William Henry Cobb1,2,3

ID# 16704, (1845 - 1924)
FatherOliver Perry Cobb4,5,6 (25 Apr 1817 - 28 Mar 1891)
MotherCaroline S. Foulk4,5,6 (21 Nov 1822 - 29 Aug 1907)

Key Events:

Birth: 17 Mar 1845, Mississippi7,8,9
Marriage: Alice Constance Fish, 21 Jun 187610,11
Death: 31 Oct 1924, Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana12,7

Spouse: Alice Constance Fish (1 Jan 1857 - 30 Jul 1934)
     Children:

  • Alice Bertha Cobb39,14,5 (18 Mar 1878 - 20 Feb 1941)
  • William Henry Cobb Jr.5,36 (1 Aug 1879 - 10 Oct 1947)
  • Robert Fish Cobb5,36 (Jan 1886 - )
ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     He seems to have used the name Henry, as a young adult.13,14 William Henry Cobb was born on 17 Mar 1845 in Mississippi.7,8,9 He appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana, in the household of his parents, Oliver Perry Cobb and Caroline S. Foulk.15 He appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana, in the household of his parents.16
     He was a grain merchant by 1870, and described himself as a commission merchant in 1880. By 1900 he had become an insurance agent, selling life insurance.17,18,19,20 He appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Center Twp., Dearborn Co., Indiana, in the household of his parents, reporting real estate valued at $200 and personal estate of $5000.21
     William married Alice Constance Fish on 21 Jun 1876.10,11
     William and Alice Constance Fish appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana, enumerated 3 Jun 1880. Their daughter Alice was listed as living with them, as was Almira Dibber, age 19, a servant.14

The Aurora Iron and Nail Company --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     The Aurora Iron and Nail Company filed articles of incorporation in Nov 1875. It was formed from the Aurora Iron Company, which had its origin as a rolling mill established in 1873 by John B. Evans, and the Haddock Nail Machine & Nail Manufacturing Company of Cincinnati. Capital stock was listed as $1,000,000, and the directors included Evans and Oliver Perry Cobb. It is not clear who the original officers were, but by 1881 the Cobbs were clearly in control. At that time, Oliver was the president and a director, and his brother John, his sons William and Frank, nephews John Dwyer and James A Stratton, and brother-in-law Lewis M. Foulk were all directors. Stratton was also the Secretary, and Foulk was the Treasurer.22,23,24
     By Mar 1881 the company was apparently not doing well, and a group of Cincinnati share-owners filed suit, blaming the Cobbs. The suit, naming the officers and directors, and their banks as defendants, was brought by ten share-owners, owning about 5,900 of the 20,000 shares outstanding. They charged that management had purchased from O. P. Cobb & Co. large amounts of materials at much higher price than that company paid for them, and had let contracts for "certain pretended improvements" at the plant to Stedman & Co., a close associate of the Cobbs, at "extravagant prices." Some of the directors, including Oliver and John Cobb, were accused of taking "pretended and fictitious mortgages" from the company. The suit asked for appointment of a receiver and recovery of damages.25
     The company's defenders lost no time; two days after the reports of the suit, three letters appeared in the Cincinnati newspapers. One, signed by management, save Oliver, denied all the charges, stating instead that the company would have failed had Oliver not provided nearly all the working capital. Another, by three "citizens of the city of Aurora," said that the charges were unjust, and that they had faith that a full investigation would show that. The third, by a committee of the firm's employees, said the employees had never been compelled to deal at the O. P. Cobb & Co. store, refuting a charge not reported in the earlier articles, and saying the works was "as good and systematic as any we ever worked in."26
     The trial for appointment of a receiver ended 19 Apr 1881 with the share-owners withdrawing their request after the judge suggested he was not inclined to appoint one. Oliver then announced he intended to begin the next day to start foreclosure proceedings on the mortgage he held against the company. A few days later a long article in the Cincinnati Commercial recounted the "great injustice" that had been done by a letter in the Cincinnati Enquirer containing "false and malicious statements." The article continued that "the hostility of the Enquirer to Mr. Cobb can easily be explained from the fact that one of the editors has had a personal difficulty with a son of Mr. Cobb's, and hence the paper never fails to have anything published against" him (the Enquirer article has not been found.)27,28,29
     After a three week trial in the counter-suit by the Cobbs to foreclose on their mortgages, the judge ruled on 13 Jun 1881 that the mortgages were valid and the foreclosure could proceed.30,31

Cobb's Iron and Nail Company --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     When Cobb's Iron and Nail Company filed articles of incorporation on 23 Aug 1881, William was named a director, along with his father, Oliver Perry Cobb, his cousins James and Thomas Cobb, and three others.32,33,34 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.35
     William and Alice appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana, enumerated 1 Jun 1900, reporting that the family owned its home, which was mortgaged. Their children Alice, William and Robert were listed as living with them.36
     He and Alice appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana, at Manchester St., enumerated 27 Apr 1910, reporting that the family owned its home, free of mortgage. Their son William was listed as living with them.37
     William and Alice appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana, at 433 Manchester St., enumerated 12 Jan 1920, reporting they owned their home, which was mortgaged, and with another couple apparently as tenants in part of the home.38
     William died on 31 Oct 1924 in Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana, at age 79.12,7

Citations

  1. [S1097] Campbell, "Descendants of Henry Cobb", shows name as William Cobb.
  2. [S4079] The William Crawford Memorial, pg 288, shows name as William Henry.
  3. [S1553] Oliver P. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows name as William H. C. Cobb.
  4. [S1166] Kennedy, "Re: The Joshua Cobb Family," e-mail to author, 29 Jan 2007.
  5. [S4079] The William Crawford Memorial, pg 288.
  6. [S1553] Oliver P. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  7. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #19173274, William Henry Cobb, shows date.
  8. [S1541] William H. Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows month, year, age 55, and state.
  9. [S1553] Oliver P. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows age 5 and state.
  10. [S4079] The William Crawford Memorial, pg 288, shows date.
  11. [S1125] Henry Cobb household, 1880 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows married.
  12. [S2279] Greenwood, "Holman, Harvey, Greenwood family tree" family tree, Ancestry.com, citing Milton A. Masing, Dearborn County Indiana Cemetery Records, Volume B (Heritage Books, Inc.: 2000), shows date, city, county, and state.
  13. [S1551] O. P. Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows name as Henry Cobb.
  14. [S1125] Henry Cobb household, 1880 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  15. [S1553] Oliver P. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  16. [S1552] O. P. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  17. [S1551] O. P. Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows occupation as grain merchant.
  18. [S1125] Henry Cobb household, 1880 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows occupation as commission merchant.
  19. [S1541] William H. Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows occupation as insurance agent.
  20. [S1539] William Henry Cobb household, 1910 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows occupation as agent for life insurance.
  21. [S1551] O. P. Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  22. [S2281] "Iron and Nails," Cincinnati Daily Gazette, 1 Dec 1875, shows the firm filed incorporation papers in Indianapolis and shows directors and capital stock.
  23. [S2276] History of Dearborn and Ohio Counties, pp 346-7, describes the history of Aurora Iron & Nail.
  24. [S2282] "Allegations of Fraud," Cincinnati Daily Gazette, 29 Mar 1881, shows the directors, officers, and relationships to Oliver.
  25. [S2282] "Allegations of Fraud," Cincinnati Daily Gazette, 29 Mar 1881, also reported in "The Aurora Nail Works," The Cincinnati Commercial, 29 Mar 1881, pg 7.
  26. [S2283] "The Other Side Heard From," Cincinnati Daily Gazette, 31 Mar 1881, see also "The Aurora Iron and Nail Company," The Cincinnati Commercial, 31 Mar 1881, pg 2.
  27. [S2284] "Aurora Iron Company's Troubles," Cincinnati Daily Gazette, 20 Apr 1881, shows date and Cobb's decision to foreclose.
  28. [S2285] "Aurora Iron and Nail Company," Cincinnati Commercial, 23 Apr 1881, shows complaints about the Enquirer and recounts the withdrawal of the motion at trial.
  29. [S2286] "A Card," Cincinnati Commercial, 24 Apr 1881, provides and alternate version of the withdrawal of the motion for receiver.
  30. [S2287] "Aurora Iron and Nail Company," Cincinnati Daily Gazette, 15 Jun 1881, shows the trial was three weeks long, decided "last Monday," and summarizes the decision.
  31. [S2288] "Aurora," Cincinnati Commercial, 15 Jun 1881, after letter by O. P. Cobb, prints entire decision.
  32. [S2277] "Local Brevities," The Indianapolis Sentinel, 24 Aug 1881, shows the firm incorporated "yesterday" and shows directors.
  33. [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.
  34. [S2276] History of Dearborn and Ohio Counties, pp 346-7, describes merger.
  35. [S2276] History of Dearborn and Ohio Counties, pp 346-7.
  36. [S1541] William H. Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  37. [S1539] William Henry Cobb household, 1910 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  38. [S1537] William H. Cobb household, 1920 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  39. [S4081] Daniel E. Strayer and Alice B. Cobb, application for marriage license.