James Hobbs [1852- 1934] and Elizabeth Margaret Hobbs [1860-1947]

My grandfather CLEM was one of seven brothers and one sister. The photograph was taken in February 1934 at the time of my great grandfathers James' funeral at Thurgoland near Sheffield

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My Great Grandmother Elizabeth Margaret Hobbs is seated. On the far left at the back is my grandfather Clement Douglas. Going from left to right his other brothers are William John ("Will"), James Thomas ("Tom"), Norman Harold, Edgar Augustus and Charles Frederick. Seated at the side of my great grandmother is Reginald Henry.  There had one sister Lily May who married William Langler and emigrated to America, settling in West Hartford, Connecticut.

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James and Elizabeth Margaret are married at their local Parish Church St Saviours which was located in Warwick Road Paddington London on 21st May 1882. The address given on the marriage certificate was 3 Elnathan Mews Paddington. James was a Contractor Forman at the time of his marriage to Elizabeth but the interesting section on the marriage certificate is that his condition is given as "widower". From the information I have received James was married before but his first wife died during childbirth.

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ELIZABETH MARGARET HOBBS (born 2nd May 1860) was the daughter of Samuel Thomas and Ann Thomas nee Lewis The above photograph was taken circa 1914 and was sent to my grandfather whilst he was working as a miner in the South Wales coalfields. I believe that JAMES and ELIZABETH left the Paddington area of London at sometime around 1907. They moved to the Rhondda Valley in south Wales where James and the sons who went with them obtained employment as miners in the pits. I was told that my great grandmother had relatives in the industry which would have helped in finding employment.  

JAMES HOBBS was the adopted son of Thomas Hobbs (1835-1907) and Emma Hobbs (1830 - 1896). I have a few photographs of my great grandfather JAMES. the one featured below was taken in 1927 at Tancwarre in Wales. The lady standing with my great grandparents is Reginald Henry Hobbs' mother in law ESTHER EVANS, whose home it was. JAMES is in the centre of the photograph with his wife ELIZABETH to his right and ESTHER to his left.

There is another photograph that looks as though it was taken at the same time and it shows James and Elizabeth sitting on a hillside.


The above photograph shows my great grandparents outside the cottage "Tynewydd"

This photograph is undated but I believe it was taken at a family party 

James died on February 19th 1934 at the age of 81 at Hill Top Thurgoland near Penistone,Yorkshire. Elizabeth lived a further thirteen years until she died on July 28th 1947 at the age of 87. The photograph of Elizabeth that is shown below was taken by J.Wiltcliffe & Son, (Photographers), Bridge Street, Penistone, Yorkshire. There are no further details on the photograph but the fact that it was taken at a professional photographers leads me to believe that it was taken on a special occasion for instance Elizabeth's 80th birthday in 1940. It is also the last photograph we have of Elizabeth before she died.

Both my great grandparents are buried together in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church Thurgoland Nr Sheffield. The photograph below was taken in 1947 when my great grandmother was interred and shows the floral tributes that were placed on the grave

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

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