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Hobson, John (ca. 1812–ca. 1862)

Ronald G. Bailey Biography Entry

John (Jack) Hobson, soldier, traveled to Texas from Tennessee and was sworn and received as a member of Robertson's colony on December 10, 1835. He listed his age as twenty-two. During the Texas Revolution he was a member of Capt. Jesse Billingsley's company at the battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836. In William Henry Huddle's painting Surrender of Santa Anna, which hangs in the Capitol, Hobson is about the third man from the left; he has a pistol in one hand, and his other arm is in a sling. After Texas gained its independence, Hobson served with the Texas Rangers and participated in an Indian fight on Elm Creek in Milam County in January 1837. He was in the ranger company that founded Fort Fisher at the site of what is now Waco in 1837. Hobson married Eliza Jane Moore, the daughter of Joel Moore, in Milam County on October 17, 1839. He served as a county commissioner in Milam County from 1848 to 1852 and from 1854 to 1861. He died there about 1862. He was granted land now in Fannin, Travis, McLennan, and Bell counties for his service to Texas.

Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston: Anson Jones, 1932). Dayton Kelley, ed., The Handbook of Waco and McLennan County, Texas (Waco: Texian, 1972). Margaret Eleanor Lengert, The History of Milam County (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1949). Malcolm D. McLean, comp. and ed., Papers Concerning Robertson's Colony in Texas (19 vols., Arlington: University of Texas at Arlington Press, 1974–93).

Time Periods:

  • Texas Revolution

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Ronald G. Bailey, “Hobson, John,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed November 23, 2020, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/hobson-john.

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