Roxana Worden1,2,3,4

ID# 17649, (1794 - 1863)
FatherIchabod Worden5,6,4 (24 Jan 1761 - 1 Nov 1844)
MotherMargaret Brown5,7,4 (abt 1763 - 6 Aug 1845)

Key Events:

Birth: 4 Mar 1794, Vermont8,9,10
Marriage: Gideon Cobb, 18 Oct 1819, Rochester, New York11,12,13
Death: 21 Apr 186314,15
Burial: 24 Apr 1863, Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York16,17

Spouse:Gideon Cobb (26 Jun 1791 - Aug 1864)
     Children:

ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Roxana Worden was born on 4 Mar 1794 in Vermont.8,9,10 She was probably one of the two females under age 10 listed in the household of her father, Ichabod Worden, in the 1800 Federal Census of Halifax, Windham Co., Vermont.18
     Roxana married Gideon Cobb, son of John Cobb and Mary Fuller, on 18 Oct 1819 in Rochester, New York, with Rev. C. Williams officiating.11,12,13 She was probably the female age 16 to 26 listed in the household of her husband, Gideon, in the 1820 Federal Census of Brighton, Ontario Co., New York.19 She was probably the female age 30 to 40 listed in the household of her husband in the 1830 Federal Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York.20
     After their marriage in 1819 Roxana moved into Gideon's small log cabin. With his success in business, they built a proper home, a magnificent 22-room Greek Revival mansion on 300 acres of forest, near the village of Brighton, on the southeast edge of Rochester (the area was annexed by Rochester in 1905). But seemingly true to Cobb tradition, a rear wing of the mansion was built for use as a stagecoach tavern. The tavern wing included a large baking kitchen, milk storage room, and a separate meat-grilling room, with a brick floor and large brick ovens.21,22,23
     The tavern was apparently short-lived however. In 1833 the Cobbs attended a temperance meeting in the brick schoolhouse which stood across Monroe Ave. from the Cobb home. The meeting turned into quite a rousing affair with Deacon Fischer expounding on the evils of liquor. When the sermon ended, the charged entourage bolted to the nearest tavern, which just happened to be the rear wing of the Cobb's home. They proceeded to remove all the liquor and smashed the kegs of liquor in the street. A fire was started, quickly turning into a blazing inferno, and lighting up the evening sky like the northern lights. The tavern was reportedly never opened again.24
     She was probably the female age 40 to 50 listed in the household of her husband in the 1840 Federal Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York.25
     Roxana and Gideon appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York, enumerated 18 Sep 1850, reporting real estate valued at $24,000. Their children James, Margaret, William, Maria and Frances were listed as living with them, as were five laborers, aged 16 to 30, and Margaret Martin, age 22, no occupation given.26 Her sister Senah and her husband, and his sister Sarah and her husband, were apparently living close by as they are listed in the next dwelling in the census record.27
     Roxana and Gideon appeared on the 1855 State Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York, enumerated 15 Jun 1855, reporting that they lived in a brick house valued at $4,000. Their children William and Frances were listed as living with them, as were her brother, Lyman Worden, and Robert Robertson, a 15-year-old Canadian-born servant.28
     Roxana and Gideon appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York, enumerated 13 Dec 1860, reporting real estate valued at $30,000, and personal estate of $1,000. Also listed as living with them were her brother Lyman Worden, five children whose relationships are unknown: Elisa H. Cobb, age 10, William Warner, age 12, and Charles F., George P. and Daniel J. Crosmon, ages 12, 8, and 4; and two people apparently servants, Caroline Myers, age 15, a servant girl, and Thomas Smith, age 25, a laborer.29
     Roxana died on 21 Apr 1863 at age 69.14,15 She was buried on 24 Apr 1863 in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York, next to her husband, in his lot.16,17
     
Research Note, 21 Sep 2009:

Warren Kling in his Epitaph article says that Gideon and Roxana had daughters Maria and Sophia, both in 1849, who died quite young, then had a second daughter Maria who married and settled in Kansas. The Monroe Co. GenWeb tombstone inscriptions page shows Sophia, their daughter, died in 1821. The 1850 census shows a Maria, age 19, apparently a daughter. There may have indeed been an earlier Maria, but an 1849 birth date for the two girls seems clearly in error.24,30,31

Citations

  1. [S2447] "Married," Rochester Telegraph, 19 Oct 1819, shows name as Miss Roxana Worden.
  2. [S2445] "Tombstone Inscriptions from Section I - Mt. Hope Cemetery," GenWeb Monroe County NY, shows name as Roxana Worden, wife of Gideon Cobb.
  3. [S863] Cobb, History of the Cobb Family, pg 186, shows name as Roxey Worden.
  4. [S7388] Worden, Some Records of Persons by the Name of Worden, pg 128.
  5. [S3427] General Index to Vital Records of Vermont, record for Rocksey Worden, prepared by Nathan Fish, town clerk.
  6. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, May 1837 to July 1860 Woo, shows him buried in Roxana and Gideon's lot.
  7. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, May 1837 to July 1860 Woo, shows her buried in Roxana and Gideon's lot.
  8. [S3427] General Index to Vital Records of Vermont, record for Rocksey Worden, prepared by Nathan Fish, town clerk, shows date and place, as Halifax, Vermont, but her birth may have been registered after the family moved there some years lager.
  9. [S3255] Sherman application, The Michigan Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, shows name date, town, as Shasbury, and state. But Shasbury does not appear to have existed; the family was living Shaftsbury in Bennington Co. in 1790.
  10. [S2458] Gideon Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York, shows age 56 and state.
  11. [S2447] "Married," Rochester Telegraph, 19 Oct 1819, shows married "in this village, yesterday morning" and officiant.
  12. [S3255] Sherman application, The Michigan Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, shows month and year, and place as Shasbury Vermont.
  13. [S863] Cobb, History of the Cobb Family, pg 186, shows year.
  14. [S2445] "Tombstone Inscriptions from Section I - Mt. Hope Cemetery," GenWeb Monroe County NY, shows date.
  15. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, Aug 1860 to Dec 1881 - Coa, shows she was interred 24 Apr 1863.
  16. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, Aug 1860 to Dec 1881 - Coa.
  17. [S2489] Mount Hope Cemetery, plot records, range I, lot 48, shows her grave in lot purchased by Gideon Cobb 10 Mar 1845.
  18. [S7385] Ichabod Worden household, 1800 U.S. Census, Windham Co., Vermont.
  19. [S2463] Gideon Cobb household, 1820 U.S. Census, Ontario Co., New York.
  20. [S2462] Gideon Cobb household, 1830 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  21. [S2467] Kling, "Gideon Cobb (1791-1864)," describes cabin, house, and tavern.
  22. [S863] Cobb, History of the Cobb Family, pg 186, shows they lived in Brighton, NY.
  23. [S1265] Wikipedia, online, "Brighton, Monroe County, New York," viewed 26 Sep 2009, shows the village of Brighton was annexed by Rochester in 1905 and is no longer in the Town of Brighton.
  24. [S2467] Kling, "Gideon Cobb (1791-1864),."
  25. [S2459] Curtis P. Buckland household, 1840 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  26. [S2458] Gideon Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  27. [S2479] Alphonzo Bacon household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  28. [S4472] Gideon Cobb household, 1855 New York State Census, Monroe Co., New York, Brighton.
  29. [S2457] Gideon Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  30. [S2445] "Tombstone Inscriptions from Section I - Mt. Hope Cemetery," GenWeb Monroe County NY, shows Sophia, dau. of Gideon & Roxanna; d Feb 6, 1821 æ *m 2*d, but no Maria.
  31. [S2458] Gideon Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York, shows Maria age 19.
  32. [S2445] "Tombstone Inscriptions from Section I - Mt. Hope Cemetery," GenWeb Monroe County NY.
  33. [S2607] Cleveland and Cleveland, Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, vol 1 pg 46.
  34. [S2458] Gideon Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  35. [S4290] Maria Cobb Hall, Certificate of Death.
  36. [S4310] Francis A. Cole, Transcript of Certificate of Death.