The Cobbs of Lincoln County, North Carolina

(And the surrounding area)

 

PART THREE

 

Chapter Six – 1900

 

 

 

Contents (In Chronological Order)

1900 Census - Lincoln County, North Carolina

1900 Census – Catawba County, North Carolina

1900 Census – Burke County, North Carolina

1900 Census – Caldwell County, North Carolina

1900 Census – Cleveland County, North Carolina

1900 Census – Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

1900 Census – Cherokee County, South Carolina

1900 Census – York County, South Carolina

1900 Census – Spartanburg County, South Carolina

 

 

 

The various census enumerations from 1900 onward present their own unique challenges.  First, as the 1890 census was destroyed by fire, this was the first census in twenty years that is still available for research.  A great many births, marriages, and deaths occurred during the 1880-1900 period, making it extremely difficult to assign a young person to the correct parents.  Second, I would estimate as much as 10% of the 1900 census is simply no longer legible, with the percentage higher than that for certain locations.  Third, as always, the penmanship and literacy of the census taker leaves much to be desired.  Fourth, the propensity of some people to essentially change their name on a whim ... alternately from first name to middle name to nickname, etc ... and also the tendency, particularly among the females, to “remain forever young”.  In a number of instances, females did not age more than 4-5 years over a 20-year period of time. 

 

Also, especially in the last few years before and the years immediately after the First World War, the regional population became very transient.  It was no longer a case of finding a certain family in a different county, due to the creation of a new county.  Families were moving, significant distances in some cases, and they were doing so frequently.  Some were giving up their previous agricultural occupations to move into the industrial cities found in the region; Charlotte, North Carolina, and Spartanburg, South Carolina, to name only two. 

 

 

 

LINCOLN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

There were only two Cobb families in Lincoln County in 1900 ... those of Beverly C. Cobb and Patrick Vann Cobb, both descendants of Clisby Cobb and Margaret Halsey Young.

 

07 June 1900 – Lincolnton

Beverly C. Cobb

 

Born

Aug1848

NC

Age

48

 

Parents

NC

May R.

 

 

??????

NC

 

31

 

 

NC

Margaret

 

 

Sep 1892

NC

 

09

 

 

NC

Katherine

 

 

Dec 1895

NC

 

05

 

 

NC

Mary

 

 

Feb 1899

NC

 

01

 

 

NC

 

 

Beverly Cobb Sr. was the son of Joseph Cameron Cobb and Margaret Butts, the grandson of William Halsey Cobb and Jane Connely, and the great grandson of Clisby Cobb and Margaret Halsey Young.  He is shown here with his second wife who he married about 1891, and by whom he produced all his children.

 

There were four children born to this couple; the three listed above and son Beverly Jr, born in 1901.  Beverly Cobb Sr died sometime before 1910.  His widow and children were enumerated on the 1910 census of Lincoln County, and that was the last record of this family in North Carolina.  Afterwards, they moved to Portsmouth, Virginia.

 

May was still living as late as 1930, in Portsmouth, with daughter Mary who married Holt W. Buth in 1924.  Katherine married Charles Pickett, and they were living in Portsmouth as late as 1920. 

 

Margaret and Beverly Jr apparently never married and died without issue.  She was born 17 September 1892, and died in May 1974.  He was born 28 April 1901, and died in August 1970.  Margaret became a petroleum geologist, while Beverly became an attorney.  In 1920, they were both still living with their widowed mother, and in 1930 they were sharing a residence in New York City.  However, both died in Portsmouth, Virginia.   

 

 

26 June 1900 – Catawba Springs Township

 

Van Cobb

 

Born

Jan 1868

NC

Age

32

 

Parents

NC

Sarah

 

 

Jun 1871

NC

 

28

 

 

NC

Cordie

 

 

May 1894

NC

 

06

 

 

NC

Grover

 

 

Nov 1896

NC

 

03

 

 

NC

 

 

Patrick Vann Cobb was the son of Calvin McKelvin Cobb and Martha Sigmon, the grandson of John Cobb and Sarah Bumgarner, the great grandson of Benjamin M. Cobb and Violetta Morris, and the great-great grandson of Clisby Cobb and Margaret Halsey Young.  He married Sarah Fish on 18 January 1891 in Catawba County. 

 

There are discrepancies between the data given on this enumeration and what is popularly reported.  Patrick and Sarah are both buried at New Hope Methodist Church in Lincoln County.  Their headstones are inscribed with the following dates: Patrick, born 28 March 1868 and died 27 July 1935; Sarah, born 19 January 1872 and died 03 December 1947.

 

In a like manner regarding the children of this marriage: Cordia Eula was born 1896 and died 07 September 1949 in Charlotte, NC; and Grover A. born 24 February 1894 and died 22 November 1954 in Lincoln County.

 

Cordia married Roy Jones in Lincoln County on 17 November 1914, and lived in Lincoln until sometime after 1930, when they moved to Charlotte.  Grover married Girthia Nantz sometime after 1930, and remained in Lincoln County all his life.

 

CATAWBA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

 

There was only one Cobb family in Catawba County in 1900, descended from Ambrose Cobb (Sr) from the 1790 census of Lincoln County.

07 June 1900 – Jacobs Fork Township

W. Rufus Cobb

 

Born

Jan 1828

NC

Age

72

 

Parents

NC

Sophia

 

 

Aug 1841

NC

 

58

 

 

NC

Junius

 

 

Jan 1879

NC

 

21

 

 

NC

Clara M.

 

 

Aug 1885

NC

 

14

 

 

NC

Eva May

 

 

Apr 1886

NC

 

13

 

 

NC

William

 

 

Dec 1889

NC

 

10

 

 

NC

Ina

 

 

Feb 1877

NC

 

23

 

 

NC

Florence

 

 

Sep 1891

NC

 

08

 

 

NC

Bessie

 

 

May 1895

NC

 

05

 

 

NC

Gladys

 

 

Oct 1897

NC

 

02

 

 

NC

“Infant female”

 

 

Feb 1900

NC

 

04M

 

 

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 born 14 January 1828, and died 11 February 1902.  He was buried at Wesley’s Chapel Methodist Church in Catawba County.  He was married twice.

 

The first wife was Martha Linebarger who died in March 1862.  There were five children by that marriage, all of who were long gone before this enumeration (refer to the 1860 census of Catawba County).  The second wife, listed above, was Sophia P. Abernathy, who William married on 20 July 1862 in Catawba County.  Sophia was born 05 August 1841, and died 09 October 1926.  She is buried beside William. 

 

This second marriage produced eight children, of which three are listed above ... Junius, Clara M., and Ina.  The rest of the people found on this enumeration were all grandchildren ... the offspring of son Avery M. Cobb, born about 1865 and last found in the family household on the 1880 census.

 

Avery’s omission from this census is unexplained, perhaps a simple error on the part of the census taker.  But in any event, he remarried on 29 September 1901, to Anna G. Kindall, and in 1910 was living in Caldwell County with her and all his children.

 

Anna Kindall was Avery’s second wife.  His first wife was Ada Kale, who he married on 27 March 1887.  She was recently deceased at the time of this enumeration.  That marriage produced six children, all of who are listed above ... Eva May, William Edward, Florence, Bessie, Gladys, and the as yet un-named infant female.  

 

The other children of William and Sophia not listed on this enumeration were:

1.      Susan born 1866.  Married in Catawba County to Thomas J. Whitener on 19 May 1885.  They had eleven children and she was still living in Catawba as late as 1930.

2.      Ella M. born about 1868.  She married in Catawba County on 25 December 1887, to William T. Helton.  She was deceased by 1903.

3.      Henry Eugene born 1871.  Married Lucy Clay on 24 May 1891.  Moved to Caldwell County, North Carolina.  He was deceased by 1920.

4.      Lucy was born 18 April 1873, and died 04 July 1901.  She is buried at Wesley’s Chapel Cemetery in Catawba County.  She married George P. Clay in Catawba County, on 24 September 1899.

 

Junius William was born 24 June 1879, and died 07 November 1966.  He is buried at Wesley’s Chapel in Catawba County.  He married in Catawba County, to Willie Grace Hilton, on 08 December 1901.  She was born 24 June 1882, and died 20 February 1948.  She is buried with her husband.

 

 

BURKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

 

There were essentially three Cobb families in Burke County in 1900, all descendants of one man ... James S. Cobb and his two wives, Frances “Fanny” Hilton / Helton and Barbara Ann Ford.

 

James’ ancestry is not positively established.  He is definitely identified on three census reports ... 1850 Catawba County, 1860 Cleveland County, and 1870 back in Catawba County.  It is known he married twice: (1) Frances “Fanny” Hilton / Helton on 05 February 1838 in Lincoln County, and (2) Barbara Ann Ford on 22 July 1858 in Cleveland County.  He died sometime before 1880. 

 

Due to the fact that he and his descendants seemed to concentrate more in the northern part of the region, there is an almost overwhelming temptation to say he was a descendant of Clisby Cobb Sr and Margaret Halsey Young.  A census analysis shows that his father could have been John Cobb, son of Clisby Cobb Sr.  According to the 1810 census of Lincoln County; John had a son less than ten years of age.  Allowing for census error, this could have been James.   

 

If James was not a relative of Clisby Cobb, at least three other men could have been his father.  First, the Joseph Cobb who appears only once on a census ... the 1820 enumeration of Lincoln County: At that time he had three males in his household born between 1810-1820.  Again, one can only speculate on Joseph’s ancestry or what became of his descendants after 1820.  Secondly, Shadrick Cobb who appears on census reports for Lincoln County from 1810-1840, had two sons born between 1815-1820.  Finally, Walter B. Cobb, son of William Cobb and Mary “Polly” Abernathy, and grandson of Ambrose Cobb (Sr) from the 1790 census of Lincoln County, had a son born 1816-1820 that apparently did not move with his parents to Missouri in the late 1820’s. 

 

A DNA analysis could determine a relationship with Walter Cobb, and descendancy from Ambrose Cobb.

 

01 June 1900 – Morganton Township – Morganton Post Office

Robert A. Cobb

 

Born

Oct 1839

NC

Age

61

 

Parents

NC

Matilda E.

 

 

Mar 1839

NC

 

61

 

 

NC

Lilly H.

 

 

Nov 1869

NC

 

30

 

 

NC

James R.

 

(g-son)

Oct 1894

NC

 

05

 

 

NC

Lida L.

 

(g-dau)

Oct 1896

NC

 

03

 

 

NC

 

 

Note --- Robert Cobb was the Enumerator for the town of Morganton for this census. 

 

Every Cobb found in Burke County in 1900 was either the child or grandchild of Robert Alexander Cobb, son of James Cobb and Frances “Fanny” Hilton / Helton.  He was born 01 October 1839 and died 26 March 1901.  He married Matilda Maxine Falls, daughter of John B. and Elizabeth Falls, in Cleveland County on 27 July 1862.  She was born 15 March 1839 and died 26 July 1923. 

 

Robert and Matilda had four children ... Lilly shown above, Charles Chester in 1863, William Theodore Gettys in 1867, and Mittie F. in 1878, all of who will be shown below.  Robert was enumerated in 1850 in Catawba County, in 1860 in Cleveland, and from 1870 to 1900 in Burke County.

 

The two Cobb grandchildren shown above are somewhat mysterious in the sense that their father cannot be positively identified.  This enumeration was their one and only appearance on a census.

 

01 June 1900 – Morganton Township – Morganton Post Office

Charlie C. Cobb

 

Born

Oct 1863

NC

Age

37

 

Parents

NC

Donnie S.

 

 

Dec 1866

NC

 

33

 

 

NC

Ellerbe B.

 

 

Mar 1894

NC

 

06

 

 

NC

Altha L.

 

 

Oct 1896

NC

 

03

 

 

NC

 

 

Charles Chester Cobb was the son of Robert Cobb and Matilda Falls, above.  He was born in January 1863 as shown, and died sometime after April 1930 in Texas.  He married Donna S. Bristol in Burke County on 16 November 1892.  As indicated she was born in December 1866 and died sometime after 1920 in Texas (see the 1910 report for Burke County).

 

At the time of this enumeration, Charles was living two doors from his parents, with sister Mittie and her husband Hall Bridgers in between.

 

Charles and Donnie had five children ... Ellerbe and Altha shown above, Jeter P. shortly after this enumeration in 1900, Warren A. in 1902, and Harold Gibson in 1913.

 

01 June 1900 – Morganton Township – Morganton Post Office

Theo G. Cobb

 

Born

May 1867

NC

Age

33

 

Parents

NC

Ella M.

 

 

Jun 1866

NC

 

34

 

 

NC

Mittie B.

 

 

Nov 1888

NC

 

11

 

 

NC

Mary P.

 

 

Jun 1890

NC

 

09

 

 

NC

Donnie M.

 

 

Jul 1892

NC

 

07

 

 

NC

Annie M.

 

 

Apr 1894

NC

 

06

 

 

NC

Alice L.

 

 

Jan 1897

NC

 

04

 

 

NC

Robbie E. (f)

 

 

Mar 1898

NC

 

02

 

 

NC

 

 

William Theodore Gettys Cobb was the son of Robert Cobb and Matilda Falls, above.  He was born probably in Burke County on 09 May 1867 and lived there his entire life, spending a long career as a newspaper publisher.  He died 05 July 1916.  He married Martha Ella Kincaid, daughter of Robert N. and Margaret Conley Kincaid.  Ella was born 10 June 1866 and died 26 January 1939.

 

William and Ella had six children, all shown above.  Mittie Beatrice, Donnie M, and Alice Lucille were still living with their widowed mother as late as 1930.

 

01 June 1900 – Morganton Township – Morganton Post Office

Hall R. Bridgers

 

Born

Jun 1872

MS

Age

27

 

Parents

NC

Mittie F.

 

 

Apr 1878

NC

 

22

 

 

NC

Retta

 

 

Sep 1898

NC

 

01

 

 

MS/NC

 

 

Mittie was the daughter of Robert A. Cobb and Matilda Falls, above.  After Robert died, Matilda lived in this household.  The child listed above was daughter Loretta F, and there were seven more children born to these parents.  The Bridgers’ were still living in Burke County as late as 1930.

 

09 June 1900 – Quaker Meadow Township

William E. Cobb

 

Born

Feb 1866

NC

Age

34

 

Parents

NC

Mahalie J.

 

 

Oct 1866

NC

 

33

 

 

NC

Brenta E.

 

 

Oct 1892

NC

 

07

 

 

NC

Frank D.

 

 

Dec 1894

NC

 

05

 

 

NC

Robert C.

 

 

Mar 1897

NC

 

03

 

 

NC

John J.

 

 

Mar 1899

NC

 

01

 

 

NC

Mary A.

 

 

May 1845

NC

 

55

 

 

NC

 

 

William Eugene “Wally” Cobb was the son of James S. Cobb and his second wife Barbara Ann Ford.  He was born 14 February 1866 in either Cleveland or Catawba County, and died 20 June 1939.  He is buried at Oak Hill Methodist Church in Burke County, where he spent at least the last forty years of his life.

 

William was married twice: (1) Mahala Jane “Jenny” Ledford was born in October 1866 and died in 1907.  She is buried with her husband who she married about 1890.  (2) Claudia Louise Benfield was born 06 March 1889 and died 16 August 1967.  She is also buried at Oak Hill.  She married William shortly before the 1910 census. 

 

William and Mahalie had eight children ... the four shown above plus Charles C. in 1901, Marie M. in 1903, Minnie J. in 1905, and William H. in 1907. 

 

William produced six more children with his second wife Claudia ... Edwin Yates in 1910, Albert G. in 1915, Eula Louise in 1917, Margaret G. in 1920, Benjamin L. in 1923, and Annie L. in 1927. 

 

At least eleven members of this family are buried at Oak Hill Methodist Church in Burke County:

            William E. Cobb                       Dates given above

            Mahala Jane Ledford                Dates given above

            Claudia Louise Benfield            Dates given above

            Brenta E.                                  1892 – 1910 (Listed as Brenda)

            Frank Dewitt Cobb Sr             11 Dec 1895 – 16 July 1971

            Viola Cuthbertson Cobb           19 Mar 1912 – 05 Mar 1991   (w/o Frank D. Sr)

            Frank Dewitt Cobb Jr               04 Dec 1941 – 26 Aug 1954    (s/o Frank & Viola)

            Robert C. Cobb Sr                   01 Mar 1897 – 14 Oct 1971    (s/o Wm & Mahala)

            Ettie Devault Cobb                   06 July 1898 – 11 Oct 1988     (w/o Robert C.)

            John Jones Cobb                      05 Mar 1898 – 29 Sep 1971    (s/o Wm & Mahala)

            Charles C. Cobb                      1901 – 1983                            (s/o Wm & Mahala)

 

This study will of course conclude with the 1930 census.  As of that date, all the known surviving members of this family were still living in Burke County.

 

Now for the mystery: Who was the elder Mary Cobb, age 55, in this household?  One thing is certain ... Although listed as the Mother of the head of the household; she was not the mother of William Cobb.  His mother was Barbara Ann Ford, as confirmed by census reports from William’s birth to the time he married and left home.  I can think of only two possibilities: (1) She was actually the mother of William’s wife, Mahala Ledford, and thus William’s mother in law, or (2) William’s father, James S. Cobb, married a third time after 1880 ... the date of the last record of his second wife Barbara Ann Ford.  This would have made Mary the stepmother of William Cobb.  This does seem unlikely however, as there would have been about a 30-year age gap between Mary and James S. Cobb.  

 

CALDWELL COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

There were two Cobb families in Caldwell County in 1900, descendants of Clisby Cobb Sr and Margaret Halsey Young.

 

07 June 1900 – Little River Township

Calvin Cobb

 

Born

Mar 1849

NC

Age

51

 

Parents

NC

Rebecca

 

 

Nov 1854

NC

 

45

 

 

NC

Joe

 

 

Jul 1877

NC

 

22

 

 

NC

John

 

 

May 1879

NC

 

21

 

 

NC

Callie

 

 

Mar 1883

NC

 

17

 

 

NC

Sylvester

 

 

Feb 1887

NC

 

13

 

 

NC

Cordia

 

 

Jan 1894

NC

 

06

 

 

NC

 

 

Calvin was the son of Clisby G. Cobb and Elizabeth West, the grandson of William Halsey Cobb and Jane Connely, and the great grandson of Clisby Cobb and Margaret Halsey Young.  He lived in Caldwell County his entire life, and is found on census enumerations there from 1850 to 1920.  Rebecca’s maiden name is unknown, but successive census reports agree they married in 1876. 

 

Little has been learned about this family.  Calvin and Rebecca had five children, all shown above.  The legibility of census reports is difficult to positively state the youngest daughter’s name was Cordia, it may have been Connie.  The oldest child was Joseph C. Cobb, and he disappeared after 1920.  Next was John Archie, who was still living in Caldwell County as late as 1930.  Afterwards came Callie M. who married a widower named Hawkins shortly after the 1920 census.  He had two young children from a previous marriage, and one by Callie ... a son Donald in 1922.  By 1930, Mr. Hawkins was deceased and Callie and her children had moved in with her brother John Archie Cobb. 

 

“Sylvester” was actually Thomas Sylvester Cobb.  He married Rosa “Last Name Unknown” shortly after the 1910 census, and produced four children by her ... Thomas A. in 1910, Jack in 1911, Grace in 1913, and Mary in 1916.  He was still living in Caldwell County as late as 1930.

 

05 June 1900 – Little River Township

Avery Cobb

 

Born

Nov 1845

NC

Age

54

 

Parents

NC

Sarah

 

 

Jan 1854

NC

 

46

 

 

NC

 

 

John Avery Cobb was also the son of Clisby G. Cobb and Elizabeth West, the brother of Calvin Cobb above.  Very little has been discovered concerning this family.  They were still in Caldwell County in 1910 and disappeared afterwards.  At the time of this 1900 enumeration Sarah declared she had given birth to three children, two of who were still living.  Only two children can be identified with these parents ... from the 1880 census of Caldwell County.  Arch E. was born in 1876 and Brady A.C. was born in 1878.  That 1880 census is the only record of these two individuals.   

 

07 June 1900 – Little River Township

Julius Hice

 

Born

Apr 1861

NC

Age

54

 

Parents

NC

Renie

 

 

Oct 1844

NC

 

46

 

 

NC

 

 

Depending on which census one is studying, this name is alternately spelled Hice – Hays – Haab - or Haas.  I am inclined to think it was correctly spelled HAAS, as that name was commonly found in the region being examined here from very early on. 

 

Renie was Mary Serena Cobb, daughter of Clisby G. Cobb and Elizabeth West, and sister of Calvin and John Avery Cobb above.   

 

Again referring to the theme on how erroneous census reports can be, this couple is found on every census report for Caldwell County from 1880 to 1930 ... and quite literally, the only thing they all seem to concur on is that there were no children produced from this marriage.  Indeed, the discrepancies in date of birth (and even place of birth in one case) are frankly outlandish.  One can only wonder if the census taker didn’t complete the enumeration interview while sitting under a shade tree somewhere with his picnic basket close at hand. 

 

For the record, this 1900 enumeration comes the closest to being correct of all the reports this couple can be found on.  Yes, there was a large age gap between Julius and Serena, with her being his senior by some fifteen years! 

 

Final notes on this couple: In 1880, Serena’s widowed mother Elizabeth West Cobb was living in this household, next door to Serena’s brother John Avery Cobb.  On this 1900 enumeration, Julius and Serena were living next door to her brother Calvin.

 

 

CLEVELAND COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

 

12 June 1900 – District 48 – River Township

Robert Cobb

 

Born

Feb 1867

SC

Age

33

 

Parents

NC

Rebecca

 

 

Jan 1869

NC

 

31

 

 

NC/SC

Obediah

 

 

Feb 1887

SC

 

13

 

 

SC/NC

Destie C.

 

 

Feb 1890

NC

 

10

 

 

SC/NC

Besola

 

 

Oct 1891

NC

 

08

 

 

SC/NC

(female)

 

 

Illegible

Illegible

 

Illegible

 

 

 

Lee Otis

 

 

??? 1898

NC

 

02

 

 

SC/NC

Maude

 

 

Nov 1899

NC

 

7M

 

 

SC/NC

 

 

Caution: Due to the deterioration of the original census, the enumeration for this family is virtually illegible.  The data given above is a reconstruction compiled from subsequent census reports and other sources.

 

Robert Lee Cobb was the son of Thompson / Thomas Cobb, and grandson of the widow Nancy Cobb found on the 1850 census of Cleveland County.  She was born 1805-1810 in North Carolina, and was living in Cleveland County as late as 1870.  Depending on which census is being viewed, this man had a number of aliases ... Jesse, Nimrod, Roddey, and Rodney.  To his descendants he is known as “Tink”. 

 

DNA analysis has shown that this family is descended from the man known as Henry Cobb “the Elder” who was born about 1596 in England, and died in 1679 in Barnstable, Massachusetts.  It is known that Henry had descendants in the area of Caswell County, North Carolina, at least a decade before the American Revolution; and, it is tempting to believe this family had migrated from there to Cleveland County.

 

While we cannot go very far backward in time, there is considerable information available on Robert Cobb and his descendants.  He was born 09 February 1867 in South Carolina, and died 23 June 1944.  He is buried at Lavonia Baptist Church in Cleveland County where he lived all his life. 

 

Robert was married three times ... (1st) His first wife is yet unknown, but the 1910 census indicates they married about 1886, and produced at least four children before she died about 1896 ...  (2nd) Rebecca Jones about 1897, probably in Cleveland.  She was born 01 January 1867 in North Carolina, and died 30 July 1928.  She is buried beside her husband ... (3rd) Floy Jolley / Jolly sometime after 1930.

 

The first four children listed above were produced by Robert and his first wife.  They were Robert Obediah 1886 ... daughter Destie 1889 ... son Besola 1890  ... and daughter Vinnie 1894.  The last two listed, Otis and Maude, were by Rebecca Jones.  There were four more children born after this enumeration ... Belva J. in 1902, Odell in 1904, Z.O. (male) in 1909, and Eula in 1913.  There were six children produced by Floy Jolley / Jolly ... children ... Corrina, Melieme, Tessie, Robert Lee Jr, Wilfred, and Jesse.  

 

Robert Obediah born 1887, married Dora Poole, and eventually moved to Rutherford County.  Son Besola was born 27 October 1890, and died in August 1980.  He is buried also at Lavonia Baptist Church in Cleveland County.  Daughter Destie married John B. Humphries and lived in Cleveland County until her death in 1971.  Lee Otis married about 1923 to Mamie “Last Name Unknown”.  He never left Cleveland County and died about 1978.  He is buried at Lavonia Baptist Church.  Maude was born 16 November 1899, and died 30 November 1976.  She married Timmons Harris in 1917, and eventually moved to Rutherford County.  She and Timmons are buried there in the Cliffside City Cemetery.  Belva married Rush McCraw in 1923, and moved to Cherokee County, South Carolina.  Odell was born in 1904, and died about 1975.  He is buried at Lavonia Baptist Church.  Z.O. was born 11 July 1909, and died 29 September 1998.  He never left Cleveland County.  He is buried in the Cleveland Memorial Cemetery.  Eula married John Deaton and died in Cleveland County in 1999. 

 

22 June 1900 – Township #9 – Double Shoals District – Fallston Post Office

Albertus F. Cobb

 

Born

Apr 1859

NC

Age

41

 

Parents

NC

Mary J.

 

 

Mar 1862

NC

 

38

 

 

NC

Charley S.

 

 

Jul 1885

NC

 

14

 

 

NC

Forest

 

 

Mar 1886

NC

 

13

 

 

NC

Earnest J.

 

 

Dec 1888

NC

 

11

 

 

NC

Arthur

 

 

Jan 1891

NC

 

09

 

 

NC

Sue E.

 

 

May 1893

NC

 

07

 

 

NC

Callie S.

 

 

Sep 1895

NC

 

04

 

 

NC

Loyd C.

 

 

Dec 1898

NC

 

02

 

 

NC

Elizabeth Morgan

 

 

May 1823

NC

 

77

 

 

VA/NC

 

 

Albertus was the son of James S. Cobb and his second wife Barbara Ann Ford.  He married Mary J. Morgan about 1884, in either Rutherford or Cleveland County.  They had eight children ... the seven shown above and Essie Gertrude born in 1902. 

 

Albertus was born in Cleveland County, and lived there until sometime after this enumeration.  By 1910, he had moved his family to Rutherford County.  Mary died sometime before 1920, and Albertus about 1928.  He is buried at Round Hill Baptist Church in Rutherford.  It is presumed Mary lies beside him.

 

There is additional information on only two of their children.  Forest F. Cobb married in 1912 to Eva “Last Name Unknown” in Rutherford County.  They lived in Rutherford until after 1920, when they moved to Fort Pierce, St Lucie County, Florida, where he worked as a Bank Cashier and Bookkeeper.  They had one known child, Forest Jr born 05 January 1922 in Rutherford County.  He died 07 October 2002 in Melbourne, Brevard County, Florida.  It is not known if he married.

 

James Earnest Cobb was born 26 December 1889, and died 08 June 1967.  He is buried at Round Hill Baptist Church in Rutherford County.  He married Anna Mae Beam in Rutherford on 23 January 1924.  She was born 29 April 1896, and died 07 November 1952.  She is buried beside her husband.  They also had one known child, son Albert F. Cobb.  He was born 30 March 1929, and died 25 February 1985.  He is buried at Round Hill Baptist Church.  It is not known if he married.

 

26 June 1900 – Township #4 – Kings Mountain Post Office

Wesley Cobb

 

Born

Apr 1857

NC

Age

43

 

Parents

NC

Susie

 

 

Apr 1880

NC

 

20

 

 

NC

Arthur

 

 

Jan 1885

NC

 

15

 

 

NC

Auston

 

 

Jan 1887

NC

 

13

 

 

NC

Clarance

 

 

Feb 1890

NC

 

10

 

 

NC

Larance

 

 

Feb 1890

NC

 

10

 

 

NC

Fred

 

 

Oct 1891

NC

 

08

 

 

NC

Elsey

 

 

Jan 1900

NC

 

4M

 

 

NC

 

 

William Wesley Cobb was the son of Robert Cobb and Leanah Hope, the 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.  He was born in Lincoln County, moved with his parents to Gaston County before 1880, and then sometime before this enumeration moved to Cleveland.  He moved back to Gaston for a time before 1910, but by 1920 had returned to Cleveland.

 

William was born 11 April 1857, and died 11 September 1935.  He was buried at Mountain Rest Cemetery in Cleveland County. 

William was married twice: (1st) before 1878 in either Lincoln or Gaston to Sarah “Last Name Unknown”, and (2nd) in 1898 to Susan A. “Last Name Unknown”.

 

By his first wife Sarah, he had seven children ... Dovie in 1878, Carra in 1879, and then those listed on this enumeration.  There was only one child by his second wife ... Elsey shown above.  Sons Clarence and Lawrence were still unmarried and living with their father in Cleveland County as late as 1930.  All the other children disappeared after this enumeration.

 

 

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NORTH CAORLINA

04 June – Charlotte Township – Charlotte

Ellen Haley

 

Born

May 1836

IRE

 

Parents

IRE

Mary A. Cobb

 

 

Jun 1866

NC

 

 

NC/IRE

Katherine Cobb

        

 

Sep 1891

NC

 

 

 

 

 

Mary and Katherine Cobb are not identified.

 

06 June – Charlotte Township – Charlotte

Walter J. Cobb

 

Born

Sep 1855

SC

Md 15

Parents

NC/IRE

Mary L.

 

 

May 1859

NC

 

 

 

Mary L.

 

 

Jul 1886

NC

 

 

 

John W.

 

 

Mar 1887

NC

 

 

 

Loretta A.

 

 

Nov 1889

NC

 

 

 

Frederick A.

 

 

Jan 1895

NC

 

 

 

 

 

John Walter Cobb was the son of Benjamin Morris Cobb and Catherine Lonergan, the grandson of John Cobb and Sarah Bumgarner, the great grandson of Benjamin M. Cobb and Violetta Morris, and the great-great grandson of Clisby Cobb and Margaret Halsey Young.

 

John was born 30 September 1855, and died 09 November 1926 in Charlotte.  He married in Mecklenburg County on 15 October 1885, to Mary Louise Grose.  She was born in May 1859 in Maryland.  This enumeration erroneously lists her as being born in North Carolina.  She was still living in Charlotte as late as 1930.

 

John and Mary had six children:

1.      Mary Louise born 1886.  Married Samuel Louis Diggle.

2.      John Walter Jr was born 16 November 1887, and died 02 November 1918 in France, during World War One. 

3.      Loretta Elizabeth was born 13 November 1889, and died 08 June 1914.

4.      Anita Frances was born 27 January 1893, and died 19 June 1893.

5.      Frederick Charles was born 26 January 1895.  Moved to Columbia, South Carolina.  Married Virginia Irene Munnerlyn.

6.      Edward Ralph was born 16 October 1897, and died 28 July 1898.

 

 

CHEROKEE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA

 

18 June - Cherokee Township - Blacksburg

William Cobb

 

Born

Mar 1851

Age

49

SC

Md 20

Parents

SC

Rachel A.

 

 

Mar 1853

 

47

SC

 

 

 

Samuel

 

 

Jul 1880

 

19

SC

 

 

 

Thomas F.

 

 

Dec 1881

 

18

SC

 

 

 

Nancy J.

 

 

Apr 1886

 

14

SC

 

 

 

John

 

 

Sep 1888

 

11

SC

 

 

 

Eula

 

 

Dec 1890

 

09

SC

 

 

 

Mamie

 

 

Oct 1895

 

04

SC

 

 

 

Earl O.

 

 

Mar 1898

 

02

SC

 

 

 

 

 

William L. Cobb was the son of the John G. Cobb who first appears on the 1850 census of York District, South Carolina.  DNA analysis has shown that descendants of this Cobb family line are genetically linked to the pedigree of the Ambrose Cobb (Sr) found on the 1790 census of Lincoln County, North Carolina.

 

William and wife Rachel had seven children, all listed here.  This enumeration is the last record of this entire family, with the exception of son Thomas.  He married Ada M. Radford in Cherokee County in 1904, and was still living there as late as 1930.

 

18 June - Cherokee Township - Blacksburg

James Cobbs

 

Born

Aug 1873

Age

26

NC

Md 03

Parents

NC

Mary

 

 

Sep 1878

 

21

NC

 

 

Eng/ NC

 

 

James Cobbs is not identified.  His proximity to William Cobb, above, lends cause to suspect they were connected in some way.

 

01 June - Cherokee Township - Cherokee Falls

Robert C. Cobb

 

Born

Jan 1868

Age

32

NC

Md 10

Parents

NC

Isabella

 

 

Feb 1873

 

27

SC

 

 

 

Claud S.

 

 

Jul 1890

 

09

NC

 

 

 

Russel

 

 

Jul 1894

 

05

NC

 

 

 

Lollie

 

 

Jul 1897

 

02

NC

 

 

 

Wheeler Roberts

 

 

Dec 1880

 

19

SC

Bro-Law

 

 

Maggie Roberts

 

 

May 1882

 

18

SC

Sis -Law

 

 

Ethel Roberts

 

 

Sep 1885

 

14

SC

Sis-Law

 

 

 

 

The ancestry of Robert C. Cobb is unknown.  He first appears in the household of his widowed mother Harriet Cobb on the 1880 census of Gaston County, North Carolina.

 

Robert was born in January 1868, and died 27 October 1945 in Cherokee County, South Carolina.  He married Nancy Isabella Roberts about 1890.  She was born in February 1873, and died 15 January 1926 in Cherokee County.

 

Robert and Isabella had six children:

1.      Claud S. born in 1890.  Died 27 February 1922.

2.      John Russell born in 1894.  Died October 1971.  Married Mae Hardin.

3.      Sallie “Lollie” born in 1897.  No record after 1920.

4.      Roy C. was born in 1904.  Died December 1966.  Married Dorothy Poat.

5.      Charles R. born in 1907.  No record after 1920.

6.      Edith Geneva born in 1909.  No record after 1920.

 

Robert was still living in Cherokee County as late as 1930.  Isabella died sometime after 1920.

 

01 June - Cherokee Township - Cherokee Falls

John Cobb

 

Born

Feb 1877

Age

23

SC

Md 00

Parents

SC

Maggie

 

 

Nov 1880

 

19

NC

 

 

 

           

 

The ancestry of John Cobb is unknown.  This enumeration is the first record of him in the area being considered.  He and wife Maggie had four children:

1.      Arthur G. born in 1906.  Died 20 February 1936. 

2.      David born in 1909.  No record after 1920.

3.      Carrie born in 1912.  No record after 1930.

4.      Effie J. born in 1916.  No record after 1930.

 

This family was still living in Cherokee County as late as 1930.

 

01 June - Cherokee Township - Cherokee Falls

Lawson Cobb

 

Born

Aug 1842

Age

57

NC

Md 35

Parents

NC

Laura

 

 

Feb 1850

 

50

NC

 

 

 

Fannie

 

 

Aug 1881

 

19

NC

 

 

 

Mamie

 

 

Mar 1887

 

17

NC

 

 

 

Lucy

 

 

Apr 1885

 

15

NC

 

 

 

Simore (Seymore)

 

 

Jan 1887

 

13

SC

 

 

 

Joseph

 

 

Mar 1889

 

11

SC

 

 

 

Mary

 

 

May 1891

 

09

SC

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The 1900 census data for this family is so erroneous as to make one believe it is not the correct group of people at all.  The ages of both Lawson and wife Laura are overstated by almost ten years.  The date of their marriage is misstated by 20 years.  And the birth years of all the children are under stated by as much as 15 years.  All considered, the 1900 census is totally unreliable.  

 

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

 

Lawson was born in what is now Gaston County, North Carolina.  He lived in Lincoln County until after 1880, when he moved to Cherokee County, South Carolina. 

 

Lawson and wife Laura had nine children:

1.      Mamie was born 09 June 1872, and died 19 December 1926.  Buried Mountain Rest Cemetery in Cleveland County, North Carolina.

2.      Bemby/Beverly was born 1875.  Died 27 November 1930 in York County, South Carolina.

3.      James C. was born in 1879.  Married Gertie Byars.  Moved to Richland County, South Carolina.

4.      Fannie was born 15 January 1879, and died 30 October 1954.  Married John J. Guyton.  Buried Mountain Rest Cemetery in Cleveland County, North Carolina.

5.      Minnie L. was born 27 April 1882, and died 15 July 1968 in Cherokee County.  Married John O. Hambright.

6.      Lucy was born in 1885.  Never married.  Still living in Cherokee County in 1930.

7.      Seymore was born in 1887.  Married Mary Malinda Moss.  Was still living in Cherokee County in 1930.

8.      Joseph was born in 1889.  No record after 1910.

9.      Mary was born in 1891.  No record after 1910.

 

05 June - Cherokee Township

M.C. Byars

 

Born

Jan 1853

Age

47

SC

Md 27

 

Parents

SC

Mary

 

 

Oct 1856

 

43

SC

 

 

 

 

Mattie M.

 

 

Oct 1886

 

13

SC

 

 

 

 

Mrs Lucy Cashion

 

 

Sep 1876

 

23

SC

Wid Dau

 

 

 

Pearlie Cashion

 

 

Jan 1895

 

05

SC

G-Dau

 

 

 

John Cashion

 

 

Oct 1896

 

03

SC

G-Son

 

 

 

James Cobb

 

 

May 1879

 

21

SC

Md 01

 

 

 

Gertie 

 

 

Sep 1883

 

16

SC

Dau

 

 

 

 

 

James Cobb was the son of Lawson Henry Cobb, listed above.  He was born in Lincoln County, North Carolina.  He married Gertie Byars in 1899.  After this enumeration he moved to York County, South Carolina, but by 1920 he had moved to Richland County, South Carolina, where he died on 13 June 1950.

 

James and Gertie had nine children:

1.      “Brother” born in 1903.  No record after 1910.

2.      James Jr born in 1906.  Died 10 October 1933.

3.      Lula born in 1907.  No record after 1920.

4.      Peggy born in 1909.  No record after 1930.

5.      Terley (female) born in 1911.  No record after 1930.

6.      Paul born in 1913.  No record after 1930.

7.      Arthur born in 1915.  No record after 1930.

8.      Anabeth born in 1918.  No record after 1930.

9.      Kennedy born in 1924.  No record after 1930.

 

 

YORK COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA

11 June 1900 - Catawba Township - Rock Hill

Charles Frew

 

Born

Nov 1857

Age

43

NC

 

Md 11

Ella

 

 

Jun 1865

 

34

PA

 

 

Lucile

 

 

Nov 1891

 

08

SC

 

 

Catherine

 

 

Sep 1893

 

06

SC

 

 

Charles

 

 

Sep 1897

 

02

SC

 

 

Mary A Cobb (sister)

        

 

Apr 1846

 

54

NC

 

Widow

Morris Cobb

 

 

Aug 1874

 

26

SC

 

 

Charles L.

 

 

Apr 1882

 

17

SC

 

 

 

 

Mary A. Cobb was the sister of Charles Frew, and the widow of Charles E. Cobb who was the son of Benjamin Morris Cobb and Catherine Lonergan, the grandson of John Cobb and Sarah Bumgarner, the great grandson of Benjamin M. Cobb and Violetta Morris, and the great-great grandson of Clisby Cobb and Margaret Halsey Young.

 

Charles E. Cobb was born 23 April 1848 in Catawba County, North Carolina, and died 22 June 1885.  Mary Ann Frew was born in April 1846, and died 18 March 1922.  Both are buried in Rock Hill City Cemetery in York County.

 

Charles and Mary had two children, both listed here.  Son Charles was still living in York County as late as 1930.  Morris Cobb was born 23 August 1879, and died in January 1963.  By 1920 he had moved to Robeson County, North Carolina.

 

 

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA

09 June - Beech Springs Township

Margaret D. Bagwell

 

Born

Jan 1859

Age

41

SC

 

Parents

SC

Dallis (male)

 

 

Sep 1878

 

21

SC

 

 

 

Gertrude   

 

 

Sep 1880

 

19

SC

 

 

 

Zebidee (male)

         

 

Nov 1883

 

16

SC

 

 

 

Marybeth

 

 

May 1887

 

13

SC

 

 

 

Donald

 

 

Sep 1888

 

11

SC

 

 

 

Mariannie

 

 

Jun 1892

 

08

SC

 

 

 

Bessie

 

 

Jun 1893

 

06

SC

 

 

 

Nannie Cobb

 

 

May 1858

 

42

SC

 

(Sister)

 

Mary Cobb

 

 

Jan 1861

 

39

SC

 

(Sister)

 

 

 

Margaret “Maggie” Cobb Bagwell was the sister of Nannie and Mary, and daughter of the J.A. and Elizabeth Cobb that appears only on the 1860 census of Greenville District, South Carolina.  Two census report and the South Carolina death index indicate she was born in 1859.  Her omission from the 1860 and 1870 census is simply unexplained.

 

Maggie married William T. Bagwell about 1877, probably in Spartanburg County.  He was born about 1857, and has indicated above he died between 1893 and 1900.  Maggie lived in Spartanburg County until her death on 15 April 1927.

 

06 June - Spartanburg Township - Spartanburg

Jesse V. Cobb              Born Jan 1874  SC

H/H of Henry Bates

 

Jesse Cobb is not identified.

 

08 June - Spartanburg Township

Dedrick B. Cobb

 

Born

Dec 1871

Age

29

SC

Md 09

Parents

SC

Carrie

 

 

Jul 1871

 

29

SC

 

 

 

Louina

 

 

Apr 1892

 

08

SC

 

 

 

Angus

 

 

????

 

04

SC

 

 

 

McClinton ??

 

 

????

 

01

SC

 

 

 

 

 

Dedrick Beiman Cobb was the son of Milton Hampton Denmark Cobb, grandson of Andrew Ambrose Cobb, great grandson of John S. Cobb, and great-great grandson of the Ambrose Cobb (Sr) found on the 1790 census of Lincoln County, North Carolina.  After this enumeration Dedrick moved to Pickens County, South Carolina. 

 

09 June - Spartanburg Township - Spartanburg

Ed L. Cobb                  Born May 1874 SC

H/H of Rankin Hall

 

Allowing for error in reporting date of birth, this could have been the son of Nancy Cobb, daughter of the J.A. Cobb and wife Elizabeth that appeared on the 1860 census of Greenville District, South Carolina.  Nancy never married, and was enumerated in her mother’s household until 1880.  Elizabeth died in 1886, and afterwards Nancy lived between her sisters Martha Wood and Maggie Bagwell, and son Eddie.

 

07 June - Reidville Township

Andrew Cobb

 

Born

Dec 1862

Age

38

SC

Md 15

 

Parents

SC

Lyda

 

 

Oct 1863

 

37

SC

 

 

 

 

Isabella

 

 

Sep 1886

 

14

SC

 

 

 

 

Nellie

 

 

Sep 1888

 

12

SC

 

 

 

 

Frank

 

 

May 1891

 

09

SC

 

 

 

 

Hamp Cobb (father)

        

 

Mar 1828

 

72

SC

Md 10

 

Parents

SC

Becca (mother)

        

 

Jun 1839

 

61

SC

 

 

 

 

Liza Trowbridge (aunt)       

 

 

Jun 1829

 

71

SC

 

 

 

 

Mattie Jenkins (aunt)

        

 

Sep 1842

 

58

SC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Jackson Cobb was the son of Milton Hampton Denmark Cobb who is shown in this household as “Hamp” Cobb, married to his second wife Rebecca Jenkins.  Liza Trowbridge and Mattie Jenkins were apparently Becca’s relatives.  Sometime after this enumeration Andrew moved to Greenville County, South Carolina.

 

02 June - Spartanburg Township

Charles N. Cobb

 

Born

Feb 1869

Age

31

SC

Md 11

 

Parents

SC

Katie

 

 

Sep 1866

 

34

SC

 

 

 

 

Beulah

 

 

Sep 1892

 

08

SC

 

 

 

 

Pauline

 

 

Sep 1894

 

06

SC

 

 

 

 

Loyd

 

 

Feb 1897

 

03

SC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Cobb is not identified.

 

06 June 1900 - Spartanburg Township

James A. Cobb            Born May 1841 SC      Md 29              Parents             SC/SC

 

James was the son of George Washington Goforth Cobb and Margaret Caroline Childers, who first appears on the 1840 census of York District, South Carolina.  This enumeration states he had been married 29 years, but the census taker neglected to list James’ wife and any children.

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