Abigail W. Nichols1,2,3

ID# 17650, (1797 - 1852)
FatherJames Nichols4 (abt 1759 - 29 Nov 1841)
MotherRachel French4 (abt 1758 - 11 Dec 1821)

Key Events:

Birth: 12 Oct 1797, Bennington, Vermont5,6,7
Marriage: Horace Cobb, 19 Nov 1829, Williston, Vermont8,9,10,11
Death: Jun 185212,13
Burial: 19 Jul 1852, Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York14,15

Spouse:Horace Cobb (13 Mar 1797 - 16 May 1848)
     Children:

ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb

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Narrative:

     Abigail W. Nichols was born on 12 Oct 1797 in Bennington, Vermont.5,6,7
     She was probably the female age 10 to 16 listed in the household of her father, James Nichols, in the 1810 Federal Census of Bennington Co., Vermont.16 She was probably the female age 16 to 26 listed in the household of her father, James Nichols, in the 1820 Federal Census of Bennington, Bennington Co., Vermont.17
     Abigail married Horace Cobb, son of John Cobb and Mary Fuller, on 19 Nov 1829 in Williston, Vermont.8,9,10,11 She was probably the female age 30 to 40 listed in the household of her husband, Horace, in the 1830 Federal Census of Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont.18
     Abigail and Horace moved to Brighton, New York, where his older brother Gideon was living, between 1830 and 1840.19 She was probably the female age 30 to 40 listed in the household of her husband, Horace Cobb, in the 1840 Federal Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York.20
     Her husband died on 16 May 1848 in Brighton, New York.21,22,23
     Abigail appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York, enumerated 20 Sep 1850, reporting real estate valued at $4,000. Her children Jane and Mary were listed as living with her, as were her step-sons, James and William, three laborers, age 19 to 24, and a 14-year-old boy.24
     She was listed as a farmer in the 1850 census, apparently taking over the family farm after the death of her husband. Her two step-sons were also listed as farmers, and likely participated in the farm.24 She reported having 50 acres of improved land and two unimproved, valued at $4,000, and $200 worth of tools and implements. She reported five horses, three milch cows, two other cows, 30 sheep, and four swine, valued at $291. She reported that she had produced 440 bushels of wheat, 100 of oats, 154 lb. of wool, 50 bushels of potatoes, 55 of barley, and $15 worth of orchard products in the year ending 1 Jun 1850. She had also produced 300 lb. of butter and three tons of hay and slaughtered $54 worth of livestock.25
     Abigail died in Jun 1852 at age 54.12,13 She was buried on 19 Jul 1852 in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York, next to her husband.14,15

Citations

  1. [S3427] General Index to Vital Records of Vermont, birth record for Abigail Nichols, prepared by Bennington town clerk; marriage record for Abigail W. Nichols, prepared by Williston town clerk.
  2. [S2607] Cleveland and Cleveland, Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, vol 1 pg 45, shows name as Nichols.
  3. [S4336] Jane Thankful Cobb, Certificate of Death, shows name as Abigail Nichols.
  4. [S3427] General Index to Vital Records of Vermont, birth record for Abigail Nichols, prepared by Bennington town clerk.
  5. [S3427] General Index to Vital Records of Vermont, birth record for Abigail Nichols, prepared by Bennington town clerk, shows date.
  6. [S2478] Abigail W. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York, shows age 53 and state.
  7. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, May 1837 to Jul 1860 - Cola, record for Abagail W. Cole, interred 19 Jul 1852 at age 56.
  8. [S863] Cobb, History of the Cobb Family, pg 186, shows married.
  9. [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 his first wife died 19 Feb 1828.
  10. [S2607] Cleveland and Cleveland, Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, vol 1 pg 45, shows married, as his second marriage.
  11. [S3427] General Index to Vital Records of Vermont, marriage record for Abigail W. Nichols, prepared by Williston town clerk, shows date.
  12. [S2489] Mount Hope Cemetery, plot records, range I, lot 49, purchased by his heirs 26 Feb 1850, shows year.
  13. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, May 1837 to Jul 1860 - Cola, record for Abagail W. Cole, shows interment date as 19 Jul 1852. The record shows lot as 49-I, but there is no Abagail Cole in the plot of that lot, and the age (56) and residence (Brighton) are correct for Abigail Cobb, so it appears the recorder confused the surnames.
  14. [S2489] Mount Hope Cemetery, plot records, range I, lot 49, purchased by his heirs 26 Feb 1850, shows her next to Horace.
  15. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, May 1837 to Jul 1860 - Cola, record for Abagail W. Cole, shows interment date and lot.
  16. [S7880] James Nichols household, 1810 U.S. Census, Bennington Co., Vermont.
  17. [S7882] James Nichols household, 1820 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont.
  18. [S2477] Horace Cobb household, 1830 U.S. Census, Rutland Co., Vermont.
  19. [S863] Cobb, History of the Cobb Family, pg 186, shows he lived in Orwell, Vermont, and Brighton, New York.
  20. [S2461] Horace Cobb household, 1840 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  21. [S2445] "Tombstone Inscriptions from Section I - Mt. Hope Cemetery," GenWeb Monroe County NY, shows date.
  22. [S863] Cobb, History of the Cobb Family, pg 186, shows date, city, as Brighton, and state.
  23. [S2607] Cleveland and Cleveland, Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, vol 1 pg 45, shows city, as Rochester.
  24. [S2478] Abigail W. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  25. [S4323] Abigail W. Cobb farm, 1850 U.S. Census, agriculture schedule, Monroe Co., New York.
  26. [S2478] Abigail W. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  27. [S4336] Jane Thankful Cobb, Certificate of Death.