Abigail Cobb1,2

ID# 2232, (1756 - 1822)
FatherGideon Cobb1,2 (8 Jul 1718 - 25 Jul 1798)
MotherAbigail Dyer1,2 (10 Apr 1718 - 10 Jan 1808)

Key Events:

Birth: 7 Sep 1756, Canterbury, Connecticut3,4
Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Bennington, Chittenden Co., Vermont8,9
Death: 1 Apr 1822, Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont10,11,12

Spouse:Col. Stephen Pearl (28 Apr 1749 - 21 Apr 1816)
     No children

ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Abigail Cobb was born on 7 Sep 1756 in Canterbury, Connecticut.3,4 No record of Abigail has been found from the time of her birth until she appears as executrix of Stephen's estate. It seems likely she moved to Vermont with her parents and most of her siblings, but exactly when and where is unknown. While no marriage record has been found, it seems most likely she married Stephen in or near Pawlet, as he is known to have been living their around the time of their marriage. She married Col. Stephen Pearl, son of Nathan Pearl and Elizabeth Utley.5,6,7
     Abigail and Stephen moved to South Hero, then part of Chittenden Co., before 1788.13,14 She was probably one of the three females listed in the household of her husband, Stephen, in the 1790 Federal Census of South Hero, Chittenden Co., Vermont.15
     Abigail and Stephen moved to Burlington about 1794, where they occupied a spacious mansion on what was later named Pearl St., built by Frederick Saxton in 1789.16 She was probably the female age 26 to 44 listed in the household of her husband, Stephen, in the 1800 Federal Census of Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont.17 She was probably the female over age 45 listed in the household of her husband in the 1810 Federal Census of Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont.18

Administering Her Husband's Estate --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Abigail was named executrix, together with Horace Loomis, and an heir in the will of her husband Stephen, dated 9 Sep 1815 in Burlington. She was to receive all his personal property after his debts were paid, except for his wearing appeal which he left to his brother, and all his real estate.19 She together with the other named executor presented her late husband's will to the probate court in Burlington on 19 Dec 1816 where it was accepted.20 On 1 Feb 1817 Abigail declined her inheritance under the will and requested her dower rights instead, presumably because it had been determined that her share remaining after payment of debts would be less than she was entitled to under her dower rights. On the same date she and the other named executor declined to serve and asked that an administrator be appointed.21
     The two petitions were apparently accepted. Abigail did later receive her dower, and on 22 Feb 1817 she posted a bond before the court in Williston for $5,000 to act as administrix. The significance of her acting as administrix and not as executrix is unclear. On 18 Mar 1817 she posted a new bond for $10,000. She represented that the estate was insolvent, and the same day Soloman Miller, Luther Loomis, and Ebenezer Englisby were appointed as commissioners to examine the claims of creditors. Also that day Luther Loomis, Horace Loomis, and John Pomeroy were appointed to inventory the estate.22
     On 24 Nov 1817 Abigail filed a petition with the court asking that a committee be appointed to set off her dower. Four days later the judge approved a list of items set off to her totaling $1,035 in value, including all the livestock, two waggons and other farming tools, a large number of household and kitchen items, furniture including three good beds and four old beds and bedding, books, and Stephen's clothing.23
     Abigail again petitioned the court regarding her dower rights on 27 Feb 1819, this time asking for her share of the real estate. A committee, consisting of John Pomroy, Archibald W. Hyde, and Phinias Lyman, was appointed by the court on 2 Mar 1819 to appraise all the real estate owned by the estate and set of one third of it to the widow. The committee reported its findings on 22 Mar which were accepted by the court 10 Apr 1819. She received "for her natural life" the 25 acres and buildings where she and Stephen had lived, a second parcel of 10 acres, and a third of 16 2/3 acres. The committee valued the entire estate at $8,064.20 and the part set off to the widow at $2,688.06.24
     Abigail petitioned the court in another matter in 1820, stating that she had received judgment in Jul 1818 in the county court in a suit started by Stephen before his death, against Levi Grannis. She had been awarded $67.64 plus $12.60 costs. However she had been able to collect only an old horse worth $45 before Grannis had died, leaving no property. She had only one horse to manage the farm left by Stephen, which was now nearly worn out, so asked that the horse received from the suit be set over to her. Her request was granted 7 Oct 1820.25
     Abigail appeared on the 1820 Federal Census of Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont, with a household consisting of four white males age 16 to 26, one white female age 16 to 26, and one age 26 to 44 (all unknown), and one over age 45 (herself). It seems likely that the unknown persons were boarders or help. After her death the administrator collected payments for board owed by six people.26,27 She was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Bennington, Chittenden Co., Vermont.8,9
     Abigail died on 1 Apr 1822 in Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont, at age 65.10,11,12

Administering Her Estate --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     She died without a will, and it seems that her sole surviving brother, Ebenezer, was her presumptive administrator. But in a note to the probate court dated 4 Apr 1822 he declined to serve citing his advanced age, and recommended instead George Moore.28 Moore was appointed administrator, and on 5 Apr 1822 in Williston, Vermont filed a bond of $5,000. On the same day he filed a statement that the estate was insolvent, that is insufficient to pay it's debts, and Alvan Foote and Luther Loomis were appointed by the court as commissioners to receive and examine claims from creditors. John Johnson, Nathan B. Haswell and Nathaniel Mayo were appointed to inventory the estate.29
     The appraisers returned their inventory to the court on 2 Jul 1822. It was a five-page list including a large number of dishes and cooking equipment, groceries, household furniture including several beds, farm equipment, two hogs, four cows, 14 sheep, two horses, and 24 fowls. The appraised a total value of $736.80, of which all but $30.50 was realized when the goods were later sold at auction.30
     The commissioners appointed to review claims reported to the court on 5 Oct 1822. They listed 22 claims, ranging from 59¢ to $156, the later by Julies Graham for "services performed" for Abigail. Of this claim, $75 was allowed, and many others had only a fraction allowed. However the claims of the two commissioners, for $74.91 and 30.26 respectively, were allowed in full. A total of $346.65 was allowed. Five claims were offset by credits with the commissioners finding nothing was owed, or amounts from 25¢ to $1.95 were owed the estate.31
     The administrator's account filed 19 Aug 1826 listed costs and claims paid of $556.87, with assets, including $115 cash found in a trunk, $17.87 collected from boarders, and the value of the personal property sold, totaled $869.67. So the estate was not insolvent as initially declared, but had a value of $312.80. Some time in 1827 Abigail's sister Wealthy, by then her only surviving sibling, was paid $33.74 presumably as an heir, though no explanation is found in the record.32
     After paying several small amounts, the estate was left with $238, which the administrator was ordered on 7 Aug 1829 to pay to the heirs. Twenty-three nephews and nieces were listed, including most but not all those living in Vermont and New York who were living at the time of her death, and excluding all those who had moved to Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, and other states. Each one named received $10.34.33
     
Research Note, 27 Aug 2013:

It seems most likely her marriage to Stephen Pearl was not her first. Two sources show her as married to Stephen Read, but no record of that marriage has been found, nor has any Read been found in the areas where she seems likely to have lived. It may be that "Read" is a mis-reading of a badly hand-written "Pearl." Another source shows that her name when she married Stephen was Abigail Edwards. No record of such a marriage has been found, but there were some Edwards in the area at the time. Early marriage records in Vermont are difficult to find because they were kept by town clerks, so one must identify the correct town, and many have become difficult to read or been lost. It seems most likely her first, or perhaps second, marriage was to an Edwards.34,35,36

Citations

  1. [S2250] White, The Barbour Collection, Canterbury Vital Records, pg 170, citing vol 1 pg 108.
  2. [S863] Cobb, History of the Cobb Family, pg 117.
  3. [S2250] White, The Barbour Collection, Canterbury Vital Records, pg 170, citing vol 1 pg 108, shows date.
  4. [S863] Cobb, History of the Cobb Family, pg 117, shows date, town, and state.
  5. [S3427] General Index to Vital Records of Vermont, record for Abigail Pearl by Burlington town clerk, shows him as her husband; and record for Stephen Pearl, shows her as his wife.
  6. [S4239] Abigail Pearl, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, note 4 Apr 1822 by Ebenezer Cobb, states that the late Abigail Pearl was his sister; undated expense statement of administrator, show payment in 1827 to Mrs. Lathrop, sister of Mrs. Pearl.
  7. [S4230] Cobb, Elder Henry Cobb Family, shows her husband as Stephen Pearl and she had no children.
  8. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 106732206, Abigail Pearl.
  9. [S3427] General Index to Vital Records of Vermont, record for Abigail Pearl by Burlington town clerk, shows cemetery.
  10. [S4246] "Died," American Repertory & Advertiser, 2 Apr 1822, shows "last night" and "in this town."
  11. [S3427] General Index to Vital Records of Vermont, record for Abigail Pearl by Burlington town clerk, shows date, as 22 Apr 1822; lists the cemetery, indicating the record came from a tombstone rather than a town record. Philip Lalime, Burlington Town Clerk, confirmed by email "RE: Message from Contact Us at www.BurlingtonVT.gov" 3 Sep 2013 to author that there is no record of her death in the town records.
  12. [S4239] Abigail Pearl, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, note from Ebenezer Cobb declining to serve as administrator; administrator's bond and declaration of insolvency both dated 5 Apr 1823.
  13. [S4256] Notice, The Vermont Journal and the Universal Advertiser, 15 Dec 1788, shows rights of delinquent Hydespark proprietors to be sold at his house on South Hero on first Tuesday of Feb 1789.
  14. [S3451] Hemenway, Vermont Historical Gazetteer: A Magazine, embracing a History of each Town, Civil, Ecclesiastical, Biographical and Military, vol I pg 496, shows he moved from Pawlet to Grand Isle.
  15. [S4232] Col. Stephen Pearl household, 1790 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont.
  16. [S3451] Hemenway, Vermont Historical Gazetteer: A Magazine, embracing a History of each Town, Civil, Ecclesiastical, Biographical and Military, vol I pg 496, shows year, house and builder; pg 516, shows he built the mansion, use.
  17. [S4233] Stephen Pearl household, 1800 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont.
  18. [S4234] Stephen Pearl household, 1810 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont.
  19. [S4240] Stephen Pearl, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, will 9 Sep 1815.
  20. [S4240] Stephen Pearl, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, order of Judge Truman Chittenden, 19 Dec 1816.
  21. [S4240] Stephen Pearl, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, petition of Abigail Pearl 1 Feb 1817; and petition of Abigail Pearl and Horace Loomus same date.
  22. [S4240] Stephen Pearl, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, bond dated 22 Feb 1817, and bond, commissioners warrant and appraiser's warrant, all dated 18 Mar 1817.
  23. [S4240] Stephen Pearl, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, petition dated 24 Nov 1817, list of items set off dated 28 Nov 1817.
  24. [S4240] Stephen Pearl, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, petition dated 27 Feb 1819; warrant dated 2 Mar 1819; and report of committee dated 22 Mar 1819.
  25. [S4240] Stephen Pearl, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, undated petition of administrix, granted 7 Oct 1820.
  26. [S4235] Abigail Pearl household, 1820 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont.
  27. [S4239] Abigail Pearl, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, administrator's account, filed 19 Aug 1826.
  28. [S4239] Abigail Pearl, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, note 4 Apr 1822 by Ebenzer Cobb.
  29. [S4239] Abigail Pearl, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, administrator's bond, statement of insolvency, commissioner's warrant, and appraiser's warrant, all dated 5 Apr 1822.
  30. [S4239] Abigail Pearl, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, appraiser's inventory, accepted 2 Jul 1822; administrator's account, filed 19 Aug 1826.
  31. [S4239] Abigail Pearl, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, commissioner's report, dated 5 Oct 1822.
  32. [S4239] Abigail Pearl, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, administrator's account, filed 19 Aug 1826; undated note listing expenditures in 1827 and 1828.
  33. [S4239] Abigail Pearl, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, order dated 7 Aug 1829.
  34. [S2607] Cleveland and Cleveland, Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, vol 1 pg 45, shows her husband as Stephen Read.
  35. [S2606] Hall, Descendants of Governor William Bradford, pg 260, shows her husband as Stephen Read.
  36. [S4231] Stockbridge Town Records, card for Stephen Pearl, includes notation that Arlene Pearl of Maine reported that he married Abigail Edwards after the death of his first wife.