Biographical Sketch of Benjamin Dustin Dobkins

Dobkins (See Duncan)—Benjamin Dustin Dobkins, born Aug. 6, 1879, was educated at Vinita, the Male Seminary, and graduated from the Ontario, Canada, Veterinary Col­lege.

He married June 3, 1903, Gertrude, daughter of 3. M. and Gertrude Ragland of Lebanon, Mo. Dr. Benjamin D. and Mrs. Dobkins, have one daughter, Miss Jaunita Cherokee, born July 5, 1904.

Dr. Dobkins has been State Veterinary for ten consecutive years, is the author of the Oklahoma State Veterinary Laws and was President of the State Veterinary Association in 1912-13-14 and 15. He Is a Mason, Odd Fellow and is President of the State Bank at Welch, Oklahoma.

Emma, daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Mary (Berry) Landrum, was born June 15, 1852, at Beattie’s Prairie in Delaware District. She married October 6, 1875, John Robert Dobkins, born May 8, 1857, in Texas. Mrs. Emma Dobkins died August 17, 1886. John Robert Dobkins died August 15, 1914. They were the parents of: Dr. Benjamin D. and his twin sister, Ada Bertha, who married B. H. Duval and lives at Welch. Nora, born October 1, 1881 and married, is now Mrs. Hampton of Welch, and Hugh C. Dobkins, born October 23, 1884, and died August 6, 1911.

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Benjamin Franklin, son of James and Rebecca (Duncan) Landrum, was born in 1822. He was elected Senator from Delaware District August 4, 1873, August 2, 1875, and August 5, 1877. He died February 19, 1879. It was one of his educated slaves that composed and played the celebrated violin piece, “Ill Tell You, Marsa Ben, Yo Niggers Gwine to Leave Yo,” just previous to the wholesale escape of Landrum’s and slaves in 1842.



Starr, Emmett. History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folk Lore. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: The Warden Company. 1921

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