Mark Tyler Cobb1,2,3

ID# 1014, (abt 1852 - 1905)
FatherRobert Livingston Cobb4,5,6 (6 Oct 1805 - Jun 1873)
MotherCornelia Barbour Mims7,5,6 (1816 - 31 May 1875)

Key Events:

Birth: about 1852, Eddyville, Kentucky8,9,10
Death: 18 Nov 1905, county poorhouse, Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky11
ChartsDescendants of Linah and Rebeccah (Davis) Mims
Descendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Linah Mims - Rebecca Davis Family
The Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Mark Tyler Cobb was born about 1852 in Eddyville, Kentucky.8,9,10 He appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky, in the household of his parents, Robert Livingston Cobb and Cornelia Barbour Mims.12,13 He appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky, in the household of his parents.14
     Mark appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky, at Market St., enumerated 15 Jun 1880, as a boarder in a hotel.15
     Mark appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky, at the county poorhouse on Mayfield Gravel Rd., enumerated 18 Jun 1900, where he was one of 20 "inmates." They were mixed male and female, both Black and White, and included a child age 6 apparently with her mother, a few in their twenties but mostly in their fifties and sixties.16
     The McCracken Co. poorhouse seems to have been used to house not only those who were indigent, but also those with various disabilities. Mark, like about half the others, shows only an approximate age (60 in his case, about 12 years older than it should be for him), and shows his birth state while showing those of his parents as unknown, suggesting the inmate may have been without all his facilities. Brother Robert has moved to Texas long before and doesn't seem to have been too prosperous, Joshua had died by this time and his family was clearly financially stressed, and Linah seems to have been just getting by. Sister Bobella and her husband were in Evensville and apparently doing well. Even given the trying circumstances of most of them, it seems difficult to imagine them leaving a sibling as a public ward unless he had significant mental or physical disabilities that prevented him from being kept at home. It is easy to speculate that the issue was alcoholism. Mark does not appear in the obituary of his brother Linah, either as a survivor or having died earlier. It may be possible he was not mentioned because of his condition, whatever that may have been.17,16 He died on 18 Nov 1905 at the county poorhouse, Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky.11

Citations

  1. [S3235] Obituary for Mrs. Cornelia B. Cobb, unknown newspaper, 2 Jun 1875, shows name as Mark Tyler Cobb.
  2. [S1811] Robert L. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows name as Mark T. Cobb.
  3. [S628] Robert L. Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, shows name as Mark T. Cobb.
  4. [S3107] "The Grim Reaper," The Paducah Sun, 20 Nov 1905.
  5. [S1811] Robert L. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows them in same household, appearing to be parent and child.
  6. [S628] Robert L. Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, shows him in the household of Robert L. and Cornelia, apparently as their son.
  7. [S3235] Obituary for Mrs. Cornelia B. Cobb, unknown newspaper, 2 Jun 1875.
  8. [S1811] Robert L. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows age 8, and state.
  9. [S3107] "The Grim Reaper," The Paducah Sun, 20 Nov 1905, shows town.
  10. [S628] Robert L. Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, shows age 17 and state.
  11. [S3107] "The Grim Reaper," The Paducah Sun, 20 Nov 1905, shows he died "Saturday."
  12. [S1811] Robert L. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky.
  13. [S1675] Robert L. Cobb, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  14. [S628] Robert L. Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky.
  15. [S848] James Sanders household, 1880 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, lists Mark T. Cobb as a boarder in his hotel.
  16. [S3106] William B. Padgett household, 1900 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky.
  17. [S2743] "Death Claimed Capt. Linah Cobb," The Paducah Sun, 21 Apr 1904, mentions only Bobella and Robert as surviving, and Joshua as having died.