Rebecca Cole

16 October 1771–
Holsworthy, Devon, England

The Life of Rebecca

When Rebecca Cole was born on 16 October 1771, in Holsworthy, Devon, England, United Kingdom, her father, John Cole, was 37 and her mother, Mary Allin, was 28. She married John Hobbs on 10 November 1799, in Holsworthy, Devon, England. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter.

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John Hobbs
Rebecca Cole
Marriage: 10 November 1799
Richard Hobbs
Mary Hobbs
John Hobbs
William Hobbs

Spouse and Children

10 November 1799
Holsworthy, Devon, England


    Richard Hobbs


    Mary Hobbs


    John Hobbs


    William Hobbs


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World Events (8)

1775 · The Shot Heard Around the World

Age 4

"On April 18, 1775, a shot known as the ""shot heard around the world"" was fired between American colonists and British troops in Lexington, Massachusetts. This began the American War for Independence. Fifteen months later, Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. The Treaty of Paris was signed in September 1783 which ended the war. The colonies were no longer under British rule. Many who fought for the British fled to Canada, the West Indies, and some to England."
1787 · English Convicts Sail to Australia

Age 16

The first fleet of convicts sailed from England to Australia on May 13, 1787. By 1868, over 150,000 felons had been exiled to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia.
1808 · The British West Africa Squadron

Age 37

The British West Africa Squadron was formed in 1808 to suppress illegal slave trading on the African coastline. The British West Africa Squadron had freed approximately 150,000 people by 1865.

Name Meaning

1 English: from a Middle English pet form of Nicholas .2 English: from a Middle English personal name derived from the Old English byname Cola (from col ‘(char)coal’, presumably denoting someone of swarthy appearance), or the Old Norse cognate Koli.3 Scottish and Irish: when not of English origin, this is a reduced and altered form of McCool .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Rebecca Cole, "England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887"
  • Rebecca in entry for John Hobbs, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Rebecca in entry for Mary Hobbs, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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