The Cobbs of Lincoln County, North Carolina

(And the surrounding area)

 

 

Chapter Five – 1880

 

 

 

Contents (In Chronological Order)

1880 Census – Lincoln County, North Carolina

1880 Census – Catawba County, North Carolina

1880 Census – Burke County, North Carolina

1880 Census – Cleveland County, North Carolina

1880 Census – Gaston County, North Carolina

1880 Census – Rutherford County, North Carolina

1880 Census – Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

1880 Census – York County, South Carolina

1880 Census – Spartanburg County, South Carolina

 

 

 

LINCOLN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

15 June 1880 – Ironton Township – District 101

Solomon Dellinger

 

Age

77

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

Catherine

 

 

74

 

NC

 

 

NC

Margaret Cobb

 

 

40

 

NC

 

 

NC

Charlie Ward

 

 

16

 

NC

 

 

NC

Alice Ward

 

 

14

 

NC

 

 

NC

William Cobb

 

 

08

 

NC

 

 

NC

Mary Cobb

 

 

05

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

Margaret Cobb was the daughter of Solomon and Catherine Dellinger.  She was married twice; (1st) She married James W. Ward on 18 September 1860 in Lincoln County.  He was deceased by 1870.  They had three children, the Ward children shown above being the two youngest.  (2nd) She married Easton Robert Cobb in Lincoln County on 21 December 1870.  The two Cobb children listed above were the product of that marriage.  Easton was himself deceased by 1880, and Margaret had returned to her parent’s household.

 

Easton Robert Cobb was the son of John Cobb and Sarah Bumgarner, grandson of Benjamin M. Cobb and Violetta Morris, and great grandson of Clisby Cobb and Margaret Halsey Young.

 

Margaret died 22 October 1922 in Lincoln County.  Son William Cobb disappeared after this enumeration.  Daughter Mary “Minnie” eventually married George R. Hoyle and was still living in Lincoln County as late as 1930.

 

21 June 1880 – Lincolnton Post Office

Beverly Cobb

 

Age

31

Born

NC

Occ: Lawyer

Parents

NC

Jennie

 

 

29

 

NC

 

 

NC

Lizzie Justice

 

 

09

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

Beverly C. Cobb was the son of Joseph Cameron Cobb and Margaret Eliza Butts, the grandson of William Halsey Cobb and Jane Connely, and the great grandson of Clisby Cobb and Margaret Halsey Young.  He was born in Lincoln County and lived there his entire life.  He was married twice; (1st) He married Jane “Jennie” McBee, daughter of Vardry Alexander McBee and Margaret Elizabeth Sumner, probably not long before this enumeration.  She was born 22 March 1850 in Lincoln County, and died there 12 December 1881.  She is buried at St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Lincolnton.  She had one child from a previous marriage to John G. Justice, daughter Lizzie Justice shown above.  (2nd) Beverly married May “Last Name Unknown” before 1891 in Lincoln County.  She survived him and lived in Lincolnton until after 1910, when she moved to Portsmouth, Virginia with all her children.  There were four children from this marriage ... Margaret about 1891, Catherine in 1895, Mary in 1899, and Beverly Jr in 1902.

 

21 June 1880 – Lincolnton Post Office

Joseph Cobb

 

Age

58

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

Margaret

 

 

53

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

Joseph and Margaret were the parents of Beverly C. Cobb above, and were living next door to him at the time of this census enumeration.  Joseph was born 08 May 1822, and died 16 September 1895.  He is buried at St Luke’s Episcopal in Lincolnton.  Margaret was born 23 July 1827, and died 29 May 1897.  She is buried beside her husband.

 

19 June 1880 – Lincolnton Post Office

Ann Henderson

 

Age

54

Born

NC

 

 

Parents

NC

Claude Henderson

 

 

17

 

NC

Nephew

 

 

NC

Charlie Cobb

 

 

21

 

NC

Nephew

 

 

NC

 

 

This was Charles Cotesworth Cobb, son of Bartlett Y. Cobb and Barbara M. Henderson, and grandson of John Cobb and Elizabeth Slade of Caswell County, North Carolina.  At the time of this enumeration, Charles was living with his mother’s sister who was employed as the Deputy Post Mistress of Lincolnton.  His mother was of course by then married to Samuel “Pink” Sherrill and was living with him.  Brother Theodorus had married since the last census in 1870, and was living nearby in his own home.  Brother Thomas Lee Cobb was born 13 April 1861, and died 26 September 1876.  He is buried at St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Lincolnton. 

 

Charles was born 15 March 1859.   He eventually became an Attorney, and by 1920 was living in Dallas, Texas, where he died on 07 April 1930.  He was buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Buncombe County, North Carolina.

 

18 June 1880 – Lincolnton Post Office

Dorus Cobb

 

Age

25

Born

NC

Occ: Lawyer

Parents

NC

Ellen

 

 

24

 

NC

 

 

 

 

 

This was Theodorus Cobb, brother of Charles Cotesworth Cobb above.  He married Ellen V. Johnson in November 1879 in Lincoln County.  They had two children, Ellen V. and Bartlette Yancey Cobb. 

 

Theodorus was born 20 August 1854, and died 29 August 1905 in Buncombe County, North Carolina.  He is buried there in the Riverside Cemetery with his brother Charles. 

 

After his death, the widow Ellen moved to Los Angeles, California, where she died on 26 March 1933.   Her place of burial is unknown.  Daughter Ellen V. was born 05 November 1880, and died 22 April 1950 in Los Angeles.  She married a Mr. McLaughlin sometime after 1930.  Son Bartlette was born 06 June 1883, and died 12 February 1945 in Los Angeles.  It is not known if he ever married.

 

07 June 1880 – Lincolnton Post Office

Lawson H. Cobb

 

Age

32

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

Laura

 

 

25

 

NC

 

 

NC

Mamie

 

 

10

 

NC

 

 

NC

Beverly (m)

 

 

07

 

NC

 

 

NC

Jim

 

 

05

 

NC

 

 

NC

Fanny

 

 

03

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

Lawson Henry Cobb was the son of Robert Cobb Jr and Leanah Hope, grandson of Robert Cobb Sr and Elenor Phillips, great grandson of James Cobb and Sarah Beach, and the great-great grandson of Ambrose Cobb (Sr) from the 1790 census of Lincoln County.

 

There is much information available on this family after this census enumeration.  Refer to succeeding chapters.

 

Lawson and Laura had eight children, four being born after this enumeration ... Lucy in 1885, Seymore in 1887, Joseph in 1889, and Mary in 1891. 

 

Beverly married Fannie “Last Name Unknown” about 1896.  They lived in York

County, SC for a number of years, but were in Cherokee County, SC by 1920.  They had five children, most of who appear to have lived and died in Cherokee County.

 

James C. “Jim” Cobb married about 1899 to Gertie Byars, probably in York County, SC.  They also lived in Cherokee County, SC for a while, but by 1930 were living in Richland County, South Carolina.  They had nine children. 

 

It is known daughter Fanny eventually married John J. Guyton and moved to Cleveland County.  John was born 20 March 1875, and died 01 June 1944.  Fanny was born 15 January 1879, and died 30 October 1954.  They are both buried in the Mountain Rest Cemetery in Cleveland County.

 

 

CATAWBA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

02 June 1880 – Hickory Township

Benj. F. Cobb

 

Age

54

Born

NC

Physician

Parents

NC

Winifred C.

 

 

47

 

NC

 

 

NC

John W.

 

 

23

 

NC

 

 

NC

Anna C.

 

 

21

 

NC

 

 

NC

Nannie W.

 

 

19

 

NC

 

 

NC

James S.

 

 

14

 

NC

 

 

NC

Lawrence

 

 

12

 

NC

 

 

NC

Julius

 

 

09

 

NC

 

 

NC

Eugene

 

 

06

 

NC

 

 

NC

Alphonsus

 

 

03

 

NC

 

 

NC

Winifred C.M.

 

 

4M

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

This is the first appearance of this family in the region, and represents a totally new Cobb migration into the Lincoln County area.  Benjamin F. Cobb was born in 1826, in Wayne County, North Carolina, the son of Enoch Cobb and wife Mary, both born about 1786 in North Carolina.  By 1840, Enoch had moved his family to Duplin County. 

 

Although Enoch had moved to Robeson County by 1860, Benjamin was still living in Duplin as late as 1870.  Sometime after that he moved to Catawba County.  He married about 1850 to Winifred Loftin, the daughter of Major C.R. Loftin of Lenoir County.

 

Benjamin and Winifred had thirteen children, two of who did not move to Catawba County.  They were Howell, born 1851, and Benjamin, born 1864.  In 1880, both brothers were living in New Hanover County, North Carolina.   

 

Additional information is available for only two more children.  Charles D.M. Cobb married shortly before this enumeration and was living in Catawba County.  Mary C. Cobb, born 1854, was not listed in her parent’s home, but she was living nearby.  She was employed as a schoolteacher, and was sharing a house with three other teachers.

 

07 June 1880 – Hickory Township

C.D. Megs Cobb

Age

28

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

Kate

 

19

 

England

 

 

England

 

 

This was Charles D.M. Cobb, son of Dr. Benjamin F. Cobb and Winifred Loftin above.

 

07 June 1880 – Jacobs Fork Township

Rufus Cobb

 

Age

52

Born

NC

Machinist

Parents

NC

Sophia

 

 

37

 

NC

 

 

NC

James

 

 

24

 

NC

 

 

NC

Avery

 

 

14

 

NC

 

 

NC

Susan

 

 

13

 

NC

 

 

NC

Ella

 

 

11

 

NC

 

 

NC

Henry

 

 

09

 

NC

 

 

NC

Lucy

 

 

07

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

William Rufus Cobb was the son of Robert Cobb and Elenor Phillips, the grandson of James Cobb and Sarah Beach, and the great grandson of Ambrose Cobb (Sr) from the 1790 census of Lincoln County.  He was married twice; (1st) He married about 1848 to Martha Linebarger, who died in March 1862.  (2nd) Rufus married Sophia P. Abernathy on 20 July 1862 in Catawba County.

 

Of the five children from James’ first marriage, only James was still at home at the time of this census.  Two daughters had married since the last enumeration in 1870 ... Charlotte Virginia married Miles Theodore Sanders / Saunders, and Araminta married on 20 March 1879, Lewis Franklin Reinhardt.

 

There is one child missing from the above enumeration ... Junius William Cobb who was born 24 June 1879.  His omission is unexplained.  

 

12 June 1880 – Jacobs Fork Township

James Cobb             Age    22      Born   NC     Blacksmith     Parents         NC

 

He was the son of Henry Cobb and Nancy Hilton / Helton, grandson of Robert Cobb and Elenor Phillips, the great grandson of James Cobb and Sarah Beach, and the great-great grandson of Ambrose Cobb (Sr) from the 1790 census of Lincoln County.  On this enumeration he was listed as a widower, and was boarding in the home of one Elizabeth Yoder.

 

18 June 1880 – Jacobs Fork Township

Rufus Cobb

 

Age

36

Born

NC

Carpenter

Parents

NC

Caroline

 

 

47

 

NC

 

 

NC

Robert

 

 

12

 

NC

 

 

NC

Ella

 

 

11

 

NC

 

 

NC

George

 

 

08

 

NC

 

 

NC

Obed

 

 

06

 

NC

 

 

NC

Elizabeth Cathey

 

 

70

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

Rufus Franklin was the son of Henry Cobb and Nancy Hilton / Helton, grandson of Robert Cobb and Elenor Phillips, the great grandson of James Cobb and Sarah Beach, and the great-great grandson of Ambrose Cobb (Sr) from the 1790 census of Lincoln County.

 

There have been no significant changes in this family since the last census in 1870, with the sole exception being the arrival of two more children, George and Obediah Harrison Cobb.  Caroline’s mother Elizabeth Cathey is also found in the household at this time. 

 

14 June 1880 – Mountain Creek Township

Calvin Cobb

 

Age

37

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

Caroline

 

 

33

 

NC

 

 

NC

Patrick

 

 

12

 

NC

 

 

NC

Lou (f)

 

 

09

 

NC

 

 

NC

Lora

 

 

04

 

NC

 

 

NC

Sarah

 

 

75

 

NC

 

 

NC

Caswell

 

 

42

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

Calvin McKelvin Cobb was the son of John Cobb and Sarah “Sally” Bumgarner, the grandson of Benjamin M. Cobb and Violetta Morris, and the great grandson of Clisby Cobb and Margaret Halsey Young.  He married Martha Caroline Sigmon about 1867 in Catawba County.  The only significant changes that have occurred in this family since the last census in 1870, was the death of Calvin’s father (which is why his mother is now living with him), and his brother Caswell who was deaf and dumb coming to live with him.  Two children were born after this enumeration ... John Alexander in 1881 and Eva Lee in 1886.  By the time of the next available census in 1900, the two elder children (Patrick Vann and Epsey Louvina) will have married and moved out.

 

02 June 1880 – Newton Post Office

William Serantz

 

Age

46

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

Missouri

 

 

36

 

NC

 

 

NC

Lena

 

 

13

 

NC

 

 

NC

Bessie

 

 

06

 

NC

 

 

NC

Robert H.

 

 

04

 

NC

 

 

NC

Hattie W.

 

 

01

 

NC

 

 

NC

Henry Cobb

 

 

60

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

Sinah Missouria Serantz was the daughter of Henry Cobb and Nancy Hilton / Helton, the granddaughter of Robert Cobb and Elenor Phillips, the great granddaughter of James Cobb and Sarah Beach, and the great-great granddaughter of Ambrose Cobb (Sr) from the 1790 census of Lincoln County.  She married William Asbury Serantz in Catawba County, on 16 July 1871.  Contrary to appearance, the oldest child listed above, Lena, was not his from a previous marriage.  The 1870 census shows him to be single and sharing a household with one Peter Ramsour. 

 

Sinah was born 01 January 1842, and died 29 September 1881.  William was born 26 May 1833, and died 08 April 1919.  Both are buried in the Eastview-Newton Cemetery in Catawba County. 

 

It is not uncommon to find this surname spelled as “Scronce” or something similar.

 

 

BURKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

05 June 1880 – Morganton Post Office

R. Cobb

 

Age

48

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

Maxine

 

 

40

 

NC

 

 

NC

Chester

 

 

17

 

NC

 

 

NC

William

 

 

13

 

NC

 

 

NC

Lily

 

 

10

 

NC

 

 

NC

Millie

 

 

02

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

Robert Alexander Cobb was the son of James S. Cobb and Frances Hilton / Helton.  He married Matilda Maxine Falls on 27 July 1862, probably in Cleveland County.  He was living in Burke County by 1870.  He was the census taker for the town of Morganton in 1900.  He died 26 March 1901 in Burke County, while Maxine lived on until 26 July 1923.

 

 

CLEVELAND COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

21 June 1880 – District 73 – Double Shoals Post Office

Barbara A. Cobb

 

Age

43

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

Albertus

 

 

21

 

NC

 

 

NC

Andrew

 

 

15

 

NC

 

 

NC

William

 

 

14

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

Barbara Ann Ford was the second wife and widow of James S. Cobb, whose first wife was Frances Hilton / Helton.  He married Barbara on 22 July 1858 in Cleveland County.  This is the last record of Barbara, therefore it is presumed she was deceased by the time of the next available census in 1900. 

 

Andrew would be the first of Barbara’s children to leave home.  He married Harriet Jane Quinn on 06 January 1881 in Cleveland County.   Albertus F. Cobb would marry about 1884, to Mary J. Morgan.  William Eugene “Wally” married twice; (1st) Mahala Jane Ledford, and (2nd) Claudia Louise Benfield about 1910. 

 

08 June 1880 – Kings Mountain Post Office

William Dixon

 

Age

17

Born

NC

 

 

Parents

NC

Elizabeth

 

 

50

 

NC

 

 

 

NC

John Cobb

 

 

17

 

NC

Farm Hand

 

 

NC

 

 

John was the son of John Harmon Cobb and Viana McDuffy Gardner, and the grandson of William Cobb and Martha Harmon.  As explained in detail in an earlier chapter, it is believed that William Cobb was the son of John Cobb, and grandson of Clisby Cobb and Margaret Halsey Young.

 

16 June 1880 – Kings Mountain Post Office

William Cobb

 

Age

75

Born

NC

Shoemaker

Parents

NC

Catherine

 

 

40

 

NC

 

 

NC

Florence

 

 

08

 

NC

 

 

NC

Thomas

 

 

05

 

NC

 

 

NC

Lydia Howell

 

 

23

 

NC

 

 

NC

Larkin Howell

 

 

20

 

NC

 

 

NC

Rebecca Howell

 

 

17

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

William Cobb’s ancestry is not positively proven, but it was not what it is commonly reported.  Researchers have held that he was the grandson of Ambrose Cobb (Sr) from the 1790 census of Lincoln County, through Ambrose’s son William.  That theory has been conclusively proven false, as explained in a previous chapter.  It is probable William was the son of John Cobb, and grandson of Clisby Cobb and Margaret Halsey Young.  DNA analysis would be required to confirm. 

 

William was married twice; (1st) Martha Harmon, and (2nd) Catherine Collins, the widow of Thomas Howell.  The children shown above were hers by her first marriage and the two she had by William Cobb.

 

This is the last record of William Cobb, and since he had been a resident of Cleveland County since 1850, it is presumed he died there sometime before the next available census in 1900.  There is also no further record of Catherine or daughter Florence.  However, son Thomas Cobb married about 1896, and was living in Gaston County as late as 1930.

 

16 June 1880 – Kings Mountain Post Office

Viana Cobb

 

Age

35

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

John

 

 

18

 

NC

 

 

NC

William

 

 

14

 

NC

 

 

NC

Anson

 

 

12

 

NC

 

 

NC

Martha

 

 

07

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

Viana McDuffy Gardner married John Harmon Cobb on 20 December 1860 in Cleveland County.  He was the son of William Cobb and Martha Harmon.  He died in 1875, presumably in Cleveland County.  The children shown above are all those known to be the product of John and Viana’s marriage.

 

Sometime before 1900, Viana moved to Gaston County where she reportedly died in 1918, in the home of her daughter and son in law, Martha and Robert Craig.  It is said that son John moved to Alabama about 1900. 

 

Robert and Martha Cobb Craig were still living in Gaston County as late as 1930.

 

Son William Pinkney Cobb married twice; (1st) Sarah Jane Huffstickler about 1887, and (2nd) Anna L. Quinn.  He lived in Gaston County for a number of years, but was back in Cleveland by 1930, and died there in 1948.

 

Son Anson B. Cobb lived in Cleveland County all his life.  He married about 1889 to Genora E. Wilson, by who he had nine children.  He died in 1943.

 

18 June 1880 – Kings Mountain Post Office

John Cobb

 

Age

25

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

Mary

 

 

20

 

NC

 

 

NC

Mary

 

 

05

 

NC

 

 

NC

Judy

 

 

03

 

NC

 

 

NC

Janice

 

 

01

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

John Madison Cobb was the son of James Cobb and his second wife who was reportedly Jane Ramsey.  James was allegedly the son of a William Cobb and Elizabeth Goforth.  (This claim has been dealt with in a previous chapter.)

 

John Madison was born 13 May 1853, and died 14 December 1888.  There is no further record of wife Mary or any of their children.

 

 

GASTON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

03 June 1880 – Broad River Township

A. Leean Cobb

 

Age

60

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

Robert

 

 

59

 

NC

 

 

NC

John

 

 

14

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

Robert was the son of Robert Cobb and Elenor Phillips, the grandson of James Cobb and Sarah Beach, and the great grandson of Ambrose Cobb (Sr) from the 1790 census of Lincoln County.  He married Leanah Hope in Lincoln on 14 December 1841. 

 

Why Leanah was named as the head of the household is unexplained.  Perhaps the census taker was in a mood to list members according to age, or perhaps Robert was disabled and no longer functioning as the active head of the family.

 

Robert and Leanah had six children, John shown above being the youngest.  Their oldest child Harriet P. was born in 1844.  It is known she never married and her omission from this enumeration is unexplained.  Son Lawson Henry Cobb married about 1871, and moved to Lincoln County.  By the time of this enumeration daughter Sarah Frances had already been married for almost fifteen years to John Lemaster.  Son Wesley marrried in 1878, and was living not far away in Gaston County.  Daughter Georgiana was born about 1858, and married John Hays about 1877.  They were living next door to her parents at this time.

 

03 June 1880 – Broad River Township

John Hays

 

Age

26

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

A. Georgana

 

 

20

 

NC

 

 

NC

Earnest

 

 

02

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

Georgiana was the daughter of Robert Cobb and Leanah Hope above.  She was born 18 February 1860, and died 05 March 1942.  John Monroe Hays was born 02 December 1856, and died 10 January 1931.  They are both buried in Mountain Rest Cemetery at Kings Mountain, in Cleveland County.

 

14 June 1880 – South Point Township

Charles L. Cobb

 

Age

28

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

Sarah

 

 

30

 

NC

 

 

NC

Elmina

 

 

05

 

NC

 

 

NC

Lunar M.

 

 

03

 

NC

 

 

NC

John W.

 

 

01

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

This family is not identified (see the next family).  This was their first and last appearance in the region.

 

14 June 1880 – South Point Township

John Le Master

 

Age

36

Born

SC

 

Parents

SC

Francis

 

 

31

 

NC

 

 

NC

Louola

 

 

10

 

NC

 

 

NC

Minnie L.

 

 

08

 

NC

 

 

NC

Lilly

 

 

05

 

NC

 

 

NC

Ida May

 

 

02

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

Sarah Francis was the daughter of Robert Cobb and Leanah Hope, granddaughter of Robert Cobb and Elenor Phillips, great granddaughter of James Cobb and Sarah Beach, and great-great granddaughter of Ambrose Cobb (Sr) from the 1790 census of Lincoln County. 

 

It is particularly noted that this family was living next door to the family of Charles Cobb, above.  One cannot help but speculate that Charles was a younger brother of Sarah Francis.  The question would then be, “How did he avoid being enumerated on the 1860 and 1870 enumerations in his parent’s household?”

 

17 June 1880 – South Point Township

Wesley Cobb

 

Age

24

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

Sarah

 

 

22

 

NC

 

 

NC

Dovie

 

 

02

 

NC

 

 

NC

Carra

 

 

06M

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

William Wesley was the son of Robert Cobb and Leanah Hope, grandson of Robert Cobb and Elenor Phillips, great grandson of James Cobb and Sarah Beach, and the great-great grandson of Ambrose Cobb (Sr) from the 1790 census of Lincoln County.  He is shown here living with his first wife Sarah “Last Name Unknown”.  She died in the early 1890’s, and he married his second wife Susan “Last Name Unknown” in 1898.

 

Wesley and Sarah produced five more children after this enumeration ... Arthur in 1885 ... Auston in 1887 ... twins Clarence F. and Lawrence in 1890 ... and Fred in 1891.  This enumeration is the last and only record of daughters Dovie and Carra, shown above.

 

17 June 1880 – South Point Township

Harriet Cobb

 

Age

45

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

Robert

 

 

11

 

NC

 

 

NC

Elizabeth

 

 

09

 

NC

 

 

NC

 

 

This woman is not identified.  The fact she was living just a few doors from Wesley Cobb, above, gives rise to speculate she may have been a relative somehow.  If the census taker is to be trusted, she was too old to be Wesley’s older sister Harriet who was born about 1844.

 

 

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

05 June 1880 – Camp Creek Township

William W. Cobb

 

Age

38

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

Julia A.T.

 

 

32

 

SC

 

 

SC

Thomas A.

 

 

13

 

NC

 

 

NC/SC

Allace M.J.

 

 

11

 

NC

 

 

NC/SC

Sarah B.

 

 

07

 

NC

 

 

NC/SC

Larah G.

 

 

02

 

NC

 

 

NC/SC

 

 

William Wilson Cobb was the son of William Cobb and Martha Harmon.  He married Frances Julia Barnes about 1866, probably in McDowell County where they were living at the time of the 1870 census.  She was the daughter of Thomas and Mary J. Barnes.  They had only the four children listed above. This entire family remained in Rutherford County.  Son Thomas Auston Cobb was born 29 August 1866, and died 14 June 1888.  He is buried at Montford’s Cove Baptist Church in Rutherford County.  Daughter Alice disappeared after this enumeration.  Larah married Ichabod Keeter in 1895, and afterwards disappeared. 

 

Sarah “Sallie” was born 17 July 1873, and died 24 August 1960.  She married Ulysses E. Keeter in 1895.  He was born 16 July 1872, and died 28 September 1956.  They are both buried in the Rutherfordton City Cemetery.  They had two children, including a daughter Hettie born about 1900 and apparently died as a child.  The other was a son Zora O. Keeter.  He was born 10 September 1896, and died 16 January 1940.  He is buried with his parents.  He was a US Army veteran of the First World War.  He evidently never married and died without issue.

 

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

04 June 1880 – Charlotte Post Office

Catherine Cobb

 

Age

50

Born

Ireland

 

Parents

Ireland

William

 

 

27

 

NC

 

 

NC/Ire

Walter

 

 

24

 

SC

 

 

NC/Ire

Mary F.

 

 

23

 

SC

 

 

NC/Ire

George M.

 

 

20

 

SC

 

 

NC/Ire

Eddie L.

 

 

15

 

SC

 

 

NC/Ire

 

 

Catherine A. Lonergan was the widow of Dr. Benjamin Morris Cobb who died in York County, South Carolina in 1868.  He was the son of John Cobb and Sarah Bumgarner, the grandson of Benjamin M. Cobb and Violetta Morris, and the great grandson of Clisby Cobb and Margaret Halsey Young.  Catherine moved her family to Charlotte after the 1870 census, when they were listed in York County, South Carolina. 

 

Catherine and Benjamin had eight children.  Son Thomas Benjamin was born 10 May 1857, and died 28 February 1873.  By the time of this enumeration son Charles had already been married to Mary Ann Frew for more than a decade; and, daughter Annie had married a Mr. Sprinkle since the last enumeration in 1870.

 

There would several significant changes in this family within the next few years.  Catherine Lonergan Cobb was born 07 April 1825 in Tipperary, Ireland.  She died 12 August 1888 in Mecklenburg County.  Son Charles E. Cobb was born 23 April 1848, and died 22 June 1885.  His wife, Mary Ann Frew, was born about 1848, and died in March 1922.  They are both buried in Rock Hill Cemetery in York County, South Carolina.  They had one child, son Morris Cobb who was born 23 August 1879, and died in January 1963.  He is buried with his parents.  He never married and died without issue.

 

Daughter Annie was born 30 November 1849, and died 18 May 1886.  She married Mr. Sprinkle.

 

Daughter Mary Frances was born 16 November 1853, and died 04 February 1886, probably in Mecklenburg and apparently unmarried.  George Morris Cobb was born 16 January 1861, and died 31 July 1887.  Edmund Lonergan Cobb was born 09 February 1865, and died 13 January 1897.

 

Additional information is available for John Walter Cobb.  He remained in Mecklenburg County the remainder of his life.  He was born 30 September 1855, and died 09 November 1926.  He married Mary Louise Grose on 15 October 1885 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.  She was born in 1860 in Maryland.  They had six children, of who only four lived beyond infancy.  Daughter Mary Louise was born 13 July 1886, and married 30 June 1909 to Samuel Louis Diggle.  They were still living in Mecklenburg in 1920.  John Walter Cobb Jr was born 16 November 1887, and died 02 November 1918 in France while serving with the 502nd Engineer Regiment.  He is buried in the St. Mihiel American Cemetery at Thiaucourt, France.  Loretto Elizabeth Cobb was born 13 November 1899, and died 08 June 1914.  Anita Frances was born 27 January 1893, and died 19 June that same year.  Edward Ralph Cobb was born 16 October 1897, and died 28 July 1898.  Frederick Charles Cobb was born 26 January 1895.  He married 07 November 1930 in Columbia, South Carolina, to Virginia Irene Munnerlyn.

 

 

YORK COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA

18 June 1880 – District 161 – Bethel Township

Daniel James Cobb

 

Age

28

Born

SC

 

Parents

SC

Sarah Elizabeth

 

 

18

 

SC

 

 

SC

Minnie Lee

 

 

08M

 

SC

 

 

SC

Jane Luvinia Jackson

 

 

37

 

SC

Mother in Law

 

SC

 

 

Daniel was the son of John G. Cobb and his first wife Rocinda “Last Name Unknown”.  DNA analysis has shown that the descendants of John G. Cobb share the same ancestry as the Ambrose Cobb (Sr) from the 1790 census of Lincoln County, North Carolina.

 

“Jim” and Sarah had three more children after this enumeration ... John in 1881 ... Janie in 1883 ... and Haskell in 1885. 

 

Minnie Lee was still unmarried and living with her parents in York in 1910.  Afterwards she disappeared.  There is no record of daughter Janie after 1900.  Sons John and Haskell were both still living in York County as late as 1930.

 

08 June 1880 – District 163 – Broad River Township

Margaret C. Cobb

 

Age

60

Born

SC

 

Parents

SC

Mary R.

 

 

23

 

SC

 

 

SC

Preston G.

 

 

15

 

SC

 

 

SC

 

 

Margaret Caroline Childers was the widow of George Washington Goforth Cobb, one of three men from York County grouped as brothers and allegedly the sons of a William Cobb and Elizabeth Goforth.  A previous chapter goes into this claim in detail. 

 

George and Margaret were married and living in York District, South Carolina by 1840 per census.  They had ten children.  A diligent effort to find Margaret on an 1870 census has proved fruitless, but the following is known about their children:

 

1.   James A. born 1843.  Unmarried and living in York County as late as 1870.

2.   Sarah born 1845 married Hiram Moss.  Living in Union County, SC in 1870.

3.   Nancy born 1847.  No record after 1860 census in York District.

4.   Elizabeth P. born about 1849 married James Elliott.  Living in York County 1870.

5.   Rachel born about 1850.  In 1870 with sister Sarah in Union County, SC.

6.   Jane born about 1853. No record after 1860 in York District.

7.   Mary born about 1855.  No record after 1860 census in York District.

8.   Rebecca born about 1857.  Listed above as Mary R.  Not found in 1870.

9.   Margaret born about 1860.  In 1870, living with sister Elizabeth Elliott. 

10. Preston Goforth listed above.  Since his father died in 1863, the age is obviously incorrect.  He was more likely born about 1862.  He married and was living in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1920, but totally disappeared afterwards.

 

08 June 1880 – District 163 – Broad River Township

James M. Elliott

 

Age

30

Born

SC

 

Parents

VA/SC

Elizabeth P.

 

 

30

 

NC

 

 

NC

Violet A.

 

 

10

 

SC

 

 

SC/NC

Howard A.

 

 

07

 

SC

 

 

SC/NC

James L.

 

 

05

 

SC

 

 

SC/NC

Mary A.

 

 

03

 

SC

 

 

SC/NC

William G.

 

 

02

 

SC

 

 

SC/NC

Margaret C.

 

 

5M

 

SC

 

 

SC/NC

 

 

Elizabeth P. was the daughter of George Washington Goforth Cobb and Margaret Caroline Childers, above. 

 

1880 (Date Illegible) – Bullock’s Creek Township

Hiram Moss

 

Age

34

Born

SC

 

Parents

SC

Sallie

 

 

35

 

SC

 

 

SC

George W.

 

 

15

 

SC

 

 

SC

James

 

 

09

 

SC

 

 

SC

John

 

 

04

 

SC

 

 

SC

Thomas

 

 

02

 

SC

 

 

SC

 

 

Sallie was Sarah J. Cobb, daughter of George Washington Goforth Cobb and Margaret Caroline Childers, above.  After Hiram and Sarah married they lived for some years in Union County, South Carolina. 

 

This concludes the examination of the 1880 census for the general Lincoln County area.  One new Cobb family has moved in since the 1870 census ... that of Dr. Benjamin F. Cobb in Catawba County.  He lived in Duplin County, North Carolina prior to his relocation into this area.

 

 

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA

 

16 June - Beech Springs Township

Elizabeth Cobb

 

Age

44

Born

SC

Nancy J.

 

 

24

 

SC

Mary

 

 

21

 

SC

Eddie

 

 

03

 

SC

 

 

Elizabeth Cobb was the widow of the J.A. Cobb who appeared on the 1860 census of Greenville District, South Carolina.  By 1870, Elizabeth had moved to Spartanburg County.  She was born in 1836, and died in 1886.  She is buried at Zoar Methodist Church at Greer, in Spartanburg County. 

 

This couple produced four children, all daughters.  Martha was born about 1856, and married James T. Wood.  They were still living in Spartanburg as late as 1910.

 

Nancy Jane was born 15 April 1859, and died 23 March 1941.  She never married, however the male Eddie, listed above, was her son.  She is buried with her mother at Zoar Methodist Church in Spartanburg County.

 

Mary E. was born in 1860, and died in 1911.  She never married and is also buried at Zoar Methodist Church.

 

William A. was born in 1864, and died in 1884, and is also buried at Zoar Methodist Church.

 

 

11 June - Limestone Springs Township

Thompson Cobb

 

Age

37

Born

SC

 

Parents

SC

Cordelia

 

 

42

 

SC

 

 

 

Jesse L.

 

 

13

 

SC

 

 

 

Elizabeth A.

 

 

10

 

SC

 

 

 

Thomas D.

 

 

09

 

SC

 

 

 

William

 

 

06

 

SC

 

 

 

 

 

Thompson Cobb was the son of the widow Nancy Cobb who first appeared on the 1850 census of Cleveland County, North Carolina.  During the War Between the States, Thompson served in Company H, 28th North Carolina Infantry Regiment.  There is much information available on Thompson’s descendants, and the reader is referred to succeeding chapters.

 

Thompson married about 1867, to Cordelia Goode.  They had four children:

 

Robert Lee (aka Tink and Jesse) was born 09 February 1867, and died 23 June 1944.  He is buried at Lavonia Baptist Church in Cleveland County, North Carolina.  He was married twice.  (1st) Rebecca Jones about 1897.  She was born 01 January 1867, and died 30 July 1928.  She is buried with her husband.  They had ten children.  (2nd) Floy Jolley sometime after 1930.  They had six children.

 

Elizabeth A. Cobb was born in December 1869, and died 23 January 1952.  She married Calvin Bright about 1884.  They had ten children.

 

Thomas Richard “Dick” Cobb was born 17 March 1871, and died 07 October 1928.  He is buried at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church in Cherokee County, South Carolina.  He married about 1893, Nancy Bridges.  She was born 01 May 1872, and died 26 November 1935.  She is buried beside her husband.  They had nine children.

 

James William Cobb was born 04 November 1873, and died 28 August 1941.  He is buried at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church in Cherokee County, South Carolina.  He married about 1898, Jane Ann Taylor.  She was born 10 November 1867, and died 01 January 1946.  She is buried beside her husband.  They had five children.

 

 

11 June - Limestone Springs Township

Elizabeth

 

Age

48

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

Nancy

 

 

36

 

NC

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth and Nancy Cobb were the sisters of Thompson Cobb, listed above, and Lemuel Cobb, listed next.  This enumeration is the last record of either of them.

 

 

09 June - Limestone Springs Township

Lemuel Cobb

 

Age

46

Born

NC

 

Parents

NC

Elizabeth

   

 

48

 

NC

 

 

 

 

 

Lemuel Cobb was the brother of Thompson Cobb, and Elizabeth and Nancy Cobb, listed above.  He was born 20 February 1834, and died 14 November 1907.  He is buried at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church in Cherokee County, South Carolina.  He married Elizabeth Luezar Wilson, daughter of Thomas Wilson and Mary Ann Simmons.  She was born 28 December 1832, and died 12 April 1911.  She is buried with her husband.  They had no children.

 

 

29 June - Spartanburg Township

Jesse T.

 

Age

42

Born

ME

 

 

Parents

NH

Martha A.

   

 

37

 

NH

 

 

 

 

Marcia G.

   

 

11

 

NH

 

 

 

 

Esther Putnam

   

 

69

 

NH

(Mother in Law)

 

 

 

 

 

This family had no known ancestral ties to the area being considered here.

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