Ann Hobart Bailey

Ann Hobart was born in Illinois in 1846.  She became a member of the Oneida Community in 1856 when her recently widowed mother joined.  She worked as a typesetter and a teacher, but gained prominence and notoriety through her relationship with Theodore Noyes, the eldest son of the leader.   She became a leader of the Community when Theodore took over for his father and together they presided over a Spiritualist group.  In the eyes of many Community members she exerted undue influence over Theodore and was eventually discredited and “dethroned.”  She left the community in 1878 and married Joseph Skinner, son of Harriet Skinner, who had seceded years earlier and with whom she had a Community child.

Ann Hobart Bailey Skinner died at the age of 61 and is buried in the Community Cemetery.


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