Hoobler II, son of Jacob and Margaret Braun
Hoobler, their sixthchild, was, born Sept. 16, 1805 in Toboyne Township, Cumberland County,
Pennsylvania. We have little record of his childhood, but from his mother's
reminiscences, we can safely assume that he joined the rest of the family at the
church camp meetings. Adam Shambaugh, a minister, wrote in a book titled
"Early Days along the Wabash", and told of "walking 30 miles to
watch night meetings, 60 miles to 2 day meetings, and 90 miles to camp meetings,
over the hills of Pennsylvania. They would take a wagon in which were bedding,
children, and provisions. The older ones walked. They would spend the nights
with other Christian families, who joined them the following day. When they
finally reached the meeting destination, people had assembled from all
directions. They had a most glorious meeting."
Jacob II was just seven years old when his father died.
Accompanying his family and close relatives to Ohio and then to Indiana, he was
just 21 when in March of 1827 he bought land in Township 19 in Fountain
County. On February 19,1829, his brother, Rev. John Hoobler, married him to Mary
Dice at Veedersburg. (Rev. John also officiated at the wedding of their brother
George to Susanna Meyers.) All seven of Jacob II and Mary Dice's children were
born in Fountain County including Jacob Hoobler III on November 21, 1847.
Soon after 1850, Jacob II, George, Rev. John and their
families all joined in the westward movement to Newton Township, Livingston Co.,
Illinois, south of Streator. Jacob III was a farmer, but it is said that he
preached the first sermon in German in that township. One of Jacob II and
Mary's sons, Franklin, a member of the 129th Illinois Volunteers, was killed
during the "War of the Rebellion" at Buckís Lodge, Tennessee, and
another daughter, Eliza, died in her teens.
By 1877, the movement westward had begun again, and the
family of Jacob II and Mary began to scatter. The oldest son, John D., and a
daughter, Margaret Jane (Mrs. Peter Sheibley) remained in Illinois. The
remaining children, Jacob III, William, and Mary all came to Kansas. The parents
joined them sometime after 1880. They lived in the little house that Jacob III
built when he first settled on railroad land along the banks of the Kansas River
in Wabaunsee County. A grandson, Vern, vaguely remembers hearing stories of the
old couple who spoke only German. Their daughter, Mary, who married Russell
Anderson, lived on a farm nearby.
In Kansas, at age 85, Mary Dice Hoobler applied for a
"motherís pension", awarded to mothers of Civil War killed in action
veterans. Her son Franklin's war record states that Franklin was "killed by
a comrade while cleaning his gun, to go on guard duty." The death was ruled
accidental. His tombstone, with the carved figure of a fallen soldier, is beside
a fellow soldiers in Phillips Cemetery, Manville, Illinois. Maryís signature
was just a "mark", and witnessed by H. S. Romick of Maplehill, and
Mary Barkies of Kaw Township, who knew her. Mary died before the pension
application could be processed.
Mary Dice Hoobler, affectionately known as "Aunt
Polly", died on March 11, 1893 at the home of her son, William, a
postmaster at Willcox, Trego County, Kansas. Mary Hoobler Anderson accompanied
her mother's body back to Illinois for burial. The aged Jacob II returned to the
home of Jacob III and Margaret Elmira Smith Hoobler, just south of St. Marys,
Kansas. There he died on November 8, 1894, at the age of 89 years. He is buried
beside his wife in Phillips Cemetery Manville, Illinois.