Ten children were born to
Jacob I and Margaret, and then tragedy struck. Jacob died suddenly, leaving no
will. The last child, Michael, was born in 1813 the year Jacob died. Jacob had
been a farmer; his widow was assessed 125 acres of land in 1820. Court records,
including the inventory of the estate; the letters of administration to widow
"Rebecca" Margaret Hoobler and her brother, Peter Brown, and the
division of the estate are available. Each child was to receive $105.46, with an
additional $54.65 to be paid upon the death of the mother. The estate was
settled in late 1822, and then Margaret and the Browns joined in the movement to
Ohio. Both Adam and Michael Hoobler and their families had left for Ohio the
year Jacob I died. Jacob was buried in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Several of Margaret’s children were now married. The families
went to Taylor’s Creek (West of Cincinnati) then on to Fountain County,
Indiana, to a bend in the Wabash River called "the forks of Coal
Creek". The history of the United Brethren Church reveals many details of
her life. In that area, a two-story log cabin home was built for the widow and
her family. Her eldest son, Rev. John Hoobler, organized the first United
Brethren Church in western Indiana in May 1827. The 17 charter members included
his mother, brothers, sisters, and their families. Preaching services were held
in her log cabin home for 11 years.
The second session of the Indiana Conference was held in the home
of the Widow Hoobler on the forks of Coal Creek from August to September 5,
1831. During the entire time, she and her family fed the 16 preachers and took
care of their horses. Half of the cabin was used for living quarters and the
other half as the church. In 1838, a log church was built in the old town of
Chambersburg (now Veedersburg). It had only three sides, so that a fire could be
built in the open side for warmth, as well as protection against wild animals.
Indians frequently gathered outside in the open space to watch the congregation
worship. The log cabin was still standing in 1917, when a public auction was
held to dispose of its contents after the death of her grandchildren. Among the
items bought by relatives was a walnut chest with lock, containing the fraktur
of Margaret Braun dated 1775. The colors are still clear and beautiful.
Hoobler, her unmarried daughter, Anna Maria (Mary), and circuit—rider son
William lived on the farm. She died January 16,1857, aged
81. She is buried at Cold Spring Cemetery on US 41, near Veedersburg. The
tombstone inscription reads, “My rest is in Heaven, My home is not here.”
The family story goes that the funeral coach, sent from town to take the body to
the church, was pulled by a team of
horses. William insisted that the team be unharnessed, fed, and watered, before
making the return trip with his mother’s body, stating emphatically, ‘She
wouldn’t want the team to be cold and hungry." William wrote of her death
to her grandson, Rev. Adam Shambaugh, “Mother died as she lived, full of faith, hope, and glory”.
Margaret Hoobler, along with sons, brothers, and nephews, are
credited with being prime leaders in the spread of the United Brethren Church in
Indiana and westward. “Her whole life was devoted to the cause of God, and she
loved her church almost to the point of adoring, ”states the U.B. church
history, “Our Bishops”.
Margaret's birth certificate reads, “I Anna Marcreta, born and presented to Michael Braun and his wife Catarina
in the year of Christ 1775 on the 31st of May.”
Children of Jacob Hoobler I and Anna Margaret Brown are:
Hoobler was born 1795. See Catherine
Hoobler 1795 page.
Hoobler was born 1797.
Hoobler was born 1799. See Elizabeth
Hoobler 1799 page.
Hoobler was born 1801. See Rev
John Hoobler 1801 page.
Maria Hoobler was born 1803.
Maria Hoobler 1803 page.
Hoobler II was born 1805. See
Hoobler II 1805 page.
Hoobler was born 1807.
Hoobler was born 1809. See George
Hoobler 1809 page.
Hoobler was born 1811. See David
Hoobler 1811 page.
Hoobler was born 1813.