News Article, Page 1, The Tipton Daily Tribune, Tipton, Indiana, Friday 21 August 1925:
HOBBS REUNION MAMMOTH AFFAIR
History of Family Makes Extremely Interesting Reading
EARLY SETTLERS HERE
The second annual reunion of the Hobbs family held at the Tipton park Sunday had a very large number in attendance, being one of the largest family reunions held at the park this year. The number present for the big dinner which featured the day was estimated at between 250 and 300 of the relatives. Besides those from Tipton and vicinity, Elwood and vicinity in attendance, there were relatives present from many places in Indiana, from Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Iowa and Texas. D. C. Hobbs aged 93, residing south east of Tipton was the oldest member present and four generations were represented in the gathering.
Following the bountiful dinner at the noon hour there was a short business session, and Chalmer Hobbs of the Farmers State Bank of Hobbs was chosen president, Thomas Hobbs and Frank Hobbs first and 2nd vice presidents and Mrs. Arthur Bryan, secretary and treasurer. The next reunion will be held at the Tipton park Sunday, August 17th, 1926. Following the election of officers, an appreciated address was given by Judge W. C. G. Hobbs of Lexington, Ky., who was attending his first reunion of the family. Judge Hobbs is an ex-judge of the Lexington circuit, a member of the Kentucky legislature and vice-mayor of Lexington and is contributor of many articles to the press. Judge Hobbs' family came from Virginia, from where the Tipton and Madison county Hobbs families came. He himself spent his boyhood in Virginia.
In talking with some members of the family when he first arrived at the park Sunday morning, Judge Hobbs was recalling some of his boyhood playmates and mentioned the name of one. Mrs. Mary Hobbs to whom he was talking told him that boy would be there that day. Judge Hobbs had not known his boyhood chum had left Virginia. Later when Davy Hobbs of Atlanta came to the grounds he was notified of the other's presence. He walked up behind him and said "Wonder is there anybody here would like to go swimmin' in Blank's ole swimmin' hole?" Judge Hobbs whirled round and said "There's only one fellow here that would know of that, you're Davy Hobbs" and so it proved. The day was one full of rich reminiscences and Judge Hobbs' talk dealt with much of general interest in the Hobbs family. He is compiling a history of the family and has much data of interest. This data was given in an especially interesting way, with incidents, bits of humor and pathos intermingled in a general way with a practical talk and with a pride for the family of Hobbs that he found dated back to 1273 in the counties of Somerset, in Southern England, and Oxford and Huntington. Judge Hobbs is the son of Dr. Creed F. Hobbs, the most eminent physician and surgeon of his day. Dr. Hobbs performed the first abdominal operation ever performed in southwest Virginia, and his fame extended over all Virginia and in that section of the country. Other talks were made by different members of the family. Some of the interesting bits of the history of the family brought out in the data gathered is of special interest to the many members of the family, many of whom were not able to be present at the reunion. The earliest mention in history of the name is Deliverance, John and Jane Hobbs that appeared in the English court records of the Court of Hastings. The name is of Scotch origin, meaning "Brightsome." The English definition is given as meaning "A herdsman of the town of flocks and herds." The first mention of the name in the circles of fame was Thomas Hobbs, an English Philosopher, a contemporary of William Shakespear. His books are still used as text books in all the leading Universities of the day. Three volumes of his works have a place in the Dr. Elliott of Harvard select shelf. It is an interesting fact that in these treatises, written in that early day only 12 words are now obsolete.
The first direct record of the family coming to America was of three brothers, Beal, William and Vincent Hobbs coming through the port of Dover, Delaware and stopping in Maryland in 1735. Beal remained in Maryland, William located in North Carolina and Vincent emigrated to Virginia. Most of the members of the family in this vicinity are descendants of Vincent of Virginia. He reared 7 boys and 3 daughters and their history is closely linked with that of Virginia. Ezekiel, born in 1753 served in the King campaign in the Revolutionary war under Shelby and Campbell. James was on the frontier and engaged continuously in Indian warfare for 21 years. William was wounded near Cumberland Gap, taken prisoner and is believed to have been burned at the stake, as history says the Indians could never be induced to talk about him afterwards. Abner, Joel and Captain Vincent Hobbs were famous among Indian fighters. Captain Vincent Hobbs figures in Virginia history as having killed Buck Elk, a famous Cherokee chief, raided his camp, recaptured stolen horses and according to a nephew, D. C. Hobbs, Sr., now 93, captured many prisoners. Captain Hobbs also led his company of fighters in an ambush and killed Chief Benge. This really put an end to the raids in southwestern Virginia for a time. The body of Chief Benge was never buried and when Uncle Clint Hobbs, as he is known, left Virginia and came to Indiana, in 1853, the head of the chief was still lying at Little Stone Gap. It is now in the museum at Boston. Absolem, the youngest of the 7 sons was shot in the hand by an Indian in ambush when he was a lad of only 14. He pluckily turned on the Indian, shot him and then fled for safety. Later in a battle at High Knob, Va., under his brother, Captain Vincent, Absolem failed to fire a shot for the reason, that the Indian he sought to kill made a shield of Mrs. Livingston, a woman taken captive, till he could escape into the dense laurel. Young Hobbs was at this time about 15. He is the father and grandfather of the Tipton county Hobbs and many Virginia Hobbs families. He was the father of 10 children by his first marriage and 7 by the second. Of the first children, Henry, the eldest son, emigrated to Indiana and entered land in 1836. His children were John, Betsey Jones, Eliza Lilly, Warder C. Hobbs and others. A son, Harben Hobbs of Arcadia and Mary Balser of Elwood are living.
William, another son of Absolem was killed at Lexington, Ky. Absolem, Jr., entered land in Tipton county in 1836. Job, father of Henderson and William Hobbs, came to Indiana, but later returned to Lee county, Virginia and died there. Judge John Hobbs entered land in Tipton county in 1836, but later went to Iowa. His descendants are in the west.
Levi settled in Tipton county. His children are Mell and William, still living. Of the second set of children, Vincent died at Sulphur Springs. His children are William and Davy Hobbs of Atlanta; Jacob, who came to Indiana, Clinton aged 93 and Caleb, a confederate soldier. His descendants are Mrs. Cox and Wood and Henry Hobbs of Howard county and Creed Hobbs of Virginia. Creed Hobbs has attended both family reunions and is a most interesting character, who has ferreted out many interesting facts; Joshua, another son of Absolem was a captain in the confederate army, is living at the age of 90 and is one of the large landholders in Virginia. David was also a captain in the confederate army and died at Elwood last spring. Many of the Hobbs families were entitled and received land grants from the government for their participation in the military affairs and the descendants of Captain Hobbs are entitled to membership in the "Society of Colonial Wars" (men) or the "Society of Colonial Dames" (women). Judge Hobbs had the family crest with him and a number at the reunion were planning to get copies for their own use. In his address Judge Hobbs read the following original tribute to William Jennings Bryan, which had been recently published in the Lexington, Ky., paper.
William Jennings Bryan
Hark! to the dirge if dirge be the sound
Heard by humanity the whole world around,
Peaceful the sleep in his newly found rest,
Crowned with great honor and victory his crest.
Mourn not and sigh not for him who has gone.
He lives on forever though his spirit has flown.
His words, like bright jewels, immortal will be,
His work and his labor the bondman will free.
A prophet has fallen, inspired of his God,
May we follow most humbly in the paths that he trod;
Life with its blessings is fleeting, at best.
His life was a sermon most holy in zest.
A prophet most truly inspired from above
Though gone in the body will on in love,
In things he accomplished, the work he has done,
It is fame everlasting though righteousness won.
True soldier, crusader, the battle you win,
Through ridiculed, maligned by error and sin,
Live on in your splendor, secure is your fame,
We march on to victory, our motto your name.
By William C. G. Hobbs, Lexington, Ky., July 29, 1925.