GABB-ERREY Family Tree
Enoch Hobbs was born in Wiltshire. Two months after his marriage in Feb 1839, he was jailed for stealing potatoes, and was released in July. His description was given as follows: "Age 23. Light brown hair, grey eyes, long visage, fresh complexion, a mole on the left shoulder, two moles between the shoulder blades, labourer, 5-5½, Rimp [reads imperfectly, does not write]."
Enoch arrived in Adelaide in 1852 with his wife Jane and 4 children (a child Joseph also died at sea). He lived in Willunga, Mclaren Vale then Kangarilla in about 1870, where he stayed for the rest of his life.
- Eliza Caroline b.1839 Gloucestershire; m. Daniel Robert Wickham 1857 (a 'pioneer' or first-fleeter); d.1927 Unley. 11 children.
- James b.1840 Gloucestershire; m. Amelia Oakley 1864; d.1918 Murray Town (S. of Melrose). 12 children.
- William b.1843 Wiltshire; m. Mary Jane McGrath 1867; d.1918 Gladstone. 9 children.
- Cordelia b.1845 Wiltshire, d.1847 Gloucestershire,
- Henry Charles b.1848 Gloucestershire; m. Mary Susan Smith 1875; d.1938 Mildura. 10 children.
- Joseph b.1851 Gloucestershire, d.1852 at sea.
- Sarah Jane b.1854 Mclaren Vale; m. Joseph Henry Spargo Bunney 1886; d.1935 Broken Hill. 3 children (2 illegimate).
- Thomas b.1855 Mclaren Vale; m. Harriet Jane Clift 1878; d.1929 Adelaide. 14 children.
- John b.1857 Mclaren Vale; m. Louisa Sibella Gribbin 1882; d.1918 Broken Hill. 9 children.
- Benjamin b.1860 Mclaren Vale; m. Emily Jane Steer 1883 and Annie Mackenzie 1900; d.1927 Adelaide. 7 children.
- Eli, b.1861 Mclaren Vale; m. Sarah Jane Wade 1884; d.1943 McLaren Flat. 11 children.
- Amelia b.1864 Mclaren Vale; m. Edward Nicolle 1886; d.1951 Cottonville (Westbourne Park). 9 children.
James Hobbs and William Hobbs moved to the Gladstone/Melrose area in the 1870s and started farming. James became insolvent in 1885 spending 6 months in the Gladstone gaol for related offences. William was apparently more successful and on retirement sold his farm near Wirrabara in 1908. Their children William George Francis Hobbs and Ethel Eva Olive Hobbs married in 1902.
Thomas Hobbs and Benjamin Hobbs moved to Cherry Gardens around 1880, working as labourers and market gardeners.
Henry Charles Hobbs worked as a bootmaker and labourer in various places ranging from the Murray Plains to Auburn, Renmark and Mildura.
Eli Hobbs worked as a labourer at Kangarilla then McLaren Flat.
*** Register Saturday 16 September 1854
Willunga. Donated 5/- to War Relief Fund.
*** Advertiser Wednesday 2 March 1859
Noarlunga district. Donated 10/- to Bush Fire Relief Fund.
*** Register Wednesday 24 April 1861
Member of Mclaren Vale Rifles (Private), in the South Australia Volunteer Military Force.
*** Register Monday 9 September 1861
In rifle shooting match – average results.
*** Register Tuesday 14 March 1871
Edmund Lymburner was charged with neglecting to contribute in support of his illegitimate child by Sarah Jane, daughter of Enoch Hobbs, of Dashwood's Gully. Mr. Mann for prosecutrix ; Mr. Boucaut for defendant. Ordered to pay 5s. per week and Court fees; in all, £4 5s.
*** Register Friday 10 October 1873
KANGARILLA (nearest Post- Office, Kangarilla), Enoch Hobbs, Poundkeeper. — One dark bay mare, branded IB near shoulder, black points. Will be sold November 3, noon. [Similar entries to Mar 1894.]
*** Register Thursday 2 December 1875
HOBBS —SMITH. —On the 29th November, at the residence of the bride's father, by special licence, by the Rev. R. L. Coward, Henry Charles Hobbs, third son of Mr. Enoch Hobbs, of Kangarilla, to Mary Susan, second daughter of Mr. Edward Smith, of the Murray Flats.
*** Chronicle Saturday 26 October 1878
Local contracts: Enoch Hobbs, metalling 2 chains road, Eyer's . JFlat, £3 14s. per chain.
Barque Sultana, 588 tons, Captain David Mainland, from London / Plymouth 21st June 1852, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 7th October 1852
South Australian Register Friday 8 October 1852
Thursday, October 7th, 1852:-The barque Sultana, 588 tons, Mainland master, from Plymouth 21st June 1852.
Passengers:— Mr. & Mrs. Blyth, Mr. & Mrs. Grace, Mr. & Mrs. Farmer and Mr. & Mrs. Frazer in the cabin and the remaining in the intermediate and steerage. —15th ship from England to S.A. with government passengers for 1852 ; no births and four deaths on the passage, Doctor J. Baird, surgeon-superintendent.
The Sultana left Plymouth on the 21st June, at which time several large ships at Plymouth and at the port of London were laid on, or about to sail for this colony. No vessel was spoken on the voyage, but the steamer Australian was see at about 4 o'clock on Wednesday morning 50 miles west of Kangaroo Island. The only deaths were four infants, the passengers and crew all in good health, spoke highly of the kind attention and great care manifested by Dr. Baird, the surgeon-superintendent and medical inspector appointed by the Government.
The South Australian Government Gazette 1866 p. 80
Name Age Date of Death Cause of Death Where buried
Hobs, Joseph (Hobbs) inf no record no record at sea
SULTANA - 1854
Master: Captain Mainland
Rigging: Barque; sheathed in yellow metal in 1851
Tonnage: 496 tons using old measurements and 588 tons using new measurements
Construction: 1849 in Sunderland
Port of registry: London
Port of survey: London
Voyage: sailed for Adelaide
bbs Enoch 35 Farmer 749/1 Gloucesters.
Jane (Barnfield) 34
Josh. inf died at sea
*** Chronicle Saturday 20 July 1895
HOBBS.— On the 12th July, at Wickham's Hill, Enoch, the beloved husband of Jane Hobbs, late of Kangarilla, aged 79. Born in year 1816, in county of Gloucestershire, England ; landed at Port Adelaide 1852, being a colonist of 43 years, leaving a widow, seven sons, three daughters, 66 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren to mourn their loss. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Melbourne papers please copy.
*** Advertiser Thursday 9 November 1905
HOBBS. - On the 21st July, at her son-in-law's residence (Mr. D. Wickham's), Park-terrace, Park- side, Jane, relict of the late Enoch Hobbs, of McLaren Vale, in her 88th year, leaving 10 chil- dren, 83 grandchildren, and 100 great-grandchil- dren. Arrived in the ship Sultana, on the 7th of October, 1852. Gone home.
Suggestions, questions, comments, errors to Andrew Gabb. Revised 24 July 2017.