Martha Hobson

30 August 1836–28 June 1855 (Age 18)
DuPage, Illinois, United States

The Life of Martha

When Martha Hobson was born on 30 August 1836, in DuPage, Illinois, United States, her father, Bailey Hobson, was 38 and her mother, Clarissa Stewart, was 31. She married William R. Cody on 10 October 1854. She lived in Morris, Grundy, Illinois, United States in 1880. She died on 28 June 1855, in DeKalb, Illinois, United States, at the age of 18, and was buried in Naperville, DuPage, Illinois, United States.

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William R. Cody
Martha Hobson
Marriage: 10 October 1854

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10 October 1854

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World Events (4)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 3

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.
1839 · The Capital Moves again

Age 3

After the twenty years that the capital was moved to Vandalia, the General Assembly, under the leadership of Abraham Lincoln, voted to move the capital to Springfield. Springfield is still the capital of Illinois to this day, even though Chicago has long surpassed the capital on population.

Age 10

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English (mainly Yorkshire): patronymic from the medieval personal name Hobb(e), a short form of Robert . For the altered initial, compare Hick .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Martha Hobson in household of Clarrissa Hobson, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Martha Hobson, "Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889"
  • Martha Cody, "Find A Grave Index"

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