About William Hobbs
From Hobbs_Family_California by Pati Perrault (dated Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009)
12. William Hobbs B. c. 1760 MD D. Oct. 22, 1793 (killed by Indians)
1788 Russell Co. VA tax = 1 poll
Russell Co. VA D.B. 1: May 22, 1792 - William Hobbs witnessed the deed between James Parberry and John Henderson, which had been a 1000 acre patent dated Nov. 30, 1784, on both sides of north fork of Clinch River, by the KY Road, near the Flat Lick, crossing the north fork near the foot of Powell Mountain, on Poor Valley Knobs.
Was enlisted by Col. Arthur Campbell for two months for relief against the Indians in Powell's Valley.
Dec. 19, 1793 in a letter from Cap. Andrew Lewis Jr. to the Governor of Virginia - described a party of 20 men were formed in October to go after several Indians, whose signs had been found near the settlements. The company was formed under Capt. James Hawkins. When they found signs of several Indians, Hawkins ordered several of his men to return to the settlement and warn the inhabitants. These men refused. Then Hawkins decided he would return with several men and leave the rest of the company with a scout Samuel Oxer (Auxier). These men proceed up the trail in an unorganized manner, shooting game, although they had found evidence of at least ten Indians in the area. Apparently the Indians heard the noise and ambushed these men, killing four - by the names of Hobbs (William), Stennett, Fowler, and Knowles.
Dec. 24, 1793 in a letter from Cap. Lewis to James Wood, Lt. Governor of Virginia - information collected respecting the loss of his troops on the 22nd of October last - Horses had been stolen by Indians camped over Cumberland Mountain and Capt. Hawkins had taken a party of 19 men out in order to find these Indians. After going 40 miles, he found signs of several Indians making toward the settlements. He proposed 4 men return and report these signs and give warning. The men refused, but a non-commissioned officer said he would return if Hawkins went with him. He did so after directing the remaining 15 men to follow the trail and then go north back to the settlements. After another 35 miles, they spotted signs of up to ten Indians and followed these for another day and a half. They did not respect the signs and did not follow orders, firing at everything they met until discovered by the enemy who had superior numbers. Four soldiers were killed. This area is somewhere in KY - across Cumberland Mountain, but in area unknown.