Bobella Cobb1,2,3

ID# 1685, (1848 - 1922)
FatherRobert Livingston Cobb4,5 (6 Oct 1805 - Jun 1873)
MotherCornelia Barbour Mims4,5 (1816 - 31 May 1875)

Key Events:

Birth: 3 Sep 1848, Caldwell Co., Kentucky6,7,8
Marriage: 10 Nov 1870, Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky, John Bartlett Saunders (30 Aug 1840 - 16 Aug 1873)9,10
Marriage: 25 Jun 1877, Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky, Barclay Arney James (1 Oct 1842 - 9 Mar 1909)11,12
Death: 20 Oct 1922, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee13,5
Burial: 22 Oct 1922, Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee14,15
ChartsDescendants of Linah and Rebeccah (Davis) Mims
Descendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont
The Linah Mims - Rebecca Davis Family

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Bobella Cobb was born on 3 Sep 1848 in Caldwell Co., Kentucky.6,7,8
     She appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Caldwell Co., Kentucky, in the household of her parents, Robert Livingston Cobb and Cornelia Barbour Mims.16,17 She appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky, in the household of her parents.18,19
     She moved to Paducah, with her parents about 1870.20,21 She appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky, in the household of her parents.22

Married to the Traveling Doctor of Maui --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Bobella married first John Bartlett Saunders, son of Reuben Saunders and Adeline S. Roberts, on 10 Nov 1870 in Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky, at her parent's residence. Her brother Joshua married his sister Manie the following year.9,10 Bobella and John returned to the Kingdom of Hawaii after their marriage, arriving in Honolulu aboard the S.S. Moses Taylor from San Francisco on 2 Dec 1870.23,24
     Her husband died on 16 Aug 1873 in Wailuku, Maui, Kingdom of Hawaii.25,26 On 3 Sep 1873 she received $501 from the estate of her late husband to pay for living expenses for her and her daughter.27
     Their second daughter was born 12 Sep 1873, less than a month after her husband's death.28,29,30 Her brother Linah came to Hawaii to assist her, arriving in Honolulu 25 Nov 1873.31
     Bobella petitioned the court to be guardian of her two daughters on 14 Dec 1873, stating they were then living in Honolulu. She stated that their father left personal property amounting to $4,500, and his daughters were entitled to two-thirds of it after expenses. The court appointed her the guardian of their persons and estates two days later, subject to a bond of $4,000, after her brother testified that she was wife of their father.32
     She received $1,200 as the first payment on her inheritance, and $2,400 as gaurdian of her daughters toward their inheritances, on 16 Dec 1873.27
     Bobella returned to Paducah, departing Honolulu 27 Dec 1873, bound for San Francisco aboard the bark D. C. Murry with her two young daughters and her Hawaiian nurse, accompanied by her brother Linah.33,34,35
     Bobella received a second payment of her inheritance from the estate of her late husband on 10 Aug 1874. Her payment was $800, and she received $1,600 as gaurdian of her daughters. On 22 Mar 1875 she was paid her share of the balance of the estate, $296, and for her daughters $592.36

Married to a Commercial Traveler --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Bobella married second Barclay Arney James, son of James Lawrence James and Beulah B. Arney, on 25 Jun 1877 in Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky.11,12
     Barclay's work as traveling agent seems to have kept him on the road much of the time, but his base of operations remained in Evansville. He and Bobella seem to have established their family residence in Eddyville, Kentucky soon after their marriage.37 They appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky, enumerated 1 Jun 1880. Their children Linah and Linda were listed as living with them, as were her daughters, Cornelia and Laura, by her previous marriage.38
     Bobella and Barclay moved their family home to Paducah about 1882.39 In about 1889, with Barclay no longer traveling, he established a more permanent residencein Evansville. Whether the family ever moved there at this time is unclear.40 By 1891 the family was living in Clarksville, boarding at Mrs. Allen Johnson's. By 1892 Barclay regarded Clarksville has his home as well. (an unknown value.)41
     By 1893 Bobella and Barclay had established another residence in Evansville, at 1448 Upper 2nd.42,43 They appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., Indiana, at 1448 Second St., enumerated 6 Jun 1900, reporting that the family owned its home. Their children Linah, Linda, Arney and Robert were listed as living with them, as were three Black servants, Mary Wilson, age 31, Mary Suggs, age 26, and Joseph Stokes, a hostler, age 38.44

Settling in Clarksville --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Bobella and Barclay moved to Clarksville about 1909 though he continued to work for a firm in Evansville.45
     He died on 9 Mar 1909 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.46,47
     Bobella was injured in a street railway accident in Jan 1910. The injury was serious enough that her daughters Linda and Arney traveled from Evansville to be with her.48
     She appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, in the household of her daughter Cornelia and her husband, Morris Kerr Clark.49 She appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, in the household of her daughter Cornelia.50
     Bobella died on 20 Oct 1922 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, at age 74, at the home of her daughter Cornelia.13,5 She was buried on 22 Oct 1922 in Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.14,15

Children:
     Children with John Bartlett Saunders:

Children:
     Children with Barclay Arney James:

  • Linah C. James55,56,53 (May 1878 - 18 Jul 1915)
  • Linda M. James55,56,57 (3 Aug 1879 - 26 Feb 1966)
  • Arney B. James56,53,58 (5 Apr 1884 - 10 Nov 1940)
  • Robert Lawrence James59,53,60 (20 Jun 1887 - 14 Feb 1940)

Citations

  1. [S1820] Robert L. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows name as Robella Cobb.
  2. [S1811] Robert L. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows name as Bobella Cobb.
  3. [S2321] Barclay James household, 1880 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows name as Bobbie James.
  4. [S1820] Robert L. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows them in same household, appearing to be parent and child.
  5. [S3409] Mrs. Bobbie Cobb James, Certificate of Death.
  6. [S3409] Mrs. Bobbie Cobb James, Certificate of Death, shows date, and state.
  7. [S2312] Bracley A. James household, 1900 U.S. Census, Vanderburgh Co., Indiana, shows month, year, as 1847, age 52 and state.
  8. [S1820] Robert L. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows age 1, county, and state.
  9. [S8325] John B. Saunders, probate packets, notes of clerk 16 Dec 1873, shows her brother Linah testified of date, city, and at their mother's home.
  10. [S8293] Mrs. B. A. James obituary, Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, shows has her first marriage.
  11. [S2311] B. A. James and Bobbie Sanders, marriage register, shows date, town, and county, and his first marriage and her second.
  12. [S8293] Mrs. B. A. James obituary, Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, shows year.
  13. [S8293] Mrs. B. A. James obituary, Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, shows she died Friday, home of daughter Mrs. Morris K. Clark.
  14. [S3409] Mrs. Bobbie Cobb James, Certificate of Death, shows date and cemetery.
  15. [S8293] Mrs. B. A. James obituary, Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, shows funeral on Sunday.
  16. [S1820] Robert L. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
  17. [S1745] Robert L. Cobb, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  18. [S1811] Robert L. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky.
  19. [S1675] Robert L. Cobb, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  20. [S1042] Connelley and Coulter, History of Kentucky, pg 497, shows year, as 1870.
  21. [S628] Robert L. Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, shows occupation as retired merchant.
  22. [S628] Robert L. Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky.
  23. [S8324] Moses Taylor arrival 2 Dec 1870, Records of Passenger Arrivals and Departures.
  24. [S8293] Mrs. B. A. James obituary, Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, shows their married life was spent in the Hawaiian Islands.
  25. [S8325] John B. Saunders, probate packets, notes of clerk 11 Sep 1873, shows testimony of W. C. Parke shows date and he saw the dead body at Wailuku.
  26. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 5858474, John Bartlett Saunders, includes photo of tombstone showing date, town, and country.
  27. [S8325] John B. Saunders, probate packets, final report of administrator 15 Feb 1875, Schedule B, pg 1.
  28. [S885] "California Death Index, 1940-1997," Ancestry.com, record for Laura S Clarke, Soc. Sec. No. 571-72-1286, shows date.
  29. [S1073] "John Bartlett Saunders", shows she was born after her father's death.
  30. [S2321] Barclay James household, 1880 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows age 6 and state, as Sandwich Islands.
  31. [S8321] Comet arrival 25 Nov 1873, Records of Passenger Arrivals and Departures.
  32. [S8325] John B. Saunders, probate packets, petition for guardianship 14 Dec 1873; order 16 Dec 1873; notes of clerk same date.
  33. [S3009] Saunders, "Terry  Re: Saunders genealogy," e-mail to author, 3 Jul 2009, shows she returned to the US shortly after his death with her children an the nurse.
  34. [S1073] "John Bartlett Saunders", shows death date and his daughter Laura was born posthumously.
  35. [S8322] D. C. Murray departure 27 Dec 1873, Records of Passenger Arrivals and Departures.
  36. [S8325] John B. Saunders, probate packets, final report of administrator 15 Feb 1875, Schedule B, pg 2; receipts by by her attorney 22 Mar 1875.
  37. [S8309] Williams' Evansville Directory, 1878 pg 153, shows residence as Eddyville.
  38. [S2321] Barclay James household, 1880 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky.
  39. [S8310] Bennett & Co.'s Evansville City Directory, 1883 pg 203, shows residence as Paducah.
  40. [S8310] Bennett & Co.'s Evansville City Directory, 1890, pg 249.
  41. [S8310] Bennett & Co.'s Evansville City Directory, 1892, pg 315, shows residence as Clarksville.
  42. [S8310] Bennett & Co.'s Evansville City Directory, 1893, pg 318, shows residence as e s Upper 2d no of Madison; 1894, pg 327 shows address.
  43. [S8331] Bart A. James obituary, Owensboro Daily Messenger, shows he moved to Evansville with his family 17 years before.
  44. [S2312] Bracley A. James household, 1900 U.S. Census, Vanderburgh Co., Indiana.
  45. [S8310] Bennett & Co.'s Evansville City Directory, 1906, pg 362, shows res in Evansville with Mrs. Bobbie; 1908, pg 345, shows residence as Clarksville.
  46. [S3412] B. A. James, Deaths, shows date and city.
  47. [S8331] Bart A. James obituary, Owensboro Daily Messenger, shows died Tuseday, city, state, and at his home.
  48. [S8313] "Personal," The Evansville Press, 20 Jan 1910.
  49. [S2318] Marase K. Clark household, 1910 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  50. [S2320] Nell Clark household, 1920 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  51. [S8325] John B. Saunders, probate packets, petition for guardianship 14 Dec 1873.
  52. [S2321] Barclay James household, 1880 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows the girl as step-daughter, and Bobbie as his wife.
  53. [S8293] Mrs. B. A. James obituary, Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle.
  54. [S885] "California Death Index, 1940-1997," Ancestry.com, record for Laura S Clarke, Soc. Sec. No. 571-72-1286, shows mother's maiden name as Cobb.
  55. [S2321] Barclay James household, 1880 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows the girl as daughter of Bobbie's husband.
  56. [S2312] Bracley A. James household, 1900 U.S. Census, Vanderburgh Co., Indiana, shows the girl as the daughter of Bobbie's husband, and that the parents had been married longer than the age of the child.
  57. [S885] "California Death Index, 1940-1997," Ancestry.com, record for Linda J Horton, shows mother's maiden name as Cobb.
  58. [S8276] Arney James Viele, Certificate of Death.
  59. [S2312] Bracley A. James household, 1900 U.S. Census, Vanderburgh Co., Indiana, shows the boy as the son of Bobbie's husband, and that the parents had been married longer than the age of the child.
  60. [S3411] Robert L. James, Certificate of Death.