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The COBB Cemetery is located just east of the 4th Green (5th Tee) of the Kanawha Country Club, which is located on Kanawha Turnpike in the City of South Charleston (Kanawha County), West Virginia. Charles Richard COBB transcribed the tombstones in this cemetery, with the assistance of Carter Taylor Seaton, on Sunday, July 30, 2000. The cemetery seems to be receiving minimal care, but someone is cutting the grass. Several markers have fallen off of their bases, and we attempted to reset those that were not too heavy to lift.
Many of the tombstones were very difficult to read, as many of them were inscribed on Limestone. We were able to read them only after rubbing Violet leaves across the face of the stone. We attempted to use tracing paper and pencil to lift the inscriptions from the stones, but this was ineffective. Remarkably, by trial and error, we discovered that rubbing the Violet leaves onto the stones allowed us to record the inscription on the oldest of markers. Of course, the green coloring from the leaves will wash away with the first rain. We also discovered that "cleaning" the hard-to-read stones by rubbing a piece of marble stone over the inscription removed built-up mold and dirt. This was done with great care to insure that we were not damaging the face of the tombstones.
We are convinced that, within a very short period of time, many of the old tombstone inscriptions in the COBB area of this cemetery will be totally illegible. For that reason, we wanted to contribute this cemetery transcription, as this is the burial place for Fleming COBB(s), a very early settler in the Kanawha River Valley.
These are the COBB(s) tombstones that are all in one area at the Northeast corner of the cemetery. They are not listed in any particular order. I will add the other tombstone transcriptions shortly.
1. George W. COBBS George W. Son of F & LV COBBS Died Feb. 22, 1846 Aged 11 Yr. 2 Mo. 14 Days (Has the depiction of a reclining Lamb at the top) 2. Edward Marion COBB Edward Marion COBB Born Dec. 10, 1871 Killed May 3, 1921 From all life's labors He rests on high. 3. Lucy M. Lucy M. Wife of F. COBBS Died Oct. 18, 1865 Aged 23 Yrs. 9 Mos. 20 Days (3 feet tall. Depicted at the top is a hand pointing to heaven). 4. Fleming COBBS, Jr. Fleming COBBS, Jr. Born June 5, 1813 Died July 27, 1892 Age 78 Gone but not forgotten 5. Harrison COBBS Harrison Son of Richard & Caroline COBBS Born Mar 7, 1860 Died June 16, 1861 6. Sarah MORRIS Mrs. Sara COBBS Widow of Fleming COBBS Daughter of Leonard MORRIS The Deceased Was born at Donnally's Fort Greenbrier County VA in 1775 And departed this life Oct 23, 1856 She was a pious member of the Baptist Church and died in the full hope of meeting kindred dead in the land of bliss. "Grave the guardian of our dust Grave the treasury of the skies (Every?) (atom?) (Rests?) again in hope to rise." 7. Leonard COBBS Leonard COBBS Born Oct. 27, 1836 Died Jan 22, 1836 (This stone has fallen over and was too heavy to put in place). 8. Sarah Sara Wife of B. L. COBBS Born Mar 28, 1860 (Very tall, upright monument). 9. Roswell COBBS Roswell COBBS Died March 19, 1851 10. Fleming COBBS Erected To the memory of Fleming COBBS Who was born December 23, 1767 Departed this life Jan 10th, 1846 11. Harry M. COBBS Father Harry M. COBBS 1872-1935 At Rest (Red Granite Stone) 12. Fannie B. Mother Fannie B. COBBS 1878-1970 At Rest (Red Granite Stone) 13. Harley J. COBBS Harley J. COBB June 7, 1884 June 5,1947
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