Hobart Ripley was born in 1838, at Mansfield, Penn. His father, P. S. Ripley, was a native of New York, and his grandfather, N. H. Ripley, was a native of New Hampshire. His mother was Miss Lorena Webster, daughter of Roswell Webster, of Tioga County. In his parents' family were ten children, eight boys and two girls, four of the boys taking part in the late war for the Union. Mr. Hobart Ripley enlisted in Company H, Sixth Pennsylvania Reserve Corps, during the war and after the battle of Bull Run in 1861 he was mustered into the United States service and was in the Army of the Potomac for three years, serving in the Third Brigade, Third Division Sixth Army Corps. He was under McCall (Gen. Mead and Gen. Ord having command of the brigade commanders at different times), and took part in the battles of Drainesville, seven days fight before Richmond, the second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Bristoe Station, Gettysburg, the battles of the Wilderness, and the battles before Richmond. He was not even scratched, and was never on the sick list nor off duty during the entire service. He was discharged at Harrisburg, Penn., the 11th day of June, 1864. Returning to Tioga County, Mr. Ripley attended school and clerked in the store of A. J. Webster, but later he came to Missouri, in 1866, and purchased a place near where the village of Akinsville now stands. Since coming to Morgan County Mr. Ripley has been teaching school and carrying on a business in insurance. He is a member of the Republican party, and has acted on the county central committee for the past ten years. On the 28th of December, 1887, he and six surviving brothers attended the golden wedding of their parents at the old homestead near Mansfield, Penn. In theological matters he believes that the Scriptures teach universal salvation from sin (not from the penalty); that the devil and all his works are to he destroyed; that holiness and happiness will be the final end of all human beings; that the creation of the human race is not a failure, as it would be if a majority or even a small part were forever sinful and miserable.

History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.