Mary Jane Hobson (c.1881-?) née Hanson


Mary Jane Hanson was born at Birchencliffe, the daughter of woollen spinner Henry Hanson and his wife Hannah (née Pearson).

At the time of the 1881 Census, the family was living at 58 Halifax Road, Lindley. By 1891, they had moved to Benson's Yard, Huddersfield, where Henry worked as a lamp lighter.

She married labourer Joseph Henry Hobson, son of blacksmith Joseph Hobson, on 9 January 1904 at St. Mark's, Huddersfield. At the time of her marriage, she was living at 19 Hawk Street, Huddersfield.

The couple had had three children although two had died in infancy. The two known children are:

  • Violet Hobson (1906-1907)[1]
  • Frances Hobson (1909-1971)[2]

By 1911, they were living at School Farm, Haigh House, Longwood, where Joseph Henry worked as an engineer's labourer for a valve manufacturer.


Mary Jane Hobson was a Suffragette and a member of the Huddersfield branch of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU).[3]

Notes and References

  1. Born 26 October 1906.
  2. Born 18 February 1909. Did not marry. Died aged 62.
  3. Edith Key's minute book contains an entry for "Mrs Hobson, 14 Trevelyan Street, Moldgreen". This is the address recorded for the death of Violet Hobson, aged 1, daughter of "J. H. Hobson". From that information, it was possible to link Key's entry to Mary Jane Hobson.