Dr. Robert Linah Cobb Jr.1,2,3

ID# 423, (1882 - 1960)
FatherCapt. Robert Linah Cobb2,4 (5 Mar 1840 - 2 Jun 1895)
MotherVirginia Adelaide Tuck5,4 (14 Nov 1848 - 17 May 1886)

Key Events:

Birth: 27 Apr 1882, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas6,7,8
Marriage: 28 Dec 1903, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, Mary Louisa Logan (30 Dec 1879 - 3 Jul 1913)9,10,11
Marriage: 7 Apr 1915, Trenton, Todd Co., Kentucky, Ledley Lena Logan (5 Apr 1882 - 1 Oct 1954)12,13,14
Death: 16 Nov 1960, Gallatin, Sumner Co., Tennessee15,16,17
Burial: 18 Nov 1960, Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Tennessee18,1
ChartsDescendants of Dr. Davis Green Tuck
Descendants of David Dutt/Toot
AncestryThe Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont
The Dutt/Toot Family
The Linah Mims - Rebecca Davis Family
The Tuck Family

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Dr. Robert Linah Cobb Jr. was born on 27 Apr 1882 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas.6,7,8
Dr. Robert Linah Cobb
family photo

     His mother died on 17 May 1886, when Robert was 4 years old.19,20

Living with Relatives at Age 4 --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     After his mother died he was taken to live with his aunt, Elizabeth Mariah Tuck, and her husband.21,22
     His father died on 2 Jun 1895, when Robert was 13 years old.23,24,25
     After the death of his father his uncle Thomas Herbert Elliott, husband of his mother's sister, became his legal guardian. A total of $19,000 was deposited with Thomas between 30 Aug and 15 Oct 1895. With interest earned of $8,217.30, less expenses of $8,223.98, Robert received $18,993.32 when he achieved age 21 on 27 Apr 1903.26,22 In addition to board and tuition, his guardian disbursed cash to him regularly, typically two to five dollars a month at age 13 and growing to ten dollars and often more as he approached age 21. He also had accounts with various merchants, with charges averaging over ten dollars a month, growing as he grew older. But he was not wasteful – in May 1896 he paid 50¢ to have his gum boots repaired.26

Off to Boarding School and College --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     His early schooling was at Vanderbilt Training School, Elkton, Kentucky. Family lore has him attending there at a young age. The school opened in 1892, and earliest records of his guardian include payments for tuition to that school as well as for board in 1895, though he may have attended earlier. For the 1895-96 term a Prof. Graham received $15 a month for board, and after that a Mrs. Briston received $12 a month. Tuition was $35.00 per term, dropped to $32.50 starting in fall 1898. He graduated in 1901.27,28,29
     No details of the school's program have been found, but 1922 catalog of the Morton-Elliott Junior College, the successor to Vanderbilt Training School, is probably illustrative. The college included a four-year academy which was the equivalent of a high school, and was no doubt similar to Vanderbilt Training School at the time that Robert attended. Its focus reflected the sponsorship by the Methodist Church. In addition to the expected courses in English, algebra, Latin, science, and history, four years of Bible study was offered, with at least one year required for graduation. Students were required to attend chapel daily, to attend Sunday services at a church of their parents' choosing in town, and Sunday afternoon vesper service at the school. Students were expected to apply themselves: "If a son has never done anything but loaf, don't send him to us, for he will not be tolerated."30
Vanderbilt Training School
photo courtesy Gary Violette

     Robert apparently returned home with his aunt and uncle over the Christmas holiday, and for the summer months.31 He appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Christian Co., Kentucky, in the household of Thomas Herbert Elliott and Elizabeth Mariah Tuck, his late mother's sister and her husband, his legal guardian.32
     It appears that he traveled during the summers. He seems to have spend the summer of 1897 in Memphis, attended "Dewey Day" parades celebrating Admiral Dewey's arrival in New York after his success in the Spanish-American War, gone to the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, in Jul 1901 (before President McKinley was fatally shot there on 6 Sep), and traveled to Texas in Jun 1902.33,34,35
     Robert married first Mary Louisa Logan, daughter of Benjamin Harrison Logan and Sallie Watson Barker, on 28 Dec 1903 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee, with Rev. Robert Lord Cave officiating.9,10,11
     Robert attended in Vanderbilt University Medical School, Nashville, Tennessee, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He graduated in 1906.36 After graduation, he practiced medicine and farmed in Trenton, Kentucky, remaining there until 1929.37,38,39

Living in Trenton, Kentucky --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Robert and Mary appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Trenton, Todd Co., Kentucky, enumerated 27 Apr 1910, reporting that the family owned its farm, mortgage free. Their children Virginia, Ledley and Martha were listed as living with them.40
     His wife died on 3 Jul 1913 in Trenton, Todd Co., Kentucky.41,42
     Robert married second the sister of his first wife, Ledley Lena Logan, daughter of Benjamin Harrison Logan and Sallie Watson Barker, on 7 Apr 1915 in Trenton, Todd Co., Kentucky.12,13,14
     The Cobb home was described in a 1991 article by Mary Charity (Smith) Alley, recalling her first visit to the Cobb home in 1916 at age 6. Her family had just moved to Trenton, and they went calling on their nearest neighbors. Her first impression was the cleared lane to the house, as contrasted to the overgrown "main road," where a hanging limb had snatched her grandmother's gold brooch, leaving it lost forever. The house was white frame, with a veranda on the front and continuing around the north side. Mrs. Cobb had her sewing machine on the north veranda, making a dress. Six-week-old Will was in a bassinet covered with mosquito netting. Six-year-old Martha and four-year-old Robert came around a corner in a wagon pulled by two Black children. Older sisters Virginia and Ledley were upstairs in school with their governess, Miss Maggie Neblett. Outside Dr. and Miss Ledley's bedroom on the south side was a flower garden with a Silver Moon rosebush. At the back of the flower garden was Dr. Cobb's office – all doctors practiced at their home at the time. Dr. Cobb had a telephone, the only one in the neighborhood. They did not become common in homes until about 1939.
     There was a place for the wash kettle, which was also used to make soap, and for rendering the lard at "hog killing time." Behind all this stood the "garden house," a coal house, to hold coal for the grates, kitchen range, and a "Home Comfort" stove. Near the kitchen was the big farm bell to ring for the field hands to come for dinner. There was also a "buggy shed," an ice house where they cut the ice off the pond in winter and stored it in sawdust for use in the summer, a stable for the mules, and a milk shed for the cows. At the back of the stable was the stock pond for watering the livestock. To the delight of children, it was full of perch, which made good fishing and eating, and an island where the Canada geese nested. Spring seemed to be "busting out all over" and there was even a croquet court set up waiting for a game.43
     Robert registered for the draft for World War I on 12 Sep 1918, while living at Trenton, Todd Co., Kentucky, reporting he was self-employed as a farmer.44
     Robert and Ledley appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of outside of Trenton, Tood Co., Kentucky, enumerated 13 Jan 1920, reporting that they owned their home, which was mortgaged. Their son William, and his children by his fist wife, Virginia, Martha and Ledley, was listed as living with them.45

Taking up Public Health --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     After taking a special course at Vanderbilt to train for the position, Robert joined the Tennessee Department of Public Health.37
     Robert and Ledley moved to Bolivar, Tennessee on 1 Jan 1930, where he established the first health unit in Hardeman Co.37
Dr. Cobb's Bed for Lifting Patients
Family Photo
His work was received with scant respect at first but he has been described as a man dedicated and determined. He loved and understood children and felt every child should have the opportunity of a healthy and happy future. He threw himself wholeheartedly and enthusiastically into a program of early and continual preventive medicine and health education in all the schools throughout the county. He battled constantly for improved sanitary conditions, drainage of mosquito infested territories, proper diet to prevent pellagra, rabies control, and recognition of the importance of vital statistics. He made every effort to educate all the public to provide the means with which the county was nearly completely rid of malaria, typhoid, tuberculosis, diphtheria, venereal disease, polio and other communicable diseases.
     His compassion led him to seek throughout the county those who were crippled or sick and had special needs. There were few people in Hardeman County Dr. Cobb could not call by name or road too rough or narrow for his car. His design for a portable dental chair to be used in rural schools and the bed which would permit an arthritic patient to be raised to a standing position were never patented, but the children did have dental care and arthritic sufferers made more comfortable.37,46,47
     Robert and Ledley appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Bolivar, Hardeman Co., Tennessee, at 218 Main, enumerated 5 Apr 1930, shown as renting, for $20 per month, space from James and Jessie Doyle, who lived at the same address. The Cobbs owned a radio set. Their children William and Bettie were listed as living with them.48
     Robert and Ledley appeared on the 1940 Federal Census of Bolivar, Hardeman Co., Tennessee, at Jefferson, enumerated 20 Apr 1940, reporting that they were renting their home, for $18 per month, and had lived in the same town in 1935. Their daughter Bettie was listed as living with them.49
     In 1940 he reported he had worked 75 hours the last week of March, and had worked 52 weeks the previous year, earning $3,000.49
     His second wife died on 1 Oct 1954 in Bolivar, Hardeman Co., Tennessee.50,51
     He enjoyed hunting and fishing, all high school sports, and probably most of all he enjoyed conversation. He was a member of the Tennessee Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He was a member of the Bolivar Methodist Church and taught the Men's Sunday School class for over eighteen years. In March, 1959, a new Health Center was completed in Bolivar and named the "R. L. Cobb Health Center" in his honor.52
     Robert died on 16 Nov 1960 in Gallatin, Sumner Co., Tennessee, at age 78.15,16,17 He was buried on 18 Nov 1960 in Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Tennessee, in the family lot.18,1

Children:
     Children with Mary Louisa Logan:

Children:
     Children with Ledley Lena Logan:

Citations

  1. [S4414] Robert Linah Cobb grave marker, Greenwood Cemetery.
  2. [S1067] Robt L. Cobb Jr., Record of Births in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas.
  3. [S2530] Robert Linah Cobb and Mary Louise Logan, marriage license.
  4. [S1069] Dr. Robert Linah Cobb, Certificate of Death.
  5. [S1067] Robt L. Cobb Jr., Record of Births in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, shows mother as Jennie E Puck.
  6. [S1067] Robt L. Cobb Jr., Record of Births in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, shows date and place, as Little Rock.
  7. [S7464] Robert Linah Cobb, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, shows date.
  8. [S1069] Dr. Robert Linah Cobb, Certificate of Death, shows date, age 78, and state.
  9. [S2530] Robert Linah Cobb and Mary Louise Logan, marriage license, shows county and state, as Montgomery Co., Tennessee; minister's return shows date and officiant.
  10. [S76] Logan Family Bible, shows date.
  11. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, shows year, city, county, and state, as Trenton, Todd Co., Kentucky.
  12. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, shows date, city, county, and state.
  13. [S190] "Descendants of John Walton Barker and His First Wife Mary Meriwether", shows year.
  14. [S517] Robt. L. Cobb household, 1930 U.S. Census, Hardeman Co., Tennessee, shows married, her first marriage at age 32.
  15. [S1069] Dr. Robert Linah Cobb, Certificate of Death, shows date, town, and county.
  16. [S966] "Hardeman County Veteran Health Director Dies," The Bolivar Bulletin, 17 Nov 1960, shows 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, and place, as Giles Clinic in Gallatin.
  17. [S83] Personal knowledge of Nancy Fenker Reigel, recollects that he was living with her family in Gallatin, and was taken to the clinic there with his final illness, where he died.
  18. [S1069] Dr. Robert Linah Cobb, Certificate of Death, shows date, cemetery, town, and county.
  19. [S1020] "Local News," Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf, 18 May 1886, shows "yesterday," cause of death, place as Capt. Gracey's, and that she had been staying there since the death of Irene.
  20. [S4415] Jennie Tuck Cobb grave marker, Greenwood Cemetery, shows date.
  21. [S55] Hardeman County Historical Commission, Hardeman County Historical Sketches, pg 101, relates his living with his aunt after his mother's death.
  22. [S1685] Thomas Elliott household, 1900 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Robert living in the household, with his relationship to Thomas as "ward."
  23. [S1024] "Capt. R. L. Cobb Dead," Daily Tobacco Leaf, 3 Jun 1895, shows "yesterday about 12:30 o'clock p.m." at the residence of his sister and cause of death.
  24. [S2305] Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, pg 546, shows he had an attack of grip from which he never recovered, and died 2 Jun at his early home in Clarksville.
  25. [S4413] R. L. Cobb grave marker, Greenwood Cemetery, shows date.
  26. [S1199] Christian Co. Guardian Bonds, Book 6, pp 23-6, settlement for the period 30 Aug 1895 to 28 Dec 1898, pp 335-8, final settlement 27 Apr 1903.
  27. [S3234] Morton-Elliott Junior College for Boys, Bulletin, 1922, pg 34, shows him as an alumnus in class of 1901.
  28. [S83] Personal knowledge of Nancy Fenker Reigel, recalls hearing that her grandfather was sent to a boarding school at a young age.
  29. [S1199] Christian Co. Guardian Bonds, Book 6, pp 23-6, settlement for the period 30 Aug 1895 to 28 Dec 1898, pp 335-8, final settlement 27 Apr 1903, lists payments for board to Proff Graham or Proff G from 21 Sep 1895 until 28 May 1896, then to Mrs. Briston, Mrs. B, or simply to "board" from 14 Oct 1986 until 5 Mar 1901. Tuition payments start 1 Oct 1895, marked to R E Crockett and Proff Crockett in 1897, and to Proff Harrison in 1899, 1900, and 1901 (Alvin Fayette Lewis, History of Higher Education in Kentucky, United States Bureau of Education Circular of Information No. 3, 1899 (image seen on Google Books), pg 318, shows Prof. R. E. Crockett was principal since founding in 1982; the 1900 Census of Elkton, Todd Co., Kentucky, lists Johuha Harrison, school teacher, at household 93, pg 5/87A). The 19 Aug 1897 payment is marked "at Elkton" and the 10 Jan 1898 payment "at Trenton."
  30. [S3234] Morton-Elliott Junior College for Boys, Bulletin, 1922, pg 18, shows Academy curriculum; pg 25, describes "shool life;" and pg 30, describes expecations of students.
  31. [S1199] Christian Co. Guardian Bonds, Book 6, pp 23-6, settlement for the period 30 Aug 1895 to 28 Dec 1898, pp 335-8, final settlement 27 Apr 1903, lists reduced payments for board in December or January most years, and no payments in June, July, or August.
  32. [S1685] Thomas Elliott household, 1900 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, /6.
  33. [S1199] Christian Co. Guardian Bonds, Book 6, pp 23-6, settlement for the period 30 Aug 1895 to 28 Dec 1898, pp 335-8, final settlement 27 Apr 1903, shows cash paid him in Memphis 11 Jun and 9 Sep 1897, $68.50 "to see Dewey Day NY" paid 26 Sep 1899, $89.50 for a rail road ticket 10 Jul and $125 19 Jul 1901 for "Pan Exposition," and $120 for "trip to Texas" 11 Jul as well as $115 cash 11 Jul 1902 labeled "Texas."
  34. [S1200] Library of Congress - American Memory, online, "Today in History: December 26," at <<http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/dec26.html>>, describes the filming of the Dewey Day naval and land parades in New York 29 and 30 Sep 1899.
  35. [S1201] Buffalo Free-Net, online, "Pan-American Exposition, 1901 - Buffalo, New York," shows the exposition was held 1 May to 2 Nov 1901, and President William McKinley was shot there 6 Sep.
  36. [S55] Hardeman County Historical Commission, Hardeman County Historical Sketches, pg 101.
  37. [S55] Hardeman County Historical Commission, Hardeman County Historical Sketches, pg. 101.
  38. [S2109] Robert L. Cobb household, 1910 U.S. Census, Todd Co., Kentucky, shows occupation as doctor, industry as medicine, working on his own account.
  39. [S521] Robert L. Cobb household, 1920 U.S. Census, Todd Co., Kentucky, shows occupation as farmer, with a general farm.
  40. [S2109] Robert L. Cobb household, 1910 U.S. Census, Todd Co., Kentucky, date and place blank on this sheet, taken from previous page.
  41. [S1064] Mary Logan Cobb, Certificate of Death, shows date, town, county, and state.
  42. [S4424] Mary Logan Cobb grave marker, Greenwood Cemetery, shows date.
  43. [S526] Alley, "Memories of Big Pond."
  44. [S7464] Robert Linah Cobb, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
  45. [S521] Robert L. Cobb household, 1920 U.S. Census, Todd Co., Kentucky.
  46. [S517] Robt. L. Cobb household, 1930 U.S. Census, Hardeman Co., Tennessee, shows his occupation as physician, with the county health department.
  47. [S4373] Robt. L. Cobb household, 1940 U.S. Census, Hardeman Co., Tennessee, shows occupation as doctor, industry as public health department.
  48. [S517] Robt. L. Cobb household, 1930 U.S. Census, Hardeman Co., Tennessee.
  49. [S4373] Robt. L. Cobb household, 1940 U.S. Census, Hardeman Co., Tennessee.
  50. [S3122] Ledley Cobb, Certificate of Death.
  51. [S4416] Ledley Logan Cobb grave marker, Greenwood Cemetery, shows date.
  52. [S55] Hardeman County Historical Commission, Hardeman County Historical Sketches, pg. 102.
  53. [S190] "Descendants of John Walton Barker and His First Wife Mary Meriwether."
  54. [S2109] Robert L. Cobb household, 1910 U.S. Census, Todd Co., Kentucky.
  55. [S3126] Ledley Cobb Ussery, Certificate of Death.
  56. [S190] "Descendants of John Walton Barker and His First Wife Mary Meriwether", added by hand.
  57. [S180] Martha Watson Cobb, Special Certificate of Birth and Affidavits.
  58. [S1403] Robert L. Cobb, Jr., Certificate of Death.