Charles Lavell Hobbs

ID # 3695, (1887-1889)
FatherRichard Hobbs (1845-1916)
MotherLida Bowman (1851-1889)
BirthCharles Lavell Hobbs was born on 20 November 1887 at Village of Niagara Falls, Welland County, Ontario. 
DeathHe died on 29 March 1889 at Village of Niagara Falls, Welland County, at age 1. 
BurialHe was buried on 1 April 1990 at Drummond Hill Cemetery. 
NoteBirth reg. 037840-87 Village of Niagara Falls, Welland County
Charles Lavell Hobbs born November 20th 1887. Parents Richard Hobbs, clergyman, and Lida Bowman. Informant Rev. Richard Hobbs, Village of Niagara Falls.

Death reg. 018518-89 Village of Niagara Falls, Welland County
Charles L. Hobbs died 29th March 1889. Age 16 months. Infant. Methodist. Born Village of Niagara Falls. Bronchitis, two months. Informant Marsena Morse, undertaker, Niagara Falls South.

Charles short life is commemorated on the family's gravestone in Section A of Fairview Cemetery in Niagara Falls, Ontario. William Dalton's ledgers, however, tell of his burial in Drummond Hill Cemetery and this is probably correct. See discussion of this in the notes for Charles' mother, Lida Bowman, for there is another possibility.

As for the child's original burial in Drummond Hill Cemetery, see Burial Records and Notations of William Dalton, 1845-1916, published by Douglas A. Robbins of St. Catharines in 1991, page 87. Dalton shows the burial of Rev. Mr. R. Hobb's child on April 1st. The child is not named, but this agrees with the Morse Funeral Home records as indexed by the Niagara branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. The index shows the purchaser of the funeral as Rev. R. Hobbs and the name of the person being buried as Charles Lovell Hobbs. This is recorded in Morse's record book 6, page 47.

Two points of interest are to be found in William Dalton's comments. The first is that the clergyman performing the service was Rev. Charles Lavell. The second point of interest is that the child was buried in a lot where a Mr. Grey was buried. He was the father of Mrs. M. Morse. This was done with the permission of Mrs. Morse. The funeral home had just obtained a child's hearse and this was taken out for the first time for the funeral of Charles. A burial site for Mr. Grey has not been found.

As for the clergyman for whom Charles Lavell Hobbs was named, he died two years later on April 29, 1891, in Stamford Township, and is buried in Section A of Fairview Cemetery in the present day city of Niagara Falls, Ontario.

A further note:

Charles' wife was Margaret Morrill, the daughter of Simeon Morrill, mayor of London. She died in Port Hope in 1848 and she does appear in a transcription of Fairview Cemetery as being buried with her husband. Since 1848 was long before the establishment of Fairview Cemetery, this is open to some doubt. For purposes of this tale, however, refer to Lawrence Lawrason (junior) in this tree, 1802-1882, and note the story of the donnybrook that Simeon Morrill got into with Lawrence. It's certainly a lively story. 
Last Edited24 Jul 2018