The real genealogy
Due to a boneheaded reporting error in the story about Shirlyne Gobern in last week’s paper, the question of Gobern’s genealogy needs to be cleared up. Here’s the scoop from Shirlyne:
The World War I monument on the corner of Dodge Street and Old Town Road bears the name of many descendants of some of the families named on Settler’s Rock. Some of their descendants still live on the island; including life-long friends Leslie Dodge Slate and Shirlyne Gobern who live in the house adjacent to the monument.
Leslie’s family descends from one of the original settlers, Trustrum Dodge. The beautifully situated mansard roofed house was built by his paternal family. The monument bears the name of Leslie’s paternal grandfather, Frederick Slate, as well as Frederick’s brother-in -law, Winfield S. Dodge, Jr. Leslie installed two memorial benches by the monument in honor of his father, Albion Dodge Slate and uncle, Merrill Eugene Slate, who both served in World War II. Albion and Merrill, as well as their sister, Claire S. Pike, were born in the ancestral home.
ere born in the ancestral home. Shirlyne’s paternal family descends from the indians, slaves, and settlers on the Island. Her great-great uncle Abraham L. Payne, Jr. served in World War I.
For years, Leslie cared for the area around the monument, but two weeks ago Shirlyne took over. She bought and planted the first plant she saw, hostas. Next year, she said she plans to plant colorful flowers and plants.