Clisby Cobb

1748-1815

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Clisby COBB was born on June 21, 1748 in Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey.  He was the son of John Cobb (1723-1780) and wife Rhoda Smith, who married about 1747 in Morris County, New Jersey.  John was a direct descendant of one Morgan Cobb who was born about 1580 at Swanage, County Dorset, England.

 

Clisby Cobb grew up in Morris County and married there Margaret Young about 1769/70. Margaret was the daughter of Thomas and Thankful Young of Pequannock in Morris County. In 1780 Clisby Cobb served as a Private in the New Jersey militia, under the command of Captain Josiah Hall.

 

The Cobb’s were iron masters by trade, and following the Revolution, Clisby’s father sent him to North Carolina, to investigate reports the soil there was rich in iron ore.  In 1785 Clisby bought up large tracts of land along Little River in Alleghany County, North Carolina (which was then part of Surry County).  In 1790 he moved into Surry Co. and by 1793 he was living in what is now Catawba County. Clisby died on August 17, 1815 and is buried on his old farm near Maiden, North Carolina.

 

Clisby fathered eleven children, all of who grew up in North Carolina.  Robert was the oldest of these, and a veteran of the War of 1812.  He was living in McMinn County, Tennessee by 1830.  In 1839, Polk County was established; and the adjusting of boundary lines placed Robert in the new jurisdiction.  He last appears on the 1850 census of Polk County, Tennessee.

 

It is not known how many times Robert married, but almost certainly at least twice.  His exact number of children is not known, but at least five.  Four are positively identified: sons George and John; and daughters Eliza Ann and Charlotte Evaline.  The children of both men wound up in Texas, primarily Fannin County.  Indeed, the family of Clisby Cobb started migrating to Fannin County in the early 1850’s.  By 1880, they were firmly established there and had a large number of descendants.  Other descendants of Clisby Cobb moved to the Indian Territory following the War Between the States; and were heavily concentrated in Wagoner County.


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