|Birth: ||Aug. 8, 1834|
|Death: ||Jul. 16, 1928|
William Hamilton COBB was born on August 8, 1834 in Tennessee (McMinn County probably). Sources conflict on both his name and birth date.
William is oft confused with another Fannin County man, William Henry Cobb, son of Rowland Cobb. Both men had the same middle initial, both were approximately the same age, and both migrated to Texas from Georgia. In his later years, this individual was a Confederate pensioner from the State of Texas. On his application he gave the name William Hamilton Cobb. So that's that.
LDS records show him born in Washington County, Arkansas, on 08 Aug 1834. Other researchers have confused him with his brother Charles Robert Cobb and assigned him a birth date of 08 Sep 1842. In an interview he gave for "A Biographical Souvenir of Texas" in 1889, he gave the 1834 birth date, but stated he was born in Tennessee. The LDS records probably show him born in Arkansas, as that is where his wife was born. In any event, research has shown that he was born 08 Aug 1834 in Tennessee (in McMinn County probably).
He appeared on the census in 1850 in Dade County, Georgia. He immigrated in 1851 to Texas. He possibly accompanied his first cousin (once removed) James Milton Cobb, when that family relocated to Fannin County, from Tennessee. He appeared on the census in 1860 in Fannin County, Texas. Also shown in his household was wife Miriam's son Finis Whitsett, age eight, by her first husband, and her mother Elizabeth (Cravens) age 52, born in Kentucky. He appeared on the census in 1870 in Fannin County, Texas. He appeared on the census on June 4, 1880 in Fannin County, Texas. At that time, he and his brother Lafayette Cobb were nextdoor neighbors. He appeared on the census in 1900 in Fannin County, Texas. There were no children remaining in this household at that time. He died on July 16, 1928 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. He was buried in Dodd (City) Cemetery, Fannin County, Texas. During the War Between the States he served as Captain of Company H, 9th Texas Infantry Regiment. In his later years he was a Confederate pensioner from the State of Texas, and at the time of his death was a resident in the Texas Confederate Veteran's Home in Austin.
William was married to Miriam Dotson VANDIVER (daughter of Moses VANDIVER and Elizabeth CRAVENS) on May 16, 1856 in Fannin County, Texas. This event was recorded in Marriage Book A, pp 104, Fannin County, Texas. Interestingly enough, this was the second marriage license taken out by this couple. Also in Book A, on page 85 is the first license taken out on Sep 23, 1855. This first license was not executed and the minister's return was not completed. Whitsett family researchers have advised that according to family lore, Miriam's first husband James Whitsett abandoned his family and disappeared. Legal complications were the reason for the second license being issued after a delay of some eight months. This second license was the one that was executed with the minister's return being completed.
Dodd City Cemetery
Created by: Jreb
Record added: Aug 06, 2009
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