by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Dobson, of Rockmart, Ga., six brothers and three sisters, and a niece, Miss Vesper Harrison, of Carrollton, Ga. Remains will be carried Tuesday morning at 8 o’clock to Mt. Zion, Ga., for funeral. Awtry & Lowndes Co., funeral directors.