Phillip Hobbs, Snr, SV/PROG (c.1792 - 1870)

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Birthplace: Weymouth, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Cape, South Africa
Managed by: Alison Bosch
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Immediate Family

About Phillip Hobbs, Snr, SV/PROG

Born: Jul 1792, Weymouth, England.

Marriage (1): Charity Francis on 7 Nov 1814 in Westbury Parish Church, Wiltshire, U.K.

Marriage (2): Jane Mary Randall on 18 Jun 1829 in Grahamstown, Cape Province, Rsa.

Marriage (3): Martha Kemp on 26 Oct 1841 in Grahamstown, Cape Province, Rsa.

Died: 24 Nov 1870, Bathurst, Cape Province, Rsa. aged 78 13

JAMES' PARTY

No. 35 on the Colonial Department list, led by Samuel James, a carpenter of Westbury, Wiltshire. This was a joint-stock party, recommended and financially aided by the parish authorities and the 'gentlemen of Westbury', and was initially organised under the direction of Samuel Watson. James proposed that he should take over the direction of the party after Watson and several others decided not to emigrate, and the remainder of the group then amalgamated with the remainder of a party from Frome in the neighbouring county of Somersetshire. The Frome contingent - Bartlett, Hayward, Randall and Usher - belonged to a group organised at first under the leadership of Stephen Bourne, who was arrested for debt and replaced as leader by John Colston. Colston, an army pensioner, was recalled to his regiment when England was threatened with civil disturbances after Peterloo, and the party disintegrated. Another late addition who was absorbed by James' group was Philip Pinnock, who had planned to lead a party from Beckingham.

A philanthropic gentleman of Frome, T Bunn (his official standing in the parish, if any, is not clear) conducted most of the correspondence with the Colonial Department on the Frome emigrants' behalf. According to Bunn, many of the town's 10,000 inhabitants were unemployed and eager to emigrate; a local pensioner phrased it more vividly - 'This Town is all a tiptoe to go to the Cape of Good Hope'.

Deposits were paid for 12 men, and James travelled to Portsmouth to see his party aboard HM Store Ship Weymouth before returning to Westbury to fetch his wife, who had recently given birth to twin boys. She and one of the infants died on board the Weymouth before the ship left Portsmouth; the second infant died soon after putting to sea.

The Weymouth left Portsmouth on 7 January 1820, reaching Table Bay on 26 April. Four more children of the party died during the voyage: two children of Philip Hobbs (one an infant born at sea), a son of Philip Pinnock and a daughter of Robert Rogers. A daughter of James Usher, christened Eliza Weymouth, was born at sea on 10 March. The Weymouth reached Algoa Bay on 15 May and the party was located on an arm of the Lynedoch River, naming its location Bethany.

LIST OF JAMES' PARTY

BANKS, William 23. Basket maker. w Sarah 22. c James 2, William.

BARTER (or BARTLETT), William 22. Gardener.

HAYWARD, James 39. Labourer. w Tabitha 37. c Samuel 17, John 13, Elizabeth 11, Selina 9, William 4, Eliza 2.

HINTON, Richard 39. Blacksmith. w Sarah 36. c Rebecca 10, George 7, Leonard 4, Jane.

HOBBS, Philips 26. Gardener. w Charity 25. c Daniel 3, Sarah 1 (died at sea),

another child (born and died at sea).

JAMES, Samuel 31. Carpenter. w Elizabeth 33 (died at Portsmouth). c Edward 8, Elizabeth 5, Stephen 2,

Thomas (died at Portsmouth), Samuel William (died at sea).

LANHAM, Thomas 30. Tiler and plasterer. w Elizabeth 27. c Mary Ann.

PINNOCK, Philip 32. Farmer. w Betsey 26. c Harriet 3, Joseph 1 (died at sea).

RANDALL, James 44. Labourer. w Rebecca 33. c Mary 14, Jane 9, Elizabeth 7, James 3, Sarah 1.

ROGERS, Robert 25. Carpenter. w Sarah 26. c Rebecca 4, Emma 1 (died at sea).

USHER, James 36. Bricklayer and carpenter. w Sarah 36. c Elizabeth 16, Joseph 14, Ann 11, Sophia 9, John 7, James 5, Fanny 2, Eliza Weymouth (born at sea).

WARREN, Thomas 44. Cordwainer and gardener, late seaman. w Mary 42. c James 14.

Main sources for party list

Return of settlers under the direction of Samuel James (Cape Archives CO 6138/1,101); Muster-roll and Log of HMSS Weymouth (Public Record Office, London).

Below is the will of Philip HOBBS, LEER VOLUME_NO

7/1/314 at Cape Archives which I thought might be of

wider interest because of some other names mentioned.

Sue

In the name of God Amen. Know all men by these present

that I Philip HOBBS of Bathurst in the District of

Albany, Farmer, being of sound and disposing mind,

memory and understanding and being desirous of making

and executing my last will and testament; wherefore

hereby revoking and annulling all wills and codicils

and other testamentary acts heretofore executed by me

declaring this present deed to be and contain my only

last will and testament in manner following, that is

to say:

1stly I declare to give and bequeath unto my dear wife

Martha HOBBS (born KEMP) and my youngest son Benjamin

Kemp HOBBS certain landed property situated at

Bathurst in the District of Albany as purchased by me

from one Thomas BIDDULPH, known as the 'Drostdy' as

their absolute and free property.

2ndly I declare to give and bequeath unto my said wife

Martha HOBBS the whole of the usufruct interest

profits rents and enjoyment which may arise from the

rest and residue of the remainder of my Estate and

effects which I may die possessed of, whether moveable

or immoveable,and wherever situated nothing excepted

to be used held and enjoyed by her during the term of

her natural life, and after her decease then I

decalare to give and bequeath the said estate and

effects in the manner following, that is to say:

1st I declare to give to my four daughters Charity now

married to one Edward BROWN, Mary Anne now married to

one Samuel MILES, Sarah and Elizabeth certain two

Erven Nos. 11 & 12 with the buildings thereon situated

at Bathurst aforesaid bequeathed to me by one Mr.

MUGGLETON now deceased and also certain three Erven

Nos. 8, 9 & 10 also situated at Bathurst on the Kowie

Road purchased by me from one Thomas HARTLEY as their

free and absolute property to be divided between them

in equal shares and proportions.

2ndly unto my three sons Philip, James and Thomas

HOBBS I declare to give and bequeath certain landed

property situated at Reit Fontein in the District of

Lower Albany being one third share and interest in the

landed property bought by me jointly with Edward BROWN

and Thomas BROWN from Charles PENNY the younger as

their absolute and free property to be divided between

them in equal shares and proportions.

3rdly I declare to have already given to my eldest son

William HOBBS his portion.

4thly I declare to give and bequeath unto Sarah Anne

KEMP daughter of my said wife the sum of fifty pounds

sterling to be paid out of the moveable effects of my

said estate.

5thly I declare to give and bequeath the rest residue

and remainder of my said estate and effects of what

nature or kind soever unto all my said children to be

divided between them in equal shares and proportions.

3rdly I declare it to be my will that in case one or

more of my said children shall claim to be entitled to

his or her inheritance and demand payment thereof

during the life of the said Martha HOBBS or in any way

act contrary to this my last will then and in such

case I institute such child or children in his or her

or their legitimate portion only and the residue of

his or her or their inheritance shall devolve upon and

be the absolute property of the said Martha HOBBS.

4thly I declare to nominate and appoint my said wife

Martha HOBBS and Edward BROWN of Bathurst to be the

Executrix and Executor of this will and Administratrix

and Administrator of my estate and effects giving and

hereby granting to them all such power and authority

required in Law especially those of Assumption,

Substitution and Surrogation.

5thly I declare my will to be that my said Executrix

and Executor shall not be required to lodge with the

Master of the Supreme Court of this Colony any

Inventory whatever of my estate and effects.

Lastly I declare to reserve to myself the power from

time to time to make all such alterations in and

additions to this will that I may think fit.

All of which I declare to be my last will and

testament desiring that it may have effect as such or

as a codicil or in such manner that may be found to

consist with Law.

In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand at

Graham's Town the 22nd day of January 1852.

Philip HOBBS

Witnessed by C. HAW, Rich'd AUSTEN

-------------------- Travelled on Weymouth to South Africa in 1820 with wife Charity

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Phillip Hobbs, Snr, SV/PROG's Timeline

1792
July 1792
Weymouth, Dorset, England
1817
1817
Age 24
Wiltshire, England
1818
November 5, 1818
Age 26
1819
1819
Age 26
Wiltshire, England
1821
March 13, 1821
Age 28
Cape, South Africa
1823
December 7, 1823
Age 31
Bathurst, South Africa
1825
December 5, 1825
Age 33
Cape, South Africa
1829
June 18, 1829
Age 36
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
June 18, 1829
Age 36
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa