Gideon Cobb1,2,3

ID# 1326, (1718 - 1798)
FatherCapt. Gideon Cobb4,5 (11 Apr 1691 - 22 Feb 1759)
MotherMargaret Fish4,6 (18 Aug 1695 - 30 May 1775)

Key Events:

Birth: 8 Jul 1718, Stonington, Connecticut7,8,4
Marriage: Abigail Dyer, 5 Nov 1739, Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut9
Death: 25 Jul 1798, Pawlet, Vermont10,11,12
Burial: Old Pawlet Cemetery, Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont13

Spouse:Abigail Dyer (10 Apr 1718 - 10 Jan 1808)
     Children:

ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     
Gideon Cobb's Tombstone
photo courtesy Janet Muff
Gideon Cobb was born on 8 Jul 1718 in Stonington, Connecticut.7,8,4 He was baptized on 19 Oct 1718 in Stonington, Connecticut.14
     Gideon married Abigail Dyer, daughter of Col. John Dyer and Abigail Fitch, on 5 Nov 1739 in Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut.9
     At least five of Gideon and Abigail's sons, William, John, Elkanah, Ebenezer and Joshua moved from Connecticut to the settlement of Stillwater, on the Hudson River in the Saratoga Patent in the Saratoga Tax District of Albany Co., New York. We know that Elkanah was there by 1773, and Ebenezer and Joshua evidently were there before 1777. John may not have arrived until 1779. Excepting Elkanah, the brothers remained in Stillwater at least until 1779. No evidence has been found to indicate whether Gideon and Abigail were in Stillwater with their sons, although the fact that all their sons, save William, later moved to Pawlet with them suggests they may have been.15,16,17
     Whether or not they were in Stillwater, Gideon and Abigail were in Pawlet by about 1780. Four of their sons, John, Elkanah with his wife and children, Ebenezer with his wife and daughter, and Joshua, arrived about the same time.18,19,20 Their daughter Wealthy and her husband Thomas Lathrop may have arrived at the same time, but they have not been documented in the area before 1787.21,22 (See background and map.)
     Gideon served as town Selectman (somewhat like a town council member today). He was also a surveyor, and a deputy of court in Pawlet in 1782.23,24,25
     Gideon appeared on the 1790 Federal Census of Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont, (which was enumerated 4 Apr 1791, after Vermont became a state in Mar 1791) with a household consisting of one male over age 16 (himself) and one female (his wife, Abigail.)3
     Gideon died on 25 Jul 1798 in Pawlet, Vermont, at age 80.10,11,12 He was buried in the Old Pawlet Cemetery, Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont.13

Citations

  1. [S2167] Roser, Early Descendants of Henry Cobb, pg 306, citing Groton, Connecticut Vital Records, 1:107.
  2. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pg 178.
  3. [S1780] Gideon Cobb household, 1790 U.S. Census, Rutland Co., Vermont.
  4. [S863] Cobb, History of the Cobb Family, pp 80, 117.
  5. [S2250] White, The Barbour Collection, Stonington Vital Records, pg 101, citing vol 1 pg 114.
  6. [S2607] Cleveland and Cleveland, Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, vol 1 pg 44.
  7. [S2167] Roser, Early Descendants of Henry Cobb, pg 306, shows date, town, and state, citing Barbour, Barbour Collection, Stonington Vital Records, 1:114, and Groton Vital Records, 1:107.
  8. [S2250] White, The Barbour Collection, Stonington Vital Records, pg 101, citing vol 1 pg 114, shows date.
  9. [S2167] Roser, Early Descendants of Henry Cobb, pg 306, citing Canterbury Vital Records, 1:100; Records of the Congregational Church in Canterbury, 1711-1844 (Harford: 1932), pg 101 (year only).
  10. [S863] Cobb, History of the Cobb Family, pg 117, citing gravestone, shows date, town, and state.
  11. [S2606] Hall, Descendants of Governor William Bradford, pg 70, shows date, town, and state.
  12. [S2274] Muff, "Fwd: cobb," e-mail to author, 6 May 2009, citing Margaret R. Jenks, Pawlet Cemetery Inscriptions, Rutland County, Vermont (Granville, New York: privately published, 1996), shows the stone is completely illegible, but previously was transcribed with date as 25 Jul 1798.
  13. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #38644262, Gideon Cobb, Jr, includes photo of stone.
  14. [S2167] Roser, Early Descendants of Henry Cobb, pg 306, citing Richard A. Wheeler, History of the First Congregational Church of Stonington, Connecticut, 1674-1874... (Norwich, Connecticut: 1875) pg 213.
  15. [S862] Births, Marriages and Deaths, Pawlet, Vermont, 1768-1856, pg 5, shows sons Gideon Dyer born 11 Sep 1773 and Joshua 27 May 1776, both in Stillwater, New York, and Sarah born 16 Jul 1778 in Canterbury, Connecticut.
  16. [S2226] Potter, "Re: Saratoga NYGenWeb Queries," e-mail to author, 20 Apr 2009, shows Ebenezer and Joshua had claim approved 17 Apr 1777 for repairing arms, citing "Committee of Correspondence" p. 724; , Ebenezer and Joshua signed 1778 petition to Gov. Clinton, citing " Public Papers of George Clinton" III:211 & IV:770; Ebenezer and John in 2 Mar 1779 Saratoga District tax List; and Ebenezer, Joshua and William on the 23 Oct 1779 tax list.
  17. [S2267] Pawlet Land Records, 1:266-7, John Fassett, commissioner for the state of confiscated land to Ebenezer Cobb of Stillwater, Albany Co., New York, dated 9 Nov 1779; 1:69-70, John Clark to John Cobb of Canterbury, Windham Co., Conicticut [sic], dated 9 Nov 1778; and 1:171, Peter Van Baurer to Joshua Cobb of Stillwater, Albany Co. dated 4 Feb 1780.
  18. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pg 178, shows Gideon was one of the earliest settlers from Connecticut; pg 40 shows he was a selectman in 1780; pg 39 shows John was a constable in 1780; and pg 179, shows Elkanah moved from Connecticut in 1770 [the date seeming unlikely, since he reported three children born in New York and Connecticut in 1773, 1776, and 1778, unless he was in Pawlet briefly and then left for a period].
  19. [S862] Births, Marriages and Deaths, Pawlet, Vermont, 1768-1856, pg 5, shows Elkanah's son Willard was born in Pawlet 17 Mar 1781; pg 32 shows Ebenezer's son Darick was born in Pawlet 11 Mar 1780; and pg 85 shows Joshua was married in Pawlet 17 Sep 1781.
  20. [S2267] Pawlet Land Records, 1:266-7, John Fassett, commissioner for the state of confiscated land to Ebenezer Cobb of Stillwater, Albany Co., New York, dated 9 Nov 1779; 1:69-70, John Clark to John Cobb of Canterbury, Windham Co., Conicticut [sic], dated 9 Nov 1778; 1:171, Peter Van Baurer to Joshua Cobb of Stillwater, Albany Co. dated 4 Feb 1780; 1:271-2, Joel Simonds to Joshua Cobb of Pawlett, dated 19 Sep 1781; 1:275-6, Ebenazer Cobb of Pawlett to Joshua Cobb of Pawlett, dated 20 Sep 1781; 2:37, Benjamin Petton to Elkanah Cobb of Pawlett, dated 18 Dec 1783; and 2:65, Nathan Niles to John Cobb of Pawlett, dated 27 Oct 1784.
  21. [S4241] "Vermont: Miscellaneous Censuses and Substitutes, 1778–1822, 1840," NewEnglandAncestors.org, record for Thomas Lathrop, 1787 "census record," citing page 289 vol S1a, shows town as Wells.
  22. [S2499] Thomas Lathrop household, 1790 U.S. Census, Rutland Co., Vermont.
  23. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pg 40, shows he was a selectman and year.
  24. [S2607] Cleveland and Cleveland, Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, vol 1 pg 44, shows he was a surveyor and deputy of court.
  25. [S3451] Hemenway, Vermont Historical Gazetteer: A Magazine, embracing a History of each Town, Civil, Ecclesiastical, Biographical and Military, vol III pg 880, shows him as selectman and year.
  26. [S2250] White, The Barbour Collection, Canterbury Vital Records, pg 170, citing vol 1 pg 106.
  27. [S863] Cobb, History of the Cobb Family, pg 117.
  28. [S2204] Vital Records of Norwich Connecticut, pg 215.
  29. [S2229] Mary Cobb widow's pension file, R2076, Revolutionary War Pension Files, statement of Benjamin & Martha Everest (widow's only sister), 7 Nov 1838, shows Capt. John Cobb was the son of Gedion Cobb of Canterbury, Connecticut.
  30. [S2395] Wells Land Records, B:99-100, deaths 1782-1811.
  31. [S2250] White, The Barbour Collection, Canterbury Vital Records, pg 170, citing vol 1 pg 108.