The collection contains chiefly diaries (1859-1891) describing rural life in Iowa and ministerial visits to California, Kansas, Missouri, and Oregon; together with autobiographical fragments and notes for sermons.
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Biographical / Historical
William Hobson (1820-1891) was born, raised and educated as a member of the Society of Friends in North Carolina. He married Sarah Tulburt in 1844 and in 1848 migrated with his family to Iowa. Active in the life of Iowa Friends, he was recognized as a minister by 1859, and during the next several year made numerous religious visits in Iowa and nearby states of Kansas and Missouri. In 1870 he made his first of three journeys to California and Oregon. Finally, in 1875 he purchased land for settlement in the Chehalem Valley (Newberg, Oregon), where he spent the remaining years of his life.
William Hobson, 1820-1891, was a Quaker minister and farmer from North Carolina, Iowa, and Oregon. The collection contains chiefly diaries (1859-1891) describing rural life in Iowa and ministerial visits to California, Kansas, Missouri, and Oregon; together with autobiographical fragments and notes for sermons.
Genealogical and biographical
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor: Calvin H. Blair and Maryanne Blair, 1976
For a detailed account of William Hobson's life and work, see Myron Dee Goldsmith's dissertation (Boston University), 1962, William Hobson and the Founding of Quakerism in the Pacific Northwest.
Processed and placed in document box in Record Group 5. In 1977, letter from William Hobson to G..., F.B., originally catalogued as a Miscellaneous Manuscript, source unknown, was added to this collection (Series 3).
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[Indicate the cited item or series here], William Hobson Papers, RG5/062, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College http://archives.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/repositories/7/resources/2051 Accessed December 06, 2019.