JOSEPH S. DOBYNS.
Joseph S. Dobyns is widely known as one of the enterprising and successful ranchers of Napa county, where he has
lived for many years, and he has been prominently identified with the upbuilding of his section of the county His
well directed efforts in the practical affairs of life, his capable management of his business interests and his
sound judgment have brought him large rewards for the labor he has expended, and he has gained an exalted place
in the esteem of his fellow citizens. Mr. Dobyns was born in Warren county, Illinois, on the 1st of February, 1865,
and is a son of Albert G. and Lucy Ann (Deweese) Dobyns. The father was born in Kentucky, February 16, 1827, and
died in Missouri in 1904, while the mother was born February 11, 1830, became the wife of Mr. Dobyns' in September,
1857, and died in February, 1890, in Missouri. They were the parents of nine children, namely: Louellen, who died
in infancy; George W., who died at the age of twenty one years; Berryman D., who lives in Yuba county, California;
William E., who is a farmer in Missouri; Thomas W., who is retired and lives in Napa, California; Mrs. Sarah Emma
Armstrong, who died in Texas about 1897, at the age of twenty eight years, and who was the mother of six children
; Mrs. Alice J. Jackson, who lives in Missouri and is the mother of three children; John C., who also lives in
Missouri; and Joseph S., the immediate subject of this sketch.
Joseph S. Dobyns received his educational training in the public schools of Illinois and Missouri, to which latter
state the family moved during his boyhood. Since coming to California he has devoted himself continuously to agricultural
pursuits, and he stands in the front rank of the farmers of Napa county.. He has a well improved ranch, which under
his careful direction and persistent efforts has been maintained at a high standard of fertility and has been developed
into one of the most valuable farms in this section. He has never permitted any side issues to detract him from
his hobby, which has always been farming, and in this he has demonstrated his practical ability, the results having
shown the wisdom of his policy.
On October 6, 1892, Mr. Dobyns was married to Miss Olive Townsend, who was born April 27, 1867, in Brown's valley,
Napa county, a daughter of Samuel and Sarah Frances (Deweese) Townsend. Samuel Townsend was born in 1832, in Ohio,
and came to California in 1855, locating in Plumas county, where he was engaged in mining for about two years.
He then returned to Ohio for a visit and in 1858 came to Napa county, where he was engaged hi ranching until 1864,
when he bought a ranch in Brown's valley. In 1865 he married Sarah Frances Deweese, whose family had come to Brown's
valley in 1861. Brown's valley originally consisted of only six hundred and forty acres and was bought from the
Spanish grant for a horse and buggy. Mrs. Dobyns' mother had crossed the plains to Oregon in 1852, had returned
to Illinois a few years later and in 1861 came to California to make her permanent home. Mrs. Dobyns has two brothers:
Frank Townsend, who was born in 1871 in Brown's valley and who is a rancher in Napa county; and Charles Townsend,
who was born in Brown's valley in July, 1876, and who lives in Napa and is a successful farmer. He has eight children,
four sons and four daughters. Politically Mr. Dobyns has been a lifelong supporter of the democratic party, and
in his religious belief he is a Protestant. Fraternally he is a member of the Woodmen of the World. In every relation
of life he has been true to every trust and has consistently supported the right and opposed the wrong, thus gaining
an enviable standing throughout the community where the best years of his life have been spent.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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