The Lobbans of Virginia, USA
This page and those that will be attached below it are contributions from this Lobban family, via John Lobban Taylor, great-great-grandson of Captain John Gilmer Lobban.
The earliest Lobban to establish in the US, seems to have been John Lobban (1734–1822). Apparently born 7 Jun 1734 in Longside Parish, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire; I have not found a birth/baptism record in Scottish files and this date may have been calculated from his very explicit gravestone (image below). No plausible connection to earlier Lobbans is known, though one tree posits parents who were married twenty years after his birth. His story has been told in The Garth Family: Descendants of John Garth of Virginia, 1734-1986 by Rosalie E.R. Davis, and printed by Thomson-Shore, Inc., Dexter, Michigan, summarized on this website in Malcolm Lobban’s book, pp. 44–47 (link is to html excerpt). John is said to have run away from home at age 12 (i.e., in 1746) and emigrated as an indentured servant to the Northern Neck of Virginia, whence he removed to Culpeper before his term of service expired. He was in Albemarle County, Virginia, August 1759, when he witnessed a deed there. He married Mary Ann Garth of Virginia in 1764 and they had 10 children. Among these, two daughters, Sarah and Mary Garth, married Murrell brothers, Jesse and John respectively, descendants of a Quaker settler in Virginia, George Murrell (1652–1710). After Mary Ann died in 1785, John married Elizabeth Copeland. He bought 99 acres of land in Amherst for 10 pounds in 1784. His great grandson Gabriel Alexander Lobban (1839–1926) settled in Missouri. The business tycoon and automobile designer Errett Lobban Cord (1894–1974) was Gabriel’s grandson.
John and Mary Ann’s great grandson, John Gilmer Lobban (1834–1909), m. Sally Ann Alderson, organized a company of soldiers in his native Nelson County, Virginia, at the outbreak of the Civil War. He served with distinction as Captain until he was captured in the battle of Cedar Creek on 19 Oct 1864. One of his Company said, “There was no braver or better soldier in the army of Northern Virginia, he pledged his life on many a field of carnage, to the cause supported by the convictions of his life.” According to his great granddaughter, “he had three slaves prior to the Civil War: an older man, a man in late 20s, and a 14-yr.-old female. At end of Civil War, he deeded his land outside of Charlottesville, VA along with papers of Manumission to the three previous slaves. He then moved to Alderson, WV.” John’s son Floyd Gilmer Lobban (1869–1937) started the Lobban Funeral Home [history] in Alderson, WV, which has been carried on to the present day by successive generations.
Also in this branch is a family that settled in Texas: Henry James Lobban (1798–1869), a son of the original settler and his second wife, moved from Albemarle Co., Virginia to Missouri about 1836. His son, Henry Clay Lobban (1857–1892), born in Silvercreek TWP, Randolph County, Missouri, moved to Ellis County, Texas, where he married Aurelia Beatrice Allen. They had three sons, including Charles Phillip Lobban (1890–1951), who died in Colorado City, Texas; William Birch Lobban (1879–1959), who moved to Wyoming; and James Thomas Lobban (1885-1958), who died in Wichita Falls, Texas. There is a Lobban Lane in Wichita Falls, presumably named for this family (see Trivia page). William Birch Lobban’s obituary gives some insight into his life:
“William Birch Lobban was born Sept. 11, 1879 at Ennis Texas. He moved to Sterling City, Texas in 1889 and lived there until 1904 when he went to Kansas on a cattle drive. Lobban loaded the cattle on a train in Kansas and accompanied them to Moorecroft, where he worked on a cattle ranch for the late Henry Weare. In 1913 Lobban homesteaded on the Little Missouri river near Seely, Wyo. He has lived there since.”
Bios of John Gilmer and Floyd Gilmer Lobban from Thomas W. Dixon, Jr., from The Rise and Fall of Alderson, West Virginia
Posted 12 May 2019, last revised 27 Feb. 2020.