Contributed by Mark Phelps
This Information was taken from a posting on a Roots Web Page concerning the Cobb family that migrated from Connecticut to Caswell County. There has been a great deal of misinformation that the Cobb Family of Caswell descended from the the Kopp Family of German Origin in Guilford County NC. I feel this proves otherwise as Henry Cobb and his sons were on the first Tax List in 1755 for Orange County and remained in various records during Colonial times in Orange and then Caswell County. One can even see the departure of some of his sons to South Carolina as they migrate to South Carolina. My ancestor however Noah Cobb remained in Caswell County his whole life, his Will being Probated in Caswell County in 1808.
Henry Cobb and Jemima Morse Cobb along with the COBB BROTHERS FIVE appeared on the TAX rolls in 1755, (Samuel, Henry, Noah, John and Asa). I assume that possibly Samuel Cobb, oldest son brought with him a wife however he could have married there in Orange County, now Caswell County, NC. Her name was probably RANSOM. Does anyone have any information on the name of his first wife, he later married a Judah Peake in Laurens County, SC about 1780. The first wife was killed by Indians in 1769.
Descendants of Samuel Cobb, (1)
Generation No. 1
1. SAMUEL1 COBB, (1) was born April 30, 1735 in the New England area, (Barnstable, MA - Pomfret, CT ??) and died 1805 in Owen County, Kentucky. He married JUDATH PEAK or PEAKE Abt 1780 in Donalds, South Carolina - Turkey Creek Baptist Church (Second oldest church in South Carolina – Founded 1775 ).
Samuel is the son of Henry Cobb and Jemima Morse, daughter of Noah Morse and Abigail Gleason, an only child, Jemima was born in Sherborn, MA in 1715. Married Samuel on July 30, 1731 in Pomfret, CT. She is a grand daughter of Daniel Morse, great grand daughter of Daniel Morse and great great grand daughter of Samuel Morse, b. 1587 in England.
Children of Henry Cobb and Jemima Morse:
i. Elizabeth Cobb, b. August 15, 1732 in Pomfret, CT
NOTES: Marriage dates and birth dates for Henry & Jemima taken from transcript from the Connecticut State Library for the period of 1705 – 1850 from the BARBOUR COLLECTION dated 1921. (I have a copy of the transcript in hand.)
NOTES: The information here below has not been proven but appears to be possible. The Connecticut State Library has done a research project on Henry Cobb and has provided the following information. It is known that an Uncle of Henry (named Henry¹ born Sept 3, 1665 in Barnstable, MA and died on Sept 4, 1725 in Stonington, CT) moved his Church membership from Barnstable, MA to Stonington, CT on November 11, 1705. Henry¹ had a brother named Samuel Cobb, b. October 12, 1654 in Barnstable, MA who had a son named Henry² b. Feb 17, 1686/87 in Barnstable, MA. I have been unable to locate any information on this Henry Cobb², nephew to Henry Cobb¹ who moved to Stonington, CT and just possibly was accompanied by his Nephew (Henry Cobb²
Assuming the link to Henry Cobb², b. Feb 17, 1886/87: (POSSIBLE LINK TO HENRY COBB&JEMIMA MORSE)
Elder Henry Cobb married 1634 (1) Patience Hurst, daughter of James Hurst and Catherine Hurst(?). Of Plymouth. She was buried 4 May 1648. Henry married (2) 12 Dec 1649, Sarah Hinckley daughter of Samuel Hinckley and Sarah Soole. Henry died in 1679 and his wife Sarah survived him.
NOTES for ELDER HENRY COBB:
Henry was born in 1596 in the southeast part of the County of Kent, England. He was brought up in the Church of England, but in his young manhood, because of the wrongs tolerated in that Church, he broke away from the Establishment and joined the Pilgrims. He is said to have united with a Congregational Church of London, of which the Rev. Mr. Lothrop was then pastor. He probably came to America on “THE ANNE” in 1629. He moved to Scituate, MA in 1633, and from there to Barnstable, MA in 1639. He was Deacon or Ruling Elder in Scituate and Barnstable for 34 years. He also held various civil offices, among them that of Deputy to the General Court of the Colony for several years. He died in Barnstable at the age of 83 in 1679.
Children of ELDER HENRY COBB and PATIENCE HURST are:
(a) John Cobb, b. 7 June 1632, Plymouth, MA; d. February 22, 1713/14.
(b) James Cobb, b. 14 Jan 1634, Plymouth, MA; d. February 01, 1695, Barnstable, MA
(c) Mary Cobb, b. 24 March 1637, Scituate, MA, m. JONATHAN DUNHAM, October 15, 1657
(d) Hannah Cobb, b. 5 Oct 1639, Scituate, MA; d. January 17, 1729/30
(e) Patience Cobb, b. 13 March 1641/42, Barnstable, MA;
m. (1) ROBERT PARKER, August 1667;
(f) Gershom Cobb, b. 10 Jan 1644/45, Barnstable, MA; d. June 04, 1675; m. HANNAH DAVIS.
(g) Eleazer Cobb, b. 30 March 1648, Barnstable, MA;
NOTES for Sarah Hinckley:
Came to America from England in 1634 settling in Scituate, afterwards removing to Barnstable. Her brother, Thomas Hinckley, became governor of Plymouth County and was a prominent man… Phillip Cobb – History of the Cobb Family.
Children of ELDER HENRY COBB and SARAH HINCKLEY are:
(h) Mehitabel Cobb, b. 1 Sept 1651; d. 8 March 1652, Barnstable, MA; d. March 08, 1651/52.
(i) SAMUEL COBB, b. 12 Oct 1654, Barnstable, MA; d. September 27, 1727
(j) Sarah Cobb, b. 15 Jan 1657/58; d. 25 Jan 1658, Barnstable, MA; d. January 25, 1657/58
(k) Jonathan Cobb, b. 10 April 1660, Barnstable, MA; d. August 05, 1728; m. HOPE CHIPMAN
(l) Sarah Cobb, b. 10 March 1662/63, Barnstable, MA; d. January 08, 1742/43
(m) Henry Cobb, b. 3 Sept 1665, Barnstable, MA; d. September 04, 1725, Stonington, CT; m. Lois Hallett April 10, 1690 (Moved church membership to Stonington, CT in 1705)
(n) Mehitabel Cobb, b. 15 Feb 1667, Barnstable, MA. (Died young, never married)
(o) Experience Cobb, b. 11 Sept 1671., Barnstable, MA. (Died young)
2. Samuel Cobb, born Barnstable, Ma. 12 Oct 1654; d. 27 Dec 1727; m. 20 Dec 1680 Elizabeth Taylor, dau of Richard Taylor. She was born in 1655; d. 4 May 1721.
(a) Sarah Cobb, b. 20 Aug 1681, d. January 14, 1741, Hyannis, MA; m. BENJAMINE BERSE
(b) Thomas Cobb, b. 1 June 1683, Barnstable, MA; d. October 01, 1743; m. RACHAEL STONE
(c) Elizabeth Cobb, b. Nov 1685, Barnstable, MA; d. July 15, 1711; m. JONATHAN LEWIS
(d) Henry Cobb, b. February 17, 1686/87, Barnstable, MA -POSSIBLE LINK TO HENRY COBB&JEMIMA MORSE
(e) Samuel Cobb, twin b. 10 Sept 1691, Barnstable, MA; d. December 07, 1786, Tisbury, MA; m. (1) MARY HINCKLEY, August 25, 1743; (2) HANNAH BICKNELL, April 11, 1749.
(f) Mehitable Cobb, twin b. 10 Sept 1691, Barnstable, MA; m. NATHAN TAYLER, June 30, 1715.
(g) Experience Cobb, b. 8 June 1692, Barnstable, MA; m. JASPER TAYLER, February 18, 1712.
(h) Jonathan Cobb, b. 25 Dec 1694, Barnstable, MA; d. August 03, 1773
(i) Eleazer Cobb, b. January 14, 1695/96, Barnstable, MA
(j) Lydia Cobb, b. December 08, 1699, m. EBENEEZER SCUDDER, April 02, 1725.
Henry and Jemima left CT around 1742. In 1755 they appeared on the tax rolls of Orange County, NC (Now Caswell Co. NC) There are many, many Cobb’s living in that area today. Noah remained there and his will was proved there in 1808. He had children and grandchildren, one of his granddaughters married a man named Grant who flew into a jealous rage and killed two men walking with his wife from church. He was hanged in Caswell Co. NC in 1827.
Notes for COBB BROTHERS FIVE:
The clan of the Cobb Brothers Five first appears in Orange County, NC about 1755, namely Samuel and Henry. From the Orange Co. Court Minuites Book: Court held March 1757 - "Thomas Laxton, Jr., and Samuel Cobb proved their attendance as Evidences in the suit - Taylor vs Reynolds". Court held August 1760 - "Ordered that Nathaniel Hart, David Hart, Thomas Highs, Edmund Denny, Daniel McCullom, Samuel Cobb, John Cantrel, John Thrasher, Robert Wells and Samuel Watt be appointed to lay out and open a road from the McCollom's Plantation to Taylor's Road leading to the Court House". Court held August 1763: - "Ordered that Henry Cobb be appointed overseer of the Lower Town Road from the County Line to John Cantril's and that all hands on the waters of the County Line Creek assist".
In 1761, Samuel Cobb recorded a land grant on County Line Creek for 487 acres, adjoining Nathaniel Hart. In the survey of this land, Henry Cobb was one of the chain bearers. It may be that all five of the brothers shared this same tract which was transferred in 1765 to Henry Cobb. That may be about the time that Samuel Cobb moved on to Old Ninety-Six District in South Carolina, and he most probably took his younger brother, Asa Cobb with him. In 1770, Henry Cobb sold off 238 acres of this tract to Matthew Lovett and John Williams.
Caswell County was
created in 1777 from Orange County and the First Tax List of the newly
created county shows John, Henry and Noah Cobb as land owners there in 1777.
According to some records that I have read, a homesteader would stake a
claim, live on it for two years and then have a survey made and apply for a
land grant. This may have been the case as in 1788/89, Henry and Noah
applied for and received a land grant in Caswell Co., NC. The brothers John,
Henry and Noah are listed in the NC State Census of 1786. Sometime after
this and before the first Federal Census was taken in 1790, both John and
Henry moved on to join Samuel and Asa in South Carolina. It may be well to
NOTE here that the Orange County Court House burned in 1789 and many of the
records were lost or destroyed. This is the only reason that I can give for
not locating any marriage records of any of the five brothers. As we have no
records of the birth years or marriage dates, a reasonable estimate based on
other data would show them to have been born in the 1730's to early 1740’s.