Vincent Hobbs, Sr.

Male 1722 - 1808


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  • Name  Vincent Hobbs, Sr. 
    Suffix  Sr. 
    Born  1722  Dorchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  May 1808  Dryden, Lee Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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      Chapter XIV Hobbs Benham
      Pages 567-574

      1. Vincent Hobbs, the immigrant ancestor of this branch of the Hobbs family, after arriving in America through the port of Dover, Delaware, settled in Maryland on the Potomac River in 1735. He married Mary Shelby, presumably a close relative of Col. Evan Shelby. They remained in Maryland for several years, where all their children were born and grew to maturity. Eventually Vincent Hobbs moved with his family to the Holston Valley and settled on the North Fork of Holston River, on adjoining land to John Benham, his son-in-law, where he lived for a few years, later moving to Turkey Cove.

      Vincent Hobbs was familiar with Turkey Cove long before moving there. In a land suit, Vincent Hobbs, 1804, in a deposition states that he became acquainted in 1770-1771. In another deposition he states that he first became acquainted with the lands in dispute in 1773 and moved his family into the Cove in 1780, and found Rachel Arbuckle and her family on a tract she claimed by Jeptha Messay's improvement. In the spring following all the families moved away because of the Indians being troublesome.

      After moving away from the Cove the records show that Vincent Hobbs returned to the North Fork of the Holston River in Washington County where he acquired two land grants:

      Certify that Vincent Hobbs is entitled to 300 acres in Washington County, North Fork of Holston River, on both sides of John Benham and above John Kindrick to include his improvements, having proved to the Court he was entitled to the same by actual settlement made in the year 1776.
      As witness our hands this 16th day of August 1781
      Tese: James Reid CCC, Jas Cabell, Henry Innes, R. Cabell Commissioners

      Second Survey:
      Surveyed for Vincent Hobbs 272 acres in Washington County...North Fork of Holston River...April 15, 1782.

      The 1782 Washington County Tax list shows: Vincent Hobbs 1 tithe, 3 horses, 11 cows.

      Records show that Vincent Hobbs was a member of Captain Daniel Smith's Company of Militia at Elk Garden on the 4th of October 1774.

      A list of persons sowrn to the States in Captain Joseph Cloyd's Company of Montgomery County, 1777-1778 shows Vincent Hobbs, February 24th, 1788. Recorded in Revolutionary War Record Book, Fincastle, Montgomery Counties, 1775-1788, Page 146.

      Vincent Hobbs Jr., Vincent Hobbs Sr., Bennum Hobbs, and Absalom Hobbs signed the Petition of the Inhabitants of that part of the County of Russell settled in Powells Valley for the division of the County, October 5, 1792.

      It is not known just how long the Hobbs family had been residents of Powells Valley at the above date.
    • 1790 Washington Co., VA Tax List
      Hobbs Joel
      Hobbs Thomas
      Hobbs Vinson Sr.
      Hobbs Vinson Jr.
      Hobbs Ezekiel

      CHRONICLES OF THE Scotch-Irish Settlement IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THE ORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY 1745-1800
      CIRCUIT COURT RECORDS, SECTION "I."
      JUDGMENTS.
      page 76
      Simon Eli vs. Robert and William Davis and Alexr. Wiley--O. S. 36; N. S. 12--Bill 27th October, 1800. In 1771 William McGhee (McGaughey) made a settlement in the Turkey Cove in Powell's Valley in present Lee County, and obtained a certificate from the Commissioners in 1779. James Arbuckle as assignee of Jephtha Messay also obtained a certificate for lands adjoining settled in 1776 which was transferred to defendants. Vincent Hobbs deposes that he first became acquainted with the lands in 1773, and he moved his family into the Cove in 1780 and found Rachel Arbuckle and her family there on a tract she claimed by Jeptha Messay's improvement. In the Spring following all the families moved away because of the Indians being troublesome. John Thompson deposes that in February, 1778, he came to the Turkey Cove to look at a tract he expected to buy. Joseph Head's deposition: Peter Cloud first began to improve the land. Thomas Berry deposed that he knew of McGehee's improvement in 1771. William Collier deposes that in the winter and spring preceding Christian's campaign he remained at the Camp of Thomas Lovelady. William was a hunter and trapper. Thomas Sowers, now called Soward, came in with Messey. The Indians became troublesome and the people had to leave.
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      CHRONICLES OF THE Scotch-Irish Settlement IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THE ORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY 1745-1800
      CIRCUIT COURT RECORDS, SECTION "I."
      JUDGMENTS.
      page 76
      Simon Ely vs. James Thompson--O. S. 36; N. S. 12--(See Eli vs. Davis, supra; same case.) Robert Davis deposes, 1802, that in 1779, he and Alex. Wiley drove cattle to Turkey Cove in Powell's Valley, where they found Peter Cloud living, tending stock for James Thompson. He and Alex continued on to the Cumberland country and then returned. William Collier deposes. David Dryden deposes that in 1771 he removed to the country now called Washington, and came to the house of Thomas Berry. William Blanton deposes, September, 1803, that he has been acquainted with Powell's Valley since 1770 and was on a hunting party there in 1771-1772. He has now been living in the Valley 11-12 years. Vincent Hobbs deposes, 1803, he first became acquainted with the land in 1773 and settled there in 1780. Nathan Richardson deposes, 1804, that he became acquainted with the land in 1770 or 1771 on a hunting trip and met there Thomas Berry and McGehee. Philip Catrine deposes, 1804, that he had been acquainted with the Valley 25 years. Arbuckle was living there then. Vincent Hobbs deposes, 1804, that he first became acquainted in 1770-1771; has lived on the land 17 years. Collier was always called Lying Bill Collier. Robert Preston deposes (brother to Walter Preston). Thomas Berry deposes, September, 1803, that in 1770, or 1771, he went to Powell's Valley with William McGahee, who was then a stranger in the county and went with Thos. on a hunting party. Thomas went up the country after some Buffaloes and when he returned he saw some trees deadened which McGahee claimed as his improvement. McGahee when they went on the hunting party owned a place on Holston bought from one Walling, where he lived about 70 miles from Powell's Valley. Thomas Soward deposes, 1802, is about (56) fifty-six years old; in Russell County; in 1776 he and Jephta Massey, his brother-in-law, settled at Turkey Cove, planted corn, cabbage, peach stone, apple seed and remained on the land until obliged to remove on account of the Indian War. John Hoover deposes, 1804. James Fugate deposes, 1804. Henry Hoover deposes, 1804, that in 1782 he drove Gen. Shelby's stock to range in Turkey Cove. Nathan Richardson aged about sixty-five (65) years, deposes, 1802, that in 1771 he was on a hunting expedition in Powell's Valley and met Thomas Berry, David Carson and William McGahee. Answer states. Jephta Massey made the first settlement, who invited Thomas Sowers to come there who made a settlement. Massey sold to Rachel Arbuckle, who allthough a married woman, being separated from her husband by mutual consent, lived and transacted business as a single woman. Jephtha Massey deposes in Monroe County, 5th November, 1802, in April, 1775 or 1776, he made an improvement on Turkey Cove and remained there until June, when everybody was driven away by the Indians, but returned in the fall.
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      CHRONICLES OF THE Scotch-Irish Settlement IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THE ORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY 1745-1800
      CIRCUIT COURT RECORDS, SECTION "I."
      JUDGMENTS.
      page 109
      Hobbs vs. Hobbs--O. S. 103; N. S. 35--Bill, 2d August, 1805. Orator is James Hobbs. In 1773, orator made a settlement in Washington County, on North Fork of Holston, but left it for some time, during which he was considered dead, but returned and found that his father, Vincent Hobbs, had sold to William Williams. Orator enlisted in a company to go against the Indians, and was on the frontier 21 years, during which time Williams had sold to John Kindrick. John completed his title and died, leaving Thomas Kindrick, Jno. Kindrick, Jno. Burks and Mary, his wife, William Allen and Rachel, his wife, and Elizabeth Kindrick, widow.
    Person ID  I115  Cox-Hobbs-Shoemaker
    Last Modified  10 Sep 2009 

    Father  Nathaniel Barrye Hobbs,   b. 1696, Dorchester, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1747, Dorchester, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Randal 
    Married  1722  Dullingham, Cambridge, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F520  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Hannah Shelby,   b. 1725, Tregaron, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1804, Dryden, Lee Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Rachel Hobbs,   b. 14 Nov 1761, Guilford, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1830, Lee Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Rebecca Hobbs,   b. abt. 1748,   d. 1804
     3. Vincent Hobbs, Jr.,   b. abt. 1750, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Hickory Creek, TN Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. James Hobbs,   b. 16 May 1759,   d. 1847, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Absalom Hobbs,   b. abt. 1755, MD Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Abner Hobbs,   b. abt. 1758
     7. William Hobbs,   b. abt. 1761
     8. Mary Polly Hobbs,   b. abt. 1761,   d. Apr 1823
    >9. Ezekiel Hobbs,   b. abt. 1762, near Hagerstown, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1835, Washington Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Joel Hobbs,   b. abt. 1766
     11. Thomas Hobbs,   b. 1749,   d. 1853, Big Piney, Monroe Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Hannah Hobbs,   b. 1751,   d. 1833
    Last Modified  22 Dec 2007 
    Family ID  F027  Group Sheet