Sarah Ann Bell was born about 1809 in Greenville, Muhlenberg, Kentucky. She was the fifth of seven children born to Thomas Bell and Hannah Boggess.
Sarah married Eli B. Hobbs, a native of Kentucky, born about 1803. Eli was the son of Samuel Eli Hobbs and Elizabeth Hamilton. Sarah and Eli were married in 1847, presumably in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. This was Eli’s second marriage.
Eli married Lavina McMakin on September 22, 1825 in Nelson, Kentucky. Lavina was born on February 12, 1806 in the same county, the daughter of William McMakin and Zilphia Pullen. In 1840, Eli and Lavina were living in Nelson, Kentucky. Lavina McMakin Hobbs died in June 1844 in Nelson, Kentucky.
Eli and Lavina had the following five children:
William M. Hobbs born February 1832
Margaret Hamilton Hobbs born August 1837
Susan Elizabeth Hobbs born about 1839
Mary Ellen Hobbs born about 1841
Eli Hamilton Milton Hobbs born September 1843
Eli and Sarah had one daughter:
Martha Ann B. Hobbs born 1850
Eli was a Physician and Sarah kept house. Eli’s profession seemed to move the family around a great deal, as the family was found in several different locations in the Census records. In 1850 the family was living next to Sarah’s parents, Thomas and Hannah Bell, in District 1, Muhlenberg, Kentucky. The Eli Hobbs family was found in Rumsey, McLean, Kentucky in 1860, and again in Muhlenberg in 1870. Eli’s profession must have been very profitable because in 1860 his two eldest children listed in that census possessed personal estate, presumably a dowry, valued at $2,000.00 each.
Eli Hobbs is not found in the 1870 US Census and it is therefore assumed that he died between 1860 and 1870.
Sarah lived in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky with her youngest daughter, Martha Ann, after her husband died. She must have died before 1880 as she was not found in that Census.
Notes for Sarah Ann Bell
Birth: Year: 1850; Census Place: District 1, Muhlenberg, Kentucky; Roll: M432_214; Page: 177; Image: 355. August 5, 1950
Marriage: Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Source number: 2322.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: JDM.
Notes for Eli Hobbs
Birth, Occupation, & Residence in 1860: Year: 1860; Census Place: Rumsey, McLean, Kentucky; Roll: M653_384; Page: 0; Image: 14.
Notes for Lavina McMakin
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