Name: John HOBBY
JOHN, Greenwich bef. 1666, may have been earlier of Newtown, L. I. He d. 1707, had four s. and six ds. of wh. all but John, wh. d. without issue, 12 Mar. 1693, are ment. in his will; Thomas, Benjamin, Jonathan, Eliz. Prindle, Hannah Burnham, Martha Morehouse, Rebecca Hardy, Mary Holmes, and Rachel James. Rebecca was d. but left childr.
Martha was the daughter of John Hobby, whose will in 1707, called her Martha Morehouse. She was baptized in Fairfield Church 1 Nov 1696. Thomas Morehouse's will 16 Aug 1716, proved 7 Dec 1725; wife Martha, mentioning Estate from her father John Hobby of Greenwich Dec'd.
John Hobby, Grenwich, before 1666; may have been earlier of Newtown, L.I. He died 1707, had four sons and six daughters, all of whom, except John, who died without issue are mentioned in the will. Thomas, Benjamin, Jonathan, Eliz. Prindle, Hannah Burnham, Martha Morehouse, Rebecca Hardy, Mary Holmes and Rachel James. Rebecca was dead but left children.
Alexander Young, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1975. The First Planters of the Colony of Mass. Bay, from 1623 to 1636.
"Ancestry of Elizabeth Barrett Gillespie" by Paul W. Prindle
Hartford, CT in 1652, he failed to appear, his bond was ordered forfeited and he was held in contempt of court. He appears in Newtown, (then Middleburg), Queens, NY, in 1656 and in the New Haven Colony in 1659 as the plaintiff in a case regarding owership of a horse. (See: "Records of the Colony or Jurisdiction of New Haven, 1653-1665: 141, by Charles J. Hoadly). His principal residence was in Greenwich but references to him are found in the records of Newtown one of which proves that the John Hobbys of Newtown and of Greenwich were one and the same person. (Town Minutes of Newtown, 2:210, by The Historical Records Survey).
Other entries prove the identity of his wife. (Recounted in Ancestry of Elizabeth Barrett Gillespie: pp 209-10.)
Mr. Hobby served on many Greenwich town committees over a long period of time ... especially in real estate dealings. In 1669 he was on a committee to consider whether or not "Horse Neck" was suitable for "the settleing of a township." (Apparently it was, as Greenwich was known as Horse Neck for many years.) He was involved in the question of the location of the boundary line between Greenwich and Stamford in 1670, again in 1693, and in 1696 as "ye town Remaining Dissatisfied with ye Present setlement of Dividing line, do se Cause in order for a furder Tryall (further trial), & if it may be yt (that) Love and pease may be Continued between Each town, Do hereby Make Choise on & appoint John Hobby, Dan. Smith & Sam'll Peck" to meet with such Stamford men as may be appointed "to discorse ye matter...and make a Returne unto ye Towne..." (Greenwich Early Records: 103). The question was referred to the General Court (again) and on 20-May-1697 a confirmation of the Greenwich patent was issued. The detailed instrument (reproduced as Appendix I in "The Ancestry of Elizabeth Barrett Gillespie") was not recorded until 13-Sep-1758. The minutes of the town meeting held 10-Feb-1695/6 note that "Furder more, whereas there hath bin a Neglect in ye towne Conserning ye Entere of Thee Lands & fences belonging to hors neck and Coscob feild," a select committee was named, including "Mr. John Hubby," to "gaine ye best Ensite, by antient writtings, of Each mans propiete of Land in s'd feilds, with ye Quantitie of fence Layd to s'd Lands, & to methodise ye matter with what theye finde seutable to present to ye Towne at ye next Towne Meeting." While not a very interesting entry at first glance, this is the first instance in town records in which John Hobby was given the title of respect, "Mr." Henceforth, he was always thus distinquished.
Sevices to the town not involving real estate dealt with getting amunition to protect themselves from indians, dealing with the aftermath of King Philip's War, deciding upon fortifications for the town, appointing the share of work to build a bridge, negotiating with "John Robyson concerning the building and seting up of a saw mill uppon byram River,
also ... to despose of as much land as may be necasary for John Robyson use." Mr. Hobby was asked to help in making arrangements for a horse pound and as a member of a committee signed an agreement with Jonathan
Whelply providing for Whelply to build a saw mill on the Mianus River and operate it. He also served on a committee to find someone to build a corn mill and later a saw mill. He was involved in the building of the meeting house and the church. He and six other were town auditors in 1686 and served as auditor again in 1695.
- Martha HOBBY b: BEF 1680 in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA