Ebenezer Cobb1,2,3

ID# 9792, (1785 - 1868)
FatherEbenezer Cobb1,4 (16 Mar 1748/49 - 1 Jul 1826)
MotherElizabeth Lathrop5,1,4 (bt 26 Jan 1755 - 1756 - )

Key Events:

Birth: 25 Feb 1785, Pawlet, Vermont1,6,7
Marriage: Rhodah Farnsworth, 8 Dec 1808, Burlington8,9,10
Death: 17 Dec 1868, Clinton, Wisconsin11,12,13,14

Spouse:Rhodah Farnsworth (11 Jul 1786 - 26 Jun 1845)
     Children:

  • Clarissa Cobb32,24,33 (26 Sep 1809 - 17 Jul 1866)
  • Reuben T. Cobb34,32,35 (13 Jun 1811 - 25 Nov 1828)
  • Mary Cobb35,32 (26 Jun 1815 - 18 Sep 1861)
  • Henry Cobb32,35 (14 Aug 1817 - 22 Jun 1843)
  • George A. Cobb32,35 (30 Mar 1820 - 24 Dec 1884)
  • William Cobb32,35 (9 Jun 1825 - 25 Aug 1825)
  • Hiram M. Cobb3,32,35 (4 Jun 1828 - 29 Jul 1894)
  • Charles Wesley Cobb32,36 (11 Nov 1830 - 1908)
ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Ebenezer Cobb was born on 25 Feb 1785 in Pawlet, Vermont.1,6,7 He was probably one of the three males under age 16 listed in the household of his father, Ebenezer Cobb, in the 1790 Federal Census of Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont.15 He was probably one of the two males age 10 to 15 listed in the household of his father in the 1800 Federal Census of Shelburne, Chittenden Co., Vermont.16 He married Rhodah Farnsworth, daughter of Reuben Farnsworth and Anna Kellogg, and sister of the man his sister Susanna married a year earlier, on 8 Dec 1808 in Burlington.8,9,10
     Ebenezer appeared on the 1810 Federal Census of Shelburne, Chittenden Co., Vermont, with a household consisting of one male one age 16 to 26 (himself), one female under 10 (daughter Clarissa), and one age 16 to 26 (wife, Rhodah Farnsworth). His parents were evidently living close by, as they are listed preceding in the census record.17
     Ebenezer was a soldier in the war of 1812. He was a corporal of marines aboard the gunboat Borer in the Battle of Plattsburg, New York, on 11 Sep 1814, where he was wounded. That battle, also known as the Battle of Lake Champlain, was a land and naval engagement, in which the British were defeated. The defeat denied them of any claim of possession of the area in the negotiations shortly afterwards that resulted in the Treaty of Ghent which ended the war.18,19,20
     Ebenezer appeared on the 1820 Federal Census of Shelburne, Chittenden Co., Vermont, with a household consisting of three white males under age 10 (sons Reuben, Henry and George), one age 26 to 45 (himself), one white female under age 10 (daughter Mary), two age 10 to 16 (Clarissa and another), and one age 26 to 45 (wife Rhodah). They were apparently living close to his parents, as his father is listed just above him in the census record.21
     On 3 Jul 1826 Ebenezer's mother, Elizabeth Lathrop, filed a request with the Chittenden District Probate Court to appoint him as administrator for the estate of his late father.22 The younger Ebenezer posted a bond of $2,000 with the probate court on 6 Jul 1826, with his sister Susanna's husband Holden Farnsworth acting as surety.23
     Ebenezer and Rhodah moved to Waterbury, Vermont, about 1826, then to Grand Isle, then to Lawrenceville, New York.24 (See map.) Ebenezer appeared on the 1840 Federal Census of South Hero, Grand Isle Co., Vermont, with a household consisting of one male age 5 to 10 (son Charles), one age 10 to 15 (Hiram), one age 20 to 30 Henry or George), one age 50 to 60 (himself), and one female age 20 to 30 (daughter Clarissa), and one age 50 to 60 (wife Rhodah). It appears that his daughter Mary and her husband George Pearl lived close by, as he is listed four lines before in the census record.25
     After the death of his wife in 1845, Ebenezer apparently lived with his children, first back in Burlington, then in Wisconsin. He appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont, in the household of Abraham Mackridge and Clarissa Cobb, his daughter and her husband.26 He appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Clinton, Rock Co., Wisconsin, in the household of his son Hiram and Elizabeth Campbell, his wife.27
     He was a farmer.28,29,30,31
     Ebenezer died on 17 Dec 1868 in Clinton, Wisconsin, at age 83.11,12,13,14
     
Research Note, 4 Feb 2010:

There is an Ebenezer Cobb in Waterbury in 1830, listing one male under 5, one 5 to 10, one 10 to 15, one 40 to 50, one 60 to 70, two females 20 gto 30, and one 50 to 60. While the males match reasonably well with this family, except for the older sons being missing and an unidentified male 60 to 70, the females do not match well at all. This could be the Ebenezer Cobb found there in 1820, reporting one male 26 to 45 and one over 45, two females under10 and one over 45. That cannot be this Ebenezer - there are no young males, the adult female is too old, and he was quite clearly recorded in Shelburne in that census. A careful search has not located another Cobb in Waterbury in 1830 even though the reported births of his children suggest he should have been there, nor is he indexed elsewhere.

Citations

  1. [S2533] Rodgers, "Affidavit."
  2. [S2545] Hopkins, Kelloggs in the Old World and the New, vol 1 pg 250.
  3. [S2573] History of Rock County, Wisconsin, pg 777.
  4. [S2607] Cleveland and Cleveland, Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, vol 1 pg 44.
  5. [S2560] Ebenezer Cobb, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, widow's petition, 3 Jul 1826, shows him as her [smudged] eldest son.
  6. [S2553] Nye, Farnsworth Memorial II, pg 425.
  7. [S2548] Abram Mackridge household, 1850 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont, shows age 65 and state.
  8. [S2533] Rodgers, "Affidavit", shows date and town, as Burlington.
  9. [S2553] Nye, Farnsworth Memorial II, pg 425, shows date.
  10. [S2576] "Rock County, Wisconsin Biographies", shows married at Pollock, VT [which cannot be found].
  11. [S2533] Rodgers, "Affidavit", shows date, as 17 Dec 1868, town, and state.
  12. [S2553] Nye, Farnsworth Memorial II, pg 425, shows date, as 17 Jul 1866.
  13. [S2573] History of Rock County, Wisconsin, pg 777, shows he died about 1870, at age 78.
  14. [S2576] "Rock County, Wisconsin Biographies", shows year, as 1866, town, and state.
  15. [S580] Ebenezer Cobb household, 1790 U.S. Census, Rutland Co., Vermont.
  16. [S2502] Ebenezer Cobb household, 1800 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont.
  17. [S2536] Ebnr Cobb Jnr. household, 1810 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont.
  18. [S2577] Clark, List of Pensioners of the War of 1812, shows rank, wounded, and vessel.
  19. [S2573] History of Rock County, Wisconsin, pg 777, shows he was in the war of 1812 and at the battle of Plattsburg.
  20. [S1265] Wikipedia, online, article "Battle of Plattsburgh," viewed 8 Feb 2010, shows overview of the battle and its significance.
  21. [S2549] Ebenezer Cobb household, 1820 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont.
  22. [S2560] Ebenezer Cobb, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, widow's petition, 3 Jul 1826.
  23. [S2560] Ebenezer Cobb, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, administrator's bond, 6 Jul 1826.
  24. [S2553] Nye, Farnsworth Memorial II, pg 444.
  25. [S2566] George Pearl household, 1840 U.S. Census, Grand Isle Co., Vermont.
  26. [S2548] Abram Mackridge household, 1850 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont.
  27. [S2579] Hiram M. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Rock Co., Wisconsin.
  28. [S2576] "Rock County, Wisconsin Biographies", shows son Hiram was raised on a farm.
  29. [S2562] Ebenezer Cobb household, 1840 U.S. Census, Grand Isle Co., Vermont, shows two persons in the household engaged in agriculture.
  30. [S2548] Abram Mackridge household, 1850 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont, shows occupation as farmer.
  31. [S2579] Hiram M. Cobb household, 1860 U.S. Census, Rock Co., Wisconsin, shows occupation as farmer.
  32. [S2576] "Rock County, Wisconsin Biographies."
  33. [S2548] Abram Mackridge household, 1850 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont, shows him living in the household of her and her husband.
  34. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 53220654, Reuben T. Cobb, includes tombstone photo showing same.
  35. [S2553] Nye, Farnsworth Memorial II, pg 445.
  36. [S2534] Rodgers application, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.