William Benedict Hobbs

21 December 1836–26 February 1881 (Age 44)
Adams, Illinois, United States

The Life of William Benedict

When William Benedict Hobbs was born on 21 December 1836, in Adams, Illinois, United States, his father, David K. Hobbs, was 29 and his mother, Charlotte Penelope Payne, was 26. He married Mary Ann Jones in 1857. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Scott, Illinois, United States in 1860 and De Witt, DeWitt, Illinois, United States in 1870. He died on 26 February 1881, in Morgan, Illinois, United States, at the age of 44, and was buried in Davis, Morgan, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Benedict Hobbs
Mary Ann Jones
Marriage: 1857
Ellen Susan Hobbs
Abraham Lincoln Hobbs
William Hobbs
George Curtis Hobbs
Henry Bennett Hobbs
David R. Hobbs
Charles Hobbs
William Hobbs
Jessie Hobbs
Lucy Myrtle Hobbs
Jesse Hobbs
Elizabeth Hobbs
Charles T Hobbs

Spouse and Children



    Ellen Susan Hobbs


    Abraham Lincoln Hobbs


    William Hobbs


    George Curtis Hobbs


    Henry Bennett Hobbs


+8 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    David K. Hobbs


    Charlotte Penelope Payne




    Jepthah Hobbs


    Martha Hobbs


    Matilda Hobbs


    John Frazier Hobbs



+6 More Children

World Events (8)

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.

Age 10

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 20

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

English: 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)

  • Wm B Hobbs, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Wm B Hobbs, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William B Hobbs in household of David Hobbs, "United States Census, 1850"

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