Virginia A. Tuck1,2,3

ID# 427, (1848 - 1886)
FatherDr. Davis Green Tuck4,5,6 (30 Dec 1793 - 3 Feb 1863)
MotherElizabeth M. Toot6,7,5 (26 Nov 1800 - 29 Dec 1873)

Key Events:

Birth: 14 Nov 1848, Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky8,9,10
Marriage: 3 Jan 1877, Shelby Co., Tennessee, Capt. Robert Linah Cobb (5 Mar 1840 - 2 Jun 1895)11,12,13
Death: 17 May 1886, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee14,9
Burial: 18 May 1886, Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee15,5
ChartsDescendants of Linah and Rebeccah (Davis) Mims
Descendants of Dr. Davis Green Tuck
Descendants of David Dutt/Toot
Descendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Tuck Family
The Dutt/Toot Family

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     
Jennie Cobb's tombstone
photo by author
Virginia A. Tuck was born on 14 Nov 1848 in Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky.8,9,10 She was known almost universally as Jennie, with that name even on her marriage record and her tombstone.16,17,18 Several online trees and other records show her middle name as Adelaide, but without documenation. No original record found shows that name, though several show the initial A. The name Adelaide has not been found among any of her ancestors, so if it is correct its origin is unknown.19
     She appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Christian Co., Kentucky, in the household of her parents, Dr. Davis Green Tuck and Elizabeth M. Toot.20,21 She appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Hopkinsville, Christian Co., Kentucky, in the household of her parents.22,23
     Jennie was named an heir in the will of her father, dated 25 Mar 1861, to receive $8,000.24
     Her father died on 3 Feb 1863, when Virginia was 14 years old.25,26,27 After the death of her father Thomas Herbert Elliott, the husband of her older sister Elizabeth, became her legal guardian. He received $4,500 from her father's estate 18 Apr 1868, $2,000 from her mother 1 Apr 1869, and an additional $1,500 from her 1 Jun 1870. He purchased four $1,000 U.S. bonds for her account, and two more 1 Sep 1896. She received $555 for expenses over the two years until she reached age 21, most paid in Memphis, suggesting she was spending time with her two older sisters who lived there. Virtually all of the remaining cash and interest earned went to legal expenses and taxes, so she apparently received only the $6,000 worth of bonds.28
     She appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Hopkinsville, Christian Co., Kentucky, in the household of her mother.29
     Jennie married Capt. Robert Linah Cobb, son of Dr. Joshua Cobb and Julia Ann Mims, on 3 Jan 1877 in Shelby Co., Tennessee, with L. T. Surratt officiating.11,12,13
     Jennie and Robert settled in Little Rock, Arkansas, after their marriage.30 They appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas, at the Capital Hotel, enumerated 8 Jun 1880. Their daughter Irene was listed as living with them.31
     When her eldest sister, Sarah, was very ill and close to death, Virginia traveled to Memphis to see her. Her two young children, the baby just six months old, traveled with her. The children evidently disturbed Sarah, despite the fact that she was occupying the room on the northeast corner of the first floor, and they and their mother were staying in the southwest corner of the upper floor. She ordered them to leave, but the baby had become sick, so his mother asked Sarah's doctor if it was safe to go. He said it was not, and tried to convince Sarah to change her mind, but she did not, so Virginia and her children left that evening. We might speculate that they went next door to stay with her sister Martha.32
     The Cobbs seem to have become socially prominent in Little Rock. On 28 May 1884 their four-year old daughter Irene attended a "doll wedding" with about 50 other little girls and about half as many boys. The society page of the local newspaper described the event in a long, tongue-in-cheek, article, similar to those for real society weddings at the time. It described the apparel of the doll bride and groom, the music played by the band, and borrowing a phrase from grownup weddings, the "numerous and costly" gifts. They included four pairs vases, a French clock, and a gold set jewelry, complete.33
     Jennie moved to San Antonio, Texas, in the fall of 1885, "for her health." It appears she was suffering from tuberculosis and that area was known for treatment of that disease.34,35,36
     Jennie died on 17 May 1886 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, at age 37, at the home of her husband's sister Irene and her husband, Francis Patten Gracey, where she had been staying since the burial of her daughter two weeks before.14,9 She was buried on 18 May 1886 in Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, in the Cobb family lot, following a funeral at the Methodist church.15,5

Children:
     Children with Capt. Robert Linah Cobb:

Citations

  1. [S2014] Christian Co. Wills S:105-6, shows name as Virginia A Tuck.
  2. [S631] Dr. Davis G. Tuck household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows name as Virginia A. Tuck.
  3. [S1770] Elizabeth M. Tuck household, 1870 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows name as Jennie A. Tuck.
  4. [S2014] Christian Co. Wills S:105-6, shows her as his daughter.
  5. [S4415] Jennie Tuck Cobb grave marker, Greenwood Cemetery.
  6. [S631] Dr. Davis G. Tuck household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows them in the same household, appearing to be parent and child.
  7. [S632] D. G. Tuck household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows them in same household, apparently as parent and child.
  8. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, shows date, town, county, and state.
  9. [S4415] Jennie Tuck Cobb grave marker, Greenwood Cemetery, shows date.
  10. [S631] Dr. Davis G. Tuck household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows age 2 and state.
  11. [S1217] Robert L. Cobb and Jennie A. Tuck, marriage bond, shows date and officiant.
  12. [S1024] "Capt. R. L. Cobb Dead," Daily Tobacco Leaf, 3 Jun 1895, shows he married abt. 1877 daughter of Dr. Tuck and sister of Mrs. Thomas H. Elliott.
  13. [S330] Virginia Adelaide Cobb, silver serving piece with twelve small spoons, inscribed on the front JAC (Virginia was commonly known as Jenny), and on the back 1877, which seems likely as her marriage the date based on the birth date of their first child. See also email correspondence between Deborah (Cobb) Manley and author, "Hard Evidence" 23 and 26 Apr 2000.
  14. [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.
  15. [S1020] "Local News," Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf, 18 May 1886, shows funeral "today," church, and cemetery.
  16. [S632] D. G. Tuck household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows name as Jennie Tuck.
  17. [S1217] Robert L. Cobb and Jennie A. Tuck, marriage bond.
  18. [S4415] Jennie Tuck Cobb grave marker, Greenwood Cemetery, shows name as Jennie Tuck, wife of R. L. Cobb.
  19. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, shows name as Virginia Adelaide Tuck.
  20. [S631] Dr. Davis G. Tuck household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  21. [S659] Doct. Davis G. Tuck, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  22. [S632] D. G. Tuck household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  23. [S644] D. G. Tuck, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  24. [S2014] Christian Co. Wills S:105-6.
  25. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134, shows date.
  26. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 210, shows month and year.
  27. [S2014] Christian Co. Wills S:105-6, will dated 25 Mar 1861, proved Feb 1863.
  28. [S1199] Christian Co. Guardian Bonds, C:511-2, report of purchase of four bonds; C:596, settlement.
  29. [S1770] Elizabeth M. Tuck household, 1870 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  30. [S1024] "Capt. R. L. Cobb Dead," Daily Tobacco Leaf, 3 Jun 1895, shows he removed there shortly after their marriage and he stayed until after her death.
  31. [S390] R. L. Cobb household, 1880 U.S. Census, Pulaski Co., Arkansas.
  32. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 618-20 and 658-9, testimony of Dr. B. G. Henning.
  33. [S8701] "The Doll Wedding," The Daily Gazette, 1 Jun 1884.
  34. [S8703] Irene Cobb obituary, The Daily Democrat, shows Mrs. Cobb had been in Texas several months on account of her health.
  35. [S8702] "A Telling Criticism," The San Antonio Light, 4 Dec 1885, shows Irene as a new arrival.
  36. [S1020] "Local News," Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf, 18 May 1886, shows she died of consumption.
  37. [S1018] "Local News," Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf, 4 May 1886.
  38. [S390] R. L. Cobb household, 1880 U.S. Census, Pulaski Co., Arkansas, shows Irene as the daughter of Jennie's husband.
  39. [S1067] Robt L. Cobb Jr., Record of Births in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, shows mother as Jennie E Puck.
  40. [S1069] Dr. Robert Linah Cobb, Certificate of Death.