b. June 21, 1842 - d. Nov. 15, 1924¹
Agnes married John Hobson, son of Joseph Hobson and Margaret Inglis¹, on Jan. 27, 1869.²
John and Agnes lived on his father's 171 acre farm five miles from Guelph. The Toronto and Guelph Railway, later the Grand Trunk Railway, ran through their property, lots 8 and 9, concession 4, Division B. A station was built there and called Balmoral but, as it was found there was another station with that name, it was changed to Mosborough, a Yorkshire name the Hobsons had given their farm.³
John's father died on August 19, 1874 and his mother two years later on May 3, 1876. At that time John took over the homestead.³
John had a reputation as a progressive, intelligent and successful farmer. He was very active in civic and educational affairs and was a member of the Fat Stock Club and the Agricultural Society.* He took a deep interest in the progress of the Ontario Agricultural College and was closely identified with the management and development of that institution for several years.^ John served on Guelph Township Council from 1882 to 1886 and again in 1888.**
It is thought that it was in 1882 that John had a general store and dwelling house erected across the road from his farm buildings. It was of red brick and built on a hillside so that there was a flight of steps to the large platform at the front. Behind the store with the large bay window and the storage room there was a living room, dining room and kitchen; three bedrooms were upstairs. The large bedroom over the store opened onto a balcony over the bay window. Across the driveway was a small barn with stalls for a horse and cow, an open shed for vehicles and a weigh scale building.³
John was executor of his wife's uncle, Thomas Loghrin's, estate.°
In 1897 he sold the farm to John Ebenezer Birrell for $6000 and retired to Guelph**.
After John's death, Agnes continued to live Guelph. The 1901 Census indicates that she lived with two nieces, Maude and Margaret Odroskie, aged 16 and 11 years respectively.
Agnes died of pneumonia and, at that time, had been living at 177 Norfolk St. in Guelph for 16 years. The head of house was her daughter, Mrs. A. F. H. Jones (Margaret).°
Family: Margaret (Madge?) Irving Hobson b. Nov. 30, 1869 - d. July 14, 1943¹
Joseph Hobson b. 1872 - d. Nov. 25, 1895¹
Walter Edward Hobson d. May 26, 1877, Age 2yrs.¹
¹ Family Trees, The Tweedsmuir History Project, Mosborough Women's Institute, Vol. 2, p. 154, held at the Wellington County Archives.
² 1858-69 Marriage Registrations, Archives of Ontario.
³ Mosborough General Store, The Tweedsmuir History Project, Mosborough Women's Institute, Vol. 1, p. 109, held at the Wellington County Archives.
* The Tweedsmuir History Project, Mosborough Women's Institute, Vol. 1, p. 92, held at the Wellington County Archives.
^ W. F. MacKenzie, County of Wellington, quoted in The Tweedsmuir History Project, Mosborough Women's Institute, Vol. 2, p. 143, held at the Wellington County Archives.
** The Tweedsmuir History Project, Mosborough Women's Institute, Vol. 2, p. 97, held at the Wellington County Archives.
° Registration of Deaths, 1869 - 1934, MS935 Reel 319, Archives of Ontario, Toronto.
John Inglis Hobson
b. Sept. 17, 1835 - d. Nov. 23, 1900