Eddyville Records

This page updated 30 Jun 2013

Records of the Cobbs of Eddyville Kentucky
and Their Associates
including Matthew Lyon & sons

The sections listed below contain extracts for the original records, in all cases focusing on the family of Gideon Dyer Cobb (1773-1834). I have attempted to find every record of each type searched for Gideon, his brothers, and his descendants, though no doubt some were missed.

Selected records of some associates are included, as noted more specifically in each section. Further, many other individuals are mentioned when they were part of transactions involving the Cobbs, but the records for those individuals are by no means complete.

Many names are spelled as best I could discern them from the original records, and in many cases are no doubt in error. I have scanned images of all of the records listed, and would be happy to consult them, or furnish copies, to clarify any questions.

County Court Orders

County Courts in early Kentucky served functions today the responsibility of multiple governmental bodies; they were essentially the whole of county government. They were responsible for functions today generally the purview of County Commissioners or Supervisors - setting tax rates and collecting taxes, establishing and maintaining roads and public buildings, and licensing taverns and ferries. They also had judicial functions, including the probating of wills and estates, and hearing appeals to decisions of magistrates. Members of the Court were Justices of the Peace, appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth. The Order Books record the proceedings of the Court.

Livingston County
Covers the period from the formation of the County on 21 May 1799 until Caldwell County was formed on 1 May 1809.
Caldwell County
Covers the period from the formation of the County on 1 May 1809 until Lyon County was formed on 1 Apr 1854.

Land Grants & Deeds

Deeds were recorded for the most part for transfers of land, but in a few cases record transfers of slaves, mineral rights, and other significant transactions.

Kentucky Land Grants
Grants of vacant land made by the Commonwealth of Kentucky under various Acts
South of Green River Series updated
Grants to the early settlers in the Eddyville area under 1797 act and amendments.

Livingston County
Covers the period from the formation of the County on 21 May 1799 until Caldwell County was formed on 1 May 1809
Warrants
Warrants to the initial settlers in the Eddyville area certifying eligibility for grants.
Deeds
Transactions between the initial settlers in the Eddyville area.

Caldwell County Deeds

Covers the period from the formation of the County on 1 May 1809 until the formation of Lyon County in 1854
1st Generation
Transactions involving the initial settlers in the Eddyville area.
Caleb C. Cobb
Transactions involving Caleb C. Cobb, eldest son of Gideon & Modena Cobb.
R. L. & G. D. Cobb
Transactions involving Robert L. Cobb and his younger brother, Gideon D. Cobb, sons of Gideon & Modena Cobb. They joined in many business ventures.
Mims Family
Transactions involving the descendants of Col. Linah Mims.
Others
Transactions involving persons not listed above.

Crittenden County Deeds
Covers the period from the formation of the county in 1842 until, currently, 1878.
R. L. & G. D. Cobb
Transactions involving Robert L. Cobb and Gideon D. Cobb Jr., sons of Gideon & Modena Cobb.
Others
Transactions involving Caleb C. and Giles L. Cobb, sons of Gideon & Modena Cobb, Caleb's second wife Louisa (Long) Cobb, and other members of their extended family.

Lyon County Deeds
Covers the period from the formation of the county in 1854 until 1891.
Robert L. Cobb
Transactions involving Robert L. Cobb, son of Gideon & Modena Cobb, and his sons Linah & Joshua.
Second Generation Cobbs Transactions involving the sons of Gideon & Modena Cobb, Caleb, Joshua, Gideon Jr., and Giles, and their contemporaries, except Robert, who is listed above.
Extended Cobb Family Transactions involving the Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren of Gideon & Modena Cobb and their contemporaries.
"White Hall" & KSBP Transfers of Robert L. Cobb's "White Hall" mansion after he sold it, and transfers of lands in 1881 to the Commonwealth of Kentucky for construction of the Kentucky State Branch Penitentiary

Mortgages

Mortgages were taken for a variety of reasons, often to obtain an advance payment on a crop not yet ready for harvest, or to secure accounts due with merchants. While some mortgages were secured with land, in many cases crops and household good were mortgaged in addition to or instead of land. Thus these mortgages serve as an inventory of the goods typically owned by the people of this time and place.

Livingston County
Covers the period from the formation of the County on 21 May 1799 until Caldwell County was formed on 1 May 1809.
Caldwell County
Covers the period from the formation of the County on 1 May 1809 until Lyon County was formed on 1 Apr 1854.
Crittenden County
Covers the period from the formation of the County in 1842 until, currently, 1878.
Lyon County
Covers the period from the formation of the County in 1854 until, currently, 1858.

Tax Lists

Lists of those owning property subject to taxation were made annually. They list the names of the owners, and the land, slaves, and other taxable property.

Livingston County new
Covers the period from the formation of the County on 21 May 1799 until Caldwell County was formed on 1 May 1809.
Caldwell County new
1809 to 1813
1814 to 1818
1819 to 1823
1824 to 1828
1829 to 1835
1836 to 1841
1842 to 1845
1845 to 1848
Covers the period from the formation of the County on 1 May 1809 until 1848.

Bankruptcies

The Federal Bankruptcy Act of 1867 provided uniform procedures for handling personal bankruptcy filings. Several of the Cobbs took advantage of that act, including the following:

Joshua Clark and Linah Mims Cobb
Filed 29 Feb 1868
Gideon Dyer Cobb, Jr.
Filed 13 Oct 1871
Robert Cobb
Filed 26 Apr 1878

 

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