James Alfred Cobb1,2,3

ID# 16628, (1845 - 1924)
FatherJohn Cobb4,5,6 (10 Jun 1809 - 15 Jun 1895)
MotherMaria Caffin4,5,6 (13 Jul 1816 - 19 Aug 1901)

Key Events:

Birth: 10 Aug 1845, Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana7,8,9
Marriage: Martha Ella Trumbower, 4 Nov 18694,10,11
Death: 1 May 1924, Los Angeles, California4

Spouse: Martha Ella Trumbower (5 Dec 1848 - 20 Jun 1944)
     Children:

  • Jesse Stanley Cobb4,18,27 (7 Aug 1870 - 18 Oct 1934)
  • Grace Alberta Cobb4,18 (27 Aug 1872 - 13 Jan 1896)
  • William Spencer Cobb4 (28 Oct 1874 - 22 Aug 1875)
  • John Walter Cobb4,18,27 (2 Apr 1880 - )
ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     
James Alfred Cobb in the Civil War
photo courtesy Glenn Campbell
James Alfred Cobb was born on 10 Aug 1845 in Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana.7,8,9 He appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana, in the household of his parents, John Cobb and Maria Caffin.12 He appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana, in the household of his parents.13
     James and his cousin Jasper Cobb both enlisted on 24 May 1864 as Privates in Company I, 134th Infantry Regiment Indiana. The regiment was one of eight making up Indiana's quota of "100 days' troops." They were used largely for guard duty and in garrisoning necessary points, relieving veteran troops for active field work in the important campaigns of 1864. This regiment was organized at Indianapolis in May, 1864, and left the state at once for Tennessee. Upon reaching Nashville they were assigned to railroad guard duty along the lines of the Nashville & Chattanooga, Tennessee & Alabama, and Memphis & Charleston railroads. They were kept constantly engaged in this work until the latter part of Aug., 1864, serving beyond the time for which they had enlisted, keeping Sherman's lines of communication open for the transportation of supplies to his army. James and his cousin both mustered out 2 Sep 1864 in Indianapolis.14,15,16
     James married Martha Ella Trumbower on 4 Nov 1869.4,10,11
     He appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana, in the household of his parents, with his wife, Martha Ella Trumbower.17
     James and Martha appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana, enumerated 3 Jun 1880. Their children Jesse, Grace and John were listed as living with them, as was her brother, Edwin Trumbower, age 14.18
     He was a clerk in a chair factory, probably his father's, by 1870, and by 1880 had become a foreman.19,20 When Cobb's Iron and Nail Company filed articles of incorporation on 23 Aug 1881, James was named a director, along with his uncle, Oliver Perry Cobb, his brother Thomas, his cousin William, and three others.21,22,23
     By 1885, James, Thomas and their father were operating the huge chair factory of John Cobb & Co. in Aurora, as well as a branch factory in Butlerville, Indiana.24 In 1885 the company disposed of the sheet and bar mill and the right to use Cobb's patent process for manufacturing nails on 50 machines to another company. Both companies were then making 400 to 600 kegs of nails per day.25
     James moved to Los Angeles about 1895.26 He and Martha appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California, at 1847 E. 2nd St., enumerated 8 Jun 1900, reporting that the family was renting its home. Their children Jesse and John were listed as living with them.27
     After moving to Los Angles, James described his occupation as a capitalist. But by 1910 he had apparently suffered serious reverses; he was a sheet iron worker in a factory, working for wages.28,29
     He and Martha appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California, at 432 So. State St., enumerated 21 Apr 1910, reporting that they owned their home, free of mortgage. Listed as living with them was a lodger, Anna L. Williams, age 42.30 He and Martha appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California, at 432 State St., enumerated 8 Jan 1920, reporting that they owned their home, free of mortgage.31
     James died on 1 May 1924 in Los Angeles, California, at age 78, in an automobile accident.4

Citations

  1. [S1097] Campbell, "Descendants of Henry Cobb", shows name as James Alfred Cobb.
  2. [S4079] The William Crawford Memorial, pg 288, shows name as James Alfred.
  3. [S1554] John Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows name as James A. Cobb.
  4. [S1097] Campbell, "Descendants of Henry Cobb."
  5. [S4079] The William Crawford Memorial, pg 288.
  6. [S1554] John Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  7. [S1097] Campbell, "Descendants of Henry Cobb", shows date, with year as 1845, town, and state.
  8. [S4079] The William Crawford Memorial, pg 288, shows date, with year as 1845.
  9. [S1166] Kennedy, "Re: The Joshua Cobb Family," e-mail to author, 29 Jan 2007, shows year, as 1844.
  10. [S1124] John Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows them apparently living as husband and wife in his parent's household.
  11. [S1128] James A. Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, Los Angeles Co., California, shows married 31 years.
  12. [S1554] John Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  13. [S1123] John Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  14. [S1159] "American Civil War Soldiers," Ancestry.com, records for Alfred and Jasper Cobb of Dearborn County, Indiana, shows regiment, enlistment date, as 24th, and muster out date and place.
  15. [S2732] Alfred Cobb, Civil War discharge paper, shows regiment, enlistment date, as 9th, discharge date and place.
  16. [S1158] "American Civil War Regiments," Ancestry.com, record for 134th Infantry Regiment IN, shows history of the regiment, citing The Union Army, vol. 3, p. 186.
  17. [S1124] John Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  18. [S1550] James A. Cobb household, 1880 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  19. [S1124] John Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows occupation as clerk in a chair factory.
  20. [S1550] James A. Cobb household, 1880 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows occupation as foreman- chair factory.
  21. [S2277] "Local Brevities," The Indianapolis Sentinel, 24 Aug 1881, shows the firm incorporated "yesterday" and shows directors.
  22. [S2289] "Aurora Iron and Nail Company," The Daily Inter Ocean, 24 Aug 1881, shows articles filed "to-day," directors, that Aurora Iron and Nail Company which went into bankruptcy "about four months ago," the suit against Oliver Cobb and others, and that it was still pending.
  23. [S2276] History of Dearborn and Ohio Counties, pp 346-7, describes merger.
  24. [S2276] History of Dearborn and Ohio Counties, pp 344-5.
  25. [S2276] History of Dearborn and Ohio Counties, pp 346-7.
  26. [S1098] Campbell,[no subject] e-mail to author, 14 Feb 2006.
  27. [S1128] James A. Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, Los Angeles Co., California.
  28. [S1128] James A. Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, Los Angeles Co., California, shows occupation as capitalist.
  29. [S1129] James A. Cobb household, 1910 U.S. Census, Los Angeles Co., California, shows occupation as sheet iron worker, in a factory, and was working for wages.
  30. [S1129] James A. Cobb household, 1910 U.S. Census, Los Angeles Co., California.
  31. [S1130] James A. Cobb household, 1920 U.S. Census, Los Angeles Co., California.