Abigail Mayo Cobb1,2,3

ID# 10183, (1821 - 1891)
FatherWilliam Cobb4,5,6 (25 Oct 1787 - 21 Sep 1826)
MotherLora Fitch4,5,3 (abt 1790 - 20 Dec 1871)

Key Events:

Birth: 12 Oct 1821, Rochester, New York7,8,9
Marriage: Charles Greene Johnson, about 184410,11,12
Divorce: Charles Greene Johnson, 8 Nov 1881, Monroe Co.13,14,15
Divorce: Charles Greene Johnson, Wood Co., Ohio16,17
Death: 8 Feb 1891, Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan18,8
Burial: Woodland Cemetery, Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan19

Spouse:Charles Greene Johnson (13 Jun 1822 - 6 Oct 1898)
     Children:

  • Sarah Louie Johnson32 (abt 1847 - bef 1860)
  • Kate Eliza Johnson32,33,34 (9 Mar 1850 - 4 Mar 1926)
  • Charles Cobb Johnson33,35,36 (abt Mar 1853 - 21 Jun 1860)
  • Oliver Johnson33,37,38 (15 Jul 1855 - 24 Dec 1917)
  • Harry Disbrow Johnson33,37,39 (abt Aug 1859 - 13 Apr 1921)
ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Abigail Mayo Cobb was born on 12 Oct 1821 in Rochester, New York.7,8,9 She was baptized on 11 Jul 1823 in First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, New York.20
     Her father died on 21 Sep 1826, when Abigail was 4 years old.6,21,22
     Abigail married Charles Greene Johnson, son of Oliver Johnson and Eliza Disbrow, about 1844.10,11,12
     How Abigail, a native of Rochester, and Charles, a native of Michigan, met is unknown. It may be they met when he came east to attend college. Her obituary says she moved Monroe, Michigan in 1844, about the time they married. However their first child was born in New York in 1847. Either she returned home for the birth, or she actually moved west later.23,24

Establishing a Respected Place in the Community --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Abigail and Charles appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan, enumerated 29 Jul 1850, reporting real estate valued at $4,400. Their children Sarah and Kate were listed as living with them, as was Madeline Rose, age 17 from Germany, who appears to have been a servant.25
     Abigail and Charles appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan, enumerated 1 Jun 1860, reporting real estate valued at $14,000 and personal estate of 10,000. Their children Kate, Charles, Oliver and Harry were listed as living with them, as were her mother, Lora Fitch, and her younger sister, Lora Fitch Cobb, and Mary Canady, age 50 from Ireland, and Ann Kelly, age 19 from Scotland, who appear to have been servants.26
     Abigail and Charles appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan, enumerated 29 Jun 1870, reporting real estate valued at $16,000 and personal estate of $34,000. Their children Kate, Oliver and Harry were listed as living with them, as were his mother, her mother, two domestic servants, and Charles Wing, age 17, relationship unknown.27
     Abigail and Charles appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan, on Washington St., enumerated 2 Jun 1880. Their son Harry was listed as living with them, as was Mary Klutz, a 19-year old servant from Prussia.28

A Very Messy Divorce --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Charles sued for divorce from Abigail on grounds of extreme cruelty. At trial much testimony was taken and the private lives of the parties for many years was described. They had been married 37 years, had children and grand-children, were members in good standing of a church, and had been "prominent and conspicuous persons in society." But it was evident that they had not lived happily together for a number of years. Judge Governeur Morris of Circuit Court in Monroe Co. granted the divorce 8 Nov 1881, "much to the surprise of the good people thereabouts" according to one news account.13,14,15
     Abigail filed a motion with the state Supreme Court to vacate the divorce decree and require a new trial on 4 Apr 1882, on the grounds that the trial judge's term had ended before the time for settling the case. Her petition was denied the next day.29
     On 20 Oct 1882 she filed an appeal of the original divorce decree with the Supreme Court. The Court decided the appeal 17 Jan 1883, founding that the "extreme cruelty" relied upon as the basis of the case consisted of "petty annoyances, complaints and fault-finding, and the disparagement of complaint's common sense, taste, and judgment." It continued "No doubt many of the little things now complained of were very annoying at the time, but such annoyances fall to the lot of many, who wisely bear therewith rather than seek relief in the courts." The Court expressed hope that the "parties may, as they should, become reconciled, and spend the remainder of their days under the same roof." It then dismissed the divorce decree and directed Charles to pay Abigail $500 for costs and expenses.29
     The Court's hope for reconciliation was apparently thwarted, as Charles again filed for divorce on the grounds of extreme cruelty, this time in Wood Co., Ohio. That county is the first county across the state line in Ohio, some 50 miles from Monroe. Ohio at the time had a one-year residency requirement to file for divorce, so Charles must have established his residence there soon after the first divorce was overturned by the Michigan Supreme Court.30,31 That divorce was eventually granted.16,17
     The divorce must of caused quite a stir in the community. Her obituary described her as "another of Monroe's old and highly respected citizens" who "during her long residence here became widely known and respected." It said "in early life she took and active part in church work and was a leader in those things that usually occupy the attention of ladies interested in church matters, latterly accumulating years bore heavily upon her and she gave way to juniority."23
     Abigail died on 8 Feb 1891 in Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan, at age 69.18,8 She was buried in Woodland Cemetery, Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan, in the Johnson plot, next to her mother.19

Citations

  1. [S2607] Cleveland and Cleveland, Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, vol 1 pg 45, shows name as Abigail Mayo Cobb.
  2. [S2449] "Early Records from First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY", baptismal record, shows name as Abigail Cobb.
  3. [S4320] Return of Deaths,, Monroe Co., 1891, pg 297, no. 34, Abby Cobb Johnson.
  4. [S2449] "Early Records from First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY", baptismal record.
  5. [S2607] Cleveland and Cleveland, Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, vol 1 pg 45.
  6. [S863] Cobb, History of the Cobb Family, pg 185.
  7. [S7756] Abby Cobb Johnson obituary, Monroe Democrat, shows date, city, and state.
  8. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 92957010, Abby M. Cobb Johnson, shows date and includes tombstone photo showing same.
  9. [S7692] Charles G. Johnson household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., Michigan, shows age 27 and state.
  10. [S7692] Charles G. Johnson household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., Michigan, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  11. [S7693] Charles Johnson household, 1860 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., Michigan, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  12. [S7711] Charles G. Johnson v. Abby C. Johnson, Michigan Reports, Cases Decided in the Supreme Court of Michigan, 49: 639-, shows they had been married 37 years at the time of the divorce trial in fall 1881.
  13. [S7878] Divorce Decrees, Monroe Co., Michigan, pg 145, Charles G. Johnson vs. Abby Cobb Johnson.
  14. [S7701] Local item, The Evening Leader, 10 Nov 1881, shows judge and reaction of others.
  15. [S7711] Charles G. Johnson v. Abby C. Johnson, Michigan Reports, Cases Decided in the Supreme Court of Michigan, 49: 639-, shows grounds, and decision summarizes testimony.
  16. [S4320] Return of Deaths,, Monroe Co., 1891, pg 297, no. 34, Abby Cobb Johnson, shows divorced.
  17. [S7695] Charles G. Johnson, Certificate of Death, shows him as divorced and married 2d time.
  18. [S4320] Return of Deaths,, Monroe Co., 1891, pg 297, no. 34, Abby Cobb Johnson, shows date and town.
  19. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 92957010, Abby M. Cobb Johnson, includes tombstone photo showing her mother's stone next to hers.
  20. [S2449] "Early Records from First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY."
  21. [S2446] "Died," The Rochester Telegraph, 17 Oct 1826, shows date, city, and state.
  22. [S2466] Peck, Semi-Centennial History of the City of Rochester, pg 383, shows he died in the summer of 1821. This seems to be in error, since a contemporary obituary shows his death in 1826, and pg 439 shows that William was involved in a land transaction on 27 Oct 1822.
  23. [S7756] Abby Cobb Johnson obituary, Monroe Democrat.
  24. [S7692] Charles G. Johnson household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., Michigan, shows Sarah, age 3 and born in New York.
  25. [S7692] Charles G. Johnson household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., Michigan.
  26. [S7693] Charles Johnson household, 1860 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., Michigan.
  27. [S7696] Charles G. Johnson household, 1870 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., Michigan.
  28. [S7697] C. G. Johnson household, 1880 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., Michigan.
  29. [S7711] Charles G. Johnson v. Abby C. Johnson, Michigan Reports, Cases Decided in the Supreme Court of Michigan, 49: 639-.
  30. [S7712] "Divorce Notice," Perrysburg Journal, 25 Jul1884.
  31. [S7713] Giauque, The Revised Statues of the State of Ohio 1890, pg 1426, sec. 5690 shows residency requirement to file.
  32. [S7692] Charles G. Johnson household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., Michigan, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  33. [S7693] Charles Johnson household, 1860 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., Michigan, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  34. [S7699] Kate Eliza Phinney, Certificate of Death.
  35. [S7757] Johnson obituary, The Monroe Commercial.
  36. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 97465561, Charles Cobb Johnson, includes tombstone photo showing him as son of C. G. and A. M. Johnson.
  37. [S7696] Charles G. Johnson household, 1870 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., Michigan, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  38. [S7700] Oliver Johnson, Transcript of Certificate of Death.
  39. [S7697] C. G. Johnson household, 1880 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., Michigan, shows him as the son of her husband.