Richard Hobbs

ID # 927, (1845-1916)
BirthRichard Hobbs was born on 2 December 1845 at England. 
MarriageHe married Lida Bowman in 1878.
A marriage registration has not been found nor any mention of the Hobbs-Bowman marriage in a newspaper or periodical. The year for their marriage, 1878 as shown, is approximate and based on their first recorded child being born in 1879.
MarriageHe married Elizabeth Delight Buckberrough, daughter of Daniel Buckberrough and Eliza Taylor, on 7 October 1890 at Berlin, Ontario.
012155-90 Berlin, Waterloo Co. 7 Oct. 1890. Richard Hobbs, 37, clergyman, widower, residing Tillsonburg, born England, parents James Hobbs and Mary Saunders. Elizabeth Delight Fellman, 37, widow, residing Berlin, born Canada. Parents Daniel Buckberrough and Eliza Taylor. Witnesses Helen Buckberrough, Waterloo, and F.C. Howell, Berlin. Both bride and groom were Methodists. Clergyman Rev. J. E. Howell.

DeathHe died on 7 March 1916 at 20 Meagher Ave., York Township, York Co., at age 70. 
BurialHe was buried on 9 March 1916 at Fairview Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Ontario. 
NoteRichard Hobbs was born 2 December, 1845, in England, and came to Canada in 1870, according to the 1901 census taken at Wingham, Ontario. His second marriage to Delight Buckberrough tells that his parents were James Hobbs and Mary Saunders. He was a Methodist minister. (When son Allan was married in 1922, the form asked for the birthplace of his father. This seems to be written in by the officiating clergyman and it may be Lancashire, but, other than 'England', the actual location is illegible. Such sources as are available to us would appear to suggest that Richard was born In Devon.)

A marriage registration for Richard Hobbs and Lida Bowman (birth name Lydia) has not been found, but we may say that they met no later than 1875, for Lydia's sister Maria was married on December 29th of that year to a John Wesley Gerrie in Waterloo Township and the witnesses were Richard Hobbs of Montreal and Lydia Bowman of Waterloo Township.

Richard served in a number of Methodist churches around Ontario. Something of the path of his career is shown in the birth places of his children. For a time, he served at Lundy's Lane Methodist Church at Niagara Falls and it was in Fairview Cemetery where he and some of his family is buried. (See notes under Lida.)

What follows is not likely an exact history of his career, but gives some idea of the congregations that he served:

1879, Acton, Halton County, where Jennie was born.

1881 and 1883, Blenheim Twp, Oxford County, probably at the village of Washington, where William and George were born.

1884, Brantford Township, apparently at Mt. Pleasant, where Laura was born.

1886 and 1887, Niagara Falls Village, where Allan and Charles were born. He apparently served in Lundy's Lane Methodist Church and not likely far from the old village of Drummondville.

1889, Tillsonburg in Oxford County. The death registration does not say so, but the Christian Guardian obituary for Lida says that she died at the Methodist parsonage in Tilsonburg.

1892, Brantford, where Alberta was born.

The family was in Wingham in Huron County at the time of the 1901 census.

Lida died in 1889 and he then married Elizabeth Delight Buckberrough in 1890 and had a daughter, Alberta Delight, in 1892.

Death reg. 039328-16 York Township, York Co.
Richard Hobbs, age 70, born England, parents unknown, died March 7, 1916, at 20 Meagher Age. Buried Niagara Falls. Clergyman. Married. Informant N.B. Cobbledick, 1508 Danforth Ave.

The death notice in the Toronto Globe, dated March 8, 1916, states that Richard died March 7, 1916, and that a service would be held at his home at 10:30, Thursday (March 9) and that interment would take place at Niagara Falls upon arrival there of the train at 4:15.

See notes under Lida for something of the family's burial history. 

Children of Richard Hobbs and Lida Bowman

Child of Richard Hobbs and Elizabeth Delight Buckberrough

Last Edited22 May 2018