ID# 1269, (1817 - 1871)
|Father||Gideon Dyer Cobb4,5 (11 Sep 1773 - 1 Mar 1834)|
|Mother||Modena Chittenden Clark4,5 (4 Oct 1779 - 7 Oct 1837)|
|Charts||Descendants of Gideon Cobb|
|Ancestry||The Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont|
Narrative:Gideon Dyer Cobb Jr. was born on 3 May 1817 in Caldwell Co., Kentucky.6,7,8,9 He was probably the male under age 10 listed in the household of his father, Gideon Dyer Cobb, in the 1820 Federal Census of Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.14 He is probably the male age 10 to 15 listed in the household of his father in the 1830 Federal Census of Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.15
His father died on 1 Mar 1834, when Gideon was 16 years old.16,17
He was probably one of the four males age 20 to 30 listed in the household of his brother Caleb, in the 1840 Federal Census of Caldwell Co., Kentucky.18
Gideon married Frances Conn Webb, daughter of Dr. Charles Henry Webb Jr. and Cassandra Ford, on 11 Dec 1848 in Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.10,11
His wife died on 7 Oct 1849 in Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.19,20,21
Gideon and his brother Caleb both appear twice in the 1850 census, living together in Crittenden Co., and separately in Caldwell Co. It seems likely that they were enumerated at their iron operations in Crittenden, but did not consider it their regular home. Gideon appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of District No. 1, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, enumerated 29 Aug 1850, reporting real estate of $30,000, with his brother, Caleb. They are shown as living with a group of young men whose occupation appears to be laborer, perhaps in the iron works. Gideon Dyer reported owning 53 slaves, all males, ages ranging from 14 to 74, apparently working in the iron works.22,23 He also appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of District No. 1, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, in the household of his brother Robert his wife, reporting real estate valued at $6,000 and personal estate of $2,000.24,25
Gideon appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Dycusburg, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, enumerated 12 Jul 1860, reporting real estate valued at $41,000, personal estate valued at $40,000, and 25 slaves, about equally male and female, ranging in age from 4 months to 80 years. Also listed as living with him are his sister Mary; her husband, James Clark; their children, Modena, Henry, Giles and Elizabeth; Ruben and Belle Shannon, who would appear to be Elizabeth's children; and an "overseer."2,26 They was apparently living near his brother Caleb as his household was listed second following in the record.27,28
The Cobb Brothers in Business --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---
Four of the Cobb brothers, Caleb, Robert, followed by Gideon, and later Giles, were very active in business ventures in Eddyville and the surrounding area, following in their father's footsteps. Through a series of partnerships among themselves and with others they engaged in mercantile, real estate, and iron businesses.29
In Aug 1836, at the age of 18, Gideon became a partner in the family business, with his brother Robert, William Gray, and David Bell. The partnership was known as Cobb, Gray & Bell. It appears the firm operated solely as a mercantile business.30
The partnership of Cobb, Gray & Bell was replaced by what turned out to be a short-lived partnership of the remaining partners, Robert, Gideon, and David R. Bell, using the name of Cobb Bell & Co.31 Caleb seems to have decided to dispose of most of his real estate in 1841, selling the bulk of his holdings to Cobb Bell & Co. The sale included 18 parcels containing over 4,628 acres, mostly in Caldwell Co. but two in Livingston Co. With this transaction the mercantile and iron interests of the Cobb brothers were joined in a single business for the first time. Robert seems to have focused on mercantile interests, including mortgages to secure creditor accounts at the store, while Gideon was more focused on the iron business.31,32,33,34,35
With the loss of Bell, Robert and Gideon operated their business under the name of R. L. & G. D. Cobb.36 Their first order of business was to significantly expand their iron operations with a major purchase from John and Samuel Stacker and Thomas T. Watson, well known entrepreneurs in the local iron industry. The purchase included the Eddyville Furnace and 13 other parcels apparently obtained for their ore and coal deposits, a total of over 3,800 acres.37
Six years later, on 12 Aug 1850, they sold much of their iron operations to William and John F. Kelly, another set of famous iron masters. The sale included the Eddyville Furnace and about 8,000 acres of land in 37 parcels in Caldwell Co., and another 1,118 acres in Crittenden Co., including the site where "Cobb & Machen's old forge stood."38,39
It appears that the R. L. and G. D. Cobb partnership was dissolved in late 1850, with the sale of most of its properties. Robert and Gideon then joined in a new partnership with their younger brother Giles and Charles M. Jackson, known as Cobb Jackson & Co. This new partnership was located in Dycusburg, Crittenden Co., and was primarily a mercantile business, making only a few land purchases and sales. It appears that even though his two brothers were involved, this was primarily Giles's business.40
It was apparently Caleb who built the Cobb's Crittenden Furnace two miles north of Dycusburg, Crittenden Co. in 1848, and then sold it to his younger brother, Gideon. Caleb continued to be involved as manager of the furnace after he sold it, while Gideon was apparently more involved with other ventures.41,42,35
About the same time as Cobb Jackson & Co. was formed, Gideon and Giles formed a separate partnership known as Giles L. Cobb & Co., apparently involving just the two of them. It too was based in Dycusburg, and again Giles seems to have been the lead partner. It was apparently formed in 1851, and dissolved by early 1857.43
By 1860 Gideon had formed a partnership with John Gallatly, operating a mercantile business in Dycusburg, Crittenden Co. The business also engaged in a few real estate transactions. It would appear the firm failed after eleven years of operation.44,45
For details about all these partnerships, please see The Cobb Brothers in Business.
The stores operated by the Cobbs and their partners extended credit to their customers, in some cases taking mortgages to secure those accounts. Many of the mortgages list all the borrowers' crops, livestock, tools and household goods, and thus provide an interesting insight on the lifestyle of those farmers. See Accepting Mortgages for some examples.
Transactions Involving Family --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---
Among the Cobb brothers' extensive real estate transactions were a number that involved members of their extended family, some apparently adversarial in nature.
At least one relative, George M. Marshall, husband of their sister Persis, seemed to be perennially in debt to the Cobb's businesses. In 1842 he signed a mortgage to Robert and Gideon, and then another two years later. In 1851 he signed a new mortgage, to Robert and Giles. Then in 1855 he signed another mortgage to Gideon, and in 1860 he yet another mortgage to Gideon, this time with his new partner John Gallatly.46
A pair of apparently related suits brought the Cobb brothers, including Gideon, into conflict with their brother-in-law, John Hallick, in 1846.47 Then, after John's death, Robert and Gideon brought a suit against his heirs in 1851, winning six town lots and a large parcel outside town.48
In 1851 Gideon gave a 185-acre parcel to his sister Persis, whose husband had signed all those mortgages, and her children John, Edwin, Ellen, Gideon, Henry, Mary and Charles.49
In 1852 Robert and Gideon's firm bought a tract from the partners' cousin, Elijah George Galusha Jr., with provisions allowing him and his wife to continue living there for the rest of their lives.50,51
Robert and Gideon bought lot no. 51 in Eddyville from their sister Mary and her husband James Clark in 1857 for $1,000. They sold it five years later for the same price.52
Gideon sold a 21-acre parcel in Crittenden Co. to Persis's husband George Marshall in 1858, for $105.53
For details about all these family transactions, please see The Cobb Brothers' Transactions with Family.
The Perils of Dealing in Land --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---
Land titles were often less then clear, and sometimes disputed. Two cases among Gideon's transactions illustrate some of the perils of investing in land at that time.
On 29 Feb 1848 Gideon purchased, for $444.45, one half, less one ninth, of a 1000-acre tract from the heirs of Mr. Jennetta Gordon, who were all in Henrico Co., Virginia. The one-ninth share not sold belonged to "infant" (i.e. under age) heirs. The sellers stated that one half of the tract had been sold years before to "one Crenshaw" and they did not know whether a division had ever been made, but if so, this sale was for the other half. Gideon paid for the property with notes. No further record of this property has been found, so we do not know whether the tangled title was ever cleared.54
In May 1852 Gideon sold to Charles B. Stacker, for $1,200, the 2,000-acre tract on Long and Fowlers Creeks on the South side of the Cumberland River that he and Thomas Smith had acquired in a grant in 1839. He purchased it back from Stacker for the same price in Dec the same year, apparently because of a boundary dispute with another grant. Such disputes were common because no central maps were kept. Grantees simply directed surveyors to mark off a parcel of the designated size in the general location they desired and the resulting survey were filed away. In the large tracts of wooded land was easy for boundaries of different patents to overlap and go unnoticed for years.55
In Feb 1853 Gideon sold, for $350, a part of that tract above a specified line to Daniel Hillman. Then in March of that year he received title from Hillman, "in consideration of a compromise" and $1, for that part of a parcel lying within the Cobb and Smith grant that was below the same line. Finally, in May he sold the part of his original grant lying below that line to John Stacker for $1,150.56
Cobb Gallatly & Co. --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---
By 1860 Gideon had formed a partnership with John Gallatly, operating a mercantile business in Dycusburg, Crittenden Co.45,57
The business also engaged in a few real estate transactions. On 22 Sep 1860 it purchased a house and lot in Dycusburg from Phillip and Catharine Grasham, for $500.44 Six years later, on 7 Feb 1866, it sold the same lot to Isaac Shelby for the price they had paid.58 On 13 Nov 1866 the firm purchased lot no. 20 in Jacobs addition to the town of Dycusburg for $100. This lot was apparently later transferred to Gideon alone, as it appears as his property in their bankruptcy filing in 1871, when is sold for $50.59,60
On 28 Sep 1867 they bought Y. E. Steel's crop of tobacco, some 4 acres, for $74.50.61 Only one mortgage taken by the firm has been found, in 1860 from Gideon's brother-in-law, George M. Marshall. He mortgaged his thirty acres of corn, thirty head of hogs, five head of cattle, and a cow and calf to secure $200 he owed in notes and on account.62
Gideon's Dealings Outside the Partnerships --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---
Gideon, like his brothers, had extensive real estate transactions separately from his partners, although his were mainly in Crittenden Co. Only one parcel, other than those mentioned above, as been found in Caldwell Co., a 45-acre parcel he purchased in Jan 1845 and sold in Nov 1848.63 In Lyon Co. he purchased the estate of Daniel Jarrett from the heirs in three transactions in 1861 and 1866, for a total of $1,850.64
Records have been found of 14 purchases of tracts of land from individuals in Crittenden Co. from 1849 to 1864, totaling 1,530 acres, for which he paid over $13,700. One of these transactions was the purchase in 1857 from William and John Kelly of the two parcels totaling 1,118 acres, including the site of Cobb & Machen's old forge, which Gideon and Robert had sold to them in 1850 for $2,000. Gideon paid $5,650 for it, so we must assume that the Kellys had made substantial improvements while they owned it.65 Gideon lived and operated a farm on this property, located on the Cumberland River, near Dycusburg, for many years afterwards. He described it in 1871 as "well improved, in residence, out building cleared land & fences & a valuable farm."66
Besides buying existing tracts of land, it appears that Gideon, like his brother Robert, took full advantage of the legislation passed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1835 allowing counties to sell warrants authorizing the buyers to survey and patent tracts of public land. Each of them patented nearly 3000 acres in Caldwell Co. in a number of patents obtained over many years.67 Gideon purchased warrants that resulted in three grants totaling 2,968 acres in Caldwell Co., Kentucky the first surveyed 21 Apr 1838, and continuing until 1864.68,69 Of that, one 2,000-acre patent was obtained jointly with Thomas Wood. Gideon bought his partner's interest 23 Mar 1852, for $300.70
Records have been found for Gideon's sale of 15 tracts of land in Crittenden Co. from 1853 to 1869, totaling over 9,500 acres.71 He purchased four lots in Dycusburg between 1848 and 1865. They were lots no. 3, part of no. 15, part of no.16, and one with the number unreadable, where the Cobb Jackson & Co. store house was located. Five sales of lots have been found between 1853 and 1866, no. 3, part of no. 13, no. 14, part of no. 15, and one not identified by number.72
In late 1871 he listed his holdings, consisting of three large tracts and three lots in Dycusburg. He held 3,650 acres known as Cobb’ furnace land in Crittenden Co., on the Cumberland River near Dycusburg, which he described as "tolerably improved, and has valuable iron banks & timber on it." He had two farm tracts, his home place mentioned above and 700 acres known as the Lynn place on Livingston Creek in Lyon Co. The latter was described as "tolerably well improved for a farm & residence & is good land." He held two lots in Jacob's Addition to the town of Dycusburg, one with an old building and the other unimproved. And he held a brick ware house and lot in Dycusburg known as Cobb’s ware house, which he described as "a valuable business stand besides a roomy & convenient ware house there is also under same roof a good store room."73
For details of all the records that have been found for land transactions involving Gideon, see the extracted Caldwell Co. Deeds, Crittenden Co. Deeds and Lyon Co. Deeds.)
Retiring to Farming --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---
Gideon seems to have regarded himself as equally involved in the mercantile and iron businesses during much of his business life. He seems to have given up the iron business by 1860, and retired to farming.74,75,76 In his later years he operated his1,100-acre "home place" near Dycusburg, which he called the "Livingston Farm," and also a 700-acre farm known as the "Lynn Place," on Livingston Creek in Lyon Co. The farms were apparently successful; in Oct 1871 he reported he had 500 bushels of corn in the crib worth $200, 90 acres of corn in field worth $350, and $50 worth of hay in the barn.77
He appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Dycusburg, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, enumerated 16 Jul 1870, reporting real estate valued at $25,000 and personal estate valued at $2500. The household included two white males, likely farm workers, and a black couple in their early thirties, likely farm or household workers. There was also a 35-year-old black woman, Eda Webb, and five black children aged 3 to 16, all with the surname Webb, perhaps former slaves of his late wife's family.78
His Business Collapses --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---
Despite his apparent focus on farming, his partnership with John Gallatly remained intact, although how active it was is not clear. He and the firm both seem to have felt the disruptions of the War. There are signs of financial difficulties for Gideon in the late 1860's, which deteriorated into bankruptcy in late 1871.
He sold a number of properties in late 1869 and 1870. They included part of lot no. 16 in Dycusburg, a 95¾-acre parcel in Crittenden Co., lot no. 50 in Eddyville, and a 200-acre parcel in Lyon Co, raising nearly $3,000.79,80 In at least two cases he took steps to clear title to parcels he had acquired years earlier in order to sell them. In 1862 he had been appointed commissioner to sell a parcel in settlement of a lawsuit in Crittenden Circuit Court, and ended up selling it to himself, for $500. Apparently no deed was ever issued, so in the Dec 1869 term the court appointed another commissioner to issue the deed, which was done 9 Dec 1869. On 31 Dec 1869 he sold the parcel, a lot in Dycusburg with the Johnson and Steel house, for $750.81 On 28 Mar 1870 Gideon sold lot no. 2, on Second and Bridge Sts.. in Eddyville to Martha Love, accepting a note in payment. The note was later transferred to Frederick Henry Skinner. The deed was never recorded, so the bankruptcy assignee issued one 25 Aug 1875. But the note was never paid, and on 10 Jul 1876 Skinner took possession of the property.82
It appears that both the partnership and Gideon personally were raising cash by borrowing to keep the business afloat. Their bankruptcy filing lists nearly $27,000 in notes owed by the partnership to 16 individuals in Crittenden and Caldwell Counties, and two firms in Louisville and Nashville. Gideon borrowed about $46,000 more to 16 mostly different individuals in Crittenden and the surrounding counties. Gideon's debts also included $2,500 owed to his brother Joshua in Clarksville, Tennessee.83
Some records suggest that Gideon was optimistic about salvaging the business. On 4 Jun 1870 he sold a one-acre parcel to the local school district for what appears to be the bargain price of $5. There is also evidence that he entered the field of oil prospecting during this period. On 24 Mar 1870 he and twelve partners obtained a lease on a parcel in Crittenden Co. prospect for "petroleum, salt, lead, and other minerals." The lease ran for 15 years, continuing afterwards as long as they continued to operate, and gave them the right to erect buildings and create roads, and to take timber, coal, and wood for derricks, mills, and refineries, and for fuel. They paid only a nominal $2 for the lease, but were to deliver one-twelfth of any oil, salt, or other minerals found to the land owners, who were responsible for removing their share.84
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Ultimately, the efforts to save the business were not successful. On 13 Oct 1871 Gideon and his partner, John Gallatly, filed for bankruptcy for the partnership and themselves individually in the U.S. District Court in Paducah. The petition appears to have been filed in haste. The debts owed were itemized, but in each case their dates were shown as "forgotten" and most of the amounts were listed as "about," even though Gideon reported that he had books of account which would have listed these details. The notes and accounts due them were not listed but their worth estimated in bulk with the note "I have notes all in one bundle at home & will hand them over with schedules of same to my assignee." It appears they did not want to take the time to obtain and list the details.85
The firm reported it owed about $27,000 in unsecured notes due. Its assets consisted of about $4,000 in notes and about $3,000 in open accounts due it. Neither the firm nor Gellatly reported holding any land. Gideon reported an additional $46,000 in unsecured debts, and notes for $3,840 secured by a mortgage to his brother-in-law, Dr. James Dodd Kirkpatrick. He listed as assets six parcels of land which he estimated as worth nearly $47,000 (but which later sold for about $16,000), which were encumbered by a court execution for $5,000 in favor of one unsecured creditor and the mortgage held by his brother-in-law. Other assets listed were notes due him of about $1,000, personal property worth $2,400, and a $10,000 life insurance policy, with his sister Aurelia beneficiary of half of it.86
There may have been other debts. On 12 Nov 1891 S. Hodge, Master Commissioner of the Crittenden Circuit Court from 1857 until 1879, published a statement refuting allegations of misconduct in office. In it he described, among other issues, a $1,000 loan he had made 14 Dec 1863 to J. N. Sutcliff and G. D. Cobb from funds collected in his duties. He recalled that in 1866 they took advantage of the bankruptcy law, that they promised to repay the debt and and he did not file proof of it with the commissioner, and that they died before repaying him. No record can be found of a bankruptcy filing involving Sutcliff, nor any for Gideon in 1866, so it appears the reference was to this filing. But the filing makes no mention of Sutcliff nor this debt.87
On 16 Oct 1871 the two partners and the firm were adjudged bankrupt, and they surrendered all their property. Their creditors met on 29 Nov 1871 and selected F. W. Clements of Dycusburg as assignee. All their property, except that exempt under the law, was transferred to him by the Court, and he then proceeded to liquidate it.88,89 The assignee initially sought to avoid using newspaper advertisements for the sale of Gideon's land and use only handbills because of the large number of parcels he had divided the land into for better sale, and because there was no newspaper published in the county. But that request was apparently not granted, as he did advertise in the Paducah Kentuckian in addition to posting handbills throughout the county and adjoining counties. He held a public sale of Gideon's properties on 25 Nov 1872 on Main St., Dycusburg. He sold 21 parcels in Crittenden Co. and two in Lyon Co. The sales totaled over $12,700 for about 2,600 acres. The terms required one third in cash and the balance in two payments six and 12 months later.90,91,92 He separately sold additional properties in Livingston and Crittenden Counties, including two parcels apparently overlooked before which were sold as late as 1 Mar 1875, and a grave yard lot sold for $5.50.93,94 (For further details of the bankruptcy proceeding see the extracted Case Files.)
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Gideon died less than two months after filing for bankruptcy. Did he file for bankruptcy because of ill health? Did the stress of financial failure lead to his death? Or was it simply coincidence? No records have been found that might provide insight.
Gideon died on 10 Dec 1871 at age 54.12,13 He was buried in Riverview Cemetery, Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky, in the Cobb family plot, next to his parents.3
Gideon died intestate (without leaving a will) and letters of administration for his estate were issued on 13 Dec 1871 to F. M. Clement, who was also assignee in the bankruptcy proceeding. He posted bond with James Kirkpatrick as surety.95
Gideon had requested that $1250 in personal property be exempted from the bankruptcy proceeding as provided by state law or "as necessary for business & family comfort." This included furniture and bedding, kitchenware, his shotgun, 12 "family relic" silver spoons, the family Bible, some books, farm equipment, a saddle horse, 500 bushels of corn, and $50 worth of hay in the barn.96
An inventory of his estate was filed on 29 Dec 1871. Most, if not all, he requested was apparently granted. The personal property in his estate was appraised on 29 Dec 1871, for a total of $826.25, and later sold for a total of $738.22. The property included furniture - a bureau selling for $16, a bed stand and bedding for $23.25, and many items like chairs selling for a dollar or two; the silver spoons for $13.00, livestock, including a horse mule selling for $144.50, a yellow mule for $142.50, a sorrel horse for $76; and farm produce including 450 bu. of corn for $130 and 400 lb. of pork for $23.60.97
Thesettlement of the estate was filed on 17 Nov 1873. The administrator reported receipts of only the $738 from the sale of personal property. He listed debts and fees paid totalling $343, the largest of which was to Gideon Dyer's brother-in-law, James Kirkpatrick. After payment of debts $390 remained. Of this, $119 was paid to his sister Mary, $44 to his sister Aurelia, and $40 to Robert A. Mansfield, husband of the daughter of his late sister Hannah. The reasons for these payments were not stated but it seems likely that they included nursing, housing, or like personal services. A balance of $188 remained to be distributed to heirs.98
- [S2303] Kilbury-Cobb, "RE: Cobb Ancestry," e-mail to author, 15 Jun 2001, citing hand-written pages titled "From Joshua Cobb's Family Bible," provided by Lillian W. Sprout, granddaughter of Joshua Cobb, with notarized statement 5 Dec 1931, Montrose, Pennsylvania, that they were from a Bible in her possession, shows name as Gideon Dyer Cobb, Jr.
- [S1697] Gideon D. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Crittenden Co., Kentucky.
- [S2090] Gideon D. Cobb grave marker, Eddyville Cemetery.
- [S2303] Kilbury-Cobb, "RE: Cobb Ancestry," e-mail to author, 15 Jun 2001, citing hand-written pages titled "From Joshua Cobb's Family Bible," provided by Lillian W. Sprout, 5 Dec 1931, Montrose, Pennsylvania.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, B:893-4, Gideon D. Cobb to Persus C. Marshall & her children John C. Marshall, Edwin M. Marshall, Ellen A. Marshall, Gideon D. Marshall, Henry B. Marshall, Mary E. Marshall & Charles U. Marshall, 15 Dec 1851, grantor states that Persus was his sister.
- [S2303] Kilbury-Cobb, "RE: Cobb Ancestry," e-mail to author, 15 Jun 2001, citing hand-written pages titled "From Joshua Cobb's Family Bible," provided by Lillian W. Sprout, 5 Dec 1931, Montrose, Pennsylvania, shows date, with year as 1817.
- [S2090] Gideon D. Cobb grave marker, Eddyville Cemetery, shows date, with year as 1818.
- [S1820] Robert L. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows age 30, county, and state.
- [S578] Gideon D. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, shows age 32, and state.
- [S727] Caldwell Co. Marriage Bonds, Book B, no. 82, G. D. Cobb to Miss F. C. Webb, 11 Dec 1848, shows date.
- [S3997] Kyle, Our Ancestral Plots, pg 215, shows her as his wife.
- [S2090] Gideon D. Cobb grave marker, Eddyville Cemetery, shows date.
- [S900] Inventory and Sale Books, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, C:328-31, G. D. Cobb Inventory and account of sale, 25 Apr 1872 shows appraisal was done 29 Dec 1871.
- [S576] Gideon D. Cobb household, 1820 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
- [S1789] Gideon Cobb household, 1830 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
- [S2092] Gideon D. Cobb grave marker, Eddyville Cemetery, shows date.
- [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, shows date, town, as Eddyville, county, and state.
- [S574] C. C. Cobb household, 1840 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
- [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, shows date, town, county, and state.
- [S3997] Kyle, Our Ancestral Plots, pg 215, shows date.
- [S3388] Web, Descendants of Sir Henry Webb, shows date.
- [S578] Gideon D. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Crittenden Co., Kentucky.
- [S1681] Gideon D. Cobb, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
- [S1820] Robert L. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
- [S1745] Robert L. Cobb, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
- [S841] Gideon D. Cobb, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
- [S819] Caleb C. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Crittenden Co., Kentucky.
- [S1697] Gideon D. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, is listed with only one household between his and his brother's.
- [S1977] Cobb, Exit Laughing, pg 25, citing ledger and day books of the business, shows Robert taken into the business at age 21.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, H:236-7, Robert L. Cobb to William Gray dated 2 Aug 18, $1500 for 1/3 interest in lot on Water and Main Sts. purchased by Chittenden Lyon, Caleb C. Cobb & Robert L. Cobb where they erected a two-story brick house occupied by Cobb, Gray & Bell as a store and ware house; and I:72-3, John F. Veid mortgage to Robert L .Cobb, William Gray, David R. Bell & Gideon D. Cobb “merchants & copartners trading under the name and style of Cobb, Gray & Bell” dated 23 Jun 1838.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, K:249-52, C. C. Cobb to Robt. L. Cobb, David R. Bell & Gideon D. Cobb "trading under the style & firm of Cobb Bell & Co.," 16 Sep 1841.
- [S1795] R. L. Cobb household, 1840 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows the only person employed, apparently Robert, as employed in commerce.
- [S1820] Robert L. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows Robert's occupation as merchant.
- [S1811] Robert L. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows Robert's occupation as merchant.
- [S578] Gideon D. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, shows Gideon and Caleb living with a group of young men whose occupation appears to be laborer, apparently in the iron works, with Caleb's occupation as iron maker and Gideon's as merchant and iron maker.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, M:127-8, Edward T. Walkins, Commissioner in Chancery to Robert L. Cobb and Gideon D. Cobb of the firm of R. L. & G. D. Cobb dated 4 Feb 1845, $1500 for the interest of Elijah Shepardson in a house and lot in Princeton in settlement of debt owed Robert L .Cobb & Gideon D. Cobb, surviving partners of Cobb Bell & Co.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, L:454-9, John Stacker of Missouri, Samuel Stacker of Tennessee & Thomas T. Watson of Trigg Co. to Robert L. Cobb & Gideon D. Cobb dated 20 Jul 1844, $10,000 for several parcels of land, on which Eddyville Furnace stands and adjacent thereto: 1st 100 ac. survey made for Christopher –-?–- , conveyed to John Jones and by him to grantees, where Eddyville [Furnace?] stands; 2nd 100 ac. on –?– Ck., purchased of John Hammonds; 3rd 50 ac. on Cumberland River immediately below the Furnace; 4th 30 ac. purchased of C. C. Cobb upon which the Furnace landing sits; 5th 2 surveys of 400 ac. each purchased of Randolph Doom; 6th 300 ac. bought of Henry Doven; 7th 480 ac. survey made in name of Saml. & John Stacker & Thomas T Walter on Cumberland River; 8th 260 ac. survey made in name of Samuel & John Stacker & Thos T Walter; 9th 700 ac. survey made in name of Samuel & John Stacker & Thomas T Walson; 10th 100 ac. survey in name of Stacker & Watson on Cumberland River; 11th [blank] ac. survey; 12t 300 ac. survey for Slacker & Watson on Cumberland River; 13th 124 ac. survey in name of Daniel Glenn on Goat Ck.; 14th 400 ac. survey made for E. S. Galusha conveyed by him to Stacker & Watson; and 15th 90 ac. survey made in name of Joshua Hammond purchased of him.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, P:47-58, Robert L. Cobb, merchant, & wife Cornelia, & Gideon D. Cobb, merchant, doing business under the style and firm of R. L. & G. D. Cobb, acting individually and as surviving partners of Cobb, Bell & Co. to William Kelly & John F. Kelly, iron masters, doing business under the style and firm of Kelly & Co., dated 12 Aug 1850, $20,000 for 37 parcels, including 100 ac. "on which Eddyville Furnace stands," other parcels identified as containing 7404½ acres, and seven parcels of unstated size; and P:19-20, same to same dated same, $2000 for 2 parcels in Crittenden Co. [apparently recorded in Caldwell Co. because the clerk obtained Cornelia's release of dower and certified it to Crittenden Co. to save her having to travel to that county]
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, B:593-5, Robert L. Cobb & Cornelia his wife, and Gideon D. Cobb, merchants doing business as R L & G D Cobb, to William Kelly and John Kelly, iron masters, doing business as Kelly & Co., two parcels in Crittenden Co., 21 Oct 1850.
- [S3055] Travis, "A Thriving Town in the 1800s", shows Jackson & Cobb were selling goods along with shipping tobacco in 1851.
- [S1999] Lesley, The Iron Manufacturer's Guide, pg 128, shows "Crittenden Steam Cold-blast Charcoal Furnace" owned by G. D. Cobb and managed by C. C. Cobb, year built, and location, as 2 miles west of Dycusburg.
- [S849] "Kentucky Historical Marker Database," , Marker Number 1210, 2½ miles north of Dycusburg, viewed Jun 2005, describes Crittenden Furnace, shows location as one mile west of marker.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, B:878-9, G. B. Dycus to Giles L. Cobb & Co., dated and recorded 17 Oct 1857; and E:270-1, Giles L. Cobb and Gideon D. Cobb, late partners of Giles L Cobb & Co, and Marion Cobb, wife of Giles to Ann Duvall, dated 12 Feb 1857 and recorded 19 Mar 1858.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, F:316-7, Phillip Grasham & Catharine Grasham his wife to G. D. Cobb and John Gallatly, merchants trading as Cobb Gallatly & Co., 20 Nov 1860.
- [S3055] Travis, "A Thriving Town in the 1800s", shows Cobb & Gillathy as one of the businesses operating in the town.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, K:425-6, George M. Marshall mortgage to R. L. Cobb, D. R. Bell & G. D. Cobb of the firm of Cobb Bell & Co. dated 16 May 1842; N:246, George M. Marshall mortgage to Robert L. Cobb & Gideon D. Cobb, merchants trading under name & style of R L & G D Cobb, and surviving partners of Cobb Bell & Co., 21 Aug 1847; B:727, George M. Marshall mortgage to Giles L Cobb & Charles M Jackson of Crittenden & Gideon D Cobb of Caldwell, trading as Cobb Jackson & Co., 14 Apr 1851; D:72, George M. Marshall mortgage to Gideon D. Cobb, 27 Jun 1855; and F:247, George M. Marshall mortgage to Cobb Gallatly & Co. of Dycusburg, 21 Jun 1860.
- [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, 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.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, B:754-5, Theophilus Killen & wife to Gideon D. Cobb, 29 May 1851; and B:893-4, Gideon D. Cobb to Persus C. Marshall & her children John C. Marshall, Edwin M. Marshall, Ellen A. Marshall, Gideon D. Marshall, Henry B. Marshall, Mary E. Marshall & Charles U. Marshall, 15 Dec 1851.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, Q:102-3, Elijah G. Galusha to R. L. & G. D. Cobb dated 8 Sep 1852; and P:87-9, Elijah G. Galusha mortgage to R. L. & G. D. Cobb, merchants of Eddyville, dated 24 Aug 1850.
- [S826] Lyon letter to Witherell, 5 Apr 1828, describes Galusha as "a poor farmer."
- [S3152] Lyon Co. Deeds, A:428, James Clark & wife to R. L. & G. D. Cobb, 1 May 1857; and B:556-7, Robt. L. Cobb & Gideon D. Cobb to Jacob T. Young, 24 May 1865.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, E:357, Gideon D. Cobb to George M. Marshall, 29 Jul 1858.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, N:350-2, Jennetta M. Gordon, in her own right and as executrix for J. M. Brown dec'd, Mary Gordon, Sillias T. Grodon, Catherine M. Seabrook & N. B. Seabrook her husband, & James C Gordon, heirs of Mr. Jennetta Gordon decd., by Christopher Chinn, their represented attorney in fact, to G. D. Cobb dated 29 Feb 1848, $444.45 for ½, less 1/9th of undivided 1000 ac. tract, patented 8 Apr 1786 to James Curry.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, P:574-5, G. D. Cobb to Charles B. Stacker dated 19 May 1852, $1200 for 2000 ac. on waters of Long & Fowlers Ck., S side of Cumberland River, patented by G. D. Cobb & Thos. Smith 20 Sep 1839; Q:88-9, Charles B. Stacker to G. D. Cobb dated 1 Dec 1852, $1200 for same.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, Q:208-9, Gideon D. Cobb to Daniel Hillman dated 22 Feb 1853, $350 for part of tract patented to Cobb & Smith, above a line from corner to J. F. Kingsolving running due E & W to original line of Cobb & Smith survey; Q:205-6, Daniel Hillman of Trigg Co to Gideon D. Cobb dated 15 Mar 1853, $1 part of parcel known as Abarmin survey, within a survey for Cobb & Smith, below a line from corner to J. F. Kingsolving running due E & W to original line of Cobb & Smith survey; and Q:545, Gideon D. Cobb to John Stacker dated 12 May 1853, $1150 for a portion of patent to Cobb & Smith, beginning corner Jefferson B Kingsolving, to lines of original survey.
- [S3264] Cobb Gellatly & Co., bankruptcy.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, H:107, G. D. Cobb and Jno Gellatty to Isaac Shelby, 14 Feb 1866.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, H:360, M. D. Hughey & wife Margarett to Cobb, Gallattey & Co., 18 Dec 1866.
- [S3264] Cobb Gellatly & Co., bankruptcy, Report A, report of assignee on sale of estate of G. D. Cobb, 1 Jan 1873.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, H:622, Y. E. Steel to Cobb Gellatty & Co., 30 Sep 1867.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, F:247, Geo M Marshall to Cobb Gallatly & Co., 21 Jun 1860.
- [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, M:21, William P. George & wife Heter to Gideon D. Cobb, 20 Jan 1845; and O:52, Gideon D. Cobb to Joseph K. Asbridge, 5 Jan 1849.
- [S3152] Lyon Co. Deeds, B:294, John Gabral Jarrett to G. D. Cobb, 5 Oct 1861; B:304, George M. Jarrett to same, 25 Feb 1862; and D:456-7, W. B. Machen to G. D. Cobb & Stephen Tisdale, interest conveyed to grantor by Wm. Jerritt & Eliza Hill, 1 Dec 1871.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, B330-1, B G Dycus to G. D. Cobb, 5 Sep 1849; B:324, John Brasker to same; 22 Aug 1849; B:342, John Brasher to Gideon D. Cobb; 29 May 1849; B:343-4, Bennett Crounch to same, 29 May 1849; B:754-5, Theophilus Killen & wife to same, 29 May 1851; B:759-61, Sumner Marble, commissioner in chancery to same, 31 May 1851; C:208-9, David W. Patterson & Rebecca B. to same, 24 Jun 1853; C:97, Wilson Travis to G. D. Cobb, 22 Jan 1853; C:355-6, Collen Hodge & W. N. Hodge to same, 28 Jan 1854; C:376-7, Nathaniel W. Thompson to Gideon D. Cobb, 2 Feb 1854; C:497-9, C. C. Cole, commissioner in Chancery to same, 28 Aug 1854; E:83, Enoch P. Evans to G. D. Cobb, 1 Aug 1857; E:187-9, William Kelly & wife and John Kelly to same, 9 Dec 1858; E:633, John S Pace & Rebecca his wife to same, 19 Aug 1859; F:472, Phillip Grassham to same, 7 Apr 1862; and G:115, R E Perkins & wife Lavina to Gideon D. Cobb, 19 Feb 1864.
- [S3264] Cobb Gellatly & Co., bankruptcy, Schedule D-1, lands, shows location, that he lived there, and description; Report F of Assignee, shows he resided there many year.
- [S838] Kentucky Secretary of State, Land Office, online, describes legislation enabling sale of warrants, and a search of the County Court Order Series for "Cobb" finds 10 grants for Robert, totaling 2987 acres, and 3 for Gideon, totaling 2968 acres.
- [S839] Kentucky Land Patents, County Court Order Series, Patent No. 1285 (Bk. 4, pg 159), warrant no. 19, dated 21 Apr 1838, surveyed 18 May 1838, granted 20 Sep 1839, 2000 ac. on Long Creek and Fowler Creek, jointly with Thomas Smith.
- [S838] Kentucky Secretary of State, Land Office, online, record for Patent No. 21016, citing Bk. 38 pg 744, shows surveyed 16 Apr 1852, granted 1 Apr 1853, 744 ac. on Crab Creek; and record for Patent No. 35485, citing Bk. 64, pg 171, shows surveyed 18 Dec 1844, granted 8 Mar1864, 224 ac. on Little Carmack Creek.
- [S3152] Lyon Co. Deeds, B:236-7, Tho. Smith to G. D. Cobb, 19 Jan 1861.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, D:192-3, G. D. Cobb to Oswald Bennett, 5 Sep 1855; D:261-2, same to W. B. Johnston & E. Steele, 31 Jan 1856; E:106, same to Bram W. Williams, 22 Aug 1857; E:106-7, same to J. F. Bennett, 22 Aug 1857; E :249-50, Gideon D. Cobb to Wm Redd & Edward Daugherty, 5 Mar 1858; E:298, same to Wm Redd, 27 May 1858; E:595-6, G. D. Cobb to D. D. Moore & Phillip Grassham, 26 Aug 1859; E:455, same to William W. Williams, 10 Nov 1858; E:456, same to Thomas Hardin, 11 Nov 1858; E:566-7, same to George Jarrett, 31 May 1859; G:248-9, Gideon D. Cobb to Barnett G. Perrin, 8 Jul 1864; F:390, G. D. Cobb to R. S. Perkins, 9 Feb 1861; G:259, same to Adam B. Perkins, 12 Jul 1864; and I:252 26, same to Martin Asbridge, May 1868.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, B:256-7, Greenburg B. Dycus to G. D. Cobb, number unreadable, 23 Sept 1848; E:329-30, Sumner Marble & Eliza Jane to same, part of no. 15, 18 Jun 1858; E:580-1, Wm Piatt & Mary L. his wife, and Simon S. Bucklin & Mary Francis his wife to same, part no. 16, 30 Apr 1859; H:305-7, W. Cleareralian, Sheriff, to Gideon D. Cobb, no. 3, 3 Oct 1866; C:195, Gideon D. Cobb to David D. Moore, not identified by number, 20 Jan 1853; E:486, G. D. Cobb to T. W. Wilson, part of no. 15, 18 Dec 1858; F:33-4, Gideon D. Cobb to Joseph M. Clark, no. 14, 2 Jul 1859; F:217, G. D. Cobb to C. H. & W. M. Bennett, part of no. 13, 7 Jun 1860; and H:312, G. D. Cobb to Claiborn Rice, no. 3, 16 Nov 1866.
- [S3264] Cobb Gellatly & Co., bankruptcy, Schedule D-1.
- [S1820] Robert L. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows Gideon's occupation as merchant.
- [S1697] Gideon D. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, shows Gideon's occupation as merchant and farmer.
- [S1693] G. D. Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, shows Gideon's occupation as farmer.
- [S3264] Cobb Gellatly & Co., bankruptcy, Schedule D-1, describes properties; Schedule D-2, lists produce on hand.
- [S1693] G. D. Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, shows no occupations for members of the household other than Gideon.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, J:56-7, G. D. Cobb to W. P. Maxwell, part of no. 16, 10 Oct 1869; and J545-6, Gideon D. Cobb to John T. Wyatt, 13 Jan 1871.
- [S3152] Lyon Co. Deeds, D:491, Gideon D. Cobb to Leri Wood, a free man of color, 4 Jan 1872; and D:359-60, G. D. Cobb to W. D. Crider & A. C. Crider, 8 Apr 1871.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, J:95-6, heirs of Johson & Steel by J. Randolph Finley, commissioner, to G. D. Cobb, 20 Dec 1869; J:186, G. D. Cobb to R. H. Brown, 11 Mar 1870.
- [S3152] Lyon Co. Deeds, E:534-5, F. M. Clements, assignee of Gideon D. Cobb, a bankrupt to Martha Love, 13 Jul 1876; and E:535-6, Martha Love to F. H. Skinner, 13 Jul 1876.
- [S3264] Cobb Gellatly & Co., bankruptcy, Schedule A-3, unsecured debts of the firm, and Schedule C-3, unsecured debts of G. D. Cobb.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, J:289-90, G. D. Cobb to Trustees of No. 9 School District of Crittenden Co., 14 Jun 1870; and J:246-8, Sarah B. Gandall and Dr. W. S. Graves as her trustee, John A Gandall her husband, and Dr. W. S. Graves to W. S. Graves, G. D. Cobb, J. R. Hughs, R. W. Brown, James C. Cardin, James M. Klapp, Samel H. Cassidy, Isaac Shelby, W. E. Dycus, G. F. C. Clement, Mrs. C. V. Gordon, J. T. Williams, Clay Rice & W. L. Smith, 27 Apr 1870.
- [S3264] Cobb Gellatly & Co., bankruptcy, Copartnership Petition and schedules.
- [S3264] Cobb Gellatly & Co., bankruptcy, Schedule A, debts of the firm; Schedule B, assets of the firm; Schedule C, debts of G. D. Cobb; Schedule D, assests of G. D. Cobb, Schedule E, assets of John Gellatly: and Report A, Report of Assignee on Sale of Estate of G. D. Cobb, 1 Jan 1873.
- [S3421] "The Records," Crittenden Press, 12 Nov 1891.
- [S3264] Cobb Gellatly & Co., bankruptcy, certification of bankruptcy.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, K:199, Charles P. Marshall, Register in Bankruptcy to F. W. Clements, Assignee, [no recording date]; details of bankruptcy proceedings in L:282-3, F. W. Clements, Assignee of G. D. Cobb a Bankrupt to William S. Graves, 9 May 1873, and repeated in many following deeds.
- [S3264] Cobb Gellatly & Co., bankruptcy, petition of Assignee to dispense with advertising except by handbills, 20 Nov 1872.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, L:282-3, F. W. Clements, Assignee of G. D. Cobb a Bankrupt to William S. Graves, 9 May 1873; L:284-5, same to R. H. Brown, 9 May 1873; L:286-7, same to William S. Graves, 13 May 1873; L:297-8, same to Thos C. Campbell, 10 Jun 1873; L:299-300, same to James W. Brasheir, 10 Jun 1873; L:300-2, same to C. H. Bennett, 12 Jun 1873; L:302-4, same to Wm S. Graves, 13 Jun 1873; L:304-6, same to Joseph C. Cassidy, 13 Jun 1873; L:306-7, same to A. J. Rutherford, 14 Jun 1873; L:307-9, same to Wm Reed, 14 Jun 1873; L:309-11, same to C. H. Bennett, 16 Jun 1873; L:311-2, same to William M. Bennett, 17 Jun 1873; L:376-8, same to Wm B. Bennett, 19 Jul 1873; L:378-80, same to Wm H. Ramage, 19 Jul 1873; L:380-1, same to William B. Bennett & James P. Moore, 21 Jul 1873; L:382-3, same to W. B. Bennett of Lyon Co., 21 Jul 1873; L:427-9, same to W. E. Dycus & Samuel H. Cassidy, 30 Sep 1873; and L:653-4, same to John Tiner, 17 Mar 1874; M:26-8, same to James H. Clifton, 22 Jul 1874;M:540-2, same to Presley C. Stublefield, 24 Mar 1876; and N:454-6, same to Samuel H. Cassidy & Thos. J. Numm 16 Jan 1878.
- [S3152] Lyon Co. Deeds, E:128-31, F. M. Clements, assignee of Gideon D Cobb, a bankrupt, to Wm. E. Dycus & Saml. H. Cassidy, 18 Sep 1873; and E:131-3, same to Wm. E. Dycus, Saml. H. Cassidy & W. S. Perkins, 19 Sep 1873.
- [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, L:461-3, F. W. Clements, Assignee of G. D. Cobb a Bankrupt to to W. E. Dycus & S. H. Cassidy, 23 Oct 1873; M:332-4, same to W. S. Graves, 30 Aug 1875; and M:334-5, same to Thomas Dodd, 30 Aug 1875.
- [S3264] Cobb Gellatly & Co., bankruptcy, Report A, report of Assignee on sale of estate of G. D. Cobb, 1 Jan 1873, lists a grave yard lot.
- [S7245] Administrator, Executor and Curator Bonds, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, 1865-1876:123.
- [S3264] Cobb Gellatly & Co., bankruptcy, Schedule D-4, exempt property.
- [S900] Inventory and Sale Books, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, C:328-31, G. D. Cobb Inventory and account of sale, 25 Apr 1872.
- [S7246] Settlements, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, 2:66-7.
- [S2529] Cobb, "Cobb-Garrett Family History", pg 5.