Thomas Jefferson Cobb1,2,3

ID# 16630, (1849 - )
FatherJohn Cobb4,5,6 (10 Jun 1809 - 15 Jun 1895)
MotherMaria Caffin4,5,6 (13 Jul 1816 - 19 Aug 1901)

Key Events:

Birth: 6 Nov 1849, Indiana7,8,9
Marriage: Jennie C. Pratt, 23 Nov 18817,10,11

Spouse:Jennie C. Pratt (Dec 1857 - )
     Children:

  • Ethelyn Cobb4,6 (3 Apr 1884 - )
  • Fredrica Cobb4,6 (7 Jan 1888 - )
ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Thomas Jefferson Cobb was born on 6 Nov 1849 in 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
     He appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana, in the household of his parents, reporting personal estate of $800.14 He appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Aurora, Indiana in the household of his parents.15
     In 1868 his father purchased the Aurora Commercial, a newspaper established in 1859. In June of that year a joint stock company, which had purchased the presses of that paper, established the Dearborn Independent. Thomas edited this paper was until Apr 1873, when it was sold to his cousin, Louis Willard Cobb, who then operated it.16,17,18
     Thomas apparently moved into his father's chair manufacturing business by 1880.19,20 When Cobb's Iron and Nail Company filed articles of incorporation on 23 Aug 1881, Thomas was named a director, along with his uncle, Oliver Perry Cobb, his brother James, his cousin William, and three others.21,22,23
     Thomas married Jennie C. Pratt, daughter of Fredrick M. Pratt and Eliza M. [surname unknown], on 23 Nov 1881.7,10,11
     By 1885, Thomas, James 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
     Thomas and Jennie apparently separated before 1900, as he was living with his mother in 1900, and she and the two daughters were living with her parents in Titusville, Pennsylvania. She remained there, appearing with her mother in 1910 and 1920, the last record that has been found for her.26,27,28,29
     Thomas appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Aurora, Indiana in the household of his mother, Maria Caffin.30
     By 1920 Thomas had moved to Sebastian Co., Arkansas, were he become a bookkeeper at a mirror factory in Sebastian Co., Arkansas.31
     Thomas appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Ft. Smith, Sebastian Co., Arkansas, at 310 North Sixth St., enumerated 5 Jan 1920, listed as a lodger in the rooming house of Ella Willis, a 52 year-old widow, who herself rented the home.32

Citations

  1. [S4079] The William Crawford Memorial, pg 288, shows name as Thomas Jefferson.
  2. [S1097] Campbell, "Descendants of Henry Cobb", shows name as Thomas Cobb.
  3. [S1546] Mariah Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows name as Thomas J. Cobb.
  4. [S1097] Campbell, "Descendants of Henry Cobb."
  5. [S1166] Kennedy, "Re: The Joshua Cobb Family," e-mail to author, 29 Jan 2007.
  6. [S4079] The William Crawford Memorial, pg 288.
  7. [S4079] The William Crawford Memorial, pg 288, shows date.
  8. [S1546] Mariah Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows month and year, as Nov 1849, age 50, and state.
  9. [S1554] John Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows age 6/12 and state.
  10. [S1097] Campbell, "Descendants of Henry Cobb", shows married c. 1880.
  11. [S1546] Mariah Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows him as married, 20 years; she is not in household.
  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. [S1124] John Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  15. [S1549] John Cobb household, 1880 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  16. [S2276] History of Dearborn and Ohio Counties, pg 183.
  17. [S2278] Shaw, History of Dearborn County, pg 378.
  18. [S1124] John Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows Thomas' occupation as editor.
  19. [S1549] John Cobb household, 1880 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows occupation as chair manufacturer.
  20. [S1546] Mariah Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows occupation at chair business, in which he was an owner.
  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. [S1546] Mariah Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows Thomas living with his mother.
  27. [S2746] Fredrick M. Pratt household, 1900 U.S. Census, Crawford Co., Pennsylvania, shows Jennie living with her parents, with the two daughters.
  28. [S2747] Eliza Pratt household, 1910 U.S. Census, Crawford Co., Pennsylvania, shows Jennie living with her mother, with the two daughters.
  29. [S2748] Jennie P. Cobb household, 1920 U.S. Census, Crawford Co., Pennsylvania, shows her mother living with her.
  30. [S1546] Mariah Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  31. [S1127] Ella Willis household, 1920 U.S. Census, Sebastian Co., Arkansas, shows occupation as bookkeeper in a mirror factory, working for wages.
  32. [S1127] Ella Willis household, 1920 U.S. Census, Sebastian Co., Arkansas.