Alexander Dobie was born in Dumfries-shire, Scotland, May 30, 1817. He was the son of William and Mary Cotter Dobie, who reared an old-fashioned family of ten children. The elder Dobie was a wood-worker, a sober, industrious man of excellent principles, and a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church. In 1820 the family came to America, and settled in St. John's New Brunswick, where the elder Dobied followed his trade for fifteen years. In 1835 he emigrated with his family to Canada, and settled in the county of Middlesex, where he purchased a farm. Alexander lived in this place two years, when he removed to Michigan. He first settled in Lenawee County, where he followed his trade, that of a carpenter and joiner, until 1839, when he came to Alaiedon, where he purchased of William Leek the west half of the southeast quarter of section 10, the price being one hundred and fifty dollars. He was in indigent circumstances, and for several years was obliged to support his family by day labor. By industry, however, and close economy, aided in his efforts by faithful wife, he soon relieved himself from debt, and commenced making additions to his first purchase.
He now owns one of the best and most productive farms in the township, a view of which may be seen elsewhere in this volume. In 1838, Mr. Dobie was married to Miss Maria Willey, of Adrian, who was born in New Hampshire, in 1812. She died in 1847, and in 1848 he was again married, to Jiss Eliza McCurdy, of Meridian. In 1863 he was once more left a widower, and in 1864 married Justina Williams, or Meridian. In his religious and political affiliations he is a Presbyterian and a Democrat. Mr. Dobie is a man of more than ordinary energy and ability, and among the early settlers of the town no one has been more successful, and perhaps no one has done more in the development of the town than he. His name wherever known is a synonym for honesty and integrity. All in all he is a gentleman whose identification with any community is always productive of good.
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