Birth: Aug. 12, 1837 New York, NY Death: Mar. 12, 1888 Sac Co, IA
William was the son of William & Hannah Hobbs. Shortly after his birth the family moved to New Orleans. Left an orphan at the age of fourteen, William made his home with his uncle in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. He attended a Catholic school and later worked for Eugene Criss, in his store in Shullsburg. In 1855, when the Criss family came to the present site of Sac city, then eighteen years old, he came as a member of their family, arriving here 6 November 1855. The next year a land patent of 160 acres was recorded in his name. On 18 November 1858, he married Lydia Jane Wine. Lydia passed away 17 July 1864, & William married Elizabeth Ellen Wren on 24 Apr 1866 in Sac City, Iowa.
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