From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 381, Big Creek Township, White County, Indiana
"WILLIAM T. DOBBINS was born in Hampshire County, Virginia, September 13, 1845, and is the second of the ten children born to VAUS and HARRIET A. (HAMMOCK) DOBBINS, natives of Virginia, and of English descent. WILLIAM T. DOBBINS received a good academical education, attending also the Battle Ground Collegiate Institute in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. In June, 1870, he engaged in general mercantile trade at Battle Ground, but in September, 1872, removed his stock to Chalmers, this township; he carries a large and well-selected stock of dry goods, clothing, hats, caps, boots, shoes, groceries, queensware, hardware, drugs, medicines and notions, valued at $6,000, his annual sales amounting on an average to $15,000; he also handles lumber and coal. November 21, 1872, he married RHODA A. MOORE, a native of Tippecanoe County, and this lady has borne him two children, one, NELLIE G., still living. MR. DOBBINS is now serving his second term as Township Trustee, and he has filled the position of Postmaster since 1874. Both he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics he is a Republican."