Martha Jones1,2,3

ID# 9353, (abt 1793 - )

Key Events:

Birth: about 1793, Maryland4,5
Marriage: Elkanah Cobb, 8 Sep 1813, Prince George's Co., Maryland1
Marriage: Walter Chew, 8 Jul 1833, Prince George's Co., Maryland3

Spouse:Elkanah Cobb (13 Sep 1783 - before Dec 1818)
     Children:

It is not certain that the following son was actually this Elkanah's child, though the evidence suggests it may have been. His obituary calls him "the only son of the late Elkanah Cobb of Vermont," and this Elkanah was known to the press as a native of Vermont, and was clearly dead by then. While the name Elkanah was common in the family, no other Elkanah Cobb is known to have lived in Vermont and had only one son, and the middle name Willard would have been appropriate in this family. The local obituary calls him "the hope of a fond mother," which may suggest he was a child, while a Massachusetts obituary omits that, and gives him the title "Col." suggesting he was too old to be the child of this Elkanah. No other record of a Col. Samuel Willard Cobb has been found, so it may be that this article was in error.12,13
  • Samuel Willard Cobb ( - 28 Sep 1824)

Spouse: Walter Chew
     Child:

  • John W. Chew14 (abt 1840 - )
ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb

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Narrative:

     Martha Jones was born about 1793 in Maryland.4,5
     Martha married first Elkanah Cobb, son of Elkanah Cobb and Mary Willard, on 8 Sep 1813 in Prince George's Co., Maryland.1
     Her husband died before Dec 1818.6,7
     Martha married second Walter Chew on 8 Jul 1833 in Prince George's Co., Maryland.3
     Martha was probably the female age 40 to 50 listed in the household of her second husband, Walter Chew, in the 1840 Federal Census of Prince George's Co., Maryland.8
     Martha appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Bladensburg, Prince George's Co., Maryland, enumerated 28 Jun 1850, reporting real estate valued at $4,500. Her son John was listed as living with her, as were Joshua Beall, age 24 a manager, and Josiah Beall, age 23, a laborer. She also owned six slaves, three males and three females, ranging in age from 9 to 30.9,10 It would appear that Martha was operating the plantation of her late husband.
     Martha appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Bladensburg, Prince George's Co., Maryland, enumerated 31 Jul 1860, in the household of H. Cross, a farmer, age 70, Elizabeth Cross, age 45, Martha Cross, age 22, and Mary Cross, age 6. Whether they were related to her, and how, is unknown.11

Citations

  1. [S2265] "Maryland Marriages, 1667-1899," Ancestry.com, record for Elkanah Cobb and Martha Jones.
  2. [S2211] Journal of the House of Representatives, 15th Congress, 2nd session, pg 144, shows name as Martha J. Cobb, widow of Elkanah Cobb.
  3. [S2734] MDGenWeb Archives, online, "Marriages, Prince Georges County, Maryland, 1777 to 1886, Part 02, C," record for Walter Chew & Martha J. Cobb.
  4. [S2755] Martha J. Chew household, 1850 U.S. Census, Prince George's Co., Maryland, shows age 57 and state.
  5. [S2756] H. Cross household, 1860 U.S. Census, Prince George's Co., Maryland, shows age 66 and state.
  6. [S2211] Journal of the House of Representatives, 15th Congress, 2nd session, pg 144, 30 Dec 1818, shows Martha J. Cobb as his widow.
  7. [S2744] "Died," Daily National Intelligencer, 29 Sep 1824, death notice for Samuel Willard Cobb, shows his father as the late Elkanah Cobb.
  8. [S2758] Walter Chew household, 1840 U.S. Census, Prince George's Co., Maryland.
  9. [S2755] Martha J. Chew household, 1850 U.S. Census, Prince George's Co., Maryland.
  10. [S2757] Martha J. Chew, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Prince George's Co., Maryland, slave schedule.
  11. [S2756] H. Cross household, 1860 U.S. Census, Prince George's Co., Maryland.
  12. [S2744] "Died," Daily National Intelligencer, 29 Sep 1824, shows the deceased as "the hope of a fond mother" and "only son of the late Elkanah Cobb of Vermont," with no age mentioned.
  13. [S2745] "Died," Salem Gazette, 5 Oct 1824, shows him as "Col. Samuel Willard Cobb, only son of the late Elkanah Cobb, of Vermont."
  14. [S2755] Martha J. Chew household, 1850 U.S. Census, Prince George's Co., Maryland, shows them apparently living as parent and child.