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 top part, for now, is a copy of my synopsis from the Diaspora notes.
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. 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.” After the war he settled in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. 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.
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 16 May.