Elizabeth M. Hammond1,2,3

ID# 18671, (abt 1828 - 1894)
FatherJohn S. Hammond4
MotherBessie Miriam [surname unknown]4

Key Events:

Birth: about 10 Jun 1828, Vermont5,6,7
Marriage: James Dyer Cobb, between 1850 and 18558,9,10
Death: 23 Aug 1894, Highland Ave., Brighton, New York11,12,13
Burial: 25 Aug 1894, Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe Co., New York14,15

Spouse:James Dyer Cobb (1825 - 26 Jan 1899)
     Children:

Bessie May Cobb appears in the 1892 New York state census, listed as if the child of James and Elizabeth, though no relationships are recorded in that census. But reports of court proceedings and the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 censuses all indicate that the child was actually the daughter of their long-time housekeeper Hannah M. Eder. Other sources show James and Elizabeth as having no children.28,29,9
ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb

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Narrative:

     Elizabeth M. Hammond was born about 10 Jun 1828 in Vermont.5,6,7
     Elizabeth appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Irondequoit, Monroe Co., New York, in the household of Howland S. Hagaman and Lucinda B. Cobb, the sister of her future husband and her husbandd.16
     Elizabeth married James Dyer Cobb, son of Gideon Cobb and Roxana Worden, between 1850 and 1855.8,9,10
     Elizabeth and James appeared on the 1855 State Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York, enumerated 6 Jun 1855.17 They appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York, enumerated 3 Feb 1860, reporting real estate valued at $2,000.18
     Elizabeth and James appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York, enumerated Jul 1870, reporting real estate valued at $15,000 and personal estate of $2,000. His cousin Jane Thankful Cobb, daughter of his father's brother Horace, was listed as living with them, as was Hannah M. Eder, an 18-year-old domestic.19
     Elizabeth and James appeared on the 1875 State Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York, reporting that they lived in a brick house valued at $3,000.20 They also appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Brighton, enumerated 5 Jun 1880. Hannah M. Eder, a household servant, was listed as living with them on both occasions.21

The Housekeeper's Daughter --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     James's land, located just outside the city limits, was estimated to be worth $40,000 in 1881. For reasons not now known, "it was deemed advisable that the property should not remain" in his hands. He deeded it to another party, who deeded it to Elizabeth. He said later they had an agreement that she would make a will leaving the property to him if he survived her, which she did on 12 Jan 1881.22,23
     In Jul 1881 a daughter was born into the Elizabeth and James's household, by all accounts to their long-time maiden housekeeper, Hannah M. Eder. But for reasons unexplained, the daughter was known as Bessie May Cobb.24,25
     Elizabeth and James appeared on the 1892 State Census of Brighton, Monroe Co., New York, Their housekeeper, Hannah M. Eder, was listed as living with them, as was Bessie May Cobb, the housekeeper's daughter.26
     Five days before her death, Elizabeth and James had a "misunderstanding," and she called in a lawyer to draft a new will, dated 18 Aug 1894. It left him only a life estate in the property, with the property going to Bessie after his death. Further, the girl was to receive $3,000 in cash.22,23
     Elizabeth died on 23 Aug 1894 in Brighton, New York, at her home on Highland Ave.11,12,13 She was buried on 25 Aug 1894 in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe Co., New York, with her husband.14,15
     After Elizabeth's death James filed suit in equity court claiming he was the owner of the property, and her later will was invalid. While the suit was pending Hannah M. Eder had that will presented for probate.22 On winning his suit before the state Supreme Court, James had his wife's earlier will admitted for probate on 4 Mar 1896.27

Citations

  1. [S4390] Elizabeth M Cobb, Transcript of Death, shows father's surname as Hammond.
  2. [S4178] Howland Hagerman household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York, shows name as Elizabeth Hammon.
  3. [S4271] James D. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York, shows name as Elizabeth M. Cobb.
  4. [S4390] Elizabeth M Cobb, Transcript of Death.
  5. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, Jan 1893 to Dec 1906 - Coa, shows age 66 yrs 2 mo 13 days at death.
  6. [S4273] James D. Cobb household, 1855 New York State Census, Monroe Co., New York, Brighton, shows age 26 and state.
  7. [S4271] James D. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York, shows age 32 and state.
  8. [S4273] James D. Cobb household, 1855 New York State Census, Monroe Co., New York, Brighton, shows married.
  9. [S2467] Kling, "Gideon Cobb (1791-1864)," shows he was married but had no children.
  10. [S4270] "Mortuary Matters," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 25 Aug 1894, shows her as his wife.
  11. [S4390] Elizabeth M Cobb, Transcript of Death, shows date, city, and state.
  12. [S4270] "Mortuary Matters," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 25 Aug 1894, shows she died Thursday, at her residence, and street.
  13. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, Jan 1893 to Dec 1906 - Coa, shows burial date as 25 Aug 1894.
  14. [S2444] Mount Hope Cemetery, burial records, Jan 1893 to Dec 1906 - Coa, shows his grave as E½ 31T and hers as the same.
  15. [S4390] Elizabeth M Cobb, Transcript of Death, shows cemetery.
  16. [S4178] Howland Hagerman household, 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  17. [S4273] James D. Cobb household, 1855 New York State Census, Monroe Co., New York, Brighton.
  18. [S4271] James D. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  19. [S4272] James Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  20. [S4470] James Cobb household, 1875 New York State Census, Monroe Co., New York, Brighton.
  21. [S4268] James D. Cobb household, 1880 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  22. [S4281] "Would Break Mrs. Cobb's Will," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 8 Dec 1894.
  23. [S4282] "There are Two Wills," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 5 Mar 1896, shows date of will.
  24. [S4278] Hannah M. Eder household, 1900 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York, shows Bessie's birth month and year.
  25. [S4281] "Would Break Mrs. Cobb's Will," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 8 Dec 1894, shows the girl as Hannah's daughter, but known as Bessie May Cobb.
  26. [S4277] James D. Cobb household, 1892 New York State Census, Monroe Co., New York, Brighton.
  27. [S4282] "There are Two Wills," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 5 Mar 1896.
  28. [S4277] James D. Cobb household, 1892 New York State Census, Monroe Co., New York, Brighton, shows Bessie listed after James and Elizabeth, before Hannah.
  29. [S4278] Hannah M. Eder household, 1900 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York, shows Bessie as the daughter of Hannah.