Thursday, September 22, 2011

Grace Hobbs (1893-1996)

Grace Hobbs

Grace Hobbs was born on October 20, 1893 in Chaplin, Nelson County, Kentucky.  She was the eldest of seven children born to George Edward Hobbs and Salena Knightly.  She was raised on the family farm in Chaplin, Nelson County, Kentucky.

On September 17, 1911, Grace married Daniel Levy Truax in Nelson County, Kentucky.  She was just a month shy of her 18th birthday, and he was 22 years old.  Daniel was born on March 29, 1889 in Taylorsville, Spencer County, Kentucky, the son of J. Thomas Truax and Cecelia Kennedy.  Daniel and Grace were the parents of at least seven children:

            Elizabeth                     born 1915
            Myrtle E.                     born 1917
            Edward T.                   born 1919
            Mary B.                       born 1922
            Anna G.                      born 1924
            Ruth                            born 1928
            Allen E.                       born 1930

After their marriage, Daniel and Grace made their home in Spencer County, Kentucky, where Daniel worked on his father’s farm.  Daniel registered for the draft for the First World War on June 5, 1917 in Spencer County. He was described as being of medium height and build, with light blue eyes and light hair. 

Grace was an artist and is mentioned in the Kentucky Women Artists website.  She taught in the Bardstown City Schools and also gave private lessons.  She studied at Nazareth College in 1948; the Art Center School, Mary Spencer Nay in 1949; and at the Susquahanna Valley Art Association in 1961.  Grace was also a member of the Art Center Association and the Kentucky Folklore Society.  Her artwork was displayed at the Kentucky State Fair in 1951 and in Kentucky and Indiana in 1949.  Grace is also mentioned in “Who’s Who in Kentucky Art” (1955), at the Birdwell Art Library, University of Louisville.

Daniel Levy Truax passed away on November 6, 1952 in Bloomfield, Nelson County, Kentucky, at the age of 63.  The cause of death listed was “cerebral thrombosis.”  He was buried in the High View Cemetery in Chaplin, Kentucky. 

Grace Hobbs Truax lived to be 102 years old.  She died on April 7, 1996 in Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky.

Notes for Grace Hobbs
Birth & Death: Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1953 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.
Marriage: Family Tree for Grace Hobbs
Artist Information:  Kentucky Women Artists website,, accessed on 18 September 2011
Children:  Year: 1930; Census Place: Wakefield, Spencer, Kentucky; Roll: 776; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 440.0.

Notes for Daniel Levy Truax
Birth, Military, Occupation, Residence, & Physical Description in 1917: World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.  Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.
Death: Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1953 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.

1 comment:

  1. Grace Truax was my great-aunt on my mother's side of my family...She was the sister of my grandfather Dwight Hobbs...I just started working on my family tree...