Marina Modena Cobb1,2,3

ID# 75, (1846 - 1898)
FatherDr. Joshua Cobb4,5,6 (19 Apr 1809 - 7 Apr 1879)
MotherMarina Turner Bryan4,5,6 (18 Mar 1811 - 7 Dec 1890)

Key Events:

Birth: 12 Mar 1846, Tennessee7,8,9
Marriage: Hunting Cooper Jessup, 27 Dec 1865, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee10,11,12
Death: 12 Nov 1898, Maple St., Montrose, Pennsylvania13,8
Burial: Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania14

Spouse:Hunting Cooper Jessup (18 Feb 1843 - 6 Dec 1897)
     Children:

ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Marina Modena Cobb was born on 12 Mar 1846 in Tennessee.7,8,9 She appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Stewart Co., Tennessee, in the household of her parents, Dr. Joshua Cobb and Marina Turner Bryan.15,16 She appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, in the household of her parents, Dr. Joshua Cobb and Marina Turner Bryan.17,18
     Marina's future husband was a Lieutenant in the 101 U.S. Colored Troops, which in early 1865 served on guard duty at the contraband camp 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.19
     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.20
     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.21,22 She married Hunting Cooper Jessup, son of William Jessup and Amanda Harris, on 27 Dec 1865 at her parents' home in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.10,11,12
     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.23
     Marina and Hunting 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.24 She moved to Montrose, Pennsylvania, with Robert Henry Williams and Virginia D. Cobb.25 She died on 12 Nov 1898 at her home on Maple St., Montrose, Pennsylvania, at age 52.13,8 She was buried in Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, next to her husband.14

Citations

  1. [S73] "DAR Lineage Books," Ancestry.com, vol 84, pg 335, record for Miss Nina Bryan Jessup, DAR ID no. 83944, shows name as Marina Modena Cobb.
  2. [S728] Montgomery Co. Marriage Register, vol. 3, pg 170, no. 1577, H. C. Jessup to Miss Nina M. Cobb, 27 Dec 1865.
  3. [S642] Joshua Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Stewart Co., Tennessee, shows name as Marina Cobb.
  4. [S1015] "Death of Dr. Cobb," The Chronicle, 12 Apr 1879, shows Joshua and Marina were the parents of Mrs. Jessop.
  5. [S2675] Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen.
  6. [S642] Joshua Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Stewart Co., Tennessee, shows them in same household, apparently as parent and child.
  7. [S2675] Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen, shows date, and after saying she was married in Clarksville, Tennessee, says she was born "there."
  8. [S2674] Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania, pg 1824, shows date.
  9. [S642] Joshua Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Stewart Co., Tennessee, shows age 4 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. [S2675] Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen, shows date, town, and state.
  13. [S2686] "Death's Doings," Montrose Democrat, 17 Nov 1898, shows date and at her home on Maple St.
  14. [S3290] Huntting Cooper Jessup and Nina M. Cobb tombstone, Montrose Cemetery.
  15. [S642] Joshua Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Stewart Co., Tennessee.
  16. [S643] Joshua Cobb, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Stewart Co., Tennessee, slave schedule.
  17. [S640] Joshua Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  18. [S641] Joshua Cobb, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, slave schedule.
  19. [S2675] Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen, shows service history.
  20. [S3339] Editorial, Clarksville Weekly Chronicle, 8 Sep 1865.
  21. [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.
  22. [S2688] "Death of Hunting Cooper Jessup," Independent Republican, 10 Dec 1897.
  23. [S967] Hunting C. Jessup household, 1870 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania.
  24. [S968] Hunting C. Jessup household, 1880 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania.
  25. [S3324] "Clarksville, Tennessee City Directory, 1895," Ancestry.com, record for R. H. Williams, shows him and wife Jennie G in Clarksville.
  26. [S2674] Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania, pg 1824.
  27. [S5366] Nina B. Jessup, Certificate of Death.
  28. [S967] Hunting C. Jessup household, 1870 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  29. [S73] "DAR Lineage Books," Ancestry.com, vol 84, pg 335, record for Miss Nina Bryan Jessup, DAR ID no. 83944.
  30. [S968] Hunting C. Jessup household, 1880 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, shows him as the son of her husband.
  31. [S5367] Samuel M. Jessup, Certificate of Death.