James Hubbard

James Hubbard

Birth
Lincolnshire, England
Death 3 Oct 1893 (aged 87)
Eaton County, Michigan, USA
Burial Vermontville, Eaton County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 119021629 · View Source
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From genealogical records of Robert Rolfe Phillips re his gg grandfather:

James Hubbard arrived in the U.S. through the Custom House in Sandusky, Ohio on the ship “Sall and Hope”, commanded by James M. Blinn. He is on the passenger list reported by the Custom House for the quarter ending June 30, 1820. The list shows a group of six, five carpenters and a brick mason, from England, apparently traveling together. His age is show as 17, although other records show he was 14. Because the port-of-entry is Sandusky, one can assume he traveled through Canada, the St. Lawrence River, overland between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, and thence to Sandusky which is on a peninsula jutting into Lake Erie. The North-West Territories were, indeed, unsettled at that time. Why he came over here, is uncertain.

James Hubbard married Mary Hough (aka Huff), whom he met while Mary was visiting her older sister in Danby, Thompkins County, New York. In an article in the Charlotte Republican (28 Oct 1904), Mary described her husband as "a young Englishman" who was then living in Owego, NY, working on the first railroad in the state. The exact date of their marriage in uncertain, but is presumed to be in the 1820’s or early 1830’s. She states that they lived in New York for several years before moving, with her sister’s family, to Lotsville, Warren County, Pennsylvania, which is located in the far western part of the state, just below the New York state line.

In the fall of 1841 they moved to Michigan, settling in Chester Township, Eaton County. They arrived on September 18, 1841, having traveled ten days without entering a house or shelter.

After living in Michigan for eight years, gold was discovered in California (1849), and James Hubbard, along with this neighbor, Charles Wood, went there. Hubbard was gone for eight years, except for one trip back that lasted for a year. There is no evidence that they had any success in their search for gold. While in California, Woods wife died, leaving five children in the care of Mary Hubbard, in addition to her own.

Mary Hubbard states that her husband went to Walla Walla, Washington in the winter of 1882/83 to visit their son, William, and she joined him in the summer of 1883 and they returned home together.

James Hubbard died on October 3, 1893, at age 87. His death certificate, recorded at the Court House in Charlotte, Michigan, indicates he was born in England, the cause of death to be “apoplexy,” and that he was a farmer by occupation.
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From previous posting, source unknown:
Son of "(Sir) William Hubbard," presumably in Lincolnshire, England. To Michigan, Sept 18, 1841. In California Gold Rush eight years. [Source: photocopy of family notes, author unknown.]


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Hubbard (10 Mar 1806–3 Oct 1893), Find a Grave Memorial no. 119021629, citing Gresham Cemetery, Vermontville, Eaton County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by WendyRose (contributor 48829749) .