I am looking for information on a firm, 'Hobson and Collins' that I feel operated out of Philadelphia (or possibly Kent Co. Delaware) in mid-late 19th century. Our records show the wife of 'Hobson' in this firm was a 'Mary E. Hobson' not sure what the 'firm' was involved in but it was quite possible they sold seed and feed, dry stores, building materials etc. But, that is speculation on my part because of their involvement with the vessel described below
This firm was partners in a schooner with my ancestor William Alexander Blocksom Sr. 1832-1902 Little Creek, Kent, Delaware. Blocksom's brother-in-law Hiram Lockwood built the boat(I'm guessing post 1860-65) and they named it the 'Mary E. Hobson' for the wife of one of the partners of the firm, Hobson and Collins? Capt. Blocksom sailed this schooner between Little Creek DE and Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York, using the rivers and canals to haul farm produce to these markets and bringing back needed supplies.
(source) The Blocksom Family of Sussex Co. Delaware compiled by George W. Cable (1955)
Anyone have coinciding info or any reference to a firm 'Hobson and Collins'
Or a Hobson with a wife Mary E. from either Phili, or Kent Co. Delaware. Est birth yrs 1830-45