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Contributed by Mark Phelps


This Information was taken from a posting on a Roots Web Page concerning the Cobb family that migrated from Connecticut to Caswell County. There has been a great deal of misinformation that the Cobb Family of Caswell descended from the the Kopp Family of German Origin in Guilford County NC. I feel this proves otherwise as Henry Cobb and his sons were on the first Tax List in 1755 for Orange County and remained in various records during Colonial times in Orange and then Caswell County. One can even see the departure of some of his sons to South Carolina as they migrate to South Carolina. My ancestor however Noah Cobb remained in Caswell County his whole life, his Will being Probated in Caswell County in 1808.

Mark Phelps------2004

Henry Cobb and Jemima Morse Cobb along with the COBB BROTHERS FIVE appeared on the TAX rolls in 1755, (Samuel, Henry, Noah, John and Asa). I assume that possibly Samuel Cobb, oldest son brought with him a wife however he could have married there in Orange County, now Caswell County, NC. Her name was probably  RANSOM. Does anyone have any information on the name of his first wife, he later married a Judah Peake in Laurens County, SC about 1780. The first wife was killed by Indians in 1769.

See below.

Descendants of Samuel Cobb, (1)

Generation No. 1

 1. SAMUEL1 COBB, (1) was born April 30, 1735 in the New England area, (Barnstable, MA - Pomfret, CT ??) and died 1805 in Owen County, Kentucky. He married JUDATH PEAK or PEAKE Abt 1780 in Donalds, South Carolina - Turkey Creek Baptist Church (Second oldest church in South Carolina – Founded 1775 ).


Samuel is the son of Henry Cobb and Jemima Morse, daughter of Noah Morse and Abigail Gleason, an only child, Jemima was born in Sherborn, MA in 1715. Married Samuel on July 30, 1731 in Pomfret, CT. She is a grand daughter of  Daniel Morse, great grand daughter of Daniel Morse and great  great grand daughter of Samuel Morse, b. 1587 in England.

Children of Henry Cobb and Jemima Morse:

i. Elizabeth Cobb, b. August 15, 1732 in Pomfret, CT
ii. Samuel Cobb, b. April 30, 1935 in Pomfret, CT; d. 1805 in  Owen County, KY
iii. Henry Cobb, b. April 27, 1737 in Pomfret,
iv. Noah Cobb, b. April 14, 1739 in Pomfret, CT
v. Mary Cobb. b. March 13, 1741/42 in Pomfret, CT
vi. John Cobb, b. 1743 (birth place unknown)
vii. Asa Cobb, b. 1746 (birth place unknown) Probably Orange County, NC:; d. Fentress Co., TN in 1828

NOTES: Marriage dates and birth dates for Henry & Jemima taken from transcript from the Connecticut State Library for the period of 1705 – 1850 from the BARBOUR COLLECTION dated 1921. (I have a copy of the transcript in hand.)

NOTES: The information here below has not been proven but appears to be possible. The Connecticut State Library has done a research project on Henry Cobb and has provided the following information. It is known that an Uncle of Henry (named Henry¹ born Sept 3, 1665 in Barnstable, MA and died on Sept 4, 1725 in Stonington, CT) moved his Church membership from Barnstable, MA to Stonington, CT on November 11, 1705. Henry¹ had a brother named Samuel Cobb, b. October 12, 1654 in Barnstable, MA who had a son named Henry² b. Feb 17, 1686/87 in Barnstable, MA. I have been unable to locate any information on this Henry Cobb², nephew to Henry Cobb¹ who moved to Stonington, CT and just possibly was accompanied by his Nephew (Henry Cobb²

Assuming the link to Henry Cobb², b. Feb 17, 1886/87:  (POSSIBLE LINK TO HENRY COBB&JEMIMA MORSE)

Elder Henry Cobb married 1634 (1) Patience Hurst, daughter of  James Hurst and Catherine Hurst(?). Of Plymouth. She was   buried 4 May 1648. Henry married (2) 12 Dec 1649, Sarah Hinckley daughter of Samuel Hinckley and Sarah Soole. Henry died in 1679 and his wife Sarah survived him.


Henry was born in 1596 in the southeast part of the County of  Kent, England. He was brought up in the Church of England, but   in his young manhood, because of the wrongs tolerated in that Church, he broke away from the Establishment and joined the  Pilgrims. He is said to have united with a Congregational  Church of London, of which the Rev. Mr. Lothrop was then  pastor. He probably came to America on “THE ANNE” in 1629. He  moved to Scituate, MA in 1633, and from there to Barnstable,  MA in 1639. He was Deacon or Ruling Elder in Scituate and  Barnstable for 34 years. He also held various civil offices,  among them that of Deputy to the General Court of the Colony  for several years. He died in Barnstable at the age of 83 in  1679.


                  (a) John Cobb, b. 7 June 1632, Plymouth, MA; d. February 22, 1713/14.

                  (b) James Cobb, b. 14 Jan 1634, Plymouth, MA; d. February 01, 1695, Barnstable, MA

                  (c) Mary Cobb, b. 24 March 1637, Scituate, MA, m. JONATHAN DUNHAM, October 15, 1657

                  (d) Hannah Cobb, b. 5 Oct 1639, Scituate, MA; d. January 17, 1729/30

                  (e) Patience Cobb, b. 13 March 1641/42, Barnstable, MA; m. (1) ROBERT PARKER, August 1667;
                        m. (2) WILLIAM CROCKER, DEACON, 1686

                  (f) Gershom Cobb, b. 10 Jan 1644/45, Barnstable, MA; d. June 04, 1675; m. HANNAH DAVIS.

                  (g) Eleazer Cobb, b. 30 March 1648, Barnstable, MA;

NOTES for Sarah Hinckley:

Came to America from England in 1634 settling in Scituate, afterwards removing to Barnstable. Her brother, Thomas  Hinckley, became governor of Plymouth County and was a   prominent man… Phillip Cobb – History of the Cobb Family.


                  (h) Mehitabel Cobb, b. 1 Sept 1651; d. 8 March 1652, Barnstable, MA; d. March 08, 1651/52.

                  (i) SAMUEL COBB, b. 12 Oct 1654, Barnstable, MA; d. September 27, 1727

                  (j) Sarah Cobb, b. 15 Jan 1657/58; d. 25 Jan 1658, Barnstable, MA; d. January 25, 1657/58

                  (k) Jonathan Cobb, b. 10 April 1660, Barnstable, MA; d. August   05, 1728; m. HOPE CHIPMAN

                  (l) Sarah Cobb, b. 10 March 1662/63, Barnstable, MA; d. January 08, 1742/43

                  (m) Henry Cobb, b. 3 Sept 1665, Barnstable, MA; d. September   04, 1725, Stonington, CT;  m. Lois Hallett April 10, 1690 (Moved          church membership to Stonington, CT in 1705)

                  (n) Mehitabel Cobb, b. 15 Feb 1667, Barnstable, MA. (Died  young, never married)

                  (o) Experience Cobb, b. 11 Sept 1671., Barnstable, MA. (Died  young)

 2. Samuel Cobb, born Barnstable, Ma. 12 Oct 1654; d. 27 Dec 1727; m. 20 Dec 1680 Elizabeth Taylor,  dau of Richard Taylor. She was born in 1655; d. 4 May 1721.

                  Children are:

                  (a) Sarah Cobb, b. 20 Aug 1681, d. January 14, 1741, Hyannis, MA; m. BENJAMINE BERSE

                  (b) Thomas Cobb, b. 1 June 1683, Barnstable, MA; d. October   01, 1743; m. RACHAEL STONE

                  (c) Elizabeth Cobb, b. Nov 1685, Barnstable, MA; d. July 15, 1711; m. JONATHAN LEWIS

                  (d) Henry Cobb, b. February 17, 1686/87, Barnstable, MA  -POSSIBLE LINK TO HENRY COBB&JEMIMA MORSE

                  (e) Samuel Cobb, twin b. 10 Sept 1691, Barnstable, MA; d. December 07, 1786, Tisbury, MA; m. (1) MARY HINCKLEY, August 25, 1743;  (2) HANNAH BICKNELL, April 11, 1749.

                  (f) Mehitable Cobb, twin b. 10 Sept 1691, Barnstable, MA; m. NATHAN TAYLER, June 30, 1715.

                  (g) Experience Cobb, b. 8 June 1692, Barnstable, MA; m. JASPER TAYLER, February 18, 1712.

                  (h) Jonathan Cobb, b. 25 Dec 1694, Barnstable, MA; d. August 03, 1773

                  (i) Eleazer Cobb, b. January 14, 1695/96, Barnstable, MA

                  (j) Lydia Cobb, b. December 08, 1699, m. EBENEEZER SCUDDER,   April 02, 1725.

Henry and Jemima left CT around 1742. In 1755 they appeared on the tax rolls of Orange County, NC (Now Caswell Co. NC) There are many, many Cobb’s living in that area today. Noah remained there and his will was proved there in 1808. He had children and grandchildren, one of his granddaughters married a man named Grant who flew into a jealous rage and killed two men walking with his wife from church. He was hanged in Caswell Co. NC in 1827.


                  The clan of the Cobb Brothers Five first appears in Orange County, NC about 1755, namely Samuel and Henry. From the Orange Co. Court Minuites Book: Court held March 1757 - "Thomas Laxton, Jr., and Samuel Cobb proved their attendance  as Evidences in the suit - Taylor vs Reynolds". Court held  August 1760 - "Ordered that Nathaniel Hart, David Hart, Thomas Highs, Edmund Denny, Daniel McCullom, Samuel Cobb, John Cantrel, John Thrasher, Robert Wells and Samuel Watt be appointed to lay out and open a road from the McCollom's  Plantation to Taylor's Road leading to the Court House". Court held August 1763: - "Ordered that Henry Cobb be appointed overseer of the Lower Town Road from the County Line to John Cantril's and that all hands on the waters of the County Line Creek assist".

In 1761, Samuel Cobb recorded a land grant on County Line Creek for 487 acres, adjoining Nathaniel Hart. In the survey  of this land, Henry Cobb was one of the chain bearers. It may be that all five of the brothers shared this same tract which was transferred in 1765 to Henry Cobb. That may be about the time that Samuel Cobb moved on to Old Ninety-Six District in South Carolina, and he most probably took his younger brother, Asa Cobb with him. In 1770, Henry Cobb sold off 238 acres of  this tract to Matthew Lovett and John Williams.

Caswell County was created in 1777 from Orange County and the First Tax List of the newly created county shows John, Henry and Noah Cobb as land owners there in 1777. According to some records that I have read, a homesteader would stake a claim, live on it for two years and then have a survey made and apply for a land grant. This may have been the case as in 1788/89, Henry and Noah applied for and received a land grant in Caswell Co., NC. The brothers John, Henry and Noah are listed in the NC State Census of 1786. Sometime after this and before the first Federal Census was taken in 1790, both John and Henry moved on to join Samuel and Asa in South Carolina. It may be well to NOTE here that the Orange County Court House burned in 1789 and many of the records were lost or destroyed. This is the only reason that I can give for not locating any marriage records of any of the five brothers. As we have no records of the birth years or marriage dates, a reasonable estimate based on other data would show them to have been born in the 1730's to early 1740’s.

The 1790 census of Pendleton District, SC, shows as heads of households: Asa Cobb, John Cobb, and Henry Cobb in the Greenville District, (across the Saluda River) was Samuel Cobb and his son, Humphry Cobb. This area along the upper Saluda River was Cherokee land until after the Revolutionary War when settlers began to move in. It was then in the judicial district of Ninety-Six, later attached to Abbeville County where many of the earlier records were kept. Land was not granted to settlers until 1784. Pendleton Co. was created in 1789 with a Court House in Pickensville, which embraced all lands northwest from Abbeville County between the Saluda River and the Savannah/Tugaloo/Chattooga Rivers (State of GA boundary) up to the Blue Ridge. In 1791, Washington District was created and was composed of Pendleton and Greenville counties. Washington District was short lived and in 1798 Pendleton and Greenville again became districts, each with a
court house. In 1826, Pendleton District was divided into Anderson and Pickens Counties.

This brief introduction is to establish the origin and relationships of this clan of Cobb brothers and their migration into South Carolina, from which area their descendants continued to pioneer throughout the south and west  and helped to open new territories for settlement.

The above was taken from a work that was "Researched and Compiled" by Thomas C. Sutton of Hamet, CA in 1982 entitled  "COBB BROTHERS FIVE"


Samuel and his first wife were involved in a well documented Indian Attack known as the AUSTIN RAID in the fall of 1769 in Laurens Co. SC. The Austin farm was only two farms from the (Elizabeth). Two sons survived the attack, Ransom and Humphrey. Both of the boys grew up and married and moved on to DeKalb, GA in late 1790’s or early 1800’s.

Henry and John remained in the Laurens Co. SC area. John died in 1793 or 1794 and Henry was the administrator of his estate. John died in 1799. Samuel and Asa as well as other members of the Turkey Creek Baptist Church moved to Owen County, KY in  1795. Asa remained in Owen Co. KY for only a few years before moving on to TN. Asa is buried in Fentress Co. TN in 1828.

NOTE: I now have the transcripts from the State Library in Connecticut to confirm the marriage dates and the dates of the first five children for Henry Cobb and Jemima Morse. )|(John and Asa were born after they left Pomfret, CT. Do not know where they resided from 1743 but do know they were in Orange County (now Caswell County) NC prior to 1755.

More About SAMUEL COBB, (1):Buried: 1805, Old Jackson Graveyard on the Davis Farm near  Breck in Owen County, KY.

Census: 1790, Only Samuel Cobb shown in South Carolina in the 1790 Census.

Former marriage: Bef. 1769, Samuel Cobb had a previous family.
A wife, one daughter, Elizabeth & two sons.
Former offspring: Fall of 1769, Wife and daughter were killed by Indians. Both sons, Ransom and Humphrey survived.
Military service: September 07, 1776, Enlistment in the Revolutionary War and fought in battles around Charleston,
discharged after the battle of Charleston in 1780. (Most probably did not remarry until after his discharge.
Property: May 05, 1786, Received 500 acres along the Reedy River in South Carolina as payment for War Services. He deeded
this land to his son Humphrey.

Special Thanks: Edgar L. Morgan Published "THE COBBS OF OWEN COUNTY, KENTUCKY" in 1961

Misc Information: 1790, Census of 1790 shows several families
of Peak’s (?? Spelling) living in South Carolina.

Children of SAMUEL COBB and JUDAH PEAK are:

3. i. THOMAS2 COBB, (1-1), b. January 21, 1781, South Carolina; d. June 08, 1854, Indiana. He married PRACILLA SMITH  1800, daughter of JOSEPH SMITH and LEONNAR (unknown).

More About Thomas Cobb, (1-1) (I have 9 pages of descendants for Thomas Cobb)

Moved Abt. 1817 to Jasper Co. Indiana

4. ii. JOHN COBB, (1-2), b. March 10, 1786 in Donalds, SC; d. dec. 24, 1847 in Bedford, Taylor Co., Iowa

More About JOHN COBB, (I-2): (I have 42 pages of descendants for John Cobb)

Moved: Abt. 1817 to Indiana and then on to Bedford, Taylor Co., Iowa

5. iii. WILLIAM COBB, (1-3), b. 1786, South Carolina; d. 1833, Owen County, Kentucky. He married (1) MISS HAMBRICK, (2) MISS  SIMPSON, (3) ELIZABETH (SISTER) COX. (I have 12 pages of descendants for William Cobb)

6. iv. DILLA COBB, (l-D), b. Abt. 1788, South Carolina. She married WILLIAM JONES.

More About DILLA COBB, (1-D): (I have 2 pages of descendants for Dilia Cobb)

WILLIAM JONES built the first grist mill at what was known as the Cobb Settlement, then known as the Cobb Settlement and  later Cobb’s Mill. Later sold to John Lusby and name changed to Lusby’s Mill.

7. v. DANIEL COBB, (1-5), b. March 04, 1792; d. January 10, 1877. He married ELIZABETH (BETSY) HOLBROOK, daughter of ZECHARIAH HOLBROOK and SUSAM MORGAN. (I have 35 pages of descendants for Daniel Cobb)

8. vi. ELISHA COBB, (1-6), b. February 19, 1794; d. December 04, 1854. He married (1) HETTIE ROACH Abt. 1814. (2) MARY F. BRYANT June 11, 1846. (I have 20 pages of descendants for Elisha Cobb)

9. vii. PEGGY (MARGARET) COBB, (l-G), b. 1797, Owen County, Kentucky. She married BENJAMINE ROBINSON of Grant County, KY. (I have 7 pages of descendants for Peggy Cobb)

10. viii. ASA COBB, (1-8), b. May 22, 1799, Lusby's Mill, Owen County, Kentucky; d. August 28, 1852, OwenCounty, Kentucky. He married ANNA O’BANION in 1820.