Hunting Cooper Jessup1,2,3

ID# 484, (1843 - 1897)
FatherWilliam Jessup1,4,5 (21 Jun 1797 - 1868)
MotherAmanda Harris4,5,6 (1798 - 1883)

Key Events:

Birth: 18 Feb 1843, Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania7,8,9
Marriage: Marina Modena Cobb, 27 Dec 1865, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee10,11,8
Death: 6 Dec 1897, Montrose, Pennsylvania12,13
Burial: Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania2

Spouse:Marina Modena Cobb (12 Mar 1846 - 12 Nov 1898)
     Children:

ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Hunting Cooper Jessup was born on 18 Feb 1843 in Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania.7,8,9 He appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, in the household of his parents, William Jessup and Amanda Harris.14 He appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, in the household of his parents.15
     Hunting attended the Montrose Academy and the Cortland Academy at Homer, New York, and graduated from Yale College in the class of 1864.1,16 He took up the study of law at his father's office after his graduation but interrupted his study to enlist in the U. S. Army.1
     He enlisted in Nashville, Tennessee as a 2nd Lieutenant in Company A, 101 U.S. Colored Troops, on 27 Mar 1865 and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in Apr 1865.17,18,19 The Colored Troops were made up of free blacks and freed slaves, led by white officers. They were formed during the last two years of the war, making up about one-tenth of all Union troops by the end of the war. The 101st Infantry Regiment was organized in Tennessee in 1864, composed of men unfit for field duty, but fit for ordinary garrison duty. The unit was assigned to guard various installations in the Nashville area, including the contraband camps (camps for former slaves) at Nashville and Clarksville. It was relieved from duty in Clarksville on 1 Jul 1865, returning to Nashville, and was disbanded 21 Jan 1866.20,21
     Hunting served with his unit on guard duty at Wilson Hospital in Nashville, and at Clarksville. It is unclear when he arrived in Clarksville, but it seems likely he was the ranking officer of his unit there. As such he would have had reason to be in contact with Marina's father, who was mayor at the time. Most likely that is how he and his future bride became acquainted.22 In the fall of 1865, apparently after his unit's return to Nashville, he received an injury to his left side, in saddle, and was treated in quarters in Oct 1865. He was discharged in Nashville 21 Jan 1866, when the unit was disbanded.23,24
     Just how a Southern Belle with two brothers in the Confederate Army, one killed in action, came to marry a Yankee officer during the occupation of her home town only a few months after they met seems a question fit for romance novels. We would expect such a romance to have been discouraged. Clearly the presence of Colored Troops, like his unit, was unwelcome in the city. An editorial published 8 Sep 1865, while apparently directed at a different unit, expressed this view:
The people of this city and the adjoining country have just been thrown into an unusual state of excitement by the announcement that the regiment now stationed here is to be removed, and that the city is to be garrisoned exclusively by negroes. We can hardly believe that the military authorities intend to perpetrate such an uncalled for outrage and insult upon this comminity [sic] as this would be.25
     Lack of public approval of the marriage might be suggested by the fact that no mention, save a one-line announcement, has been found in the home-town papers of either of them, despite the prominence of their respective families. More details were printed in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Perhaps the best account we have is from Hunting's obituary thirty years later:
During his army service he met Miss Nina Cobb, a fair daughter of the South, living at Clarksville, Tenn., who gave her heart and hand to the gallant young Lieutenant.
It appears he simply swept her off her feet.26,1 He married Marina Modena Cobb, daughter of Dr. Joshua Cobb and Marina Turner Bryan, on 27 Dec 1865 at her parents' home in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.10,11,8
     Hunting and Marina returned to his native Pennsylvania at the conclusion of his military service. They appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, enumerated 17 Jun 1870, apparently living in his mother's home, as he reports holding no real estate, while she reports $7000 worth. Their daughter Nina was listed as living with them, as is his mother, Amanda Harris, and his sister, Fannie M. Jessup, and Maggie Redding, a 22 year-old domestic servant.27
     After the War Hunting resumed his study of law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1868. He joined in the practice of his older brother William in Montrose, continuing there until his death. His legal work was largely confined to Orphans Court (mainly probate) and office work because of his health, being subject to epileptic attacks. He was active in the county bar association, serving for many years a member of the examining committee.28,29,30
     Hunting and Marina appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, enumerated 12 Jun 1880. Their children Nina, Robert and Samuel were listed as living with them.31
     Hunting served as a burgess (mayor) of Montrose for several terms, and was a long-time member of the Rough and Ready Fire Company, a volunteer fire department. He served in most positions in that department, including many years as chief engineer in Montrose.32,33,34 He died on 6 Dec 1897 at his home in Montrose, Pennsylvania, at age 54.12,13 He was buried in Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, next to his wife.2

Citations

  1. [S2688] "Death of Hunting Cooper Jessup," Independent Republican, 10 Dec 1897.
  2. [S3290] Huntting Cooper Jessup and Nina M. Cobb tombstone, Montrose Cemetery.
  3. [S962] William Jessup household, 1850 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, shows name as Hunting C. Jessup.
  4. [S2674] Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania, pg 1823.
  5. [S962] William Jessup household, 1850 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  6. [S963] William Jessup household, 1860 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  7. [S2688] "Death of Hunting Cooper Jessup," Independent Republican, 10 Dec 1897, shows date and town.
  8. [S2675] Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen, shows date, town, and state.
  9. [S962] William Jessup household, 1850 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, shows age 7 and state.
  10. [S728] Montgomery Co. Marriage Register, vol. 3, pg 170, no. 1577, H. C. Jessup to Miss Nina M. Cobb, 27 Dec 1865, shows date.
  11. [S2647] "Married," The Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 Jan 1866, shows date and place as residence of Dr. Joshua Cobb, city, and state.
  12. [S2687] "H. C. Jessup," Montrose Democrat, 6 Dec 1897, shows date and "at his home in this borough."
  13. [S2674] Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania, pg 1823, shows date.
  14. [S962] William Jessup household, 1850 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania.
  15. [S963] William Jessup household, 1860 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania.
  16. [S2674] Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania, pg 1823, shows he attended the "home academy," Cortland Academy, and graduation from Yale.
  17. [S2675] Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen, shows enlistment date, as 27 Mar 1865, and city, rank and promotion.
  18. [S977] Hunting C. Jessup entry, 1890 U.S. Census, veterans schedule, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, shows rank as 2nd Lieutenant in Company A, 101 U.S. C.7, and dates of enlistment, as 08 Apr 1865.
  19. [S2688] "Death of Hunting Cooper Jessup," Independent Republican, 10 Dec 1897, shows unit and commissioned as first Lieutenant in Apr 1865.
  20. [S1265] Wikipedia, online, article "United States Colored Troops," viewed Apr 2010, gives background of the U.S. Colored Troops.
  21. [S2677] "101st U. S. Colored Infantry Regiment", shows unit history.
  22. [S2675] Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen, shows service history.
  23. [S2675] Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen, shows service history, and discharge date and city.
  24. [S977] Hunting C. Jessup entry, 1890 U.S. Census, veterans schedule, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, shows discharge.
  25. [S3339] Editorial, Clarksville Weekly Chronicle, 8 Sep 1865.
  26. [S2647] "Married," The Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 Jan 1866, mentions location at her father's residence, names and cities of bride and groom, and his military position.
  27. [S967] Hunting C. Jessup household, 1870 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania.
  28. [S2688] "Death of Hunting Cooper Jessup," Independent Republican, 10 Dec 1897, shows he resumed his studies, admitted to bar in Nov 186[last digit omitted in copy], and was in partnership with his brother, and his limited role because of his health.
  29. [S2674] Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania, pg 1823, shows he continued his studies, year admitted to the Bar, and practiced with his brother.
  30. [S2687] "H. C. Jessup," Montrose Democrat, 6 Dec 1897, shows his service to bar association.
  31. [S968] Hunting C. Jessup household, 1880 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania.
  32. [S2687] "H. C. Jessup," Montrose Democrat, 6 Dec 1897, shows he was mayor for more terms than any other citizen, and member of fire company.
  33. [S2674] Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania, pg 1823, shows he was a burgess and service in fire company.
  34. [S2675] Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen, shows he was a burgess.
  35. [S2674] Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania, pg 1824.
  36. [S5366] Nina B. Jessup, Certificate of Death.
  37. [S967] Hunting C. Jessup household, 1870 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  38. [S73] "DAR Lineage Books," Ancestry.com, vol 84, pg 335, record for Miss Nina Bryan Jessup, DAR ID no. 83944.
  39. [S2675] Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen.
  40. [S5367] Samuel M. Jessup, Certificate of Death.