Name: Elizabeth Ann Hobbs
Given Name: Elizabeth Ann
_AKA: Betsy /Hobbs/
Birth: 15 Feb 1835 in Cape Giradeau, Cape Giradeau Co., Mo
Death: 21 Jan 1923 in Carmi, White Co., Il
Burial: Emma, White Co, Il
Reference Number: 1400
Christened 23 Jan 1923 Smith/Orange Gr, Emma Township, White County, Il
Occupation: Weaver Ol Cloth and Carpets
Change Date: 28 Dec 2004 at 23:08:11
RAISED IN HARDEN CO. IL [THEN PART OF POPE CO.]
BY RIVER BOAT CAPTAIN ISSAC AND ANNA PIERCE HOBBS
DARK HAIR AND DARK EYES
!RESIDENCE: Illinois Federal Census Report, 1850, Hardin County, Dwelling306.
She and her husband living with Esen & Anna Bigsby ; AGE 16; BORN MO.
Illinois Federal Census Report, 1870, Hardin County, Rock Creek Prec.,
Dwelling 5; AGE 36; Born MO.
Illinois Federal Census Report, 1880, Hardin County, Rock Creek Prec.,
Dwelling 148; AGE 44; Born MO. According to the Census, she could notread or
Illinois Federal Census Report, 1900, Hardin County Rock Creek Prec.,Dwelling
3 as widowed head of household. Horace didn't die until 1915????? AGE 65;Born
MO. Twelve children born, eight living.
Illinois Federal Census Report, 1910, Gallatin County, New Haven Village,
Dwelling 79 with Horace very much alive!
!BIRTH-MARRIAGE-CHILDREN: Genealogy of Samuel Davis of Oxford, Mass., and
Joseph Davis, of Dudley, Mass., and Their Descendants, Compiler andpublisher,
George L. Davis, North Andover Mass., published 1884, page 439.
!RELIGION: Christ Church of Rock Creek, Hardin County Illinois RecordBook,
page 5: Minutes of the meeting 13 Feb 1880 shows her as a charter memberof
page 10 shows her as member #15 on a list of members dated 30 Jun 1883.
page 13 shows her as member #16 on a list of members dated 1 Jul 1884.
page 17 shows her as member #13 on a list of members dated 1889.
!BIOGRAPHY: Written by Frances Campbell Foster: Among the (Foster) family
pictures and bits of information, I found a pocket size ledger. It didnot
have the owner's name written anywhere. It is written in an (apparently)
older person's handwriting. At the top of the first page is written "No.of
yards of carpet wove by Mrs. E, A. Foster". No date was given for thebeginning
of the record. On Sept 28, 1909, the total yardage was 3,589. Amount
forwarded 6962, total yards to June 23, 1913, 7325. Nov 23, 1913, Amount7601.
The last entered date was Sept 15, 1915.amt. yds forwards 9000, total9,269.
Names of customers were listed along with the amount of yardage foreach. The
total amount probably does not include any carpet that Elizabeth Ann madefor
her own home.
The usual method for having carpets woven was for the customer to providethe
"rug rags", and the weaver provided (included in cost) the cotton stringthat
was the warp of the carpet. The "rug rags" were strips of cloth stitchedinto
a long strip and rolled into balls. The total cost of the carpet was
determined by the amount of cotton string used, or by the length of the
finished product. The woven strips were hand sewn together to achieve the
desired width, or used singly as "throw rugs."
The carpet was usually "hit and miss" pattern. Using worn clothing tomake
the strips would have required a long time to collect enough for a carpet.
The total number of yards of carpet woven by Elizabeth Ann was 9,269,
according to the ledger.
The maximum width of the loom probably was thirty two inches. Many ragrugs
made at that time were twenty five inches wide. The width of the carpetwas
not mentioned in the ledger.
Editor's note: The census indicated that Betsy could not read or write so
someone else must have kept this record for her, probably Horace.
!SPOUSE-CHILD: Hardin County Illinois Marriage Register 1, May 1884-Dec1891,
Volume 1 with annotations, compiled and indexed by Judy Foreman Lee and
Carolyn Cromeenes Foss, 1996, page 27 & 35 & 54.
Horace B. , Jr. Foster b: 18 Nov 1829 in Bassett, Pope Co., Il
9 Dec 1849
in Hardin Co., Illinois
- Edson Asa Foster b: 24 Nov 1854 in Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il
- Thomas Jefferson Foster b: 28 Sep 1856 in Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il
- John William Harrison Foster b: 8 Oct 1859 in Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il
- Isaac Abram Foster Dr. b: 4 Oct 1862 in Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il
- Susan Ann Foster b: 12 Feb 1864 in Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il
- Hannah Etta Foster b: 10 Apr 1867 in Rock Creek, Hardin County, Il
- Julia Ann Foster b: 22 Nov 1868 in Hardin County, Illinois
- Samuel Asa Foster b: 28 Mar 1870 in Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il
- Mary Alice Foster b: 1 Sep 1871 in Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il
- Joseph Alexander Foster b: 4 May 1875 in Rock Creek, Hardin Co., Il
- Elizabeth Isabelle Foster b: 13 Mar 1877 in Rock Creek, Hardin County, Il