Dobson, Andrew Silas Newton, 1840-1918
- Existence: 1840 - 1918
Andrew Silas Newton Dobson was born October 5, 1840, probably in Greene County, Tennessee. He was the son of Isaac Calvin and Lucinda Buchanan Dobson. He attended Tusculum College in Greene County in 1862 but, because of the disruption of the Civil War, did not receive his degree until 1866.
Although a Unionist, Dobson was conscripted into the Confederate army in March 1863 and sent to Cumberland Gap, Kentucky. After the surrender of Confederate forces there to Gen. Ambrose Burnside in September 1863, Dobson was sent to Camp Douglass, a Union prison camp in Chicago, Illinois. He remained there until his release in December of that year. After accompanying a sick army buddy to his home in Ohio, Dobson remained in that state for almost three years. While in Ohio, Dobson read medicine and began practicing as a physician. In 1876 he graduated from Vanderbilt University Medical School.
Dobson married his Washington County, Tennessee sweetheart, Nannie Jane McGaughey (born February 9, 1839) in December 28, 1864 in Mt. Zion, Illinois, at the home of one of her uncles. Dobson and his wife returned to Tennessee in April 1866 and they purchased the Ira Green farm in Broylesville, Washington County, in July 1866. Dobson began his medical practice in Broylesville, Tennessee in May 1886.
The Dobsons were the parents of seven children: Eugene , Frederick Fee, Minnie Lou , May Kennedy, Roy Calvin, Dean Newton, and Jess N. Dobson died on September 27, 1918.