Giles Lyon Cobb1,2,3

ID# 1333, (1820 - 1867)
FatherGideon Dyer Cobb4 (11 Sep 1773 - 1 Mar 1834)
MotherModena Chittenden Clark4 (4 Oct 1779 - 7 Oct 1837)

Key Events:

Birth: 5 Dec 1820, Kentucky4,5,6
Marriage: Marion Catlett, 15 Jan 1850, Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky7,8,9
Death: 4 Oct 186710
Burial: Riverview Cemetery, Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky10

Spouse:Marion Catlett (Dec 1828 - 9 Apr 1912)
     Children:

Giles and Marion left no children.50
ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Giles Lyon Cobb was born on 5 Dec 1820 in Kentucky.4,5,6 He was probably the male age 5 to 10 listed in the household of his father, Gideon Dyer Cobb, in the 1830 Federal Census of Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.11
     He was probably one of the three males age 15 to 20 listed in the household of his brother, Caleb, in the 1840 Federal Census of Caldwell Co., Kentucky.12
     Giles married Marion Catlett, daughter of Thomas Washington Catlett and Isabella Field Helm, on 15 Jan 1850 in Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.7,8,9
     Giles and Marion moved to Dycusburg soon after their marriage, if he wasn't living there already. The town had been incorporated 1844.13 Giles and Marion appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of District No. 1, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, enumerated 28 Aug 1850, reporting real estate valued at $600. Listed as living with them were his sister's son James G. Hallick, and James Redford, an 18-year-old clerk. There were also two female slaves, one aged 15 and 45.14,15
     It appears that Giles and Marion moved back to Eddyville by 1855.16 They appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky, enumerated 11 Aug 1860, reporting $2800 in real estate, $12,000 of personal estate. Also listed in the household were her brother, Malcom G. Catlett; James Murphy, age 23, and Bartley James, age 19, both clerks; and one female slave, age 53.3,17

Public Service --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Giles seems to have quickly established himself as a responsible citizen after he moved to Crittenden Co. At the 12 Feb 1849 session of the County Court he was appointed one of five men "to view and mark a way for a road to commence at the Salem road near I.N. Clement's residence to extend the nearest & best way to Dycusburgh."18
     A post office was established in Dycusburg in 1848, and Giles was appointed its third postmaster on 11 May 1850. His replacement was appointed 22 Jul 1851.19
     In the summer of 1851 Giles was appointed as clerk at Dycusburg for the upcoming election. Presumably he held similar posts in Lyon Co, after he returned there, but records there have not been examined.20

Military Service --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     On 21 Jan 1862 President Jefferson Davis submitted nominations to the Provisional Confederate Congress which included Giles, as an assistant quartermaster, with the rank of Captain. The nomination was confirmed 28 Jan and he was commissioned in Company S, Kentucky 8th Infantry Regiment, on 10 Feb 1862.21,22,23 The unit fought at Fort Donelson, Tennessee, on 13, 15, and 16 Feb 1862, the battles in which that fort fell to Union hands, and at Shiloh 6 Apr 1862.24 On 3 Apr 1862 Giles's name appeared in a list of quartermasters who have failed to give bond and on 30 Aug his name was dropped from the rolls.25
     In the meantime, on 25 May 1862 Giles was captured with his regiment in Lyon Co., Kentucky. On 12 Sep he was transferred from Kentucky to the prison at Camp Chase, Ohio, and on 29 Sep to Cairo, Illinois.26 On 22 Sep 1862, while a prisoner, he resigned his position. On 1 Nov 1862 he was released as part of an exchange of prisoners on board the steamer Emerald near Vicksburg, Mississippi.27,28
     On 13 Mar 1863, from Manchester, Tennessee, he explained why his bond as quartermaster had not been not forwarded sooner (that explanation has not been found), and on 21 Apr he was reinstated.29,30 After his return his unit fought at Vicksburg, Mississippi, on 4 Jul 1863; at Jackson Mississippi on 10 and 11 Jul; at Paducah, Kentucky on 25 Mar 1864; and at Tishomingo Creek, Mississippi on 10 and 11 Jun.24 On 16 Jun 1863 he was ordered to report to Major General Stewart to take charge of the division ordinance train. On 23 Aug he was relieved from duty with Cobb's Battalion, though the significance of this is unclear as he continued to serve as quartermaster in the 8th Kentucky regiment. By Aug 1864 he was with Cobb's Battalion in Atlanta, Georgia.31,32
     Giles was part of the Army of the Department of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana that was surrendered 8 May 1865 by Lt. General Richard Taylor to Maj. General Edward Canby. This was the last major Confederate force remaining east of the Mississippi River. He was paroled 16 May 1865 at Columbus, Mississippi.33,34

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.35
     Giles, and Charles M. Jackson, joined his older brothers Robert and Gideon in a new partnership in late 1850, known as Cobb Jackson & Co. This new partnership was located in Dycusburg, Crittenden Co., and was primarily a mercantile business. It appears that even though his two brothers were involved, this was primarily Giles's business.36 On 15 Nov 1850 he mortgaged his interest in the firm to a long list of firms in New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, and locally, including his brothers' firm in Eddyville, and the Bank of Kentucky in Hopkinsville, to obtain $18,000 in goods and merchandise. He also mortgaged a lot in Dycusburg to secure a debt owed by the firm.37
     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 1857.38
     For details about all these partnerships, please see The Cobb Brothers in Business.

Giles' Dealings Outside the Partnerships --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Unlike his brothers who made many real estate transactions outside their partnerships, comparatively few such transactions by Giles has been found. It appears his interests were primarily in mercantile, rather than the iron business. Further, both the Cobb Jackson & Co. and G L Cobb & Co. firms, while partnerships, seem to have been primarily his businesses. He was involved in a few transactions after he moved back to Eddyville.39,40
     He purchased a warrant for 119 acres of land in Crittenden Co., Kentucky. He had it surveyed on 12 Sep 1851, and a grant was issued 4 Oct 1854.41 On 23 Nov 1853 Giles bought lot no. 7 in Dycusburg from Sinco A. G. Noel for $222. He sold that lot to Mrs. Catharine McIntire on 10 Jun 1854, for $240.42
     Giles purchased a parcel of over 240 acres in Lyon Co., below and adjoining Eddyville, from John P Boyd and his wife Sarah, for $2,500, paying with four notes due in one, two, three, and four years. The recorded copy of the deed is dated 23 Mar 1856, but the purchase would appear to have been made several years earlier.43 He sold 73 acres of that parcel to G. M. Huggans for $672 on 3 Jan 1855, paid by notes due 3 Feb 1856, 1857, and 1858.44
     Giles sold a portion of that tract, size unspecified, to Charles Wood for $350 on 7 Jul 1857.45 He sold what appears to have been the balance of the parcel on 21 Jan 1858, in four separate transactions. He sold 14 acres to Philip D. Yeiser for $335, 3¼ acres to William Cash for $575, and 10½ acres to Caleb Warfield for $500. He sold to his brother Robert a parcel that seems to have been 94 acres for $1000.46
     On 8 Mar 1858 Giles received a 45 acre parcel in on the waters of Livingston Creek, in Lyon Co., as a result of a suit brought in Caldwell Circuit Court. He sold that property to John Winters for $200 on 31 May 1860.47
     On 5 Oct 1858 Giles sold a 7-acre parcel on Lick Creek in Lyon Co. which appears to have been a part of the purchase from John Boyd, for $342 to Matthew Martin Lyon.48 Giles was involved in a pair of dueling suits in Lyon Circuit Court, one by Robert Garrett and Wm. Henry against Giles L. Cobb, defendant, and the other T. P. Paine and Giles L. Cobb against T. Young sheriff of Lyon Co and Robert Garrett use and benefit of Henry, defendants. Under an order in the Jun 1865 term of the Court a 5-acre parcel near Eddyville was sold to on 21 Dec 1865 Thomas Washington Catlett, Gile's father-in-law, for $1,620. The land may have been part of Giles Lyon Cobb's parcel there, but that is unclear from the deed.49
     Giles died on 4 Oct 1867 at age 46.10 He was buried in Riverview Cemetery, Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky.10

Citations

  1. [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 Giles Lyon Cobb.
  2. [S727] Caldwell Co. Marriage Bonds, Book B, no. 195, Giles L. Cobb to Miss Marion Catlett, 14 Jan 1850.
  3. [S1814] Giles L. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky.
  4. [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.
  5. [S1814] Giles L. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows age 37 and state.
  6. [S1782] Giles L. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, shows age 27 and state.
  7. [S727] Caldwell Co. Marriage Bonds, Book B, no. 195, Giles L. Cobb to Miss Marion Catlett, 14 Jan 1850, return shows date as 15th.
  8. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, shows date, as 14th, town, county, and state.
  9. [S1782] Giles L. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, shows apparently living as husband and wife, and both married within the year.
  10. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998.
  11. [S1789] Gideon Cobb household, 1830 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
  12. [S574] C. C. Cobb household, 1840 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
  13. [S3055] Travis, "A Thriving Town in the 1800s", shows date of incorporation2.
  14. [S1782] Giles L. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Crittenden Co., Kentucky.
  15. [S1680] Giles B. Cobb, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  16. [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, D:254-5, Isham Frost & Wm G. Priest to Giles L. Cobb of Lyon Co., 31 Jan 1856.
  17. [S1677] Giles L. Cobb, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  18. [S3066] Patton, "Court Order Book Paints Picture", citing pg 272.
  19. [S3065] Patton, "42037: A History of Postmasters", shows his name as Giles S. Cobb, a likely transcription error if the original data was handwritten.
  20. [S3066] Patton, "Court Order Book Paints Picture", citing pg 418.
  21. [S2965] United States Congressional Serial Set, Senate Doc. No. 234, 58th Congress, 2nd session, Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865, vol 1, 24 Jan 1862, pp 702-4, shows Giles L. Cobb of Kentucky nominated to rank of captain; pp 717-8, Congress consented.
  22. [S3269] Giles L. Cobb, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Kentucky, roster not dated, shows date of appointment, title, and regiment.
  23. [S1159] "American Civil War Soldiers," Ancestry.com, record for Giles Cobb, citing Confederate Kentucky Volunteers War 1861-65, shows company and commission date.
  24. [S1158] "American Civil War Regiments," Ancestry.com, record for 8th Infantry Regiment Kentucky.
  25. [S3270] Giles L. Cobb, Compiled Service Records, General and Staff Officers, summary, shows name on list, citing Q. M. G. O. - 70-0-Bk.4; card for Special Order number 203/2, shows name dropped; summary, shows his explaination, citing 1-55-737C and Report A. O.; card for Special Order number 97/20, shows S. O. #203/2 revoked.
  26. [S3269] Giles L. Cobb, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Kentucky, card from register of Prisoners of War at Camp Chase, shows date and location of capture and transfer to Camp Chase; card for list of prisoners of war transferred from Camp Chase to Cairo 29 Sep 1862, shows date and location of capture.
  27. [S3269] Giles L. Cobb, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Kentucky, card from roster of 8th regiment, undated, shows resigned and date; card for Receipt of prisoners received.
  28. [S3270] Giles L. Cobb, Compiled Service Records, General and Staff Officers, summary, shows Col. Lyon reported 28 Oct 1862 that Cobb had resigned while his regiment was in prison, and date.
  29. [S3270] Giles L. Cobb, Compiled Service Records, General and Staff Officers, summary, shows his explanation, citing 1-55-737C and Report A. O.; card for Special Order number 97/20, shows S. O. #203/2 revoked.
  30. [S1159] "American Civil War Soldiers," Ancestry.com, record for Giles Cobb, citing Confederate Kentucky Volunteers War 1861-65, shows enlistment 2 Oct 1859 at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and rank.
  31. [S3270] Giles L. Cobb, Compiled Service Records, General and Staff Officers, order 16 Jun 1863; card for Spec. Field Ord. #86/12; summary, shows in Atlanta 27 Aug 1864, citing personal papers.
  32. [S3269] Giles L. Cobb, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Kentucky, card from report of Staff officers, 23 Aug 1864, shows him as Capt. 8 Regt. Ky.
  33. [S3270] Giles L. Cobb, Compiled Service Records, General and Staff Officers, parole, shows army, generals, and date and place of parole.
  34. [S1265] Wikipedia, online, "Richard Taylor (general),"viewed Aug 2011, shows generals, date of surrender.
  35. [S1977] Cobb, Exit Laughing, pg 25, citing ledger and day books of the business, shows Robert taken into the business at age 21.
  36. [S3055] Travis, "A Thriving Town in the 1800s", shows Jackson & Cobb were selling goods along with shipping tobacco in 1851.
  37. [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, B:616-7, Giles Cobb, one of firm of Cobb Jackson & Co. mortgage to West & Summers, Paul Tubane & Co., J. Burnside & Co., and Dudley & Nelson, all of New Orleans; Thomas Smith & Co. and Tulane Baldwyn & Co., both of New York; Bancroft Beaver & Co., P. M. Direon & Co., Oliver Martin & Co., Martin & Smith, Dudly & Johns, Seviete Perkins & Co., Boyd & Storud, and Charles Henderson, all of Philadelphia; P. F. Bennett, H. P. Martin, B. W. Bennett, George D. Martine, A. P. Brasher, of Crittenden Co,; William Smith, and W. P. Bennett of Caldwell Co.; R. L. & G. D. Cobb of Eddyville; Bank of Kentucky of Hopkinsville; and Francis Ford of Crittenden Co., 12 Dec 1850; and B:617, Giles L. Cobb, one of firm of Cobb Jackson, mortgage to Francis Ford, 12 Dec 1850.
  38. [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.
  39. [S1782] Giles L. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, shows occupation as merchant.
  40. [S1814] Giles L. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows occupation as merchant.
  41. [S838] Kentucky Secretary of State, Land Office, online, record for Patent No. 22022, citing Bk. 40, pg 248, shows surveyed 12 Dec 1851, granted 4 Oct 1854.
  42. [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, C:322-3, Sinco A. G. Noel to Giles L. Cobb, 28 Nov 1853; and C:572, Giles L. Cobb to Mrs. Catharine McIntire, 17 Oct 1854.
  43. [S3152] Lyon Co. Deeds, A:328-9, John P. Boyd & wife Sarah P. to Giles L. Cobb, last digit of acreage cut off by fold in page, 10 Jul 1856.
  44. [S3152] Lyon Co. Deeds, A:504-5, Giles L. Cobb to G. M. Huggans.
  45. [S3152] Lyon Co. Deeds, B:151, Giles L. Cobb & Marion Cobb to Charles Wood, 5 Mar 1860.
  46. [S3152] Lyon Co. Deeds, A:503, Giles L. Cobb & wife to Philip D. Yeiser, 3 Apr 1857; A:505-6, same to Wm Cash, 6 Apr 1858; same to Caleb Warfield, consideration cut off by fold of page but appears to be F__ hundered dollars, 28 Jul 1858; and A:570-1, same to Robert L. Cobb, shows acreage as 208 ac, but unclear whether this figure includes the 14 ac sold to Yeiser, which was explictly excluded from sale, 26 Jul 1858.
  47. [S3152] Lyon Co. Deeds, B:134-5, E. P. Watkins, commissioner of chancery of Caldwell Co. to Giles L. Cobb, 30 Jan 1860; and B:175-6, Giles L. Cobb & Marion Cobb to John Winters, 30 May 1860.
  48. [S3152] Lyon Co. Deeds, A:600, Giles L. Cobb & wife to Matthew M. Lyon, 8 Nov 1858.
  49. [S3152] Lyon Co. Deeds, C:71-2, John W. Clark, commissioner, to Thomas L. Catlett, 15 Jan 1866.
  50. [S2529] Cobb, "Cobb-Garrett Family History", pg 5.