Joshua Hobbs, Sr. (1742 - 1813)

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Birthplace: Frederick, Maryland, USA
Death: Died in Henderson, Nelson, Kentucky, USA
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About Joshua Hobbs, Sr. b. 22 July 1742 or 23 July 1741, probably Anne Arundel Co., Md., may have d. in Henderson Co., Ky., where his last wife is said to have died in 1818. He first appears on the tax lists of Nelson Co., Ky., in 1786, a year after his son Eli.

Joshua's wife Elizabeth was Elizabeth (Compton?) Briscoe, to whose children some of his were married. Elizabeth died in about 1797 and on 23 Dec. 1803, in Nelson Co., Ky., Joshua married Christian Brittingham (Hill) Aydelott, b. 22 Dec. 1752 (dau. of Joshua Hill by a dau. of John Brittingham of Worcester Co., Md.) after Elizabeth's death (in about 1797).


source of info: JOSHUA AND JOSEPH HOBBS, SONS OF JOHN HOBBS AND ELIZABETH compiled by Robert P. Moore

There is no evidence that Joshua had children either by Mrs. Elizabeth Briscoe or by Mrs. Christian Brittingham Hill Aydelott. (Since Joshua and wife Elizabeth sold land in Frederick Co., Md., in November 1786, it is interesting to note that their marriage bond is recorded in Nelson Co., Ky., on 4 Apr. 1786. They must have journeyed back to Maryland in that same year to dispose of their lands.) Other than the cases of daughters for whom consent appears in marriage bonds, family tradition is the only basis for most of the following children being assigned to Joshua Hobbs,

Family tradition has it that the mother of his children was Margaret Sellman, dau. of Charles Sellman and Elizabeth Gassaway, and, indeed, in 1784 he and a wife Margaret sold land in Frederick Co. Deeds prove that the Sellmans lived near the Hobbses in both Anne Arundel Co. and Frederick Co., Md., and one finds Sel(l)man as a first name among his descendants.

Quote from the Burckhardt Bible: "Joshua Hobbs, Senior, was born July 22, 1742 and in April 1824 a minute estimation was made of his descendants amounting in all to 232 souls living. Remarks: This estimation was made in Mo. Joshua Hobbs was born & married in Maryland. His daughter Elizabeth married Chris B. in Md. and moved to Kentucky in 1795 and to Mo. in 1808."

  Both Joshua and his brother Joseph were Nelson Co., Ky., representatives and electors for the Senate for 1792 under the first constitution of Kentucky.  This fact may be found in the Kentucky Historical Society Publication Kentucky in Retrospect:  Noteworthy Personages and Events in Kentucky History, 1792-1967.  Joshua Hobbs was recommended to the governor of Virginia as a magistrate in Nelson Co. (then Virginia) on 27 Apr. 1786.  On 11 Sept. 1792 he was appointed a justice of the peace of Nelson Co., Ky., by Gov. Isaac Shelby.
  Joshua Hobbs's first acquisition of land in Nelson Co. is recorded on 24 May 1788 in Deed Book 2, p. 2.  He purchased 422 acres "on the hedd waters of Wilsons Creek" from Samuel Pearman for œ184.
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Joshua Hobbs, Sr.'s Timeline

July 22, 1742
Frederick, Maryland, USA
Age 17
Age 18
Frederick, Maryland
December 3, 1765
Age 23
Frederick Town, Frederick Cty, MD
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October, 1775
Age 33
April 16, 1783
Age 40