Biography - Thomas Hobson

Thomas G. HOBSON, miller, Nokomis, born in Yorkshire, England, May 10, 1840, son of Robert and Elizabeth (LEAMING) HOBSON. Robert HOBSON, subject’s father, a native of England and miller by trade, came to America in 1843; followed his trade in different parts of the United States, and died in Litchfield, Ill., January 25, 1877, aged seventy-three years; his wife, also a native of England, is still living; they had ten children, of whom our subject is the eighth; he received a common school education; at the age of seventeen, learned the miller's trade, and, in 1873, formed a partnership with L. M.HARTSOCK, at Nokomis, where he has since resided. At Staunton, Ill., December 8, 1867, he married Elizabeth COWELL, born at or near Staunton, Ill., September 20, 1847, daughter of James R. and Lucinda (CAMP) COWELL; she died May 18, 1870. He was married the second time, at Lincoln, Logan Co., Ill., January 23, 1879, to Matilda E. SNELL, born in Staunton, Macoupin Co., Ill., December 4, 1851, daughter of Selby and Sarah Jane (DEES) SNELL, he, born May 8, 1811, died February 17, 1872; she, born at Staunton, Macoupin Co., Ill., April 11, 1831, still living. Mr. HOBSON is a Democrat, and a member of the Masonic fraternity. Messrs. HOBSON & HARTSOCK have a mill, 60x40, engine room 30x16, and boiler room 30x16; the four run of stones are run by a sixty-horse-power engine; the mill was built by RHOADER in 1866; the shipments of flour annually average 15,000 barrels; the shipments in 1881 were 20,000 barrels.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 320.

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