Welcome to The Hobbs Family Union, Inc. website!
The Hobbs Family Union organized to recognize, research, preserve and incorporate the history of Hobbstown within the larger American story.
Our mission is to record and depict the little-known aspects of a community formed by blacks in the early 20th
century as a haven from racism and economic oppression.
Amos, General and Robert Hobbs migrated to the North during the Great Migration (1915). They eventually settled in rural Bridgewater, NJ. in 1920. They founded a community that included family and friends - the Bryants, Hicks, Miller, Murdock, Proctor, Sermons, McCray and Tukes families. They named it 'Hobbstown.
The Hobbs Family Union' focus is ensuring the preservation and promotion of this great American story.
Our initial project focused on having the given name of ‘Hobbstown’ officially designated for the historic enclave. Presentations, petitions and collaboration with the Friends of Bridgewater History followed.
Elected officials recognized that effort with Bridgewater MC Resolution # 18-08-20-209 which recognized the historic contribution of the Hobbs Family, and designated the neighborhood (Somerville Manor) as an unincorporated community within the Township of Bridgewater renamed ‘Hobbstown’.
The HFU has other short and long-term goals:
Board of Trustees
- In anticipation and recognition of the Centennial Anniversary of the founding of the historic and affectionately known” Hobbstown” by Reverend Amos Hobbs with his brothers General W. Hobbs and Robert Hobbs; we propose to honor and commemorate their vision and the accomplishments of the original settler families during the Hobbstown Centennial – ‘A Century of Community’ scheduled for July 3-5, 2020.
- Planning and funding assistance to stabilize, document and preserve the Prince Rodgers Cemetery on Foothill Road, Bridgewater; the burial site of formally enslaved African Americans. Many of their descendants reside in the area today.
Kenneth Hobbs, President
Pastor David H. Hobbs, Vice President
Karon Patterson, Registrar
Nan Hobbs Bennett, Recording Secretary
Our website serves to encourage communication.
We look forward to hearing your Hobbstown history.