William Hamilton Cobb

(1834-1928)

 

1.William Hamilton COBB was born on August 8, 1834 in Tennessee (McMinn County probably).Sources conflict on both his name and birth date.

 

William is oft confused with another Fannin County man, William Henry Cobb, son of Rowland Cobb.Both men had the same middle initial, both were approximately the same age, and both migrated to Texas from Georgia.In his later years, this individual was a Confederate pensioner from the State of Texas.On his application he gave the name William Hamilton Cobb.So thatís that.

 

LDS records show him born in Washington County, Arkansas, on 08 Aug 1834.Other researchers have confused him with his brother Charles Robert Cobb and assigned him a birth date of 08 Sep 1842.In an interview he gave for "A Biographical Souvenir of Texas" in 1889, he gave the 1834 birth date, but stated he was born in Tennessee.The LDS records probably show him born in Arkansas, as that is where his wife was born.In any event, research has shown that he was born 08 Aug 1834 in Tennessee (in McMinn County probably).

 

He appeared on the census in 1850 in Dade County, Georgia.He immigrated in 1851 to Texas.He possibly accompanied his first cousin (once removed) James Milton Cobb, when that family relocated to Fannin County, from Tennessee.He appeared on the census in 1860 in Fannin County, Texas.Also shown in his household was wife Miriam's son Finis Whitsett, age eight, by her first husband, and her mother Elizabeth (Cravens) age 52, born in Kentucky.He appeared on the census in 1870 in Fannin County, Texas.He appeared on the census on June 4, 1880 in Fannin County, Texas.At that time, he and his brother Lafayette Cobb were nextdoor neighbors.He appeared on the census in 1900 in Fannin County, Texas.There were no children remaining in this household at that time.He died on July 16, 1928 in Austin, Travis County, Texas.He was buried in Dodd (City) Cemetery, Fannin County, Texas.During the War Between the States he served as Captain of Company H, 9th Texas Infantry Regiment.In his later years he was a Confederate pensioner from the State of Texas, and at the time of his death was a resident in the Texas Confederate Veteran's Home in Austin.

 

William was married to Miriam Dotson VANDIVER (daughter of Moses VANDIVER and Elizabeth CRAVENS) on May 16, 1856 in Fannin County, Texas.This event was recorded in Marriage Book A, pp 104, Fannin County, Texas.Interestingly enough, this was the second marriage license taken out by this couple.Also in Book A, on page 85 is the first license taken out on Sep 23, 1855.This first license was not executed and the minister's return was not completed.Whitsett family researchers have advised that according to family lore, Miriam's first husband James Whitsett abandoned his family and disappeared.Legal complications were the reason for the second license being issued after a delay of some eight months.This second license was the one that was executed with the minister's return being completed.

 

Miriam Dotson VANDIVER was born on October 5, 1830 in Washington County, Arkansas.She appeared on the census in 1860 in Fannin County, Texas.She appeared on the census in 1870 in Fannin County, Texas.She appeared on the census on June 4, 1880 in Fannin County, Texas.She appeared on the census in 1900 in Fannin County, Texas.He and wife Miriam were still living at Dodd City at that time.She died on January 7, 1922 in Fannin County, Texas.She was buried in Dodd (City) Cemetery, Fannin County, Texas.William Hamilton COBB and Miriam Dotson VANDIVER had the following children:

 

††††††††††††† +2†† i.††††††††† James C. COBB (born on March 21, 1857).

††††††††††††† +3†† ii.††††††††† John Howell COBB (born on January 20, 1859).

††††††††††††††† 4†† iii.†††††††† Mary E. "Molly" COBB was born on September 15, 1870 in Fannin County, Texas.As she was born in the latter part of the year she did not appear on the 1870 census.She appeared on the census on June 4, 1880 in Fannin County, Texas.

††††††††††††††† 5†† iv.†††††††† Ernest Powell COBB was born on May 25, 1880 in Fannin County, Texas.He was a Post Master, Lannius P.O. between 1905 and 1907 in Fannin County, Texas.He was the Post Master at the time this post office was closed and all mail service transferred to Dodd City.

 

*See the bottom of the page for a report on Miriam Vandiverís first marriage.

 

SECOND GENERATION

 

2.James C. COBB was born on March 21, 1857 in Fannin County, Texas.He appeared on the census in 1860 in Fannin County, Texas.He appeared on the census in 1870 in Fannin County, Texas.He appeared on the census in 1880 in Collin County, Texas.On this enumeration he declared that he was born in Texas, his father in Tennessee, and his mother in Arkansas.He appeared on the census in 1900 in Fannin County, Texas.At that time, his wife's brother Joe Goss was also living in the household.

 

He was married to Sarah A. "Sallie" GOSS (daughter of A.P. GOSS and Sara A. LNU (GOSS)) on October 29, 1878 in Fannin County, Texas.This event was recorded in Marriage Book C, pp 548, Fannin County, Texas.Sarah A. "Sallie" GOSS was born in August 1853 in Tennessee.The 1880 census shows her as being 24 years of age, translating to a birth year of 1856.She appeared on the census in 1860 in Fannin County, Texas.She appeared on the census in 1880 in Collin County, Texas.On this enumeration she declared that she was born in Tennessee, her father in Tennessee, and her mother in Kentucky.She appeared on the census in 1900 in Fannin County, Texas.James C. COBB and Sarah A. "Sallie" GOSS had the following children:

 

††††††††††††††† 6†† i.††††††††† C.E. COBB was born in 1880 in Texas (Collin County probably).He was listed on the census of that year as being one month old.He was no longer in the household by 1900, therefore it is assumed he had either died or married and moved off.

 

3.John Howell COBB was born on January 20, 1859 in Dodd City, Fannin County, Texas.He appeared on the census in 1860 in Fannin County, Texas.He appeared on the census in 1870 in Fannin County, Texas.He appeared on the census on June 4, 1880 in Fannin County, Texas.At that time he was the oldest child in his parent's home.He died on October 5, 1922 in Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas.He was married to Amanda Tommie HINTON on November 20, 1892 in Fannin County, Texas.John Howell COBB and Amanda Tommie HINTON had the following children:

 

††††††††††††††† 7†† i.††††††††† John Howell COBB was born in 1897 in Dodd City, Fannin County, Texas.He died in 1959.

 

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James S. Whitsett

 

Miriam Dotson Vandiver was married first to James Whitsett on 26 Sep 1849, in Washington County, Arkansas.The couple moved soon thereafter to Fannin County, where son Finis was born in 1851.Sometime afterwards James abandoned his wife and child and disappeared.Miriam then married William Hamilton Cobb in 1856.Finis Whitsett was raised by his stepfather, and apparently had a fairly close association with the Cobb family.

 

1.James S. WHITSETT was born about 1826 in Washington County, Arkansas.It is speculative that he was a relative of Dr. William C. Whitsett, who was also enumerated on the 1860 census of Fannin County, the only family by that name in the county at that time.He was married to Miriam Dotson VANDIVER (daughter of Moses VANDIVER and Elizabeth CRAVENS) on September 26, 1849 in Washington County, Arkansas.Miriam Dotson VANDIVER was born on October 5, 1830 in Washington County, Arkansas.James S. WHITSETT and Miriam Dotson VANDIVER had the following children:

 

††††††††††††† +2†† i.††††††††† Finis Thomas WHITSETT (born on November 1, 1851).

 

SECOND GENERATION

 

2.Finis Thomas WHITSETT was born on November 1, 1851 in Dodd City, Fannin County, Texas.He appeared on the census in 1860 in Fannin County, Texas.He was listed in the household of his stepfather William H. Cobb and mother Miriam Vandiver.He appeared on the census in 1870 in Fannin County, Texas.He appeared on the census in 1880 in Fannin County, Texas.At that time, he was living in the household of Lafayette Cobb, his stepfather's brother.He died on November 4, 1940 in Hickory, Murray County, Oklahoma.He was buried in Hickory (City) Cemetery, Murray County, Oklahoma.Several sources erroneously give his place of death and burial as Fannin County.

 

He was married to Liza Ann LEWIS (daughter of Henry Green LEWIS and Lemira "Molly" BUSH) on June 14, 1885 in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas.Liza Ann LEWIS was born on August 1, 1868 in Kentucky.Another source gives this date as Jul 15, 1868.She died on October 24, 1959 in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.She was buried in Hickory (City) Cemetery, Murray County, Oklahoma.Finis Thomas WHITSETT and Liza Ann LEWIS had the following children:

 

††††††††††††††† 3†† i.††††††††† John Leslie Healdton WHITSETT was born on March 20, 1886.He died on November 16, 1969 in Healdton, Carter County, Oklahoma.He was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.

††††††††††††† +4†† ii.††††††††† James Stewart WHITSETT (born on October 24, 1887).

††††††††††††††† 5†† iii.†††††††† Ernest Powell WHITSETT was born on May 17, 1889 in Dodd City, Fannin County, Texas.He died on March 5, 1966 in Sulphur, Murray County, Oklahoma.He apparently never married and died without issue.He was buried in Hickory (City) Cemetery, Murray County, Oklahoma.

††††††††††††† +6†† iv.†††††††† Florence WHITSETT (born on September 17, 1891).

††††††††††††† +7†† v.†††††††† Brent Henry WHITSETT (born on February 25, 1894).

††††††††††††† +8†† vi.†††††††† Myra Dotson WHITSETT (born on November 2, 1899).

††††††††††††† +9†† vii.††††††† Thomas Allen WHITSETT (born on August 1, 1903).

††††††††††† +10†† viii.†††††† Joseph Haden WHITSETT (born on January 10, 1907).

††††††††††† +11†† ix.†††††††† William H. WHITSETT Sr (born on August 16, 1911).

 

THIRD GENERATION

 

4.James Stewart WHITSETT was born on October 24, 1887 in Dodd City, Fannin County, Texas.He died on January 25, 1980 in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.He was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.He was married to Wealthy Jeanne PURGSON in 1910 in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.Wealthy Jeanne PURGSON was born on November 24, 1891 in Grayson County, Texas.She died on August 30, 1987 in Anaheim, Orange County, Californai.James Stewart WHITSETT and Wealthy Jeanne PURGSON had the following children:

 

††††††††††† +12†† i.††††††††† Stewart Wendel WHITSETT (born on April 11, 1911).

††††††††††††† 13†† ii.††††††††† Melba Lena WHITSETT was born on July 2, 1917 in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.This child was born and died the same day.She was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.

††††††††††† +14†† iii.†††††††† Maurice Costello WHITSETT.

 

6.Florence WHITSETT was born on September 17, 1891 in Saint Jo, Montague County, Texas.She died on August 28, 1981.She was married to Chester Arthur DENNIS.Florence WHITSETT and Chester Arthur DENNIS had the following children:

 

††††††††††† +15†† i.††††††††† FNU DENNIS.

 

7.Brent Henry WHITSETT was born on February 25, 1894 in Wilson, Indian Territory.He died on June 30, 1980 in Lone Grove, Carter County, Oklahoma.He was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.He was married to Minnie Etta WALLACE (daughter of William Benjamin WALLACE and Millie Levica CRIM) on July 31, 1915. Minnie Etta WALLACE was born on March 27, 1895.She died on October 26, 1984 in Carter County, Oklahoma.She was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.Brent Henry WHITSETT and Minnie Etta WALLACE had the following children:

 

††††††††††††† 16†† i.††††††††† Edena WHITSETT.

††††††††††††† 17†† ii.††††††††† Anita WHITSETT.

††††††††††† +18†† iii.†††††††† Bently Harold WHITSETT (born on December 28, 1917).

 

8.Myra Dotson WHITSETT was born on November 2, 1899 in Wilson, Indian Territory.She died on January 3, 1987 in Jacksonville, St. Johns County, Florida.She was married to Wayne STUCHEL on July 27, 1923 in Stark County, Ohio.Wayne STUCHEL was born on August 8, 1893 in Avonmore, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.He died on December 14, 1950 in Itazuki Air Force Base, Japan.He was buried in Stark County, Ohio.

 

9.Thomas Allen WHITSETT was born on August 1, 1903 in Old Wilson, Indian Territory.He died in April 1995 in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma.He was married to Pauline Marie SLOAN.Pauline Marie SLOAN was born on November 16, 1911.She died in March 1986 in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma.

 

10.Joseph Haden WHITSETT was born on January 10, 1907 in Old Wilson, Indian Territory.He died on May 21, 1981 in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County, Texas.He was buried in Hickory (City) Cemetery, Murray County, Oklahoma.He was married to Thelma HOOSER.

 

11.William H. WHITSETT Sr was born on August 16, 1911 in Hickory, Murray County, Oklahoma.He died on June 12, 1994 in Banning, Riverside County, California.He was married to Irene ORA.William H. WHITSETT Sr and Irene ORA had the following children:

 

††††††††††††† 19†† i.††††††††† William H. WHITSETT Jr.

††††††††††††† 20†† ii.††††††††† Larry WHITSETT.

††††††††††††† 21†† iii.†††††††† Sue WHITSETT.

††††††††††††† 22†† iv.†††††††† Jane WHITSETT.

 

FOURTH GENERATION

 

12.Stewart Wendel WHITSETT was born on April 11, 1911 in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.He died on December 21, 1988 in Norwalk, Los Angeles County, California.He was married to Gladys Helen ADRIAN on July 25, 1936 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California.Gladys Helen ADRIAN was born on July 31, 1918 in Lakeside, San Diego County, California.She died on January 27, 1980 in New Mexico.Stewart Wendel WHITSETT and Gladys Helen ADRIAN had the following children:

 

††††††††††† +23†† i.††††††††† Donald Stewart WHITSETT.

 

14.Maurice Costello WHITSETT.He was married to Patricia LNU (WHITSETT).He was also married to Ruby LNU (WHITSETT).The dates are not known.Maurice Costello WHITSETT and Patricia LNU (WHITSETT) had the following children:

 

††††††††††††† 24†† i.††††††††† Charlot Elizabeth WHITSETT.

††††††††††††† 25†† ii.††††††††† Ann Marie WHITSETT.

††††††††††††† 26†† iii.†††††††† Maurine Carol WHITSETT.

††††††††††††† 27†† iv.†††††††† Linda Denel WHITSETT was born in 1942.She died in 1994.

 

15.FNU DENNIS.She was married to a Mr. ROMBERG.They had the following children:

 

††††††††††††† 28†† i.††††††††† Nina Florence ROMBERG.

 

18.Bently Harold WHITSETT was born on December 28, 1917 in Hickory, Murray County, Oklahoma.He resided in 1999 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas.He was married to Thelma Luvenia HALE (daughter of Paul Andrew HALE and Susan Amanda KNIGHT) on June 2, 1940.He worked for Halliburton Well Services until going into the television repair business in the 1950's in Davis, Oklahoma.From there he moved to Odessa, Texas, to work for the Amoco Petroleum Corporation.Thelma Luvenia HALE was born on April 6, 1921.Bently Harold WHITSETT and Thelma Luvenia HALE had the following children:

 

††††††††††††† 29†† i.††††††††† Dwight WHITSETT.

††††††††††††† 30†† ii.††††††††† Paul WHITSETT died before 1999.

††††††††††††† 31†† iii.†††††††† Kevin WHITSETT.

 

FIFTH GENERATION

 

23.Donald Stewart WHITSETT.He was married to Marilyn GRIFFEE on January 7, 1956 in Anaheim, Orange County, Californai.Donald Stewart WHITSETT and Marilyn GRIFFEE had the following children:

 

††††††††††† +32†† i.††††††††† Michael Clifford WHITSETT.

††††††††††† +33†† ii.††††††††† David Scott WHITSETT.

††††††††††††† 34†† iii.†††††††† James S. WHITSETT was born on June 12, 1957 in California.He died on August 25, 1976 in Orange County, California.

 

SIXTH GENERATION

 

32.Michael Clifford WHITSETT.He was married to Patricia Caroline MILLER on April 25, 1981 in Orange County, California.Michael Clifford WHITSETT and Patricia Caroline MILLER had the following children:

 

††††††††††† +35†† i.††††††††† Victor Wayne BRAWNER.

††††††††††††† 36†† ii.††††††††† Nicole Elizabeth BRAWNER.

††††††††††††† 37†† iii.†††††††† Cilfford Michael Stewart WHITSETT.

 

33.David Scott WHITSETT.He was married to Mary ADAMS.He was married to Valarie STONE.

 

SEVENTH GENERATION

 

35.Victor Wayne BRAWNER.He was married to Jenise CRAVEN.Victor Wayne BRAWNER and Jenise CRAVEN had the following children:

 

††††††††††††† 38†† i.††††††††† William Patrick BRAWNER.

††††††††††††† 39†† ii.††††††††† Steven Charles BRAWNER.

††††††††††††† 40†† iii.†††††††† Payton Lorainne BRAWNER.

 


Index:

         The Family of Lafayette L. Cobb of Fannin County

         The Family of Charles Robert Cobb of Fannin County

         The Family of George Cobb and Susan Amos of Dade County, Georgia

         The Family of Eliza Ann Cobb and John F. Amos of Dade County, Georgia

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