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Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Lewis Publishing Company, 1904, pp 718-719 [Graves]
MARSHALL HOBSON, now one of the prosperous farmers near Sedalia, Graves county, Kentucky, has been a life-long resident of the state, and his energetic efforts have brought him an unusual degree of success. He started out in life almost in poverty, but during the succeeding years has reaped a fair reward for his diligence and perseverance. Mr. Hobson comes of a well-known Virginia family, and his grandfather, Benjamin Hobson, and both of his parents were born in that state, being of English descent on both the paternal and the maternal sides. Henry Richardson, the maternal grandfather of Marshall Hobson, was also a native of Virginia. Benjamin and Susan (Richardson) Hobson, the parents of Marshall Hobson, were early settlers in the state of Kentucky, where the former was a farmer and tobacco dealer the greater part of his life. He lived for some time in Trigg county, but in 1835 had taught the first school in Graves county. In politics he was a Democrat, and was a member of the Missionary Baptist church. He was throughly respected in his community for his integrity and force of character, and lived to the age of seventy-seven years, his death occurring in 1879, while his wife died in 1885, at the age of eighty-five. They were the parents of six children: Josiah B., who died in 1893; Marshall; Benjamin, Jr.; Sarah, now Mrs. W. S. Hunt; Mollie, Mrs. William Bingham; Hubbard, circuit clerk of McCracken county. Marshall Hobson was born in Trigg county, Kentucky, May 12, 1844, and lived in that county until he was fifteen years old, attending the public school near his father's home. In 1859 he came to Graves county, which has been his permanent residence ever since. In addition to his public school education he was a student in Asbury (now DePauw) University at Greencastle, Indiana. He then took up farming as his occupation and has followed it ever since. For the last twenty years he has also engaged in tobacco growing, and the successful prosecution of these two industries has placed him in prosperous circumstances. He has a well improved farm on one hundred and sixty acres on the Sedalia road and near the little town of Sedalia and in its careful cultivation and business like management it will compare favorably with any other farm in the vicinity. Mr. Hobson follows the footsteps of his father in matters of religion and politics, and is a Democrat and a Missionary Baptist. He married, in 1867, Miss Mary Hunt, who was born and reared near Cottage, Tennessee. Eight children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hobson, as follows: Samuel P.; John B.; Ora, now Mrs. McNeeley; Emma, the wife of William O'Conner; Mary, who died at the age of four years; Marshall, who died in 1902; Thomas; and Floy K.