ID# 1203, ( - bef 1851)
|Charts||Descendants of Gideon Cobb|
Narrative:Nothing is known of John's birth or ancestry, nor even when he arrived in Kentucky. The earliest record found is his marriage in 1830. Caldwell Co. records show his surname as Hallick, though some records for his supposed children show it as Hallack or Halleck. There is a Hallock family in Crittenden Co. Vermont about the time of his birth, and since his wife's family and others in Eddyville were from Vermont he could be part of that family. In any case, he seems to have arrived in Eddyville with some resources, as he established considerable property holdings there. He owned at least 18 town lots in Eddyville, and two large tracts just below the town, one on the Cumberland River. There may have been more as other deeds were likely not found.8,9,10,11 (For known town lots, see map. For details of all the records that have been found for land transactions involving John, see the extracted Caldwell Co. Deeds.)
John married Hannah Chittenden Cobb, daughter of Gideon Dyer Cobb and Modena Chittenden Clark, on 8 Sep 1830 in Caldwell Co., Kentucky.4,5,2,6
John bought a lot at Franklin and 3rd Streets in Eddyville from Chittenden Lyon on 24 Oct 1831, and a second adjacent lot from him on 8 Nov 1835.12 On 15 Mar 1832 John bought lots no. 90, 98, 99, 100, 115, 118, 119, and 120 in Eddyville from Minerva Lyon, widow of Dr. Hanson Cattlett, and his wife's first cousin, once removed.13
On 13 Jan 1835 John and Hannah sold the two lots at Franklin and 3rd Streets to her brother Robert for $1,000.14 John and Hannah sold the two lots at Main and 3rd Streets to her brother Joshua for $147 on 23 Jan 1837.15
John appeared on the 1840 Federal Census of Caldwell Co., Kentucky, with a household consisting of two males under age 5 (son James and another), and one age 30 to 40 (himself), one female under age (unknown), one age 10 to 15 (unknown), and one age 20 to 30 (wife Hannah). There were also three slaves, a male age 10 to 24, another age 24 to 36, and a female age36 to 55.3
On 26 Jan 1844, after Hannah's death, John sold 260 ac. on the waters of Lick Ck. to Robert Livingston Cobb on 26 Jan 1844, for $500. John had purchased this parcel from Cader Herrals on 26 Nov 1832, in another deed not found.16
A pair of apparently related suits over disputed title to land were resolved in the Nov 1846 term of the Caldwell Co. Circuit Court. In one, John Hallick brought suit against Richard T. Archer and Steven C. Archer, and also against his wife's brothers, Caleb and Robert, although it appears the Archers were the real targets. In the second, Robert and Gideon, as surviving partners in the firm of Cobb, Bell & Co. brought suit against the Archers and their brother Caleb. At issue appears to be some 556 acres originally patented to Richard Archer, on the Cumberland River adjoining and below the town of Eddyville, which Caleb purchased from the estate of George Loftus on 8 Jan 1830, who had purchased it for taxes due. This parcel was one of 18 Caleb sold to Robert, Gideon, and David Bell (Cobb, Bell & Co.) on 2 Aug 1841. Apparently, Robert had transferred 350 acres of this property to John by a deed which has not been found. At the time of the suit, John was living on this property. It would seem that the Archers had claimed that these actions were invalid, but the court found for the complaints, and ordered the Archers to convey title to John for his parcel and to Robert and Gideon for the remainder. When they failed to do so, the appointed commissioner did on 29 Apr 1847.17
William H. Scott brought suit against John Hallick & Co. in Caldwell Co. Circuit Court to collect $425 with interest from 1 Sep 1845, $200 with interest from 16 Nov 1844, and costs of suit, apparently from a defaulted mortgage. In its Apr 1849 term the court ordered sale at the courthouse door of as many lots as needed to pay that amount. On 18 Apr 1849 a commissioner deeded six lots formerly owned by John to Robert Livingston Cobb, his wife's brother, selling them for $395.18
Despite all these real estate transactions, John apparently regarded his principal occupation as river shipping, In the 1840 census he reported that two people in the household (apparently John and one of the slaves) were engaged in navigation of inland waters.19
John died before Apr 1851, most likely before 1850, as he is not found in that census.7
Gideon and Robert Livingston Cobb brought a suit, on grounds not now clear, against John's heirs, which was decided at the Apr 1851 term of the Caldwell Circuit Court. The decree called for sale of as many of the lots in Eddyville and parcels as needed to pay off the amount due. On 3 Jul 1852 a commissioner deeded six town lots John had purchased from Minervia Catlett to Gideon. On 11 Feb 1853 he deeded a 350-acre parcel adjoining the town to Robert, apparently the same one Robert had earlier transferred to John, and where John was living at the time of the 1846 suit.20
Children with Hannah Chittenden Cobb
The two children shown here are not well documented as the children of John and Hannah; the connection is based solely on children of surname Hallack being found in the households of friends and relatives in 1850, after the deaths of the parents. Based on the unknown children shown on the 1840 census, it appears that there may have been additional children as well.
- [S726] Caldwell Co. Marriage Bonds, Book A, John Hallich to Miss Hannah C. Cobb, 8 Sep 1830.
- [S732] Caldwell Co. Marriage Records, loose papers, bond of John Hallick and John B. Craig, 8 Sep 1830.
- [S2753] John Halleck household, 1840 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
- [S726] Caldwell Co. Marriage Bonds, Book A, John Hallich to Miss Hannah C. Cobb, 8 Sep 1830, registration shows date, as 8th, but return seems to have left the day blank, or perhaps it has faded.
- [S732] Caldwell Co. Marriage Records, loose papers, license for John Hallick and Miss Hannah C. Cobb, 8 Sep 1830, return shows "on _ day of Sept 1830," omitting the date. Many other records in the county for this period show the ceremony the same day as the license, so I am assuming that in this case.
- [S2089] Hanna C. Hallick grave marker, Eddyville Cemetery, shows "wife of John Hallick."
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, Q:2-4, John H. Rackerby, commissioner in chancery to Gideon D. Cobb, 23 Sep 1852, and Q:241-3, same to Robt L. Cobb, 6 Apr 1853, both mention suit decided in Apr 1851 term of Caldwell Circuit Court against heirs of John Hallick, decd.
- [S732] Caldwell Co. Marriage Records, loose papers, license for John Hallick and Miss Hannah C. Cobb, 8 Sep 1830.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, G:451, John Hallick to Robert L Cobb, 13 Jan 1835; L:227, John Hallick to Robert L. Cobb, 7 Feb 1844; and N:185-6, Rezin H. J. Davidge, Commissioner in Chancery to John Hallick, 17 May 1847.
- [S1816] Wm. D. Kirkpatrick household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows name as Aurelia Hallack.
- [S956] Armstrong, Notable Southern Families, vol I pg 81, shows name as Aurelia J. Halleck.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, G:451, John Hallick to Robert L Cobb, 13 Jan 1835, refers to original conveyance by Chittenden Lyon to Hallick 8 Nov 1835 & 24 Oct 1831.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, Q:2-4 , John H Rackerby, commissioner in chancery to Gideon D. Cobb, 23 Sep 1852, refers to original conveyence from Manerva Catlett to John Hallick 15 Mar 1832 recorded bk F pg 523 (not seen).
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, G:451, John Hallick to Robert L Cobb, 13 Jan 1835, signed by Hannah though she is not named in deed or clerk's statement.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, H:335-6, John Hallick & wife Hannah to Joshua Cobb, 8 Feb 1837.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, L:227, John Hallick to Robert L. Cobb, 7 Feb 1844.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, F:269-70, James Loftus of Christian Co. executor for George Loftus to Caleb C. Cobb, 8 Jan 1831; K:249-52, C. C. Cobb to Robt. L. Cobb, David R. Bell & Gideon D. Cobb, 16 Sep 1841 item #1; N:184-5, Rezin H. J. Davidge, Commissioner in Chancery, to Robert L. Cobb and Gideon D. Cobb,
17 May 1847: and N:185-6, same to John Hallick, recorded same day.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, O:176-7, Edmund P. Watkins, Commissioner of Chancery to Robert L. Cobb, 30 Apr 1849.
- [S2753] John Halleck household, 1840 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows two people engaged in "navigation of canals, lakes, and rivers," with no other occupations reported.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, Q:2-4, John H. Rackerby, commissioner in chancery to Gideon D. Cobb, 23 Sep 1852; and Q:241-3, same to Robt L. Cobb, 6 Apr 1853.
- [S2754] James W. Mansfield household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows him in household of the parents of John and Hannah's daughter's future husband.
- [S1816] Wm. D. Kirkpatrick household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows surname Hallack, living with his wife's sister.