The Hobbs Family of Kensington London

THOMAS HOBBS was born in 1835 in Kensington London and was a Smith at the time of his marriage to EMMA DAY in 1854.They were married on 10th September 1854 at Trinity Church which is situated in the Parish Of St Marylebone. His place of residence was given as Buckingham Place whereas Emma's was given as the Trinity District

His father was also called THOMAS HOBBS and on the marriage certificate of Thomas and Emma he gives his occupation as Contractor.

In May 2006, I had access to the 1851 Census  for the Kensington area of London and located the family at the address 3 Upper Holland Street, Kensington, London (PRO Ref Ho 107 1468 Folio 19 Page 18/98)  

THOMAS HOBBS Married 40 Male Kensington London Scavenger
SUSAN HOBBS Married 40 Female Kensington London  
THOMAS HOBBS Son 15 Male Kensington London Errand Boy
ELIZA HOBBS Dau 13 Female Kensington London  
ELIZABETH HOBBS Dau 12 Female Kensington London  
JOHN HOBBS Son 11 Male Kensington London  
MARY HOBBS Dau 5 Female Kensington London  
GEORGE HOBBS Son 4 Male Kensington London  

Details of THOMAS HOBBS twenty and thirty years later can be found by following the link. His eldest son THOMAS looks as though he is head of the company by 1881 with his father retiring.

The mother SUSAN HOBBS lived to be 66 years of age. She died on 24th January 1879 at 31 Holland Street Kensington London. The cause of death was given as Bronchitis and Pleuritus. The informant is her "daughter" EMMA HOBBS. I believe that this is in fact her daughter in law EMMA HOBBS. She made her entry by a "X" which indicated that Emma never did learn to write. She was present at death and gives her address as 18 Wharf Road Paddington London.  The house where SUSAN died still exists just off Kensington High Street.

Two photos of the Thomas HOBBS business - Paddington London (Date Unknown)

Interestingly it looks as though at least one of this sons entered the business. The 1881 Census gives the following information with regard to Thomas's younger brother  JOHN HOBBS and his family

Dwelling   123 O Street London, Middlesex, England  Family History Library Film   1341020
Public Records Office Reference   RG11/ Piece / Folio   0088 / 137 Page Number   17


Status Age



John HOBBS  Head - M 41 Contractors Foreman Kensington Middlesex
Eliza HOBBS Wife - M 31   Paddington, Middlesex, England
John HOBBS Son 12 Scholar Paddington, Middlesex, England
Eliza HOBBS Daughter 10 Scholar Paddington, Middlesex, England
Thos. HOBBS Son 8 Scholar Paddington, Middlesex, England
Harriet HOBBS Daughter 6 Scholar Paddington, Middlesex, England
Henry HOBBS Son 4 Scholar Paddington, Middlesex, England
Mary HOBBS Daughter 2   Chelsea, Middlesex, England

The 1881 Census also gives the following details of the youngest brother GEORGE HOBBS and his family

Dwelling   6 Green Street London, Middlesex, England Family History Library Film   1341001
Public Records Office Reference   RG11/ Piece / Folio   0004 / 66 Page Number   15

Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation

George HOBBS         Head     M       Male       34   Kensington, Middlesex, England      Wheelwright    
Elizabeth HOBBS      Wife      M       Female    35   Kensington, Middlesex, England
Elizabeth HOBBS      Dau                  Female    15   Kensington, Middlesex, England      Ironer    
Susan HOBBS           Dau                  Female    13   Paddington, Middlesex, England       Scholar
William HOBBS        Son                   Male         7   Paddington, Middlesex, England       Scholar  
Ann F.ARCHER         Boarder           Female    53   Littleton, Middlesex, England           Ironer    
John M. FARCHER  Boarder           Male       17   Kensington, Middlesex, England      Groom D    
James BROCK          Boarder  M     Male       67   Marylebone, Middlesex, England     Wharf Labourer    
Mary BROCK           Boarder  M     Female    68   Marylebone, Middlesex, England     Ironer

It is difficult to discern whether or not GEORGE is involved in the family business

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