Frank Dyar Cobb1,2,3

ID# 16712, (1858 - 1940)
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: 27 Dec 1858, Indiana7,8,9
Marriage: Anna Gray Pattison, 28 Sep 1886, Dearborn Co., Indiana10,11
Death: 22 May 1940, Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana7,12
Burial: Riverview Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana13

Spouse: Anna Gray Pattison (2 Oct 1864 - 2 Oct 1947)
     Children:

  • Alexander Pattison Cobb4,25,26 (Aug 1887 - )
  • Charles Cornet Cobb4 (1889 - )
ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Frank Dyar Cobb was born on 27 Dec 1858 in Indiana.7,8,9 He appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Center Twp., Dearborn Co., Indiana, in the household of his parents, Oliver Perry Cobb and Caroline S. Foulk.14 He appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Center Twp., Indiana in the household of his parents.15
     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.16,17,18
     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.19
     Frank married Anna Gray Pattison on 28 Sep 1886 in Dearborn Co., Indiana, with F. M. Hunckleberry officiating.10,11
     Frank was a superintendent in 1900, a fire insurance agent by 1910. Apparently he was engaged in farming, but also sold insurance. He reported his occupation as a farmer in 1920, as an insurance agent again in 1930, and in 1940 as a retired farmer.20,21,22,23,24
     Frank and Anna Gray Pattison appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Center Twp., Dearborn Co., Indiana, enumerated 14 Jun 1900, reporting that the family rented its home. Their son Alexander was listed as living with them.25
     He and Anna appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Center Twp., Dearborn Co., Indiana, enumerated 3 May 1910, reporting that the family owned its home, which was mortgaged. Their son Alexander was listed as living with them.26 They appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Center Twp., Dearborn Co., Indiana, enumerated 5 Jan 1920, reporting that they owned their home, which was mortgaged.27
     Frank and Anna appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Center Twp., Dearborn Co., Indiana, enumerated 17 Apr 1930, reporting that they owned their home, and owned a radio.28 They appeared on the 1940 Federal Census of Center Twp., Dearborn Co., Indiana, on Ebenezer Ridge Rd., enumerated 8 Apr 1940, reporting that they owned a home valued at $7,000 and had lived in the same house in 1935.29
     Frank died on 22 May 1940 in Aurora, Dearborn Co., Indiana, at age 81.7,12 He was buried in Riverview Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.13

Citations

  1. [S4079] The William Crawford Memorial, pg 289, shows name as Frank Dyar.
  2. [S1097] Campbell, "Descendants of Henry Cobb", shows name as Frank Cobb.
  3. [S4080] Frank D. Cobb and Gray Pattison, marriage register.
  4. [S4079] The William Crawford Memorial, pg 289.
  5. [S1166] Kennedy, "Re: The Joshua Cobb Family," e-mail to author, 29 Jan 2007.
  6. [S1551] O. P. Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  7. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #19328050, Frank D Cobb, shows date.
  8. [S1551] O. P. Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows age 11 and state.
  9. [S1133] Frank D. Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows month, year, age 41, and state.
  10. [S4080] Frank D. Cobb and Gray Pattison, marriage register, shows date, county, state, and officant.
  11. [S1133] Frank D. Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows married 13 years.
  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).
  13. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #19328050, Frank D Cobb.
  14. [S1551] O. P. Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  15. [S1547] Oliver P. Cobb household, 1880 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  16. [S2281] "Iron and Nails," Cincinnati Daily Gazette, 1 Dec 1875, shows the firm filed incorporation papers in Indianapolis and shows directors and capital stock.
  17. [S2276] History of Dearborn and Ohio Counties, pp 346-7, describes the history of Aurora Iron & Nail.
  18. [S2282] "Allegations of Fraud," Cincinnati Daily Gazette, 29 Mar 1881, shows the directors, officers, and relationships to Oliver.
  19. [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.
  20. [S1133] Frank D. Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows occupation as superintendent.
  21. [S1134] Frank D. Cobb household, 1910 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows occupation as agent, in fire insurance industry, working on his own account.
  22. [S1135] Frank D. Cobb household, 1920 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows occupation as farmer.
  23. [S5400] Frank D. Cobb household, 1930 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows occupation as agent, industry as insurance.
  24. [S5399] Frank D. Cobb household, 1940 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana, shows occupation as farmer, industry as retired.
  25. [S1133] Frank D. Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  26. [S1134] Frank D. Cobb household, 1910 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  27. [S1135] Frank D. Cobb household, 1920 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  28. [S5400] Frank D. Cobb household, 1930 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  29. [S5399] Frank D. Cobb household, 1940 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.