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My Ancestor was a Preacher


My Ancestor was a Preacher

Preachers, Minister, Priest,etc. Anyone whose ancestor was spreading the word of God, often called Circuit Riders.

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Latest Activity: Oct 28, 2020

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Rev George Rairigh Sr 1 Reply

Started by Mary Ellen Rohrer Dexter. Last reply by Mary Ellen Rohrer Dexter May 28, 2017.

Rev Joseph Harrison and Nancy Price Harrison 1 Reply

Started by Brenda Harrison Steele. Last reply by Brenda Harrison Steele Feb 27, 2014.

Rev. Joe P. King

Started by Lillian Alline Champagne Sep 7, 2010.


Started by vandra wen Oct 7, 2009.

Two Preachers in Georgia-John Collinsworth and son-in-law Robert Milton Carter 2 Replies

Started by Ms. Gerry Hill. Last reply by Ms. Gerry Hill Aug 13, 2009.

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Comment by Carol Dobkins Keith on July 14, 2009 at 6:13am
My first known preacher ancestor was Evan Dobkins-also spelled Dobikin/Dobykin/Daubikin. He was first found in Augusta/Shenandoah County, VA-the son of John A. Dobikin, who had land from the original Fairfax grant. Evan served in Dunmore's War, as did his brothers Reuben & Jacob. Jacob fought at Kings Mountain. These Dobkins brothers migrated to Tennessee, where Evan performed the marriage of Catherine Waggoner-with John Sevier as a witness.

Then, my grandfather, William Devol Dobkins, who would have been Evan's great-great-great grandson, was a minister from his late teens until his death in the late 1960s. He was a circuit rider at times, held many brush arbor meetings, pastored churches in Missouri and Oklahoma. He spent quite a bit of time in McIntosh County, Oklahoma and wandered the Reservation holding meetings and revivals. He was a handsome "dude"; and I have several pictures of him in his "preacher garb".

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