James Dyer Cobb1,2,3

ID# 10117, (1825 - 1899)
FatherGideon Cobb4,5,6 (26 Jun 1791 - Aug 1864)
MotherRoxana Worden4,5,6 (4 Mar 1794 - 21 Apr 1863)

Key Events:

Birth: 1825, Monroe Co., New York7,8,9
Marriage: Elizabeth M. Hammond, between 1850 and 185510,11,12
Death: 26 Jan 1899, Highland Ave., Brighton, New York13,14,15
Burial: 28 Jan 1899, Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe Co., New York16

Spouse:Elizabeth M. Hammond (about 10 Jun 1828 - 23 Aug 1894)
     Children:

Bessie May Cobb appears in the 1892 New York state census, listed as if the child of James and Elizabeth, though no relationships are recorded in that census. But reports of court proceedings and the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 censuses all indicate that the child was actually the daughter of their long-time housekeeper Hannah M. Eder. Other sources show James and Elizabeth as having no children.39,40,11

Child with: Hannah M. Eder (Oct 1852 - 4 Oct 1941)
     Child:

Several sources indicate Hannah as the mother of Bessie May, but evidence of James as father is indirect, but in the whole, compelling. The child was raised in the Cobb home, with the surname Cobb. No contemporary record found shows who her father was. However her daughter Margaret was claimed to be descended from James or his father.46,44,45
ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     James Dyer Cobb was born in 1825 in Monroe Co., New York.7,8,9 James and Margaret were twins.6,4 He was probably one of the two males under age 5 listed in the household of his father, Gideon Cobb, in the 1830 Federal Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York.17 He was probably one of the two males age 10 to15 listed in the household of his father in the 1840 Federal Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York.18 He appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York, in the household of his parents.19
     James married Elizabeth M. Hammond, daughter of John S. Hammond and Bessie Miriam [surname unknown], between 1850 and 1855.10,11,12
     James and Elizabeth appeared on the 1855 State Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York, enumerated 6 Jun 1855.2 They appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York, enumerated 3 Feb 1860, reporting real estate valued at $2,000.20
     James and Elizabeth appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York, enumerated Jul 1870, reporting real estate valued at $15,000 and personal estate of $2,000. His cousin Jane Thankful Cobb, daughter of his father's brother Horace, was listed as living with them, as was Hannah M. Eder, an 18-year-old domestic.21
     James and Elizabeth appeared on the 1875 State Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York, reporting that they lived in a brick house valued at $3,000.22 They also appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Brighton, enumerated 5 Jun 1880. Hannah M. Eder, a household servant, was listed as living with them on both occasions.23

A Successful Farmer --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     He was a farmer.19,20,21,23,6 In the 1860 census he reported having 21 acres, valued at $2,000, and $400 worth of tools and implements. He reported five horses, three milch cows, three other cows, and five swine, valued at $700. He reported that he had produced 60 bushels of wheat, 100 of corn, 300 of oats, 30 of peas and beans, 75 of potatoes, 137 of barley, and $25 worth of orchard products in the year ending 1 Jun 1860. He had also produced 300 lb. of butter and 20 tons of hay and slaughtered $280 worth of livestock.24
     In the 1870 census he reported having 100 acres, valued at $15,000, and $300 worth of tools and implements. He paid no wages. He reported six horses, three milch cows, and one swine, valued at $700. He reported that he had produced 195 bushels of winter wheat, 100 of corn, 145 of oats, 92 of barley, 95 of Irish potatoes, $50 in orchard products, and $50 in market produce in the year ending 1 Jun 1870. He had also produced 40 tons of hay and slaughtered $362 worth of livestock, for a total value of $1,663.25
     In the 1880 census he reported owning 80 acres of tilled land and two of meadow, valued at $20,000, tools and implements worth $400, and $800 worth of livestock. He reported that he had spent $100 in repairing fences in the prior year, $15 for fertilizer, and $400 for 104 weeks of hired labor. He reported three horses, four milch cows and one other cow which had dropped four calves and produced 150 gallons of milk and 800 lb. of butter the prior year, four swine, and 35 chickens that had produced 200 dozen eggs. He reported that he had produced 200 bushels of corn on five acres, 240 of oats on four acres, 170 of wheat on seven acres, 320 of potatoes on 3 acres, and 300 of apples, worth $75, on 125 trees on two acres. He had also produced 26 tons of hay on 20 acres, with another 45 acres of grassland not mown. He had cut 15 cords of wood worth $40, for a total value of all products of $1,025.26

The Housekeeper's Daughter --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     James's land, located just outside the city limits, was estimated to be worth $40,000 in 1881. For reasons not now known, "it was deemed advisable that the property should not remain" in his hands. He deeded it to another party, who deeded it to Elizabeth. He said later they had an agreement that she would make a will leaving the property to him if he survived her, which she did on 12 Jan 1881.27,28
     In Jul 1881 a daughter was born into the James and Elizabeth's household, by all accounts to their long-time maiden housekeeper, Hannah M. Eder. But for reasons unexplained, the daughter was known as Bessie May Cobb.29,30
     James and Elizabeth appeared on the 1892 State Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York, Their housekeeper, Hannah M. Eder, was listed as living with them, as was Bessie May Cobb, the housekeeper's daughter.31
     Five days before her death, James and Elizabeth had a "misunderstanding," and she called in a lawyer to draft a new will, dated 18 Aug 1894. It left him only a life estate in the property, with the property going to Bessie after his death. Further, the girl was to receive $3,000 in cash.27,28
     His wife died on 23 Aug 1894 in Highland Ave., Brighton, New York.32,33,34
     After Elizabeth's death James filed suit in equity court claiming he was the owner of the property, and her later will was invalid. While the suit was pending Hannah M. Eder had that will presented for probate.27 On winning his suit before the state Supreme Court, James had his wife's earlier will admitted for probate on 4 Mar 1896.35
     James left a will dated 17 Jan 1899, in which he left all his property to Hannah M. Eder, the family's long-time housekeeper.36 He died on 26 Jan 1899 in Brighton, New York, at his home on Highland Ave.13,14,15 He was buried on 28 Jan 1899 in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe Co., New York, with his wife.16
     James's will was submitted for probate 20 Mar 1899. His sisters Maria and Frances, contested it, claiming he was not capable of making a will at the time. They presented testimony that he had said he had drunk a pint of whisky a day for 50 years, and had been seen drinking that much for some time.36,37 On 6 Sep 1899 the judge delivered a decision rejecting the contest. In his decision the judge said that evidence of the deceased's drinking merely reiterated well-known fact and was not sufficient to establish incapacity. He also noted that his wife had named the housekeeper as a beneficiary in her will. He ordered the contestants to pay costs.38

Citations

  1. [S2607] Cleveland and Cleveland, Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, vol 1 pg 46, shows name as James Dyer Cobb.
  2. [S4273] James D. Cobb household, 1855 New York State Census, Monroe Co., New York, Brighton.
  3. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, Jan 1893 to Dec 1906 - Coa, shows name as James D. Cobb.
  4. [S2607] Cleveland and Cleveland, Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, vol 1 pg 46.
  5. [S2458] Gideon Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  6. [S2467] Kling, "Gideon Cobb (1791-1864),."
  7. [S4273] James D. Cobb household, 1855 New York State Census, Monroe Co., New York, Brighton, shows age 30 and county.
  8. [S2607] Cleveland and Cleveland, Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, vol 1 pg 46, shows year.
  9. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, Jan 1893 to Dec 1906 - Coa, shows age 73 at burial 28 Jan 1899.
  10. [S4273] James D. Cobb household, 1855 New York State Census, Monroe Co., New York, Brighton, shows married.
  11. [S2467] Kling, "Gideon Cobb (1791-1864)," shows he was married but had no children.
  12. [S4270] "Mortuary Matters," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 25 Aug 1894, shows her as his wife.
  13. [S4269] "Announcements," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 27 Jan 1899, shows he died "yesterday," at his home, street, and city.
  14. [S4283] "Consumed Much Whisky," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 4 May 1899, shows date.
  15. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, Jan 1893 to Dec 1906 - Coa, shows his burial date as 28 Jan 1899.
  16. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, Jan 1893 to Dec 1906 - Coa, shows his grave as E½ 31T and hers as the same.
  17. [S2462] Gideon Cobb household, 1830 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  18. [S2459] Curtis P. Buckland household, 1840 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  19. [S2458] Gideon Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  20. [S4271] James D. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  21. [S4272] James Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  22. [S4470] James Cobb household, 1875 New York State Census, Monroe Co., New York, Brighton.
  23. [S4268] James D. Cobb household, 1880 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  24. [S4274] James D. Cobb farm, 1860 U.S. Census, agriculture schedule, Monroe Co., New York.
  25. [S4275] James D. Cobb farm, 1870 U.S. Census, agriculture schedule, Monroe Co., New York.
  26. [S4276] James D. Cobb farm, 1880 U.S. Census, agriculture schedule, Monroe Co., New York.
  27. [S4281] "Would Break Mrs. Cobb's Will," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 8 Dec 1894.
  28. [S4282] "There are Two Wills," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 5 Mar 1896, shows date of will.
  29. [S4278] Hannah M. Eder household, 1900 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York, shows Bessie's birth month and year.
  30. [S4281] "Would Break Mrs. Cobb's Will," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 8 Dec 1894, shows the girl as Hannah's daughter, but known as Bessie May Cobb.
  31. [S4277] James D. Cobb household, 1892 New York State Census, Monroe Co., New York, Brighton.
  32. [S4390] Elizabeth M Cobb, Transcript of Death, shows date, city, and state.
  33. [S4270] "Mortuary Matters," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 25 Aug 1894, shows she died Thursday, at her residence, and street.
  34. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, Jan 1893 to Dec 1906 - Coa, shows burial date as 25 Aug 1894.
  35. [S4282] "There are Two Wills," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 5 Mar 1896.
  36. [S4283] "Consumed Much Whisky," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 4 May 1899.
  37. [S4284] "Housekeeper Gets All," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 7 Sep 1899, shows date of probate.
  38. [S4284] "Housekeeper Gets All," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 7 Sep 1899.
  39. [S4277] James D. Cobb household, 1892 New York State Census, Monroe Co., New York, Brighton, shows Bessie listed after James and Elizabeth, before Hannah.
  40. [S4278] Hannah M. Eder household, 1900 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York, shows Bessie as the daughter of Hannah.
  41. [S4277] James D. Cobb household, 1892 New York State Census, Monroe Co., New York, Brighton, lists the child, with surname Cobb, after James and his wife, and before Hannah Eder, as would be appropriate for a child of the head of household, though no relationships are stated.
  42. [S4281] "Would Break Mrs. Cobb's Will," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 8 Dec 1894, shows that "it was deemed advisable" that James's property not be held by him shortly before the child's birth, without explanation, that his wife left it to the child in her will, and that the mother of the child was Hannah.
  43. [S4283] "Consumed Much Whisky," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 4 May 1899, shows that James left his property to Hannah, acknowledged to be the girl's mother.
  44. [S4300] "Judge Thomas J. and Margaret S. Meagher Endowment", shows Margaret (Schrader) Meagher was a descendant of the Cobb family (she was Bessie May's daughter).
  45. [S4301] "Cobb-Meagher House", shows "James had at least two surviving daughters, Hannah Cobb Eder and Bessie May Cobb Schrader."
  46. [S4281] "Would Break Mrs. Cobb's Will," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 8 Dec 1894, shows that "it was deemed advisable" that James's property not be held by him shortly before the child's birth, without explaination, that his wife left it to the child in her will, and that the mother of the child was Hannah.