The Hobbs Family as early settlers of California. Nancy Kelsey the First American Woman in California 1841, Sarah Jane Hobbs Lewis Stubblefield came on a 1853 Wagon train. Mahala Gann came with her parents in 1847 on the Hopper Wagon train. In 1846, John Wheeler Green, abt. four years old, the family crossed the plains as members of the ill-fated Donner Party, but left that group in, joining the Wheeler/Harlan Wagon train, thus escaping the fate which befell the Donner’s. From Olive C. Hobbs

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Sarah Hobbs

Here's some info from the History I have and I also have an article on Dr
Abner Hobbs at home, if you want it. There is also some other researchers,
I'll pass your email along.

Sarah Hobbs Lewis Stubblefield was born in Indiana. She was the daughter of Dr. Abner Hobbs and Ann Kelsey/Hedric, both of New York. A true pioneer, Sarah crossed the plains in sole charge of the wagon train in 1853. With a party of relatives, including her four-year-old daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, she began her journey to California to join her husband, John Sloan Lewis. The party joined a wagon train at Independence, Missouri.
Over the Oregon Trail, near Utah, Indians made off with most of their stock and the remainder of the journey was made with a milk cow and an ox-pulled covered wagon. The party arrived in California at “Hangtown,” now Independence, after a long overland journey fraught with danger. A year after her arrival in California, daughter Julia was born (1854).

Her father, Dr. Abner Hobbs was a physician and a minister of the Christian

Upon her husband’s death, Sarah married Robert Coleman Stubblefield. Together, they had four children; Martha Jane, Robert Absolom, Mary C., and Charles Andrew “Dick” Stubblefield. In a double wedding, Martha Jane married Samuel Lewis Hopkins from Wales and her sister Mary wed James Howard Drumm on November 5, 1879.

She is buried next to Robert, at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield, California.


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