Mary Fuller1,2,3

ID# 17629, (1762 - 1849)
FatherJacob Fuller4,5 (7 Sep 1737 - 13 Oct 1812)
MotherAbigail Webb4,6 (25 Dec 1734 - 15 Mar 1796)

Key Events:

Birth: 25 Nov 1762, Norwich, Connecticut7,8
Marriage: John Cobb, 25 Sep 1783, Rupert, Bennington Co., Vermont9,10
Death: 16 Mar 1849, Rochester, New York11,12,13
Burial: 18 Mar 1849, Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York14,15

Spouse:John Cobb (21 Oct 1744 - 16 Dec 1815)
     Children:

Given the number of unidentified young people in the 1790 and 1800 censuses it is possible there were other children of John and Mary in addition to those listed here. The migration of their known children can be seen on their Migration Map.
ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb

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Narrative:

     Mary Fuller was born on 25 Nov 1762 in Norwich, Connecticut.7,8
     Mary married John Cobb, son of Gideon Cobb and Abigail Dyer, on 25 Sep 1783 in Rupert, Bennington Co., Vermont.9,10
     She was probably one of the three females listed in the household of her husband, John Cobb, in the 1790 Federal Census of Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont.16 She was probably the female over age 44 listed in the household of her husband in the 1800 Federal Census of Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont.17
     Mary and John moved to Orwell, Vermont, before 1807.18,19 She was probably the female over age 45 listed in the household of her husband in the 1810 Federal Census of Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont.20
     Mary was named an heir in the will of John Cobb, her husband, dated 10 Sep 1815, in which he left her for her life some of his livestock and furniture.21
     Her husband died on 16 Dec 1815 in Orwell, Vermont.22,23
     Mary Fuller was possibly the female age over age 45 listed in the household of her son Horace in the 1820 Federal Census of Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont.24
     Mary apparently moved to Burlington before 1830. She was probably the female age 60 to 70 appearing on the 1830 Federal Census of Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont, in the household of Henry Mayo, husband of her daughter Abigail.25
     She later lived with her daughter Sarah and her husband, Alpheus Bacon, first in Shelburne, Vermont, and later in Rochester, New York.
     She applied for a pension based on the Revolutionary service of her late husband 10 Sep 1839, at age 75, while living at Shelburne, Chittenden Co., Vermont. The pension was denied on the grounds that John Cobb was a common name, and she failed to furnish satisfactory proof that her husband was the John Cobb who was documented as serving more than four years in the Connecticut troops as a private and corporal.26 The denial seems well founded, as records show her husband actually served in Col. Allen's Regiment in Vermont for seven days in Apr 1780, another 18 days that Oct, and as quarter master of that unit for ten days in Oct 1781.27
     Nevertheless, family tradition seems to have confused the John Cobb of Plainfield, Connecticut, with her husband. In 1908 Charles Catlin inquired of the Pension Bureau about her supposed pension, reciting a long list of enlistments by John Cobb of Plainfield and perhaps some others, and stating that records of "Governor Council of Vermont" show she received a pension. He continued that tradition held that this John Cobb served throughout the war and she did receive a pension (a search by a Vermont archivist failed to find any state pension, so the source of this is a mystery). In 1921 Jennie Cobb Cole Sherman asked for a copy of her application, stating that John was a first corporal, the final rank of John of Plainfield. It appears that whatever the actual extent of John's service, it was in Vermont and not as part of the Connecticut Line, and if she received a pension as the result, it must have been from the state of Vermont.28,29
     Mary was probably the female age 70 to 80 appearing on the 1840 Federal Census of Shelburne, Chittenden Co., Vermont, in the household of Alpheus Bacon, the husband of her daughter Sarah.30 She was living in Brighton, New York, at the time of her death.14
     Mary died on 16 Mar 1849 in Rochester, New York, at age 86.11,12,13 She was buried on 18 Mar 1849 in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York, in her son Gideon's lot.14,15

Citations

  1. [S2229] Mary Cobb widow's pension file, R2076, Revolutionary War Pension Files, statement of Benjamin & Martha Everest (widow's only sister), 7 Nov 1838, shows name, as Mary GFuller.
  2. [S2270] Muff, Extracts from early Vermont probate records, citing Part 1, pg 83, which cites 10:387-90, shows her named in her husband's will as Polly.
  3. [S2204] Vital Records of Norwich Connecticut, pg 383, citing pg 263, birth record, shows name as Molley, daughter of Jacob Fuller.
  4. [S2204] Vital Records of Norwich Connecticut, pg 383, citing pg 263, birth record.
  5. [S2606] Hall, Descendants of Governor William Bradford, pg 258.
  6. [S2455] Vinton, The Giles Memorial, pg 513.
  7. [S2204] Vital Records of Norwich Connecticut, pg 383, citing pg 263, shows date.
  8. [S3255] Sherman application, The Michigan Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, shows date, town, as Plainfield, and state.
  9. [S2229] Mary Cobb widow's pension file, R2076, Revolutionary War Pension Files, widows statement 10 Sep 1839, shows date, town, county and state; statement of Henry Mayo, 5 Oct 1838, shows they were married and she had not remarried; statement of Benjamin & Martha Everest (widow's only sister), 7 Nov 1838, shows they attended the marriage, with town, county, and state, recalling the date as Oct 1783.
  10. [S3255] Sherman application, The Michigan Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, shows date, town, and state.
  11. [S2445] "Tombstone Inscriptions from Section I - Mt. Hope Cemetery," GenWeb Monroe County NY, shows date, as 16th.
  12. [S3255] Sherman application, The Michigan Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, shows date, as 17th, town, and state.
  13. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, May 1837 to July 1860 - Coa, record for "Gideon Cobbs Mother" with Mary written in, shows she was interred 18 Mar 1849.
  14. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, May 1837 to July 1860 - Coa, record for "Gideon Cobbs Mother" with "Mary" written in.
  15. [S2489] Mount Hope Cemetery, plot records, range I, lot 48, shows her grave in lot purchased by Gideon Cobb 10 Mar 1845.
  16. [S1779] John Cobb household, 1790 U.S. Census, Rutland Co., Vermont.
  17. [S1522] John Cobb household, 1800 U.S. Census, Rutland Co., Vermont.
  18. [S2267] Pawlet Land Records, 6:338, John Cobb of Orwell to Jesse Lyon, dated 8 Jan 1807, recorded same date.
  19. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pg 178, shows he removed to Orwell.
  20. [S1172] John Cobb household, 1810 U.S. Census, Rutland Co., Vermont.
  21. [S2270] Muff, Extracts from early Vermont probate records, citing Part 1, pg 83, which cites 10:387-90.
  22. [S2229] Mary Cobb widow's pension file, R2076, Revolutionary War Pension Files, widows statement 10 Sept 1839, shows date; statement of Henry Mayo, 5 Oct 1838, shows town and state, and date as 1815 or 1816.
  23. [S2274] Muff, "Fwd: cobb," e-mail to author, 6 May 2009, citing Margaret R. Jenks, Orwell Cemetery Inscriptions, Addison County, Vermont (Granville, New York, privately published), shows date.
  24. [S2464] Joshua D. Cobb household, 1820 U.S. Census, Rutland Co., Vermont.
  25. [S2474] Henry Mayo household, 1830 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont.
  26. [S2229] Mary Cobb widow's pension file, R2076, Revolutionary War Pension Files, widow's statement 10 Sept 1839, shows residence, age, and basis of claim; certificate of Henry Kilborne, Comptroller, Hartford, 12 Aug 1839, shows service of John Cobb in 7th Connecticut Regiment of Col. Herman Swift from 9 Feb 1777 through 31 Dec 1781; letter from War Dept. to Wm. Weston, 9 Jan 1840, shows grounds for denial.
  27. [S2230] Col. Allen's Regiment pay rolls, folder 7, Revolutionary War Rolls.
  28. [S2229] Mary Cobb widow's pension file, R2076, Revolutionary War Pension Files, letter of Charles A Catlin to Pension Bureau, 16 Sep 1908, asks for proof that John Cobb who enlisted at Plainfield or his widow, Mary Fuller received a pension, citing five different enlistments by John Cobb and claiming tradition and records of "Governor Council of Vermont" state she received a pension; letter of Jennie Cobb Cole Sherman to Commissioner of Pensions, 31 Dec 1921.
  29. [S2244] Carter, "RE: Governor Council of Vermont ?," e-mail to author, 8 May 2009, states she checked the "Revolutionary Pension requests at our Montpelier location and did not find anything relating to Mary or John Cobb."
  30. [S2483] Alpheus Bacon household, 1840 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont.
  31. [S2270] Muff, Extracts from early Vermont probate records, citing Part 1, pg 83, which cites 10:387-90, shows the boy named in her husband's will as his son.
  32. [S863] Cobb, History of the Cobb Family, pg 154.
  33. [S3256] Lautz application, The Empire State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
  34. [S2445] "Tombstone Inscriptions from Section I - Mt. Hope Cemetery," GenWeb Monroe County NY, shows her as Mary, mother of Gideon Cobb.
  35. [S2270] Muff, Extracts from early Vermont probate records, citing Part 1, pg 83, which cites 10:387-90, shows the girl named in her husband's will as his daughter.
  36. [S4601] Griswodl, The Griswold Family, England–America, pg 176.