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John Hobbs, farm labourer, son of Edward Hobbs, farmer and Hannah Hobbs [Wood]
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Date
Type
Information
Source
 
13th Jan 1824
Born
In the Parish of Newick, Sussex
 
16th May 1824
Christened
At St. Mary's Church in the Parish of Newick, Sussex
Colin Hobbs' records
 
6th Jun 1841
Census
At Potmans Ford in the Parish of Fletching, Sussex; John Hobbs, M, [Son], age 15, born Sussex
1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
 
30th Mar 1851
Census
At Chelwood House in the Parish of Fletching, Sussex; Son; occupation: employed on farm
1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
 
c 1855
Married
Mary A. Hadfield
 
 
1869
Birth of a daughter
Lucy in the Parish of Fletching, Sussex
1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
 
1879
Recollections
At Sliders Farm
Ashdown Forest dispute
 

During The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882 commoners and land owners were interviewed by the solicitor William Raper. Their comments were recorded in a series of notebooks:

Hobbs, John. 55. At Furners Green. Laborer. Born 13 January 1824 at Newick. When I was a child my Father took Moyses Farm, Fletching, (Sir S. M. Wilson) and remained there till I was 20 or 21 years old. As soon as I was able to work I helped him on the Farm till he left. He had litter and turf regularly every year off the Forest and at times brakes. I often went to fetch them. He always turned out 10 or 12 beast. We then hired Chelwood Farm, Fletching (Lady Shelley). He used the farm 19 or 20 years and I helped him all the time, except 1 year when I was away. We always had litter and turf there and turned out our cows and a beast and sometimes sheep. We also had gravel. I used to cut the litter. When we were at Chelwood Farm, Mr. Turner, the tenant of Colin Godmans, had leave from my Father to bring his litter off the Forest through our Farm and he carried a great deal.

After we gave up that farm I went to Colin Godmans farm for 2 years with my brother William who used it. During that time he had litter off the Forest and at times turned out. I used to see him driving his stock on when I lived at Chelwood Farm. I then returned to Chelwood Farm for 4 years under Mr. Tanner. He had some turf off the Forest. I got it in for him. I think he had no litter because he got plenty off Chelwood Common. He turned out stock at times. I then returned to Colin Godmans for 2 years under Mr. William Martin. He had litter off the Forest. I used to fetch it. I think he did not turn out. I then came to the Sheffield Arms Inn and worked for Mrs Comber who has the land adjoining for 6 years. She had litter 5 years out of the 6 off the Forest. I then came to Sliders Farm where I have been over a year. We have had nothing here in that time.

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3rd Apr 1881
Census
At Perrymans Hill in the Parish of Fletching, Sussex; John Hobbs, M, Head, married, age 56, born Newick; occupation: farm labourer
1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
 
8th Jun 1886
Died
In the Parish of Danehill, Sussex
Colin Hobbs' records
 

Extract from the Sussex Express 8.6.1886

Danehill. Mysterious disappearance. John Hobbs in the employ of T.Chatfield of Portmansford Farm. On Saturday 2 May after work he went to the Sheffield Arms Inn. Remaining till closing time expressing his intention to go to his friends at Newick, he went in that direction and has not been seen since. Probably fell in the Ouse. Lord Sheffield rendered every assistance in search. His brother W. Hobbs of Newhaven has been telegraphed but heard nothing. Since writing the above the body has been found in the river near Newick. As the body was standing perfectly upright and embedded in the mud 3 ft. it is conjectured that the man jumped in. The inquest will be held today Tuesday.

12.6.1886. Inquest on death of John Hobbs, carter of Colin Godmans Farm age 62. Body found by Daniel Watson of Lane End Farm, who got the body out of the water. Ann Hatfield of Colin Godmans, daughter in law, said she lived with him 15 years. He often left home for a week or 10 days and returned again. Ab. Nash home steward to Earl of Sheffield said a tree across the river was removed about a fortnight before. It was a dark night. Albert Stepney of Sheffield Mill left Hobbs after 10 pm he was not drunk. Verdict. Accidental death.


Ancestor's report
Descendent's report
Hobbs, Hobbes, Hobbie, Hobb, Hobs family records
The ancestral pedigree of John Hobbs, farm labourer
  
 James Hobbsm: c 1730Jane 
 b: c 1710
d: June 1768 Buxted, Sussex
bur: 12th Jun 1768 St. Margaret's Church, Buxted, Sussex
  b: c 1710
  
     
 James John William Ann 
 b: 1728
d: April 1806 Maresfield, Sussex
bur: 8th Apr 1806 St Bartholomew Parish Church, Maresfield, Sussex
 b: 1730 Fletching, Sussex
ch: 23rd Jul 1730 St Andrew & St Mary Church
d: November 1800 Maresfield, Sussex
bur: 19th Nov 1800 St Bartholomew Parish Church, Maresfield, Sussex
 b: 1733 Fletching, Sussex
ch: 27th Feb 1733 St Andrew & St Mary Church
d: June 1800 Fletching, Sussex
bur: 9th Jun 1800 St Andrew & St Mary Church, Fletching, Sussex
 b: 1736 Fletching, Sussex
ch: 23rd Feb 1736 St Andrew & St Mary Church
 
             
Great-Great-
Grandfather
record
   
   
   
 William Hobbsm: 4th Dec 1760 St. Margaret's Church, Buxted, SussexAnn May 
 b: 1733 Fletching, Sussex
ch: 27th Feb 1733 St Andrew & St Mary Church
d: June 1800 Fletching, Sussex
bur: 9th Jun 1800 St Andrew & St Mary Church, Fletching, Sussex
  b: c 1740
  
        
 James William Mary Ann Jane John Henry 
 b: c 1762
d: August 1842 Newick, Sussex
bur: 8th Aug 1842 St. Mary's Church, Newick, Sussex
 b: 1763 Buxted, Sussex
ch: 9th Oct 1763 St. Margaret's Church
d: May 1814 Rotherfield, Sussex
bur: 19th May 1814 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
 b: c 1765 b: 1766 Buxted, Sussex
ch: 12th Jan 1766 St. Margaret's Church
d: October 1784 Fletching, Sussex
bur: 21st Oct 1784 St Andrew & St Mary Church, Fletching, Sussex
 b: 1767 Buxted, Sussex
ch: 12th Feb 1767 St. Margaret's Church
d: September 1781 Fletching, Sussex
bur: 2nd Sep 1781 St Andrew & St Mary Church, Fletching, Sussex
 b: 1771 Buxted, Sussex
ch: 17th Apr 1771 St. Margaret's Church
 b: 1774 Buxted, Sussex
ch: 28th Oct 1774 St. Margaret's Church
d: May 1788 Fletching, Sussex
bur: 28th May 1788 St Andrew & St Mary Church, Fletching, Sussex
 
                  
Great-
Grandfather
record
   
   
   
 James Hobbsm: 2nd Jun 1782 St Andrew & St Mary Church, Fletching, SussexSarah Kenward 
 b: c 1762
d: August 1842 Newick, Sussex
bur: 8th Aug 1842 St. Mary's Church, Newick, Sussex
  b: c 1760
d: March 1823 Newick, Sussex
bur: 28th Mar 1823 St. Mary's Church, Newick, Sussex
  
      
 William James Obadiah Edward Sophia 
 b: 1784 Newick, Sussex
ch: 17th Apr 1784 St. Mary's Church
d: November 1835 Newick, Sussex
bur: 11th Nov 1835 St. Mary's Church, Newick, Sussex
 b: 1786 Newick, Sussex
ch: 23rd Oct 1786 St. Mary's Church
d: July 1850 Cuckfield, Sussex
bur: 16th Jul 1850 Cuckfield, Sussex
 b: 1792 Newick, Sussex
ch: 7th Mar 1792 St. Mary's Church
d: November 1860 West Hoathly, Sussex
bur: 30th Nov 1860 St. Margaret's Church, West Hoathly, Sussex
 b: 1793 Newick, Sussex
ch: 15th Dec 1793 St. Mary's Church
d: April 1857 Danehill, Sussex
bur: 20th Apr 1857 All Saints (als Holy Trinity Chapel), Danehill, Sussex
 b: 1798 Newick, Sussex
ch: 1st Jun 1798 St. Mary's Church
 
                
Grandfather
record
   
   
   
 Edward Hobbs
farmer
m: 30th Jun 1822 St. Anne, Lewes, SussexHannah Wood 
 b: 1793 Newick, Sussex
ch: 15th Dec 1793 St. Mary's Church
d: April 1857 Danehill, Sussex
bur: 20th Apr 1857 All Saints (als Holy Trinity Chapel), Danehill, Sussex
  b: 1792 Maresfield, Sussex
d: May 1862 Danehill, Sussex
bur: 12th May 1862 All Saints (als Holy Trinity Chapel), Danehill, Sussex
  
      
 Harriet John James William Ellen 
 b: 1822 Newick, Sussex
ch: 22nd Jul 1822 St. Mary's Church
 b: 13th Jan 1824 Newick, Sussex
ch: 16th May 1824 St. Mary's Church
d: 8th Jun 1886 Danehill, Sussex
 b: 1826 Fletching, Sussex
ch: 9th Apr 1826 St Andrew & St Mary Church
 b: 1829 Fletching, Sussex
ch: 20th Sep 1829 St Andrew & St Mary Church
d: 15th Jan 1897 Rottingdean, Sussex
bur: 17th Jan 1897 Rottingdean, Sussex
 b: 1832 Fletching, Sussex
ch: 20th Jan 1832 St Andrew & St Mary Church
 
              
Parental
record
   
   
   
 John Hobbs
farm labourer
m: c 1855Mary A. Hadfield 
 b: 13th Jan 1824 Newick, Sussex
ch: 16th May 1824 St. Mary's Church
d: 8th Jun 1886 Danehill, Sussex
  b: 1833 Fletching, Sussex
d: November 1881 Danehill, Sussex
bur: 27th Nov 1881 All Saints (als Holy Trinity Chapel), Danehill, Sussex
  
  
 Lucy 
 b: 1869 Fletching, Sussex 
Family
record

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