Irene Cobb1,2,3

ID# 70, (1836 - 1906)
FatherDr. Joshua Cobb4,5,6 (19 Apr 1809 - 7 Apr 1879)
MotherJulia Ann Mims4,7,8 (7 Jul 1812 - 11 Sep 1841)

Key Events:

Birth: 31 Jul 1836, Kentucky9,10,11,12,13
Marriage: Francis Patten Gracey, 10 Nov 1857, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee14,15,16
Death: 31 Mar 190617,18
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee3

Spouse:Francis Patten Gracey (30 Jun 1834 - 27 Apr 1895)
     Child:

ChartsDescendants of Linah and Rebeccah (Davis) Mims
Descendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont
The Linah Mims - Rebecca Davis Family

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Irene Cobb was most likely born on 31 Jul 1836 in Kentucky, although some sources show her as born in 1837 or 1838, after her parents moved to Tennessee.9,10,11,12,13 Irene is probably one of the two females under age 5 listed in the household of her father, Dr. Joshua Cobb, in the 1840 Federal Census of Stewart Co., Tennessee.19
     Her mother died on 11 Sep 1841, when Irene was 5 years old.20,21
     She appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Trigg Co., Kentucky, enumerated 2 Aug 1850, in the household of Marcus Marcellus Tyler and Sarah Jane Mims, her late mother's sister and her husband.22 She appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Stewart Co., Tennessee, in the household of her father and stepmother, Marina Turner Bryan. Since her father's household was enumerated four months later, perhaps she had gone back to his home by then, or perhaps both households viewed her as living with them.23,24
     Irene married Francis Patten Gracey, son of Mathew Lyon Gracey and Maria A. Tilford, on 10 Nov 1857 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, with Rev. A. Mizell officiating.14,15,16
     After their marriage, Irene and Francis Patten Gracey settled in Eddyville where he carried on his mercantile and tobacco business, which he continued until he joined the Confederate service.25 On 26 Dec 1859 Irene's father gave her a lot in Eddyville that he had purchased some years before.26 They appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky, enumerated 11 Aug 1860, reporting real estate of $600 and personal estate of $895. Their son Julien was listed as living with them, as well as his sister and brother, Ellen and Matthew, and three laborers, one from Ireland and two from Scotland, who appear to have been employees.27
Cobb, Kentucky, rail stop named in her honor
by her husband
photo by author

     With her husband away at the War, Irene, Julien, and perhaps other members of the household move to Clarksville, Tennessee. They had relocated there by 15 Nov 1861, when he obtained leave to visit them and find permanent arrangements for them.28
     According to family tradition, while her husband was away during the Civil War, Irene decided he needed to see his small son. She loaded her son into the buggy and with servants started for Captain Gracey's headquarters. When she reached Federal lines, she was stopped. When she pleaded so desperately to be allowed to continue, she was given a pass through enemy lines and she reached her husband's headquarters safely.29
     Irene and Irene settled in Clarksville after the War.30,29 They appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, enumerated 28 Jun 1870, reporting real estate of $10,000 and personal estate of $6,000. The household also included seven apparent boarders, all but one black, perhaps some as household help.31
     Irene and Frank appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, enumerated 14 Jun 1880, with three black laborers, one male and two female. Their son Julien was listed as living with them.32
     Irene appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, in the household of Julien Frank Gracey and Minnie Thomas, her son and his wife.33
     Irene died on 31 Mar 1906 at age 69.17,18 She was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, in her husband's lot.3

Citations

  1. [S728] Montgomery Co. Marriage Register, vol. 3, pg 47, no. 417, Francis P. Gracey to Irene Cobb, 9 Nov 1857.
  2. [S642] Joshua Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Stewart Co., Tennessee, shows name as Irine Cobb.
  3. [S3366] Irene Cobb Gracey grave marker, Greenwood Cemetery.
  4. [S1015] "Death of Dr. Cobb," The Chronicle, 12 Apr 1879.
  5. [S1023] "Death of Mrs. Cobb," Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf, 9 Dec 1890, shows Mrs. F. P. Gracey as his daughter by a former marriage.
  6. [S642] Joshua Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Stewart Co., Tennessee, shows them in same household, apparently as parent and child.
  7. [S3048] "Sudden Death of Dr. Joshua Cobb," The Courier-Journal, 8 Apr 1879.
  8. [S2101] Moore and Foster, Tennessee the Volunteer State, 3:38.
  9. [S642] Joshua Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Stewart Co., Tennessee, shows age 14 and state, as Kentucky.
  10. [S3366] Irene Cobb Gracey grave marker, Greenwood Cemetery, shows year, as 1836.
  11. [S3383] Gannaway and Gannaway, Obituaries Compiled from Clarksville Newspapers, vol 5, pg 200, citing Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, 31 Mar and 2 Apr 1906, shows date, as 31 Jul 1837, and place as Stewart Co. Tennessee.
  12. [S2097] Julien Gracey household, 1900 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows month, as July, year, with last digit unclear but apparently a 6, age overwitten to be 65, and state, as Kentucky.
  13. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 403, shows date, as 15 Nov 1838.
  14. [S728] Montgomery Co. Marriage Register, vol. 3, pg 47, no. 417, Francis P. Gracey to Irene Cobb, 9 Nov 1857, return show date, as 10th.
  15. [S944] Davis, Folk Finders, "Marriages 201-300," citing Clarksville Weekly Chronicle, 13 Nov 1857, shows date and officiant.
  16. [S3369] Williams, Cabins to Castles, pg 188, shows date, as 11 Sep 1857.
  17. [S3369] Williams, Cabins to Castles, pg 189, shows date.
  18. [S3366] Irene Cobb Gracey grave marker, Greenwood Cemetery, shows year.
  19. [S634] Joshua Cobb household, 1840 U.S. Census, Steward Co., Tennessee.
  20. [S1998] Julia Ann Cobb and daughter Ione grave marker, Eddyville Cemetery, shows date.
  21. [S3048] "Sudden Death of Dr. Joshua Cobb," The Courier-Journal, 8 Apr 1879, shows year and place, as Cumberland Iron Works.
  22. [S569] M. M. Tyler household, 1850 U.S. Census, Trigg Co., Kentucky.
  23. [S642] Joshua Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Stewart Co., Tennessee.
  24. [S643] Joshua Cobb, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Stewart Co., Tennessee, slave schedule.
  25. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 403.
  26. [S3152] Lyon Co. Deeds, B:127-8, Joshua Cobb of Clarksville Tennessee to my daughter Irene Gracey formerly Cobb of Eddyville, 23 Jan 1860.
  27. [S570] Francis P. Gracey household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky.
  28. [S3377] Frank P. Gracy, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Kentucky, letter 15 Nov 1861, F. P. Gracey to Maj. G. B. Cosby.
  29. [S3369] Williams, Cabins to Castles, pg 188.
  30. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 404.
  31. [S1774] F. P. Gracey household, 1870 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  32. [S1904] F. P. Gracey household, 1880 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  33. [S2097] Julien Gracey household, 1900 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  34. [S3123] Julian F. Gracey, Certificate of Death.
  35. [S1003] Hardin, "Captain James Patton, Ancestors and Descendants," pg 239.