Robert Donaldson Thorburn1,2,3

ID# 15876, (1879 - 1947)
FatherMiles K. Thorburn7,8 (Oct 1855 - )
MotherLucy C. Carrington4,5,6 (Aug 1858 - )

Key Events:

Birth: Jun 1879, Texas9,10,11
Marriage: Greta Cobb, 20 Jun 1905, Church of the Good Shepherd, Wichita Falls, Texas12,13,14
Death: 14 Sep 194715
Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., Texas15

Spouse:Greta Cobb (7 Jan 1875 - 3 May 1945)
     No children

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Robert Donaldson Thorburn was born in Jun 1879 in Texas.9,10,11 He appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas, in the household of his parents, Miles K. Thorburn and Lucy C. Carrington.7 He appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas, in the household of his parents.8
     Robert married Greta Cobb, daughter of Maj. Robert H. Cobb and Sarah Virginia Walker, on 20 Jun 1905 in Church of the Good Shepherd, Wichita Falls, Texas, with the Rev. Edwin Wickens of Dallas officiating.12,13,14
     Robert and Greta Cobb appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Houston, Harris Co., Texas, at 2914 Hamilton St., enumerated 15 Apr 1910, with her parents, Maj. Robert H. Cobb and Virginia Walker, listed as living with them.16
     Robert and Greta appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas, at 3819 Rawlins St., enumerated 9 Jan 1920, reporting they owned their home, which was mortgaged. Also listed as living with them were his mother, Lucy; John T. Carrington, a broom maker, listed as a lodger but apparently a relative of his mother; and Edna Mosely, a servant.17
     Robert and Greta appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Highland Park, Dallas Co., Texas, at 3604 Dartmouth Ave., enumerated 7 Apr 1930, reporting that they owned a home valued at $12,000, and had a radio. His mother was listed as living with them.6
     Robert and Greta appeared on the 1940 Federal Census of Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., Texas, in the household of her brother Percy.18
     He was a commercial traveler (salesman) in the tobacco and cigars business in 1910, and in the brush manufacturing business by 1920, becoming president of the company. By 1940 he was in the fruit trucking business. That year he reported he had worked 72 hours the last week of March, and 52 weeks prior year.19,20,21,22
     Robert died on 14 Sep 1947 at age 68.15 He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., Texas.15

Citations

  1. [S3371] "Thorburn-Cobb Wedding," The Dallas Morning News, 21 Jun 1905, shows name as Robert Donaldson Thorburn.
  2. [S949] Cobb - Thorburn tombstone, Riverside Cemetery, shows name as Robert D. Thorburn.
  3. [S5352] M. K. Therburn household, 1880 U.S. Census, Dallas Co., Texas, shows name as Robt. D. Therburn.
  4. [S5352] M. K. Therburn household, 1880 U.S. Census, Dallas Co., Texas, shows him as the son of her husband.
  5. [S3101] Miles Thoburn household, 1900 U.S. Census, Dallas Co., Texas, shows the child as son of Lucy's husband.
  6. [S3100] Robert D. Thorburn household, 1930 U.S. Census, Dallas Co., Texas.
  7. [S5352] M. K. Therburn household, 1880 U.S. Census, Dallas Co., Texas.
  8. [S3101] Miles Thoburn household, 1900 U.S. Census, Dallas Co., Texas.
  9. [S5352] M. K. Therburn household, 1880 U.S. Census, Dallas Co., Texas, shows age 1 and state.
  10. [S3101] Miles Thoburn household, 1900 U.S. Census, Dallas Co., Texas, shows month, year, age 30 (overwritten), and state.
  11. [S950] R. D. Thorburn household, 1910 U.S. Census, Harris Co., Texas, shows age 30 and state, as Kentucky.
  12. [S3371] "Thorburn-Cobb Wedding," The Dallas Morning News, 21 Jun 1905, shows married "yesterday," church, city, and officant.
  13. [S950] R. D. Thorburn household, 1910 U.S. Census, Harris Co., Texas, shows married, 4 years.
  14. [S949] Cobb - Thorburn tombstone, Riverside Cemetery, shows them together on the same stone.
  15. [S949] Cobb - Thorburn tombstone, Riverside Cemetery.
  16. [S950] R. D. Thorburn household, 1910 U.S. Census, Harris Co., Texas.
  17. [S3099] Robert D. Thorburn household, 1920 U.S. Census, Dallas Co., Texas.
  18. [S5351] Percy Cobb household, 1940 U.S. Census, Wichita Co., Texas.
  19. [S950] R. D. Thorburn household, 1910 U.S. Census, Harris Co., Texas, shows occupation as com. traveler, industry as tob. & cigars.
  20. [S3099] Robert D. Thorburn household, 1920 U.S. Census, Dallas Co., Texas, shows occupation as manufactuer [??], and industry as brush.
  21. [S3100] Robert D. Thorburn household, 1930 U.S. Census, Dallas Co., Texas, shows occupation as president, industry as manufacturing.
  22. [S5351] Percy Cobb household, 1940 U.S. Census, Wichita Co., Texas, shows occupation as fruit trucking, industry as fruit trucking.