Person:Jose Hobson (1)

Sheriff Jose K Hobson
  • F.  George Hobson (add)
  • M.  Sally (add)
  1. Sheriff Jose K Hobson1816 - 1878
m. 1 Oct 1837
  1. Benjamin Franklin Hobson1838 - 1839
  2. Sarah Catherine Hobson1840 - 1898
  3. James Perry Hobson1843 -
  4. Margaret Ann Hobson1846 -
  5. Jacob Elijah Hobson1849 - 1929
  6. George Lafayette Hobson1852 - 1932
  7. Walter March Hobson1854 - 1925
Facts and Events
Name[1][2][3] Sheriff Jose K Hobson
Alt Name[4] Joseph Hobson
Gender Male
Birth? 18 Feb 1816 Clinton, Ohio, United States
Marriage 1 Oct 1837 Henry, Indiana, United Statesto Catherine Gouchenour
Death? 24 Aug 1878 Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, United States
Burial[1] Emshwiller Cemetery, Hartford City, Blackford, Indiana, United States
  1. 1.0 1.1 Jose K Hobson, in Find A Grave.

    [as of 12 Oct 2013, no headstone photo]

  2. Unknown Source.

    [this was publicly posted from an unnamed Hobson Family History Book - need to find accurate title and create a better citation]
    Jose K., son of George and Sally Hobson, was born February 18, 1816. He was married to Catharine Gochnauer, October 1, 1837, at New Castle, Indiana. A year or two later he purchased a farm in Blackford County, Indiana, where they made their home until the year 1870. He sold this farm and bought a piece of ground near the city of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; there he and his wife spent the remaining years of their lives. In 1851, Jose K. Hobson received the commission from Governor Wright to act as Sheriff of Blackford county. In this official capacity he served the people with entire satisfaction, and credit to himself; at all times keeping in mind that "honesty is the best policy". Honesty being a feature that marked the entire life of this respected pioneer. He died August 24, 1878. His remains were laid to rest in. the Gochnauer cemetery in Blackford County, Indiana, where the bodies of many of our family relatives await the resurrection. ...
    [Note: burial location does not match Find A Grave]

  3. Unknown Source.

    [from Blackford County Historical Society - needs better citation]
    Paging through Marriage Book A in the County Clerk's Office, we noticed a rather strange name, Jose K. Hobson. The surname is not unusual, but the first, Jose, was. Was that short for Joseph, Josiah, Josephus? He was a Justice of the Peace and performed several marriages. We wanted to know more about him.
    We decided the first place to look was in the census records. These are on microfilm in most public libraries, and can also be seen in the Blackford County Museum library. The earliest census available for Blackford County is 1840. We soon find Jose listed as the head of household. Later records show that his wife was Catharine Gochnauer and their children were Benjamin F, Sarah Catherine, James Perry, Margaret Ann, Jacob Elijah, George Lafayette, and Walter March.
    Jose K. Hobson is not listed in the biographical index of the the 1887 Blackford-Jay Counties History however in the third chapter lists early settlers, and sure enough, there on page 722, read -
    "Jose K. Hobson, a pioneer of Harrison Township, sold liquor contrary to law, but was led to reform. He later removed to Allen County where he died."
    Now that's interesting!
    Page 725 in the chapter on County Government, tells us -
    "Ordered, by the Board of County Commissioners, that Jose K. Hobson be licensed to vend merchandise in Blackford County, Indiana for the term of one year from this date, Licensed by Mr. Jacob Brugh, Clerk of Blackford County." The date was early 1839.
    The next page reveals that our man was one of the Grand Jurors at the very first session of the Circuit Court. In the list of Sheriffs, we note that Jose K. Hobson filled this office from 1850 to 1853.
    We do not know if Jose K. Hobson was five feet six inches or six feet five inches tall, smooth faced or bearded, blue-eyed or brown, but we can make some very good assumptions as to the kind of man he was from the foregoing information.
    Mr. Hobson was far-seeing and adventurous or he would not have left his parental home to come to an unsettled, swampy, forested area as Blackford County was in the 1830's. He was a man of integrity and esteemed by his fellow countians as witness his appointments to offices of authority. And he was a man open to change - he sold liquor, but was "led to reform".
    We don't have a picture of Jose K. Hobson, but we have a good "picture" of him.

  4. Joseph [sic] Hobson, in Shinn, Benjamin G ed. Blackford and Grant counties, Indiana: a chronicle of their people past and present with family lineage and personal memoirs. (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co, 1914)
    I : pg number needed.

    ... Joseph [sic] and Catherine (Goghnauer) Hobson, who were born in the Shenandoah valley of Virginia, where they were members of a German colony that had there been founded in an early day. Of the same ancestral line in Lieutenant Hobson, who won distinction in the United States Navy at the time of the Spanish-American war and who is now member of Congress from the State of Georgia. The marriage of Joseph [sic] Hobson and Catherine Goghnauer was celebrated in Henry county, Indiana, where the respective families settled in the pioneer days. Soon after marriage Joseph [sic] Hobson and his father-in-law decided to remove into the wilds of northern Indiana, and in 1837 they thus became residents of Blackford county. They established their home in the center of the county and they located the county seat, but they did not have sufficient financial reinforcement to exploit their effort, with the result that other persons established the county seat at Hartford City, a few miles distant.
    Samuel Goghnauer improved a farm in Jackson township, reclaiming the same from the virgin forest, and there the remains of himself and his noble wife rest in the little family cemetery on their old homestead. Joseph [sic] Hobson later removed to Allen county, and he and his wife died near the city of Fort Wayne, each having passed the age of three score years. Mr. Hobson was originally a whig and later a republican, and he was a staunch abolitionist in the days prior to the Civil war. ...
    [cos1776 Note: This text incorrectly refers to Jose K Hobson as "Joseph Hobson".]