Charles William Hobbs and Mary Ann Emms
by Mabel Handy

Charles William Hobbs was the son of William Hobbs and Ann Owen. He was born February 12, 1833 at Cheltenham, England.

On the 21st of August, 1852, he married Mary Ann Emms, the daughter of Richard Emms and Edith Ayers.

They received the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and desired to gather with the saints in Utah, so in April 1862, with four small children, they crossed the Atlantic Ocean in the John J. Boyd sailing vessel, and were six weeks on the water. They came across the plains in Homer Duncan's Company. After walking a good deal of the way and suffering many privations incident to pioneer life, they arrived in Salt Lake September 24, 1862. (Left Florence, July 22).

They went directly to Franklin, Idaho, where they lived the remainder of their lives. They had much to endure with the grasshoppers and the Indians, and had great difficulty to raise sufficient to sustain life.

The greater part of their lives in Franklin was spent in conducting a boarding and lodging house. They were kind and hospitable, and pleasant to stay with.

After the fight with the Indians on Battle Creek, north of Preston, they cared for some of the wounded soldiers from Fort Douglas, Utah, who participated in the historic battle.

They were active in all church duties pertaining to the Mormon Faith. He was a member of the Franklin Ward Choir, and was a well known community singer.

They had a family of thirteen children - nine girls and four boys.

Charles William Hobbs died in Franklin, February 15, 1912.

Mary Ann Hobbs died in Franklin on March 26, 1919