Marina Turner Bryan1,2,3

ID# 71, (1811 - 1890)
FatherCol. Henry Hunter Bryan4,5,6 (23 Feb 1786 - 7 May 1835)

Key Events:

Birth: 18 Mar 1811, Robertson Co., Tennessee7,8,9
Marriage: William Hillard Dortch, 21 Nov 182710,11,12
Marriage: Dr. Joshua Cobb, 18 Jan 1843, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee13,14,15
Death: 7 Dec 1890, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee16,8
Burial: 9 Dec 1890, City Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee17,18

Spouse: William Hillard Dortch (19 Oct 1805 - 1834)
     Children:

  • Dr. George C. Dortch4,34,35 (1829 - 1904)
  • William T. Dortch34,36,37 (1833 - 1913)

Spouse:Dr. Joshua Cobb (19 Apr 1809 - 7 Apr 1879)
     Children:

ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     
Marina Cobb's Tombstone
photo by authors
Marina Turner Bryan was born on 18 Mar 1811 in Robertson Co., Tennessee.7,8,9
     Marina married first William Hillard Dortch, son of Capt. Isaac Dortch and Martha Norfleet, on 21 Nov 1827.10,11,12
     Her husband died in 1834.19,20,21
     Marina married second Dr. Joshua Cobb, son of Gideon Dyer Cobb and Modena Chittenden Clark, on 18 Jan 1843 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.13,14,15 Marina and Dr. Joshua Cobb appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Stewart Co., Tennessee, enumerated 5 Dec 1850, reporting real estate of $5,000. He also reported owning 14 slaves, ranging in age from one to 30, of which four were males. Their children Edwin, Marina, Mary, Virginia, Sallie and Robert were listed as living with them, as was his daughter by his prior marriage, Irene, and her sons by her prior marriage, George and William T. Dortch.22,23
     Marina and Dr. Joshua Cobb moved their family moved to Clarksville, in 1851.24,25,26 They appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, enumerated 7 Sep 1860, reporting real estate of $30,500 and person estate of $15,000. He also reported owning nine slaves ranging in age from 14 to 54, six males and three females, housed in two slave houses. Their children Edwin, Mary, Marina, Virginia, Sallie and Gideon were listed as living with them.27,28
     Marina loaned $225 on 2 Oct 1867 to R L Cobb & Sons, the firm owned by her husband's brother Robert and his sons Linah and Joshua. This was while the firm was having financial difficulties after the war. The two sons filed for bankruptcy on 29 Feb 1868, and it is unclear whether she ever recovered her money.29
     Marina and Joshua appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, enumerated 28 Jun 1870, reporting that she owned $15,000 in real estate and $500 in personal property. Their daughter Sallie West were listed as living with them, as were the widower of their daughter Mary Aurelle, John Baker Tapscott, and his daughter Mary. Also listed was her son Dr. George C. Dortch, his wife Elizabeth Jane Worden, and their daughters Susan, Mina and Georgia.30
     Marina was issued letters of administration for the estate of her late husband Joshua, on 26 Apr 1879 by the Montgomery County Court. She made a bond for $1,000, with her sons by her first marriage, William and Dr. George C. Dortch, as sureties. But no further record of the probate has been found.31
     Marina appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, at Madison St., enumerated 18 Jun 1880. Her son George, and his wife and two of their children, apparently lived close by, as they are listed next in the census record.32
     In 1887, still living in their Clarksville home, she was described as "one of the most interesting ladies of Clarksville – a lady of clear head, active brain, and particularly bright memory, keen perception, posted on current events and very entertaining, observing all the courtesies of society with charming grace."33
     Marina died on 7 Dec 1890 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, at age 79, at her residence on Madison St.16,8 She was buried on 9 Dec 1890 in City Cemetery, later known as Riverview Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, next to her husband.17,18

Citations

  1. [S729] Varkus, Compendium of American Genealogy, 1:570, shows name as Marina Turner Bryan.
  2. [S728] Montgomery Co. Marriage Register, vol. 1, pg 51, no. 492, Joshua Cobb to Maina T. Dortch, 18 Jan 1843.
  3. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 266, shows name as Mrs. Mariana T. Dortch, daughter of Henry H. Bryan, and page 300, shows Marina Bryan, daughter of Colonel Henry H. Bryan.
  4. [S1023] "Death of Mrs. Cobb," Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf, 9 Dec 1890.
  5. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 266, 300.
  6. [S1352] The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, pg 214.
  7. [S2303] Kilbury-Cobb, "RE: Cobb Ancestry," e-mail to author, 15 Jun 2001, citing hand-written pages titled "From Joshua Cobb's Family Bible," provided by Lillian W. Sprout, granddaughter of Joshua Cobb, with notarized statement that they were from a Bible in her possession, shows date.
  8. [S3361] Marina T. Cobb grave marker, Riverside Cemetery, shows date.
  9. [S1023] "Death of Mrs. Cobb," Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf, 9 Dec 1890, shows date and county.
  10. [S1023] "Death of Mrs. Cobb," Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf, 9 Dec 1890, shows date.
  11. [S729] Varkus, Compendium of American Genealogy, 1:570, shows year.
  12. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 300, shows married.
  13. [S728] Montgomery Co. Marriage Register, vol. 1, pg 51, no. 492, Joshua Cobb to Maina T. Dortch, 18 Jan 1843, shows date.
  14. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, shows year, town, county, and state; reports 1870 census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee shows them apparently as heads of household.
  15. [S1023] "Death of Mrs. Cobb," Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf, 9 Dec 1890, shows date and as her second marriage.
  16. [S1023] "Death of Mrs. Cobb," Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf, 9 Dec 1890, shows name as date and at her residence on Madison St.
  17. [S3361] Marina T. Cobb grave marker, Riverside Cemetery.
  18. [S1023] "Death of Mrs. Cobb," Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf, 9 Dec 1890, shows funeral at 2:00 "this afternoon" and interment at City cemetery.
  19. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, shows bef. 1862.
  20. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 300, shows he had died in an article dated 10 Jan 1832.
  21. [S729] Varkus, Compendium of American Genealogy, 1:570, shows year 1834.
  22. [S642] Joshua Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Stewart Co., Tennessee.
  23. [S643] Joshua Cobb, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Stewart Co., Tennessee, slave schedule.
  24. [S1015] "Death of Dr. Cobb," The Chronicle, 12 Apr 1879, shows he moved to Clarksville in 1851.
  25. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 267, shows iron businesses, and retired about 1866.
  26. [S944] Davis, Folk Finders, citing Clarksville City Directory 1859-1860, shows occupation as physician and address.
  27. [S640] Joshua Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  28. [S641] Joshua Cobb, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, slave schedule.
  29. [S3266] J. C. Cobb, bankruptcy, petition; Schedule A-3, unsecured debts.
  30. [S626] Joshua Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  31. [S2023] Montgomery Co. Court Minutes Book, 29:186-7.
  32. [S1902] Mrs. M. T. Cobb household, 1880 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  33. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 268.
  34. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 268, 300.
  35. [S729] Varkus, Compendium of American Genealogy, 1:570.
  36. [S1015] "Death of Dr. Cobb," The Chronicle, 12 Apr 1879.
  37. [S642] Joshua Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Stewart Co., Tennessee, shows them in same household, apparently as parent and child.
  38. [S640] Joshua Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows them in same household, apparently as parent and child.
  39. [S3345] Mary Aurrelia Tabscott grave marker, Riverside Cemetery, shows her as daughter of Joshua & Marina T. Cobb.
  40. [S1015] "Death of Dr. Cobb," The Chronicle, 12 Apr 1879, shows Joshua and Marina were the parents of Mrs. Tapscott.
  41. [S1015] "Death of Dr. Cobb," The Chronicle, 12 Apr 1879, shows Joshua and Marina were the parents of Mrs. Jessop.
  42. [S2675] Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen.
  43. [S1015] "Death of Dr. Cobb," The Chronicle, 12 Apr 1879, shows Joshua and Marina were the parents of Mrs. R. Williams.
  44. [S5368] Jennie Cobb Williams, Certificate of Death.
  45. [S1023] "Death of Mrs. Cobb," Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf, 9 Dec 1890, shows Mrs. Bryce Stewart as her daughter.
  46. [S5369] Sallie West Stewart, Certificate of Death.
  47. [S1015] "Death of Dr. Cobb," The Chronicle, 12 Apr 1879, shows Joshua and Marina were the parents of a son who died in childhood.
  48. [S944] Davis, Folk Finders, "Death Notices" section, entry for Gideon Clark Cobb, citing Clarksville Weekly Chronicle, 21 Dec 1860 and 4 Jan 1861.