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
1836–1881
Mary Ann Jones
1840–1923
Marriage: 1857
Ellen Susan Hobbs
1859–1940
Abraham Lincoln Hobbs
1860–1928
William Hobbs
1861–1944
George Curtis Hobbs
1862–1933
Henry Bennett Hobbs
1866–
David R. Hobbs
1867–1928
Charles Hobbs
1869–1907
William Hobbs
1871–1918
Jessie Hobbs
1873–
Lucy Myrtle Hobbs
1874–1964
Jesse Hobbs
1876–
Elizabeth Hobbs
1877–1878
Charles T Hobbs
1881–

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
1857
children

(13)

    Ellen Susan Hobbs

    Female1859–1940Female

    Abraham Lincoln Hobbs

    Male1860–1928Male

    William Hobbs

    Male1861–1944Male

    George Curtis Hobbs

    Male1862–1933Male

    Henry Bennett Hobbs

    Male1866–Male

+8 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    David K. Hobbs

    Male1807–1876Male

    Charlotte Penelope Payne

    Female1810–1849Female

siblings

(11)

    Jepthah Hobbs

    Male1831–1916Male

    Martha Hobbs

    Female1831–Female

    Matilda Hobbs

    Female1832–1910Female

    John Frazier Hobbs

    Male1834–1887Male

    Male1836–1881Male

+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.
1846

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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