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Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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William Wilson Hobbs, collector and ex-sheriff of Pulaski County, Mo., of which county he is a native, was born August 25, 1862, being a son of Joseph J. and grandson of Vincent Hobbs. The former was born in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., in 1839, and died in 1864. He was a farmer by occupation, and when a young man came to Pulaski County, Mo., with his father, and settled in Hobbs Hollow, which was named in his father’s honor, he being the first white settler of the region. He was married to Margaret E. Tilley, who bore him three children, and after his death his widow married D. B. Colley, by whom she became the mother of one child. William W. Hobbs is the second child, and lived with his mother until he grew to manhood, being reared on a farm. March 18, 1885, he was wedded to Miss Cora E. Mitchell, a daughter of James M. and Sarah N. (Musgrave) Mitchell. Mrs. Hobbs was born in Cedar County, Mo., January 1, 1859, and she and Mr. Hobbs are the parents of two children: Lena and Roy. In 1881 he became a salesman in the general mercantile store of W. A. Bates, of Waynesville, and in the summer of 1884 acted as deputy sheriff of the county, being elected to the office in the fall of that year and re-elected two years later. In 1888 he was elected county collector, to begin the duties of the office in March, 1889. He is a Master Mason, a Democrat in politics, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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