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.
Soon after 1850, Jacob II, George, Rev. John and their families
all joined in the westward movement to Newton Township, Livingston County, IL
south of Streator. Jacob II 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 that 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 soldier 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 Wilcox,
Trego County, KS. 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, KS. There he died on
November 8, 1894, at the age of 89 years. He is buried beside his wife in
Phillips Cemetery Manville, IL.
The children of Jacob Hoobler II and Mary Dice are:
John D Hoobler was born 1830. See John D Hoobler 1830
William Hoobler was born 1831. See William Hoobler 1831
Mary Hoobler was born 1833. See Mary Hoobler 1833
Margaret Jane Hoobler was
born 1835. See Margaret Jane Hoobler 1835 page.
Eliza Hoobler was born about 1840. See Eliza Hoobler
Franklin Hoobler was
born 1842. See Franklin Hoobler 1842 page.
Jacob Hoobler III was
born 1847. See Jacob Hoobler III 1847 page.
Footnote: Our thanks
to Dorothy Hoobler.