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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
broke." December 31, 1867, he was united in
marriage to Miss Margaret Beynon, and shortly
thereafter made his home in Corpus Christi, where
he followed various occupations until he started in
business as a merchant in 1872. In 1875 he moved
to Collins, situated on the line of the Mexican National
Railroad, where he continued merchandising
during the following twelve years and was for
eleven years Postmaster. He then moved to
Alice, where he has since resided, and is now a
dealer in general merchandise, carries one of the
largest stocks of goods west of San Antonio and
conducts a large and paying business. He built
the first house in Alice, erected in May, 1888, one
month before the railroad reached the place. He
was one of the men who christened the village
Alice, a name selected in honor of the wife of Mr.
R. J. Kleberg, youngest daughter of the late Capt.
Richard King, of Nueces County, and has done
much for the upbuilding of the place, which is now
a thriving town of twelve hundred souls. Mr.
Hobbs has four children-Philip, Felix, Rufus
and Nettie. He is a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South, and Democratic party,
but has never taken an active interest in politics.
In 1872 he joined Lodge, No. 189, A. F. and A. M.,
at Corpus Christi; and is a faithful member of the
Masonic fraternity. At the time his parents made
their home in Southwest Texas, that part of the
State was almost as far removed from the beaten
tracks of civilization as Central Africa is to-day,
but notwithstanding that fact a few brave and
I hardy pioneers settled within the limits, determined
to establish homes, conquer the wilderness and act
as the vanguard of the tide of population that was
to come pouring in in later years. In 1852 the
year the Hobbs family located in Nueces County,
Capt. Van Buren, of the United States army, was
ambushed and mortally wounded by an arrow
shot from the bow of a Lipan Indian. He was
nursed by the subject of this memoir, then a
boy of eleven years of age, until death relieved
him of his sufferings about a week later. The
hostility of the Indians was unrelenting, but
they were soon taught to fear the vengeance, if
they did not respect the rights, of the settlers.
Mr. Hobbs' childhood, youth and early manhood
were passed amid trials and scenes of danger
that developed the full strength of his character
and gave him that firmness and self-reliance that
has since enabled him to win his way to success in
the face of difficulties that few men would have
found it possible to overcome. His educational
opportunities were restricted but he took full advantage
of such as were within his reach. What
he learned from text-books has since been supplanted
by the wider knowledge obtained in the
school of experience, extensive reading and association,
and he may be justly described as a strong,
well-poised man. He has led a quiet, peaceful
life, and made it a rule to attend strictly to his
own affairs. No man in .Nueces County is more
highly respected or generally liked by all who
H. H. BOONE,
To the iniquitous religious persecutions which prevailed
throughout Europe during the greater part
of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, America
owes a large proportion of its population. From
this source came not only the "Pilgrim Fathers,"
but the Catholics under Lord Baltimore, the Huguenots
and the Scotch and Scotch-Irish Presbyterians.
The influence of the last named of these has perhaps
been more far-reaching than that of any of the
others, because the Scotch showed a greater disposition
to migrate, were a hardier and more independent
people, were better fighters, and were thus
better equipped to withstand the hardships and
vicissitudes of a new country and to solve the
pressing problems of civilization. So it happens
that the terms, "of Scotch" and "Scotch-Irish
origin " are of so frequent occurrence in the
biographical literature of this country.
The subject of this brief notice is of Scotch
ancestry, "old blue-stocking Presbyterians " says
family tradition. Two of his paternal ancestors,
great-grandfathers, Boone and Greene, were officers
in the Revolution. His father was Joseph Greene
Boone and his mother bore the maiden name of
Harriet N. Latham
the former a native of North
Carolina, belonging to the historic Boone family of
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/438/: accessed March 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .