ABRAHAM J. HOBSON, a retired farmer and highly respected citizen of Richmond, Ohio, was born December 18, 1824, in Stark County, Ohio, and is a son of Joseph and Rebecca (Talbott) Hobson. The father was born in York COunty, Pa., and died in 1828 in Stark County, Ohio. He married Rebecca Talbott, a native of Maryland and a daughter of John Talbott. She had crossed the mountains twice from Maryland, and on her second trip back to Maryland, Joseph Talbott accompanied her home, their marriage occurring shortly afterward, on May 14, 1784. They resided one year in Claylick, Jefferson County, Ohio, and then moved to Stark County, where the following children were born: William, Mary A., John, Joseph, Elizabeth, Benjamin and Abraham. After the death of our subject's father, the mother removed to Salem Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, where several years later she married Charles Coffin, who was the father of children by a former marriage.
Abraham J. Hobson attended the schools of Richmond and Richmond College and resided with his mother until the time of her death at the age of seventy-six years. She was buried at the Friends' Cemetery, two miles south of Richmond. After his marriage he resided on a farm until 1905, since which time he has been living in retirement at Richmond. He married Anna Watson Griste, the wiodow of Elmer Griste and a daughter of Joseph Watson. No children were born of their union. Upon the death of his sister, Mary Anne Watson, at her request, he took her two children to rear, namely: Oliver J., and Emma. Oliver J. Watson, was six months old when his mother died. He is a graduate of Richmond College, and at present has charge of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Evans City, Pa. He married Amanda Patterson of Columbiana County, Ohio, and they have two children: Elizabeth and Lee. Emma Watson, who was six years old when her mother died, was educated in the schools of Richmond and at Richmond College, and is now housekeeper for her uncle, Abraham J. Hobson. Mrs. Hobson died in 1890 and was buried at the Friends' Cemetery near Richmond. Mr. Hobson is a Republican in politics, and his religious connection is with the Friends' Church, at Smithfield, Ohio.