William John 1889 - 1959 and Hannah Maria HOBBS 1891 - 1976  

William John ("Will") Hobbs was born on the 25th September 1889, at North Wharf Road, in the Parish of St Mary's, Paddington, London. He married Hannah Maria James who was the daughter of Evan James and Mary Ann Harris. Hannah Maria James was born on the 27th February 1891, to Evan James , a colliery timber man and Mary Ann Harris, at 30 Jenkin Street, Cap Coch, Aberdare, Glamorgan, in South Wales. (GRO reference March 1891 quarter Merthyr Tydfil Vol 11a Page 699)

Hannah had been married before to a David James Jones and this marriage conceived a daughter Doris May Jones. Tragically, the father  was killed in a pit accident,  shortly before her birth

Doris May Jones was born on the 26th June 1910 to David James Jones and Hannah Maria James, at 20 Gwyddon Road, Abercarn Nr Newport, Monmouthshire. Following her mothers second marriage to William John Hobbs she became a stepdaughter, and stepsister to William and his children with Hannah. (Copy entry of this birth from Somerset House ref 88311 folio 250, registered 8th August 1910 in the registration district of Newport, Monmouthshire). Doris was 27 when she married Henry Bone a bachelor born 1906 a bakery salesman of 98 Howard Road, Barking, Essex, the son of Henry Bone (deceased), At the time of the marriage at the Church of St Helen and St Giles Church in Rainham, Essex on the 19th October 1937, Doris was resident at 16 Ashwood Avenue, Rainham, Essex. (Certified copy of the entry of this marriage ref: 346328 folio21.)

Doris sadly died of cancer on 1st May 1963 at the relatively young age of 42

William John and Hannah Maria Hobbs had the following four children:

1. Edward John Hobbs was born on 1st August 1916 in the East End of London. He married Susan Linnel (born on the 10th June 1916) at St. Margaretís Church in Barking Essex, on the 9th March 1940. They had no children. Edward died at Barking Essex in his sleep on 7th November 1975 and  was cremated at East London Crematorium. Susan died in March 2005 in Havering Essex at the age of 89

Note: East London Cemetery Company was formed in 1871 to provide and maintain a burial ground for the local population within East London. Seven local businessmen set up the now 32 acre cemetery, which accepted its first funeral service on 8 August 1872.
The company underwent a re-organisation in 1888 to become a limited company. A crematorium was added in 1954, together with an ornamental rose garden. The Cemetery and Crematoria is at Grange Road Plaistow London

2. Clement Augustus Hobbs born 9th December 1924 in Limehouse, London. Clem lived to be 87 years of age before passing away on 1st October 2012 in Horrington, Wells, Somerset

Clem with his brothers Gabrial and Eddie

3. Gabriel Hobbs was born on 21st April 1923. He married Maria Giovanna Chinelli (born 9th October 1927) at Casano di Puglia Italy on 27th March 1947. He met his wife whilst serving with the British Army in Italy during the Second World War. They had a daughter and two sons by the marriage. Gabriel died on 6th May 1985 aged 62 and is buried in Upney Cemetery Barking Essex

4. Ivor Hobbs was the youngest of the four brothers but until April 2007 I knew nothing about his life. A second cousin contacted me and kindly provided me with a copy of both Ivor's birth and sadly his death certificate. Ivor was born on 22nd May 1929 in the Maternity Hospital Commercial Road Barking but died three weeks later (11th June 1929) in the same hospital.  The cause of death was given as simply as prematurity. A rather sobering thought given the massive strides that have been made in recent years with regard to premature births

At the time of Ivor's birth the family were living at 50 Bifrons Street, Barking, Essex with William's occupation being given as Engine Fireman,

The photograph on the left shows two of my Grandad's brothers. Will is the one kneeling and his older brother Tom (James Thomas) standing. At the time the photograph (circa 1906) was taken the family had moved from Paddington London to Tylorstown in  the Rhonda Valley in South Wales to work as coal miners in the local colleries












The photograph below shows William sitting with his wife Hannah ("Annie") and his mother Elizabeth Margaret Hobbs. From the details available I would say that the photograph was taken in the early 1930's

In February 2007 I received a marvelous photo of Hannah that was taken at sometime prior to the First World War

William John Hobbs died 14th December 1959, at 2, Edgefield Avenue, Upney Lane, Barking. Essex and his wife Annie (Hannah Maria) died seventeen years later on 23rd December 1976 at 24 Dorset Crescent, Gravesend, Kent. Annie's funeral took place eight days later on New Years Eve 1976 and she was laid to rest alongside her husband at Rippleside Cemetery, in section Y, grave no 147. William was the second of the Hobbs Brothers to die after Edgar twelve years earlier in 1947. The cemetery is situated on Ripple Road Barking Essex and the first burial took place in October 1886. According to recent reports the cemetery is nearly full and no further burials will occur there.

In June 2012 I was kindly passed this information which was in "England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966"

The next photograph shows my dad's Uncle Will and Aunt Annie sitting together outside a caravan but to date I do not have any details of time and location.


The next photograph shows Will and Annie together as a couple

There is also a photograph of Aunt Annie taken at the family wedding of William's granddaughter (and Gabriel's daughter) Anna Maria in August 1968. Will. The wedding was held at Barking Registry Office Essex but the photograph was taken in the garden of Gabriel's and Nina's house.  


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