Joshua Cobb1,2,3

ID# 2236, (1776 - 1860)
FatherElkanah Cobb1,2 (21 Jan 1746/47 - 10 Aug 1795)
MotherMary Willard1,2 (abt 1749 - 1 Aug 1842)

Key Events:

Birth: 27 May 1776, Stillwater, Albany Co., New York4,5
Marriage: Nancy Crawford, 2 Oct 1802, Greene Co., Pennsylvania6,7,8
Death: 27 Aug 1860, Washington Twp., Decatur Co., Indiana9,6
Burial: Sand Creek Cemetery, Greensburg, Indiana10

Spouse:Nancy Crawford (6 Aug 1782 - 3 Aug 1864)
     Children:

ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Joshua Cobb was born on 27 May 1776 at Stillwater, Albany Co., New York.4,5 He moved to Canterbury, Connecticut, with his parents Elkanah Cobb, and Mary Willard between May 1776 and Jul 1778.11,12 He moved to Pawlet, Vermont, with his parents by 1780.13,14,15 He was probably one of the five males under age 16 listed in the household of his father, Elkanah Cobb, in the 1790 Federal Census of Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont.16

Moving to Pennsylvania --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Joshua moved to Greene Co., Pennsylvania, apparently before his marriage in 1802, as his wife's family had lived in that area for many years. He married Nancy Crawford, daughter of Col. William Crawford and Alice Kennedy, on 2 Oct 1802 in Pennsylvania, probably in Greene Co.6,7,8
     Joshua appeared on the 1810 Federal Census of Cumberland Twp., Greene Co., Pennsylvania, with a household consisting of 3 males under age 10 (sons Willard, Dyar and John), one 26 to 45 (himself), one female age 16 to 26 (unknown), and one age 26 to 45 (wife Nancy.)17

Keel-Boating to New Orleans --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     While living in Pennsylvania Joshua was a captain and pilot of keel-boats, making six trips to New Orleans. On one of those trips he cordelled (towed with a rope) and poled his boat back upstream to Pittsburgh. In two other trips he sold his boats and rode home on horseback. On his last trip he walked the whole distance from New Orleans to his home. On this journey he arrived at Louisville the people were celebrating the arrival of a steamboat having made the trip from New Orleans in 40 days.18 On 12 May 1814 Gideon's brother Joshua, of Greene Co., Pennsylvania, gave their younger brother John, a power of attorney to recover debts owed to him by Cobb & Clark. There is no record of what those debts were.19
     On 24 Dec 1816 Joshua was appointed by Governor Simon Snyder to be Justice of the Peace in Greene Co., Pennsylvania, for the district composed of Cumberland and Jefferson Twps.20

Moving West to Indiana --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Joshua and Nancy moved their family of six children by flatboat to Aurora, Indiana, where they lived on a farm for a year and a half. They then moved some 40 miles northwest to Decatur Co., far beyond any considerable settlement, in what was called then the "New Purchase."18 (See map.)
     Joshua appeared on the 1820 Federal Census of Laughery, Dearborn Co., Indiana, with a household consisting of two males under age 10 (sons Oliver and Elkanah), three age 10 to 16 (John, Dyar and Willard), and one aged 26 to 45 (himself), two females under age 10 (daughters Polly Maria and Hellen Ellie), and one aged 26 to 45 (wife Nancy.)21
     On 27 Feb 1822 Joshua was granted a patent for 80 acres of land in Dearborn Co., Indiana, under the Cash Entry Act of April 24,1820. That act reduced the minimum price of public land to $1.25 per acre, and the minimum purchase to 80 acres, but required payment in cash, not on credit. According to family tradition, the $100 was raised in part by selling their only cow and best bed and bedding.22,18
     Settling in the wilderness, he gave up working on the rivers and farming became his primary occupation.23,24,25 He built a log cabin for the family, using no nails, screws, or hardware, later adding a larger one to form an "L." When the family moved there their nearest neighbors were seven miles away, and there were only two other families within 25 miles.18 He did have a "wet weather" saw mill, which apparently meant it depended on a stream that only ran in rainy weather.26
     Joshua appeared on the 1830 Federal Census of Decatur Co., Indiana, with a household consisting of two males age 10 to 15 (sons Oliver and Elkanah), one 15 to 20 (unknown), two age 20 to 30 (could be any of the three surviving older sons), and one age 50 to 60 (himself), one female age 5 to 10 (daughter Martha), one age 10 to 15 (probably Hellen Ellie, though she was actually age 16 at the time), one age 15 to 20 (Polly), and one age 40 to 50 (wife Nancy.)27
     Joshua appeared on the 1840 Federal Census of Decatur Co., Indiana, with a household consisting of one male age 20 to 30 (could be Oliver or Elkanah), one age 60 to 70 (himself), and one female age 5 to 10 (unknown), one age 20 to 30 (Hellen Ellie), and one age 50 to 60 (wife Nancy). Son Dyer and his family are listed on the preceding line, apparently living close by.28
     He and Nancy appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Marion Twp., Decatur Co., Indiana, in the household of James B. Terhune and Martha Cobb, their daughter and her husband.29
     Joshua died on 27 Aug 1860 in Washington Twp., Decatur Co., Indiana, at age 84.9,6 He was buried in Sand Creek Cemetery, Greensburg, Indiana.10

Citations

  1. [S862] Births, Marriages and Deaths, Pawlet, Vermont, 1768-1856, pg 5.
  2. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pg 261, article attributed to Henry Willard.
  3. [S1097] Campbell, "Descendants of Henry Cobb."
  4. [S862] Births, Marriages and Deaths, Pawlet, Vermont, 1768-1856, pg 5, shows date, town, and state.
  5. [S1098] Campbell,[no subject] e-mail to author, 14 Feb 2006, citing family Bible, shows date.
  6. [S4079] The William Crawford Memorial, pg 287, shows date.
  7. [S1097] Campbell, "Descendants of Henry Cobb", shows date.
  8. [S4077] Biographical History of Eminent and Self-made Men of the State of Indiana, pg 83, shows state.
  9. [S1097] Campbell, "Descendants of Henry Cobb", shows date, town, county, and state.
  10. [S1098] Campbell,[no subject] e-mail to author, 14 Feb 2006, states he visited the grave recently.
  11. [S862] Births, Marriages and Deaths, Pawlet, Vermont, 1768-1856, pg 5, shows Joshua as born at Stillwater in May 1776, and Sarah born in Canterbury in Jul 1778.
  12. [S2275] Sylvester, History of Saratoga County, pg 289, shows that many families returned to Connecticut for safety during the most dangerous period of the war.
  13. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pg 178, shows Gideon was one of the earliest settlers from Connecticut; pg 40 shows he was a selectman in 1780; pg 39 shows John was a constable in 1780; and pg 179, shows Elkanah moved from Connecticut in 1770 [the date seeming unlikely, since he reported three children born in New York and Connecticut in 1773, 1776, and 1778, unless he was in Pawlet briefly and then left for a period].
  14. [S862] Births, Marriages and Deaths, Pawlet, Vermont, 1768-1856, pg 5, shows Elkanah's son Willard was born in Pawlet 17 Mar 1781; pg 32 shows Ebenezer's son Darick was born in Pawlet 11 Mar 1780; and pg 85 shows Joshua was married in Pawlet 17 Sep 1781.
  15. [S2267] Pawlet Land Records, 1:266-7, John Fassett, commissioner for the state of confiscated land to Ebenezer Cobb of Stillwater, Albany Co., New York, dated 9 Nov 1779; 1:69-70, John Clark to John Cobb of Canterbury, Windham Co., Conicticut [sic], dated 9 Nov 1778; 1:171, Peter Van Baurer to Joshua Cobb of Stillwater, Albany Co. dated 4 Feb 1780; 1:271-2, Joel Simonds to Joshua Cobb of Pawlett, dated 19 Sep 1781; 1:275-6, Ebenazer Cobb of Pawlett to Joshua Cobb of Pawlett, dated 20 Sep 1781; 2:37, Benjamin Petton to Elkanah Cobb of Pawlett, dated 18 Dec 1783; and 2:65, Nathan Niles to John Cobb of Pawlett, dated 27 Oct 1784.
  16. [S1781] Elkanah Cobb household, 1790 U.S. Census, Rutland Co., Vermont.
  17. [S1099] Joshua Cobb household, 1810 U.S. Census, Greene Co., Pennsylvania.
  18. [S4077] Biographical History of Eminent and Self-made Men of the State of Indiana, pg 83.
  19. [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, B:9-10, 25 Jun 1814.
  20. [S1104] MacKinney, Pennsylvania Archives, Ninth Series, vol VI, pg 4610.
  21. [S1173] Joshua Cobb household, 1820 U.S. Census, Dearborn Co., Indiana.
  22. [S2359] Cobb, cash sale land patent, 27 Feb 1822, Bureau of Land Management, Brookville Land Office.
  23. [S4077] Biographical History of Eminent and Self-made Men of the State of Indiana, pg 86, shows Oliver tended the family arm in his youth.
  24. [S1580] Johua Cobb household, 1840 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana, reporting that two persons in the household were engaged in agriculture.
  25. [S1585] James B. Terhune household, 1850 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana, shows occupation as farmer.
  26. [S4077] Biographical History of Eminent and Self-made Men of the State of Indiana, pg 86, shows Oliver "attended the wet weather saw-mill whenever it rained enough to run it."
  27. [S1100] Joshua Cobb household, 1830 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana.
  28. [S1580] Johua Cobb household, 1840 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana.
  29. [S1585] James B. Terhune household, 1850 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana.
  30. [S4079] The William Crawford Memorial, pg 287.
  31. [S4076] Harding, History of Decatur County Indiana, pg 640.
  32. [S1166] Kennedy, "Re: The Joshua Cobb Family," e-mail to author, 29 Jan 2007.
  33. [S4079] The William Crawford Memorial, pg 288.