Stephen Cobb is the head of a descendant line of Cobb families starting in
Massachusetts and spreading from New England (starting mainly New
Hampshire and Vermont) that appears to be separate from the other three
Cobb lines from Massachusetts (until such DNA evidence proves
Currently, the Barnstable, Boston and Taunton lines of Cobb families are
not connected to Stephen Cobb's line (unless DNA matching proves
different). Unfortunately haven't found a potential descendant for testing
His line began in my Unlinked Cobb database and was moved to its own
database as the descendant list grew and found he appeared as part of a
Stephen Cobb was born maybe 1710 - 1714, how he arrived or how (or if)
connected to other Cobb families or who were his parents are all
unknowns. He was found in Bridgewater, Mass. in 1735 when he married
Abigail Hinds. Nine children were born from the marriage, of whom we
know only a few survived to have descendants.
The record of his descendants has been a project; first, to see he was
from the Taunton or Barnstable Mass. lines. However, he was not the same
individual as Stephen Cobb of Walpole and Sharon Mass. from the
Taunton, Mass. line.
However his marriage record states in the Vital Records book as
"Stephen Cobb of wallpool & abigail Hindes of Bridgwater were
married November ye 13th Ano Dom 1735".
One may assume "Wallpool" as Walpole, Mass. where there later
was later found a different Stephen Cobb from the Taunton line. Also
Wallpool shows up in Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland's Moy River “with 6 rod
beats, including the famous Wallpool beat. The Moy Valley and the
surrounding County of Mayoand has one of Ireland’s most famous salmon
river runs where there is fishing, having sections, of which one is the
Wallpool.Wallpool is also a family name from Britain and Ireland, though a
rare name now. Any Cobb connection to Ireland or Wallpool there?
Yet, though seemingly a different line from Taunton's, his
descendants appeared in New Hampshire and Vermont as did those from
various Barnstable and Taunton, Mass. lines.
"New Hampshire Birth & Death Records" lists some of Stephen
Cobb’s children with spouse Rebecca Kidder as having ethnicity as
"Canadian" for the first two children. This info per posting of Cliff Cobb in
Cobb Message Boards in 2011 for thread “Re: Reuben Cobb: 9 Apr 1795,
NH - 17 Apr 1881, Webster, NY” *). Thus he posted “Why was the 1st. two
children of Stephen and Rebecca given the ethnicity of Canadian?”
However "Canadian" was not given for rest of children born per "New
Hampshire Birth & Death Records"* Could an answer be that the father of
Stephen Cobb was an immigrant through or from Canada or thought to be
so? My limited file for those Cobb individuals and families found either born
or located in Canada has no Stephen Cobb (yet).
[* However, in review of the posting and children affected, a few (3?) of
the female children are listed as "Canadian" in ethnicity but not all and it
does not apply to his sons (other than the first son Stephen Cobb who died
young). So, for those children, the Canadian ethnicity part may be suspect
or an error.]
The following is an unfinished but laborious effort to document
Stephen Cobb’s descendant line as provided on "Cobb & Cobbs" website.
Any comments, corrections or additional family info welcome to
update the family line.
Cobb9Stephen_1714 as Legacy db
History as of 16 Aug. 2017: currently at 478 individuals, 180 families
Re: Reuben Cobb: 9 Apr 1795, NH - 17 Apr 1881, Webster, NY Posted: 2011